Public Masses will resume on Wednesday 2 December

In line with the Government’s latest announcement, the Church will reopen for public Masses on Wednesday 2 December. See the newsletter for the times of public Masses.

We are live streaming Sunday Mass at 11am each week. Our Tuesday Discussion Group will also continue to meet via Zoom. Details of all these arrangements can be found on our Home Page. Most other parish activities are currently suspended. 

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The main activities of the parish are daily mass, and sacraments. There are additional activities in Advent and Lent. You may wish to get involved in some or more of the following.

Church activities.

Mass.

Sunday Mass: Sat 6pm, Sun 9.30 & 11am

Holydays; 9am, 7pm

Weekdays: Usually Mon to Fri 9.30am. But check the newsletter.

Exposition: First Friday from 9.50am 

Confessions: Sat 5.30-5.50pm and on call.

 

Parish Council

See noticeboard in the church for a list of members.

Most recent minutes:

Summary Minutes of Parish Council Virtual meeting 11 June 2020

– Council Members agreed that a notice with names and contact details would be put up on the noticeboard in the Narthex in the coming weeks. Any communications for the Parish Council could also be sent by email to the parish email address, with “Parish Council” in the subject line, or by letter via the Presbytery.

– Discussion of parish finances confirmed that the overall position was stable. Whilst income had fallen during lockdown, standing order donations were continuing and many parishioners had now generously switched to donating via the parish bank account. In addition, some donations were being dropped off directly to the Presbytery.

Overall expenditure had fallen in lockdown. There would be some necessary upcoming expenditure in connection with some minor repairs. [A faulty valve in the heating system in the church, a leaking pipe in the house and treatment for carpet moths in the house.]

– The Council discussed the practical preparations needed for the imminent reopening of the church for private prayer, in line with the latest government and Diocesan guidelines. The Council was delighted that this was happening and noted the government’s proposed relaxation of lockdown to allow public Masses from 4 July.

– The Council noted how well the Church garden was being maintained by volunteers, and how it provided a welcome place for peaceful reflection.

– Plans for after lockdown were also discussed. These included

A special Welcome Back Mass as soon as public Masses might be permitted, subject to social distancing restrictions.

Plans for First Holy Communion.

A Requiem Mass to remember those who have died, during lockdown.

Continuing the live streaming of Mass, for those who might not be able to return to church services for health or other reasons.

 

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion The ministers assist the priest in taking communion to the housebound, and in assisting with communion during masses. A minister must be commissioned and will be a confirmed practising Catholic in good standing.

Readers The priest or a deacon reads the gospel but the other readings from the Old and New Testament are usually read by a layperson.

A reader should have a clear and pleasant voice and wish to communicate the message of God given in the Scriptures.  It is good to have a variety of ages, accents, and a mixture of male and female readers.

Servers The servers add to the dignity and solemnity of the mass. They assist the priest at the altar. Some basic training is needed, and much is picked up on the job.

We are eager to open new opportunities for altar service, for all children who have made their First Holy Communion and above. 

Welcomers It is important that newcomers to the parish feel welcome when they arrive. Some will never have been to this church before and some may never have been to a Catholic Church at all. The welcomers hand out the mass books and hymn books, but also look out for anyone who seems to need assistance.

Choir Music is one of the most important parts of the mass. The choir both encourage the congregation to sing the hymns and the parts for mass, and also sing more advanced pieces of music.

Cleaning There is a group of volunteers who clean the church each Thursday. It is fairly light but very necessary work, and the cleaners meet afterwards for tea and cakes.

Flowers and decoration The look of the church and the solemnity of the mass is much improved when the church is decorated. On most weekdays this decoration is principally flowers and arrangements, but lights and candles and other decorations are also used. It is work that allows considerable demonstration of creativity and artistic arrangement.

Children’s liturgy The children are often taken to the hall for the first part of the 9.30 Sunday mass. During this time the Bible readings are explained to them and they do activities based on these readings.

 

Other activities.

Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) The Society of St Vincent De Paul helps some of the poorest, most vulnerable, and neediest members of our society. In some areas monetary contributions are most important, and in Kew there are many emotional needs such as loneliness. The society needs people with practical skills, knowledge of the various systems of local government, or a kind and compassionate nature. If you feel you could help please contact the Presbytery.

Coffee mornings It is good for the parishioners to be able to meet each other informally and coffee mornings are a simple and easy way of doing this. But they still have to be organised.

First Friday lunches These lunches have several purposes. They are run in aid of charities, who both wish to publicise the good work that they do, and wish to raise some money. But it also reminds us that many people in the world will be going without food today, and many more will have a very restricted diet.

 

Yearly events

There are several events of great importance to the life of the parish which occur each year. For many of these extra assistance is also welcome.

Carol concert We need people to sing in the choir, to welcome at the church door, and to provide and serve refreshments including mince pies.