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New Assistant Priest for Highbury! On Wednesday I was officially notified that Father Carlos Quito will be appointed as assistant priest to our parish commencing the weekend of October 31 – November 1. Father Carlos is a native of New York and was ordained for the Diocese of Westminster in 2017, he is 30 years old. Father Carlos has been serving in the parish of St Joseph & The English Martyrs in Bishop’s Stortford and as well as being a Westminster priest he is a member of the Neocatechumenal Way which was born in Spain in 1964 and founded by two lay people José Gómez Argüello Wirtz (always known as Kiko) and Carmen Hernández. I am sure Father Carlos will tell us more about the Neocatechumenal Way in due time but for now you can find out more at I look forward very much to welcoming Father Carlos to our parish as I am sure you do too. Father Gerard 

Public Mass Resumed in Highbury. A few guidelines:

1. Face coverings are to be worn by everyone, if you don't have your own this weekend one will be provided.
2. All Mass goers must use sanitising gel on entry and exit, even if wearing rubber gloves.
3. Parishioners wishing to light a candle, should do so as soon as they enter the church and then go to their seat to say their prayers.
4. Stewards will direct you to your seat in order of arrival, you will not be able to sit in your usual place for the time being.(This is to stop people passing in front of each too closely).
5. Kneelers are out of use - we will either be standing or sitting during Mass.
6. The distribution of Holy Communion will take place at the end of Mass after the final blessing. Stewards will guide parishioners row by row.
7. There will be no collection during Mass but donations can be left in large baskets as you exit the church. Thanks for you cooperation!
I look forward to seeing you! - God bless, Father Gerard 

A Message from Cardinal Vincent Nichols concerning the resumption of Public Mass

Check out Father Gerard's messages at please note that all the videos are muted so be sure to unmute them!


Cardinal’s Appeal 2020: Responding to Coronavirus

The Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal has been extended to help those who are in desperate need due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Funds raised will be available for parishes and schools across Westminster Diocese to respond to the needs of their local communities. Our parish has already received support from Caritas Westminster to help those in need locally. If you are able to contribute to support this cause and help this work continue we would be very grateful. You can donate online at

The list of parishes streaming or live-streaming Mass in our diocese can be found at:
Thank you for visiting this page. With no Sunday Mass collections, your giving matters now more than ever. If you would like to donate the parish please go to: Many thanks, Father Gerard, Parish Priest


We have been made aware of a number of scams linked to the coronavirus pandemic, ranging from fraudsters selling counterfeit products and phishing emails, to scammers knocking on the doors of vulnerable people offering to run errands for them or claiming they are there to test them for coronavirus. There is further information at this link 
If you would like to go to Confession or you have had a bereavement and need to organise a funeral please call 020 7226 0257.
PARENTS CAFOD (The Catholic Agency for Oversees Development) is offering a Virtual Children's Liturgy online this Sunday. Details below.
If you are looking for a way to engage your children in the Gospel from home, join CAFOD for their virtual children's liturgy of the word at 10am GMT on Sunday. Register now to take part here.
Prayers for the Pandemic: for keyworkers

God of a day’s work,
who knew the early start,
the long shift, the thankless task,
help us to ‘see’ keyworkers in the pandemic
in a new and lasting way –
the ones who leave home to mingle
with the virus

to keep us fed,
keep us safe, keep us clean,
to care for us: in school, in care, in intensive care;
help us to help them by being careful ourselves
and remembering, on the other side of this,
who deserves our esteem, our national applause,
our lasting care.


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