Welcome to Old Saint Martin's
Old Saint Martin's in the Cornmarket is a parish which stands firmly in the Catholic tradition of the Church of England. Here you can expect to find dignity, order and structure in worship, orthodox theology and faithfulness to apostolic order. The Mass is at the centre of our life both for us as individual Catholic Christians and as a congregation. It is celebrated every Sunday and Solemnity, and regularly during the week (and always by a male priest). You will find details of this week's services on the right hand side of this page. Confessions are heard by appointment with one of the Parish clergy.
We are also happy to announce we now are supporting The River School which is an independent school also based in Worchester.
Our church offers you good music, catholic liturgy, and preaching of a reasonable length. We try to be a welcoming congregation, and should you wish to join us please make yourself known to the clergy or the sidesmen. We also recognise that some people choose to come and worship, watch and listen in solitude, and you are welcome to do that.
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OSM 'Away Day', 22 October, 2011
During the summer, it was decided that we needed as 'away' day - time for us to focus on where St. Martin's is now and how we would like to see it develop over the comings weeks, months and years. Our away day took place at the Elim Conference Centre in West Malvern on Saturday 22 October. From a day of lively debate and discussion, Father Andrew has produced a synopsis of the day and the many issues raised. Click here to read the document.
From Fr Andrew, Associate Priest, November, 2011
My last letter mentioned the postponement of the proposed visit of Diocesan Advisory Committee members to OSM. The visit eventually took place on October 11th, and the members who came on it were very positive and encouraging about our plans to look at renewal of the whole ‘campus’, Church, Parish Room, Tower, Churchyard and, not least, access to our site. As the next stage, our Buildings Development Group will be recommending to the PCC (November 15th) that we invite our architect, Ian Stainburn, to undertake a feasibility study on our project. In the meantime, we have to be working hard on a ‘Statement of Need’…what do we want to do and why: how do we propose to do it? Other positive features of October for us were the course on ‘Seeking the Holy’, which drew over 30 people each week, many of them visitors to OSM, the ‘Continuing Fan-the-Flame’ session, and the Away Day at the Conference Centre in West Malvern, attended by 34 members of the congregation. Summaries of both the Fan-the-Flame and Away Day discussions have been made available, and will be brought to the PCC on November 15th. All this demonstrates the potential of OSM…but asks of us all faithful prayer and continuing commitment! So we move on into November, through our Martinmas celebrations and then Advent, which begins this year on its earliest possible date, November 27th: a schedule of the principal services and events is in the 'In the next few weeks' column to the right hand side of this page. Pat Davidge would, I’m sure, be glad of offers of help with our ‘outreach’ and refreshments at the Christmas Fayre, which is on the first weekend on December.
Please note three Advent ‘specials’: Advent Carol Service on Advent Sunday, with its powerful movement from dark west end to the light of the east: Sung Compline on November 30th: the Old Testament study on Dec.8th…and then two Christmas ‘innovations’ this year: ‘Candlelight and the Crib’ at 5pm on Friday Dec 23rd (please tell your grandchildren!), and a Mass at 9.45 on Christmas Day: more next month!
Recent sermons are available from the links below. A more complete set can be found on the Sermons page.
Last after Trinity, 2011 - (Fr. Andrew Greany)
Harvest, 2011 - (Fr. Andrew Greany)
2nd after Trinity, 2011 - "I am gentle and lowly in heart" (Fr. Andrew Greany)
Lent 1 - "if you are the Son of God..." (Fr. Paul Tongue)
Items for the pewsheet
Items for next week's pewsheet should be given or e-mailed to the Parish Office by Thursday morning at the latest.
Click here for a printable version of this week's pewsheet
Hall available for hire
Our hall at St. Swithun's Institute, The Trinity, is available to hire and has some vacancies during day and evening. Kitchen facilities if needed.
If you need a venue in the centre of Worcester for meetings, community functions, dance lessons, fitness classes, musical or similar events - regular or occasional - please ring Brian on 01905 25952 Mon to Friday, mornings, for more information. Click here for further details and photos.
Sunday, 20 November
Christ the King
09.45: Sung Mass
Tuesday, 22 November
Intention: Church musicians
Wednesday, 23 November
Intention: The peoples of Libya and Syria
Thursday, 24 November
The martyrs of Korea
11.00: Mass at St. Lawrence, Laslett's Almshouses
Intention: Eucharistic Assistants
Friday, 25 November
St. Catherine of Alexandria
Intention: All who suffer for their faith
Saturday, 26 November
Feria (Our Lady on Saturday)
12.00: Mass (Our Lady on Saturday)
Intention: Our servers
Sunday, 27 November
First week of Advent
09.45: Sung Mass
11.45: Mass at St. Lawrence, Laslett's Almshouses
16.00: Advent Carol Service
Tuesday, 29 November
Intention: Missionary work overseas
Wednesday, 30 November
Intention: The people of Scotland
Visit our Liturgical Calendar page for full details of all forthcoming services.
ALL SAINTS TO CHRISTMASAll Saints Day: Tuesday Nov. 1st
Low Mass at Noon
All Souls Day: Wednesday Nov.2nd
Said Requiem 10.30am
Sung Requiem 7.30pm
Please PRINT the names of those you wish to be remembered at one of these services (preferably the one which you will be attending)on the appropriate sheet
Patronal Festival: Friday Nov.11th:
Choral High Mass at 7.30pm
Preacher: Fr Christopher Woods Bring your ‘St Martin’s Cloak’ for Maggs Day Centre Clothing Store
Martinmas Supper & Variety
7 for 7.30pm in St Swithun’s Institute
£2.50 at the door Don’t miss it! Bring your friends!
Remembrance Sunday: Nov.13th
Two minutes silence after the Mass in remembrance,and in prayer for peace
Advent Sunday: November 27th:
Advent Procession and Carol Service at 4pm
Sung Compline for Advent
Wednesday Nov 30th at 8pm
Worcester Christmas Fayre
Hospitality at OSM with (we hope) a Boy Bishop overseeing St Nicholas Grotto!
Advent and the Old Testament
Thursday December 8th at 7.30pm
at Laslett’s Almshouses
Carol Service at Laslett’s
Wednesday December 14th at 7pm
Punch and Mince Pies afterwards
OSM Christmas Carol Service
Wednesday December 21st at 7.30pm