Organ Scholarship

We are able now to offer an Organ Scholarship to a young person (teenager) who would be interested in developing their organ playing skills.

It would provide a modest stipend and cover the cost of lessons from a good tutor. Anyone interested should contact our Organist, Ben Fowler, at the Parish Office 020 8427 1955.

The job description is availabe here.


We welcome Father Michael Newman SDS who is helping with masses during July and August. He has been with us quite a few times in the past and it is nice to see him again.

International Day

International Day — Saturday 11th June: 14.00 – 17.00

Only 2 weeks to go! Come and join us as we celebrate the cultural richness of our wonderful community. Try food from Africa, America, England, Goa, Ireland, Kerala, Poland, Sri Lanka and Rotuma.

Relax with an Irish Coffee and enjoy entertainment from our young parishioners, including Street Dancing, Bollywood Dancing, Irish Dancing and singing.

There will be bouncy castles, games and face painting for the children, plus stalls for some retail therapy!

Help & donations are required to make this day a success – please pick up a leaflet from the back of the church.

Confirmation and First Communion

We congratulate all our children and young people who celebrated their First Communion or Confirmation in the last three weeks. We assure them of our prayers in the years ahead.

Silent Movie Night

St Josephs Weald Silent Movie Night Poster

Good Shepherd Sunday

This Sunday is Good Shepherd Sunday which is a Day of Prayer for Vocations. There will be a second collection for the Priests Training Fund in order to help provide education for the next generation of priests.

Besides this day being a good one on which to pray for vocations it might also be appropriate, depending on your circumstances, to think about whether a vocation to the priesthood and/or the religious life is something for you. If you are considering a vocation it would be good to talk to one of the priests or the sisters since they may be able to help you to discern if God is really calling you to be a priest or religious.

Easter Greetings

We wish all our parishioners a very happy and holy Easter.

Passiontide Concert

Father Paul Harris

Father Paul will be leaving us shortly to take up his new position of parish priest in Abbots Langley and Chipperfield. His farewell mass will be at 11.00 on Easter Sunday and there will be a special coffee morning that day so that you can say goodbye to him.

We welcome Father Frank Waters back to St Joseph’s to take Father Paul’s place. It will be good to have Father Frank back here where he is so well known.

Mary’s Meals

There will be a collection of old clothes in aid of Mary’s Meals on the weekend of 27th/28th February. The money raised from the sale of the clothes will go towards the provision of meals for school pupils in developing countries. Please leave them in the boxes in the Church Porch but not before that weekend please. Please note Mary’s Meals will accept clothes, bags, blankets, towels, curtains, shoes and bedding but not books or bric à brac.

Christmas Dinner

The parish Christmas Dinner for those who would otherwise be alone at Christmas will take place again this year. Please sign up to help or to provide food or entertainment on the board by St Joseph’s Statue. Many thanks.

Credit Union

Over the last 12-18 months a small group of volunteers and have reviewing and discussing how we could provide/make available the services of a local credit union to our community as a whole as part of our Caritas project for our Growing in Faith campaign. We considered the opportunity and logistics of setting up a new credit union but quickly realised that with the increased legislation and costs this was not feasible/practical. Therefore, we progressed onto looking at & consulting with other suitable established Credit Unions where we could work in association with and I am pleased to say that we have made a decision to move forward with ‘Hillingdon Credit Union.’ HCU are a well-established and well organised Credit Union with an existing large membership and they will be able to provide a huge amount of support and services to our community.

Since our discussion began the availability of a Credit Union has expanded to incorporate other churches/parishes in and around Wealdstone/Harrow and we will shortly be starting the process of registration and opening up the services to everyone during planned registration events over the coming weeks and months so please keep an eye out for further details.

As always many hands make light work and if you feel you can help and assist in any way, our next meeting will be on Thursday 24th September at 19.00 in the Hut where we will be provided with some training and further information on the first registration event to be held sometime in October/November. Tony Peiris

Birthday of Our Lady

There will be a special mass at 19.15 on Tuesday 8th September to mark the feast of the Birthday of Our Lady.

Afternoon Tea

The Parish is holding an Afternoon Tea on the Presbytery Lawn on Sunday 6th September from 14.00-16.00. Tickets cost £7.00 & include unlimited tea, coffee and fruit juice, a selection of sandwiches, cakes and scones, plus musical entertainment. Tickets are on sale in the Repository or put your name and telephone number in an envelope, plus £7.00 per ticket, and post it through the Presbytery letterbox. (191 High Road, Harrow Weald).

