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how they can continue
their weekly contribution.
They can either mail it or drop it through the letterbox at
201 Cheam Common Road, KT4 8SX.
Alternatively, if you would prefer
to make a Bank Transfer or
a Standing Order Form
contact the Parish Office
on 0208 337 1782
Cheques should be payable
to St. Matthias Church.
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Easter Offering for the Priest as he receives
please remember to add a note
to identify it as ‘Easter Offering’.
Thank you for your support.
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the ‘Parish News’ page.
Archdiocese of Southwark Statement from Archbishop John Wilson
To the Catholic
the Archdiocese of Southwark
following the Prime Minister’s Address
the Nation concerning the Coronavirus
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ
In his Address to the Nation the Prime
Minister outlined the necessary steps that we must now take to combat the spread
of the Coronavirus.
The Government has mandated the
‘closure of all shops
selling non-essential goods, including clothing and electronic stores, and other
premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of
This means that, until further notice, and with immediate effect, all
the churches and chapels within the Archdiocese of Southwark, together with
their associated halls, must now close their doors to the public.
must be implemented without exception.
It is imperative that we, the clergy,
consecrated religious, and laity of the Archdiocese of Southwark, comply fully
with these directives.
This is an essential component of our contribution to
fighting the Coronavirus and living out the Lord Jesus’ commandment to
neighbour.’ (Mk 12:31)
Given that our priests live adjacent to their churches,
there will still be the private celebration of Mass each day, but there must be
no additional people present other than the priest himself.
The doors to all our
churches and chapels must remain permanently locked until these restrictions are
The Prime Minster also stated that all social events, including
weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals, must cease.
Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have already put in place restrictive
measures in relation to baptisms, marriages and funerals which must continue to
Although we are socially isolate from each other, we are not
isolate from Christ.
Now is a time to strengthen our spiritual bonds of
connection through personal prayer and the intensification of our inner
relationship with Christ.
We will continue to use social media to sustain our
communal online presence, with the live-streaming of Mass and devotions from
different churches within our Archdiocese and beyond.
For the time being, our
buildings must close; but our hearts must open wider, expanding with love for
Christ and others.
Dear friends, the yearning in our hearts for the Eucharist
and for fellowship with one another must sustain us until we come, once more, to
gather at the altar to offer together the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
inspiration from the Apostle St Paul writing to the first Christians in Rome:
‘…hardship develops perseverance, perseverance develops character, character
produces hope and hope does not disappoint, since the love of God has been
poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit given to us.’ (Rom 5:3-5)
people of profound hope.
We will remain firm in faith and generous in charity,
through Christ the ‘hope of glory,’ alive within us. (cf. Col 1:27)
Let us pray
for all those working to overcome the effects of the Coronavirus and all those
affected by it.br />
Please also be sure of my prayers for you, for your families and
for your loved ones.
And, please, pray for me and all your bishops, priest, and
deacons, who hold you in their hearts and prayers.
With every blessing
Yours devotedly in Christ
The Most Reverend John Wilson
Archbishop of Southwark
Given at Archbishop’s House, Southwark,
23 March 2020
For more information and worship resources, including the live streaming of Mass visit:
Welcome to the Web Site for the Catholic Parish of St. Matthias, Worcester
Park, in the Archdiocese of Southwark.
Our Parish is a lively Catholic community situated on the borders of three
Boroughs, Sutton, Kingston, and Epsom & Ewell. It stretches from the A3 in the
north to the A24 in the south and includes Worcester Park, Malden Manor, Old
Malden, Malden Green, and areas of New Malden, Motspur Park and North Cheam.
That area of the Parish in the Borough of Epsom and Ewell is in the Diocese of
Arundel & Brighton but served from St. Matthias.
We hope you find our site useful. It will provide details about the Parish and
local Catholic institutions including schools. There is also information about
the Sacraments and many useful links.
Schools in the Parish and local area
St. Cecilia's Primary School, London Road,
- 020 8337 4566
Corpus Christi Primary, Chestnut Grove,
- 020 8942 2645
St. Clement's Primary, Fennell's Mead,
- 020 8393 8789
Richard Challoner Secondary Boy's,
Manor Drive North,
- 020 8330 5947
The Holy Cross Secondary Girl's,
KT3 5AR - 020 8395 4225