Notices – 10th December

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The Advent Wreath

The symbolism of the wreath is beautiful. The various evergreens signify continuous life and have traditional meanings. The laurel signifies victory over persecution and suffering; pine and holly immortality. Holly also reminds us of the crown of thorns. The circle of the wreath, which has no beginning or end, symbolizes the eternity of God, the immortality of the soul, and the everlasting life found in Christ. The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent. The purple candles symbolize the prayer, penance, and preparatory sacrifices and good works undertaken at this time. The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, the Sunday of rejoicing, because the faithful have arrived at the midpoint of Advent, when their preparation is now half over and they are close to Christmas. The progressive lighting of the candles symbolizes the expectation and hope surrounding our Lord’s first coming into the world and the anticipation of His second coming to judge the living and the dead. The light again signifies Christ, the Light of the world.

First Holy Communion and Confirmation preparation

See the ‘Preparing for the Sacraments’ section below for information about forthcoming meetings.

First Holy Communion – We welcome all 63 children commencing the First Holy Communion programme, and their families, to the Enrolment Mass at 11:15am this Sunday. Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation in March 2018 and First Holy Communion in May 2018.

Preparation classes commence this weekend/Monday/Tuesday. Parents have been sent an email confirming details of their child’s class times. If you have not received this, please first check your “Junk mail folder”, then email: firstcommunion@stpeterinchains.com

Confirmation – Our Confirmation candidates will be serving teas/coffees/cakes today, 10th December after the morning Masses, to raise funds for their chosen charity. They will be enrolled on the programme next Sunday, 17th, at the 11:15am Mass.

Christmas Violin Concert

Duo Klier and their students will be performing in church on Thursday 14th December at 6pm in aid of the church development project and SEEDs. Free entrance. Teas/coffees/snacks will be on sale.

Christmas Services at St Peter’s

Details of Masses from Christmas to New Year Masses plus our Parish Reconciliation Service and other opportunities to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession at St Peter’s or at other Deanery Parishes can be found here.

Schools’ Christmas Market

The Friends of St Peter’s/St Gildas’ Schools are holding their Christmas Market on Sunday, 17th December, from 12pm-3pm at St Gildas’ School. Come along and join in the fun of this special event. Entrance on Tregaron Avenue. All welcome!

Christmas Endowments

The display of personal memories of parishioners’ loved ones will again decorate the church pillars this Christmas. If you would like to especially remember someone this Christmas, please fill out a form (on the newsletter stand at the back of the church) and hand it in to the Parish Office in an envelope with a £5 donation (£8 for 2 endowments) no later than Friday, 22nd December.

Olajide Olaniran RIP

The funeral Mass of Olajide Olaniran RIP will take place here at St Peter’s on Wednesday, 20th December at 11am followed by burial at Islington Cemetery, 1pm. Please keep Gabriella and her family in your prayers at this time. Please note there will be no 9am Mass on that day.

Parish Draw Results

1st 81, 2nd 4 & 3rd 122 (AE6L MM4R White)

Other notices

Priest Surgery and signing of school forms – See Fr Sean without an appointment, Tuesday 12th December, 5pm-7pm at the Presbytery.

Parish Carols for CAFOD – Wednesday, 20th December at 7:30pm in church, with a retiring collection for CAFOD, followed by mulled wine and mince pies. There is a Rehearsal on Tuesday, 12th December, 8:10pm at Holy Trinity Church.

Eucharistic Ministers – If you will be celebrating Christmas here at St Peter’s, please put your name on the rota sheet that can be found on the Newsletter stand. We would like to welcome 20 new Eucharistic Ministers. Andrew at the Saturday 6:30pm Mass; Patrick at 9:45am; Declan, Lisa, Daniel. Yessica, Ha, Helga, Theresa, Kaveeta, Anthony, Dominic, Sabrina, Peter, Claire, Ryan, Mary and Anastasia at the 11:15am Family Mass and Peter and John at the 7pm Sunday evening Mass. If we do not have an email address for you, please collect the rota for January and February from the Newsletter stand. If you have not received a rota and we do have your email address, please contact steve@stevebethell.co.uk!

Carols at the Clocktower – Join Churches Together in Hornsey to sing Christmas Carols at the Broadway Clock Tower on Saturday, 16th December, 11:15am-12noon. All Welcome!

CAFOD World Gift Catalogue – now available! Catalogues are available at the back of the church, and you can also buy the gifts online.

Admission to Reception Class for September 2018 – If your child reaches the age of 4 between 1/9/2017 and 31/8/2018 you can apply for a Reception place at St. Peter-in-Chains RC Infant School, Elm Grove, London N8 9AJ. Tours of the school are available on Thursdays at 2pm. Please contact Mrs Gaudiano on 020 8340 6789 for further information or to book a place. Supplementary information forms are available from the school office or can be downloaded from the school website.

