Fr David with the Pope

Revd David Camilleri

I was born on the Mediterranean island of Malta. My parents’ names were the late Edward and Josephine.

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PPC Meeting

Key Individuals

If you would like to get in touch with the Parish, here are some key individuals that you may wish to contact.

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Parish History

A brief history of St James the Great, 1937 – 1946 Catholics have worshipped in Petts Wood since 1937 and in a variety of venues.

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St James Church parish is delighted to announce a road map towards the re-opening of our church for mass attendance.

This will be an emergent plan predicated upon the continuing reduction of Covid-19 cases in our local community, a continuing assessment of the risk factors involved, and the partnership in good faith and action (including respecting social distancing requirements and respect for Fr David and the ushers in doing this) by parishioners attending mass.

We will re-open firstly for weekday masses (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays) starting Tuesday 2nd March. As before, parishioners will need to book via the parish office to attend a mass (bookings will be allowed for up to one week in advance, and capacity will be capped to support capacity planning and track and trace as required by Government during this time following the 2-meter rule)

We aim to re-open for weekend mass attendance from Palm Sunday, provided the improvement in Covid-19 cases continues and parishioners are respecting social distancing rules during attendance at church.

Updates on progress toward this key milestone will be provided during March.

Following the re-opening of the church for masses, we are asking you to follow the guidance below for the safety and wellbeing of everyone.

        • Please wear a facemask and sanitize your hands, on arrival and when leaving the church.

        • Please follow the usher to your designated seat. The ushers will also advise you when to go up to receive communion.

        • If you would like a candle lit, please advise an usher before being taken to your seat.

        • The ushers will invite you to leave at the end of Mass.

CAFOD Lent Family Fast Day

Friday 26 February 2021

This Friday we are asked, by the bishops of England and Wales, to make one of our meals simple.  What we save is then offered to CAFOD and this year they will use it to help people facing the problem of water shortages in places like Ethiopia.  Like us they also suffer from COVID-19, so let’s come together to help the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world survive, rebuild and heal.  Please pray for all those affected and use one of the donation methods below.

Make a bank transfer to the parish account RCAS St James Petts Wood, a/c no 13204297, sort code 60-08-14,

with reference CAFOD/(gift aid donor number)/(surname) or simply CAFOD if not gift aiding.

Follow this link (gift aid option available).

Please watch this 3 minute video to see how our generosity will enable CAFOD to help those less fortunate than ourselves:

One of our JPIC members, Nick Babb, is doing the CAFOD Walk for Water challenge and you can sponsor him at:

Thank you, JPIC Group.

(Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation)

Lenten Special – Pathways to Christ’s Passion

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For everyone the coronavirus lockdown means a period of uncertainty and financial instability. In the parish, as in every household, the bills continue to arrive and have to be paid even though our income has been cut dramatically.


We, therefore, encourage those of you who can to continue supporting us financially.


We appreciate your ongoing support of our parish community. Your financial support is needed if we are to bear witness to the gospel message through our worship, ministries, formation and care for God’s people. You may use this option to contribute. Thank you.


Please contact the Parish on 01689 827100 or