Friends of Saint Clement's
Some years ago, the Friends of S. Clement's was formed. It was meant to keep former members in touch with their old parish and to give well-wishers a chance to contribute to the life of S.Clement's by their prayers and donations.
When I was Vicar-General of the Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe, I was instrumental in founding the Friends of the Diocese. This began with a few members, but has now become quite numerous, and plays an important part in the life of the diocese. Members' contributions have meant that the Bishop has been able to give grants to needy parishes, especially in Eastern Europe, and the Friends have also published a fine map of Europe showing where all the Anglican chaplaincies are. The Friends also have a Mass every year and host a reception in Westminster.
I would like to hope that the Friends of S. Clement's might also develop into such a body, to the benefit of both the parish and all the members. To do this, we need to make sure that everyone who has known and loved S. Clement's is asked to be a Friend. I have already met some people who live too far away to be regular worshippers here, but who want to have the newsletter and would like to make a yearly thanks offering to God for what S. Clement's means to them and the benefits they have received.
Every evening after Evensong, Novena prayers are said at the shrine of Our Lady of Clemency, and I intend to add a section to these prayers remembering by name all the Friends of S. Clement's. Even if the number of friends rises to hundreds (which God grant!) this will mean only a few names every day and it will be a joy to have a continual remembrance of our supporters who are in the land of the living, as well as those who have died in the Faith.
We have a list of those who are already Friends, but would like to add greatly to this and make sure it is up to date.
If you would like to be enrolled as a Friend,
please email the rector.
Yours in Our Lord Jesus Christ,