Stop Press – Temporary Closure of St Mary’s Somers Town Church due to stonework concerns on the roof

Stop Press

Dear fellow members of St. Mary’s,

As many of you will know by now, we have been having inspections done on the roof of the church and some remedial work has been also completed. However, a recent report has arrived, which has shown some possible danger from falling stones, one of which is the weathered stone cross right at the East end of the roof, plus other stonework on the Eversholt St side and at different points around the outside of the church. So the entrance into church and the entrance into the hall are both points of concern, in terms of health and safety.

A recent decision from our Archdeacon concludes that the church and hall be closed with immediate effect so are at present not able to have Sunday Mass or Weekday Masses in St Mary’s for some time, until scaffolding can “cover” the entrance, which will allow us to enter safely.

So, there will be NO MASSES this Sunday or during the Week until further notice.

This, of course, is a huge disappointment and sadness, especially as we are just recovering from the two years of Covid, as well as the challenge of finding funds for the cost of all this work, but we will get through this!

But in our Parish there is a Sunday Mass at 9.30am at St Pancras Old Church and at 10.30am at St. Michael’s Camden, which are not too far away, so I hope that some of you will be able to join our Parish family there. I hope to celebrate Sunday Mass at St Pancras Old Church most Sunday’s so I hope to see you there.
I will keep in touch via this newsletter and through emails and phone calls so do feel that I am “around” for you all. You can be in touch through these means.

This is a temporary but essential development in the life of St. Mary’s…but it has survived 2 World Wars… and we’ll have a party when we re-open later in the summer.

Bishop Rob has asked me to convey his assurance of prayers and concern for St. Mary’s Somers Town.

With my prayers and love for you all,
Fr Paschal


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