Pope Francis and the Evangelising Mission of the Church – with Brian Purfield. This talk will explore some of the key themes of the papacy of Pope Francis, with particular focus on the theme of evangelisation and the Pope’s call for a Church of missionary disciples and a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ. Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 7:00-8:30pm at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London SW1P 1QN. Registration is required. Email at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk and include your name and the date of the event. If you do not have an Internet access, please leave a voice message at 020 7931 6078. Suggested donation £4 per talk.

Diocesan Year Book – Copies of the 2018 Year Book are available on the newsletter stand priced £4.50.

Diocesan Job Vacancies – Please visit http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/ to view all vacancies.

Thank you for your Sunday offerings. Giving by text – You can give the Parish £5 by texting “Parish STROG” to 70800.

Newsletter deadline: – please submit items for the Newsletter before midday on Thursday. Note that pressure of space means items may have to be edited.

Preparing for the Sacraments

Meetings are held in Lower Parish Rooms unless shown otherwise. Please arrive 5 minutes early to ensure sessions start and finish on time.

CONFIRMATION PROGRAMME
GROUP MEETS:
– Sunday, 10 Dec after morning Masses to serve teas, coffees and cakes in the Parish Rooms
– Wednesday, 13 Dec at 7pm
– Sunday 17 Dec, 11:15am, Enrolment Mass – Church

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PROGRAMME– “I belong”
Note: ‘s/h’ – school holidays
SATURDAY CLASSES: – 9, 16 Dec, s/h, 13 Jan
Classes 1 & 2 – 9:30-10:30am
SUNDAY CLASSES: – 10, 17 Dec, s/h, 14 Jan
Class 3 – 10-11am
Class 4 – 10-11am – Presbytery
MONDAY CLASSES: – 11, 18 Dec, s/h, 15 Jan
Class 5 – 3:45-4:45pm
Class 6 – 5:30-6:30pm
TUESDAY CLASSES: – 12, 19 Dec, s/h, 16 Jan
Class 7 – 5:30-6:30pm

ENROLMENT MASS for all parents and children taking part in the programme
SUNDAY 10th DEC – 11:15am – Church

Please pray for:

Those in the Parish who are ill:
Rose Carroll, Christian Overal, Antonio Neto, Zintra Sansom, Maria Graham, Brenda Buzec, Amy Gordon, Annette Donivar, Margaret Bradley, Caroline Hilton, Karin Summers, Graham Summers, Joan Summers, Alex Robertson, Helen Kozlowski, Lena Cavaciuti, Don Brewis, Roman Cholij, Adeline Oyekoya, Maria Kuczwalski, Mary Wallace, Bruna Moia, Sister Pia, Margaret Whelan, Kitty Madden, Ann O’Grady, Clare Bruce, Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP, Brendan Whelan, Claire Marchand, Jemma Francis, Mike Coombes, Joel Maitre, Grace Taylor, David and Pamela Roberts, Mira Lidstone, Sr Ann Heaney, Sr Margaret Begley, Sr Patricia O’Sullivan, & Fr David Williamson.

Home Visits – If you are sick or housebound and would like to receive Communion please let the parish priest know so that he can arrange for a Eucharistic Minister to visit you at home.

In Hospital – If you or anyone you know is going into hospital, please register as a Catholic with the hospital staff and let your Parish Priest know if you wish him to visit.

Those recently deceased:
Canon Louis Russell Thomas, Mgr George Tutto, Fr John Leahy SS.CC, Olajide Olaniran, Thomas Callaghan & Mrs Agnes McAleenan (Bishop Paul McAleenan’s mother) RIP.

Service times and Mass intentions

SUNDAY 10TH DECEMBER – 2nd Sunday of Advent (B)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Margaret Nowell RIP
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. John O’Donovan RIP
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Margaret Kinsella RIP
7:00pm – MASS – Int. Tom Phelan RIP (Birthday)

Weekday Masses – Advent, Week 2: Daily Prayer – Week 2

MONDAY 11TH DECEMBER
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Elizabeth Brooks

TUESDAY 12TH DECEMBER
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Mary Healy RIP

WEDNESDAY 13TH DECEMBER – St Lucy, Virgin & Martyr
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Mira Lidstone

THURSDAY 14TH DECEMBER – St John of the Cross, Priest & Doctor
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Holy Souls

FRIDAY 15TH DECEMBER
9:00am* – MASS Int. Nev Edwards RIP
7:30pm – HOLY HOUR – Lower Parish Rooms

SATURDAY 16TH DECEMBER
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Brian Hannon (Get Well)
9:30am-10:00am – CONFESSIONS
9:30am-10:00am – EXPOSITION & BENEDICTION
6:00pm-6:20pm – CONFESSIONS

SUNDAY 17TH DECEMBER – 3rd Sunday of Advent (B)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Donor’s
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. Mary & Joseph Doyle RIP (Anniv)
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. James & Mary-Ellen Ewings
7:00pm – MASS – Int. Ema-Leigh Dingivan RIP (Anniv)

9:00am* – preceded by Morning Prayer at 8:45am
The Liturgical Calendar of feasts can be found here

