Notices

These are not easy times for anyone financially.  Saint James’s, like everyone else, has to meet the same bills on a diminished incomeIf you can help 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

                    

 

Masses are now being said each weekday at 12.30pm & 6pm. On Saturdays the 6pm Mass is the Vigil for Sunday – while on Sundays public Masses are celebrated at Midday and 5pm.  The church remains open from Midday until after the evening Mass each day. A reminder that we are asking everyone to collect a piece of (red) paper as they enter church and to leave it on the seat they have used as they leave – this enables us to keep the building properly sanitised.

 

We are very grateful to those who have been volunteering as STEWARDS thus enabling the church to be open each day. We do need to expand the pool of stewards, especially during August when some people will be away form London. If you can offer an hour (or more) please sign the list available on a table at the back of the church.

 

CONFESSIONS:  we are not yet able to offer the daily opportunities for the sacrament of penance which have long been a valued feature of our parish life. Please feel free to ring the rectory bell to ask for your confession to be heard. We are using one of the house parlours – suitably distanced – for the time being.

Alternatively, ask one of the priests if they are about in the church.

 

A reminder that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is, for the moment, in abeyance. The suggestion of our Bishops is that people might like to attend a weekday Mass to relieve any pressure on the limited number of Sunday Masses being celebrated.

 

The June bike ride to raise funds for the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul  in its work among the poor and homeless has topped  £3400 – a sincere “thank you” to the riders and their sponsors.

 

 

Last Sunday’s streaming of the 10.30am Mass had 2.3K “hits” by midweek and is obviously meeting a current need. It is good to have the full choir back with us. We will continue to stream the Sunday 10.30am Mass at least until September.. The link is:-

   

               https://www.youtube.com/c/StJamessSpanishPlace      

 

We are beginning to address the sacramental backlog! In the past few days two people  have come into full Communion with the Church, and another adult has received Confirmation. Baptisms are also now taking place and a handful of marriage are scheduled (most having been moved into 2021). Over the coming weeks those who should have  received the sacraments at Easter will have the opportunity to do so, and then in September provision will be made for the children to receive Holy Communion and the teenagers to be Confirmed.  Those involved will be sent information during August – and then, of course we have to plan for the next cycle of sacramental preparation – which is where technology will have to come to our aid.