All Saints Margaret Street | All Saints Parish Newsletter 26th May 2017

All Saints Parish Newsletter 26th May 2017

Dear Friends,

Easter 7

Our Ascension preacher, Fr John Gibaut, is the Anglican Communion Director of Unity, Faith and Order (UFO, as he amusingly pointed out), which really means Christian Unity. He reminded us last night that the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Thy Kingdom Come initiative launches today, aiming to spark a wave of unity across churches for 10 days of prayer between the Christian festivals of Ascension and Pentecost.  

This is an ecumenical and global initiative in the form of what we would call a novena. A novena is nine days of prayer that usually encourages us to pray for a particular intention as we prepare for a feast day. Intercessory prayer takes us beyond ourselves as we ask our loving Father to bless someone else.

We can say that God’s heart is touched by our intercession, yet in reality he is always there first. What our intercession achieves is that his power, his love and his faithfulness are shown ever more clearly in the midst of the people.’ (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium 283)

In the 19th Century Blessed Elena Guerra, the founder of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit, felt it was important that the Church be renewed to the passion of the first Christians at Pentecost and petitioned Pope Leo XXIII in the following manner:

‘Pentecost is not over. In fact it is continuously going on in every time and in every place because the Holy Spirit desired to give Himself to all men and all who want Him can always receive Him, so we do not envy the apostles and the first believers; we only have to dispose ourselves like them to receive Him well, and He will come to us as He did to them.’

As a result of her promptings the Pope issued several important documents about the Holy Spirit. He also asked the Church to celebrate a novena (nine days of prayer) every year between the Ascension and Pentecost. This ecumenical initiative originates in the teaching and actions of a Pope we might consider the least ecumenical pontiff of recent history – he who was persuaded (by English Roman Catholics) to declare Anglican orders ‘absolutely null and utterly void’. Just recently, however, we have heard a senior Vatican theologian suggesting (with the Anglican Communion in view) that orders may be differently valid in different contexts. And it is a symptom of the new landscape of ecumenism that a call to prayer which emerged from ultramontane 19th century Roman Catholicism is today promoted by our Archbishop together with Christian leaders from all the churches.

We are all therefore invited to pray the Pentecost Novena for this fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit, especially since it is through the Holy Spirit that a person can encounter Jesus Christ and experience the love of God our Father. Whilst this is something that each of us needs, the novena challenges us to go beyond our own needs by asking for this blessing for others.

The booklets of ‘pocket prayers’ for the Anglican novena are available at the back of church and can also be downloaded at:

The first Mass of each day at All Saints will be offered for this novena until Pentecost. Please join us in prayer wherever you are.  

Yours in Christ,

Fr Michael Bowie
Assistant Priest, All Saints Margaret Street

Please pray for those who have asked for our prayers:  Asia Bibi, Patricia Capon, Rosaria Trupea, Emma and Colin, Fr John Rick III, Bishop Geoffrey Rowell, Nancy Gardner, Tyrell, Andy O’Connor, Colin White, Pearl Baker, Katie Marko, Andrew Evans, Joan Cook, Rose Stevens, Rebekka Norvik-Smith, Neli Dias, Sarah Payne, Rodney Bickerstaffe and Tony Hawkins. 

We have been especially asked to pray for the Anglican Centre this Sunday. Unity was our Lord’s own prayer and we must pray that our sad divisions soon may cease. The work that the Anglican Centre does, not just with the Roman Church, but with churches of other denominations, in praying for this unity, is a vital part of their existence.

Pray for the recently departed:  All those who died in the Manchester terrorist attack on 22 May 2017, Russell Ingham (Priest) whose Funeral took place on 22 May, Jeff Ezell whose Funeral takes place on 1 June, Teyah, James Roach, Sue Hawes, Roger Goff and Stephen Goff.  

Remember past priests, benefactors, friends, and all whose year’s mind occurs this week including:
Constance Crozier, Agnes Barry, Brenda Lusha, Dominic Borg, Henry Clinton, Constance Porter, Olga Gaunt, Mary Bonar, Edna Hutt, Annie Key, Donald Barnes (Priest), Ronald Self, Ada Tomlinson, Bob Terwilliger (Bishop), Vyvian Hall and Gwen Rice.

For full service information:


SUNDAY 28 MAY – SEVENTH OF EASTER (after Ascension) 
Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie 
Missa ‘Ascendo ad Patrem’ – Palestrina 
O clap your hands – Vaughan Williams  

There is a meeting of the All Saints’ Servers after Mass.  