Diary

Meetings are in Lower Parish Rooms unless shown otherwise

TUESDAY 12TH DECEMBER
10:00 – LIFE ASCENDING GROUP
5:00pm-7:00pm – PRIEST SURGERY – Presbytery – See Fr Sean without an appointment

WEDNESDAY 13th DECEMBER
7:30pm – LEGION OF MARY – Presbytery

THURSDAY 14TH DECEMBER
11:00am-1:30pm – THURSDAYS TOGETHER – meet your neighbours for a friendly chat, light lunch available – Holy Trinity Church Hall
7:00pm-9:00pm – LECTIO DIVINA – Sisters of Sion, 63 Mount View Road

FRIDAY 15TH DECEMBER
1:40pm – UNDER 5s PLAYGROUP – St Peter’s School Hall, Elm Grove

Rotas

SOUP RUN: – Saturday 9th December – 4pm & 6pm – Team D
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 9th/10th December – Theresa Quinn

2ND SUNDAY OF ADVENT (B)
Saturday/Sunday 9th/10th December
READERS:

6:30pm (Sat) – Steve Bethell
9:45am 1st Reading: – Therese Moloney 2nd Reading: – Claire Kennedy
7:00pm – Helen Helmer
Readings:
1st – Isaiah 40:1-5.9-11; 64:1.3-8; 2nd – 2 Peter 3:8-14; Gospel – Mark 1:1-8
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:
6:30pm (Sat) Claire Carballo, David Fleming, Emer Hughes
9:45am Barbara Cotter, Carol Phillips, Gabriella Olaniran, Gertrude Jones, Jim Donoghue
11:15am Mary Chambers, Mary Halliday, Michael Buchanan, Sam Carson, William Carson
7:00pm Paul Stone, Pedro Daniel, Ruben Ferreira

COUNTING: – Sunday 10th December – 6:45pm – Team B
COUNTING: – Monday 11th December – 9:30am – Team B

SOUP RUN: – Saturday 16th December – 4pm & 6pm – Team A
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 16th/17th December – Susan Fleming

3RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT (B)
Saturday/Sunday 16th/17th December
READERS:

6:30pm (Sat) – Alex Derbyshire
9:45am 1st Reading: – Marianne Law 2nd Reading: – Martin Whitaker
7:00pm – Chris Beasley
Readings:
1st – Isaiah 61:1-2.10-11; 64:1.3-8; 2nd – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; Gospel – John 1:6-8.19-28
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:
6:30pm (Sat) Jacqueline O’Shea, Laura Alyousif, Patricia Hannon
9:45am Josephine Bobb, Lesley Pippet, Margaret Forkan, Sr Odile Mahe, Regina Fleming
11:15am Anna Maria Fernandez, Gianni Gagnier, Grace Brimacombe-Rand, Helen Bligh, Jenny Coleman
7:00pm Daniel Lloyd-Morgan, Fiona Stone, Kathy McHale

COUNTING: – Monday 18th December – 9:30am – Team C

Notices – 3rd December

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Advent

This weekend we begin the Season of Advent, our preparation for Christmas. It is also the beginning of a new church year when on Sundays we will be listening principally to the gospel of St Mark; this is referred to liturgically as ‘Year B’. During Advent there will be a number of Prayer Vigils and other events – see notice below – which are a wonderful way to begin the season of Advent. Also, have a look at the website for Joan Griffiths’ introduction to St Mark’s Gospel. Spending time before the Blessed Sacrament is an ideal way to prepare for Christmas. We have our Holy Hour on Friday evenings, 7:30-8:30pm and Exposition from 9:30-10am on Saturday mornings.

South Tottenham Refugee Alliance

The group meets again this Thursday, 7th December, 7-8:30pm, at St John Vianney, West Green Road. We are getting down to allocating volunteers for particular parts of this project to house a Syrian or Iraqi refugee family. New volunteers are more than welcome. If you want details of what has happened so far, please contact Fr David Walter, 0208 800 8374 or dardaghwalter@gmail.com.

Olajide Olaniran RIP

It is with sadness we learnt of the death of Olajide, Gabriella Olaniran’s husband last week. Details of his funeral have not been finalised but will be published shortly. Please keep Gabriella and her family in your prayers at this time.

Father Gabriel Deshayes

On the 6th December it is 250 years since the birth of Gabriel Deshayes the founder of the the Sisters of Christian Instruction. On this special day we give thanks for the life of Gabriel Deshayes and for the ardent work he began. We ask God’s blessing on the many religious Congregations that keep Fr. Gabriel’s work and mission alive throughout the world today.

Ecumenical Advent Service

Sunday 3rd December, 6pm at Holy Trinity Church, Granville Road. Followed by mince pies and mulled wine. A lovely way to start Advent. All welcome.

Carols for CAFOD

Anyone wishing to sing in this year’s Carols for CAFOD service at St Peter-in-Chains on Wednesday, 20th December is invited to a rehearsal at Holy Trinity Church this Friday, 8th December at 7:30pm. Please ring Irena for further details (0208 340 2051).

Parish Draw Tickets

Tickets will be on sale this weekend 2nd/3rd December after all Masses.

