The ASSUMPTION of OUR LADY is celebrated this Tuesday (15th August). It is one of the few feasts left which are Holy Days of Obligation when everyone should attend Mass. The obligation can be fulfilled here at the 6pm Vigil Mass on Monday. On Tuesday there will be Masses offered at 7.15 am, 11 am (in the Extraordinary Form), 12.30 pm, 6 pm and at 7 pm (which will be a Solemn Mass with the choir).


Father Nicholas Kavanagh is beginning to make some real progress. He is now being nursed on a general ward and is able to speak once again. Please keep him in your daily prayers.


We are privileged with a marvellous weekly offering of music here at Spanish Place, but we have even more coming in September! On Wednesday 6th at 7.30pm, Saint James’ will provide the venue for a concert by THE SIXTEEN under the direction of Harry Christophers which will include works by Palestrina and Poulenc. Details of how and where to buy tickets will be found on fliers at the back of church.  On the four Thursdays of September, there is to be an organ recital starting at 6.45pm and lasting for 45 minutes: the home “team” will be joined by other organists: again, see separate fliers for more details. Then looking into October, at 4.30pm on Saturday October 7th we plan a “Choral Rosary” with Solemn Benediction to be followed by a party in the rectory: more details will be available soon.


There is a suggestion that a Biblical discussion group might be found helpful. This would meet on a regular basis for what is often termed “lectio divina” (a prayerful reading of Scripture).  There will be an initial meeting in September with the prospect of a regular schedule in October. Watch this space …


Saint Vincent de Paul’s Souper Ball: please note that SVP’s main fund- raising event will be held on Friday 20th October. Volunteers are needed to organise the Ball and to find high value auction and raffle prizes. Please contact Bill Metcalf on  or 07768 315 097 or 0207 724 7577


The Sunday Children’s Liturgy is now taking a break: it starts up again in the new school term in September. People are beginning to ask about enrolment for the new season of Sacramental programmes: forms will be available over the first weekend of September – and should be completed and returned by the first weekend in October.


Last week’s giving £3,800 (includes envelopes but not bankers’ orders, etc.)