Our feast of title – SAINT JAMES’ DAY – is on Wednesday 25th July. The celebrant at the Solemn Mass at 7pm will be the Apostolic Nuncio (the Pope’s personal representative to the United Kingdom) Archbishop Edward Adams and the preacher Father John Warnaby, an “old boy” of the parish who was ordained to the priesthood just a year ago. We hope to welcome the Spanish Ambassador and many friends to what is always a glorious festival – please put the date and time in your diary and encourage others to join you to see our parish at its liturgical best. There are fliers advertising Saint James’ Day … please take and distribute to anyone who might be interested.
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul had their annual Charity Bike Ride on a recent Sunday. If you agreed to sponsor a rider, members of SVP will be on hand after Masses to collect the dues!
Safeguarding of the young and the vulnerable is a crucial responsibility of any organisation – and this must be especially true for the Church in its concern for those least able to care for themselves. We have been blessed over past years by the work of Virginia Gorna in overseeing this area of the parish’s life: Virginia’s wide experience in social work gave her valuable insight: she now feels she should retire from her role and does so with our gratitude. The diocese has approved Arianna Sommariva to continue the work of safeguarding here: she may be contacted through the parish office.
We are always looking to extend our pool of servers and readers at Sunday Masses – especially at 8.30am. Volunteers please provide details to the parish office.
The Irish Centre based in Camden is looking for new trustees to help in its ongoing work of supporting Irish prisoners, Travellers and older people in Britain. If you are interested contact firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out about the Irish Centre look up www.irishchaplaincy.org.uk
Have you ever heard of Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club? If you enjoy walking and would enjoy doing so in the company of other like-minded people then look up the website to find details of regular walks within easy reach of central London http://www.stfrancisramblers.ukwalkers.com
Next Sunday (22nd July) the annual procession to honour Our Lady of Mount Carmel will take place beginning form St Peter’s Italian Church in Clerkenwell at 3.30pm – afterwards regional Italian food is available in the area surrounding the church. Did you know that the Italian procession has taken place since the 1880s when Queen Victoria gave permission for it to take place through the streets of our city?
The Catholic 40’s (London Group) will be meeting at the nearby Golden Hind Restaurant in Marylebone Lane after the Saint James’s Day Mass. Catholic 40’s in the congregation are invited to supper after Mass to meet other like-minded people and bringing also a sense of community. Further details on email@example.com
Last weekend’s collections: £3,257 (includes envelopes but not bankers’ orders, etc.)