Preparing for the Sacraments

See the ‘Preparing for the Sacraments’ section below for information about this week’s meetings.

The Confirmation candidates will be serving teas/coffees/cakes next Sunday, 10th December after the morning Masses, to raise funds for their chosen charity.

First Holy Communion 2018 – All children and their families should attend the Enrolment Mass next Sunday 10th December at 11:15am. Each child’s name will be read out, and the child will be presented with a crucifix by Fr Sean. Parents have now been sent an email confirming their child’s class arrangements. Please contact firstcommunion@stpeterinchains.com if you have not received this email (we recommend you first check junk / spam / trash folders).

Other notices

Priest Surgery and signing of school forms – See Fr Sean without an appointment, Tuesday 5th December, 5pm-7pm at the Presbytery.

Accommodation needed – single very responsible working mum and 14-year old son seeking accommodation as present contract ending soon. Ideally 2-bed self-contained but would consider sharing with similar family. Excellent references available. Please email kit.greveson@gmail.com or call 07507 138582 for further information.

Carols at the Clocktower – Join Churches Together in Hornsey to sing Christmas Carols at the Broadway Clock Tower on Saturday, 16th December, 11:15am-12noon. All Welcome!

CAFOD World Gift Catalogue – Stuck for a Christmas present for friends or family who don’t need anything, but might appreciate a gift which helps poor communities to access services like basic healthcare, clean water, and education? CAFOD offers great alternative gifts and provides you with a certificate detailing what has been given to a community overseas on your behalf. Take a catalogue home from church or shop online.

Admission to Reception Class for September 2018 – If your child reaches the age of 4 between 1/9/2017 and 31/8/2018 you can apply for a Reception place at St. Peter-in-Chains RC Infant School, Elm Grove, London N8 9AJ. Tours of the school are available on Thursdays at 2pm. Please contact Mrs Gaudiano on 020 8340 6789 for further information or to book a place. Supplementary information forms are available from the school office or can be downloaded from the school website.

Supporting Catholic Education – Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them? Then we need you to make your voice heard. The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it; now we need you to tell them not to u-turn on their promise to Catholics. Visit http://catholicnews.org.uk/ or search for ‘Catholic Education’ in your search engine to write to the Government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools.

Pope Francis and the Evangelising Mission of the Church – with Brian Purfield. This talk will explore some of the key themes of the papacy of Pope Francis, with particular focus on the theme of evangelisation and the Pope’s call for a Church of missionary disciples and a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ. Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 7:00-8:30pm at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London SW1P 1QN. Registration is required. Email at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk and include your name and the date of the event. If you do not have an Internet access, please leave a voice message at 020 7931 6078. Suggested donation £4 per talk.

Lourdes Christmas Concert – Thursday 7th December 2017, 7:00pm at the Church of Our Lady of Victories, High Street, Kensington. The Lourdes pilgrimage relies on donations and fundraising efforts and events in order to help less able pilgrims and their carers to participate in the pilgrimage and be provided with appropriate medical and volunteer support. This year’s Lourdes Christmas Concert fundraiser event is followed by a Reception but please note that admission to both the event and the Reception is by pre-booked ticket only. Please see notice board for further details.

Diocesan Year Book – Copies of the 2018 Year Book are available on the newsletter stand priced £4.50.

Diocesan Job Vacancies – Please visit http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/ to view all vacancies.

Thank you for your Sunday offerings. Giving by text – You can give the Parish £5 by texting “Parish STROG” to 70800.

Newsletter deadline: – please submit items for the Newsletter before midday on Thursday. Note that pressure of space means items may have to be edited.

Preparing for the Sacraments

Meetings are held in Lower Parish Rooms unless shown otherwise. Please arrive 5 minutes early to ensure sessions start and finish on time.

CONFIRMATION PROGRAMME
GROUP MEETS:
– Wednesday, 6th Dec at 7pm
– Sunday, 10th December after morning Masses to serve teas, coffees and cakes

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PROGRAMME– “I belong”
SATURDAY CLASSES: – 9th Dec
Classes 1 & 2 – 9:30-10:30am
SUNDAY CLASSES: – 10th Dec
Class 3 – 10-11am
Class 4 – 10-11am – Presbytery
MONDAY CLASSES: – 11th Dec
Class 5 – 3:45-4:45pm
Class 6 – 5:30-6:30pm
TUESDAY CLASSES: – 12th Dec
Class 7 – 5:30-6:30pm

ENROLMENT MASS for all parents and children taking part in the programme
SUNDAY 10th DEC – 11:15am – Church

Please pray for:

Those in the Parish who are ill:
Rose Carroll, Christian Overal, Antonio Neto, Zintra Sansom, Maria Graham, Brenda Buzec, Amy Gordon, Annette Donivar, Margaret Bradley, Caroline Hilton, Karin Summers, Graham Summers, Joan Summers, Alex Robertson, Helen Kozlowski, Lena Cavaciuti, Don Brewis, Roman Cholij, Adeline Oyekoya, Maria Kuczwalski, Mary Wallace, Bruna Moia, Sister Pia, Margaret Whelan, Kitty Madden, Ann O’Grady, Clare Bruce, Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP, Brendan Whelan, Claire Marchand, Jemma Francis, Mike Coombes, Joel Maitre, Grace Taylor, David and Pamela Roberts, Mira Lidstone, Sr Ann Heaney, Sr Margaret Begley, Sr Patricia O’Sullivan, & Fr David Williamson.

