Parish News – August 2022

Leaving collection for Fr Sean

To show the parish’s thanks and appreciation for his service as Parish Priest at St Peter’s for nearly 13 years, we would like to make a presentation to Fr Sean at his Thanksgiving Mass on Friday September 2nd. If you want to contribute, there are several ways to donate:

  • A retiring collection after Masses on the weekend 13th/14th August
  • By debit or credit card using the contactless terminal
  • By placing your donation in an envelope marked ‘Fr Sean’ and dropping it in to the presbytery – number 12 (cheques should be made payable to ‘WRCDT Stroud Green’)
  • By Bank Transfer: Account name: WRCDT Stroud Green; Sort Code: 40-05-20; Account No: 71437399; Please add your Surname and ‘Fr Sean’ as a reference.

We aren’t planning a big Leaving Card so, if you wish, please give Fr Sean your own card. Thank you.

During August

This post will only be updated during August to publish significant changes.

We thank God for Fr Sean’s recovery after his recent illness and wish him a very restful time as he begins his well-deserved holiday. We welcome Fr Tom Forde who will be celebrating Mass and looking after the parish while Fr Sean is away.

No Sunday Evening Mass & Holy Hour: Please note that during August and until the weekend 11th September there will no Sunday evening Mass and no Friday Holy Hour.

School’s Out: We wish all our parishioners a summer of happiness, rest and refreshment. If you are going away, may you travel safely. Just as our families will be enjoying a break from school, our Family Room team are taking a break as well, so the latest activity, “Celebrating our summer adventures with God”, is designed to last for the whole month of August.

Summer Soup Run – helpers needed:– With the holiday season upon us, the Soup Run needs extra helpers to make sure sandwiches are made on Saturday afternoons and distributed – it takes about 3 hours on Saturday evening – each week for the next couple of months. Please contact Kit for more info by email, kit.greveson@hotmail.com or call 07507 138582 if you can help. We have enough Tea and Mayonnaise for now thank you – other donations always welcome!

Fr Sean

After almost 13 years at St Peter’s, the diocese has decided that this is a suitable time for Fr Sean to move on to pastures new. After returning in mid-August from his summer break, Fr Sean will end his ministry at St. Peter-in-Chains on 4th September. He plans to take a short sabbatical before commencing his new ministry. Fr David Barrow will be our new Parish priest.

The new porch, making St Peter’s easily accessible for all, with the windows depicting 6 modern saints – which was entirely Fr Sean’s idea – along with the decoration and changes within the church, are a visible, physical sign of Fr Sean’s time here. However, we must thank God firstly for his strong faith which we felt in his priestly ministry celebrating the Mass and the sacraments, his homilies and the stories he used to illustrate them as well as in simply talking to him. We give thanks also for the person of Fr Sean whom we have got to meet individually as he has been involved in events in our lives – sad or happy, or simply when discussing football or golf! We cannot forget his huge commitment to our schools and young people throughout his time here; that he kept the parish alive during the difficulties and limitations imposed during covid and that he promoted and encouraged the use of technology – streaming and social media as part of our mission today. Fr Sean would not want us to pretend he is perfect or to forget the dedicated parishioners who are the backbone of our parish and who have supported him and us. So, we offer thanks for all that God has given us through Fr Sean’s ministry for the past 13 years and ask God to continue to bless him wherever his new ministry takes him.

To mark the end of Fr Sean’s time as our Parish Priest, there will be a Mass of Celebration and Thanksgiving on Friday 2nd September at 7:30pm, followed, we hope, by a gathering in one of our schools.

Services

Sunday Masses are at 6:30pm (Saturday), 9:45am, 11:15am (livestreamed) and 7pm. Please note that from the weekend of the 7th August to the weekend 11th September there will no Sunday evening Mass.
Sunday Scripture readings
Notes on the Sunday Scripture readings
Find other livestreamed Masses in the diocese.
Weekday Masses are at 9am Monday to Friday after Morning Prayer at 8:45am unless there is a funeral or other special Mass at another time.
Rosary: Tuesday & Friday, after 9am Mass
Holy Hour: will resume in September
Confession: The Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession is available on Saturday evening from 6-6:20pm.
Family Room: Our latest activity “Celebrating our summer adventures with God”, is designed to last for the whole month of August. Continue reading Parish News – August 2022

Scripture notes – 21st Sunday of the Year, C – 21st August 2022

In our era which prizes individualism, many think of ‘salvation’ in terms of one person’s fate, the saving of ‘my own soul’.  But there was a different biblical view, reflected in today’s readings, that one is ‘saved’ as part of a community. Many thought only of the Jews as the chosen people, but a later view included many outside, now to be in ‘the Kingdom of God’, in Jesus’ words  in the gospels. Continue reading Scripture notes – 21st Sunday of the Year, C – 21st August 2022

Scripture notes – The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – 14th August 2022

This feast takes precedence over the 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time.

