WELCOME

Welcome to the webpage of the Roman Catholic Church of St Vincent de Paul, Osterley

Our postal address is:
2 Witham Road, Osterley, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 4AJ

You will find us between Eversley Crescent & Spring Grove Road

You can contact us on 020 8560 4737
The Parish Priest is Rev. Mark Leenane
Our email address is osterley@rcdow.org.uk.

We’re keen to hear from you, so please feel free to contact us!

Opening of the church for private prayer week commencing Monday 6th July

Tuesday, Thursday, 11 am -12 noon

Saturday 9am – 10 am

Resumption of Mass

In addition to the allowances below Parishioners can now book any Weekday mass and any Sunday mass the day before, if there are places available.

Please note mass times have changed. Sunday masses are at 9.00 am, 11.30am and 6pm. Weekday masses are Tuesday and Thursday at 7 pm and Saturday at 10 am.

We will resume mass on Sunday the 5th July. Parishioners may apply for 1 Sunday Mass and 1 weekday mass for their household (which includes single households) for the period between the 5th July and the 1st August inclusive.

Note: This is not per week, it is 1 Sunday mass per month and one weekday mass per month.

This will allow every household to attend one Sunday mass and one weekday mass during these four weeks. You can book for between 1 and 7 people considered to be from one household. To book your mass see below.

The weekday masses will have instrumental music and resemble a simple Sunday mass. At the end of this four week period we will review the attendances at mass and see if we can increase the number of places available at each mass so that parishioners can attend more frequently. For this system to work parishioners must not book more that one Sunday mass and one weekday mass during this period.

 

Much work has gone in to ensuring that we maintain social distancing and that there are hand sanitisers available at all points where they are needed including before and after receiving holy communion in the hand. There is a one way system in operation. The parish will maintain the 2.0 metre social distancing guidelines as much as possible therefore masks will not be compulsory during services.

Osterley church has a mechanical ventilation system. This system draws in fresh air from outside at the back of the church and expels air via the church tower at the front of the church. No air is recirculated and  this system frequently changes the air in the church thereby reducing the risk of airborne transmission of the Covid 19 virus.This has been confirmed by a chartered engineer.

There is no drinking water in church so bring your own during this hot weather. Toilet facilities are available. Children are of course very welcome but must remain with their parents at all times. Stewards will direct you when you come to church.

Booking Your Mass

To book your masses please click on the “Events” button on the left of the home page of this website and then click on the two masses (one Sunday , one weekday between 5 July and 1st August) you wish to attend.

If you are unable to use this facility you can text 078 9989 5483 and leave your name, the masses you want to attend and the number of tickets you require (all from what is considered to be one household, max number 7). The parish will reply within a few days, if we do not please ring this number and leave a message.

Do not use the text option simply because no masses are available online this is meant for people who do not know how to use the internet or who have no internet connection.Text bookings will only be given to people in this category.

 

Newsletter and Homilies by Fr Robin and Fr Mark

These can be found each week on the website. Please also keep checking the website even after attending your monthly masses as changes may occur in the fast moving situation relating to the Coronavirus pandemic.

 

Individuals aged 70 years and over attending the place of worship

Certain groups of people may be at increased risk of severe disease from COVID-19, including people who are aged 70 or older, regardless of medical conditions.

Individuals who fall within this group are advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if they do go out, to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside of their household.

People in this group should inform themselves of the symptoms of COVID-19 and current stay alert and social distancing guidance.

 

Individuals who are extremely clinically vulnerable/shielding

The NHS has written to around 2.2. million who are considered to be extremely clinically vulnerable to COVID-19, advising them to shield. Those in this group should keep up to date with current guidance. Shielded patients are currently advised not to meet more than one person from outside of their own household, and therefore not currently advised to attend places of worship.

From Monday 6 July, those shielding individuals may choose to gather in groups of up to 6 people outdoors and form a support bubble with another household, they will therefore still be advised not to attend places of worship indoors. Advice for both the clinically vulnerable and extremely clinically vulnerable is however advisory and they can choose how to manage their own risks.

 

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 5th July 2020

Please click on “News” to see the latest Newsletter .

Please click on “News” to see a letter from the Archbishops of England and Wales on the resumption of masses in our churches.

Please click on “Homilies” to read Fr Robin’s homily for Sunday 5th July

Help us to open the church safely

Please volunteer one hour once a month to allow us to re-open safely

To re-open for mass we will need parishioners to volunteer one hour per month on a Sunday or Weekday as a Steward or a Cleaner. Please seriously consider doing this. Please see the details below:

Stewards

In order to be a steward you must:

  1. Be deemed healthy and fit for work and should not be in the group classed as clinically vulnerable (over 70 years or specific pre-existing health conditions), self-isolating or shielding.

Full training will be given and personal protection equipment provided.

If you meet the above criteria and can commit one hour per month on a Sunday or a Weekday to being a steward please e-mail the parish at osterley@rcdow.org.uk  OR ring or text 078 9989 5483 and leave your name and contact details clearly . Please seriously consider volunteering so that the parish can open safely after the 4th July.

 

Cleaners

In addition to stewards we will also need people to volunteer to clean the benches on a Saturday.

In order to be a cleaner you must:

  1. Be deemed healthy and fit for work and should not be in the group classed as clinically vulnerable (over 70 years or specific pre-existing health conditions), self-isolating or shielding.

Full training will be given and personal protection equipment provided.

If you meet the above criteria and can commit one hour per month on a Saturday to being a cleaner please e-mail the parish at osterley@rcdow.org.uk  OR ring or text 078 9989 5483 and leave your name and contact details clearly. Please seriously consider volunteering so that the parish can open safely after the 4th July.

General Parish Information

 

 

GENERAL NEWS FROM THE PARISH

My sister Miriam is with me in the presbytery which is a blessing, she has discovered her cooking mojo! We are all imperfect people however and we can all get on each others nerves occasionally. As it says in scripture “let us bear with one another charitably”. We especially remember those who are living alone and through this letter I send you especial greetings. Please continue to use the telephone and electronic devices to ensure that everyone is looked after physically, socially and spiritually, observing strict social distancing. I thank Joe Andrew and the SVP society for co-ordinating our charitable response to those in need and co-ordinating those willing to volunteer to help(You can find further details of this on the website).

We are conscious that many parishioners may be struggling financially at this time. The parish is taking every step to reduce our costs in order to remain financially viable. Most of our staff have been enrolled in the government Job Retention Scheme and so 80% of their wages are being paid by the government. During this time however they cannot work or volunteer for the parish. To those who already give to the parish by Standing Order thank you for your continuing donations. If you give by Planned Giving Envelope or by Cash please look at the “Donate to our Parish” section of the website to learn how you can continue to support your parish.

May God bless you in the name of the Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.

Fr Mark