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Church of the English Martyrs
Tower Hill Mission
Founded and served since 1862 by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate
30 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB Tel: 020 7488 4654
Archdiocese of Westminster Registered Trustees 233699
Parish Priest: Fr Alex 020 7488 4654 Director, De Mazenod House Retreat Centre: Fr Ray 020 7702 0270

Parish Newsletter 24th May 2020
Seventh Sunday of Easter

May they be one as we are one

Laudato Sí Day 24th May 2020


Scripture Readings, Reflection & Prayers
First reading Acts 8:5-8, 14-17 How do people come to faith and Christian community? This reading portrays two stages, which might challenge the way we do things. The starting point is awakening and only later comes the confirmation.
Second reading 1 Peter 3:15-18 This passage is often quoted because of the line “always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope that you all have.” This is surely important, but the phrase before it is just as much a key: “Reverence the Lord Christ in your hearts.
Gospel John 14:15-21 John’s Gospel uses a few times an expression for the Holy Spirit, which is “advocate”. We probably think “lawyer” and that’s not wrong. More richly, it means someone who stands along side you. Not a bad way to think of the Holy Spirit.
Thought for the day
Expectedly, very far away worlds can seem familiar. Such is the case with the world of our second reading (and perhaps our Gospel): an intense com- munity, factions within, pressures from outside, different “versions” of the faith, not always reliable leadership, the departure of members, perhaps some significant. Questions arise. What has happened? Who are we? What do we hold on to? Where should we turn? What should we do? The faraway world of 1 Peter and even John’s Gospel seems suddenly recognisable to us today. Their message is simply: keep to the heart of the proclamation, Christ our life; keep loving each other; trust the Holy Spirit; it is not our project but God’s!
Remind us again, loving God, of the great events that give us new life in Christ. Rekindle the gift of the Holy Spirit within each and within all.
Reflection courtesy of Fr Kieran O’ Mahony, OSA –


Live Broadcast of Mass
Mass is broadcast everyday through Skype. All you need to do is join
‘De Mazenod House’. Click on this link to join.

Mass will be broadcast Monday – Friday at 6pm
Saturday: 6:30pm
Sunday: 11am

During this time that it is not possible to attend Mass, you are encouraged to do the following:
• Keep Sunday holy, in some way appropriate to your circumstances.
• Prayer together as a family or household, where appropriate.
• Read the Sunday readings and reflect upon them:
• Make an Act of Spiritual Communion
Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus,
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.

Laudato Sí Day 24th May 2020

Bring solidarity to our world in a shared moment of prayer at noon local time on 24 May. Catholics from all across the globe will be united in spirit because “everything is connected.”

Oblate Novena of Prayer for Oblate Vocations 21st – 29th May –
21st May marks the death anniversary of St Eugene De Mazenod, the Founder of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and traditionally we begin a novena of prayer for Oblate Vocations. Each day we pray that the call of Jesus Christ be heard in the hearts of young people to respond to his invitation to Religious life and in particular to young men to the Oblate Missionary life. The novena ends on the feast of Blessed Joseph Gerard, Missionary to the Basotho people of Lesotho.
Our Novena Prayer will be available in video format on the Oblate Provincial website and social media channels beginning on 21st May and concluding on 29th May.
Facebook: /angloirishoblates
Twitter: @OblatesUKIRE
Instagram: @angloirishoblates

May – The month of Mary our Mother Let us continue to dedicate this month to Mary and pray particularly for an end to this dreadful corona virus.
Mass for Frontline Workers – Every Thursday, at 7pm, one of the bishops of England and Wales will offer Mass in his Cathedral, live streamed, for all frontline workers in the NHS, care homes, for the sick and their families.
On Saturday 23rd we will hold a live broadcast Vigil of Prayer and Eucharist Adoration at 6pm and invite you all to join us from your homes to welcome the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Mass of the Feast will follow the Vigil of Prayer.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster has recorded a pastoral message for the Feast and you can watch it by clicking on the link below:

Shadwell Responds – A Community-led response to the Coronavirus crisis
Please check out this website which provides supportive information and help to the local community. Our parish is an associate member.

Free School Meals Campaign: “Don’t freeze Iceland out”
The campaign has produced a video letter from the local community urging the Secretary of State for Education to make it possible to the school voucher scheme to include Iceland. Please support this local campaign to ensure that families with free school meal vouchers can spend them at our local, affordable Iceland store.

Hardship Fund
This fund is available to those in need and can be accessed through contacting Fr Ray
Anyone who wishes to donate to the fund can go to the website:


Please contact us if you need to share any concerns or just want a listening ear.

Fr. Alex: 020 7488 4654
Fr Ray: 0746 834 2041

Parish Finance
Parishioners are asking how to continue supporting their parish financially. Please go to the website:
Follow the directions for making a contribution.

Donate to our Parish
To contribute specifically to the Building Appeal, please use the drop-down menu “I would like to make a donation to…”, and select “English Martyrs Building Fund“. To contribute instead to general parish funds please click on “I would like to make a donation to ‘Tower Hill Parish‘”.
With no Sunday Mass collections, your giving matters now more than ever.
There are various ways to contribute to the parish.
If you do online banking, the quickest and most direct way to donate is with a bank transfer. If you can, please also consider a monthly gift by Standing Order. Our account details are:
Account Name: The Westminster Roman Catholic Diocese Trustee
The English Martyrs Tower Hill Account
This is the parish account’s full name in the banking system. You only need quote the first line.

Sort Code: 40-05-20
Account Number: 41308548
Please add your Surname and First Name as a reference, to help our bookkeeper.
If you are a taxpayer, please Gift Aid your donation. The government will top up your gift by 25 percent, meaning a £20 offering becomes £25, at no cost to you.
The quickest and easiest way to do Gift Aid now is to send an email to with the following information:
– Your parish name
– Your title, first name and surname
– Your address and postcode
– The date of your gift, or start date of Standing Order
– The amount
– Please add the line: ‘Please Gift Aid my donations’
The Diocese Gift Aid office will add your declaration immediately, on behalf of your parish, and email you a confirmation.
If you would prefer, you can also donate by debit or credit card, using the form on the website.
Thank you very much for your donation. Everything that happens in our parish is only possible with your support.



Our Lady of Graces – Pray for Us
We continue to keep the Lamp of hope burning at Our Lady of Graces Shrine for your intentions and as a sing of unity and solidarity in the face of this pandemic.

Our Lady of Graces – Pray for us
Martyrs of England – Pray for us
St Eugene De Mazenod – pray for us

Safeguarding Information
Parish Safeguarding Officer: Eileen McLaughlin 07852 372923
Diocesan Co-ordinator: Geraldine Allen 0207 798 9350


Here are a selection of churches in the diocese that are live streamed and can be visited online at any time using the relevant website address. Mass will be celebrated for online participation at the times listed below:

Sunday Mass
6.30pm (Sat.) New Southgate
10.00am New Southgate
10.30am Pimlico
11.00am Potters Bar
12.30pm Pimlico (Spanish Mass)
3.30pm Palmers Green (Polish Mass)
6.30pm Swiss Cottage

Weekday Mass
Monday to Friday:
7.00am Swiss Cottage
10.00am New Southgate
6.00pm Lincoln’s Inn Fields

10.00am Swiss Cottage
10.00am New Southgate