Parish News for the 5th Week in Ordinary Time

February 1, 2024 by James Elston in Weekly News

This Sunday is Candlemas, also known as The Presentation of The Lord and The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This feast commemorates the presentation of the baby Jesus in the Temple which is recorded in the Gospel of Luke. It falls on February 2nd, which is the 40th and final day of the Christmas season, we transfer this Feast to Sunday. In the Gospel reading, we hear the old man Simeon declare the child Jesus to be the light of the world, which is why mass begins with the blessing of candles in the Parish Room and then we process into church to symbolise the entry of Jesus into the Temple. Click here for the scripture readings.

Pilgrimage to Walsingham
The annual Old S. Pancras Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham will
be 14th-16th June.The cost is £240 in total. Ask Jonathan for a booking form. BOOK

Blessing of Throats
The Feast day of S.Blaise is on the 3rd of February when it is traditional to bless throats, all are welcome to this healing ministry after the 10am mass.

S.Benet’s Kentish Town Wine Tasting Friday February 9th 2024 at 7pm. Led by Margaret Harvey, Master of Wine – a local resident who has spent her career in wine. This tasting will include four rather different wines all with a church connection, be that name, ownership or history. Light nibbles will be provided for what promises to be a fun and sociable evening. Tickets £20. Click here to book.

Pre-Lent Quiet Afternoon
Saturday 10th February at S. Pancras Old Church for a prayerful afternoon led by Fr. Rayner Wakeling, Vicar of S. Silas Pentonville. Beginning with Mass at Noon, a soup lunch will be provided or bring your own packed lunch. The afternoon will conclude with Benediction at 3.30pm. There is no charge. To book your place, please email

Corsican Sunday
On Sunday 11th February, our Corsican friends will be joining us for their annual celebration of Filippo Antonio Pasquale de’ Paoli (1725-1807), the Corsican leader who was buried in our churchyard. After Mass there will traditional Corsican refreshments.

Ash Wednesday
Lent begins on the 14th February. There will be a Choral Mass with Imposition of Ashes at 6.30pm. Please had in your palm crosses to Jonathan who will burn them to make the ash.

Stations of the Cross
A 25mins devotional walk around the church following the Way of Sorrows. Tuesdays in Lent at 6pm. Beginning on the 20th February.

Lenten Quiet Evening
At S. Andrews Holborn on Wednesday 21st February, 6.30pm-9pm, there will be
a a Quiet Evening for Lent with Bishop Jonathan preaching. S.Andrew is a short walk from Chancery Lane tube and City Thameslink stations and on the 46 bus route. All welcome.

Mass Time Change
On Saturday 24th February, Mass will be celebrated at the earlier time of 9.45am
to accommodate a choir rehearsal for a wedding at 11.15am.

The Annual Parochial Meeting will be at 11am on Sunday 25th February. All welcome

Mass Times

Sunday 4th February
Solemn Mass 9.30am followed by coffee Sung Mass

11.30am at S.Paul’s followed by Bring and Share Lunch.

Monday 5th February
Mass 9.30am 

Tuesday 6th February
S.Paul Miki
Mass and Benediction 6.30pm followed by drinks 

Wednesday 7th February
Mass 11am at S.Paul’s followed by coffee

Thursday 8th February
S.Jerome Emilian
Mass 10am followed by coffee

Friday 9th February
Mass 1.05pm at S.Mary’s 

Saturday 10th February
Mass 10am followed by coffee

Sunday 11th February
6th per Annum
Solemn Mass 9.30am followed by coffee