ABOUT US

St Anselm’s Parish in Southall is a multi-cultural Catholic community in West London which seeks to witness to its faith in an area of some deprivation and considerable cultural and religious diversity. Apart from a wide variety of Christian churches, within the bounds of the parish are some ten Sikh gurdwaras, four mosques, three Hindu temples, and a Buddhist vihara, not to mention many more informal placers of worship. In addition to all the normal pastoral needs of a large, thriving Catholic community – liturgy and prayer, catechesis and instruction, pastoral visiting and support – St Anselm’s needs to attend to the special demands of life in such a pluralist environment. The presence of large communities of faith, notably but not exclusively from the Indian sub-continent, should be seen as an opportunity not just to work for the common good of all the people of this town but in so doing to deepen our faith and to learn more about the ways of God with human beings.”

 

St Anselm’s Parish:  Mission and Aims

We will cherish our vibrant, warm and welcoming community in our prayer and in the liturgy.  We will seek to build it up.  We will strive to show a personal care and concern for each and for all.

We will continue to celebrate life and faith and hope and share our joys and sorrows in a constantly changing situation

We will seek ways of contributing more energetically and imaginatively in Southall particularly in serving the poor and vulnerable and powerless.

We will strive to become a more missionary parish and support efforts to create a vigorous Churches Together in Southall and let the light of the Gospel penetrate the life of the wider community.

We will actively support efforts to establish a Faiths Forum for Southall and work for the common good of all the people of Southall.

We shall do our best to harness the potential of our buildings for apostolic purposes.

We will grow stronger through active lay leadership and involvement in the community.  We will make this happen by active encouragement and invitation and by providing training.  The parish will encourage parishioners to undertake serious training for lay ministry.

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In the light of Ignatian spirituality we ask ourselves (individually and as a faith community) the following three questions:

“What have I done for Christ? What am I doing for Christ? What ought I do for Christ?”

Ignacio-de-LoyolaThey are taken from the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and continue to challenge us in our faith journey and ministry.

If you wish to learn more about us, we encourage you to read the revised Parish Profile & Mission Document:

st-anselm-southall-profile-mission-july2016 .

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Other Contacts:

– THE MISSIONARIES OF CHARITY,  41 Villiers Road, Southall UB1 3BS, Tel: 020-8574-1892.

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