Home Visits – If you are sick or housebound and would like to receive Communion please let the parish priest know so that he can arrange for a Eucharistic Minister to visit you at home.

In Hospital – If you or anyone you know is going into hospital, please register as a Catholic with the hospital staff and let your Parish Priest know if you wish him to visit.

Those recently deceased:
Canon Louis Russell Thomas, Mgr George Tutto, Fr John Leahy SS.CC, Olajide Olaniran & Thomas Callaghan RIP.

Service and Mass intentions

SUNDAY 3RD DECEMBER – 1st Sunday of Advent (B)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Stevie Tracey RIP (Anniv)
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. John Ahern RIP
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Charlie Doyle RIP
7:00pm – MASS – Int. Mary Luddy RIP

Weekday Masses – Advent, Week 1: Daily Prayer – Week 1

MONDAY 4TH DECEMBER
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Christina Bosha RIP

TUESDAY 5TH DECEMBER
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Elizabeth Brooks RIP

WEDNESDAY 6TH DECEMBER
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Margaret Daly RIP (Anniv)

THURSDAY 7TH DECEMBER – St Ambrose, Bishop & Doctor
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Olajide Olaniran RIPr

FRIDAY 8TH DECEMBER – The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Patron of the Diocese
9:00am* – MASS Int. Frank Cantillon RIP
7:30pm – HOLY HOUR – Lower Parish Rooms

SATURDAY 9TH DECEMBER
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Antoniou Kyriakos (Sick)
9:30am-10:00am – CONFESSIONS
9:30am-10:00am – EXPOSITION & BENEDICTION
6:00pm-6:20pm – CONFESSIONS

SUNDAY 10TH DECEMBER – 2nd Sunday of Advent (B)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Margaret Nowell RIP
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. John O’Donovan RIP
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Margaret Kinsella RIP
7:00pm – MASS – Int. Tom Phelan RIP (Birthday)

9:00am* – preceded by Morning Prayer at 8:45am
The Liturgical Calendar of feasts can be found here

Diary

Meetings are in Lower Parish Rooms unless shown otherwise

TUESDAY 5TH DECEMBER
5:00pm-7:00pm – PRIEST SURGERY – Presbytery – See Fr Sean without an appointment

WEDNESDAY 6th DECEMBER
7:30pm – LEGION OF MARY – Presbytery

THURSDAY 7TH DECEMBER
11:00am-1:30pm – THURSDAYS TOGETHER – meet your neighbours for a friendly chat, light lunch available – Holy Trinity Church Hall
7:00pm-9:00pm – LECTIO DIVINA – Sisters of Sion, 63 Mount View Road

FRIDAY 8TH DECEMBER
1:40pm – UNDER 5s PLAYGROUP – St Peter’s School Hall, Elm Grove

Rotas

SOUP RUN: – Saturday 2nd December – 4pm & 6pm – Team C
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 2nd/3rd December – Ann Hughes

1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (B)
Saturday/Sunday 2nd/3rd December
READERS:

6:30pm (Sat) – Alex Derbyshire
9:45am 1st Reading: – Harriet Mackie 2nd Reading: – Mags Kelly
7:00pm – Fiona Stone
Readings:
1st – Isaiah 63:16-17; 64:1.3-8; 2nd – 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Gospel – Mark 13:24-37
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:
6:30pm (Sat) Alice Fidler, Ann Hughes, Catherine Sexton
9:45am Sr Odile Mahe, Regina Fleming, Sheila Doyle, Sr Anne Hogan, Anthony Pippet
11:15am Jenny Coleman, Katherine Quinn, Kathleen McGrath, Kayte Brimacombe, Maria Gagnier
7:00pm Mary Maloney, Michael Woods, Nena Whitehead

COUNTING: – Monday 4th December – 9:30am – Team A

SOUP RUN: – Saturday 9th December – 4pm & 6pm – Team D
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 9th/10th December – Theresa Quinn

2ND SUNDAY OF ADVENT (B)
Saturday/Sunday 9th/10th December
READERS:

6:30pm (Sat) – Steve Bethell
9:45am 1st Reading: – Therese Moloney 2nd Reading: – Claire Kennedy
7:00pm – Helen Helmer
Readings:
1st – Isaiah 40:1-5.9-11; 64:1.3-8; 2nd – 2 Peter 3:8-14; Gospel – Mark 1:1-8
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:
6:30pm (Sat) Claire Carballo, David Fleming, Emer Hughes
9:45am Barbara Cotter, Carol Phillips, Gabriella Olaniran, Gertrude Jones, Jim Donoghue
11:15am Mary Chambers, Mary Halliday, Michael Buchanan, Sam Carson, William Carson
7:00pm Paul Stone, Pedro Daniel, Ruben Ferreira

