St Joseph's Altar Restored (St Joseph and the Christ Child), St James's ©Stephen Bellion Church Art 2021
This Sunday’s Procession of the Blessed Sacrament sets out from the Assumption church in Warwick Street (behind Regents Steet not far from Piccadilly Circus) at 3.30pm. Those children who have received First Holy Communion this year (or last) are invited to lead us. We then make our way to the Ukrainian Cathedral in Duke Street – by way of the Jesuit church in Farm Street – and then on to Spanish Place arriving sometime around 5pm. If you do not feel able to walk the whole way please meet us along the journey or be here in Saint James’s for the procession’s arrival. Pray for clement weather: pray for a great turnout!
In case, you missed last week’s news, the Cardinal has appointed Canon Wilson to support the pastoral ministry at Saint Mary Moorfields in the City, and to continue his work as vocations promoter from there: his last weekend with us will be 9th/10th October and we shall say “goodbye” to him with real sadness and with much gratitude for his time at Spanish Place.
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SVP) works among the needy and the homeless: they prepare food to distributed on Tuesday and Friday evenings and they have a current need for transport. If there are volunteers with cars it would help greatly. Offers through the parish office.
TRANSPORT FOR LONDON (TFL) has a current consultation about the future of the Congestion Charge. Please look up TFL’s consultation page and have your say: it is crucial that you do so. The consultation closes on 6th October.
The work on Saint Michael’s Chapel and the last touches to the Golden Lady are almost completed. The restorers will now take a short break before they return to tackle Saint Peter (does anyone who has that Christian name want to make a generous donation to cover his refurbishment?).
“THE SIXTEEN” will be returning to Saint James’s as part of their Choral Pilgrimage 2021. They are singing Allegri’s “Miserere” here on Thursday 7th October at 7.30pm. Book tickets on thesixteen.com / 0333 010 2850. It should be a truly memorable evening!
Enrolment for the new sacramental programmes continues until the beginning of October. Forms are available at the back of the church (and can be accessed here) for those children whose parents wish them to be prepared for First Holy Communion, for those teenagers who are asking for the Sacrament of Confirmation, and for those adults who want to come into closer communion with the Catholic Church (or those who want to refresh their faith).
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).
Point to Ponder: “The Eucharist crowns all the other sacraments; and though all are instruments of grace, and his life and death work through them all, it is there that the sacramental causality reaches its height” (Saint Thomas Aquinas).