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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).


Dear Parishioners

In view of the current situation with increasing cases of the virus in the community, I consulted the parish council and parishioners over the weekend and for safety reasons has decided to close the church for Mass from Wednesday 13th January for a period of at least 2 weeks.

The church will be open for private prayer 3 times a week for an hour.

After 2 weeks I will review the situation and we will provide an update.

The following arrangements will apply:

  1. The church will be open for private prayer from 9am to 10am every Monday, Wednesday & Friday from Wednesday 13th January.
  2. Mass will be celebrated at 10.00am each weekday and live-streamed.
  3. Mass on Saturday will be celebrated at 10.30am and live-streamed.
  4. There will be no 6pm Mass on Saturday.
  5. Sunday Mass will be celebrated at 10.30am and live-streamed.

Please continue to follow the instructions of the stewards when coming to the church for private prayer.

Thank you

Fr Habte

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 Masses.

We therefore urge family members within their household to join the rest of the SWOY Church community and as one body participate in the liturgies 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:

You can access the live streaming of the Mass via this link: 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.

May God bless you and keep you safe!

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.