Welcome to the web pages of the Roman Catholic Church of St Mary Magdalen, Willesden Green.
Mass Times/Individual Prayer with Eucharistic Adoration Times
Week commencing Sunday 27 September 2020
Saturday: 6:30pm (Vigil Mass of Sunday)
Sunday: 9:00am,10:30am & 12:00 noon
Monday— Wednesday :9:30am
Thursday: Closed for ‘deep cleaning’/Mass said in private
Saturday:9:30am & 6:30pm
Church closes after all Masses
Individual Prayer with Eucharistic Adoration
Weekdays (except Thursdays)
One hour before morning Mass
and Friday 6:00pm—7:30pm
27 September 2020
NHS COVID-19 App/QR code. Since churches have been allowed to open for public Masses in July, Test and Trace has been used to help stop the spread of coronavirus. Those who enter the church have been asked for their names and contact details or contact card number as they enter the church. From this weekend, we will introduce another way to register your visit, using the NHS COVID-19 app available on App Store for iOS devices and Google Play for Android devices. Once the app is installed on your device, you can scan the QR code you will see displayed as you enter the church using the app. Your visit to the church will be recorded and you will get alerted if you’ve visited a venue where you may have come into contact with coronavirus. Anyone aged 16 or over who lives in England or Wales can use the NHS COVID-19 app. For more information please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/nhscovid-19/
Registration for First Holy Communion/Confirmation 2021 is now available. All children due to receive First Holy Communion (currently year three and above) and make their Confirmation (currently year nine and above) next year (2021) will need to register online.
Please click the tab on the left hand side marked First Holy Communion or Confirmation application 2021. Please print off the application form, complete, and return with a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate via email to email@example.com.
All donations where possible should be made online by clicking the ‘Donate to Our Parish’ tab above. Please reference your donation with your child’s name.
If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the office and we will arrange to post a form to you.
Forms must be submitted no later than 12 noon on Friday 16 October 2020.
Roman Catholic Secondary School and Sixth Form Applications. On Saturday 17 October and Sunday 18 October 2020 from 2:00pm until 4:00pm Monsignor Roger will be available to sign the Certificate of Catholic Practice form for those who attend Mass here every week and have done so for some years. Newer parishioners should bring a letter from their previous parish.
Monsignor Roger will see you on a first come first served basis. Appointments will take place in the Sacristy so please come into the church at the step free access door by the Grotto, not Clergy House, and take a seat. Please bring with you a Certificate of Catholic Practice form for each school you are applying for. The form can be obtained by visiting the Diocese of Westminster website at rcdow.org.uk or at the following link: https://education.rcdow.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/certificate -of-catholic-practice-1.pdf Please complete the top half of each form before your appointment. Masks should be worn and please ensure you bring your own pen. Thank you.
13 September 2020
Returning to Mass. As the numbers returning to Mass are increasing it is important that we are able to welcome as many people as possible. At the moment we can help with this in two ways. Firstly, the Sunday obligation remains suspended; therefore, we can come and celebrate Mass on any day of the week. In order to ease the numbers on Sundays, you are invited to come to Mass during the week if you can, rather than on Sunday as the Masses during the week usually have more space. This way we can ensure we have space to be able to welcome everyone particularly those who are working and families as the new school term starts. Secondly, you will need to wait to be seated when you enter the church. Please follow the instructions of the stewards and sit where they ask. This may mean that you will not be able to sit in your usual seat. It will mean however that the stewards can ensure that every possible seat can be utilised rather than turn people away. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Mass/Private Prayer Times. Please note that with effect from the week commencing Sunday 20 September, morning Mass Monday to Saturday (currently not Thursdays) will be returning to our original time of 9:30am. Private Prayer with Eucharistic Adoration will take place at 8:30am until 9:30am. Also there will no longer be Private Prayer on Tuesday evenings. Updated Mass and Individual Prayer with Eucharistic Adoration times are posted each week on our website https://parish.rcdow.org.uk/willesdengreen/, newsletter https://parish.rcdow.org.uk/willesdengreen/parish-newsletters-2020/, doors of the church and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/marymagwillesdengreen/.
6 September 2020
You may not realise this, but a great deal has been going on in the parish over the summer. I hope that you noticed the beautiful new block paving at the entrance to the church. We have been able to do this entirely because of your generosity, and I think you will agree it has really enhanced the front of the church and has given it what some call ‘Kerb appeal’.
Inside the church, the CCTV has been installed and the Wi-Fi extended. This will help greatly in the security of the building once we are able to open in our normal way.
You have all responded so well and generously to the new ways we are having to do things at the moment. Our Masses are reverent and
dignified. People are made to feel welcome by our stewards, using their numbers for test and trace, and the church is made that bit safer by
being cleaned by the stewards after the Mass. Thank you to them.
