Notices – 21st May

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Priest Training Fund

The annual collection for the Priest Training Fund will take place next weekend 27th/28th May. The fund helps pay for training seminarians (there are currently 39), further studies by our priests for specialised ministries, and for ongoing enrichment to strengthen priests. Your generous donation helps ensure we can support these men who are called to be like Christ the Good Shepherd. Donations leaflets are attached to the newsletter. Please take one home, read the information, and bring it back next weekend with your donation. Please also pray for vocations; please take a prayer card for vocations and pray it daily. You can donate online at

Ascent Group – 30 Years Celebration

We congratulate our parish Ascent Group as it celebrates its 30th birthday this week with a special Mass on Tuesday, 23rd May at 10:30am to which all are welcome. Special thanks to Gabriella Olaniran our group’s dedicated leader. The UK Ascent movement, now known as ‘Life Ascending’, grew from French roots, was inspired, from the first translation of the French ‘La Vie Montante’ handbook in 1979, to enable those in later life to meet, enjoy one another’s friendship, to value their wisdom and knowledge and to spiritually nourish them. Ascent Group aims are threefold: Spirituality, Friendship and Mission. These are embodied in each meeting but it is up to the group to decide how to interpret the aims. As long as the meeting contains each of these elements, then this is all that matters. Our group usually meets every 2 weeks – check the Diary.

Confirmation & First Holy Communion Banners

Parishioners have asked where the beautiful banners for our recent celebrations have come from. They were made by Eileen Gurman, a very good friend and neighbour of Kit Greveson, and this collaboration has produced what you see in our church today. We are very grateful to Eileen for her expertise and support of our parish as well as to Kit and Gordon.

The Great Haringey Deanery Bank Holiday Walk

In a week’s time on Bank Holiday Monday, 29th May, by popular request, we will be repeating the walk around all six parishes of the deanery. You are very welcome to join us for all or part of the walk and to collect sponsorships for a particular charity or for the Haringey Refugee House. For St Peter’s parishioners, this could be fund raiser for our Porch and Parish Rooms projects! We hope for a good turnout from each parish. It may well become an annual event. At 9:15am we will depart from St Francis De Sales, Tottenham to St Paul’s, Wood Green from where we will depart at 10:30am via Alexandra Palace Park for a 12noon Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Muswell, Muswell Hill followed by packed lunches in the parish hall or visit to a local cafe. Departing at 1:30pm via the panoramic Parkland Walk and Highgate Woods we move on to St Peter-in-Chains, Stroud Green from where we will depart at 2:45pm (via Mount View Road and Woodlands Park Road) for St John Vianney, West Green. At 4pm we depart for the final walk, via Chestnuts Park to arrive for Evening Prayer in St Ignatius, Stamford Hill at 5:15pm. Refreshments and washroom facilities will be available at each parish. Do sign up on the form at the back of church if you are interested and take a sponsorship form. Any enquiries to and see poster on notice board.

Bishops’ encourage Catholics to vote

The Bishops of England and Wales have issued a letter on the forthcoming general election. The letter is an encouragement to all Catholics to play an active part in the election. While voting for any particular political party is a matter of conscience, the bishops encourage people to use their vote at this pivotal time for our nations, as we prepare to leave the European Union. The letter lays out broad principles to guide our thinking in the run-up to the election, taken from Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium. You can read or download the letter here.

Election Hustings for Carers

The Crouch End carers coffee morning will be hosting a hustings for our local MP candidates next Thursday 25 May, 10.30 – 12 noon, at Abide church hall, 145 Park Road, N8 8JN – next door to the Pool and Leisure Centre. Doors open 10am. With questions on carers’ issues including changes to social care, and the impact of reduced local services for people with disabilities, the elderly and carers.

Candidates to include Catherine West (Labour), Dawn Barnes (LibDem) Helen Spiby-Vann (Christian Alliance), Nimco Ali (women’s equality party), Sam Hall (Green Party).

Other notices

Priest General Surgery – The next surgery for anyone who wishes to see Fr. Sean without an appointment will be on Tuesday, 23rd May from 5-7pm at the Presbytery.

First Holy Communion

Photos – The photographer has emailed each candidate’s family with the weblink and password to view and order the photos from their First Holy Communion Mass. Parents/Guardians who have not received this should email

Prayer Sponsors – Now that this year’s programme has concluded, we would like to thank each member of the Parish who volunteered to be a personal Prayer Sponsor, praying each day for one of our 42 children while they prepared for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.

Confirmation photos – The photographer has emailed each candidate’s family who provided an email address with the weblink and password to view and order the photos from the Confirmation Mass. Parents/Guardians who have not received this should email Andrew Wiard at

New Readers needed – We are short of readers, especially the 6:30pm Saturday and 9:45am Sunday Masses. This is a great way to contribute to the work of the parish. Can you help with this important role? Find out more by contacting the readers’ co-ordinator Helen Helmer at or calling 07905-768497.

