Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. I will be visiting Madrid and I am a Catholic traveling on a budget. Can you help me find a hotel? Or can I stay at a parishioner's home?
  2. I will be visiting Madrid and I am a Catholic traveling on a budget. Can you help me find a convent or other religious house in which I can stay?
  3. I am trying to research my family tree or find somebody in Spain. Can you be my contact, translator, or make some phone calls for me?
  4. I am poor from another country and I want money for studies or a sick relative, would you help me?
  5. Can I get married at OLM?
  6. I am not a parishioner but live in Madrid. I need something. Should I email you or call?
  7. Will OLM help me get married so that I can get European Community residence?
  8. I have some great ideas for charity or a foundation. Will OLM collaborate?
  9. Can I offer you millions of dollars using the advance-fee scam?
  10. Will you baptize our baby even if we were not married in the church?
  11. How many different nationalities are represented at OLM?
  12. I need a baptismal certificate from another church, will you help me?
  13. I need to find a church in Spain. Will you help me?
  14. Is there another English-speaking church in Madrid?
  15. What is the telephone number of the English-speaking Catholic church in Barcelona?
  16. Would you host my Christian ministry group or let us use your church for a concert?
  17. Will you ask your families to open up their homes to host us as we are good Christians?
  18. Will you accept donations of furniture or old clothes?
  19. Will you help me find an English teacher for free or for very low pay? I am a priest or a very good Christian.


  1. I will be visiting Madrid and I am a Catholic traveling on a budget. Can you help me find a hotel? Or can I stay at a parishioner's home?
  2. We hope you have a great time in Madrid. Sorry, we do not have the staff available for that kind of assistance. Would you open up your home to someone you don't know who sent you an email?




  3. I will be visiting Madrid and I am a Catholic traveling on a budget. Can you help me find a convent or other religious house in which I can stay?
  4. Sorry, but those kind of requests must come from a bishop/religious superior to his/her equal in Spain.




  5. I am trying to research my family tree or find someone in Spain. Can you be my contact, translator, do some looking around, or make some phone calls for me?
  6. Sorry, but you would do best by coming to Madrid and doing your research in person. We simply don't have the resources. (Neither the time nor the finances)




  7. I am poor from another country and I want money for studies or a sick relative, would you help me?
  8. OLM has a very high percentage of immigrants in the parish. We are very sorry for your plight but we cannot help. Also, the Internet is just too full of scammers.




  9. Can I get married at OLM?
  10. Click here for information on Marriage info




  11. I am not a parishioner but live in Madrid. I need something. Should I email you or call?
  12. Neither. You should come to OLM in person on any Sunday at 11:00 AM and make your request.




  13. Will OLM help me get married so that I can get European Community residence.
  14. Absolutely not. And we warn those Europeans who marry in the church for a fee to help a non European Community Member risk incarceration.




  15. I have some great ideas for charity or a foundation. Will OLM collaborate?
  16. Sorry, our budget is modest and our church is poor. We do however accept donations, especially for our immigrant fund.




  17. Can I offer you millions of dollars for the advance-fee scam?
  18. No, please see http://419eater.com




  19. Will you baptize our baby even if we were not married in the church?
  20. Yes, please come on a Sunday and worship with us first.




  21. How many different nationalities are represented at OLM?
  22. Currently we have people from 35 different countries. You will certainly meet someone from your country here.




  23. I need a baptismal certificate from another church, will you help me?
  24. Please find the church on www.misas.org and make your request directly.




  25. I need to find a church in Spain. Will you help me?
  26. Please find the church on www.misas.org




  27. Is there another English-speaking church in Madrid?
  28. No, we are the only one. There is a parish in Barcelona but there are no other English-speaking parishes elsewhere. The Bishop of Madrid has not approved any other church for Masses in English or Catechesis in English. Once in a while, a Spanish priest tries to begin, on his own accord, a Mass in English but we hear that the end result is less than ideal.




  29. What is the telephone number of the English-speaking Catholic church in Barcelona?
  30. 932 035 539.




  31. Would you host my Christian ministry group or let us use your church for a concert?
  32. We are very sorry but we do not own our church, we use a Spanish church on a limited basis and therefore can not offer it to outside groups.


  33. Will you ask your families to open up their homes to host us as we are good Christians?
  34. Sorry, but we do not ask our families to open up their homes to people they do not know. We simply cannot be responsible.


  35. Will you accept donations of furniture or old clothes?
  36. We do not want old clothes, please throw them away, we will however accept new or very slightly used clothes. No, we cannot pick them up for you, please drop them off. It is peculiar fact of human nature that makes us think: "Well, I would never wear this anymore, it has a tear or a small stain, but it is good enough for the poor." What would Jesus say to that? Love your neighbor AS YOURSELF. The poor have the same human dignity as the rich, and we should not offer them rags. As for furniture, it depends on the quality. We are not a free moving service of junk. One family offered an entire household of furniture for "a poor family", and after it was loaded to the trucks, we realized it was junk and we had to carry it to the dump. The church lost monies as we had rented a van. We are not picky but true charity does not see the "poor" as some far away unknown face that should be deprived of human dignity.


  37. Will you help me find an English teacher for free or for very low pay? I am a priest or a very good Christian.
  38. We will try and provide you with people who are looking for work. But we ask you offer a fair wage.