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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).

Important notice on live streaming of the Liturgical services

Dear Parishioners & Friends of St. William of York,

As you know, Parish Masses must now be celebrated by the priest alone, without servers, readers or cantors. As we cannot therefore gather physically in our Church the parish has now made it possible to celebrate Mass as a community through live video streaming of the Sunday Masses and the Easter Triduum services.

We therefore urge family members within their household to join the rest of the SWOY Church community and as one body participate in the Holy Week liturgies – Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday Mass – through live streaming. The times for all these services along with an outline of each service will be available on the Parish website for you to view and/or download.

A small group of parishioners are also working to help facilitate our connectedness as a worshipping community in these unprecedented times. We are exploring various way to retain the richness of the Liturgy and the fellowship we experience at our Holy Week celebrations. If you would like to get involved, please inform the Parish office via email: foresthill@rcaos.org.uk

You can access the live streaming of the Mass via this link: https://www.facebook.com/swoyse23/.

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.

Important! - Based on the recent decree from the Vatican, the Easter Triduum Liturgies must only be live-streamed with no retention of any recording. Hence the Masses cannot be accessed and viewed at a later time. We therefore urge you to make every effort to attend at the times given.

May God bless you and keep you safe!

Fr. Habte

COVID-19 and the Catholic's Church response:

IMPORTANT MESSAGE - CHURCH CLOSURE

    Dear Parishioners

    We have just received the following message from Archbishop John:

    I am sure that, like me, you will either have seen or heard about the Prime Minister's Address to the Nation this evening and the Government's instruction that all places of worship must now close their doors.

    This means that, with immediate effect, without any exceptions, all our churches and chapels across the Archdiocese must remain CLOSED to the public until further notice.

1.Statement from Archbishop John Wilson - 23 March 2020

2.Pastoral Letter

3.Liturgical Advice by Bishops

4.PUBLIC LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENCY CBCEW

5.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 foresthill@rcaos.org.uk 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 (foresthill@rcaos.org.uk) 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.