RESPOSITORY: Look out for Christmas gifts. Open after Mass at the back of the Church.

CAROL SINGING: We will singing Carols on the steps of the Church on Monday, 17th & Tuesday 18th December, at 6.30pm, following 6pm Mass, followed by refreshments in the Parish room. If you would like to join us please do. Practice will be on Friday 14th at 6:45pm. All welcome.

PARISH CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE a MUST for EVERYONE! : Friday 21st December 18.45 refreshments will be available in the parish room afterwards

ADVENT REFLECTIONS 3 MONDAY EVENINGS OF DVD BASED TALKS: MONDAY 10TH DEC: The Last Things – DVD reflecting on Death, Judgement, Heaven & Hell. In the Parish Room at 6:45pm ALL WELCOME

ADVENT BOOKLET: “Walk with me” Readings, reflection and prayer for each day of Advent Only £1.00, available after all Masses.

A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION AT WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL: Westminster Cathedral’s annual Christmas Celebration will be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th December featuring the Westminster Cathedral Choir. The evening includes music, celebrity readings and a reflection. Cost: from £10 to £50. For tickets, visit

DEAR PARISHIONERS: Where do I begin to thank you for your generous gifts, good wishes and prayers. The only way I can begin is by prayer and placing you all into God’s Holy Hands. This I have done by arranging a novena of Masses for everyone from 11th Feb to 26th Feb 2019.
It was great that my sister Brenda came to meet everyone and see for herself the beautiful people I have been working with.
If you are ever near Loughborough the address is: Rosmini House, 19 Garton Road, Loughborough, LE11 2DY
Tel: 01509631050.  God Bless, Sister Mary Lucina

CATHOLIC HISTORY WALKS IN LONDON: London at Christmas and the New Year Sunday 16th December 2018 & Wednesday 2nd January 2019, both at 3pm. Join us for seasonal walks through Westminster and Victoria, taking in Christmas trees and crib-scenes. Meet at Westminster Cathedral. Nearest Tube: Victoria.

GOOD COUNSEL NETWORK: Friday 7th Dec, the Vigil of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, please pray & fast for the end of abortion & euthanasia in this Country. Your prayer & fasting is urgently needed, and it really does save lives.  For information on the days of Prayer and Fasting see:

SICK & RETIRED PRIESTS’ FUND COLLECTION: We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the Sick & Retired Priests’ collection recently. We raised £934.86. The response of love &  concern was heart-warming. If you forgot to make your donation, there is still time. You will find envelopes at the back of the church or you can even donate online through the Diocese’s website. You can also gift aid your donation using this envelope, or choose to make an ongoing contribution to this fund. The care of priests in their old age, especially the sick & chronically ill ones, is a priority of the Diocese, & is a way to say ‘Thank you’ to the priests who have been there for us. May God bless you greatly for your generosity. There are currently more than 80 retired and ill priests being supported by this Fund, and this number is set to nearly double by 2025. Most retired priests are dependent in some way upon the Diocese for their care and support, for example to fund their housing, health care or convalescence needs, as well as paying for unforeseen or extra expenses. Many priests offer their resignation from active ministry as a parish priest at 75 but often continue in ministry within our parishes, schools, hospitals and various chaplaincies. These priests have baptised us, counselled us in times of sorrow, and celebrated with us in times of joy. Having received so much from their generosity, it is our turn to assist them in their older age. This important fund relies on this annual collection to ensure that all our sick or retired priests are cared for. Please continue to pray for all our clergy: active, retired or ill. Thank you.

EVER THOUGHT OF BEING A DIOCESAN PRIEST? Contact Canon Stuart Wilson, Vocations Promoter. Email: Tel: +44 (0)20 7349 5620   Facebook: Twitter: @WestminsterVoca

ADOREMUS: NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS: Talk links can be accessed using the following links:   As a follow on there are some wonderful booklets to help us grow in love of the Mass and Adoration. They are available from the Repository, and at other times from the Sacristy.

SECONDARY SCHOOL FORM SIGNING: Please contact the office by email to arrange to meet with Fr David to sign any school forms, giving 2 possible dates and times avoiding Thursdays and Sundays. The email address is:

CHURCH CLEANING: Volunteers needed to clean the church on Saturday mornings. If you are interested in being a member of one of the church cleaning teams then see Stephen Ogilbie after Mass.

