A warm and heart-felt “thank you” to all those who worked so hard to make the weekend of Saint James’s Day such a happy time. The music was (as ever) sublime and it was a privilege to have Cardinal Nichols with us – the first parochial visit anywhere he has been able to make since March of last year. It was good to have the Spanish Deputy Head of Mission with us (in the absence of the new Ambassador who has yet to take up his post) and a chance to renew our links with Spain which go back nearly three hundred years.
Work begins this Monday on the refurbishment of the Golden Lady: fingers crossed, it is hoped for completion before the celebration of the ASSUMPTION on Sunday 15th August. To mark Our Lady’s heavenly birthday we plan to have a drinks party in the courtyard outside the social centre after 10.30am Mass – to which everyone is invited.
The International Eucharistic Congress which should have been held in Hungary last year will take place in September (in a truncated form). Because many of those who would have hoped to travel to Budapest will not be able to do so there is to be a EUCHARISTIC OCTAVE celebrated at Corpus Christi church, Maiden Lane (13th-18th September) culminating in a Eucharistic Procession on Sunday (19th September) which will begin at the Assumption, Warwick Street and come via Farm Street and the Ukrainian Cathedral finishing with Solemn Benediction here in Spanish Place. There are handbills at the back of church with full details, dates.
Work among the homeless and needy is now back on track: the Order of Malta on Mondays and Thursdays and the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul on Tuesdays and Fridays. SVP is hoping to purchase a small van to facilitate its outreach work and they are also asking for volunteers to make sandwiches on Tuesdays and Fridays (in the social centre under the church) from 5.30pm. Offers of help to the parish office.
Many will remember Elizabeth Sherrier as a regular member of the congregation (a daily communicant): she died recently in a nursing home in Eastbourne aged 94. RIP
We are hoping to re-open the Repository in the near future. For the present it will be housed in the Memorial Chapel and we are looking for volunteers not just for the sale of candles, card and articles of devotion but to act as a focus of welcome for our many visitors. From the experience of those who gave generously of their time as stewards during lockdown, we have learned how valuable it is to have a friendly face around willing to answer basic questions. Offers of help to the parish office.
If you can help the parish either by a one-off donation or by a commitment to regular giving, it would be greatly appreciated. More information from the parish office or use the bank details as set out below:-
HSBC 69 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5EY
Sort code: 40-05-20 Account no: 91094394
WRCDT Spanish Place
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