Parish Groups

Our faith community can be nourished by active participation in parish groups that meet for prayer, social action, Sacramental preparation, youth work and the support of others in the life the Church. To share our lives in these ways allows us to offer ourselves and draw strength from each other.

THE ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY (SVP): An international Christian voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing practical assistance to those in need – irrespective of ideology, faith, ethnicity, age or gender.

The Society is a lay organisation initially formed in Paris in 1833 by Frederic Ozanam and his companions, and active in England & Wales since 1844. Placed under the Patronage of St Vincent de Paul, it is inspired by his thinking and works. It seeks, in the spirit of justice and charity, to help those who are suffering poverty in whatever form.

The work of the SVP falls into two main areas: membership activity and Special Works. The main work of the volunteer members is to befriend and assist individuals and families in need on a person-to-person basis, through visits to domestic residences, care homes, hospitals, prisons and other institutions.

In addition to member visits, the Society also operates a number of  Special Works, which seek to serve people in a wider area or give more specialised help in a certain aspect of the work. These Special Works currently include holiday schemes, children’s summer camps, furniture stores, community shops, support centres, soup runs, residential care, deaf clubs, debt counselling, community transport and asylum care. The SVP also runs an active programme of youth development in parishes, schools and universities.

Meetings are held in the Parish Room, usually once a month, on a Wednesday at 6.45 p.m. A notice showing the date of the next meeting is displayed by the entrance to the church.

If you are interested in joining please contact: Martina Cullen telephone: 020 7691 2626  email: mcullen32@hotmail.co.uk

THE LEGION OF MARY: A lay Catholic organisation whose members are giving service to the Church on a voluntary basis in almost every country in the world. Through prayer and works we aim to develop our spirituality and become better Catholics. In this Year of Faith, Pope Benedict XVI’s call to the New Evangelisation fits well with the Legion’s mission. The unit of the Legion of Mary is called a præsidium, which holds a weekly meeting, where prayer is intermingled with reports and discussion. In this parish we meet on Thursdays at 6.45pm in the parish room, and always welcome new members. It’s a great way of meeting fellow parishioners and through our work, meeting some great people in the wider parish.

The Legion sees as its priority the spiritual and social welfare of each individual. The members participate in the life of the parish through visitation of families, the sick, both in their homes and in hospitals and through collaboration in every apostolic and missionary undertaking sponsored by
the parish.

If you would like more details please feel free to contact the President, Pat McGuigan, on 07412 097 448 or simply come along any Thursday.

THE GUILD OF ST STEPHEN: Have you ever thought of becoming an altar server? Boys and girls who have made their First Communion are welcome to apply and there is no upper age limit. Full training will be given and following one year’s probation you will be enrolled into the Guild of St Stephen. 

All that is asked of you is that you give the commitment of serving every Sunday and on other occasions such as major feast days. There will also be the opportunity to attend the annual altar servers Mass at Westminster Cathedral and attending the various Guild of St Stephen events .

We have a very friendly and thriving group of altar servers and if you are interested in joining us please contact Michael O’Leary, the parish Master of Ceremonies, after the 10am  or 12 noon Mass on Sundays.

MUSIC: There are two choirs based in the parish. The Schola Cæciliana is a junior choir, made up of girls and boys aged between 7 and 14, who sing for the 10am Mass on Sundays, as well as for other special occasions, including Benediction once a month.

The Schola Anselmi sings for the 12 noon Latin Mass, and is made up of more experienced adult singers. Both choirs sing Gregorian chant, but the Schola Anselmi also sing a full polyphonic mass-setting by composers such as Palestrina, Byrd, Mozart and Haydn on two or three Sundays a month, whereas the Schola Caeciliana have a wider range of English and Latin sacred music, both traditional and modern.

If you would like to audition for either choir, please contact the Director of Music, Ian Coleman, on 07903-944102 or at iancoleman@operamail.com.

For the Schola Anselmi, it is essential that you are able to read music at a basic level.

OUR LADY UNTIER OF KNOTS PRAYER GROUP: Monthly Prayer Group on the 3rd Wednesday of every Month invoking the Intercession of Our Lady Untier of Knots for the needs of our Families, Marriages, Parishes, Communities, Church & World. This Prayer Group has a special ongoing commitment to pray for the peace of the Middle East and for the protection of all Life from the moment of conception to natural death.
Programme Outline:
6pm Parish Mass.
6.45pm to 8.45pm – Prayer Group which will include Rosary, Divine Mercy, Eucharistic Adoration, Silent times and an ongoing Novena invoking Our Lady Untier of Knots
Dates for 2015 – February 18th, March 18th, April 15th, May 20th, June 17th, July 15th, August 19th, September 16th, October 21st, November 18th & December 16th.
All are welcome to this Prayer Group. Nearest Tube is Holborn – turn left out of the station onto Kingsway and it is a few steps on the same side of the road. Contact Antonia on email antonia4161@gmail.com for any further details.
Our Lady Untier of Knots: This devotion has been, since its origin, closely connected to marriage and the family, as it was to save the indissoluble bond between two spouses that the Virgin Mary desired to manifest her closeness and the efficacy of her intercession. Mary Untier of Knots is therefore invoked above all for family problems, marital crisis, incomprehension, infidelity, separations and divisions between spouses, problems every kind with children and every kind of conceivable problem. We bring all our entangled family knots to the intercession of Our Lady Untier of Knots. The Virgin Mary spouse of Joseph and mother of Jesus fully understands our needs.