Sunday Lunch is being cooked by Frances O’Neil – £5/ticket, on sale at the Church shop before and after Mass (subject to availability). Please join us.

Fr Julian Browning
Gloucester Service – Howells
O clap your hands – Gibbons

The WALSINGHAM NATIONAL PILGRIMAGE takes place on Monday 29 May. The preacher will be Padre Raniero Cantalamessa OFM Cap, Preacher to the Papal Household. As in previous years, a coach will leave All Saints at 7.30 am. Please contact Ross Buchanan, Assistant Secretary to the Cell of Our Lady of Walsingham, ASMS Mob: 07905 863578 or email: if you would like to book a place.

Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie 
Missa Brevis in F, K192 – Mozart 
Veni Sancte Spiritus – Rutter

Preacher: Fr Barry Orford 
Canticles in G – Howells
The spirit of the Lord – Elgar


CHRISTIAN AID WEEK – please return your donations to the Parish Office by 30 May. Thank you.

Flowers in Church for Ascension Day 2017 were kindly donated by Robin Clutterham, in loving memory of his mother Flora. 

The June All Saints’ Parish Paper is available in Church from Sunday 28 May.  

The sermons preached by our Holy Week guest preacher Fr Jim Walters, Chaplain LSE have been gathered together into a booklet, now available for sale in Church, priced £2. If you would like a copy mailed to you, please get in touch with Dee in the Parish Office on T: 020 7 636 1788.  

Friday 9 June St Columba of Iona
Preacher: Canon Ian Paton, Rector of Old St Paul’s, Edinburgh 
Communion Service (Collegium Regale) – Howells 
Love bade me welcome – Vaughan Williams 
Please do come to this special Mass and help the Vicar celebrate his significant anniversary.

As part of the consultation for the 133rd Bishop of London a public consultation will be held at 6.30pm on Tuesday 13 June at St Alban’s Church, 18 Brooke Street, London EC1N 7RD. Anyone who would like to share their views on the needs of the Diocese or the wider Church with the Archbishops’ Secretary for Appointments and the Prime Minister’s Appointments Secretary would be most welcome to come along. Any person wishing to comment on the needs of the Diocese or the wider Church, or who wishes to propose candidates, can also email before 30 June to Any emails received will be shared by the two Secretaries.

Thursday 15 June, 6.30pm CORPUS CHRISTI HIGH MASS with Oxford Street Procession of the Blessed Sacrament
Preacher: Fr Aidan Platten, Vicar of St Mark’s Hamilton Terrace, Canon Precentor, Norwich Cathedral designate.
Missa Brevis in G – Mozart; O sacrum convivium à 5 – A. Gabrieli;  Ave verum corpus – Mozart.

If anyone would like to assist with stewarding the procession or carrying the canopy, please get in touch with Cedric Stephens, Head Server or Dee Prior, Parish Administrator Tel: 020 7 636 1788. 

The ALL SAINTS PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM will take place from Friday 21 – Monday 24 July. Places are limited. So if you would like to book place and have not already done so or would like to know more, please also contact Ross Buchanan (Mob: 07905 863578 or email: as soon as possible.

Following on the success of the Parish Pilgrimage to the Isle of Iona a couple of years ago, Fr Gerald Beauchamp and Fr Michael Bowie are planning a pilgrimage to Italy next year. The itinerary includes San Giovanni Rotondo, Loreto, Ravenna & Assisi. Cost £1,400 (approx). If you are interested in joining the party please contact Fr Gerald ( or Fr Michael ( Thank you. 

BEYOND ALL SAINTS and of interest…

You are cordially invited to join us for the Churches Together in Westminster Annual Ecumenical Pentecost Service which this year will be “Creative Evening Worship” kindly hosted by Hinde Street Methodist Church, Hinde Street, W1U 2QJ on Pentecost Sunday, 4 June 2017.  Refreshments will be available at the back of the church from 5.30pm, and the service begins at 6.30pm, and will be led by Rev’d Sue Keegan von Allmen and Rev’d Val Reid.

HUGH PRICE HUGHES 2017 LECTURES – “Speaking of God in Public”
All lectures at Hinde St Methodist Church, London W1. Admission is free. All welcome.
Tuesday 13th June at 7.30pm
What is the ‘Forward Movement’ today?
How would Hugh Price Hughes face the mission challenge of 2017?
Revd Steve Wild [President of the Methodist Conference, chair of the Cornwall District overseeing Fresh Expressions of Church]
The Methodist ‘Forward Movement’ aimed to reduce the distance between the Christian gospel and the poor working classes. In consequence, from the 1880s it opened many Wesleyan Missions as centres for reaching thousands of people. It was high risk, sacrificial gospel outreach marrying together Wesley’s emphasis on both personal and social holiness. This lecture explores how the principles of the Forward Movement might find form and tone today.

