Want You Back
The late Margarita Pracatan unforgettably "sang" the above-mentioned song with Gary Barlow. Fr Ben and I didn't quite go that far but we are delighted to have you back at Mass at our normal times even if, as the Cardinal explains, “It is important that we continue to abide by the guidance, given by the Government, on appropriate social distancing and the other measures to avoid all unnecessary risk."
The part of these guidelines with which we most need your help is stewarding - two must be present for the church to be open. We have a wonderful team without whom you would not have been able to come in for private prayer in recent weeks. But as they have had to move to ushering for Mass, we are now short of helpers to allow other times of opening. Please contact Claudia via Volunteers or directly Parish Email or call 020 7286 3214 (option 2) if you can help with stewarding or with cleaning at the end of each day.
The Cardinal also reminds us that the obligation to come to Sunday Mass is lifted so he suggests you might come during the week instead. And since seating is limited, doing that (along with attending in the largest "bubble" possible) will increase capacity on a Sunday for those who are working. Of course a return to our normal Mass schedule means that there are more opportunities for you to have Mass offered for yourself or a loved one by visiting the office or clicking here Mass Intentions
For now there are additional necessary changes to the way we must celebrate Mass which will minimize the spread of infection. We will guide you through these. There will not even be a collection but baskets will be placed by the doors so you can make your weekly offering (including those you've accumulated over the past four months and your Easter contributions if you so desire). You can do this electronically via a BACS payment
Account Name: WRCDT St Johns Wood
Sort Code 40 05 20,
Account Number 71026135.
or by using this Virgin Money Giving link
or you might consider setting up a Standing Order and Gift Aid for the future which would also be extremely helpful if we go back into lockdown. May God reward you for your generosity in whatever way you support us.
Our public (you don't need an account) Facebook Page will continue to be updated regulalry as will this website and we will still stream Mass on Sundays at 10:30am in both places.
So that's it. This morning we took down your pictures which, along with your many kind messages of love and support in these extraordinary times, have given both of us a wonderful reminder of why we live this vocation. After that it was incredibly moving to prepare the altar for Mass again knowing that you will be there in the flesh from this evening onwards. As St Peter said at the Transfiguration. "Lord it is good for us to be here." Indeed it will be and we look forward to seeing you all soon.
Until then be assured of our affection and prayers for you and your loved ones, and may God bless you all.
Fr Kevin & Fr Ben
Music at Our Lady
Daily Service Times
Sunday Mass: 6:00pm (Saturday), 9:00am, 10:30am, 12:00 Noon, 6:00pm
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 10:00am