The raising of Mary into heaven, a singular privilege granted by her son, is not mentioned in the New Testament, although the feast has long been celebrated in the Church. The liturgy draws on various texts for reflections about Mary’s assumption. Continue reading Scripture notes – The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – 14th August 2022

Scripture notes – 19th Sunday of the Year, C – 7th August 2022

The first readings look back at God’s care for people in the past, and their response of trust. The Gospel looks forward to the time when our completed salvation will come with the coming of Jesus at the end of this world’s history. We are to be ready, with the kind of steadfast faith shown by God’s people in the past. Continue reading Scripture notes – 19th Sunday of the Year, C – 7th August 2022

Parish News – 24th July

The World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

This takes place this Sunday, 24th July. This year’s theme is ‘In old age they will still bear fruit’ (Psalm 92:15). The Pope’s message for this day is the alternative to the culture of rejection: it helps all of us, and the elderly themselves, to understand that – far from being material to be thrown away – they have precise vocation within our communities. In this time that yearns for peace, the Church has a great need for elders, who have the ‘gift’ of tenderness, who are able to protect and intercede. Read the Pope’s message in full and discover other resources here.

School’s out

We wish all our young people and their families a period of happiness, rest and refreshment as our schools break up for the holidays. If you are going away, may you travel safely. May this be a time of relaxation if you will be starting or changing school or moving on to college in September. Continue reading Parish News – 24th July

Parish News – 17th July

Fr Sean

After almost 13 years at St Peter’s, the diocese has decided that this is a suitable time for Fr Sean to move on to pastures new. After returning in mid-August from his summer break, Fr Sean will end his ministry at St. Peter-in-Chains on 4th September. He plans to take a short sabbatical before commencing his new ministry. Fr David Barrow will be our new Parish priest.

The new porch, making St Peter’s easily accessible for all, with the windows depicting 6 modern saints – which was entirely Fr Sean’s idea – along with the decoration and changes within the church, are a visible, physical sign of Fr Sean’s time here. However, we must thank God firstly for his strong faith which we felt in his priestly ministry celebrating the Mass and the sacraments, his homilies and the stories he used to illustrate them as well as in simply talking to him. We give thanks also for the person of Fr Sean whom we have got to meet individually as he has been involved in events in our lives – sad or happy, or simply when discussing football or golf! We cannot forget his huge commitment to our schools and young people throughout his time here; that he kept the parish alive during the difficulties and limitations imposed during covid and that he promoted and encouraged the use of technology – streaming and social media as part of our mission today. Fr Sean would not want us to pretend he is perfect or to forget the dedicated parishioners who are the backbone of our parish and who have supported him and us. So, we offer thanks for all that God has given us through Fr Sean’s ministry for the past 13 years and ask God to continue to bless him wherever his new ministry takes him.

Cost of Living advice

Caritas Westminster has produced this page full of useful tips and links to help with financial resilience.

Services

Sunday Masses are at 6:30pm (Saturday), 9:45am, 11:15am (livestreamed) and 7pm.
Sunday Scripture readings
Notes on the Sunday Scripture readings
Find other livestreamed Masses in the diocese.
Weekday Masses are at 9am Monday to Friday after Morning Prayer at 8:45am unless there is a funeral or other special Mass at another time.
Carmel Palao RIP – The funeral of Carmel Palao will be at 11am on Friday 22nd July, followed by cremation at Marylebone Crematorium. Please keep Carmel and her family in your prayers.
Rosary: Tuesday & Friday, after 9am Mass
Holy Hour: Fridays, 7-8pm on Zoom email parish for link.
Confession: The Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession is available on Saturday evening from 6-6:20pm.
Family Room: Learning from Martha and Mary is the theme of our activity this week. Continue reading Parish News – 17th July