Dear Brothers and Sisters
So here we are in our second week of physical separation but united spiritually by our faith in Jesus Christ. Celebrating Mass each day without you is quite normal on our days off and on holiday, but day after day it is strange indeed. However, looking out on your pictures attached to the benches and seeing your smiling faces is a truly uplifting feeling and it helps us to keep you all even more at the forefront of our prayers. Please send in more photographs so that we can fill the whole church before Easter Sunday.
You can join us "virtually"at those Mass by clicking on the first two links below or you can follow the Mass at other churches (with better homilies) throughout the country using the third link:
- Holy Mass at Our Lady's, St. John's Wood Website
- Our Lady’s, St John’s Wood Facebook page
- Masses Online
On the subject of Masses and other services, it hardly seems possible that we are on the cusp of Holy Week. Heart-breaking as it is that we cannot be together for this sacred time, the Cardinal explains beautifully how this is not something to worry about below and how we can join together in spirit:
For obvious reasons we are not permitted to leave blessed palms outside the church for you but they will be available at a later date when travel becomes possible. Many parishioners were touched that you left daffodils for them on Mother's Day: you are so good to think of others at this time and perhaps you might leave them a palm in due course. As the Holy Father said last night, "So many heroes...thought and spirit can go far with the creativity of love":
And not forgetting our younger parishioners, Margaret has some wonderful suggestions for children and families to help you celebrate Holy Week together : Holy Week for Children And there are lots of other resources below for all ages.
Finally, if there is anything you need or you would just like a chat, call on 020 7286 3214 or email us.
Until we write again soon, let us all take to heart the words of Pope Francis at St Peter’s last week:
“Dear brothers and sisters...From this colonnade that embraces Rome and the whole world, may God’s blessing come down upon you as a consoling embrace. Lord, may you bless the world, give health to our bodies and comfort our hearts. You ask us not to be afraid. Yet our faith is weak and we are fearful. But you, Lord, will not leave us at the mercy of the storm. Tell us again: “Do not be afraid”. And we, together with Peter, “cast all our anxieties onto you, for you care about us”.
Have a wonderful weekend, stay safe at home to protect the NHS, and may God bless you all.
Fr Kevin and Fr Ben
Other Church Resources
- Holy Masses in the Diocese of Westminster
- Resources from the Diocese
- Free access to Magnificat online
- Magnificat for Kids
- CAFOD CAFOD Children’s Liturgy session for each week can be obtained by registering here
- For family prayer, TenTen are also making freely available their Prayers for Home, which include ‘Sunday Liturgy for Families’ and ‘Daily Prayers for Home’
- Sycamore, a wonderful programme for deepening our Faith, and for those preparing to become Catholics, and for Confirmation candidates, is free for the next six months
- Stations of the Cross with Pope Francis
- "A Biblical Walk through the Mass" with Dr. Ed Sri
- Fr Mike Schmitz on “The Hour that Changed My Life"
- "The Eucharist in Scripture" with Dr. Scott Hahn
- "The Weight of the Mass: a Tale of Faith"
- "Take it to the Queen: a Tale of Hope"
- Catholic Newspapers
Music at Our Lady
Holy Mass will be celebrated via Video Link above. As per indication above: Please do not come to the Parish Church for Holy Mass.