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 recent survey inviting those who follow our streamed services to express their views has elicited over two hundred responses. It will take a time to analyse what had been said, but one of the requests was for an act of spiritual communion during Mass (which has been reinstated) and for the chance to participate in the Saturday Holy Hour – so from Saturday 30th January the streaming will begin at 4.45pm leading into the 6pm Vigil Mass.
Please pray for the soul of Paul Sutherland who died on Monday (18th January) aged 77. Paul had previously been part of the congregation at All Saints, Margaret Street but having entered full communion with the Catholic Church he began his association with Spanish Place where he would attend the 10.30am Mass each Sunday. He was a professed knight of the Order of Malta (which means that he was in religious vows) and will be much missed for his gentle faithfulness. The funeral will take place in the home parish of Barnet. RIP
Present restrictions have made it difficult for the Order of Malta Volunteers to continue their feeding of the needy on Mondays and Thursdays – so these sessions have now been suspended until further notice.
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.
At present, CONFESSIONS are heard only on request: please feel free to ring the bell at the Rectory at any (reasonable!) time and ask for a priest.
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
Sort code: 40-05-20 Account no: 91094394
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
A Prayer of Saint John Chrysostom before reading Scripture: O Lord Jesus Christ, open the eyes of my heart that I may receive your Word, and understand it, and act upon it, for I am a pilgrim here on earth. Hide not your will from me but open my understanding that I may perceive the wonders of your Law. Speak within me the hidden things of your wisdom. O my God, in you I place my hope, that you will enlighten my mind and comprehension with the light of your knowledge – not only to cherish those things that are written but to allow them to form my conduct. In reading the lives and sayings of your holy people may they serve for my restoration, enlightenment and sanctification. May reflecting on your Word lead to the salvation of my soul and the inheritance of life everlasting- for you are the light of those who live in darkness, and from you comes every good and gracious gift.