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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

Mass Intentions
21st September – 4th October

Mon 21st Sept
Ellen Sims and her deceased relatives

Tues 22nd Sept
Deceased worshippers of St. Matthias

Wed 23rd Sept
Covis-19 Carers

Thur 24th Sept
Holy Souls

Fri 25th Sept
Peg Keeshan

Sat 26th Sept
Dr. Paul Borg

Sun 27th Sept
People of the Parish

Bill Myles

Mon 28th Sept
Daniel and Winnie Harrison

Tues 29th Sept
Deaths as a result of the Pandemic

Wed 30th Sept
Mary Irwin

Thur 1st Oct
Deceased worshippers of St. Matthias

Fri 2nd Oct
Vincent, James & Frank Gallagher

Sat 3rd Oct
Kathleen Fitzgerald

Sun 4th Oct
People of the Parish

Frank and David Falco

Mass resumes on Thursdays
beginning on Thursday 1st October at 10am, the Feast day of St. Therese of Lisieux.

The obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and Holydays of Obligation remains suspended.

Numbers of parishioners attending Mass are increasing.

I appeal to all who can attend Mass during the week to do so to allow for those who can only attend at the weekend.

We still need more volunteer Stewards and Cleaners.

If you would like to help please contact Fr. Kevan.

Mass intentions
In the next few weeks, you may notice that increasingly the Mass intention is listed as ‘Priest’s Private intention’.

This is because there have been fewer requests for Mass intentions as a result of the lockdown.

Mass requests can still be made by dropping an envelope with the details through the Presbytery letterbox.

CAFOD Harvest Collection Sunday 4th October
There will be a special collection, please use the red buckets.

For more information about donating online visit


CAFOD has joined with the UK Disasters Emergencies Committee to help millions of people whose lives are at risk, as coronavirus spreads across refugee camps and countries suffering conflict.

You can donate at to help CAFOD scale up its coronavirus response through our global Church family.

Or use CAFOD’s Summer of Hope fundraising ideas with your family and friends to transform lockdown and raise money for the appeal:

School Open Evenings
Because of the pandemic most schools are holding virtual open evenings.

Please contact the schools directly for details.

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.

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:

After some time in a Birmingham parish Fr McLoughlin later taught theology at Oscott College Seminary and then at the Catholic Newman University, Birmingham.

Second Collections
Given Covid -19 the programme of Second Collections in the Archdiocese has been rescheduled according to the following timetable for the remainder of 2020.

This means some doubling up of collections, but, given the circumstances, this seems an appropriate way forward, recognising that some people will also be facing personal financial challenges at this time.

4 October CAFOD (Harvest Fast Day)
11 October Home Mission, World Communications,
                   Day for Life
18 October Missio
26 – 30 October Half Term

8 November Priest Training Fund
22 November Catholic Youth Service /
                      Catholic Education Service
29 November Holy Places

13 December Peter Pence
20 December Apostleship of the Sea

Baptisms have resumed at St. Matthias.

For a copy of the special Covid measure Guidelines and an application form please contact Fr. Kevan at

Catholic Newspapers
The Catholic Universe, incorporating The Catholic Times, is available again in the Church Porch.

The Children’s Newsletter
LOOK, is now available again in the Church Porch.

Thank you
to the Stewards and Cleaners who have made it possible
to have weekend public Masses again.

If anyone would like to join the rota please contact Fr. Kevan.

Thank you
to everyone who is supporting our Parish financially.

is looking to appoint an Evangelisation and Outreach Advisor to join its team.

Together with the advisors for Catechesis and adult Formation, they will support the parishes of the Archdiocese through the development of resources and the recruitment and training a broad team of volunteers.

Click here for PDF of Job description:

For more information please email
or to apply please send your CV and covering letter to

Closing date for applications to both posts: Wednesday 23 September 2020.

Benedict XVI in the UK
Pope Benedict XVI visited the United Kingdom on an historic four-day Papal Visit from 16-19 September 2010.

Re-live the main events of his visit with a podcast series of all the speeches, addresses and homilies and professional images taken at the time:

Mass at Saint Matthias

We have started to celebrate public Mass again at St. Matthias beginning with three weekend Masses.

Saturday at 6.30pm, followed by Sunday at 9.30am and 11.15am.

The Church will open 20 minutes before Mass and close immediately after for cleaning.

Public Masses can only be celebrated if we follow strict Government guidelines and regulations.