Pilgrimage to Poland – A parish pilgrimage has been organised through PAX Travel to Poland for 31st May – 6th June 2018. There are some posters at the back of the church and in the Porch with all the necessary information. We will be based in Krakow with trips organised each day to different places of interest. The cost of the trip is £799.00 for a twin bedded room. If you require a single room, there is a supplement of £168 for the six nights (limited availability). If you are interested in joining us, please contact Sheila Doyle on telephone No. 020 8340 4511 to reserve a place. A deposit of £200 plus £33 insurance (if needed) is required, the remaining balance is due about ten weeks before departure. Cheques made payable to St Peter-in-Chains Church. We have reserved 30 places for the pilgrimage. Bookings need to be made by the end of July to guarantee that price.

Oscar Romero: His life and Legacy – In the centenary year of Romero’s birth, hear his story and legacy from a man who knew him personally, Julian Filochowski, Chair of the Archbishop Romero Trust – Thursday 25th May, Lady Chapel, St Albans Cathderal, 8:00pm-9.30pm £6 (free to full-time students)

The General Election – Which Way Forward? – All welcome to an informative lively evening on how, as Christians, we might respond to the issues surrounding the General Election. At Farm Street Church Hall, 114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH on Monday, 5th June at 6:45pm. See notice board for further details.

St John Vianney Prayer Mission – 10th -18th June. A week of Prayer and Reflection on our road to Emmaus. Details are available on notice board outside the church.

Pope asks for feedback from young Catholics – ahead of 2018 Synod of Bishops, Pope Francis has written to the Church asking young people, aged 16 – 29, to share their hopes, struggles and criticisms, ahead of the next Synod on the theme of youth and vocation. For the first time, young people will be able to respond directly using an online survey, further revealing the Pope’s aim to make us a listening Church. We also should be a listening parish and would like invite our own young Catholics – practising or not – to share their hopes, struggles and criticisms with us as well. This should be led by young people and so, if this interests you and you have ideas on how we could best go about it and who we should contact, please speak to Fr Sean or email Thank you.

Parish Monthly Draw – with our Confirmation and First Holy Communion celebrations, May’s monthly draw was cancelled. The next draw will take place in June and raffle tickets will be sold on 3rd/4th June.

Diocesan Job Vacancies – Please visit 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. CAFOD Boxes – Please return your box to the parish office or hand it in to the sacristy.

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

Please pray for:

Those in the Parish who are ill:
Christian Overall, 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, Francesco Nazzini, 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, Baby Dilan, Mike Coombes & Joel Maitre.

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.

Those reecently deceased:
Peter Wims & Christy Jordan.

Services and Mass intentions

SUNDAY 21ST MAY 2017 – 6th Sunday of Easter (A)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Tommy Buckley RIP
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. All the people of the Parish
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Beryl Helsby RIP
7:00pm – MASS – Int. Nora Shaw RIP (Anniv)

Weekday Masses – Year 2, Easter: Daily Prayer – Easter / Week 2

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Sr Brenda O’Neil RIP

10:30am – MASS – Int. Ascent Group

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Jim Moore RIP

THURSDAY 25TH MAY 2017 – St Bede the Venerable,
Priest & Doctor

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Judith Gomes RIP

FRIDAY 26TH MAY 2017 – St Philip Neri, Priest
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Nuala Cassidy RIP
7:30pm – HOLY HOUR

SATURDAY 27TH MAY 2017 – St Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Holy Souls
9:30am-10:00am – CONFESSIONS
6:00pm-6:20pm – CONFESSIONS

SUNDAY 28TH MAY 2017 – The Ascension of the Lord (A)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Elizabeth Carey RIP (Anniv)
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. All the people of the Parish
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Cavaciuti Family (Deceased)
7:00pm – MASS – Int. Carlos Avanzi (Sick)

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


Meetings are in Lower Parish Rooms unless shown otherwise


5:00pm-7:00pm – PRIEST SURGERY – Presbytery – see Fr Sean without an appointment


11:00am-1:30pm – THURSDAYS TOGETHER – meet your neighbours for a friendly chat, light lunch available – Holy Trinity Church Hall

1:40pm – UNDER-5s PLAYGROUP – St Peter’s School Hall

4:00pm – SOUP RUN TEAM D – Sandwich makers


20th/21st May 2017 – 6th Sunday of Easter (A)

LINEN ROTA: Susan Fleming

6:30pm (Sat) – Gillian Spry
9:45am 1st Reading: – Lesley Pippet 2nd Reading: – Anthony Pippet
7:00pm – Paul Stone
1st – Acts 8:5-8.14-17; 2nd – 1 Peter 3:15-18; Gospel – John 14:15-21
6:30pm (Sat) Jacqueline O’Shea, Laura Alyousif, Patricia Hannon
9:45am Sr Anne Hogan, Anthony Pippet, Barbara Cotter, Carol Phillips, Gabriella Olaniran
11:15am Mary Chambers, Mary Halliday, Michael Buchanan, Sam Carson, Sandra Fluin
7:00pm Mary Maloney, Michael Woods, Nena Whitehead

27th/28th May 2017 – The Ascension of the Lord (A)

6:30pm (Sat) – Gillian Spry
9:45am 1st Reading: – Errol Curran 2nd Reading: – Martin Whitaker
7:00pm – Kit Greveson
1st – Acts 1:1-11; 2nd – Ephesians 1:17-23; Gospel – Matthew 28:16-20
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 Paul Stone, Pedro Daniel, Ruben Ferreira

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