At Divine Saviour, we are proud to serve the parishes of St Saviour's Abbots Langley and Our Lady, Mother of the Saviour Chipperfield. Fr. Richard Mway (SDS) is parish priest across both parishes, as well as being a foundation governor, our Religious Education and Catholic Life link governor and regular visitor to our school. Please see below about what it means to some of the young parishioners in our school to belong their parish communities:
St Saviour's Parish
'Abbots Langley Roman Catholic parish is part of the Watford Deanery of the Westminster Diocese. The Society of the Divine Saviour (The Salvatorians) founded the Church in 1928. The church as it is seen today was built much later and was consecrated in 1963.
The current parish priest of St. Saviours is Fr. Paul. Fr. Paul is a kind and considerate parish priest. He knows us all by name and he always has a welcoming smile when he visits our school. Together, Fr. Paul and the parish of St Saviour's are a curial part of our school community. They often offer their hearts and prayers to help us in any way they can and love to hear updates about what we are up to from Fr. Paul.
St. Saviours is a caring, kind and social community who are supportive to one another. There are strong bonds between all who attend mass at this parish and it feels like a second family to us all. Many of us who attend Divine Saviour School also are active members of this parish who altar serve or read at mass. All are welcome at St. Saviours and new members are invited in with love and open arms.
For us, when Fr. Paul opens the doors to the church he is also opening his heart to us. The parish of St. Saviours has played a big part in our school and personal life. For Alice, St. Saviours offers her a sense of security. She feels that she can go at any time to the Church and will always feel like it is part of who she is. She was baptised there and also made her First Holy Communion at the parish. She has been an altar server for over 3 years and feels that each time she walks through to door she is privileged to serve in such a wonderful church. For Ciara, St. Saviours offers her an extended family – she feels that if ever she is lost or uncertain, the members of the parish can help support her to find her way and seek comfort in God. The Parish is a big part of her own family and feels that is almost part of who they are as a family.'
Written by Ciara and Alice (Year 6, 2016-17)
Our Lady Mother of the Saviour Parish
'One of our parishes which we serve at Divine Saviour is Our Lady, Mother of the Saviour, also known as Chipperfield Church.
The Parish of Chipperfield is situated in the Watford Deanery, serving the local areas of Chipperfield, Kings Langley, Bovingdon and Sarratt; it is part of the Diocese of Westminster. The parish is served by the Society of the Divine Saviour (Salvatorians) and we share our parish priest with the neighbouring parish of Abbots Langley.
At Chipperfield Church everyone is welcome. The priests of this parish are Father Paul, Father John and Father Noel. They are all very welcoming and kind to every person who is part of this church community. They know the members of their parish very well and always take time to talk to us and ask how our week has been.
The parish community is very close at Chipperfield Church. For many, they have attended this church for a number of years and strong relationships have formed because of this. For Niall, Chipperfield parish offers a second family to rely on. He has attended this church since birth and known the members of the parish very well. It was at this parish that Niall was baptised, made his frst confession and also made his First Holy Communion. He loves the sense of community and feels so welcomed and loved by all. He likes that he always has people to talk to and people who care about what he has been up to. For Darcey, Chipperfield parish is a big part of her family life. Her parents have attended this church for a number of years and Darcey has attended this parish since birth. She says that she always feels comfortable and at ease when attended mass or parish events at Chipperfield Church. Darcey thinks that the parish priests are so very kind and she likes that they know her by name.
Our masses take place on Saturday at 6:30 and on Sundays at 10:00am. There are also some weekday masses on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10.00am.'
Written by Darcey and Niall (Year 6, 2016-17)
For further details about the Parishes of St Saviours and Our Lady, Mother of the Saviour please click on the links below: