We are hoping to stream the Sunday 10.30am Mass for as long as it is needed. In addition, during this Holy Week there will be live broadcast of the Maundy Thursday Mass at 6.30pm and the Good Friday Liturgy at 3pm. We do not plan to stream anything on Holy Saturday but will resume with the Mass on Easter Day (at 10.30am). Please tune in if you can so that we form a union of prayer and worship. Look at the parish website for further information. The link is …
Palm Crosses blessed this Sunday will be kept for you and made available whenever we are permitted to re-open the church.
In your prayers please remember the souls of two of those known to us who have died from the COVID-19 virus. Pern Sing Lau had been a regular member of the parish for many years and our hearts go out to Ying Fu his widow and to their children Jonathon and Sophia who remain very much part of the Saint Vincent’s extended family The first of our Westminster priests to die is Father Bryan Jones until his retirement in 2018 our neighbour as parish priest at Saint Charles, Ogle Street. RIP
Easter Duties. We are all aware of the Church’s discipline that during the Easter season we should receive Holy Communion and that where we are aware of any grave sin having been committed this should first have been absolved in a sacrament confession. As Cardinal Nichols made plain in his recent pastoral letter, an obligation only exists where this can be fulfilled and clearly in the current situation is not possible either to attend Mass and receive Holy Communion or to go to confession there can be no such obligation. As with a Spiritual Communion (by which we truly believe that God gives us the graces we would have received if we had been able to come to church to receive Holy Communion) so we believe that if we have genuine remorse for the sins we have committed and a sincere purpose of amendment an Act of Contrition brings the grace of forgiveness. In cases of grave sin it must be our intention to make a full sacramental confession as soon as we are honestly able, but, with this proviso, we must believe that we are restored to our full human and Christian dignity by intention. Here are two forms of the Act of Contrition you might like to use as your prepare for Easter:
Lord God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and in failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid what leads me to sin. Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, may God have mercy”.
“Lord Jesus, you opened the eyes of the blind, healed the sick, forgave the sinful woman and after Peter’s denial confirmed him in your love. Listen to my prayer: forgive my sins, renew your love in my heart and help me to live in perfect charity with my brothers and sisters that I may proclaim your saving power and love to the world”.
We are very grateful to those members of the congregation who are continuing to support the parish financially and to those who have been generous in sending cheques or making bank drafts. If you are not yet giving regularly to Spanish Place, and would like to do so, our bank details are:-
WRCDT St JAMES SPANISH PLACE No1 Ac.
HSBC 69 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5EY
Sort code: 40-05-20 Account No: 91094394
Those who give through weekly offering envelopes will have noted that the current set finishes this weekend. New sets will be prepared and will be kept
In the rectory hallway until such times as they can be collected. If you are passing feel free to ring the bell and – keeping the required distancing – pick up the envelopes in your name. We are taking this opportunity to update the numbers so look for your name rather than your former number.