A warm welcome to the website
of the English Martyrs Catholic Church
Our Parish is part of the Archdiocese of Southwark and is located in the South of London. By virtue of our location, we are host to people from over forty nationalities. The church has been on its present site since 1893 and has served the community in various ways apart from her spiritual mission which is the primary aim of her presence in the community. The church building which is designed in 13th century gothic style is open to all who wish to worship with us on a daily basis and especially on Sundays when the community gathers for the celebration of the Holy mass.
At the moment the parish has one priest who ministers to the needs of the parishioners.
The website is aimed to provide details of our mass times, information about the sacraments, schools and other organisations attached to the parish, office hours and other relevant information.
Fr Gregory Mario Verissimo
In order to face head on the serious matters before our country, Her Majesty’s Government has determined it necessary to close places of worship.
Therefore in order to protect all concerned The church is closed from this evening until further notice.
The daily offering of holy Mass will continue and we will pray for you before the blessed Sacrament daily. We are united together in Christ, in whom we cannot be separated. Let us pray together for a swift end to this present situation.
Those needing a priest in an emergency should contact the presbytery.
Yours devotedly in Christ,
Fr Gregory Verissimo
May the Most Sacred heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us. Ave Maria.
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Daily Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Monday – Saturday at 10.00 am
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June – month of the Sacred Heart
The Month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart. The Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the Friday following the second Sunday after Pentecost. In addition to the liturgical celebration, many devotional exercises are connected with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Of all devotions, devotion to the Sacred Heart was, and remains, one of the most widespread and popular in the Church.
Consecration to the Sacred Heart
O Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thou didst reveal to the blessed Margaret Mary Thy desire to rule over Christian families; behold, in order to please Thee, we stand before Thee this day, to proclaim Thy full sovereignty over our family. We desire henceforth to live Thy life, we desire that the virtues, to which Thou hast promised peace on earth, may flower in the bosom of our family; we desire to keep far from us the spirit of the world, which Thou hast condemned. Thou art King of our minds by the simplicity of our faith; Thou art King of our hearts by our love of Thee alone, with which our hearts are on fire and whose flame we shall keep alive by frequently receiving the Holy Eucharist. Be pleased, O Sacred Heart, to preside over our gathering together, to bless our spiritual and temporal affairs, to ward off all annoyance from us, to hallow our joys and comfort our sorrows. If any of us has ever been so unhappy as to fall into the misery of displeasing Thee, grant that he may remember, O Heart of Jesus, that Thou art full of goodness and mercy toward the repentant sinner. And when the hour of separation strikes and death enters our family circle, whether we go or whether we stay, we shall all bow humbly before Thine eternal decrees. This shall be our consolation, to remember that the day will come, when our entire family, once more united in heaven, shall be able to sing of Thy glory and Thy goodness forever. May theImmaculate Heart of Mary and the glorious Patriarch St. Joseph vouchsafe to offer Thee this our act of consecration, and to keep the memory thereof alive in us all the days of our lives. Glory to the Heart of Jesus, our King and Our Father!
The Twelve Promises of Jesus to Saint Margaret Mary for those devoted to His Sacred Heart:
I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.
I will establish peace in their families.
I will console them in all their troubles.
They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life and especially at the hour of their death.
I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.
Sinners shall find in My Heart the source of an infinite ocean of mercy.
Tepid souls shall become fervent.
Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.
I will bless the homes where an image of My Heart shall be exposed and honoured.
I will give to priests the power of touching the most hardened hearts.
Those who propagate this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be effaced.
The all-powerful love of My Heart will grant to all those who shall receive Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they shall not die under my displeasure, nor without receiving their Sacraments; My heart shall be their assured refuge at that last hour.
“Look at this Heart which has loved men so much, and yet men do not want to love Me in return. Through you My divine Heart wishes to spread its love everywhere on earth.”
The Litany of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
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Sick or going to hospital?
Please inform the parish office on 0208 769 6268 or email email@example.com,
so that arrangements could be made for a priest to administer the sacrament of sick.
We need your help to replace the old boiler!
Recently we have created a ‘JUST GIVING’ donation page for our church, through the Diocese. The main aim is to replace the old church boiler that is over 40years old, and operating only 20% during the last winter. Quote to replace it would cost nearly £100,000. If you want to support us, please click here or go to Give Donation batton on the top of our site.
Donations to the Boiler Fund can be done through the special Boiler Fund account.
RC Archdiocese of Southwark – English Martyrs Church
Sort Code: 60-20-39
Account Number: 23416416
Are you in need at this time?
The parish has a list of volunteers who are willing and able to help with shopping, phone-calls, prescription collection. If you are in need, please contact the presbytery via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (0208 876 962 68) and we will connect you to the help you need.
Below is a recommendation for how to make a ‘spiritual communion’ when unable to participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. A spiritual communion is a beautiful way to express to God our desire to be united with him when we are unable to complete that union in the reception of Holy Communion.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be. My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
A number of people have enquired about how to give their offering to the church every week as we cannot have a collection at the moment. If you would like to donate an amount to the church it can be done by transfering money or making an arrangement of a Standing Order – as every week donation paid directly into the Parish Account:
RC Archdiocese of Southwark – English Martyrs
Sort code: 60-20-39
Account Number: 23416386
First Holy Communion and Confirmation
Due to the present lockdown and the likely restrictions which will continue on the gathering large groups, we will need to postpone both the First Holy Communion Mass and the Confirmation Mass.
When we are able to be together again, we will arrange for catechesis to resume and we will find a new date for both Masses. Thank You for your patience over these weeks. We will keep you informed with updates as necessary.
Please visit our Gallery page to see more pictures with description
Our Parish from time to time has a photographer taking images for use on the website or Facebook profile. We will display specific signs on days when photographs are taking place. If you attend on any of these dates you give permission for your image to appear in group shots. If you wish to avoid appearing – please sit in the Sacred Heart Chapel. Small group or individual shots will only be published with your prior consent.