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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 (September 2021)

Dear Parishioners

A group of parishioners met with Fr Habte to look at the Bishops' guidance on Covid restrictions. The Bishops approved various changes to come into force any time after July, but we decided to wait until now, so we could see how the local situation developed. We now think it's safe to make the following changes.

From 18th / 19th September

At masses where there is music, the congregation will be invited to sing (with their masks on)

From 2nd / 3rd October

We'll bring back the benches to the centre of the church, with some space between them.

We'll put more chairs back, still with a space in between each

This combination of benches and chairs will give people a choice as to how much distance they feel comfortable with. To help protect people who prefer to have space around them we'll have laminated cards saying "please leave a space" which you can put on the next seat.

We will still have a booking system for Test and Trace purposes, but you'll only be asked to register that you will attend. There will be no booking of numbered seats. Everyone will choose their own seat when they arrive.

Anyone who arrives without booking will give their contact details and be welcomed if there is space for them

The piano and space for the singing group will be put back to its original space

Collections will resume, and we'll reintroduce the sign of peace - asking people to bow to each other rather than shake hands

Holy Communion will be distributed from the sanctuary, gallery and lower hall, with people directed by the stewards to avoid queuing

What is staying the same?

Masks will still be worn

Hand sanitiser is still to be used as people enter and exit, and by Eucharistic Ministers before communion

Windows and doors will be open to keep good ventilation

If this worries you

We recognise this may cause a worry for people with health conditions which make them vulnerable to Covid. Please do talk with Fr Habte, and also think about coming to the Saturday 6pm Mass which is usually quieter and where there is usually no singing, or think about coming a few minutes early to the other Masses so you can choose a seat rather than a bench, and put the “please leave a space” card beside you.

Mass will be live-streamed every Wednesday at 9.15am and on the first Sunday of the month at 11.30am

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 will of course change the restrictions as necessary as the situation changes locally and nationally. If you have any questions regarding these new arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact Mary or myself, your feedback will be most welcomed.

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.