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100 year celebration

Saint Matthias Catholic Parish
of Worcester Park

Including New Malden, South of the A3

Parish Priest:
Fr. Kevan Hayden BA, MA.

201 Cheam Common Road, KT4 8SX.

020 8337 1782


Parish Web Site:

Parish School:
Richard Challoner Boys,School,
Manor Drive North.

St Helier Hospital Chaplain:
Fr. Philip Pak 07591 596656

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Mass intentions and Events
29th Nov ~ 5th Dec 2020
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St. Andrew

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Martin Ganley


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St. Francis Xavier

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Mass intentions and Events
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Immaculate Conception
Martin Ganley


10.00am Christopher Lynch

BVM Loreto

  Ann Cram


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This year because of the corona virus
the Deanery Pastoral Council is not able
 to run an event as it has previously.

Instead we are publishing on our website (
a talk by Fr David McLoughlin
on the Context of Jesus’ Mission covering
the environment and participants
 in Israeli society in the time of Jesus.

It can be found here:

News from our Parish Guides

This year, Girlguiding partnered
with BBC Children in Need with
an ‘Act Your Age’ Challenge.

Last weekend as we couldn’t meet
together to complete this, we challenged
the guides to come up with something
related to ‘Act Your Age’.

They were to then asked to complete
it in their own time.

They have risen to the challenge and been amazing despite the very wet weekend which meant outdoor activities were not easy.

Some of the activities have included:

Cycling 12k, Scootering 12km, baking 10 cakes, playing an instrument for 11 hours, writing songs, completing 10 crafts
and one girl who was in isolation
completing 12,000 laps of her garden!

The young leaders and leaders took part too and walked the age of the unit - 58k twice.

Well done to all the girls who took part!

We are very proud of them!

A great example of the good
that the youth of today can do!

Christine Donovan Leader
5th Worcester Park Guides

If you missed out on your copy of this year's special Advent Extra don’t worry, the Kindle version is now available!

Click here

The coronavirus touched us all with unique moments of sadness and anxiety, of loneliness and frustration, of joy, inspiration, togetherness and generosity.

2020 unexpectedly changed us, our families, workplaces and society.

The pandemic wilderness from which we are emerging has left us making sense of our good and not-so-good experiences.

For some, this will be a first Christmas without a loved family member, friend or colleague.

Because 20 is “different”, so is Advent Extra.

Its daily reflections, articles and children’s pages are a conscious, heartfelt effort of Redemptorist Publications and its writers to offer reassurance and hope on a unique Advent journey towards Christmas.

May Jesus be born in our hearts!

The Passage

is raising funds through the Big Give from 12 noon Tues 1st December – 12 noon Tues 8th December to support its work Helping Homeless People this winter.

Double your Donation, Double your impact.

 This is a matched giving scheme for online donations.

If someone (can be company, individual or trust) gave £10 online matched giving of £10 would bring the Gift up to £20 (and for individuals to £22.50 with Gift Aid with higher rate tax relief it may cost the donor less than £10).

For more information ring Andrew Hollingsworth 020 75921886

Please generously give online at

Advent Camino with the Salesians

Join the Salesians for their Advent Camino
as they journey towards Christmas.

The Camino will take the form of a weekly email each Saturday containing reflections
for the week ahead.

Visit the Salesians website:

University Chaplaincy Advent Retreat

On Saturday 12th December 2020,
the Archdiocesan University Chaplaincy Team will be hosting an online retreat
for university students.

More details are available from individual university chaplains, whose contact details are available at
 or email


Catholic Spirituality Network Quiet Day


Date and Time: Saturday 5th December between 10.30 am - 3.30 pm

Leaders: Magdalen Lawler SND
and Tom McGuinness SJ

The CSN are pleased to offer In the morning session Magdalen Lawlor will look at Mary as 'the well' we visit at the gate to Bethlehem.

During the afternoon Tom McGuinness SJ will lead those gathered in a new ran Advent reflection day, incorporating scripture, images, poetry and prayer, version of the O Antiphons, which expresses our collective longing and thirsting for the living water.

Bookings: £10 members / £12 non-members, concessions available.


Contact Fr. Kevan.

The Diocese requests couples to give
Fr. Kevan at least 6 months notice,
especially if they intend to be married
outside the Parish.

Thank you

for your Offertory donations and standing orders for the upkeep of the Parish.

Online donations

  It is now possible to make an online donation to St. Matthias by following
the Just Giving link

It is very important that you include the message “I would like my donation to go to St. Matthias, Worcester Park.”

Otherwise we will not receive it.

For online worship resources

including the streaming of Mass
please click here

Masses will resume next weekend

Saturday 6.30pm; Sunday 9.30am
and 11.15am; Thursday 10am

Please can Stewards and cleaners
consult their timetables

Christmas Masses 2020

Please can you help?

We would need stewards and cleaners
 for each of these Masses.

Please contact me if you can help.

We need at least two stewards
for each Mass.

Traditionally Christmas Mass has always
been popular but whether that is the case this year I cannot predict.

But I would like to make the celebration
of Christmas Mass as available to
 as many as possible.

