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!

IF YOU REQUIRE ASSISTANCE YOU MAY PHONE OR EMAIL AS THE PARISH OFFICE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.  THANK YOU.

MASSES AND TIMES  FOR PRIVATE PRAYER WILL CONTINUE AS ADVERTISED IN A COVID SECURE WAY DURING THE LOCKDOWN ANNOUNCED ON 4TH JANUARY 2021

The obligation to attend mass is currently suspended.

You can only mix in mass with your bubble, that is, your household and any person with whom you have formed a support bubble (because for example they live on their own).

IT IS MANDATORY TO WEAR A FACE COVERING THROUGHOUT YOUR VISIT, ENSURING YOUR NOSE AND MOUTH ARE COVERED.

Link to the Government website relating to The Safe Use Of Places of Worship during the Pandemic

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-during-the-pandemic-from-4-july/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-from-2-december.   (Updated 11 January 2021)

 

THE CHURCH REMAINS OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER ON TUESDAY AND THURSDAY

MORNINGS FROM 11 AM TO 12 NOON

AND SATURDAY MORNING FROM 9-10AM BEFORE THE MORNING MASS.

 

If you have booked a mass  that you do not wish to attend please text 078 9989 5483 to inform us.

Please say you wish to cancel or reduce the number of places, and provide the mass time and location (Church or Hall),

the original and reduced number of places (if reducing the booking) and the name used for the booking.

To increase a booking simply book another place if there is a space available.

Sunday masses are at 

9.00 am, 11.30 am and 6 pm.

Weekday masses are Tuesday and Thursday at 7.00 pm

and Saturday at 10.00 am.

Parishioners may book two Sunday masses for their household (which includes single households) per calendar month.

In addition, parishioners may book any Sunday mass the day before it takes place if there are places available.  Please do check as there are often seats available on Saturdays for the following Sunday.

Parishioners may book any number of weekday masses without restriction.  To book your mass see below.

The weekday masses will have instrumental music and resemble a simple Sunday mass. 

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.

Parishioners MUST wear a face covering when attending church unless they are exempt from doing so.

This is a legal requirement.

You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • young children under the age of 11 (Public Health England do not recommended face coverings for children under the age of 3 for health and safety reasons)
  • not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
  • if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
  • if you are travelling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
  • to eat or drink if reasonably necessary

Face coverings can be unlooped to receive Holy Communion.

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 a space to attend Mass

To book your seats for masses please click on the “Events” button on the left of the home page of this website and then click on the masses you wish to attend (see allowances for booking above).

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 – see Christmas rules below). 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.

Confessions

Confessions have resumed being heard in the parish at the new time of 9.00am – 9.45am on Saturday mornings. You can also make an appointment for the priest to hear your confession by ringing 078 9989 5483. Please leave a message if there is no reply and we will ring you back.

Baptism

We are not currently celebrating baptisms. You can continue to apply using the Baptism Application Form available on this website. Once you submit your form you will be contacted when baptisms are permitted. A baptism in danger of death is permitted.

Funerals

Weddings can only take place with up to 6 people. Anyone working is not included. You should only consider booking a wedding  (or continuing with one that is already booked) in exceptional circumstances. This may be for example, an urgent marriage where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover, or is to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery

Other Services

Our main focus has been on reopening safely for mass and private prayer.  When it is safe to do so, the parish will look at how we can resume Holy Communion to the housebound, as well as other devotions e.g. Rosary and prayer Group.

Readers, Altar Servers, Ministers of the Eucharist.

Currently Readers have a rota. Please inform the Priest or sacristan you have arrived at mass to read.

Eucharistic Ministers: Sign in on the noticeboard before mass if you can minister, and sanitize hands after doing so.  One minister is currently required at each mass.

Altar Servers serve as and when they attend mass, and Eucharistic Ministers sign in on the sheet in the lobby when they can minister

Click on “News” to see the latest Newsletter .

Click on “Homilies” to read Fr Robin’s latest homily.

Help us to open the church safely

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

To open for mass we need parishioners to volunteer one hour per month on a Sunday or Weekday as a Steward or a Cleaner. Please seriously consider doing this and 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 consider volunteering so that the parish can function safely.