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Weekly Email – Easter 7

Friday 10 May 2024 at 11:45


Dear friends,

I am very pleased to announce a series of guest preachers who will be coming to All Saints’ over the rest of this year to preach for us.

The ministry of preaching which takes place week by week at All Saints’ is an important part of how we encounter Christ in the Liturgy of the Word, grow in faith, and are encouraged to ponder how we live out the Gospel. There has, for many years, been a tradition of inviting guest preachers to All Saints’. I always find the different perspectives and ideas of those who preach for us a refreshing and enriching experience.

Over the coming months, a wide range of people have agreed to preach for us. I am so pleased Fr Steve Rice from St Timothy’s, Winton Salem, will be with us for Corpus Christi. He has preached at All Saints’ before, and is a good friend of our parish. He is a first rate speaker – I am sure it will be an inspiring night.

Later on in the summer we also look forward to having Fr Andrew Walker with us for the Assumption-tide procession that will take place on Sunday 11th August. He is the Vicar of St Mary’s, Bourne Street, and is a well known preacher, teacher and spiritual director. It will be good to have him with us and to renew links with St Mary’s.

I am also very pleased indeed that Fr Russ Snapp has agreed to preach for us in October. He has retired to London after being Sub-Dean of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Little Rock, Arkansas, and is licensed at Holy Trinity with St Augustine, Upper Totting. He worships with us often and has been a welcome and friendly presence at many parish functions and liturgies over the past year.

We have a great array of homilists for our keeping of the All Saints’ Festival week including the new Bishop of Lincoln, Bishop Stephen Conway, who will preach on the feast day itself. Fr Reg Bushau, who will preach for All Souls’ Day, is known to many of us as he frequently celebrates Low Masses at All Saints’ when we need cover. It will also be a particular pleasure to have with us for the first time our new Archdeacon of Charing Cross, the Ven Katherine Hedderly on our All Saints’ Festival Sunday. She will preach during the High Mass and looks forward to meeting many parishioners during the parish lunch which we usually serve on that day.

I urge you to put these dates, laid out below, in your diary and make an effort to be present for some first rate preaching.

Fr Peter


Many parishioners from All Saints’ went to St Silas’, Kentish Town last Saturday for the Society of Mary’s May Devotion. The Solemn Mass took place in a packed church and was followed by a joyful procession of Our Lady through Camden.


Preachers 2024

Corpus Christi – Thursday 30th May 2024
6.30 pm High Mass
Preacher: The Revd Steve Rice, Rector of St Timothy’s Episcopal Church, North Carolina, USA.

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Sunday 11th August 2024
6.00 pm Evensong, Procession of Our Lady and Benediction
Preacher: The Revd Andrew Walker, Vicar of St Mary’s, Bourne Street, London.

Trinity 20 – Sunday 20th October 2024
11.00 am High Mass
Preacher: The Revd Russ Snapp, Associate Priest, Holy Trinity, Upper Tooting.

All Saints’ Day – Friday 1st November 2024
6.30 pm High Mass
Preacher: The Rt Revd Stephen Conway, Bishop of Lincoln.

All Souls’ Day – Saturday 2nd November 2024
12 noon High Mass of Requiem
Preacher: The Revd Reg Bushau.

All Saints’ Festival Sunday – Sunday 3rd November 2024
11.00 am High Mass
Preacher: The Ven Katherine Hedderly, Archdeacon of Charing Cross.



APCM this Sunday

Our Annual Parochial Church Meeting takes place on Sunday (12th May) after the High Mass. Please find attached to this email all the documents you will need for that meeting, including minutes of the last APCM, agenda, and this year’s Annual Report.

The statutory reports for the annual meeting were circulated last week with the parish newsletter on 3rd May. Please find attached the agenda for the meetings and the minutes of the meetings in 2023.

Please note that only those whose names are on the Church Electoral Roll of All Saints may attend and vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting.


The Society of Mary May Devotion Solemn Mass last Saturday at S. Silas’, Kentish Town, which was attended by a large group from All Saints’. 


Bring and Share lunch

We will be having a bring and share lunch on Pentecost Sunday (19th May) after the 11.00 am High Mass and Confirmation. We need people to volunteer to bring food. Please speak to Kate Hodgetts and let her know what you might be able to provide.


Our confirmation class took place last Saturday in the National Gallery. Each person reflected on an image and shared their thoughts and questions with the group. It was a really thought-provoking and fascinating time. 


Zoom Theology – texts now available

Our next Zoom Theology Seminar will take place on Tuesday, May 14th, 2024. It will be entitled, “The Scapegoat: James Alison, René Girard and Scapegoating.”

Thomas Miles will lead us in a study of Fr James Alison, a Catholic priest and theologian influenced by the ideas of René Girard (1923-2015).

Girard’s thought focusses on how Jesus’ death calls into judgement the human tendency to create social cohesion through scapegoating, and how, conversely, the resurrection invites Christians to courageously seek truth in unity.

Thomas has suggested that participants might wish to read Chapter 4 of James Alison’s book, “The Joy of Being Wrong: Original Sin through Easter Eyes.” If you don’t have a copy of the book, please be in touch with the parish office (office@asms.uk) and we can easily send you an electronic scan of the text.

The Zoom link for this week’s seminar can be found here.


What a joy it was to welcome friends from St Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Portland, Texas, on Wednesday. They are visiting England on pilgrimage. We were pleased to be able to give them a tour of our buildings and to speak about the role of All Saints’ has played over the years in the renewal of the Church of England and the Oxford Movement’s revival of her mission and ministry.


