Nine Minute Novena | Day 4

As we approach the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola on 31st July, please join us in praying a novena over these next 9 days from each of our Jesuit parishes in England and Scotland. 

Today's novena comes from St Francis Church, the home of the Polish Catholic Community in Willesden Green which is served by the Polish Jesuit Fathers from their house on Walm Lane. Mass in Polish is 19.30 pm each day and Sunday Morning there are several Masses.

But how did the Poles end up in North West London? To understand this we have to go back to Second World War, when many Polish people were dispersed throughout the world as allied soldiers, refugees or prisoners. After the war, over 200,000 Poles were unable to return from Britain to their native land. Some of them, including general Władysław Anders, eventually settled in London’s Willesden Green area. They initially founded a Polish Saturday school and in 1955 asked Polish Jesuits to create a chaplaincy for them. A house was bought at 182 Walm Lane and adapted as a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Mercy.

Marian devotion has been very precious for generations of Poles who have been gathering at Our Lady of Mercy chapel at Willesden Green in London for more than 60 years. To find out more about this, click here

To watch / listen to the novena, click on the link below. 

A novena is an ancient devotion consisting of 9 days of prayer - often in preparation for a feast day or for a specific intention. Click on the link below to watch the full novena.