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Fr John William Helm RIP

With sadness, we announce the news of the death earlier today, 7th April, of Fr John William Helm. Fr John died peacefully at home, in Nazareth House, Hammersmith.

Born on 6th June 1936 and ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Westminster on 7th April 1962, today is the 58th anniversary of his ordination.

Sympathy is extended to Fr John’s family and friends, and to the clergy and parishioners of his former parishes in the diocese and to the sisters and residents at Nazareth House.

Funeral arrangements will be made in accordance with the protocols necessary due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Details of a Memorial Requiem Mass, and an obituary, will follow in due course.

We give thanks for the years of Fr John’s faithful ministry. The Communion Antiphon for the Mass of the anniversary of ordination:

The chalice of blessing that we bless

is a communion in the Blood of Christ;

and the bread that we break

Is a sharing in the Body of the Lord.


May he rest in peace. Amen.