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2013 - Year of Faith
Message from Fr. Charles
As part of the Year of Faith, our Church has been designated a ‘Holy Site’ by the Archbishop. This means that the Church will be open every day from 9.30am to 12noon. It will also be open on certain evenings and during the year there will be special days centred on prayer and forgiveness. The Blessed Sacrament Chapel (Prayer Room) is available all day.
A full list of all the Churches in the Diocese designated ‘Holy Sites’ is given below, and will be posted on the Church and Mass Centres notice-boards.  By attending Mass or making a pilgrimage to these Churches, the faithful may gain a Plenary Indulgence – a special way of experiencing tthe abundance of God’s mercy.
Full explanation of what this means is given below
There will be special arrangements in the Church for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, especially during Lent. Our Bishop, John Sherrington, will lead a special Penitential Service on Tuesday, 5th March, 7.30pm
What is a Plenary Indulgence ?
It is a very special way of experiencing  the abundance of God’s mercy and is also applicable to the souls of the deceased. It is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has been forgiven (Paul VI Apostolic Constitution Indulgentiarium Doctrina 1967).

The Church’s doctrine and practice of indulgences has to be placed in the context of the Sacrament of Penance. Sin has a double consequence:

When we commit mortal sin we break our communion with God and that deprives us of eternal life with Him. When we make our Confession and our sin is forgiven this eternal punishment is remitted and our relationship with God is restored

When we commit mortal or venial sin there is also a consequence called temporal punishment. This is a temporal distancing of the soul from God under undue attachment to the things of earth. This punishment is removed by works of mercy and love, through prayer and penance. After death it is purified by the process we call purgatory.

In all of this the Church calls us to personal conversion of mind and heart and of life.

How Do We Obtain The Year of Faith Plenary Indulgence ?

First, in order to receive the gift of a Plenary Indulgence a person must be truly repentant of sin, have received the Sacrament of Penance and Holy Communion and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father.

Having fulfilled these conditions the Year of Faith Plenary Indulgence is obtained:

By making a pilgrimage to one of the designated churches in the Diocese. During the pilgrimage the pilgrim should attend a Sacred Celebration or spend some time in prayer. The pilgrim should conclude the Visit by saying the Our Father, the Profession of Faith and the Hail Mary or another prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary

By attending Mass at any Church and reciting the Profession of Faith on the following specific days:

22nd Feb
19th Mar
31st May
27th June
11th July
  6th Aug

14th Sept

24th Sept
13th Oct  
  1st Nov

Feast of the Chair of St Peter
Feast of St Joseph
Feast of the Visitation
St John Southworth.
Feast of St Benedict.
Feast of the Transfiguration
of Our Lord.
Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross
Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham.
St Edward the Confessor.
Feast of All Saints.

Those unable to make a pilgrimage for reasons of age or infirmity may gain the Plenary Indulgence at home.

Other Holy Places

Here is a full list of all Churches in thee diocese which are designated as Holy Places
(Click here to download fuller details):

The Cathedral
42 Francis Street, Victoria
London SWIP 1QW.

Open Mon-Fri from 6.30am - 7pm,
Saturday 7.30am - 7.15pm; Sunday 7.30am -  8pm.

Our Lady of Muswell Hill
1 Colney Hatch Lane, Muswell Hill
London N10 1PN
The Church is usually open each weekday until 2.30pm.

The Immaculate Conception & St Joseph
23 St John’s Street,
Hertford SG1 1RX.
The Church is generally open from 8am to 6pm but closes around 4pm on Thursdays.   

Allen Hall Seminary
28 Beaufort Street, Chelsea
London SW3 5AA.
Seminarians and staff will welcome visitors on 2 dates in the Year of Faith – Saturday, 2nd March and Saturday, 16th November.

Our Lady of Willesden
Nicholl Rd, Willesden
London, NW10 9AX.
The Shrine Church is open from 8.30am- 8pm daily (8am -6.30pm on Sundays).

Tyburn Convent
8 Hyde Place, Marble Arch
London W2 2LJ.
Tyburn Convent is opened to the laity from 6.30am – 8.30pm.

St Anselm & St Cecilia
70 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Lincoln's Inn
London WC2A 3JA.
Open every weekday from 7am -7pm
On Saturday from noon to 7pm
On Sunday from 9am – 7pm.

St Etheldreda
14 Ely Place, Near Holborn
London EC1N 6RY.
Church is open from 8am – 5pm weekdays and Saturdays and from 8am – 12.30pm, on Sundays.

Church of St Benedict Ealing Abbey
Charlbury Grove, Ealing
London, W5 2DY.
The Abbey Church is open from 6am – 8.20pm every day except on Sunday when it opens at 7am.

SS Alban & Stephen
Beaconsfield Road, St Albans
Herts AL1 3RB
The Church is open every day from 9.30am – 12noon.
It will also be open on certain evenings and during the year there will be special days centred on prayer and forgiveness. The Blessed Sacrament Chapel is available all day.

The English Martyrs
30 Prescot Street, Tower Hill
London  E1 8BB.
Foyer of Church open from 8.30am – 2pm daily.

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