Master’s Organ Recital

Our Organ Scholar, Hamish Wagstaff, will be presenting his Masters’ Recital to mark the conclusion of his studies at the Royal Academy of Music on Monday 13th May at 4.45pm in The Duke’s Hall. His programme will feature Widor’s monumental Symphonie Romane alongside works by Lübeck, Alain and Francis Pott. It would be wonderful to see as many parishioners and friends of the parish there for what promises to be a first-rate programme.


Temple Church Spring Concert

On Thursday 16th May 2024, there will be a charity concert to raise vital funds for St Luke’s for Clergy Wellbeing, in the historic surroundings of the Temple Church, followed by a drinks and bowl food reception at the Inner Temple in the heart of medieval London. St Luke’s for Clergy Wellbeing does important work supporting those who minister in hard contexts and is very deserving of support. See below: https://www.stlukesforclergy.org.uk/temple-24-event-spring-concert/


Our confirmation queuing up to get into the National Gallery last Saturday for their last class. Please keep Grace, Conor, Charlotte, Moritz, and George in your prayers as they prepare for baptism, confirmation and reception on Pentecost Sunday.



Fr Graeme Rowlands will be available to hear confessions at the following times over the coming weeks: Wednesday 15th May at 5.30 pm; Wednesday 22nd May at 5.30 pm.

One of our parish clergy is also regularly available in one of the confessionals in church on Saturday evenings each week at 6.00 pm to hear confessions.



Young Adults Group

An Eastertide rambling day trip will take place on Saturday May 25th. We’ll meet at Victoria Station at 09.30, ready for the 09.46 Littlehampton train to Hassocks. A circular route of around 12 miles – involving some abrupt changes in relief; some fine Sussex churches; and a pub lunch will follow. All welcome! Be in touch with Fr Alan if you want to know more or come along.


Our confirmation class shared supper together at Le Beaujolais restaurant in Soho after last Saturday’s class at the National Gallery.


Attendance last Sunday


“I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” Fr Peter reflected in Sunday’s sermon at the High Mass on the character of Christian joy and how we can pursue, find and embrace it. You can watch the homily again here.


Prayer List

The Friends of All Saints’ Margaret Street:

12th – Derek Bussey, Katherine Butler, Maureen Cambrey, Adrian Carlton-Oatley, Timothy Cassady, Kate Charles, Stuart Chillingworth, Robert Chote, Sandy Christian
13th – Roger Clark, Catharine Clarke, David and Mavis Cleggett, Graham Colville, Alan Cook, Dr Patrick Cook, Eliza Coomber
14th – Karolyn Cooper, William Cooper Bailey, Peter Coulson, Steven Cox, Dr Yvonne Craig, Juliet Cridland
15th – Kirill Dashkovskiy, Christopher Davies, Robert Davies, Peter Dennis, Laura Denton, Joshua Dolphin, Suzanna Eaton
16th – Linda Edwards, Pamela Edwards, John Eldridge, Terrence Ellsworth, Sue Enoch, Carolyn Farrar, Martin Faulkner
17th – Sue Feakin, Adrian Felaar, Daniel Fielden, Janice Fielden, Julia Fielden, Nigel Fisher, Mark Fleming
18th – Stuart Fletcher, Christopher Forman, Anthony Fox, Dr Ralph Donald Fram, Dr Jason Frost, Charlotte Gauthier, Dr Rebecca Gibbs, Margaret Goddard, Paul Golding, John Goldsmith

The sick:

Martin Berka, Dave Carcosia, David Craig, Roger Dilks, Fr. Harry Hodgetts, Peter Hoyle, Katherine Lee, Lesley Lee, Wendy Leech, Elizabeth Lyon, Frank Ottwell, James Roger, Bruce Ross-Smith, Katherine Lee.

The faithful departed:

Javier Barbetta, Julian Clark, Sarah Lauren Grube, Michael Morena

Those whose anniversaries of death fall at this time:

May 12th – John Finnie
13th – Edith Cooke, Douglas Laing
14th – Patrick Spencer
15th – Elsie Rybczk, Winifred Beavan, Muriel Burling, John Carter
16th – Elsie Scott, Charles Simon, Richard Britten
17th – Lucy Heath, Wilhelmina Ward
18th – Michael White-Cooper Pr, William Crane, Thomas O’Neil Pr, Flora Clutterham, Charles Oram
19th – Frank Biggart, Mary Cottell, Betty Johnson


Service times this week

Saturday 11th May – Our Lady of Walsingham
11.30 am Rosary
12.00 noon Mass
6.00 pm Confessions
6.30 pm Vigil Mass

Sunday 12th May – EASTER VII
11.00 am High Mass
5.15 pm Low Mass
6.00 pm Evensong and Benediction

Monday 13th May – Feria
12.00 noon Mass

Tuesday 14th May – S. Matthias, Apostle
12.00 noon Mass
6.30 pm Mass

Wednesday 15th May – Feria
12.00 noon Mass
5.30 pm Confessions with Fr. Graeme Rowlands
6.30 pm Mass

Thursday 16th May – Feria
12.00 noon Mass
6.30 pm Mass

Friday 17th May – Feria
12.00 noon Mass
6.30 pm Mass

Saturday 18th May – Feria
12.00 noon Mass
6.00 pm Confessions
6.30 pm Vigil Mass

Sunday 19th May – PENTECOST
11.00 am High Mass – with Baptism and Confirmation.
5.15 pm Low Mass
6.00 pm Evensong and Benediction