Newsletter 4th November 2018

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As the season itself reminds us, all created life of itself is fragile and finite. However, the darkness of death should hold no fears for the Christian who always walks in the light of Christ. A correct understanding of the manner in which God’s grace can save even those who are beyond our physical affection leads us to embrace them in our prayer. So during the weeks of November the Church commends to our prayers the people who have been part of our lives and are now numbered among the Faithful Departed.

Our special prayer for these Holy Souls is that they enter the realm of eternal life that is Heaven. This prayer finds a particularly powerful expression in the offering of Holy Mass for their intentions.

If you wish deceased friends or relatives, or others who are particularly dear to you to be included among those for whom Mass is offered in this church, please write their names down on a piece of paper and put it in one of the special envelopes to be found at the back of the church. You may also wish to include a donation. Kindly place such envelopes on the altar, or deliver them to the Rectory 7 Cheyne Row.


This coming Advent the Parish Small Faith Sharing Communities programme will focus upon the family, exploring themes from the Holy Father’s teaching in Amoris Laetita.

There will be six weekly sessions, each held on a Tuesday evening commencing 6th November and finishing on 11th December. Anyone wishing to register should please contact the Parish Office on 020 7352 0777.


There is still room in the Pre-First Communion Class, 5.00pm - 6.00pm on Tuesdays. Suitable for children age 5 to 7, this provides a good preparation for the sacramental programme. Please contact the Parish Office for details.


Transport for London (TfL) is conducting a consultation regarding planned changes to a number of bus routes including 9, N9, 11, 19 and 22. Some parishioners may be particularly affected by the curtailment of the 19. The closing date for the public consultation is 9th November.

To express your opinion about any of these changes, visit:


Bringing together single Catholics, Catholic Singles has for several years enabled thousands of people to find new friendships, in some cases leading to marriage. For more information visit


This year the annual concert in aid of The Passage, a charity which aids homeless people in Central London, is entitled Northern Lights and features music by Grieg and Sibelius. It will be in the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 6th November at 7.30pm. For details and booking see or phone 020 3879 9555.


Refreshments are available in the Monckton Room after the Sunday 10.00am and 11.00am Masses. Volunteers are needed to give a hand preparing and serving coffee etc.


On Thursday 8th November at 7.00pm the author and art historian Fr Michael Collins will give a talk on Catholic Culture as seen through the art of the Papal Palaces. This event begins a series of initiatives at St Mary’s to raise funds to clean the stonework, redecorate the church, restore the High Altar and make provision for continuing faith education. The talk will be followed by drinks and canapés. The cost of a ticket is £20payable at the door. To book a ticket please follow the link below.


November, 7.00pm to 8.30pm

The Diocese of Westminster Education Service is hosting an evening for Catholic teachers who are currently working outside Catholic education. Information will be given on how best to prepare for a role in a Catholic school. There also will be an opportunity to meet current Catholic school leaders, and to register for a mentoring programme for those senior leaders who wish to be accompanied and supported on their journey into Catholic education. Venue: Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street SW1P 1QN (near Victoria Station) For further details and RSVP, please see:


In his desire to ensure transparency and accountability with regards to the finances of this diocese, Cardinal Vincent Nichols wishes it to be known that the Annual Report and Accounts of the Diocese of Westminster are available at

The Diocesan Finance Office will host a conference on 24th November in which they explain in more detail the finances of the Diocese of Westminster. Besides a walk through and explanation of the 2017Accounts, they will summarise the overall financial health of the parishes and present some case studies. This conference will be held at Westminster

Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue, beginning at 10.00am, with tea and coffee starting at 9:30am. It should be over by 1.00pm. After the meeting there will be an opportunity for any questions to be answered on a one to one basis.

If any parishioners would like to attend, would they kindly inform Rosslyn Okumu, our Parish Administrator.


Parishioners and visitors may be interested to know that it is possible to make a donation to this parish by texting “PARISH CHELS” to 70800.

Each such text will result in a £5 donation. At present it is not possible to apply Gift Aid to such donations.


What is the Church’s response to the challenge of Human Trafficking? How can we recognize the signs of modern slavery in our community?

If you would like to know more, there will be an evening to focus on these issues: Thursday 22nd November from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, at the Church of the Immaculate Conception (Farm Street), W1K 3AH.

Please RSVP to 020 7798 9030 or email


Available from the table at the back of the church, credit card sized cards for your wallet or purse. These indicate that, if admitted to hospital, you wish to be visited by a Catholic chaplain. Please remember that hospitals may no longer inform the chaplain of your being a Catholic unless you request them to do.

Caitriona Fleming