Welcome to the Roman Catholic Church of St Ignatius, Stamford Hill served by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).
“The chief function of a parish is to help the community grow in holiness, so that it becomes a model, on a small scale, of what the whole church should be. This is most likely to happen where clergy and lay people accept that they must work closely together. In particular, the laity will be encouraged to fulfill the vocation they have received, through Baptism and Confirmation, to play their part in strengthening the faith of other believers and bringing it to those who have not yet received the gift.
Because the parish is meant to be missionary it will be inclusive and outward-looking. It will welcome those whose contact with the parish is only occasional. It will remember that it is part of the local diocese and will co-operate with the bishop and with the neighbouring parishes. It will foster relations with Christians of other denominations, with people of other faiths and with non-believers. It will take an interest in local affairs, especially where Christian values are concerned. It will also be a source of help for the churches overseas.”
-Fr Bernard Parkin SJ