All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 19th January 2018

Thursday 18th January 2018

Dear Friends,  

“They have no wine.”  

No one will need to echo the Mother of Jesus here on Sunday morning. We will have wine after High Mass to celebrate the 70th birthday of Geoffrey Woodcock. Geoffrey is a long-serving member of the congregation and his numerous contributions to the work of the parish include being administrator of the All Saints Choir and Music Trust, which helps to sustain the musical tradition which has been such an important part of our life from the very beginning.  The happy custom of marking birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions in this way has developed spontaneously at All Saints in recent years.  

Wine is a sign of celebration and joy in scripture, too; not least at the wedding at Cana, the occasion of the first of Jesus' “signs” in John’s Gospel (2.1-11) which we will hear at the Eucharist this Sunday. Together with the coming of the Magi and the Baptism of Christ, it is the third of the epiphanies we celebrate in this season.  

“The fruit of the vine and the work of human hands,” as the liturgy calls it, is also the symbol of life: of life offered for all in the sacrifice of Christ and life shared in the sacrament in which we eat the bread, the body of Christ which is true food and the wine, the blood which is true drink.  

Celebration and sacrifice may seem to be opposites but they are not. 

There is an artificial joy which can be stimulated by alcohol but we know that too much brings not just a hangover but to depression and behaviour which is destructive both of self and of others.  For some it leads to the sorrow of addiction.  

Unlike John the Baptist, Jesus was not an ascetic. Indeed, his critics accused him of being a “glutton and a drunkard” because he attended parties. The provision of a very large quantity of wine for a village wedding hardly suggests a puritanical killjoy.  But as a church which enjoys a celebration and has a licensed bar, we have a duty of mutual love to see that our use of alcohol is responsible.  

True joy, the joy which Jesus at the last supper prayed that his friends would know, the joy which we learn from his teaching and example, grows out of self-giving love into which we are drawn and sustained in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.

Yours in Christ,  

Fr. Alan Moses
Vicar, All Saints Margaret Street 


Those who are sick or distressed and who have asked for prayers: Asia Bibi, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Andy Ryder, Priscilla Oakeshott, David Webb, Ivor Collett, John Tudhope, Stewart Lyon, Amy Eng, Patricia Yartey, Victoria Ankrah, Jacqui Birt, Ros Tagoe, Simon Ensor, Renée Olivier, Maggie Durran, Martin Hale, Gordon Dickson, Jayne Forrester, Thomas Vucetic, Joy Wright, Barbara Schiefer, Fr Philip Warner, Joao & Ivone Cavalcante, Rose Smith, Fr Graham Francis, Ken Hales, Beverley Ward and Sian Evans.                     

Those known to us recently departed: Edgars Lasmanovics, Julian Berry, Nancy Gardner, Evie Weir, Katherine Edgar, Sandie Burwell, Eileen Prior, Bill Kirkpatrick Priest, Harry Spellar, George Stokes, Kevin Harford and Mark Rittner.

Anniversaries of death this week: Harris Charlton, William Clark, Hannah Berry, John Snoswell, Gwyneth Bishop, Virginia Smith, Isabella Fotheringham, Frank Whitehill, Amory Hay, Annie Waggett, Maggie Dibley, Derek Allen Priest, Ernest Swanton, Edith Laing, Kenneth Christie, Ethel Boileau, Hilda Lawson, Watroslav Slavko Reith, Noël Campion, Frederic Hood Priest, Oswald Rodger, David Peschek, Ian Searle, Walter Vale, Annie Taylor, Alice Savage and Jane Wildash.  


Sunday 21 January, Epiphany 3
The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Mozart Missa Brevis in D, K 194
Mendelssohn There shall be a star  

Geoffrey Woodcock invites everyone to join him in a glass of wine after the service to mark his 70th Birthday.  

SUNDAY LUNCH - Judith Mather will be cooking Beef stew with potatoes and vegetables followed by Apple Pie with custard. Tickets £6 available from the Parish Shop before and after Mass.  

Preacher: Fr Barry Orford
Howells The Gloucester Service
Byrd Sing joyfully  

Monday 22 – Friday 26 January
7.30am Morning Prayer   8am Low Mass
12.30-1pm Confessions   1.10pm Low Mass
5.30pm Confessions  
6pm Evening Prayer   6.30pm Low Mass  

Sunday 28 January, Epiphany 4
Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Shepherd "The Western Wind" (Kyrie – Orbis Factor)
Victoria Ave Maria à 8 

Preacher: Fr Julian Browning
Wood Setting in E flat, No.2
Bairstow Save us, O Lord  

CANDLEMAS Friday 2 February Presentation of Christ in the Temple
HIGH MASS, 6.30pm
Preacher: Canon Dennis Stamps, Rector of Harpenden

Mozart Missa Brevis in C K. 258
Byrd Senex puerum portabat à 5  

All Sunday services and weekday High Masses sung by the Choir of All Saints - full details at


The PCC decided that the proceeds of our Lenten Collections (will be shared equally between our three regular Mission Projects (the Marylebone Project, the Soup Kitchen at the American Church and USPG) and the Bishop’s Lent Appeal (for a dozen small grass—roots homeless charities). Two of our own projects already chime particularly well with the theme of the Bishop’s Appeal, as does our practical support for the neighbouring Jesus Centre through gifts of warm clothing.

The collections gathered at the services of Tenebrae and Good Friday along with the contents of individual Lent boxes will be shared equally between the four charities.


Weekly meetings until Easter (excluding 31 Jan, 14 Feb & 28 March). Next meeting on Wednesday 24 January at 7pm (after Evening Mass) in the Parish Room. 

