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Restoration

Notices

The body of Father David Irwin will be brought into church in time for a Requiem Mass (with hymns) at 6pm this Tuesday (30th November): Father David Evans, a contemporary of Father Irwin will preach. The Funeral Mass will be offered by Bishop Alan Hopes of East Anglia (another contemporary) at Midday on Wednesday (1st December). Cremation will follow and the ashes will be interred in the churchyard at West Grinstead at a later date. Everyone is welcome to attend either or both of these Masses. RIP

 

Governments are not the only people to do U turns. The Bishops of England & Wales have now revised their stipulations about the Sunday obligation to attend Mass. In a statement called “Honouring Sunday”(available at the back of church) they express the hope that every Catholic will be at Sunday Mass where that is at all possible but recognise that while Covid 19 is still rampant and felt to be a threat individual conscience should be followed. In other words, you should come to Mass, but you don’t have to!!

 

It is very good to welcome Father Malcolm King back as the regular celebrant of the 4pm Sunday Mass. After lockdown in Morden College and various heart procedures he returns to us fit and strong – ad multos annos.

 

One of our families will be bringing a relic of Saint Charbel Makhlouf for veneration after the 7pm Mass this Sunday. The Saint was a Maronite born in the Lebanon in 1828 and dying there in 1898 who is greatly loved by Eastern Rite Catholics (and many others). Saint Charbel was known in his lifetime as a great wonder worker: as a monk, and for the last twenty-three years as a hermit, he was renowned for his profound union with God. Pope Paul VI said he was an “admirable flower of sanctity blooming on the stem of the ancient monastic tradition of the East”.

 

Permission has been given (necessary because of our listed building status) for a plaque to be carved in memory of Monsignor Freddie Miles. If anyone would like to contribute towards the cost please contact the parish office. It is good that Monsignor Miles’ long ministry at Spanish Place should be marked in this way: many in the congregation have cause to thank God for his faithful example.

 

Drinks after 10.30am Mass continue this Sunday – all are welcome but more volunteers are needed to help with service and cleaning up afterwards,

 

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).

 

Many of the regular congregation spend Christmas away from London: this year, again, we are providing two occasions on which we can come together to celebrate the Incarnation:  on Wednesday 15th December we shall have the PARISH CAROL SERVICE at 7pm, and then on Saturday  8th January at 4.30pm an EPIPHANY CAROL SERVICE followed by a party in the rectory. Tickets for the Epiphany drinks party costing £10 will be on sale on a first come first served basis. Contact Lisa Proctor (07740 798472) in the social centre after 10.30am Sunday Mass.