ST CYPRIAN’S SINGERS, ST CYPRIAN’S CHURCH CLARENCE GATE, Glentworth Street, NW1 6AX. The famed choir will be giving a concert on Saturday 17 June at 7pm in the church. Tickets £15 in advance or £17 on the door. Please sign up at the back of church, contact a member of the choir or go to and search “st cyprian”. This year’s music features Walton’s ‘The Twelve’ as well as works by Part, Purcell, Gibbons and Sumsion. A buffet will be provided in the interval.

ST CYPRIAN’S CLARENCE GATE, Glentworth Street, NW1 6AX – Saturday 1 July 2017 CELEBRATION OF THE 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF T S ELIOT’S BAPTISM (29 June 1927) with Bishop Rowan Williams & Bishop Richard Harries. Tickets going fast so get in touch ASAP!
T S Eliot was baptized at Finstock, Oxfordshire. At the time and from 1920 – 1932 he lived successively at flats 9, 98, 177 and 68 Clarence Gate Gardens. St Cyprian’s was his parish church where he became a daily worshipper and where Viv, his first wife continued to worship after the marriage ended.

Programme for the Day:
10.30am Arrivals and Coffee. 11am Welcome and Introductions.
11.10am Poems read by Pupils of the Francis Holland School, Regent’s Park

11.40am +Rowan William: The Fire and the Rose: Eliot and the Incarnation

12.20pm +Richard Harries: T. S. Eliot’s Conversion and in Conversation with +Rowan
1pm Cold Buffet Lebanese Lunch with Wine
Church open to the public from 2.40pm. Donations are invited for tea & cake after:
3pm Evensong & Benediction with the Francis Holland School Choir

4pm Tea

The morning and lunch is by ticket only (limited to 150). Price £40 – available from Fr Gerald Beauchamp Tickets will be sent by post so please include your mailing address. Cheques to be made payable to ‘St Cyprian’s PCC’ or payment by BACS to 56-00-14/12138126 Ref ’T S Eliot’. Profits from the day will be shared equally between St Cyprian’s Church and Christian Aid. With regret, the church has no sound system or loop and neither are there toilets available for disabled people.  

ST CYPRIAN’S CLARENCE GATE, Glentworth Street, NW1 6AX – Sunday 2 July 2017 – DEDICATION FESTIVAL combined with the licensing of Fr Michael Fuller to the Parish. Guest Preacher: Archdeacon of London, Fr Luke Miller. 

Men’s clothing
is needed by the Jesus Centre in Margaret Street and also by the Soup Kitchen at the American International Church, both of whom provide a daily range of services to homeless people. If you have women’s or men’s clothes to give away, please bring to Church and leave at the Parish Office so we can continue to help support our neighbours’ efforts. The Church Army is now also collecting women’s clothes for their Homeless Hostel so all donations can be found a good new home!

The Soup Kitchen specifically calls for: men’s trousers (sizes 32-36) and men’s sturdy/athletic shoes (sizes 9-12 especially) and say ‘we are also beginning to need men’s outerwear of all varieties and we always need rucksacks and duffle-bags to help our guests carry their belongings!’

The Soup Kitchen team (only part-time) asks: ‘Please drop me a line if you are planning to drop things off here. As always, many thanks for your support.’ Soup Kitchen at the American International Church, 79a Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 4TD T: 020 7580 2791

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On major weekday feasts, High Mass is sung at 6.30pm 

SUNDAYS in Church 
Low Mass 6.30pm (Saturday), 8am and 5.15pm. Morning Prayer 10.20am
HIGH MASS and SERMON, 11am and   


Morning Prayer 7.30am
Low Mass – 8am, 1.10pm and 6.30pm
Evening Prayer 6pm
(Except Bank Holidays – 12 noon Mass only)

Low Mass – 12 noon and 6.30pm (First Mass of Sunday) 
Evening Prayer 6pm


A priest is available for confessions/counsel Monday – Friday from 12.30-1pm and at 5.30pm Monday – Saturday, or by appointment. (Special arrangements apply in Lent and for Holy Week.) and e-mail: