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.

Please contact the Parish Office for further information.

REACHING OUT TO EACH OTHER

MINISTRY TO THE SICK AND HOUSEBOUND

Regularly weekly participation in Mass is a core element in the life of the Catholic. When somebody is unable – permanently or just for a short time – to get to Church through sickness or infirmity, it is extremely important that they are enable to continue to participate in the Mass. Fr. Agustin organises a system of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion who take communion to the sick and housebound in their homes.

IF YOU ARE IN HOSPITAL

No one looks forward to a stay in hospital, but if it becomes necessary, it is important that you are well cared for. Part of that good care is the Hospital Chaplaincy Service; a multi- faith department whose role is to provide for the spiritual, pastoral and religious needs of patients and their relatives.

It is well recognised that not everyone is a church-goer or necessarily wants religious services, but that the very act of being taken into hospital can disturb our sense of self and normality.

Chaplains offer a friendly face, a listening ear, a chance to talk through thoughts and concerns, prayer, religious advice and comfort and the support of the Sacraments. Everything is held in confidence.

Chaplains visit the wards during the week and provide an ‘on-call’ service in case of emergency. On admission to hospital please ensure that your religion is registered and confirm that this information may be passed to the RC Chaplain.

+ If you would like a chaplain to visit please ask ward staff to contact the appropriate chaplain.

+ If your relative is admitted to hospital please notify the chaplain.

The Sacrament of the Sick

The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick offers Christ’s healing and strength to the elderly, anyone who has a life threatening illness or is facing an operation.

If you know that you are being admitted to hospital it is in order for you to contact your parish priest to make arrangements to receive the Sacrament before your admission. He may offer to anoint you during a weekday Mass, at home with your family or privately at a convenient place and time. Whatever you choose it is a rich opportunity to allow your parish community to support you in your sickness and suffering.

If you are admitted to hospital in an emergency, it is still possible to call on your priest to visit and administer the Sacrament, or you can ask ward staff to contact the Roman Catholic chaplain at the hospital who will be pleased to visit and arrange for the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick and any other prayerful and sacramental support that may assist you through your hospital stay.

How to contact the RC Chaplain

Contact details for all Westminster Diocese Healthcare Chaplains, and hospitals within the Diocese are posted on the Diocesan

web-site:www.rcdow.org.uk/healthcare.

They are also listed in the Westminster

Yearbook under ‘Hospitals’.

Details of your local hospital chaplain will often be noted in the parish newsletter or posted at the back of church. If you are having difficulty contacting the hospital chaplain, your parish priest will be able to help you.

The Diocese of Westminster Office for Healthcare Chaplaincy Co-ordinator can be contacted at 28 Beaufort Street, Chelsea, London SW3 5AA.
Fr. Peter Scott
The Archbishop’s Advisor for Healthcare Chaplaincy
The Office of Healthcare Chaplaincy
47 Cumberland Street
London SW1V 4LY
Telephone: 020 7821 7325

Children’s Liturgy

Children are welcome at all Masses. During the first half of the Sunday 09:30 Mass, younger children are invited to join the Children’s Liturgy group in the Parish Room.

The group, aimed for children aged 3 – 8, presents the Gospel in a way that they can understand. Children will participate in about 30 minutes of prayer, readings and activities, specially tailored to their age group.

The children then return to the main church for the Offertory procession, where Father Agustin will invite one of them to explain to the congregation what they have learned during the liturgy.

The group meets each Sunday (except during school holidays) and children should arrive at the Parish Room before 09:30.

New children are always welcome and for the very young ones, parents may wish to stay with them.

Children who have completed their First Holy Communion should attend the full Mass in church, but are welcome to join the Children’s Liturgy group up until the end of the 2nd-term of Year 4, or if they are helping a younger sibling.

On the first Sunday of the month, all children (including the Children’s Liturgy group) attend the full Mass in church.

Our aim is to make the children’s experience of church a meaningful one , helping them to grow in the faith of the Catholic Church and develop as active members of our Parish Community.

If you would like your child to attend Children’s Liturgy please speak to Fr. Agustin.