Rest in Peace
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Chris Brosnan, schoolkeeper of St Peter’s School, who recently died. Chris’ Funeral will be at St. Peter’s on Friday 27th November at 10:30 am followed by committal at New Southgate Crematorium N.11 at 12:00 noon. Please keep Chris and his family as well as our Schools’ communities in your prayers. Please note that a maximum of 30 people are allowed to attend in person and that the Mass will be livestreamed on YouTube.
National Youth Sunday
National Youth Sunday takes place this Sunday and is a unique opportunity to celebrate the role and significance of young people in the Catholic Church today, to recognise young people as a gift in the Church and affirm the contribution of young people in the Church and those who work with them.
This year the theme is Together. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every part of life. The way we live, work, study, play and pray has all changed. The most significant change has been that we have not been able to do many of those things together. There is something special about being together – being a part of a community – it is our togetherness which tells us who we are. It heals us and makes us complete.
We are called and challenged to think this weekend as a parish community about not just what our young people can do for us but what we can do to welcome, encourage and empower our young people to feel like they belong.
Let us particularly think of our young people whose preparation for First Holy Communion and Confirmation has been disrupted by the Covid-19 regulations and pray that they will soon be able to celebrate their togetherness as part of God’s family in these sacraments.
Preparing for Christmas at St Peter’s
Next Sunday, 29th November, will be the start of a new Church Year, the first Sunday of Advent and the start of our preparation to celebrate the great feast of the incarnation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in human form at Christmas. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it will be a Christmas unlike any we will have celebrated in the past. We are assuming that we will, by then, again be allowed to celebrate public acts of worship in church – but that is not certain – and that we will still only be allowed to admit 60 people to a Mass. We will announce next weekend what Masses there will be for Christmas, which will be livestreamed and the arrangements for people who would like to attend Mass in person as we guess more people will want to attend than we are allowed to accommodate.
St Peter’s & St Gildas’ School Admissions for Reception
The closing date for Reception admissions in September 2021 is Friday 15th January 2021. For other year groups we welcome applications at any time. We are so sorry that we currently are unable to offer school tours due to Coronavirus; the staff and children love welcoming visitors to our school so that they can see first-hand what a wonderful school we are, and experience the family feel that our small school has. Visit our website for information about admissions, learn more about the schools and view our Welcome Video.
Bishops’ statement on Safeguarding
In this past week the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have been holding their autumn Plenary Meeting. Following that meeting, the Bishops have issued a statement on safeguarding. In the statement, the Bishops again express their deep contrition for what has happened and the pain and damage it has caused and formally accept the recommendations made in the recent IICSA Report and in their own independent review of Safeguarding, the Elloit Review. The Bishops’ statement and Cardinal Vincent’s personal statement at a Press Conference on Friday are available on the diocesan website.
While the church is closed for public acts of worship:
Morning Prayer at 8:45am and the 9am Mass Monday to Saturday will be livestreamed on Zoom. If you wish to follow Mass on Zoom you need to email the parish at firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be sent the login details each day – please note that the login details change each day. You only need to email us once to let us know you wish to join the group. Daily Mass readings are here.
I believe that you are present in the Holy Sacrament of the altar.
I love you above all things
and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
come spiritually into my soul so that I may unite myself wholly to you
now and forever.
Holy Hour on Friday from 7pm-8pm will continue on Zoom. Please email us as above if you wish to join us.
The church will be open for private prayer on Sunday afternoons from 1pm – 3pm. Please observe the visitor rules below.
- Enter the church through the porch and sanitise your hands
- Ushers will direct people as they enter the church
- Parents should keep young children with them
- Sit only where there is a green card either as an individual, couple or family
- Follow the instructions of ushers when moving round the church and maintain social distancing
- Turn the green card over to red when you leave
- Sanitise your hands and move away from the church on leaving