The Luminous Mysteries in Art (above)
This Sunday at 4pm, another group of our children (a dozen on this occasion) will be receiving their First Holy Communion. In all, this year’s cohort is just on forty and they are being spread over the Sundays of May (next Sunday being the one exception) so as to maintain social distancing. In some ways, it is sad not to have a single, large celebration for them but in the smaller number does allow for a more personal concentration. Please keep the children and their families in your prayers.
As Saint James’s Day (25th July) falls on a Sunday this year it makes this a Holy Year in Santiago. We shall begin our own celebration of our Patron with a Solemn Mass at Midday on Saturday 24th at which the celebrant and preacher will be the Archbishop Cardinal Nichols who has written to say that the last occasion he came to us was for the funeral of Father Kavanagh, and that he looks forward to being at Spanish Place in happier circumstances.
Please pray for the soul of Jose-Joaquin Puig de la Bellacasa Aznar who has died of Coronavirus in a Madrid hospital aged 89. He was a former Spanish Ambassador to the UK from 1983-1990 and had been responsible for organising Pope Saint John Paul II’s first visit to Spain in 1982. RIP
Many will remember Gwilym Evans from the times he has worshipped with us at Spanish Place: he was ordained to the diaconate on 8th May for the Fraternity of Saint Peter at their Wigratzbad Seminary in Bavaria. Keep Gwilym in your prayers as he prepares for priestly ordination.
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.
Now that restrictions on the number allowed at marriages is about to be relaxed there has been a flurry of interest – some of the couples, having postponed last year, are now planning for this summer or autumn, while others are playing safe and opting for dates in 2022. A reminder, though, of the diocesan advice that the assembling of paperwork, obtaining any necessary permissions and the formal preparation should usually be spread over six months.
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 live 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). Visit the YouTube channel.
The original “Novena” of prayer was offered in the nine days after the Ascension of Jesus as the Disciples awaited Pentecost. We join with Christians throughout the world in asking for a renewal of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Below is a literal translation of the 9th century hymn “Veni, Creator Spiritus”
Creator Spirit, come and visit the souls that are yours: fill with heavenly grace the hearts that you created. You are called by the names of Paraclete, gift of God most high, spring of life, fire, love and the soul’s anointing. Seven gifts are yours to give. You are the finger of the Father’s right hand. You the clear promise of the Father, give our tongues the grace of speech. Kindle a light in our minds, your love into our hearts and uphold with your unfailing strength the frailty of our human nature. Drive our enemy far from us and give us always the gift of peace; so may it be that, with your grace ever guiding us in this way, we may avoid all that is sinful. Grant that through you we may know the Father and the Son, and may we ever believe you to be the Spirit of both the Father and the Son