COUNTING: – Sunday 10th December – 6:45pm – Team B
COUNTING: – Monday 11th December – 9:30am – Team B

A Brief Introduction to the Gospel of Mark

In the three-year cycle of Gospels read at Mass, Year B is Mark, the shortest of the four gospels. After reading the introductions in the dozen commentaries at hand with all their differences, I did not feel like writing even a ‘brief ‘one. Yet some background is useful for those who come to the book fresh, or have forgotten details from the last Year B. What Mark seems to call for is – just read Mark. The whole Gospel can be gone through in one sitting, and that is something I recommend doing sometime during this liturgical year. Get your sense of what Mark set out to do, what picture he paints of Jesus. Continue reading A Brief Introduction to the Gospel of Mark

The Advent Wreath

Originally posted on 27th November 2010
The Advent wreath is part of our long-standing Catholic tradition. However, the actual origins are uncertain. There is evidence of pre-Christian Germanic peoples using wreathes with lit candles during the cold and dark December days as a sign of hope in the future warm and extended-sunlight days of Spring. In Scandinavia during Winter, lighted candles were placed around a wheel, and prayers were offered to the god of light to turn “the wheel of the earth” back toward the sun to lengthen the days and restore warmth. Continue reading The Advent Wreath

Scripture notes – 1st Sunday of Advent – Year B – 3rd December 2017

The Church liturgical year begins not with the civil year on January 1, but four weeks before the Feast of Christmas. Advent is derived from the Latin words meaning ‘coming to’. Is a time of preparation for celebrating the coming of Jesus on earth, and also still looking towards his ‘Second Coming’ at the end of time. The first Sunday of the year has the same message as the last – how Christians are to act while waiting for the return of our Lord and Saviour.

Year B focuses on St Mark but we do not start today at the beginning of that Gospel. Continue reading Scripture notes – 1st Sunday of Advent – Year B – 3rd December 2017

Notices – 26th November – Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

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Advent

Next Sunday, 3rd December, we begin the Season of Advent – our preparation for Christmas. It is also the beginning of a new church year when on Sundays we will be listening principally to the gospel of St Mark; this is referred to liturgically as ‘Year B’. During Advent there will be a number of Prayer Vigils and other events – see notice below – which are a wonderful way to begin the season of Advent. Also keep an eye on the website for Joan Griffiths’ introduction to St Mark’s Gospel. An ideal way to prepare for Advent would be to spend time before the Blessed Sacrament, we also have our Holy Hour on Friday evenings, 7:30-8:30pm.

‘Love not in word but in deed’ – thoughts on the World Day of the Poor

In his message inaugurating last Sunday’s World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis proposed a more radical approach to the poor calling us to go beyond charitable giving, important though it is, and listen to the voice of the poor.

We are called to draw near to the poor, to encounter them, to meet their gaze…..Their outstretched hand is also an invitation to step out of our certainties and comforts…

So perhaps, as well as supporting CAFOD World Gifts, we can look for other ways to help those in need – the parish Soup Run, SEEDs, the project to house a Syrian refugee…

‘Black Friday’

Best quote seen on ‘Black Friday’

The best things in life aren’t things.

Coming Up at Holy Trinity Church, Granville Road

This Sunday 26th at 6pm there is a Taizé Service. On Tuesday, 28th November the Crouch End Singers will be giving a short concert of seasonal music at 8:15pm with free entrance, retiring collection and seasonal refreshments. Next Sunday, 3rd December, Holy Trinity will be holding their annual Advent Service, also at 6pm, followed by mulled wine and mince pies. Everyone welcome.

SEEDs Saturday Club

SEEDs welcomes people with learning disabilities, their families and friends and meets next Saturday, 2nd December, 2-4pm at St Peter’s School Hall. Everyone welcome.

Soup Run

The parish Soup Run urgently needs sandwich makers for the weekly rotas. Help once a month on a Saturday at 3:45pm for 2 hours maximum. Contact Kit on 07507 138582 / 0208 340 0557 / kit.greveson@gmail.com.

Parish Draw Results

1st 2, 2nd 16 & 3rd 140 (Orange AB2VNM4R)

Preparing for the Sacraments

See the ‘Preparing for the Sacraments’ section below for information about this week’s meetings.

The Confirmation group sessions will commence this coming Wednesday, 29th November at 7pm in the lower parish rooms. The full programme will be outlined at this meeting.

First Holy Communion 2018 – We have accepted 63 applications for this year’s programme. To accommodate the increase in numbers, there will be 7 classes of 9 children. Thanks to all parents and catechists who attended the meeting on Tuesday. Parents will receive an email confirming their child’s class arrangements shortly. Please contact firstcommunion@stpeterinchains.com if you do not receive an email by Sunday 3rd December.

