A special word of welcome to our visitors. During August when the regular congregation is mostly away it is good to see so many new faces. Please do make yourselves known to the celebrant after Mass. We are pleased that you have come to worship with us in Saint James’s. Could we ask that mobile phones are not used to take photographs during Mass as this both distracts others and raises questions about the use of personal data.
Monday week, 26th August, is a public holiday which means there is only one Mass offered here – and that at 10am.
Next Saturday (24th August) we shall be welcoming the Schola of Sainte Cecile in Paris who will be singing Solemn Vespers and Benediction starting at 4.30pm (this will replace the usual Holy Hour) . Please do come to hear the Schola. Each summer they holiday in different countries and sing in churches and abbeys – this year they are in London and the South of England, so we are able to share the happiness they enjoy in making music to God’s glory.
Enrolment for the new sacramental programmes begins with the new school term. Forms will be available from Sunday 31st August: if you have a child to be prepared for First Holy Communion, or are a teenager looking towards the Sacrament of Confirmation, or an adult wanting to come into full communion with the Catholic Church, or to learn more about the Faith, then fill in the appropriate form and return it by the very latest on 6th October.
Canon Stuart Wilson will be moving into the rectory at the beginning of September (taking over what were Father Kavanagh’s rooms which have now been completely refurbished). He has been appointed to assist with the pastoral work of the parish, as well as continuing in the role as vocations director for the Archdiocese. We are looking forward to having him with us.
On Tuesday 19th September at 7.30pm The Sixteen will be here once again performing a concert at 7.30pm. This is part of their Choral Pilgrimage 2019 and under the title “An Enduring Voice” there will be works by Sheppard, Taverner, Whitacre and Macmillan. For more details, booking etc look up www.thesixteen.com
The Saint Vincent de Paul Society are planning their next major fund-raiser which will be its 20th Souper Ball on Saturday 19th October at the Lansdowne Club in Mayfair. Everyone is invited. It is £100 for dinner & dance and £40 for dancing only. We are looking for raffle and auction prizes. Please support the cause!
Last weekend’s giving: £3,006