Glad Tidings of Great Joy
We are delighted to be able announce that Westminster City Council have granted planning permission for the new building at St Mary Mags. On Tuesday night the Planning Committee approved the application with no queries at all, having received over 100 representations of support for the project and a handful against (rather the opposite proportions to most applications). So, many thanks to all those of you who wrote in to support the project.
This permission enables us to go forward and make applications to major grant giving trusts for further funding, which is essential if we are to convince Heritage Lottery Fund that the project is viable. Basically we need to raise £2.5 million in the next 6 months to match the HLF contribution. If all goes well we could possibly start on site in a year’s time. We should have the War Memorial Calvary refurbished and re-erected much sooner than that, which will be a good sign of progress. Remember that the project is not only to build the new wing (which will house lavatories, lift, café and education room), but also do major conservation works in the church, and to fund a programme of heritage–related activity for 3 years.
We shall be making the Christingles in the Meeting Room at St Peter’s at 5pm on Wednesday 23rd. Do Come and help.
Christingle St Peter’s 5pm Thursday 24th
Midnight Mass SMM 11pm Thursday 24th
Christmas morning Eucharist St Peter’s 11am Friday 25th
Holy Family Sunday St Peter’s 11am Sunday 27th
Epiphany SMM 11am Sunday 3rd
Dialogue with Art-Exhibition
There is an exhibition of contemporary painting and sculpture in the Crypt at St Mary Mags from today until Boxing Day. Artists Elizabeth Chojak-Mysko, Tomasz Mysko and Jolanta Jagiello. Private view this evening 7 – 9 pm, to which all present at the Carol Service are invited. Then daily 1 pm – 5pm 14th – 26th December. Do come and see these intriguing woks that try to engage spiritual subjects.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday 27th January, and the book to read is “A Spool of Blue Thread” by Anne Tyler which was shortlisted for the Man-Booker prize. Please sign up on the notice in church to show that you are coming.
Please note that there are combined services on the 2 Sundays after Christmas.
If you would like to make a donation towards St Peter’s Christmas flowers, please see Richard or Fr.Henry
Happy Christmas to you all from Fr Henry
Dates for the Diary
22nd Eucharist 10am St Peters
23rd Mass 9am SMM
Christingle making 5pm St Peter’s
24th Christingle Service 5pm St. Peter’s.
Midnight Mass 11 pm SMM
25th Eucharist 11am St Peter’s
27th Combined Eucharist 11am St. Peter’s
3rd Combined Eucharist 11am SMM
Rowington Close W2 5TF.
Tel 7289 1818
Tel 8575 5515.
Julie Benet (St.Peter’s)
Nicky Chakravorty (SMM)
9.30 St.Mary Magdalene
Father Henry Everett’s blog