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.
To keep everything safe and secure during opening times we need stewards. If you can offer any time, sign up on the list on the stewards’ table at the back of church. It is also helpful if a few people can stay behind after each Mass to prepare the church for the next congregation. 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.
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.
The funeral rites for Monsignor Miles who was Parish Priest at Spanish Place form 1977-1998 had necessarily to be truncated – but Thursday of this week (16th July) will be the 70th anniversary of his priesthood. Both Masses that day (12.30pm & 6pm) will be offered for Freddie’s repose – and to thank God for a long and faithful ministry.
Older members of the congregation will retain happy memories of Professor Hugh Lawrence (1921-2018) reading at the 10.30am Sunday Mass. Two of Hugh’s academic collaborators have joined forces to produce a collection of his work (centred on the history of the English Church in the 13th century) which is to be published n the autumn. More details nearer to publication.
The Solemnity of Saint James is on Saturday 25th July. Canon Wilson will preside and preach at a Solemn Mass to be streamed at 10.30am on the day. The two public Masses on 25th – at 12.30pm and 6pm – will also celebrate our heavenly Patron.
Our streaming of a 10.30am Mass on Sundays continues to reach way beyond Marylebone and our regular parishioners. From the reactions received week by week, we are offering a service to many who are unable to attend Mass in person. We will continue to stream the Sunday 10.30am Mass at least until September. The link is:-
(Note that we now have our own YouTube site)
As with the national scene, so with the parish finances – things are not easy as we are having to meet the usual bills from a diminished income. We are grateful for the generosity of those who have continued to donate but would encourage the rest of the congregation and those who value Spanish Place’s ministry to help get us back on track. If you are not yet giving regularly to Spanish Place, and would like to do so, our bank details are:-
HSBC 69 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5EY
Sort code: 40-05-20 Account No: 91094394
WRCDT Spanish Place
(please note that SPANISH has been restored to our
account title rather than the confusing SPANSH)
A PRAYER FOR THE PARISH: “Almighty and everlasting God, who govern all things in heaven and earth, mercifully hear the prayers of your servants, and grant to this parish all that is necessary for its spiritual welfare – a school wherein to bring up the young in your faith, ministers to labour in this part of your vineyard, a church complete in the beauty of holiness. Strengthen and confirm the faithful: protect and guide the children: visit and relieve the sick and afflicted: turn and soften the obdurate: rouse the careless: recover the fallen: restore the penitent: remove all hindrance to the advancement of your truth, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within the fold of your holy Church; to the honour and glory of your name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen”.