Everything we do is rooted in prayer. We know that without it we are, and can do, nothing. We seek to be a community that is open to the Holy Spirit, listening for His voice and direction for our lives, whilst establishing deep, contemplative roots. These things nourish our sacramental life and in particular our reception of the Eucharist, the ‘source and summit’ of the Christian life.
We have developed a wonderful eight week course, called Heart Speaks to Heart: Growing in Prayer, written and delivered by Peter Asprey. The course delves deep into the Catholic tradition in order to give people a firm foundation in their life of prayer. We run this course from St Elizabeth of Portugal parish and invite others to join.
Every Sunday, at the Loretto Worship Night, we include within the evening space and time for prayer ministry. This allows us to pray intentionally for one another, to listen to the voice of God, and to invite the Holy Spirit to come upon each individual.
As the Psalmist exhorts us, "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!" (150:6). The talented musicians who are part of our community lead us in beautiful worship every week. They play an array of contemporary worship styles at our Loretto worship nights as well as serving the local Catholic parish at Mass and other events.
We are working towards recording our own music, so watch this space! We’d love to share the gifts of this team with more of you.
Since Loretto started in London, members of our community have delivered the most inspiring, challenging, and motivating talks on topics such as 'The Trap of Good Intentions’, ‘Living from Desire’, and ‘Listening to God’s Voice’.
We have found that, through practical talks, our community continues to be formed by its own members. We are planning to run formal training sessions in the near future online, at the HOME Mission Base and the parish crypt open to the public.
A strong team of volunteers from within the Loretto community has been built to help serve the youth in the parish of St Elizabeth of Portugal through small groups, Youth Alpha, and socials. It’s our hope that we will bring all our young people to the Loretto Pentecost Festival held in Salzburg in the future. We are inspired by the words of Pope Francis who said, “Dear young people, do not bury your talents, the gifts that God has given you! Do not be afraid to dream of great things!” We are dedicated to supporting the youth to develop their talents and to pursue the path of life that God is calling them to.
Loretto Helps has been established to help serve the spiritual and material needs of the homeless across Richmond and Twickenham. This initiative is being led by Naoise Grenham, a resident of the Loretto HOME, who hopes that we all can be challenged and compelled by Christ's command that whatever we do for one of the least of our brothers and sisters, we do for Him (cf. Matthew 25:40).Get in touch
One way we strive for excellence in our mission is through good design and content via our media. We endeavour to create stunning graphics for our social media pages (found here) and create eye-catching posters for our events and projects.
We believe that the work we do for our outreach should not only be high quality in content, but should also reflect high quality in its advertisement. We hope to promote contemporary, creative, and visually inspiring media that directs people’s hearts and minds towards God.