What’s new for November 2019?

All Saints Day 1 November, extra mass at 7pm.

All Souls Day 2 November Mass 10.30am. Parish Walk for an hour 11.30am. 7.20pm Farewell in church after mass to Domenico Gioffre our Musical Director

Requiem Mass at North Sheen Cemetery Sunday 3 November 2.30pm

Baptism classes Wednesday 6 and Wednesday 13 November 7.30pm

Art Exhibition in church: paintings by Matthew Theobald and children’s paintings, starts Sunday 24 November after 11am Mass and is open for two hours a day 5-7pm Monday to Friday until

Christmas Bazaar  2pm on Saturday 30 November in Parish Hall.




Adoration of the Blessed sacrament

This is an excellent cup of coffee! Enjoying Sunday’s BBQ

Nina at the BBQ on Sunday welcoming the police as part of our community

Bride and Maureen at the BBQ



With Our Lord of Pardon Catholic Charismatic Group on Sunday afternoon


Blessing of St Barbara Patron Saint of Tunnellers before tunneling starts from Carnwath Road to Acton


We will be blessing the statue of St Barbara on
Tuesday at the mouth of the 7k tunnel to be driven through to Acton



Holy Saturday morning and the team of flower arrangers have been busy making the church look lovely for Easter


Palm Sunday Procession

procession on Palm Sunday

Our pilgrimage sets off to enter the Holy City! (Actually not, this is a picture outside the Armenian church and convent in Jerusalem in 1894 taken from the book The Earthly Footsteps of the Man of Galillee and the journey of His Apostles, by Bishop John Vincent, the Rev James Lee and photographer R E M Bain.


Domenico our organist




Mudbug: The Nativity seen from the point of view of a lobster. Performances on 15th and 16th December after mass. Performed by the parishioners of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. A short play set in 1st century Cornwall and Palestine.  Above: The birth of Jesus. Below: 1. Joseph of Arimethaea and Burt the Tin (Grania’s husband)  barter dried fish from Galilee for tin from Cornwall. 2. the fish gather around the lobster pot to say farewell to Mudbug. 3. the cast take a bow (left to right) : Joseph of Bethlehem/Nazareth; Mary;  The Angel (and the robber); the stall holder in Jerusalem and the Inn Keeper:  Melchior (the Wise Men) , Jonah, (Simon Peter’s father and Joseph of Arimethaea’s brother); Burt the Tin; Mudbug (the Great Cornish Lobster); Caspar (The Wise Men); Joseph of Arimethaea; Balthazar (the Wise Men); Simon Peter; Grania (Burt the Tin’s wife and The Star from the East).4. Holding onto the scripts!  Music by Caroline Bowder, Set (Lobster Pot by Sylvester Baptiste), lighting and sound effects by Terence O’Connor). Play written and directed by Bill Bowder





















Enjoying the first of our fortnightly community lunches cooked in our new kitchen in Our Lady’s Hall, Since October we have provided lunch once a month on a Tuesday and Sands End Adventure Playground in Pineapple Park has  providing lunch two weeks later. We will start again in the New year.


At our first community lunch in the hall cooked in our new kitchen


Fr Bill waiting with an estimated 200,000-250,000 pilgrims in Phoenix park,   Dublin, on a rainy, windy, lovely day as the Pope arrives to celebrate Mass  in August

Caroline, one of our delegation of two from Our Lady’s keeping dry as we waited for the Pope to appear

Irish music at the RDS during a break at the World Meeting of Families


Pilgrims at an afternoon Mass in the main arena at the RDS Dublin during the World Meeting of Families

Rain had soaked the worshippers at the Mass in the RDS as we received communion,  then the rainbow appeared, a great promise of hope for the Church.

The icon of Christ appears in glory lit by the late evening sun

Bishop, one of our asylum seeker family members, drew this card for us.



Francesco opens a bottle of wine for us; he cooked a wonderful BBQ on Pentecost Sunday, many thanks.

Marie at the BBQ on Pentecost Sunday

George talking to Megumi at the BBQ on Pentecost Sunday

Maria at the BBQ on Pentecost Sunday


The Blessing of the Statue to St Barbara patron saint of miners and tunellers at Tideway West, Carnwath Road.

The church is made ready for the First Communion Celebration Day 22 April 2018

Baby Alexander in foreground with Baby Theo by the font after they were baptised on Saturday 21 April.

The organist, Domenico, and the choir in April

Sarah, one of our two volunteer co-ordinators who organise our team of volunteers to provide food, clothing, toiletries, a little cash – and thousands of nappies to our asylum-seeker families who visit us on Sunday afternoons once a month.


Flowers on the Altar in the Lady Chapel.

Sunset over Pineapple Park


The shop in the hall after 11am Mass


Above: neighbours and friends met outside the church on 18 June, 2017 a beautiful day for the Great Get-Together lunch as we recognised, as the late Jo Cox MP said, we have much more that unites us than divides us.


Above: The Church Tower at evening time.

 Catechists and flower arrangers prepare for Sunday’s First Communion celebration 2017

Happy Easter

 Easter Flowers and (below) front of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, flowers in church and camellias blossoming outside as Spring arrives


Easter Font  2017





stephendale road exteriorOur Lady of Perpetual Help here in Fulham, near the Thames  is open for each and everyone of us all through this coming year. The church that carries her name is in Stephendale Road in Fulham, SW6. We have had many occasions to thank her for her intercessions to her Son in whose name we live and move and have our being. Here there is a welcome for everyone of goodwill, a place of prayer and beauty.






Our postal address is Parish House, 2 Tynemouth Street, Fulham, SW6 2QT. You will find Sand’s End east of Wandsworth Bridge Road, south of New King’s Road, north Imperial Wharf. You can contact us on 020 7736 4864. Fr Bill’s email is billbowder@rcdow.org.uk and the parish email address is stephendaleroad@rcdow