Parish News

10th October 2020: Beatification of Carlo Acutis

Carlo Acutis was beatified by Pope Francis on Saturday 10th October 2020 at the basilica in Assisi. Carlo lived most of his life in Italy, but what is less well-known is Carlo's connection with the Church of Our Lady of Dolours on Fulham Road, in London.

Carlo was born in London on 3rd May 1991 to Italian parents and was baptised at Our Lady of Dolours on 18th May of the same year by Fr Nicholas Martin OSM, Parish Priest at the time. The family moved to Italy shortly afterwards where Carlo was raised in the same active faith as his parents. Having made his First Holy Communion at the age of seven, he made the decision to attend Mass and pray the Rosary daily. He said, 'By standing before the Eucharistic Christ, we become holy.' He also had a routine of weekly confession. By the age of 11, he became a catechist.

He was a remarkable young man, who had a great understanding of the sacraments and scripture', explains Fr Patrick Ryall OSM, current Parish Priest of Our Lady of Dolours.

Fr Patrick added: 'We're grateful that Carlo and his family had that time with our parish. We are sure he will be a source of blessing for us.'

Carlo learned about the known sites of Eucharistic miracles around the world and expressed a keen desire to go on pilgrimage to see these sites. Unfortunately, he developed leukaemia, which made this impossible. He offered his suffering for the Pope and the Universal Church. To help others learn to grow in devotion to the Eucharist, he used his digital media skills to develop a website to catalogue each of these miracles. One of the Eucharistic Miracles that Carlo highlights is that connected with St Juliana, Foundress of the Servite Sisters on her death bed.

Carlo died in 2006 at the age of 15. His cause was opened in 2013 and he was declared a Servant of God. On 5th July 2018, Pope Francis declared him to be venerable. Beatification is the final step before sainthood and was helped when a young Brazilian sought Carlo Acutis' intercession in healing from a serious pancreatic disease. In February this year, the Pope approved a miracle attributed to him.

This video is an animation of Carlo Acutis' life with a reflection from Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

28th June 2020: Masses to resume on Saturday 4th July

Following finalisation of guidelines from the diocese and the recent easing of lockdown restrictions, it has been decided that some Masses will resume on Saturday 4th July. Fewer masses than normal will be celebrated and strict social distancing guidelines wil apply. See here for times and details.

25th June 2020: A Letter from Cardinal Vincent Nichols to All Parishioners

14th June 2020: Church open for private prayers

From Sunday 14th June, the church will now be open for private prayers every day between 10am and 12.30 pm. Strict social distancing will apply. Please see here for details.

25th April 2020: A Letter from His Holiness Pope Francis

22nd March 2020: A Letter from Cardinal Vincent Nichols to All Parishioners

20th March 2020: No masses until further notice

Further to the offical advice from the UK Government on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it is with regret that as of Friday 20 March, there will be no further Masses, services and group meetings at Our Lady of Dolours Church. The church will be open for private prayers.

We will be assessing the situation closely, and will re-celebrate Masses and regular services when official advice deems it appropriate for us to do so.

12th April-11th October 2018: Organ Recital Series

Between April and October 2018, various organists performed recitals at the servite church to commemorate our church organ's 50th Anniversary. Please see the flyer attached here for details.

25th June 2017: International Mass 2017

On this glorious midsummer's day the London Servite church held an international mass to celebrate the wonderful diversity of nations and cultures that make up our parish. Photos of day can be seen here.

17th February 2017: Feast of our 7 founders day

The Feast of our Seven Holy Founders was celebrated on this day.

During the Community Mass and Celebration, Parish Priest, Father Patrick Ryall OSM officially presented the Papal Award of the Benemerenti Medal to Mr James Sewell.

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25th-31st July 2016: Celebration of World Youth Day

World Youth Day is an international Catholic event focused on religious faith and youth, which was celebrated from 25 – 31 July 2016 in Krakow, Poland. This was announced by Pope Francis at the end of the closing Mass of World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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28th November 2015: Christmas Bazaar

The annual Christmas Bazaar was held on this Saturday in the church colonnade.

12th October 2015: Celebration of Gibraltar Day

A special mass was held to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the evacuation of Gibraltar.

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12th September 2014: Celebration of 150 years of Servite presence in London.

Our Prior General, Fr Gottfried Wolff OSM and his General Council together with Prior Provincials and Superiors from around the world assembled in London for their International meeting and also for the celebration of this milestone.

The celebrations included a dinner and concert on the Friday (12th), a 12pm Sunday mass on the 14th celebrated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, and the 6.30 pm Mass on the Monday celebrated by Fr Wolff.

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6th May 2013: Mass for Migrants at Westminster Cathedral

On the 6th of May 2013, The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols celebrated a special Mass for Migrants at Westminster Cathedral; an event which was attended by over 2,000 people. Our very own Servite community was involved in the celebrations in various ways. Information about this mass, its history and a transcript of the homily can be found here. Below are some photos from the day:

clergy including Fr Pat & Deacon Paul Ly Deacon Paul reading the Gospel The Servite banner
clergy including Fr Pat & Deacon Paul Ly Deacon Paul reading the Gospel The Servite banner

Gospel Procession going to the altar The Servite banner The Servite banner