Welcome to Our Lady and St Joseph
We are a Roman Catholic community, living in Hanwell, West London.
Led by Father Charles Cahill, the parish of Our Lady and St Joseph’s, Hanwell, is a vibrant, diverse community, with many groups and activities, helping to celebrate our faith, here in Hanwell, in the midst of a bustling city.
The parish was founded in 1853, growing from the needs of Irish labourers working on the viaduct of the Great Western Railway. The parish now has a thriving cosmopolitan community.
Whether you are new to the parish or an existing parishioner, please explore our website to join in our faith celebration and to find out how you can get the most out of your parish and church community.
Year of Faith
11th October 2012 - 24th November 2013
At certain times in the history of the Church various Popes have called upon the Catholic faithful to dedicate themselves to deepening their understanding of a particular aspect of the faith. Way back in 1967, Pope Paul VI announced a Year of Faith commemorating the 19th centenary of the martyrdom of Ss. Peter & Paul. The 1967 Year of Faith called upon the Church to recall the supreme act of witness by these two saints so that their martyrdom might inspire the present day Church to collectively and individually make a sincere profession of faith.
This Year of Faith declared by Pope Benedict XVI is a summons to “an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Saviour of the world” (Porta Fidei 6). In other words the Year of Faith is an opportunity for Catholics to experience a conversion - to turn back to Christ and enter into a deeper relationship with him. Pope Benedict has described this conversion as opening the “door of faith” (see Acts of the Apostles 14:27) The “door of faith” is opened at our Baptism, but during this year of grace Catholics are called upon to open it again, to walk through it, and to rediscover and renew their relationship with Christ and his Church. This Year of Faith begins on 11th October 2012, and will conclude on 24th November 2013, the Feast of Christ the King.
Catholics who wish to deepen their faith, and use wisely this special year of favour should pray daily, study the Scriptures, and celebrate weekly Sunday Mass. They might also like to consider reading the Documents of the Second Vatican Council (click here) Another resource would be the Catechism of the Catholic Church (click here)
Every baptized Catholic is called through baptism to be a disciple of Christ and proclaim the Gospel. This Year of Faith is an opportunity for all of us to renew our baptismal call by living out the everyday moments of our lives with faith, hope, and love. Pope Benedict has given the Church a wonderful invitation. We accept that invitation by our generous response.
Our Lady & St Joseph's - weekly Newsletter
News and Events
Syria Peace Prayer - please click here to read Pope Francis' invitation to prayer for peace in Syria on 7th Sep 2013.
New Mass schedule - please click here for details of the new Mass schedule, effective October 2012.
Magnificat - Useful monthly missal with full text of the Mass and other prayers. £4 from the Repository.