No-one can remain unmoved by the plight of so many in the trouble spots of the world, but with most of the regular congregation away at this time, it would seem more productive to wait until CAFOD’s Fast Day appeal at the beginning of October before we attempt to raise money at the parish level. Hopefully, then we can put our efforts into trying to realise a substantial amount. Those who would like to make a contribution now (and to find out about the relief work already being undertaken) can look up the websites for CAFOD and/or Aid to the Church in Need.

On Saturday 13th September at 4.45pm we will celebrate Solemn First Vespers of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. This will be preceded at 3pm by Afternoon Tea in the Rectory (advance tickets only). Afternoon Tea Tickets cost £5 and will be on sale after the 9.30am and 10.30am Sunday Masses until 7th September. For information contact Lisa Proctor on 07740 798472

Did you know that every time you buy something online you could also be raising money for the parish? 2,700 retailers including Amazon, John Lewis, eBay and Tesco will donate a percentage of what you spend to the parish to say “thank you” for shopping with them! All you have to do is 1) register with and 2) when you are asked to choose your cause select Saint James’s Church, Spanish Place. “Easyfundraising” has already raised over £5M for good causes across the UK. When you register you will be asked if you want to install the Find & Remind toolbar – make sure you do this so that you receive a reminder each time a donation is available when you shop on line.

Monday week (25th August) is a public holiday which means that one Mass (only) is celebrated here – at 10am.

Monsignor Jamieson and John Warnaby are combining to offer a seminar for those who read (or would like to read) at Saint James’s. This is planned for Saturday 13th September, 10am till 1pm. Learn about the Lectionary and voice production to be a better reader. Register with Sue West in the Parish Office on 0207 935 094

Enrolment forms for the new sacramental programmes will be available in church throughout September and should be returned by the first week in October: these cover, First Holy Communion, teenage Confirmation, and adult instruction (RCIA).

The Comboni Missionary Sisters will be making an appeal here in Saint James’s over the weekend of 30th/31st August.

The Sunday Children’s Liturgy is now taking a well-earned break until the beginning of the new school year in September.

Last week’s giving £2,543 (includes envelopes but not bankers' orders, etc.)