Parish News – 22nd November

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:

Sunday Mass
The 11:15 Sunday Mass will continue to be livestreamed on YouTube and Twitter.

Sunday Hymns, Bidding Prayers etc.
Sunday Scripture readings
Notes on the Sunday Scripture readings
Find other livestreamed Masses in the diocese.

Weekday Masses
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 stroudgreen@rcdow.org.uk 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.

Click for Prayer of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus,
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.
Amen.

Holy Hour
Holy Hour on Friday from 7pm-8pm will continue on Zoom. Please email us as above if you wish to join us.

Click to ask us to pray for someone and have their name read out during Holy Hour

    Private Prayer
    The church will be open for private prayer on Sunday afternoons from 1pm – 3pm. Please observe the visitor rules below.
    Visitor guidelines

      • 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

    The Family Room

    Visit the Family Room for this week’s family activity How should we serve Christ our King?. Continue reading Parish News – 22nd November

    Scripture notes – 1st Sunday of Advent – Year B – 29th November 2020

    The Church liturgical year begins four weeks before the Feast of Christmas. Advent comes from the Latin words meaning ‘coming to’ and has a combined message: Jesus came for humanity at his birth, and he will come again at the end of time.

    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 – 29th November 2020

    Scripture notes – Feast of Christ the King – Year A – 22nd November 2020

    The is the last Sunday of the liturgical year and as a conclusion, the readings ask us to consider what it means to call Jesus our ‘King’. He is not a figurehead like most modern monarchs, nor one who imposes his position by force, not someone seeking personal glory. 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 – Feast of Christ the King – Year A – 22nd November 2020

    Parish News – 15th November – World Day of the Poor

    In a message for the Fourth World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis refers to the age-old wisdom found in the Old Testament Book of Sirach: ‘Stretch forth your hand to the poor’ (Sir. 7:32). The Pope reminds us that prayer to God and solidarity with the poor are inseparable. He writes:

    ‘Generosity that supports the weak, consoles the afflicted, relieves suffering and restores dignity to those stripped of it, is a condition for a fully human life.’ ‘The power of God’s grace cannot be restrained by the selfish tendency to put ourselves always first.’

    Not having time for the elderly, speaking badly of old age, and excluding older people from the life of communities: these make older people and our whole society the poorer. We should ‘stretch forth’ to neighbours in care homes, living in isolation, struggling to get about or who are bereaved. Read more on the website of Caritas Social Action Network.

    While the church is closed for public acts of worship:

    Sunday Mass
    The 11:15 Sunday Mass will continue to be livestreamed on YouTube and Twitter and you will be able to watch it here on the website.

    Sunday Hymns, Bidding Prayers etc.
    Sunday Scripture readings
    Notes on the Sunday Scripture readings
    Find other livestreamed Masses in the diocese.

    Weekday Masses
    Morning Prayer at 8:45am and the 9am Mass Monday to Friday will be livestreamed on Zoom. If you wish to follow Mass on Zoom you need to email the parish at stroudgreen@rcdow.org.uk 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.

    Please note that on Tuesday 17th, Mass will be celebrated at 9:30. It will be the Funeral Mass of Frank Clerkin and the Mass will be livestreamed on YouTube.
    Click for Prayer of Spiritual Communion

    My Jesus,
    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.
    Amen.

    Holy Hour
    Holy Hour on Friday from 7pm-8pm will continue on Zoom. Please email us as above if you wish to join us.

    Click to ask us to pray for someone and have their name read out during Holy Hour

      Private Prayer
      The church will be open for private prayer on Sunday afternoons from 1pm – 3pm. Please observe the visitor rules below.
      Visitor guidelines

        • 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

      The Family Room

      Visit the Family Room for this week’s family activity using our talents to serve everyone. Continue reading Parish News – 15th November – World Day of the Poor

      Scripture notes – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A – 8th November 2020

      Year A is winding towards its end, with the usual theme of the ‘end time’ – the Second Coming of Jesus. That dominates the reading for the next three weeks. Most years when the shops and ads are already pushing us towards celebrating Christmas, it is an effort to match the liturgy’s mood, but in 2020 in the midst of a world-wide pandemic, political unrest in many places, weather catastrophes, and a continued food crisis in many places, the outlook is already ‘apocalyptic’. Our task now is to remember than this is a time for Christian hope! Continue reading Scripture notes – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A – 8th November 2020

      Parish News – 8th November

      The Sisters of St Gildas bicentenary

      On Sunday, 8th November, the Sisters of St Gildas will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the First Vows of their six first sisters which took place in the parish church at Beignon in Brittany. We invite you all to give praise and thanks to God on this blessed occasion. United with you in prayer and thanksgiving.
      Sisters Odile and Anne

      While the church is closed for public acts of worship:

      Sunday Mass
      The 11:15 Sunday Mass will continue to be livestreamed on YouTube and Twitter and you will be able to watch it here on the website.

      Weekday Masses
      Morning Prayer at 8:45am and the 9am Mass Monday to Friday will be livestreamed on Zoom. If you wish to follow Mass on Zoom you need to email the parish at stroudgreen@rcdow.org.uk 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.

      Holy Hour
      Holy Hour on Friday from 7pm-8pm will continue on Zoom. Please email us as above if you wish to join us.

      Private Prayer
      The church will be open for private prayer on Sunday afternoons from 1pm – 3pm. Please observe the visitor rules below. Continue reading Parish News – 8th November

      Parish News – 1st November

      We are closed for Services for 4 weeks

      Apart from funerals, churches cannot conduct public services with congregations  present for 4 weeks from this Thursday, 5th November. You can read the statement from the Bishops’ Conference on the closure of churches here.

      Sunday Mass
      At St Peter’s the 11:15 Sunday Mass will continue to be livestreamed on YouTube and Twitter and you will be able to watch it here on the website.

      Weekday Masses
      Morning Prayer and the 9am Mass on Monday to Friday will be livestreamed on Zoom. If you wish to follow Mass on Zoom you need to email the parish at stroudgreen@rcdow.org.uk 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.

      Private Prayer
      The church will be open for private prayer on Sunday afternoons from 1pm – 3pm.

      Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has joined UK faith leaders in writing to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to express the view that there is no scientific justification for the wholesale suspension of public worship from Thursday, 5 November. The letter has been sent ahead of a four-week national lockdown in England to address the spread of COVID-19. The faith leaders also highlight the contribution made by the UK’s faith communities in responding to the pandemic. You can read the full text here.

      We would still ask parishioners to donate to the annual Sick and Retired Priests collection online at www.rcdow.org.uk/donations – as we will not be able to take up the collection in church. Thank you. Continue reading Parish News – 1st November