What's new? Podcasts (recorded audio) from St Margaret's.
A variety of audio recordings, such as prayers and reflections, are now available at: https://stmargarets101.podbean.com/ .
Latest Guidelines on Face Coverings from the Archbishop’s Office
Face coverings will be mandatory in Places of Worship from Saturday 8th August 2020. All those who are attending churches must wear a face covering unless they are exempt from doing so. This is for the good of all who gather in the Church for Mass as it is an enclosed public space where there are people from differing households who they do not normally meet.4
Priests in the sanctuary providing they are sufficiently distant (2m or more) from the congregation do not need to wear a face covering except when distributing Holy Communion (please see below). Other ministers in the sanctuary should wear face coverings and remain socially distant from the celebrant.
Servers must wear face coverings whilst in the Sanctuary. Deacons should wear face coverings apart from the proclamation of the Gospel when he should remove the face covering at the lectern and replace is before moving away from it (providing the lectern is sufficiently distant from the congregation).
Readers may remove their face coverings at the lectern to read and should replace them before stepping away from it providing the lectern is sufficiently distant from the congregation.
The communicant should unloop their face covering and consume the Sacred Host and then replace the face covering before moving back to their pews in an orderly manner.
The full text of the new Guidelines (Guidance for Acts of Worship 3/8/20) can be found in the Documents section (>Pastoral Letters), of this website.
Fr John Howard celebrated Mass at St Margaret's last Sunday (26/7/20)
This smaller picture is taken from Fr John’s Ordination on July 18th.
Archbishop John Wilson then wrote: “It was a great joy to ordain Rev John Howard to the priesthood in St George’s Cathedral, Southwark. Please pray for him and the people he will serve”.
New Attendance Card required for entry to church
Our Archbishop has just instructed us to create an accurate record of those who attend Mass or any other service in the church from the 4th July. (This is in line with the ‘Test & Track’ initiative). Thus, you are required to complete attendance cards and bring these to church before attending Mass. Stewards will collect these cards from you before entry to the church. Your cooperation with the Stewards is necessary for our successful reopening. This is what the attendance card looks like:
Within the Documents (>Welcome) section there is a Template for Attendance document that you can print off and fill in. or fill in on your computer and print off. The stewards will make some provision for those without printing facilities.
For weekday morning Mass, try using Universalis.com
Shortly after Fr Anthony arrived, he introduced Morning Prayers (Lauds) to our weekday morning Masses. We were supplied with Morning Prayer books so that we could participate in these prayers. However, since the pandemic, the Archbishop’s rules forbid the use of such books.
Fr Anthony now recommends for anyone who does not have access to Morning Prayers, the Universalis website can provide the information for free. The suggestion is that you can use a mobile phone to access the day’s prayers using this link: https://universalis.com/lauds.htm
Alternatively, you can print off this information from your PC ahead of the Mass. For example, the format for Friday 24th July is: https://universalis.com/20200724/lauds.htm
NO PLACE FOR RACISM
A Message from our Bishops to the Young People in Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Southwark
Racism is incompatible with the Catholic Faith. Whether expressed by the attitudes or behaviour of an individual, or the behaviour of a group, or through unjust structures in society that exclude and discriminate, there is no place for racism at any time or in any place. We say this again: there is no place for racism.
The full text of this message can be found in the documents section (>Pastoral Letters) of this website.
Fr Anthony launches ‘JustGiving’ appeal
In order to protect the financial positions of its parishes, the Archdiocese of Southwark in April 2020 presented the 'JustGiving' platform to parish priests as a means of raising funds and augmenting their reduced income arising from the lack of Sunday Mass collections. We did not apply for it then because we had already begun our own fundraising for the CCTV/Live-streaming project.
Now, having succeeded in fundraising for that project, and in order to reach out to a wider community, we have been encouraged to use the 'JustGiving' website to promote and fund-raise for our church. The PA (sound) system particularly is long overdue for a total overhaul.
Donating to St Margaret's through ‘JustGiving’ is simple, fast, and totally secure. You can also Gift Aid your donations on the platform. Donations from within and without the parish are sent to our bank account via the Archdiocese of Southwark.
You can donate by clicking here.
As always, your generosity is very much appreciated.
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