GIFT AID: The Parish is grateful to all Mass-goers who take the trouble to use the individual Gift Aid envelopes for the Mass collection and other offerings, e.g. Mass Stipends, candles, etc. The Diocese has recently re-designed the envelopes to comply with new legal requirements and personal details are now written on a tear-off slip which is placed inside the envelope along with the cash or cheque offering. There is otherwise no increase in the amount of information required. After a delay in delivery, the envelopes are now available at the back of the Church, the main change being that being stiffer than the previous design, they need to be folded firmly before being pushed into a coin slot or collection pouch.

TWO of our beloved parishioners have died recently.
MRS GIOVANNA CARDETTI, formerly of Cranfield House and more recently living at Villa Scalabrini in Shenley, Herefordshire, much loved wife of Evo who fore deceased her, died on 8th August. Giovanna was a most faithful and devout Catholic, and together with her husband was a great example of married life. Her commitment to Evo as his health failed was exemplary.

MISS MARY GRADY died peacefully in the evening of 29th August. Mary taught most of her life at St Joseph’s, Macklin Street, much of that time as Deputy Head. As such, she is known to generations of Holborn Catholics, being loved and revered by them. Mary had great faith and therefore she had a great love not only of her pupils but also of their families whom she supported in so many ways. We thank God for Giovanna and Mary, and for all they have given the Parish in so many ways, and we pray that the Lord will give them eternal rest. May they rest in peace, Amen

THE SVP: is seeking to recruit an 1833 Research and Project Development Officer: For more details & application pack, please visit the vacancies section of the SVP website:
Kerala floods: an SVP appeal: As you’ve probably seen in the media, terrible floods have been taking place in Kerala in southern India.Hundreds of people have been killed and many more are missing; countless homes have been washed away, and the monsoon season is set to continue until early September. Kerala is the most Christian state in India – it has more churches than any other region. The leading Catholic volunteering charity, the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP), is very active there and they are doing great work helping the victims of the flood in local communities. However, they desperately need funds. Please contribute to the SVP’s Kerala appeal. To donate visit, telephone 020 7703 3030 or send cheques made out to SVP (write ‘Kerala appeal’ on the back) to SVP, Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JB.And please remember our sisters and brothers in Kerala in your prayers.

CATHOLIC SINGLES: Single, separated, widowed or divorced?
* Helps practising Catholics meet other Catholics.

* Supports Catholic Parishes and Charities, donating thousands of pounds from members’ fees.
* Provides a strictly confidential service.
* Sends members a monthly bulletin called Catholic Networking.
* Publicises social events free of charge.
£10 annual membership plus an initial donation. Free information, with no obligation, CATHOLIC SINGLES, 1 BURLESCOMBE CLOSE, ALTRINCHAM. WA14 4UX.Tel. 0161 941 3498.
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OUR LADY UNTIER OF KNOTS PRAYER GROUP: All are welcome. The prayer group meets in our Parish on the 3rd Wednesday of the Month following the 6pm Mass until 8.45pm.
All are welcome to attend for all or part of this. First hour is the Marian Hour with the Rosary and the second hour is the Eucharistic Hour with led Adoration. The times we live in a very serious and there is much suffering. This time of prayer invoking Our Lady Untier of Knots is to pray for the Church and the needs of the World. How we need to pray!
Contact Antonia

LIVE STREAMING: All our Masses can be viewed on-line:
Stay in touch, even when away.

HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION FOR ENGLAND & WALES 2018: Rome approved the Bishops’ Conference’s request that the Epiphany be henceforth celebrated on January 6th, unless this falls on a Saturday or Monday, in which case it is celebrated on the Sunday. The Ascension of the Lord will henceforth be celebrated on Thursday in Week 6 of Eastertide. For 2018, the dates are:
Epiphany of the Lord Sunday 7th January
Ascension of the Lord Thursday 10th May
Corpus Christi Sunday 3rd June
Ss Peter and Paul Friday 29th June
Assumption BVM Wednesday 15th August
All Saints Thursday 1st November
Christmas Tuesday 25th December

THE SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF UNBORN CHILDREN: has launched a petition calling on the Prime Minister not to give any parliamentary support to moves to decriminalise abortion.
Decriminalising abortion will strip from unborn children any remaining effective legal protection from abortion. So please support this petition.
You can sign online at: You can order petition forms to collect signatures and more fliers by calling SPUC on 020 7091 7091. Thank you.

