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.
We are now firmly in ordinary time having had months of the priest wearing green vestments after the vibrant colours of Lent and Easter disappeared (despite the very colourful Christmas image to the right of this piece), with just the occasional red and blue since then to break the monotony, as each Sunday’s Gospel recounts Christ’s proclamation of the Kingdom of God rather than reminding us of a great season of the Church’s year being just around the corner.
All too often we think of this time as a bit dull and so we do a mental countdown towards Advent and Christmas. Yet Christ is always sowing the seeds of the Kingdom. And if you think about it further, the predominant colour in a healthy garden is indeed green. Colourful flowers and shrubs blossom and fade but the good grass – and the green weeds – just keep on growing.
The poet Robert Frost wrote about this:
Nature’s first green is gold,
her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
but only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
so dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
While the wind-down for the summer is probably a distant memory, we may not feel all golden and new, but there is still the possibility, even the requirement, of new, golden, life and at least sustaining and deepening the green shoots of a healthy faith as we take up anew our work and studies and, in our case, another parish.
God bless you all and your loved ones.
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