ORGAN RECITAL – Sunday 28 January at 7.15pm (after Benediction)
will play all five movements – Allegro, Adagio, Intermezzo, Cantabile and Final – of Widor’s 6me Symphonie op 42 no 2. This was the first piece which inspired him to want to learn the organ.  


Resources may be found at: 

Friday, 19 January, 6:30pm Mount Street Jesuit Centre, 114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AY after the 6pm Mass in the adjacent Jesuit Church of Our Lady Immaculate, Farm Street W1 - FILM SCREENING: 'May they all be one' by the Society of St John Chrysostom. For the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Alexia Veriter of KTOTV (French Catholic TV) has made a documentary about the Benedictine monastery of Chevetogne in Belgium, founded to promote Christian Unity, by mutual encounter, understanding, dialogue, prayer and worship. The Chevetogne community continues to be closely involved internationally in Catholic-Orthodox, Catholic-Anglican and Catholic-Reformed dialogue and friendship. Newly subtitled in English, the 52 minute film hears from the monks and their friends about their work in the monastery, their study and ecumenical engagement, and their spirituality and worship of the community in its two churches - Latin rite and Byzantine rite.
There will be a reception, a showing of the film, a well-known speaker to introduce the work of the Chevetogne Community, and a chance to ask questions, meet some of those featured in the documentary and purchase a copy. Admission is free but a donation is requested.
More details here: 

Monday, 22 January, 6.30pm 'Creation Care' — Churches Together in Westminster AGM, Salvation Army Regent Hall, 275, Oxford Street, W1C 2DJ
This year's Annual General Meeting of Churches Together in Westminster will include speakers and displays on the theme of 'Creation Care'. These displays and talks will be led by organisations involved with conservation and environmental awareness, including Eco Church, Shrinking the Footprint, ASWA and Green Christian. Refreshments will be provided. All are very welcome.  

Tuesday 23 January, 6.45pm - 'Housing Injustice — The Homelessness Crisis and the Church' West London Mission, Hinde Street Methodist Church, 19 Thayer St, Marylebone, W1U 2QJ
More than 8,000 people slept rough in the Capital at some point last year.
As part of The Diocese of London Homelessness Appeal, Capital Mass is hosting a stimulating and challenging evening. 5 speakers, 10 minutes each - exploring the theme of Homelessness from different angles; all with the aim of making the case as to why the church should tackle homelessness:

Rev Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James' Piccadilly Krish Kandiah, Founder of 'Home for Good'. Author of God is Stranger Jon Kuhrt, Chief Exec of West London Mission Jacob Quagliozzi, Director at Housing Justice

More details Tickets available from Eventbrite.

FAITH MATTERS QUESTION TIME at Farm Street on Thursday 25 January, 6.45pm.  The latest in their series of popular panel discussions on matters of faith and life will address the topic of ‘Fake News: Faith in the Media’.    On the panel are:
Nancy Gifford (Global Media Director, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries)
Melanie McDonagh (Evening Standard)
Sarah de Nordwall (Poet, Bard School Director, and Catholic Voices)
Jo Siedlecka (Director, Independent Catholic News)
Brendan Walsh (Editor, The Tablet)   

All are welcome to an informative lively evening on how, as Christians, we might respond to the issues surrounding faith and the media.  Recommended donation: £10 on the door.  Online advance booking available:  

THE COMMEMORATION OF THE MARTYRDOM OF KING CHARLES I, Tuesday 30 January - The Banqueting House, Whitehall - 11.40 am. Commemoration (outside the Banqueting House) and 12 noon - HIGH MASS (upstairs in the Banqueting House beneath the Rubens ceiling). Preacher: The Revd. Julian Browning. All welcome.  

The Guild Church of St Margaret Pattens - The Associate Vicar and the Churchwardens invite you to a special memorial service to be held at 1 pm on Wednesday, 31 January when we will remember the commander and crew of HM submarine K4 which sank on 31st January 1918 off the Isle of May, Fife. The service will be attended by relatives of those who perished, and conducted by Revd Andrew Keep MA STM. An address will be given by the Venerable Stephen Robbins, Chaplain General of the Army (retired). The service will be followed by refreshments.

RSVP to The Administrator, St Margaret Pattens Church, Rood Lane, Eastcheap, London EC3M 1HS. Email: Telephone: 020 7623 6630. Website:  


Our year-round fundraising efforts go to support three charities:

The Church Army hostels and programmes in Marylebone empowering homeless women into independent living through providing a safe refuge, training and employment opportunities.
The USPG-led UMOJA, HIV Project in Zimbabwe, enabling people living with HIV and Aids to have positive lives, and
The Soup Kitchen (American International Church, Tottenham Court Road) feeding up to 80 vulnerable people daily in central London. 

Men’s clothing especially is needed by the Jesus Centre in Margaret Street, which provides a regular drop-in and 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 also collects women’s clothes for their Homeless Hostel so all donations can be found a good new home! Thank you to those who have brought things in during the cold weather – those contributions of shirts, trousers, warm sweaters and blankets continue to be much appreciated.

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The Parish Church of All Saints Margaret Street, London W1 W 8JG
Vicar: The Revd Prebendary Alan Moses
T: 07973 878040 E: (Day off: Saturday)

Assistant Priest: The Revd Dr Michael Bowie
T: 07581 180963 E: (Day off: Wednesday)

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.)

If you would like prayers offered, or amendments to the prayer list please contact:

Dee Prior, Parish Administrator (020 7636 1788).  E:

Or make use of the prayer request facility on the website at: 

Safeguarding Officers: Chris Self (Vulnerable Adults) and: Janet Drake (Children)

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