Class details and details of the Enrolment Mass can be found in the ‘Preparing for the Sacraments’ section below. Parents should always check this section as it is where regular information about the programme will be published each week.

Other notices

Priest Surgery and signing of school forms – See Fr Sean without an appointment, Tuesday 28th November, 5pm-7pm at the Presbytery.

Accommodation needed – single very responsible working mum and 14-year old son seeking accommodation as present contract ending soon. Ideally 2-bed self-contained but would consider sharing with similar family. Excellent references available. Please email kit.greveson@gmail.com or call 07507 138582 for further information.

“Add some sparkle to your marriage” – that’s the title for an event for young (and youngish) married couples to be held in the Abbey Hall on Saturday afternoon 2nd December – starting at 2:30pm and ending with a Mass and renewal of wedding vows. Contact the Ealing Abbey Parish Office for details or to book. parishoffice@ealingabbey.org.uk

Admission to Reception Class for September 2018 – If your child reaches the age of 4 between 1/9/2017 and 31/8/2018 you can apply for a Reception place at St. Peter-in-Chains RC Infant School, Elm Grove, London N8 9AJ. Tours of the school are available on Thursdays at 2pm. Please contact Mrs Gaudiano on 020 8340 6789 for further information or to book a place. Supplementary information forms are available from the school office or can be downloaded from the school website.

Supporting Catholic Education – Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them? Then we need you to make your voice heard. The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it; now we need you to tell them not to u-turn on their promise to Catholics. Visit http://catholicnews.org.uk/ or search for ‘Catholic Education’ in your search engine to write to the Government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools.

The Passage – is raising funds through The Big Give from midday Tuesday, 28th November – midday Tuesday 5th December to support its work with homeless people this winter. This is a matched giving scheme for online donations. If an individual, company or trust gave £10, online matched giving of £10 would bring the Gift up to £20. Individuals can also Gift Aid their donation. For more information ring Andrew Hollingsworth 020 75921855 andrew.h@passage.org.uk. Donate at https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/project/27756. The maximum individual or organisation donation to qualify for matched giving is £5,000.

Lourdes Christmas Concert – Thursday 7th December 2017, 7:00pm at the Church of Our Lady of Victories, High Street, Kensington. The Lourdes pilgrimage relies on donations and fundraising efforts and events in order to help less able pilgrims and their carers to participate in the pilgrimage and be provided with appropriate medical and volunteer support. This year’s Lourdes Christmas Concert fundraiser event is followed by a Reception but please note that admission to both the event and the Reception is by pre-booked ticket only. Please see notice board for further details.

Diocesan Job Vacancies – Please visit http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/ to view all vacancies.

Thank you for your Sunday offerings. Giving by text – You can give the Parish £5 by texting “Parish STROG” to 70800.

Newsletter deadline: – please submit items for the Newsletter before midday on Thursday. Note that pressure of space means items may have to be edited.

Preparing for the Sacraments

Meetings are held in Lower Parish Rooms unless shown otherwise. Please arrive 5 minutes early to ensure sessions start and finish on time.

CONFIRMATION PROGRAMME
The group sessions will commence this coming Wednesday, 29th November at 7pm in the lower parish rooms when the full programme will be outlined.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PROGRAMME– “I belong”
SATURDAY CLASSES: – start 9th Dec
Classes 1 & 2 – 9:30-10:30am
SUNDAY CLASSES: – start 10th Dec
Class 3 – 10-11am
Class 4 – 10-11am – Presbytery
MONDAY CLASSES: – start 11th Dec
Class 5 – 3:45-4:45pm
Class 6 – 5:30-6:30pm
TUESDAY CLASSES: – start 12th Dec
Class 7 – 5:30-6:30pm

ENROLMENT MASS for all parents and children taking part in the programme
SUNDAY 10th DEC – 11:15am – Church

Please pray for:

Those in the Parish who are ill:
Rose Carroll, Christian Overal, Antonio Neto, Zintra Sansom, Maria Graham, Brenda Buzec, Amy Gordon, Annette Donivar, Margaret Bradley, Caroline Hilton, Karin Summers, Graham Summers, Joan Summers, Alex Robertson, Helen Kozlowski, Lena Cavaciuti, Don Brewis, Roman Cholij, Adeline Oyekoya, Maria Kuczwalski, Mary Wallace, Bruna Moia, Sister Pia, Margaret Whelan, Kitty Madden, Ann O’Grady, Clare Bruce, Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP, Brendan Whelan, Claire Marchand, Jemma Francis, Mike Coombes, Joel Maitre, Grace Taylor, David and Pamela Roberts, Mira Lidstone, Sr Ann Heaney, Sr Margaret Begley, Sr Patricia O’Sullivan, Olajide Olaniran & Fr David Williamson.

Home Visits – If you are sick or housebound and would like to receive Communion please let the parish priest know so that he can arrange for a Eucharistic Minister to visit you at home.

In Hospital – If you or anyone you know is going into hospital, please register as a Catholic with the hospital staff and let your Parish Priest know if you wish him to visit.

Those recently deceased:
Canon Louis Russell Thomas & Mgr George Tutto RIP.

