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Information about Westminster churches livestreaming Sunday Masses can be found on the Events page of this website.

If you would like to say prayers throughout the day, these two websites will be very helpful:

https://us.magnificat.net/free
https://universalis.com/


Prayers, messages and frequent posts can also be seen on the parish Facebook page – St Francis of Assisi Church, Pottery Lane:  https://www.facebook.com/stfrancisnottinghill/


Masses are now being live-streamed from Westminster Cathedral, times and live-streaming can be found by following this link: https://www.churchservices.tv/westminster


Dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ,

I rejoiced when I heard them say, ‘Let us go to God’s house.’

I am very much looking forward to welcoming you to Mass over the coming weeks.

A return to normal is still some way off but it will be good to gather to pray again. Please be patient as we work out the best way to recommence Masses together.

The most important practical things to bear in mind as we do this are

Sunday Mass will be shorter than before (circa 30 minutes)

Face masks MUST be worn inside the church

1 metre distancing must be observed but households may sit together

The toilets in the Parish Centre are not open

Please arrive for Saturday and Sunday Masses at least 5 minutes before the beginning of Mass and be prepared to be asked to sit in parts of the church where you would not normally sit.

The church is clearly set out with pews blocked off and clear directions regarding the distribution of Holy Communion will be given during Masses.

Times of Masses from Saturday 4th July

Sunday 10.30am (church open at 10am)

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 9.30am (church open at 9.15am)

Saturday – 9.30am (church open at 9.15am) &

6pm [Vigil Mass of the Sunday] (church open at 5.30pm)

This is a provisional schedule based on the fact that the church must be cleaned after each Mass and before another takes place. I am also factoring in the reality that many will be away over the next two months for one reason or other. As needed, more Masses will be added to the timetable and from Sunday 6th September, at the latest, the Sunday morning Masses will be at 10am & 11.30am. Further updates regarding times of Mass etc will be posted on this website & on option 1 of the parish number – 020 7727 7968

Please check times before coming to Church in the coming months.

At present there is no obligation to attend Mass on Sunday – you can substitute a weekday Mass or a Saturday morning Mass for Sunday Mass instead either here or at another church. You can also request to receive Holy Communion at the Church outside Mass if you prefer.

If you have been advised to shield yourself please do not come to the church for the time being but please do let Fr Gerard know by calling 020 7727 7968 (option 3). Unfortunately, it is not yet possible for the minibus to resume bringing parishioners to Mass.

For the time being there will be no altar servers or rotas for readers and Ministers of Holy Communion.

For public services to resume the church must be cleaned after each Mass. This is a surprisingly simple task that 4 volunteer cleaners could easily do in 15 minutes. Aprons, gloves, masks and cleaning equipment will be provided. Volunteers must be 18-69 years of age and have no underlying health issues. Times when volunteers are needed, at present, are after the Masses on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. The way that this might work best is

Email the parish to kindly offer to help on either Saturdays or Sundays –nottinghill@rcdow.org.uk

Each week the Parish Office will get in touch with 8 volunteers asking if you can help the following Saturday/Sunday – the more people who volunteer the less frequently you will be called to help.

Opening times for the Church from Saturday 4th July

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:  9.15am-10.30am

Saturday: 9.15am-10.30am & 5.30pm-6.30pm

Sunday: 10am-12noon (after Mass only the back of the church will be open to allow cleaning of the rest of the church)

Please check current times by calling 020 7727 7968 (option 1) to find out the times of opening for the week. Please note that the toilets in the Parish Centre are not open during these times.

St Mary’s of the Angels, Moorhouse Road, is open 7am-12noon & 2-7pm daily.

Confessions can be heard by appointment only at present and will be heard in the courtyard as the Confessional would have to be thoroughly cleaned and ventilated after each penitent.

Baptisms – as soon as detailed guidance has been issued to parishes I shall let parishioners know through the weekly Newsletter published on this Website.

Once again, I greatly look forward to us being reunited during the coming weeks!

God bless.

Fr Gerard


Spiritual Communion

At this time when it is not possible to receive the Body and Blood of Christ, as ‘sacramental’ Communion, all can be united by the Holy Spirit thanks to the traditional understanding of ‘spiritual’ Communion. A deep spiritual communion with Jesus is possible even when we do not physically share together the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ. We can be certain that by asking the Lord to come to dwell in us again He will fill us with His grace if we our hearts are prepared to welcome Him.

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar. I love you above all things and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever. Amen.
Based on a prayer of St Alphonsus Liguori

If you are able, and are registered as a parishioner of St Francis, please consider being ready to volunteer to help the elderly and vulnerable if they are no longer able to go shopping themselves. To do this please send the parish office your name, phone number and email address and we will get in touch with you if help is needed – Thank you!



Fr Gerard's Letter to Parishioners - 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr Gerard’s Letter to Parishioners – 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Fr Gerard’s Letter to Parishioners – 5th Sunday of Easter

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Fr Gerard’s Letter to Parishioners – 3rd Sunday of Easter

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Fr Gerard’s Letter to Parishioners – 2nd Sunday of Easter

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