Relic of St Edmund Campion

The Knights of St Columba will be bringing the relic of St Edmund Campion to St Joseph’s Church on Sunday 12th July. The relic may be venerated after the morning masses.

Blessed Sacrament Procession

There will be a Procession of the Blessed Sacrament on the Feast of Corpus Christi 7th June. The procession will move off at 14.30 and return to the Church at 15.30 for solemn benediction. Please join us.

Good Shepherd Sunday, World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Vocation awareness and promotion is something very dear to the heart of Pope Francis and should be just as important to us too.

Our Salvatorian presence was established here in Wealdstone by the founder of the Salvatorians, the Venerable Francis Jordan, and by God’s grace we have maintained our presence here to this day but it has not been without its difficulties. The increasing age of our priests and the decrease in the number of vocations to our Order in the UK has meant that we have shrunk to just a handful of active members.

As you know, I am the last Salvatorian to be ordained back in the summer of 2014. We now have nobody in formation and this is a worry for us all, but we can all play a part in fostering vocations to priesthood and religious life by means of our prayer and the promotion of vocations.

At the back of the church you will find materials which will help in praying for more vocations to the priesthood and the religious life. We would ask that each parishioner make a conscious effort on this Vocations Sunday to pray, asking the Lord to call upon the hearts of many men and women to dedicate their lives to Him in the service of the Church and her people. In addition to this, each one of us needs to help raise awareness in the hearts of our young people by actively talking to them about priesthood and religious life as a very real possibility for their path in life.

We cannot labour the importance of vocations promotion and awareness enough; the future of our parishes –this parish– depends upon it!

Please pray, pray, and pray without ceasing for more priests and religious.

Also if you think you might have a priestly or religious vocation then why not talk to me about it in a confidential way.

Father Paul

Passiontide Concert

News from Mary’s Meals

Dear Father Alex

We wanted to share with you how delighted we were with our Mary’s Meals’ Rags to Riches Campaign last year – a success we could not have achieved without your help.

During 2014, we collected 48 tons of unwanted clothing/bedding and together with donations generated a fantastic £36,300.  This means that Mary’s Meals are able to feed 2,975 children every school day for a year in a place of education – entirely due to those who contributed to our London Rags to Riches Campaign.

In addition to raising money to feed these deserving children, we were given much needed office space in London by one of the churches we visited.  This means that we have a good base from which to run our London fund raising work.  We also received donations of some extremely useful office equipment which has helped us to operate more efficiently.

During the year, 800 parishioners from the churches we visited signed up to receive our newsletter.  Some of these people have joined our band of dedicated volunteers who turn up on Sunday mornings for our Collections – without their hard work it would be impossible for us to be so successful.

Compared to the same quarter last year, we are already 50% up on our Rags to Riches Campaign.  It has been a cold start to the year and sometimes in January and February, wrapped up in all our warm clothing, we looked like the Michelin men outside the churches.  Nevertheless, we have been delighted by the warm welcomes we have received so far in 2015 and really enjoyed talking with your parishioners and being able to thank them for their donations.

As we have the cost of a van each week to take the clothing to the depot, we are trying to visit more than one church per Sunday.  This is proving successful so far – thanks to volunteer drivers and, occasionally, someone using their own van.

In 2015, Mary’s Meals is aiming to feed ONE MILLION children every school day.  We are nearly there and we dearly hope that, with your help and prayers, we will reach this figure.  When we hit this magical number, we will make sure you are amongst the first people we tell.

Meanwhile, Father, thank you once again for your support.  To remind you of our work, please spend a few minutes watching Shazia’s Story on this little video produced by Mary’s Meals.

With kind regards and God bless




There will be a special concert of Music for Passiontide 28th March it will consist of reflective music in preparation for Holy Week, with the St Joseph Consort performing works by Allegri, Purcell and Duruflé. £10 tickets, £7 concessions on sale in the Repository.

The remaining concerts in the series are: 18th April at 16.00 with David Murray, Philomena McCrae and Imo Berman; 16th May at 16.00 with Richard Hills, Organist of St Mary’s Bourne Street.

Feast of St Joseph

March 19th is the feast day of our parish patron, St Joseph. This  is  a  day  which  has  not  been  very  well  marked  in  our  parish  for  some  time  and  we  really  ought  to celebrate  this day  in  a  proper  way.  We  will  be marking  this  day  with  a celebration  of  Sung  Evening  Prayer  which  will  be  led  by our  parish  choir  beginning  at  7pm,  followed  by  a  Solemn High Mass.  Please note this date in your diary and do your
best to attend our patronal celebration.