PARISH DONATING: A new, convenient option for donating to our parish has arrived! TEXT GIVING THOUGH YOUR MOBILE PHONE! By using your mobile phone, you can now text £5 as an offering to help support the running costs, ministries and programmes, or the cost of maintenance and repairs to our buildings.
Simply type: Parish (then space) then SASCO.
Send it to 70800.
Click send. And £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation which will come directly to our parish. Thank you!

CONSECRATION OF OUR ALTAR: many have asked about the relics placed in our altar by the Cardinal during the consecration. The relics are of: St Stephen of Hungary, St Thomas of Canterbury, St Martin de Porres, St Joseph Cottolengo. We venerate them and ask their prayers for our parish.

THE WESTMINSTER ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESAN TRUST has produced the Annual Report and Accounts 2016 and the Annual Review 2016. A copy of these are available from the Sacristy for your perusal, and they are available on the Diocesan website:

THANK YOU: to all those who took away with them recently a Red Box for your donations to support Missio’s APF and Mill Hill Missionaries. In addition to supporting parishes and priests, with your help Missio’s APF and Mill Hill are able to bring hope to communities through funding: The training of missionaries, building churches, schools and hospitals in impoverished areas, supporting Religious and lay people to work in these communities. By joining the Red Box family, you will be held in prayer at Mass each day by the Mill Hill community, and at Missio’s office in London. If you would like a Red Box please contact Gemma Osborne: 020 7837 4114. A date for you to return your box for counting will be announced in the parish bulletin.

HELP YOUR PARISH THROUGH GIFT AID : Gift Aid enables members of our congregation and visitors to the church to increase the value of their donations by 25% at no extra cost to themselves. If you pay Income Tax or Capital Gains Tax, some of this can be returned to the Church by the tax authorities if evidence of your donation is registered. There are many ways to do this, including use of numbered envelopes allocated to a named parishioner, Standing Orders paid directly from a bank account, and using special Gift Aid envelopes found in the containers at the back of the church. Please consider whether you can join the many parishioners and visitors who already increase the effectiveness of their generous donations in this way.

MAGNIFICAT MAGAZINE: Every issue of Magnificat Magazine offers you for each day: The readings and Prayers for Mass, The order of Mass, A meditation from a great spiritual writer, Selected Morning and Evening Prayers from the Divine Office, An article on the life of a Saint. Available from the Repository, or from the Sacristy after any Mass – price £4.

FOUNDATION GOVERNORS are needed for our Catholic Schools, ensuring that the Church’s mission and practice are up held. If you are interested, please contact Fr David, or write to The Education Service, Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London SW1P1QN. Visit the website: or call 020 7718 9189.

GOD BLESS OUR HOMES: If you would like Fr David to visit and bless your home you have only to ask!

“STEPPING FORWARD”: Please respond if you are able to help to clean the church and the Parish Room. We need helpers!

THE LEGION OF MARY: meet every Thursday at 6.45pm in the Parish Room. All welcome.

THE REPOSITORY is open Saturday 5pm-7pm and Sunday 9.30am-1.30pm & 5pm-7pm.
We have a large selection of cards, calendars & diaries, engaging religious booklets and religious articles, all reasonably priced.
There are a number of very good booklets for the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

SPEC: “Are you over 18 and planning a gap year? Join us for a year at the Westminster Youth Ministry retreat centre as a volunteer missionary supporting schools and parishes of our  diocese, where you can develop skills to help you with your future and deepen and grow in your Catholic faith. We provide wonderful accommodation in glorious surroundings, all meals and a monthly allowance. To see how our past volunteer missionaries have used this experience to build their future and to find out more, visit

(Romans 15:7) Pope Francis asks that we be a Church that does not just welcome and receive by keeping doors open, but one that finds new ways; that is able to step outside itself and go out to welcome the stranger. Powered by the living word within us, audacious and courageous we can go to the refugees and exiles, the homeless and hungry, the unemployed and those who have lost hope, those who have left our communities or are indifferent and invite them to find that peace and life that comes from knowing you are truly welcome. Now it is the author of the letter to the Hebrews who encourages us further when he writes:
Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares (Hebrews 13:1-2)
The following links can help us explore Scripture more deeply

SCHOLA CÆCILIANA: The junior choir of SS Anselm & Cæcilia is looking for NEW singers. Please contact Ian Coleman, Tel: 020 8361 3026 Mob : 0790 3944102 Email:

GUILD OF ST STEPHEN: If anyone is interested in becoming an altar server then please see Michael O’Leary after any of the Sunday Masses or contact him on 07914420290 or by email at Altar servers must be committed to serving every Sunday and major feast days plus other services when requested. Michael O’Leary Parish M.C.

