Welcome to St Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, situated in Altenburg Gardens in south Battersea. (To see the area our parish covers, take a look at the map here)
We are a Roman Catholic parish within the Archdiocese of Southwark, in the Wandsworth Deanery. Our Church was opened in 1907. The Priest’s House is next to the Church, at 36 Altenburg Gardens.
There are three Masses each Sunday, each with its own character: at 9 and 11 on Sunday mornings and at 6 o’clock on Sunday evenings. We do not have a Vigil Mass on Saturdays. The Sunday Mass is at the heart of parish life: it is when we hear the Word of God, join in the sacrifice of Christ, and receive the sacrament of His Body and Blood. We are nourished by it and we are challenged.
We are a very diverse parish, and we rejoice in this. Some of us have been here for 50 years or more, but there is also quite a quick turnaround of people whose jobs (and visas) move them on. Parishioners come from many backgrounds and countries. In particular, there is a significant number of French parishioners, and a Mass in French is organised at 6 o’clock on a few Saturday evenings during the year.
There are lots of young children among our parishioners (the Battersea and Clapham areas are, after all, known for the number of young families), who often come to the 11 o’clock Mass. On the second Sunday of each month in term-time the 11 o’clock Mass is a ‘Family Mass’ in which children play a particular part; and on some other Sundays there is a ‘Children’s Liturgy of the Word’ at this Mass. We do not have a parish school, but many of our children are educated at Catholic Schools in the neighbouring parishes.
We have also have a lot of young adult parishioners, and many of these seem to choose to come to the Sunday evening Mass.
We hope to welcome you personally and to get to know you: do introduce yourselves to me or to my colleague Deacon Jon Dal Din if you can after Mass when you visit. You can download our current newsletter from the newsletter page: take note of what is on, come to events. Please also offer your talents, and make suggestions. Lots more can happen if you are ready to share your faith and enthusiasm. We hope to get to know you.
For however long you are here you belong with us, for we share the precious gift of faith in Jesus Christ. You, and your family and friends, are most welcome.
Monsignor Timothy Galligan