Welcome to the webpages of the
Catholic Church of St Edmund of Canterbury, Whitton.
The parish of St Edmund of Canterbury exists:
To foster and nurture Gods love and our relationship with Him, individually and as a parish community
To live as the family of God, in one united heart, showing our love through the reconciliation of our differences. Celebrating the diversity of our gifts and encouraging one another to respond to Gods will, therefore building His kingdom on earth.
By the love that we show for one another we act as witnesses to Christ, extending God’s love to those around us so that others may come to know and experience the love of God through the risen Lord Jesus.Our postal address is The Presbytery, St Edmund’s Lane, 213 Nelson Road, Whitton, Middx TW2 7BB.
You will find us if you turn right at Whitton BR Station, left at the Admiral Nelson Pub. The Presbytery is behind the church.
We now have live streaming of all masses
COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS FOR MASSES
Given the extraordinary circumstances we find ourselves in, we are implementing Government guidance for all masses.
The usual obligation to attend Sunday mass is currently suspended by Cardinal Vincent.
Masses are continuing with precautions in place but attendance is entirely at your discretion and noone should attend if they do not feel comfortable doing so.
Please observe the following rules when coming to mass:
Social distancing must be observed by a minimum of 1 metre at all times between people from different households or support bubbles.
Masks must be worn by everyone at all times except those with official exemption.
Socialising between separate households is prohibited.
Other precautions currently in place include:
Alternate pews are closed off to enable social distancing between rows while seated.
Hymn books and mass cards have been removed to reduce risk of infection from surface contact.
The church is cleaned after every mass.
Sadly, singing is not permitted as it is deemed to create an increased risk of viral transmission.
Hand sanitising gel is available to all at the entrance.
A one way system is in operation around the church.
We do not have a collection during mass, however offerings may be made with a credit/debit card via the contactless payment station near the exit.
The sign of peace is currently suspended.
The final blessing is given prior to Holy Communion and you are asked to leave the church immediately after receiving the Host.
Distribution of The Precious Blood is currently suspended.
Following Holy Communion worshippers do not return to their seats.
We understand these times are challenging for everyone but trust all Parishioners will adhere to these measures so we are able to continue to offer daily masses.
(For the Certificate of Catholic Practice go to School Admission)
Parishioners have been asking how they can continue to support our parish financially. Father Nigel is grateful to them, and to all who have continued to support the parish at this time. The parish does indeed need financial support and if you can help out in any way please access the ‘Donate to Our Parish’ link above to see how you can help.
We are now in the pilot scheme for CONTACTLESS GIVING – the payment point is available at every mass. Thank you.
You can contact us on 020 8894 9923. Our email address is email@example.com or you can use the contact page on this website.
We are also on Facebook
We’re keen to hear from you, so please feel free to contact us!
Act of Spiritual Communion:
I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar.
I love you above all things
and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
come spiritually into my soul
so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever.
Liturgy and Prayer
Universalis (Available free online or as a paid app)
Magnificat is providing complimentary access to its resources during this time.
Apps including Laudate, iMissal and iBreviary
Click to Pray is the home of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network and provides three brief moments of prayer each day as well as allowing you share your own prayer intentions for all to pray.
Pray as you Go release daily spoken meditations on the readings of the Mass designed to go with you wherever you go. Lasting between ten and thirteen minutes, it combines music, scripture and some questions for reflection. They have also launched a new series called Pray as you Stay, providing weekly prayers.
Easter Day 2020
Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary on Granting Special Indulgences in the Current Pandemic
On 20 March the Apostolic Penitentiary issued a Decree granting special Indulgences to the faithful suffering from COVID-19 (coronavirus) as well as to health care workers, family members and all those who in any capacity, including through prayer, care for them. The Decree can be found on the Vatican website at https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2020/03/20/200320c.html