St Margaret's Church is now closed by order of the Archbishop
"Dear Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ
In his Address to the Nation the Prime Minister outlined the necessary steps that we must now take to combat the spread of the Coronavirus. The Government has mandated the ‘closure of all shops selling non-essential goods, including clothing and electronic stores, and other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of worship.’
This means that, until further notice, and with immediate effect, all the churches and chapels within the Archdiocese of Southwark, together with their associated halls, must now close their doors to the public. This policy must be implemented without exception. It is imperative that we, the clergy, consecrated religious, and laity of the Archdiocese of Southwark, comply fully with these directives. This is an essential component of our contribution to fighting the Coronavirus and living out the Lord Jesus’ commandment to ‘love our neighbour.’ (Mk 12:31)."
To read the full text, go to the 'Documents' section; subsection Pastoral Letters.
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Food collection for those in need, gets underway at St Margaret's .
Please bring in your donations of long-life foods to the church. For more information contact the Rapid Response Team via the Parish Office.
A Message from Fr Anthony regarding St Margaret’s Parish and the Coronavirus
The Bishops of England and Wales have instructed parishes to cease the public celebration of Holy Mass and other public acts of worship (such as Benediction and Stations of the Cross) with effect from the evening of Friday 20 March.
Together with representatives of the Parish Pastoral Council, I have considered what further steps we should now take to assist parishioners with their spiritual and material needs in the current situation and, in particular, the needs of those who are having to isolate themselves. With this aim we are taking the following actions:
- We are holding a Night of Prayer for protection from the coronavirus beginning at 11.00pm on Thursday 19 March and ending with Mass at 5.00am on Friday 20 March.
- We have suspended First Communion classes and we will postpone the First Communion Mass (which was to be held on 13 June) to a date later in the year. The provisional new date is Saturday 21 November.
- As I will continue to celebrate daily Mass in the church in private, we are exploring the practicality and costs of setting up live streaming of Masses from St Margaret’s on the internet. Until this facility is established, you are encouraged to access Mass on other live streaming websites such as the Holy Cross or Walsingham Shrine websites.
- We are forming a Rapid Response Team to provide assistance where necessary to parishioners who are self-isolating because of the coronavirus outbreak. If you or anyone you know needs assistance with shopping for food, the collection of medical supplies or a spiritual need please let us know. If you are willing to become a member of our Rapid Response team providing help to vulnerable self-isolating parishioners, please contact us.
The absence of the Sunday Collection will inevitably reduce the parish’s income. If you normally contribute to the church by envelope or cash in the collection, we hope that you will instead feel able to give your contribution by bank transfer. [St Margaret's Catholic Church RC Diocese of Southwark, 60-22-20 11064145.]
Above all, we ask all our parishioners to remain unceasing in prayer for deliverance from the coronavirus and, in particular. for the welfare of the most vulnerable in our community.
May God bless you all and keep you safe at this time.
Archdiocese of Southwark Pastoral Letter 18th March 2020 [re: Covid-19 Pandemic]
This letter concerning the Measures to be put in place Regarding Public Worship and the Celebration of the Sacraments in Relation to the COVID-19 (Coronavius) Pandemic, is available to read within the 'Documents' section of this website; (subsection 'Pastoral Letters').
Welcome to the website of our parish, St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church, Carshalton Beeches. We do hope you will find this website informative, helpful and useful enough to keep you up-to-date with the events and activities in our parish. The site provides you with the history of the parish, a photo gallery, Mass Times, Weekly Reflections, Sunday Homilies, Quarterly Rota, Parish Groups, upcoming Events and our Parish Weekly newsletter.
It is our mission to build our parish into a community of faith and a family of love founded on the teachings of Jesus Christ, where everyone can feel the warmth of brotherliness and share the “Joy of the Gospel.”
The Gospel of Matthew
is to be read at Sunday Masses. More information can be found using this link:
Carshalton Beeches Mass Centre was established by Father Frederick Rhead in 1934, and served from Holy Rosary, Sutton, where Father Rhead was Parish Priest. A temporary chapel with a corrugated roof was built at the same time and blessed by Bishop William Brown, then auxiliary bishop in Southwark. It remained “temporary” for forty seven years! You can read the full church history on our Church History page.
You can print out our welcome booklet here
Our church website www.stmargaretcarshaltonb.uk needs to be current and relevant and also project a good image of our church. If you have some basic skills in computing and ideally some knowledge of website construction and administration, please let us know. For more information contact Fr Anthony, Manuel Lopez-Melgar or Geoff Balls via the Parish Office.