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Welcome to St. William of York Catholic Parish

Whether you are an old hand or a newcomer to the parish, we hope you will find this website informative and useful. This Parish belongs to the Archdiocese of Southwark. We are one of ten parishes in the Deanery of Lewisham. There are details about our Patron Saint and the history of our Parish and Church on this website. Please register as a member of our parish (digitally or on paper, available here in Word or PDF format).

COVID-19 Update (8 February 2021)

Dear Parishioners

As the current situation of the spread of the virus starts to fall, we have now decided to open our parish church. The Church will be open for Weekday Masses from Monday 8th February 2021 and for Sunday Masses from Sunday 14th February.

Mass will be celebrated at 9.15am every weekday. Our weekend Masses will be celebrated at Saturday 6:00pm and Sunday 9:15am and 11:30am.

Please remember that THE DISPENSATION of the faithful from the obligation to attend SUNDAY MASS remains in place for the time being. NO ONE IS OBLIGED to attend Holy Mass whilst dispensation is in effect.

All the weekday Masses and the Sunday 11:30am Mass will be live-streamed via the usual link

Please wear a face mask, sanitise your hands and kindly follow the guidance of the stewards at all times.

Since the opening of the church after the first lockdown, we have been very responsible and careful in respecting the rules given by the government for the safe use of our church. I encourage you to continue doing so as we go forward.


You can access the live streaming of the Mass by clicking here: LIVE STREAMING.

Please Note: You do not need to create a Facebook account to view the streaming. If a pop-up window appears asking you to sign in or create a new Facebook account, you can choose to ignore it by clicking "not now" then proceed to the live streaming.

We look forward to seeing you.

With every blessing,

Fr Habte

COVID-19 and the Catholic's Church response:

Pastoral Letter Concerning the Reopening of Catholic Churches for Individual Prayer

  1. Statement from Archbishop John Wilson - 23 March 2020

  2. Liturgical Advice by Bishops


  4. Liturgical Advice given by the Diocese

Weekly Masses

For up-to-date information see the weekly Bulletin and Diary. We also have a page on Facebook.

Ministry to the Vulnerable

I appeal to your generosity and kindness and if your financial circumstances allow to please donate Supermarket food vouchers or cash and post in an envelope through the presbytery door at 4 Brockley Park earmarked "SWOY Families in need Crisis Fund".

If you are currently donating to the parish via a standing order you may wish to consider increasing the amount donated to assist with the "SWOY Families in need Crisis Fund".

If you are unable to leave the house and are able to donate funds to help our "Crisis Fund", via a bank transfer, Our parish bank details are as follows:

  • NatWest Bank
  • Sort Code 60-50-01
  • Account number 79124437
  • Account name St William of York Reg Charity 1173050
  • Reference - Your name, gift aid number and "SWOY Crisis Fund"

It would be helpful if you could please send an email to Mary at to notify your donation and gift aid number and Mary will ensure we receive tax relief.

1. Food items can also be left in the box at the back of the church for our parish families in need, food banks are in great need of donations at this time.

2. We are coordinating a telephone ministry to those in need of such contact and to arrange necessary practical assistance. If you know of anyone who may require such assistance, please contact us via email ( or telephone (020 8690 4549).

3. Please also contact Mary via telephone or email if you wish to volunteer to help parishioners by shopping, collecting prescriptions, doing errands etc.

Fr Habte

Hospital Admissions

Due to rules and regulations regarding privacy in hospitals it is important to remember that if you or a relative are admitted to hospital it is your responsibility to let the staff know that you or they are a Catholic and would welcome a visit from the Catholic chaplain. It would also be helpful to let the Parish office know so that the Clergy and Parishioners can remember you and your relatives in their prayers.

Moved recently?

Please let the parish office know if you have moved and give your new contact details.