Retreats and Spiritual Formation

Healing and Anointing

Healing and Anointing St. Anselm's Parish has, through the prayers of its Priests, had a long tradition of a Healing Ministry. The Healing Services twice a year have been a part of Parish life for decades. As well as regular opportunities for individual personal prayer and confession, two important opportunities exist for Healing in a Spiritual way.

The Healing and Anointing Mass

Our annual first powerful healing experience is the Healing and Anointing Mass.

The Healing and Anointing Mass takes place twice a year (May and October) in the church and its origins go back to the early days of our Christian faith as mentioned in the early Church. The healing ministry of the Church allows for the priest of the parish to pray and lay hands on the person to be anointed. This powerful ministry is one of the seven great sacraments of the church and allows for the power of Jesus to be present in the anointing and the prayer.

The Healing Mass is not just about physical illness or disability; it is about wholeness and is a deeply spiritual experience. During the Mass the suffering of Jesus himself and his oneness with us is acknowledged and the pain and suffering of those present is honoured with the church as the centre of what the church does.

The whole universal church in focusing and honouring each participant and affirming and praying with them. We hope as many of you as possible will take advantage of the opportunity to receive the Sacrament. The service is followed by tea in the hew halls. We advertise this in the parish newsletter and on this website.

Should anyone need transport, please contact the parish office, 020 8672 2179.

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Advent and Lenten retreats
Lenten retreat

What: These are evenings of prayer, reflection and interaction preparing us for the great celebrations of Christmas and Easter.

When: These are held in the evenings at 7.45pm in the upper new hall. These evenings are advertised through the newsletter, notice boards as well as on Forthcoming Events page.

Where: Upper new hall.

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Churches Together in Balham and Upper Tooting Balham

Purpose: Its aim is to improve communication between churches, through promotion of united acts of worship, united evangelisation and community service.

Representation: There are twelve churches that meet about four times in the year although there are more of them rendering support on the periphery. Meeting place can be either at the Salvation Army, Baptist Church, Methodist Church, St Anselm's or Church of the Ascension. Each church may nominate up to three representatives in addition to the clergy.

  • Working together. Women's Day of Prayer. Lenten courses.
  • Good Friday procession of Silent Witness. Week of prayer of Christian Unity.
  • Prayer walk.
  • Service for One World Week. Holiday at home.

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The South London Interfaith group works in partnership with other interfaith groups in South London. Membership is open to all individuals living or working in the South London area.

By arranging events especially of a social cultural or religious kind, solidarity is encouraged between members, guests and other visitors. Meetings are held on the last Thursday of the month at lunch time. Its aim is to learn about each other's belief and practice. Visiting different places of worship ie Zain, Korean and Buddhist temples, Hindu Mandir, Muslim Mosques, Silk Gurdwara, Jewish liberal Synagogue, Peace Pagoda and Christian Churches.


  • To spread a better knowledge of the teachings , traditions and practices of the different faith communities in the UK.
  • To advance understanding between people of different faiih groups particularly in the South London area and to overcome prejudices and ignorance concerning these faiths.
  • To be a vehicle to promote friendships between people of different faiths whether or not these people are members of the group.
  • To support each other's issues of common concern such as religious decimation and justice and peace in the community .

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A pilgrimage is a journey or search of moral or spiritual significance. Typically, it is a journey to a shrine or other location of importance to a person's beliefs.

Members of the parish community come together as pilgrims to renew their faith life at both National and International centres of devotion, such as Knock, Rome, Avila, Santiago Compostela, Lourdes and the Holy Land.

Eternal and much loved places have been visited over the years, centres of our faith and devotion - Rome in 2008, Knock in 2010, Lourdes 2011 and the Holy Land 2013. These special places signify the sites to which we, as a Church, attach great significance because they are the place of birth or death of founders or saints, the place of their "calling" or spiritual awakening. In the case of the Holy Land, it allowed us to walk in the sacred places we read in our spiritual testimony.

Our pilgrimages here in St Anselm's Parish continue the journey of faith made by the priests and laity of this Parish since its founding in 1909. Father Donovan, the first parish priest led a journey to Rome and applied to the then Pope Benedict XV for a Papal Blessing and the priests and laity have continued that journey since. We as a parish often make these journeys joined by members of St Saviours Parish, Lewisham, along with Father Chris Connor.

We advertise this in the parish newsletter and on this website.

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