Because we are limited in how many can safely attend any one service I propose
 that we ‘extend’ Christmas.

By this I mean Christmas Masses could begin on Monday 21st December 2020.

In other words, 21st December to
1st January 2021 is ‘Christmas Day’.

Parishioners would only attend one of these Christmas Masses to give as many
as possible the opportunity.

Please can you help?
We would need stewards and cleaners for each of these Masses.

Please contact me if you can help.

The proposed timetable would be:
  • Monday 21st December
    Children’s Family Mass 10am.

  • Tuesday 22nd December
    Children’s Family Mass 11am.

  • Wednesday 23rd December
    Children’s Family Mass 12 noon.

  • Thursday 24th Christmas Eve
    ‘Midnight’ Mass now at 7pm.

  • Friday 25th Christmas Day
    Mass 9.30am.
    Mass 11.15am.
The Bishops have also given permission for the following Masses to also count as Christmas Masses:

  • Saturday 26th - Boxing Day
    No Mass

  • Sunday 27th - Holy Family
    9.30am & 11.15am

  • Friday 1st Jan - Mary, Mother of God

Requests for School References

Please post these through
the Presbytery letterbox.

No plastic covers please!

Please include a stamped addressed
envelope for its return and
make sure it has the correct postage.

For example, a large A4 envelope requires a
 large envelope postage stamp,
not an ordinary one.

I do not open these requests for
at least 72 hours so please allow
at least a week for their return.  

Celebrate Advent with CAFOD

After a year of uncertainty, we all need
the hope, peace and true comfort and joy
that the Advent season can offer.

CAFOD has a range of resources and
virtual events to help us come together
online to pray, reflect and celebrate
as we prepare for the coming of our Lord.

We even have a virtual Advent Calendar

Visit  to learn more.

We can also stretch out our hands
 to people living in poverty and refugees
by donating to CAFOD’s Advent Appeal at

CAFOD World Gifts

CAFOD's range of virtual gifts,
make a real difference to families
 living in poverty across the world.

While we have the coronavirus pandemic
and lockdown here, we can still be good neighbours to our sisters and brothers overseas by giving World Gifts as Christmas presents to family and friends.

The Keep Clean Kit gift for £6 and
the Vegetable Garden gift for £10 are
just two gifts that will help vulnerable
families affected by the pandemic
 to protect and feed themselves.

 Let’s spread joy and hope around
 the world this Christmas.


More Advent Resources

We are beginning an Advent season
like no other, leading up to a Christmas celebration that may be different
 from those we are used to.

To help focus your daily prayer
we offer a brief reflection on one
of the readings of the day, delivered
 by email for personal use at a time to suit.

At the end of this challenging time of year
the weeks may feel even darker than usual.

However, this presents an opportunity to discover Advent in a new and deeper way: waiting for a light to grow in the darkness, longing for the coming of our Lord,
and of God’s Kingdom.

Maybe this is a time to embrace the darkness and the loneliness and allow them to open us up to a deeper longing as we wait.

Sign up here for the Advent Reflections
or visit

Advent with the Southwark Agency
for Evangelisation and Catechesis

This new Southwark agency has compiled a wealth of resources for Advent, including weekly meditations, a video based
'Advent Journey' and access to a 26 day
online retreat on the theme of Joy,
with additional resources to follow.


The Sisters of St Andrew Advent Calendar

The Sisters of St Andrew (Lewisham) will feature an Advent Calendar on their website.

 Each day visitors will be able to
open a new window and there
will be a surprise to discover.

The Sisters particularly wish
to encourage people to share
the thought offered for each day.


How to build and Advent Wreath

Although this video was made in 2013
and is not the highest quality, it is the simplest and most straightforward guide
 to making an Advent Wreath at home.

 In particular, the video is safety aware and we strongly encourage extreme care at all times with when lighting candles.

 The Diocese cannot accept responsibility
 for individual safety and therefore advises that the Advent Wreath described
 in this video should only be made
with an adult over 18 years present.

Send a Christmas message to the brave

CAFOD would like to encourage everyone
 to write a special Christmas card of encouragement to one of the many justice activists on the frontline in Congo, Palestine, Brazil, Honduras and Colombia.

The devastation of coronavirus has
meant this year has been particularly challenging for these brave people.

Under lockdown, many have been exposed
to increased threats, violence and intimidation as aggressors have exploited lockdown situations for their own gain.  

Click here to write your Christmas message


For live streaming of Masses in our Diocese visit:

For more online Mass suggestions visit:

For more worship resources visit:

Children’s Liturgy:

Prayers during a time of Flu and illness:

When Mass cannot be celebrated publicly:

When a Funeral cannot be attended:

Advice and suggestions for how Catholics can protect their mental health during the challenging time we face due to Coronavirus:

Ministry to the Sick:

Catholic Bishops Conference:

Staying at home: a new resource for young people
Southwark Catholic Youth Service has worked with some 6th form students on a mini-series ‘Christ is Alive’. This is an invitation for young people to focus on staying spiritually healthy and to ponder some of the big questions about life, through journaling and prayer.

This may be particularly relevant during this difficult time of lockdown.

Aid to the Church in Need children’s Bible stories’ project