The second of Canon Wilson’s Lenten reflections on Saint Joseph (in this year of special devotion to the Foster Father of our Saviour) will be streamed following the 6pm Mass this Tuesday (the period between filled by a short organ recital). Stations of the Cross will be streamed on Fridays following the 6pm Mass.
Mass is offered daily Monday to Friday at 12.30pm & 6pm. Masses on Saturday are at 10am and 6pm (Vigil of Sunday). On Sundays there are public Masses at Midday, 4pm & 7pm. A Solemn Mass is streamed at 10,30 with the choir but this has, for the present, to be without a congregation. Both the 8am & 9am Sunday Masses are suspended – we hope to return to the normal pattern as soon as we can. The church is open every day from just before Midday and remains so until after the evening Mass. The Saturday Holy Hour is now streamed. It begins at 4.45pm leading into the 6pm Vigil Mass.
Brian McCaughley died on 19th February aged 78 after a long period of debilitating illness during which he was not able to get to Mass- having previously attended regularly at 9.30am. His funeral took place last Thursday. We offer the parish’s condolences to Susan, this widow, and the Family. RIP
At present, the confessionals in church are not being used for the Sacrament of Reconciliation but please feel free to ring at The Rectory door at any reasonable time and ask for a priest to hear your confession in the house parlour.
The collection of what has been saved from last Friday’s LENT FAST DAY for the work of CAFOD will be taken after all Masses this weekend. The parish CAFOD representative Elizabeth Carey has prepared an introduction to the theme of this year’s fast day which will be found on the website. Please respond as generously as you can to help the poorest in our world.
Under the Government’s current legislation places of worship may remain open during this phase of lockdown but this concession has to be read in conjunction with the requirement that no unnecessary travelling should be attempted. Hopefully, we will be able to remain open, but we must be very careful in ensuring the safety of those who come into our building either for individual prayer or corporate devotion. Social distancing must be maintained and masks worn by everyone (expect those clinically exempt). It is important that people do not gather to chat inside or outside church.
London Charterhouse Catenians is a fellowship of Catholic business and professional men, meetings usually on first Tuesday evenings in Bloomsbury, London WC1A but for now on Zoom. Web: catenians.org.uk or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Venerable Ignatius Spencer. On February 20th, Pope Francis gave Father Spencer the title “Venerable”, the final stage before beatification. Coming from the Spencer family at Althorp, meaning that Princess Diana was a relative and Winston Churchill a great nephew, this Catholic convert from Anglicanism was a fervent Passionist mission preacher who died aged just 64 in 1864. He was no stranger to the old Saint James’s as the following vignette witnesses:-
“Spencer once again started travelling the length and breadth of the country giving a mission to a congregation in Havant in the south of Hampshire where, on Thursday 17th June ‘after breakfast saw the Queen’s proclamation against processions and religious habits. I had to provide clothing to disguise myself – put on a sailor like looking dress (before traveling from nearby Cosham station back to London) which consisted of a pair of very light shoes, fitting badly and pinching sorely, a pair of short, coloured pantaloons, a great pilot overcoat, a Scotch cap, cut so as to make it fit my head’. On his return to London he took refuge in Spanish Place until darkness had fallen, hoping that his extraordinary appearance might be somewhat mitigated by the night”.
Our Lady of the Rosary are looking for a Parish Caretaker (20 hours a week, Monday to Friday 8am-Noon) Application – No CV’s – (ref 191-MARYLE) to email@example.com by 8th March
If you can help the parish either by a one-off donation or by a commitment to regular giving, it would be greatly appreciated. More information from the parish office or use the bank details as set out below:-
HSBC 69 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5EY
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WRCDT Spanish Place
We are continuing to stream a Solemn Mass with the choir each Sunday at 10.30am. In addition, the 6pm Mass (Monday-Saturday) is also streamed. The link is: https://www.youtube.com/c/StJamessSpanishPlace