“Love ought to show itself in deeds more than in words.”
Saint Ignatius of Loyola.
SAINT ANSELM’S CHURCH, Southall is a wonderfully vibrant, warm and welcoming community, bursting and teeming with life in the highest ethnic minority area in the country (census 2001). In 2001, a contract between the Archdiocese of Westminster and the British Jesuit Province placed the parish under the care of the Society of Jesus ( Facebook Jesuits in Britain; Twitter @JesuitsBritain; Thinking Faith – The Online Journal of the British Jesuits).
If multi-cultural churches may be said to be a “taste of heaven” on earth St Anselm’s is a very good living example. The parish mirrors the ethnic diversity of the wider population: 89% belong to groups other than white British; 76% belong to Asian ethnic groups with 55% being Indian. To see a short video clip, please click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gcu5IX2zB0 (St Anselm July 2013).
TIMES OF MASSES & SERVICES AT SAINT ANSELM’S CHURCH
SUNDAY MASS (Sat 6.30pm), 8:00 AM, 9:45 AM, 11:30 AM and 6:30 PM;
WEEKDAY MASS Monday – Friday 9:15 AM; and Saturday at 12 noon.
HOLY HOUR Sunday 4:30 PM; NOVENA Sun 5:30 PM;
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION Saturday 11:00 AM – 12noon or after evening Mass;
ETHNIC CHAPLAINCY MASSES:
* Sri Lanka (Tamil) 1st Sunday 2:00 PM;
* Konkani (Goan) 3rd Saturday 4:00 PM;
* Malayalam 3rd Sunday 3:00 PM;
* Urdu, last Sunday of each month 3:00 PM.
At the heart of our ministry is a constant challenge to bring people together from many different strands and backgrounds, and encourage a spirit of openness and welcome.
At the same time there is a very good partnership between the parish and St. Anselm’s Primary School which enables the children to thrive in a close-knit caring community. The parish priest is a frequent visitor to the school, leading assemblies and celebrating the feasts and seasons of the Church’s year.