The Parish Council
A number of parishioners with skills in various areas form the parish council, appointed by the parish priest. As well as giving advice on matters of parish concern, they are responsible for the counting and banking of the weekly collection, the overseeing of income and expenditure and the preparation of the annual financial return to the diocese.
Canon Paschal Ryan (Parish Priest)
Mr Francis de Zulueta (Chairman)
Mr Edward Coleman (Treasurer)
Mr David Long
Mr Michael Pelosi (Planned Giving)
Mrs Mary Walwyn
Mr Dan Wiener (Property Advisor)
Twice a year at different venues there are informal gatherings between ministers and church workers representing most of the local churches.
Glass Door (Homeless support in West London churches)
This initiative supported by all the local churches seeks to provide night shelters and comfort throughout the coldest months. An ecumenical effort supported by our parish. A night shelter is offered at the Methodist Church on the King’s Road in Chelsea. Drop-in centres also operate in the Fulham Broadway Methodist Church and at St Augustine’s, Queen’s Gate.
Ministry of Welcome
Tea and coffee are served in the Monckton Room after 10.00 a.m. and 11.00 a.m. masses each Sunday. This Ministry provides an important outlet for meeting fellow parishioners.
Reception for New Parishioners
Held periodically in the Monckton Room. Complete and return to the Rectory a blue card from the porch with your name and address. An invitation will be sent to you.
St Vincent de Paul Society
The St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) is an international voluntary Catholic lay organisation active in 150 countries with 800,000 members - formed in Paris in 1833 by Blessed Frederic Ozanam and dedicated to tackling poverty in what ever form it takes, disadvantage and loneliness. With some 10,000 members in the UK structured around 1,000 conferences based in individual parishes it focuses upon working face to face with people in need, irrespective of ideology, faith, ethnicity, age or gender. Works include visiting the lonely, soup runs, food banks, furniture shops and charity shops in areas of deprivation, visiting the sick, giving grants to those in need, debt counselling as well as assisting refuges and asylum seekers.
Holy Redeemer's SVP group currently undertakes street visits to the homeless to distribute food, clothing and sleeping bags as well as assisting in soup run van trips to Lincoln Inns Field.
Small Faith Groups
The Agency for Evangelisation of the Diocese of Westminster promotes the creation of small groups within parishes to promote faith sharing and in support produces two sets of booklets during the year. Each cycle lasts six weeks and is centred upon a particular theme which this Advent focuses upon the Holy Father's teaching on the family contained in his encyclical Amoris Laetitia.
Holy Redeemer's group/s will commence on the evening of Tuesday, 6th November and each Tuesday thereafter until 11th December.
Ignatian Spirituality Prayer Group (Christian Life Community)
The Christian Life Community is not so much an organisation but a way of life inspired by the spirituality of St Ignatius Loyola. Active in over 60 countries, in the UK it is run from the Jesuit Centre at Farm Street. The aim of these groups is to help individuals to meditate on the Scriptures and to reflect on the working of God in their lives using the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius and the Ignatian method of praying.
The group based at Holy Redeemer meets every fortnight on a Wednesday evening.
The Mill Hill Missionaries are a world-wide Catholic religious organisation dedicated to spreading the Faith as well as bringing practical relief to those on the margins in some of the poorest parts of the globe.
Holy Redeemer supports the Mill Hill Missionaries through the distribution and collection of 'red boxes' into which parishioners can put their spare change (an excellent way for children to be encouraged to give and support others!). Volunteers are always needed to help distribute, collect and count the boxes about 3 or 4 times a year.