Cardinal Vincent Nicholas will be celebrating Mass at the Church of St Pius X, St Charles Square, in North Kensington, near Grenfell Tower, on Saturday, 17 June 2017, at 12 noon. Mass will be preceded by two hours when the church will be open, and the Blessed Sacrament exposed, to allow an opportunity for quiet prayer and reflection. Everyone is welcome to the Mass, and to some or all of the time of prayer.
The Cardinal said: "We pray for all the residents of Grenfell Tower. I pray particularly for those who have suffered injury, those who have died, and all the residents who are left without a home, and the entire community that has been affected. Once again in our city we witness the heroic efforts of our emergency services who responded so quickly. I thank them for all they are doing to help the victims of this devastating fire."
In a letter to parish priests in Westminster Cardinal Vincent writes: "Many people have been in touch asking how they might contribute practically to the support of those who have lost their homes and possessions. Some priests have asked if a second collection may be taken this weekend. If you would like to do this, you would be most welcome. The proceeds of the collection will be shared between Caritas Westminster and the Catholic Children’s Society, who are both present in the community providing assistance to individuals and families, as well as the local school communities, particularly our own St Francis of Assisi School.
"Should your parishioners wish to make individual donations to this emergency relief fund, a special page is being set up on the diocesan website (www.rcdow.org.uk) with a direct link from the home page.
NOTE: The service was broadcast live by ITN on Facebook.