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Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham
under the patronage of Blessed John Henry Newman

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THE
ORDINARIATE
IN LONDON

A frequent question to enquiries@ordinariate.org.uk is
"I will be visiting London soon, where can I find the
Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham
and where can I go to Mass?"

There are two parishes in London under the care of
an Ordinariate priest: The Church of Our Lady of the
Assumption and Saint Gregory
in Warwick Street
(W1B 5LZ), a few minutes walk from Picadilly Circus
and The Church of the Most Precious Blood in
O'Meara Street (SE1 1TA) across London Bridge on
the south side of the river, and you can be certain of
a warm welcome at either of these churches.

Our Lady of the Assumption & St Gregory

Warwick Street, London W1B 5LZ

Websites:   Ordinariate website   -   Parish website

Mass Times
Vigil Mass on Saturday: 6pm
Sunday Mass: 10.30am (Ordinariate Use) and 5pm
Weekday Mass - Monday to Friday: 8am and 12.45pm

Parish Priest: Fr Mark Elliott Smith - warwickstreet@rcdow.org.uk


The church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory is located on Warwick Street in Soho. It was built in 1789-90 on the site of a Catholic chapel which was pillaged during the anti-Catholic Gordon Riots of 1780, and is attached to a fine house in Golden Square, Soho, built in 1685, now the home of the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

At Easter 2013 the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Westminster put the church in the care of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. The Ordinariate, formed in January 2011, was a personal initiative of Pope Benedict XVI to welcome former Anglicans into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. There are now some 50 Ordinariate groups across Great Britain served by over 80 priests.

The Church in Warwick Street is the central church of the Ordinariate and each Sunday at 10.30am Mass is offered according to the Ordinariate Use, which incorporates elements drawn from the Anglican liturgical tradition.

Visitors to the 10.30am Sunday Mass will be struck especially by the excellence of the singing. The Anglican tradition on which we draw at Warwick Street contains much sublime music and each Sunday our liturgy is enhanced by these Anglican musical settings.

The church is located between Piccadilly Circus and Soho in the heart of London’s West End and remains open throughout the day, offering a welcome and consolation to all: the destitute, the visitor and the local worker alike. The Priest in Charge is Father Mark Elliott Smith.

How to get there:
You will find the church between Beak Street and Glasshouse Street
(off Regent Street, close to Piccadilly Circus)

Bus:    to Picadilly Circus:
Numbers: 3, 12, 88, 94, 159, 453, N3, N109, N136
Tube:    to Picadilly Circus:
Bakerloo and Picadilly lines

 

The Church of the Most Precious Blood

O'Meara Street, Bourough, London Bridge SE1 1TA

Websites:   Ordinariate website   -   Parish website

Mass Times
Vigil Mass on Saturday: 6pm
Sunday Mass: 8.30am and 11am
Weekday Mass - Monday to Friday: 1.05pm

Parish Priest: Fr Christopher Pearson - parish@preciousblood.org.uk


The Church of the Most Precious Blood is located in a vibrant part of London close to London Bridge, The Shard and Borough Market. The London (South) Ordinariate group, under the leadership of Fr Christopher Pearson, began worshipping in the Church at Easter 2012. In January 2013, Archbishop Peter Smith and Monsignor Keith Newton formalised the arrangement and the parish was placed in the care of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

There is a Mass at 1.05pm each weekday which is popular with people who work in the area. The main Sunday Mass is at 11am with a Vigil Mass on Saturday at 6pm. The Parish is enjoying a period of revitalisation and growth as a result of this unique collaboration between the Archdiocese of Southwark and the Ordinariate.

The church and rectory, designed by Frederick Walters, were built in 1892 and are Grade II listed. The church is a handsome essay in the Romanesque revival style, achieving grandeur in the face of economy. The church has some notable furnishings and is gradually being cleaned, decorated and restored to its former glory. The baldachino is based on the design of the baldachino in the Church of San Giorgio in Velabro in Rome which, by happy coincidence for the Ordinariate, was Blessed John Henry Newman's titular church as a Cardinal.

A newly installed underfloor heating ensures that you will receive a warm welcome!

How to get there:
You will find the church between Southwark Street
and Union Street ... almost beneath the overhead rail line

Bus:   to Union Street - Numbers: 21, 35, 40, 133 & 343
to The Hop Exchange - Numbers: 43, 48, 141, 149, 381, 521 and RV1
Rail:   to London Bridge, Waterloo East & Waterloo
Tube:   to London Bridge (5 min walk) - Northern & Jubilee lines
to Borough (5 min walk) - Northern line
to Monument (10 min walk) - District & Circle line
to Bank (15 min walk) - Central and Waterloo & City lines