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Mary’s Meals “Rags To Riches” Collection

A very big ‘thank you’ for allowing Mary’s Meals to have its Rags to Riches collection at St Joseph Catholic Church once again. I am delighted to say that the parish managed to give 330 bags of unwanted clothes (weighing 1.8 tons!); there were also donations of £800.69 giving a total contribution of £1610.69 which is a great result despite the cold! Mary’s Meals is very grateful for your support. The amount raised will feed 132 children who will not only get fed one good, nutritious meal every school day for a whole year, but they will get an education too.                                                                                           Gerrard McMahon

Mary’s Meals

There will be a collection of old clothes in aid of Mary’s Meals on Sunday 1st February. The money raised from the sale of the clothes will go towards the provision of meals for school pupils in developing countries. Please leave old clothes in the Church Porch. Please note Mary’s Meals will accept clothes, bags, blankets, towels, curtains, shoes and bedding but not books or bric à brac.

Christmas 2014

We wish all our parishioners and friends a very happy and blessed Christmas.

Fathers Alex, Paul and Christopher

Concert Series 2014-15

The next in our series of concerts will be a special Christmas Concert entitled Carols by Candlelight with the Jubilate Singers at 20.00 on Saturday 13th December. £10/£7 concessions/under 5s free. For tickets call Emma on 07970 895 134 or from the Parish Office.

Commemoration of the Faithful Departed

The Feast of All Souls takes place on Monday 3rd November this year. We will offer an additional mass in the evening at 19.15.

Organ Concert at St Joseph’s

The next recital will be next Saturday 18th October at 16.00 when we welcome Mark James, Organist of St Peter’s, Ealing. Free Admission.


Prelude to Te Deum                                                                   Charpentier

Meditation                                                                                   Hurford

March from the overture to the Occasional Oratorio        Handel

Suite for Organ (selected movements)                                    Malcolm Archer

Five Portraits                                                                         William Lloyd Webber    (centenary year)

1. Carol – Lyric piece

2. Imogen – Fairy Tale

3. Elizabeth – Valse de Ballet

4. Justine – Romance

5. Mandy and Dula – Burmese blues                             

Festal March                                                                                    William Lloyd Webber

Folk Song                                                                                          Whitlock

Crown Imperial                                                                                Walton

In Dir Iste Freude. BWV 615                                                          J.S Bach

Military March No. 4 in G.                                                              Elgar

Dance to Your Daddy                                                                        Eftestøl

Organ Concert at St Joseph’s

On  Saturday  27th September at 20.00, the organist of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, Professor Ian Tracey, will play a recital on our new organ here in St Joseph’s.
Tickets are £6 each and are now available from the Repository or pay at the door.

Minuee (Concierto VI par Dos Organos)                        Antonio Soler/Tracey
Adagio in g                                                                            Thomaso Albinoni
Fantasia in G Major (BWV 572)                                       J.S.Bach
Capriol Suite                                                                         Peter Warlock/Tracey
Chorale nr. 3 en la mineur                                                 Cesar Franck
Variations on an Original Theme                                     Flor Peeters
Nun Danket Alle Gott (BWV 79)                                      J.S.Bach/Virgil Fox
Simple Gifts (Appalachian Melody)                                Trad arr. Virgil Fox
Scherzo ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’                         Mendelssohn/Goss-Custard
Toccata ‘Tu es Petra’                                                           Henri Mulet

PROFESSOR IAN TRACEY has had a life-long association with Liverpool Cathedral and its music and, with his two illustrious predecessors, continues the tradition of an almost apostolic succession. He studied organ with Lewis Rust and then with his immediate precursor Dr. Noel Rawsthorne. Studies at Trinity College, London, culminated in Fellowship, after which, scholarship grants enabled him to continue his studies in Paris, with both Andre Isoir and Jean Langlais.

In 1980 he became the youngest Cathedral Organist in the Country, and in 2007 after 27 years service, the Dean & Chapter created the post of ‘Organist Titulaire’, allowing him the freedom to devote more time to playing, lecturing, recording and writing. Since his appointment in 1980, he has played most of the major venues in this country, and an increasing number in Europe; very much in demand in the U.S.A., he has made 23 extensive tours, playing in all the major Cities and in 1999 & 2003 undertook major tours of Southern Australia, recitaling, examining and teaching. The past two seasons have included concerts in New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Bermuda, Paris, Holland, Germany, Jersey & Spain.

On the wider musical canvas, he is a frequent broadcaster with the B.B.C., and his recordings on the Cathedral Organ have met with wide acclaim from the critics, recording for E.M.I., CHANDOS and PRIORY. He regularly examines and adjudicates and, over the past 28 years, has conducted over 250 concerts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus. He holds Fellowships from 20 prestigious musical institutions both here and abroad, including the Royal College of Organists, as one of only 28 Honorary Fellows worldwide. In 2006, the University of Liverpool conferred upon him Doctor of Music, in recognition of his long and distinguished service to music in Liverpool and of his national and international reputation. In 2008, the Royal School of Church Music and in 2009, the Guild of Church Musicians, awarded him Fellowships for distinguished services to church music and his international reputation as a church musician.

His other posts include: Organist to the City of Liverpool; at St. George’s Hall; Chorus Master to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society; Guest Director of Music for the BBC Daily Service, Professor, Fellow and Organist at Liverpool, John Moores University, Tonal Director for Makin Organs & Copeman Hart Ltd. and past president of the Incorporated Association of Organists


Brother Paul Harris will be ordained to the Priesthood on Saturday 28th June in St Edward’s Church, Runcorn. A coach will be taking parishioners there to celebrate with him. He will return to celebrate his first mass at St Joseph’s on Sunday 6th July at 11.00 and also at 12.30 and 6pm. Please join him then and receive his first blessing. We offer him our congratulations and remembrance in prayer.

General Visitation

We welcome the Salvatorian Superior General Father Milton Zonta and Father Stijn Van Baelen our General Mission Secretary who are making the General Visitation of the British Province of our Society. They will celebrate the 11.00 & 12.30 masses on Sunday 11th May and be available after masses to talk to parishioners.

Confirmation 2014

Bishop Arnold will be with us this week to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation on three separate occasions (12th, 14th & 15th May). We congratulate our 102 candidates as they receive this most important sacrament and we wish them well as they begin their lives as adult Christians in the Church. We thank Mark Davoren, our catechist, for all the good work that he has done with the candidates as they have prepared very thoroughly for this sacrament.

Growing in Faith

This weekend we are coming to an end of the Growing in Faith fundraising campaign. There will be a special appeal at all masses for those who have not yet made a pledge. We are well on our way to achieving our target and hope that this will give an excellent start to our plans to build a new parish hall, offices and house for the priests.

We express our deepest thanks to all who have already made a pledge; their contributions will make a great difference to the life of our parish in the coming years.

Growing in Faith

St Joseph’s Parish has now begun the Growing in Faith fundraising programme which is gradually being unfolded across the Diocese.

We will be hearing more about it in the coming weeks and how it will impact on every parishioner in one way or another.

Our parish project is an ambitious one, it is to rebuild the priest’s house and bring the parish offices and the construction of a new parish hall all on one site. It will require a lot of sacrifices and much hard work but it will greatly enhance our facilities and be a real asset to the parish.

Christmas Masses

Christmas Eve

Children’s Mass 16.00

First Mass of Christmas 18.00

Carols & Readings then Midnight Mass 23.15

Christmas Day

Masses at 8.15, 9.30, 11.00 & 12.30

Please note no evening mass on Christmas Day

Ordination to the Diaconate

Brother Paul Harris will be ordained to the Diaconate by Archbishop Vincent Nichols on Saturday 7th December at 12.00. All Welcome.

Philippines Disaster

We will take up a second collection on Sunday 17th November for CAFOD’s relief fund for Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Please be generous.

Sister Helen Carroll OP

We regretfully inform parishioners of the death of Sister Helen Carroll OP who died in Bexhill on 30th September of a heart attack. Her funeral will be at Rosary Priory, 93 Elstree Road, Bushey, WD23 4EE at 11.00 on Wednesday 9th October. Sister Helen was parish catechist at St Joseph’s for a number of years. May she rest in peace.

Church Bell

The mechanism controlling the Church Bell burnt out recently. It has now been replaced and the bell will now ring for the Angelus daily at 12.00 and 18.00. It will also toll for five minutes before each of the Sunday masses.

Perpetual Profession of Vows

We congratulate Brother Paul Harris who will be making his perpetual profession of vows at 10.00 Mass on Saturday 7th September.

The profession of religious vows is not so frequent as it once was and these days it takes a lot of courage to commit oneself to God for life in a religious order. So it is very heartening for us to welcome Brother Paul definitively into the Society of the Divine Saviour. He makes his vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and by doing so commits himself for life as a witness to the values of the Kingdom of God.

