G.K. Chesterton once wrote, “The difficulty in explaining 'why I am a Catholic' is that there are ten thousand reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true.”

At Our Lady's St John's Wood, we are dedicated to explaining the beauty of the Catholic faith and dispelling the many myths and misconceptions about what she actually believes. The Catholic Faith is committed to being faithful to the Holy Father and the Magisterium (teaching authority) of the Catholic Church, and dedicated to the new evangelisation and apologetics in our rich and beautiful heritage; its goal is to awaken each pursuer of Truth to the treasures of the 2000 year old Catholic Faith through prayer, study, liturgy, spirituality, music, beauty and the ongoing witness of the lives of its members both past and present.

The Catholic Church was founded by Jesus Christ and He is our eternal hope! We pray that as you search for the Truth that you will find a welcome in the journey of faith (RCIA) course as you explore God's perfect will for your life. Please contact our parish email at stjohnswood@rcdow.org.uk  to ask any questions from Father Jeff our Parish Priest, or Father Lorenzo our parish assistant.

Please do take the time to read the Apostolic Letter from Pope Benedict XVI on Faith where he reminds us:

the “door of faith” (Acts 14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church. It is possible to cross that threshold when the word of God is proclaimed and the heart allows itself to be shaped by transforming grace. To enter through that door is to set out on a journey that lasts a lifetime. It begins with baptism (cf. Rom 6:4), through which we can address God as Father, and it ends with the passage through death to eternal life, fruit of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, whose will it was, by the gift of the Holy Spirit, to draw those who believe in him into his own glory (cf. Jn 17:22). To profess faith in the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – is to believe in one God who is Love (cf. 1 Jn 4:8): the Father, who in the fullness of time sent his Son for our salvation; Jesus Christ, who in the mystery of his death and resurrection redeemed the world; the Holy Spirit, who leads the Church across the centuries as we await the Lord’s glorious return.