On the fourth Sunday of Advent the children of the parish in costume traditionally lead the Holy Hour with the 'The Christmas Story ' a play by mime, readings and carols which concludes with all the children together on the sanctuary steps receiving a final blessing from the priest.
This is a most charming celebration and one not to be missed, young and old, as we prepare for the wonderful celebration of the coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
For further information please contact the parish office for further details.
Tel: 020 8672 2179
On Good Friday the children have their own 'Children's Way of the Cross' at 12 noon in the church.
The story of Jesus' journey to Calvary is shared by the children in costume as they walk the 14 Stations, through readings, prayers, song and reflection.
At the conclusion the priest blesses the children and all present following which all leave the Church in reflective silence.
For further information please contact the parish office for further details. Tel: 020 8672 2179
The Family Folk Masses are held twice a month on the First and Third Sunday at the 10am Family Mass.
Adults and children are encouraged to come and sing and join the musicians in leading the congregation. Occasionally through the year these dates change due to the parish Sacramental programmes concluding when the music group support these celebrations.
During our Family Masses all the families remain in the Church for the Mass and are encouraged to sit at the front to join in with the action songs.
Children are encouraged to join a team of readers who are prepared to proclaim the Word of the Lord and the Bidding Prayers at the Family Mass once a month. We offer practical support and training for those interested in reading at Mass.
If you are interested in your children reading please contact the parish office for further details. Tel: 010 8672 2179.
Held on the 3rd Friday of the Month (term time) in the lower new hall lOam-llam. Mums, dads, carers, grandparents with children pre-school age to come and listen to a story, sing songs and creative play with a Biblical theme.
For further information contact the Parish Of fice 020 8672 2179.break for the whole month of August. The start and close of each period is advertised in the parish bulletin.
Parents and carers are invited to join the 'Little Angels' Babies to preschool age on Wednesday mornings 9.15am-11am (term time only) in the old hall, Balham High Road entrance.
Please contact the Parish Office for a booking form and once completed this will be forwarded to the coordinators of the Little Angels.
For further information contact the Parish Office 020 8672 2179.
The 'Meet & Greet Team' is composed of a group of young parishioners who have taken on this special role as part of their Post Confirmation Ministry.
They welcome members of the congregation into Church on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month and are on hand to meet and greet all members of the congregation. The team were introduced to the parish in October and are enjoying their new role and have been well received by the parishioners. If you are a post-confirmation young person and would like to involved in this ministry, please contact Martine in the parish office.
The team are part of a greater Parish group who welcome members of the congregation as a regular part of the Church's commitment to make our parish a place as open and informative as possible. The welcome table at the back of the church (it is available for most of the year and removed only to allow for Sacramental celebration information connected with Confirmation (May), First Holy Communion (June) displays information about all the various parish societies and programmes, information for children and adults, the Liturgical Calendar and formation programmes. If the information above about our Ministries is not available at the rear of the church it can be found in the foyer of the lower new hall or from the parish office.
Rainbows and Brownies meet on Wednesdays at St Anselm's Old Hall, Balham High Road entrance, during term time from 6-7.30pm. www.girlguiding.org.uk
The club is open to St Anselm's parish youth and ex-pupils of St Anselm's Primary School - i.e. secondary transfer up to 16 years of age.
We meet weekly through term time on Friday evenings in the Lower Old Church Hall from 7-8.30pm (exceptions leading up to school breaks and special parish event).
The Club provides a very important link for the members as the club continues to support them through the important transition to secondary school and into their teenage years within our Church community.
The Club seeks to offer the youth a safe, fun environment to continue on the path they have started, and to meet their friends on a regular basis. The Club aims to guide and prepare the members for all the pressures they have ahead of them.
There is no annual membership fee but we charge £1.00 per session to help towards equipment/materials.
St Anselm's RC Primary School admission criteria can be found on the school website: www.stanselms.wandsworth.sch.uk.
Headteacher: Ms Hattie Elwes
Tel: 020 8672 9227
After the 10am Mass each Sunday (term-time) the 'Welcome Group' organised by Ramish and team provide refreshments for the parishioners in the lower new hall. This Ministry has been running for over twenty years and is well supported and every one is welcome to pop in for a cup of tea, coffee and treats, a chat and make new friends. All welcome!
This is a forum for the young adult members of the parish from 18 years old onwards. They meet at 7.30pm every 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month to pray, explore the Bible and the teachings of the Catholic Church and see how they can apply same to advance their spiritual lives. It is also an opportunity for the young adults to socialise, share experiences, support each other and discuss some topical issues relevant to them like relationship, marriage, family and some bioethical issues.
They also volunteer in some key areas of the parish life like the Caring Kitchen, Care Homes, and as extraordinary ministers. If you are a young adult, and you are looking for a forum to meet other young adults to pray, explore the Bible, the teachings of the Catholic Church, socialise, share experiences, get support, ask questions on any aspect of the teachings of the Catholic Church and get the right answers, this is the right forum for you. For any enquiries, please contact Fr Phil Andrews (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the parish office (020 8672 2179).
We meet on the 3rd Sunday of each month for the 6.15pm Mass followed by refreshments and social gathering in the lower new hall (off the courtyard, Tooting Bec Road). If you are interested in singing or playing an instrument, please contact Hannah (email@example.com) or via the parish office 020 8672 2179.