YOUNG READERS REQUIRED FOR 10AM MASS: more readers are required for the 10am Mass on a Sunday. As it is a family Mass and we are looking for readers from among the younger members of the congregation. The main criteria is to speak clearly and confidently. Training will be provided. If you would like to become a reader at this Mass please see Michael O’Leary or Sr. M. Lucina.

IN CASE YOU ARE ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL: In the light of data protection please indicate on entering hospital that your details are to be passed on to the RC Chaplain. Also state that you would like the Chaplain to visit you.

SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM: Thank you for your generous gift offering to our National Shrine in Walsingham. Your gift came to £443.79 For nearly one thousand years, pilgrims have been finding their way to England’s national shrine of Our Lady. In 1061 in the small Norfolk village of Walsingham, the Saxon Lady of the Manor, Richeldis, received an instruction from the Virgin Mary that she was to build a copy of the Holy House of Nazareth. Here a venerable image of Our Lady was enshrined, and began to attract pilgrims from all over Christendom. By the time of the Reformation, Walsingham was one of the four major places of pilgrimage in Europe. It is known today as “England’s Nazareth”.

REBUILDING ENGLAND’S NAZARETH: We are looking to upgrade existing buildings and build new facilities, to help us to serve the increasing numbers of pilgrims, who continue to walk in the Walsingham way, since the shrine was established in 1061. Our aims are to update our facilities, and to make provision for the sick and disabled pilgrims and to have facilities for young people to come on Pilgrimage. Full details are given on our website.
Thank you for your generosity.
Mgr. John Armitage, Rector.

VOLUNTEERS FOR FELTHAM COMMUNITY CHAPLAINCY TRUST (FCCT), which supports ex-offenders to make a transition to a place of worship after their time in prison, is looking for Catholic
volunteers to mentor young men in prison. It is possible for this ministry to fit in with your existing commitments. No experience is required, just a passion for Christ and his teachings. Full training is provided.
Contact FCCT directly for more information on 0208 844 5585 or

PROCLAIM WESTMINSTER: Pope Francis is encouraging us to be “missionary parishes”, and our bishops have asked us to develop three initiatives. At our last Parish Assembly we decided ours would be:
1. Developing our Welcome Ministry at Sunday and weekday Masses.
2. Talks on the Catholic Faith for both non-Catholics and others
interested (aimed especially at Catholics no longer going to church).
3. Work with young parents on family life (a spin-off from First Holy Communion Preparation).

Every Friday from 11-12:30pm at Austin Forum, Augustinian Centre, 55 Fulham Palace Road, W6 8AU.We offer support in CV writing, job searches, translating documents and assisting with telephone calls. For more information email

If you live, work or the area and could help, now is the time to let us know. Please contact:
Visit our website: find out more.

Getting involved in existing projects. Many groups working with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers are struggling to cope with demand, and always need more volunteers and resources. Please go to to find information on groups in your area. Donating: At Caritas Westminster, we rely on the generosity of Catholic communities to be able to continue to support refugees and other vulnerable people in the Diocese. You can donate on our website at or send us a cheque payable to ‘WRCDT – Caritas’.

POPE FRANCIS recently encouraged us all to carry a copy of the Gospels in our pocket or bag, and at spare moments to read a few verses. How quickly we would get to know the Gospel if we did so, and how much we could hear Our Lord speak to us. Copies of the Gospel on sale after all Sunday Masses from the repository and from the Sacristy after all weekday Masses £1.95 each.

The LGBT Catholics Younger Adults Group (LGBTYAG) aims to provide support and fellowship for Catholics in their twenties, 30s, and 40s who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, and their families. We meet regularly for Mass at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street, as well as organising monthly spiritual and social events. If you would like to know more, please contact us at or see our website:

CATHOLIC EDUCATION NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: You can make a positive difference. Please help ensure local children receive the best possible education by volunteering as a school governor. Call 020 7288 9531 or visit

CATHOLIC STUDENTS AT UNIVERSITY For student activities in Westminster Diocese, come and visit NEWMAN HOUSE CATHOLIC CENTRE, 111 Gower Street, London WCIE 6AR (opposite UCL and just up from Waterstone’s Bookshop) Tel:020-7387-6370. For info re. events at Newman House and catholic societies/activities at your college, visit:, and the ‘Newman House’ Facebook Page.