The Catholic Church of Our Lady St. John’s Wood
Built in 1836, Our Lady of St John’s Wood is one of the first Catholic Churches to be built in London following the 1829 Catholic Emancipation.
Having celebrated the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, now the stable is empty. Jesus has gone to Nazareth with Mary and Joseph (Lk 2:51a) for the 30 “hidden” years before the start of His often challenging teaching ministry. For us, those three decades will fly past before Lent begins on 14 February. And from then on the scriptures will move us, day by day, to a deeper contemplation of the passion and death of Jesus prompted by His uncompromising words and actions.
I am always struck by the Presentation. It is the last time that Our Lady holds her child in her arms until His broken body is pressed to her heart after His crucifixion and death. Hence, at that celebration in the temple, Simeon prophesies that a sword will pierce the heart of sinless Mary when she sees the appalling death her son will undergo to free us from our sins.
For us, all too often Lent can become a little like a heathy option or a detox. But it is really about coming to acknowledge how each of us has contributed to the Passion of the Christ though our own sinfulness.
And that is why the source of our ashes is so important. We can buy them from church suppliers, but better still is to make our own, as we do here, from the palms we waved to welcome Christ as our Redeemer last year. No doubt our enthusiasm has waned even more so in 11 months than in the short time since 25 December so that when we bless and burn those palms and use the ashes to mark ourselves on Ash Wednesday, they will become an even starker reminder of how unsteady our faith can be.
Time really does fly, but Lent beginning so soon after Christmas gives us a real opportunity to consider: do we recognise the infant Christ and our broken Saviour as one and the same Jesus Christ, and do we, like our Blessed Lady, hold both equally close to our hearts? Canon Kevin
The Seven Sacraments
For more information on the Sacraments of Initiation click on the one that concerns you or our child: Baptism, First Holy Communion or Confirmation. They are normally received in that order but if you are a young adult or older or have missed one for some reason please click on RCIA.
The Sacraments of Healing are Confession (or Reconciliation or Penance) and the Anointing of the Sick. Children are prepared for the former for the first time as part of the First Holy Communion programme.
The Sacraments of Vocation are Marriage and Holy Orders. We can do everything to help you prepare for the former but as for the latter, we can only offer to help you discern whether God is calling you to be a priest or a religious and encourage you to respond with generosity and find the fulfilment we have found in this form of service to Christ and His Church.
Music at Our Lady
The choir was founded by Claude Crozet in 1971 and some of the original members still sing with us. Claude’s project was considered quite pioneering during a period of cultural “reform” within the Church and his work has been continued by other conductors within the choir and beyond.
If you would like to join us, please introduce yourself at the end of mass or send a message.
Mass Book page 134
Daily Service Times
Sunday: 6:00pm (Saturday Vigil), 9:00am, 10:30am (Sung), 12:00 noon (Sung), 6:00pm
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 10:00am
Saturday: 10:00am, 6:00pm (Vigil Mass of Sunday)
Saturday: 10:30am – 11:00am, 5:15pm – 5:45pm
There are many ways in which you can support the upkeep of this beautiful building, and its pastoral mission to the parish and local community.
You can make a one-off donation, set up a standing order. Your generosity will ensure that Our Lady St. John’s Wood is here for future generations to enjoy.
Church of Our Lady St. John’s Wood
54 Lodge Road
Telephone: 020 7286 3214