Welcome to our Parish
Welcome to St Osmund's Parish, Barnes in South West London. I hope this
Site will provide you with the information you require.
In 1956, Fr Ryan opened the Church and lit the Sanctuary lamp, the red
lamp to the right of the Altar which burns day and night. Two years
later, on 26 June 1958 the Church was solemnly consecrated. This was a
singular achievement as World War II had finished just 12 years earlier;
the economic and social boom of the 1960s was yet to come and Canon Law
required that a Church had to be debt free before it could be
dedicated. Moreover our Church says to those daily passing by on foot,
by car or bus that the Catholic Community has a home in Barnes, a place
of worship built to continue the mission of Jesus Christ in our times.
Moreover, St Osmund's is a symbol of God's living Church, of which each
of us is a living stone and Christ Jesus is the cornerstone. More than
just a Church building, we are a parish community who believes that we
ourselves are God's building materials and He desires to make this whole
world his parish.
Monsignor Canon James Cronin, parish priest