Brother Paul continues his studies for the priesthood at St Mary’s College, Oscott, Birmingham and he will be ordained as a deacon at Christmas time and hopefully to the priesthood next summer.

He has already made a great contribution to the life of St Joseph’s Parish especially through his skills as an organist. We have valued his expertise and his ability to improve the liturgical life of the parish.

Please keep Brother Paul in your prayers as he continues his journey to the priesthood.

Parish Census

We are currently conducting a census of the parish so that we have up to date records in the Parish Office. Please take a form and when completed drop it into the Parish Office or give it to one of the clergy. Even if you have filled in a similar form in the past it is important that you complete this one so that the details we hold on you are up to date.


Installation of Pope Francis

We congratulate Pope Francis on the day of his installation as our Holy Father and we pray that he may have a most fruitful ministry in the Chair of Peter.

Bishop’s Visitation

This weekend Bishop John Arnold will be making his visitation of St Joseph’s. He will preach at the masses and will be available afterwards for anyone to talk to. The Bishop will also be meeting in the Hut the Finance Commission at 14.00 and the Parish Council at 14.30.

All Parishioners are most welcome to the meeting
with the Bishop on Sunday at 14.30.

Year of Faith Lent Talks

Reconciliation & Annointing of the Sick




Confirmation Class

The class notes can be accessed here:

First Session

Second Session

Third Session

Fourth Session

Fifth Session

Seventh Session

Eighth Session

Pastoral Letter for the Feast of the Holy Family


30 December 2012
Feast of The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

My brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ

Today’s Feast is a moment in which to rejoice again in the vitality and importance of the family. Indeed this is a time in which to speak up for marriage, between a husband and wife, as the heart of the family. Continue reading

The Year of Faith

A Series of Talks

13th November         God the Father        by Father Alex McAllister
20th November        Jesus Christ              by Father Francis Waters
27th November         Holy Spirit                by Bob Livingstone
4th December            The Church              by Brother Paul Harris
11th December          The Last Things       by Father Auson Kamugisha

19.00 in the Hut (191 High Road, Harrow Weald)

Male Voice Choir Concert

There will be a concert given by Harrow Apollo Male Voice Choir featuring Philomena Brothers in aid of our Church Organ Fund, here at St Joseph’s on Sunday 30th September at 15.00. Tickets £10 (including light refreshments). See notice board for details.

Readers, Eucharistic Ministers & Offertory Procession

We need to increase the numbers of Readers, Eucharistic Ministers and those who bring up the offertory gifts as the responsibility for these roles is falling on only a few parishioners. The aim is to ensure as wide a representation as possible and to have a rota that can be spread over a number of weeks.
These are important ministries and sharing in them will help to enrich your faith. If you would like to serve in one of these capacities please sign the lists on the Church
noticeboard. We will draw up rotas for implementation in September.
Please note when serving as a Reader or Eucharistic Minister it is not necessary to be part of the entrance procession. Training for these ministries will be arranged in

Confirmation 2012

We congratulate those Confirmed at St Joseph’s this year.

15th May 2012

16th May 2012

Remain in my Love

“If you keep my commandments you will remain in my love,” so says Jesus in today’s Gospel. This sounds a bit odd at first glance. It is like a parent saying, “If you do what I tell you only then will I love you.” Continue reading

Make your Home in Me

The Gospel this Fifth Sunday of Easter uses the symbol of the vine and the branches to describe the intimate union between Christ and the believer. Simply put, to be a Christian is to live united with God in Christ, expressed in our love for God and others. Continue reading

Good Shepherd Sunday

Today is Good Shepherd Sunday, it is a day on which we pray for the Bishops, Priests and Deacons in the Church and on which we pray especially for more vocations. In particular it is important to pray for those discerning where God is calling them in life that he gives them the insight and courage that they need to make the right decision. Continue reading

Where Earth Meets Heaven

Once there were two monks who sat together, reading out of a very old book. The book said that at the end of the world there would be one place where heaven and earth would meet and the kingdom of God would begin. So the two monks decided to go in search of that place and not come back until they had found it. Continue reading

Recognising Christ

The painting above by Fra Angelico is entitled ‘Noli Me Tangere’ which means ‘Do not touch me.’ These are the words the Risen Christ spoke to Mary Magdalene when, after at first mistaking him for a gardener, she suddenly recognised him. Continue reading

Confirmation Candidates

Our Confirmation candidates were wonderful on Sunday. Many turned up at 8 a.m. to set up for a coffee morning – noble indeed on the day the clocks went forward and they lost a Sunday morning lie-in. They brought a staggering range of cakes and biscuits. With great good humour, they did all that was asked of them, and more, preparing tables, sorting goods, making and serving drinks, washing crockery and generally making sure all who attended enjoyed their hospitality. Continue reading

Benemerenti Medal for Tom Kinsella


Tom Kinsella receieves the Benemerenti medal from Bishop John Arnold on Sunday 25th March for his long years of service to St Joseph’s Church, Wealdstone.

Digital Organ

The Parish Council met together with other interested members of the parish to discuss the question of the organ on Wednesday 21st March. Brother Paul Harris presented a paper which gave an in-depth explanation of the problems with the existing organ and outlining the options before us. Continue reading

Benemerenti Medal for Tom Kinsella

On Sunday 25th March at 11.00 mass Bishop John Arnold will present Tom Kinsela with the Benemerenti Medal in acknowledgement of his long and exemplary service to the parish. Currently Tom is chair of the parish council.

Catholic Bishop’s Conference Pastoral Letter on the Proposed Change in the Legal Definition of Marriage

At Masses this weekend, we receive a Letter from Archbishops Vincent Nichols and Peter Smith on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. It is a statement of our Catholic faith about marriage and issued in the light of the forthcoming consultation by the Government on changing the legal definition of marriage. Continue reading

Rite of Election


We share the joy of Cam Sheehan and Derek Barnett both pictured above with Archbishop Vincent Nichols after the Rite of Election in Westminster Cathedral on Sunday 26th February 2012. Cam is being received into the Church and Derek will be Baptised at the Easter Vigil Ceremony at St Joseph’s.

Allen Hall Seminary on TV

Allen Hall, the Westminster Diocesan Seminary, featured in an hour long BBC4 TV programme on 23rd February 2012. It was the first in a three-part series entitled Catholics. It mainly focussed on the seminarians who were ordained to the priesthood last summer and gave a very good overview of life in the seminary.

Our own Salvatorian scholastics normally study as external students at Allen Hall for their first two years of philosophy before going on to the Jesuit-run Heythrop College for three years of theology. Currently Brother Lewis Linehan is in the first year at Allen Hall.

An article is available here.

New Head Teacher for the Salvatorian College

The Governors are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Paul Kassapian as Head Teacher of the Salvatorian College with effect from the beginning of the Autumn Term. Mr Kassapian is currently the Deputy Head Teacher of St Joan of Arc School in Rickmansworth, he succeeds Mr Andrew Graham who will be retiring at the end of the Summer Term.

Violence Against Clergy

Last Tuesday afternoon I got a call from the Sun newspaper telling me that the Anglican Vicar in my former parish of Thornbury near Bristol had been stabbed to death at the door of his vicarage and asking for my comments. You can imagine I was completely taken aback by this. Continue reading

What is Lent?

A few years ago it used to be fashionable at this time of the year in certain circles to say to people “Have a happy Lent!” This was not something I ever liked very much, because I think that it made the penitential season of Lent sound just like Easter which really is the proper liturgical season for rejoicing. Continue reading


Catholics: A new BBC Television series which explores what it is like to be Catholic today.
The Catholic Church in the Diocese of Westminster is set to feature in a new series of three films to be shown on BBC 4 Television in February and March 2012. Continue reading

Street Pastors

Street Pastors will begin patrolling the streets of north west London later this month. This group of latter-day Good Samaritans from several different denominations aren’t out to convert people. They simply go out at night who might need a helping hand –  tourists who are lost, someone whose had a bit much to drink, or a person just needing a chat. Continue reading

Education Sunday

Pope Benedict on his visit to England in 2010 took time to directly address the young people of our communities in his ‘Big Assembly’.  He eloquently summed up the distinctive mission of Catholic schools when he set us the challenge that a good Catholic school “should help all its students to become saints.” Continue reading

The Pursuit of Personal Holiness

The unclean spirit in Sunday’s Gospel gives Jesus the title “The Holy One of God.” This reminds us of the utter holiness of Christ and the call given to each one of us to emulate him in this vital area of our lives.
Many people would say that the greatest achievement of the Second Vatican Council was its insistence on the need for personal holiness by every member of the Church. This is as relevant today as ever it was; perhaps even more so since the modern world frequently distracts us from focussing on God. It is a particular challenge to our young people since the earlier we commit ourselves to holiness the more we can achieve. Continue reading