Service and Mass intentions

SUNDAY 19TH NOVEMBER – Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (A)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. All the people of the parish
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. Michael Forkan & deceased members of the Forkan family
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Michael, Eugene & Tony Hogan RIP
7:00pm – MASS – Int. Ema-Leigh Dingivan RIP

Weekday Masses – Year 1, Week 34: Daily Prayer – Week 2

MONDAY 27TH NOVEMBER
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Jackie Loivette

TUESDAY 28TH NOVEMBER
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Deceased Life Ascending Group Members

WEDNESDAY 29TH NOVEMBER
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Holy Souls

THURSDAY 30TH NOVEMBER – St Andrew, Apostle,PAtron of Scotland
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Donor

FRIDAY 1ST DECEMBER
9:00am* – MASS Int. Frank Kelly RIP
7:30pm – HOLY HOUR – Lower Parish Rooms

SATURDAY 2ND DECEMBER
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Mercedes Lopez-Cepero RIP (Anniv)
9:30am-10:00am – CONFESSIONS
9:30am-10:00am – EXPOSITION & BENEDICTION
6:00pm-6:20pm – CONFESSIONS

SUNDAY 3RD DECEMBER – 1st Sunday of Advent (B)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Stevie Tracey RIP (Anniv)
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. John Ahern RIP
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Charlie Doyle RIP
7:00pm – MASS – Int. Mary Luddy RIP

9:00am* – preceded by Morning Prayer at 8:45am
The Liturgical Calendar of feasts can be found here

Diary

Meetings are in Lower Parish Rooms unless shown otherwise

TUESDAY 28TH NOVEMBER
10:00am – LIFE ASCENDING GROUP
5:00pm-7:00pm – PRIEST SURGERY – Presbytery – See Fr Sean without an appointment

WEDNESDAY 29th NOVEMBER
7:30pm – LEGION OF MARY – Presbytery

THURSDAY 30TH NOVEMBER
11:00am-1:30pm – THURSDAYS TOGETHER – meet your neighbours for a friendly chat, light lunch available – Holy Trinity Church Hall
7:00pm-9:00pm – LECTIO DIVINA – Sisters of Sion, 63 Mount View Road
7:30pm – NEW FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CATECHISTS MEETING

FRIDAY 1ST DECEMBER
1:40pm – UNDER 5s PLAYGROUP – St Peter’s School Hall, Elm Grove

Rotas

SOUP RUN: – Saturday 25th November – 4pm & 6pm – Team B
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 25th/26th November – Nena Whitehead

OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, King of the Universe (A)
Saturday/Sunday 25th/26th November
READERS:

6:30pm (Sat) – Mia Griso-Dyer
9:45am 1st Reading: – Therese Moloney 2nd Reading: – Avril Byrne
7:00pm – Michael Sherley-Dale
Readings:
1st – Ezekiel 34:11-12.15-17; 2nd – 1 Corinthians 15:20-26.28; Gospel – Matthew 25:31-46
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:
6:30pm (Sat) Sarah Fleming, Steve Bethell, Susan Fleming
9:45am Gertrude Jones, Jim Donoghue, Josephine Bobb, Lesley Pippet, Margaret Forkan
11:15am William Carson, Anna Maria Fernandez, Gianni Gagnier, Grace Brimacombe-Rand, Helen Bligh
7:00pm Fiona Stone, Kathy McHale, Maria Fernandez

COUNTING: – Sunday 26th November – 6:45pm – Team D
COUNTING: – Monday 27th November – 9:30am – Team D

SOUP RUN: – Saturday 2nd December – 4pm & 6pm – Team C
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 2nd/3rd December – Ann Hughes

1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (B)
Saturday/Sunday 2nd/3rd December
READERS:

6:30pm (Sat) – Alex Derbyshire
9:45am 1st Reading: – Harriet Mackie 2nd Reading: – Mags Kelly
7:00pm – Fiona Stone
Readings:
1st – Isaiah 63:16-17; 64:1.3-8; 2nd – 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Gospel – Mark 13:24-37
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:
6:30pm (Sat) Alice Fidler, Ann Hughes, Catherine Sexton
9:45am Sr Odile Mahe, Regina Fleming, Sheila Doyle, Sr Anne Hogan, Anthony Pippet
11:15am Jenny Coleman, Katherine Quinn, Kathleen McGrath, Kayte Brimacombe, Maria Gagnier
7:00pm Mary Maloney, Michael Woods, Nena Whitehead

COUNTING: – Monday 4th December – 9:30am – Team A

Scripture notes – Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – Year A – 26th November 2017

The 34th and last Sunday of the liturgical year celebrates the kingship of Jesus, and the first reading shows us first what kind of King Jesus is. Not a ‘figurehead’ like most modern monarch, nor running a secular government like those in the past, and one not expecting honours. Instead we have the image of a shepherd-king, one dedicated to caring, nurturing, and establishing justice and mercy for the ‘sheep’. Continue reading Scripture notes – Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – Year A – 26th November 2017