This is to help keep everyone safe.

We are following the 1 metre + rule so there is a limited number of seats.

You must also wear a face mask or covering.

The lavatories must remain closed.

1) No one with flu-like symptoms should attend Mass

2) There is no obligation to attend Mass
We can attend Mass if we are confident that we can do so safely. It is acceptable to continue watch Mass online and receive Spiritual Communion. The necessary resources for this are available on the Parish website at

3) One way system
We enter using the front doors of the Church and exit the Church using the door next to St. Joseph’s Altar and then the back door of the Parish Centre. DO NOT Enter by the back door.

4) Track and Trace
All members of the congregation must bring with them a piece of paper giving their names and contact details for every Mass they attend.

Click here for a suggested mini-form that can be printed.

These must be deposited on entry. The information will be stored for 21 days and then destroyed in compliance with Data Protection guidelines. This requirement is part of the Government’s 'Track and Trace' system.

5) Face covering
We are keeping the one metre plus rule for Social Distancing in Church. Therefore everyone who can must wear a face covering. Those who can’t wear a face covering should keep at least 2 metres distance. If people forget, we will try to provide a suitable mask.

6) Hand Sanitizer must be used on entry and exit.

7) Capacity in Church To maintain Social Distancing
Half the pews are taped off and cannot be used. Please follow the instructions of the Stewards who will show you to your seat. Please do not change seats. At any Mass, if the Church is full, no-one else can come in. I hope this doesn’t happen. But we have to accept that this is a possibility. It’s about keeping one another safe and fulfilling the required conditions to open. If we don’t limit numbers, we are not allowed to open for Public Masses.

As there is no Sunday Obligation, it is acceptable to continue watch Mass online and receive Spiritual Communion. The necessary resources for this are available on the Parish website at

8) Cash and Gift Aid envelopes can be left in the collection baskets next to the internal Church doors.

9) Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

10) The Sacristy is closed to parishioners.

11) Familiar elements of the Mass, which aren’t currently possible There will be no Altar Servers. The Scripture readings will be done by the Priest. There will be no congregational singing. There will be no sharing of the Peace or Offertory Procession.

Sadly we cannot safely have Children’s Liturgy. However, there are Children’s Liturgy resources available on the Parish website at

12) Receiving Holy Communion
We receive the host—the Body of Christ on the hand at arm’s length. Only the Priest receives the Precious Blood from the Chalice. We will be using the following option suggested by the Bishops:

The priest receives Holy Communion as described and immediately cleanses his paten and chalice. He then holds a reverent silence before the Prayer after Communion, giving the Blessing and dismissal.

At this point, the other Ministers of Holy Communion who will assist the priest come forward, cleanse their hands and receive Holy Communion under one kind.

They should then cleanse their hands again before receiving their ciborium from which they remove the covering or pall if it is still in place.

They then move to the points for distribution and communicants are stewarded forward in an orderly manner to receive Holy Communion as above, and then
immediately leave the Church via the rear door next to
St. Joseph’s Altar.

The remaining Blessed Sacrament is placed into the Tabernacle and the vessels cleansed in the usual way.

When you come to receive Holy Communion or an individual blessing, please follow all directions given by the Priest and Stewards and do your best to maintain Social Distancing.

13) Please ensure you leave nothing behind.

14) Stewards
assist in making sure people are safely seated and in directing people coming for Holy Communion. After Mass stewards and/or cleaners assist in wiping down pews and mopping the floor. Ideally we need two Stewards/Cleaners at each Mass.

Please consider being a steward/cleaner. The main job is to be available 30 minutes before Mass to help Fr Kevan seat people appropriately and to stay behind after Mass to help wipe the pews and/or mop the floor. They should not be 'clinically vulnerable, self isolating or shielding'.

Gift Aid Envelopes

If you usually have a box of envelopes, you will be aware that at the current time we are unable to distribute the new boxes.

If you wish to continue posting your contribution through the Presbytery letterbox and you have run out of the Gift Aid envelopes please remember to add your name and, if you can, your unique Gift Aid number.

The number is located on the front bottom left hand side of the usual Gift Aid envelope.

You may wish to consider making donations to the parish by standing order instead.

Please contact Fr. Kevan for a copy of the bank form.

Alternatively, you can make online donations, details below.

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 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

Catholic Mum
A packed website full of interesting articles, gospel reflections,
culture and fun for the family: