Next Sunday is Good Shepherd Sunday and we have a mandatory second collection for the training of priests for the Westminster diocese. There are donation envelopes at the back of church. Please be as generous as you can – we need more priests: we need well-formed priests.
This Sunday at the 7pm Mass the first group of our young people will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation – the second part of the cohort will do so next Sunday (25th April) also at 7pm. Please keep these teenagers (and their families) in your prayers at his time: they are our future and each one of them an encouraging from God to our parish community.
It is forty years since Monsignor Miles undertook a major refurbishment of Saint James’s. The work done then has stood the test of time but there are areas which are beginning to look a little tired. In a building of such quality as ours great care has to be taken in any kind of restoration and this means that anything envisaged would not be cheap. In this special year of devotion to Saint Joseph we would like to make a start on his statue and its surrounds, and then over coming years to look at Saint James’s Shrine and the Martyrs Chapel. If anyone is interested in supporting this project please contact the parish office.
As part of a slow process of normalisation, the Sunday 10.30am Solemn Mass is now being celebrated publicly again. If all goes according to plan it is the intention to celebrate Masses once more at 8am and 9am on Sundays from the beginning of May. We hope to restore the 7.15am daily Mass when restrictions are lifted in June – until then, whenever the church is open there should be a steward present. We are very grateful to those giving their time so generously to enable the church to remain open every day.
At present, the confessionals in church are not being used for the Sacrament of Reconciliation but please feel free to ring at the rectory door at any reasonable time and ask for a priest to hear your confession in the house parlour.
Our refurbished Website is now online. Do look it up: www.sjrcc.org.uk
New sets of Weekly Offering Envelopes are available at the back of church. If you cannot find a set in your name or would like to begin to give in this simple, regular way, please contact 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
We are continuing to stream a Solemn Mass with the choir each Sunday at 10.30am. In addition, the 6pm Mass (Monday-Saturday) is also streamed. As is the Holy Hour on Saturday (4.45-5.45pm). Click here to view on the YouTube channel.
A prayer for a happy death by Saint John Henry Newman:
“My Lord and Saviour, support me in that hour in the strong arms of your sacraments, and by the fresh fragrance of your consolations. Let the absolving words be said over me, and the holy oil sign and seal me, and your own Body be my food; and let my sweet Mother, Mary, breathe on me, and my angel whisper peace to me, and my glorious saints smile upon me; that in them all, and through them all, I may receive the gift of perseverance, and die, as I desire to live, in your faith, in your Church, in your service and in your love. Amen”