Welcome to the website of St Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. We are situated in Altenburg Gardens, off Lavender Hill in south Battersea, London SW11. (To see the area covered by our parish, 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, which includes our parish office, is at 36 Altenburg Gardens, next to the Church .
Sunday Mass is at the heart of parish life: it is when we listen to the Word of God, join in Christ’s sacrifice for us, and receive the sacrament of His Body and Blood. We are nourished by it and we are challenged.
We celebrate three Masses each Sunday, each with its particular character: at 9 and 11 on Sunday mornings and at 6 o’clock on Sunday evenings. Ours is the only Sunday evening Mass in the Battersea area. We do not have a Vigil Mass on Saturdays.
We are a 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 sometimes visas) move them on. Parishioners come from many backgrounds and countries. In particular, we have a significant number of French parishioners; and a Mass in French (in association with the French Parish of Notre Dame de France) is held on a few Saturday evenings during the year at 6 o’clock .
There are lots of young children among our parishioners (the Battersea and Clapham areas are known for having many young families), who often accompany their parents 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 choose to join in 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 after Mass when you visit, if you can. You can download our current newsletter from the ‘Latest News’ 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.
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