Life is not yet back to normal, however, and one of the problems we will encounter as the term starts and families return to Mass is space at the Sunday Mass.
I have a big favour to ask some of you: If you are able to come to Mass during the week, please consider NOT coming on Sundays. There is no Sunday obligation at present. A couple of Sundays ago we had to turn some families away from a full church. This will be a sacrifice for some of you, I know, but it will help those who work or have children at school to be able to come to Mass on Sundays. Thank you.
It has been so good to see Our Lady’s Grotto outside the church being used as a place of prayer during the lockdown and beyond. May Our Lady of Lourdes and St Mary Magdalen pray for us all.
17 August 2020
It is wonderful to see so many of you returning to Mass. This weekend our Masses were very busy and unfortunately it meant that some had to be turned away from our 12 noon Sunday Mass as we had reached the maximum number of persons allowed to keep you all safe. Our 10:30am Sunday Mass was less busy and therefore please consider perhaps some of you coming to this Mass instead.
The Sunday obligation remains suspended; therefore, we can come and celebrate Mass on any day of the week. In order to ease the numbers on Sundays, you are invited to come to Mass during the week if you can, rather than on Sunday as the Masses during the week usually have more space. This way we can ensure we have space to be able to welcome everyone.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
5 August 2020
To have a Mass said for a loved one’s intentions is beautiful way to pray. Whatever their need, maybe for the repose of their soul, maybe an anniversary, maybe in sickness, maybe a thanksgiving, maybe a birthday or a wedding there are many reasons to have a Mass offered. It is also a practical way to support the priests in our parish through the donation (suggested at £10) for each Mass.
Mass intentions can be booked by telephoning the parish office on 020 8451 4677 or emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations can be placed in an envelope and posted through the inner presbytery door or made online at https://parish.rcdow.org.uk/willesdengreen/donate/ Please consider praying for somebody in this uniquely Catholic way.
22 July 2020
I am pleased to inform you that due to the increase in the numbers wishing to attend Mass at the weekend, we will now be resuming our normal Sunday morning Mass times, which will include a Mass at 10:30am, commencing Sunday 26 July. Updated Mass and Individual Prayer with Eucharistic Adoration times are posted each week here on our website, in our newsletter, on the doors of the church and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/marymagwillesdengreen/
21 July 2020
From today we are beginning a new, more efficient Test and Trace system. It will mean that you do not have to give your name and phone number every time you come to Mass; you will just give the steward your personal number and they will register you.
Please take a Test and Trace Contact Card from the table as you leave church, and fill in your details, one per household. Please then return the top section of the card to the parish office or a steward. Keep the lower half at home so that you can remember your number.
All you will then have to do when you come to Mass is remember your number, give it to the steward and your number will be recorded.
As you will see on the card, all data will be stored in line with the Diocesan GDPR policy.
Thank you for helping us play our part in keeping things safer.
16 July 2020
Test and Trace
To help NHS Test and Trace, should we have a case of COVID- 19, we have been asked to keep a record of who attends church each day. These contact details will be kept in a secure place and destroyed after 21 days. You can opt out of sharing your name and contact details. No one will be compelled to provide their name and number if they do not wish to do so. As our numbers for Mass are increasing, we may need to introduce a requirement to reserve a place for Mass. Please look at our website for updates.
Monsignor Roger Reader
12 July 2020
Returning to Mass.
‘It is so good to be back, Father.’ I must have heard those words many, many times as we opened the doors once again for Mass to be said in public. It has taken a lot of preparation by a great team of volunteers. The signs are in place, the gel dispensers full and the benches measured up. We have read carefully all the guidelines sent to us by our Cardinal. So it was on 4 July that we opened the doors to find a small queue of people for the 6:30pm Mass. Yes, they found Mass is a little different from a usual Sunday Mass. Yes, there’s not quite so many people. Yes, you can’t sit in your usual place. Yes, it’s a bit shorter. Yes, you have to use a face covering. But it is still the Mass, still where we meet Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. Some of us are getting used to receiving Holy Communion in a different way, by standing and receiving into the hands. This is very generous of you. And yes, at the moment, there can be no singing or servers at Mass.
But, as just over 200 people discovered this weekend, it is still the Mass. And I would like to say both on my behalf and Fr Sudham’s: ‘It’s very good to have you back!’ Monsignor Roger
2 July 2020
Reopening the church for Mass.
First of all, I would like to thank you for your patience and understanding in these difficult times for us all. It has been so good to see some of you coming back to the church to pray with Jesus Christ present in the Blessed Sacrament. The atmosphere in the church has been beautiful, and everyone has been careful to observe the guidelines we have been given.
We are now moving to the second stage of the opening of the churches. This is for Mass. It means that you will be able to pray at Mass and to receive Holy Communion, if you wish. It will be the Mass, but it will be the Mass in its simplest form, and it may look and sound rather different from what you are used to – but it is still the Mass. We are not returning to normal.
For example, I need to remind you all that at the moment there is still no Sunday obligation, and we will continue to broadcast the Sunday Mass. If you do not work, please consider coming to a weekday Mass, when there will be fewer people. We will no longer be broadcasting the weekday Mass.
These are things you will need to know when you come to Mass.
- At present, there will be no need to reserve or call ahead to say you are coming. That may change if numbers increase.
- You will need to bring your own face covering and wear it during Mass. This applies to anyone over the age of 11. This is to keep us all safer.
- You may need to wait to be seated. Please follow the instructions of the stewards and sit where they ask. I know this may mean that you will not be able to sit in your usual seat. People who live together should sit together.
- The Cardinal has given permission for some non-essential parts of the Mass to be omitted. This includes the bidding prayers of intercession. This is because the risk from the virus is lower the less time people spend indoors together. There will be no singing.
- Some intentions will be combined into one Mass. Fr Sudham and I will use our public and private Masses to ensure that all intentions are offered.
- You will see a big change in how you receive Holy Communion, which the priest will explain during Mass. The stewards will show you up to the altar row by row, with the distancing in place. You will receive the Body of Christ standing and into your hands. I know that, once again, for some of you this will be the first time in your life that you’ve received Holy Communion standing and I thank you for your generosity in doing this for the safety of all.
- You will return to your place for the closing prayer and blessing. You will be able to leave your offering in a basket by the door. You are asked to leave the church as quickly as possible by the exits either by the Grotto or at the back.
Please look regularly at the website, or ‘Facebook’, or the newsletter or the doors of the church where we will advertise Mass times. These may change. For the weekend of 4th/5th July Mass will be at 6:30pm on Saturday, and 9:00am and 12 noon on Sunday. There will be no Sunday evening Mass. Starting on Monday 6th July, during the week there will be Adoration from 9:30am until Mass at 10:30am after which the church will be closed for cleaning. There will be no public Mass or opening of the church on Thursdays, as the building will be deep cleaned.
Once again, I would like to thank the volunteer stewards who are making all this possible, and I would like to thank all of you for your understanding during this emergency.
May God bless you and your families.
Monsignor Roger and Fr Sudham
26 June 2020
Click here for link to Cardinal Vincent’s video message on the resumption of Public Liturgies. In this video he describes that we are not going back to the normal and familiar, emphasises the need for new volunteers and says that Mass in the short-term will be simpler and a bit shorter than usual.
25 June 2020
A MESSAGE FROM THE METROPOLITAN ARCHBISHOPS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN ENGLAND REGARDING THE RESUMPTION OF COLLECTIVE WORSHIP IN ENGLAND:
Dear Brothers and sisters in Christ,
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
On Tuesday we heard the announcement that, from the 4 July this year, places of worship will be able to reopen for prayer and services. We welcome this news with great joy. Since the lockdown began, members of all faiths have faced restrictions on how they have been able to celebrate important religious festivals. Our own experience of Easter was unlike any other we have known. Now, in our churches, and with our people, we can look forward again to celebrating the central mysteries of our faith in the Holy Eucharist.
The recent reopening of our churches for individual private prayer was an important milestone on our journey towards resuming communal worship. Our churches that have opened have put in place all the measures needed to ensure the risks of virus transmission are minimised. This includes effective hand sanitisation, social distancing, and cleaning. We remain committed to making sure these systems of hygiene and infection control meet Government and public health standards.
We want to thank everyone within the Catholic community for sustaining the life of faith in such creative ways, not least in the family home. We thank our priests for celebrating Mass faithfully for their people, and for the innovative ways in which they have enabled participation through live-streaming and other means. We are grateful for the pastoral care shown by our clergy to those for whom this time of lockdown has been especially difficult, and, in particular, towards those who have been bereaved. We recognise too the chaplaincy services that have played a vital role in supporting those most in need. Gaining from the experience of all that we have been through, and bringing those lessons into the future, we must now look forward.
With the easing of restrictions on worship with congregations, we tread carefully along the path that lies ahead. Our lives have been changed by the experience of the pandemic and it is clear that we cannot simply return to how things were before lockdown. We remain centred on the Lord Jesus and His command at the Last Supper to “do this in memory of me.” We must now rebuild what it means to be Eucharistic communities, holding fast to all that we hold dear, while at the same time exploring creative ways to meet changed circumstances.
It is important to reaffirm that, at present, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. A significant number of churches may remain closed as they are unable to meet the requirements for opening for individual prayer. Fulfilling these requirements is a precondition for any church opening after the 4th July for the celebration of Mass with a congregation.
Please be aware that there will be a limit on the number of people who can attend Mass in our churches. This will determined locally in accordance with social distancing requirements. We therefore need to reflect carefully on how and when we might be able to attend Mass. We cannot return immediately to our customary practices. This next step is not, in any sense, a moment when we are going ‘back to normal’.
We ask every Catholic to think carefully about how and when they will return to Mass. Our priests may need to consider whether it is possible to celebrate additional Masses at the weekends. Given there is no Sunday obligation, we ask you to consider the possibility of attending Mass on a weekday. This will ease the pressure of numbers for Sunday celebrations and allow a gradual return to the Eucharist for more people.
Moving forward, there will still be many people who cannot attend Mass in person. We therefore ask parishes, wherever possible, to continue live-streaming Sunday Mass, both for those who remain shielding and vulnerable, and also for those unable to leave home because of advanced age or illness.
When we return to Mass there will some differences in how the celebration takes place. For the time being, there will be no congregational singing and Mass will be shorter than usual. None of this detracts from the centrality of our encounter with the Risen Christ in the Eucharist. We ask everyone to respect and follow the guidance that will be issued and the instructions in each church.
“As I have loved you,” said the Lord Jesus, “so you must love each other.” (Jn 13:34) The lockdown has brought forth remarkable acts of charity, of loving kindness, from Catholics across our communities as they have cared for the needy and vulnerable.
We have seen love in action through charitable works, and through the service of many front-line keyworkers who are members of our Church. Now we can begin to return to the source of that charity, Christ himself, present for us sacramentally, body, blood, soul and divinity, in Holy Communion. As we prepare to gather again to worship, let us, respectful of each other, come together in thanksgiving to God for the immense gift of the Holy Eucharist.
Yours devotedly in Christ,
✠ Vincent Cardinal Nichols
Archbishop of Westminster
✠ Malcolm McMahon OP
Archbishop of Liverpool
✠ Bernard Longley
Archbishop of Birmingham
✠ John Wilson
Archbishop of Southwark
The Church reopened for individual prayer on Monday 15 June 2020.
“It is really good news that we have been
allowed to reopen the church for individual prayer. You will be
very welcome to come and pray quietly in the church, to pray for
yourself and your family and friends, for those who are ill or who
have died, and for all who work in key services.
You will be able to light candles, and most importantly to pray in
the presence of Jesus Christ in the Tabernacle. There will be no
public Mass, formal prayer or public recitation of the Rosary.
We are following guidelines from both the government and the
church in making everything as safe as possible for you. You will
notice some important changes to the church as we follow these
The way in will be by the door under the tower, not the main
doors on the street, and the way out will be the door by the
grotto. This will also be the step free entrance for those who
Whenever the church is open, there will be stewards to guide you
and make sure that everything is kept as safe as possible. Please
co-operate with them so the church is safe for all to enjoy.
Depending on how many people come at any one time, you may
be asked to wait outside until there is space in the church.
When you come into the church please gel your hands
thoroughly using the gel from the dispenser.
There will be a one-way system operating inside the church. You
will see arrows on the floor to guide you. Some parts of the
church will be roped off and not accessible. Please do not cross
any barriers. This is to help with the cleaning of the church.
Please observe social distancing at all times, whether you are
walking, sitting or kneeling. Households may sit and kneel
You will be able to light candles at some of our shrines, but not all
of them. You may not use candles brought from home. Please do
not touch the statues in any way.
You will see signs on the benches indicating where you can sit or
kneel, observing social distancing. People living together in one
household may sit together.
Please observe the one-way system through the church.
If there are a lot of people wanting to use the church, we may
have to ask you to limit the amount of time you can spend in the
church so others may come in as well.
There will be a basket for your offerings and envelopes as you
leave the church.
The opening of the church is only made possible because people
have generously volunteered to act as stewards. We will aim to
open the church regularly throughout the week, but the times
may vary depending on the availability of stewards. We will
inform you of the opening times each week on the website, in the
newsletter and on the doors of the church. If you wish to help
with stewarding and cleaning the church, please get in touch via
May God bless you and all you love”.
Please see details below of our opening times for next week.
Our parish priest is Monsignor Roger Reader KHS
Also in residence is the chaplain to the Sinhalese-speaking community in the Archdioceses of Westminster and Southwark, Fr Sudham Perera.
Our postal address is Clergy House, Peter Avenue, NW10 2DD.
You will find us on the corner of Harlesden Road and Peter Avenue on the south side of High Road, via St Andrew’s Road, about 20 minutes’ walk from Willesden Green station (LT).
You can contact us on 020 8451 4677.
Our email address is email@example.com