Notices – 5th November

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Sick & Retired Priests’ Fund

Next weekend we will take up a second collection to support the sick & retired priests of our Diocese. The Fund has helped hundreds of priests receive the care and support they need. Nearly half the priests currently working in the Diocese are due to retire from active ministry over the next 20 years and we need your help to safeguard their future. Donation envelopes are attached to this weekend’s newsletter and leaflets are available in the back of the church for you to take home, read about this important work, and bring back next weekend with a donation if you can. You can also donate online. Please Gift Aid your donation if possible and continue to pray for the wellbeing of all our clergy – active, retired and ill.

The Poverty of Isolation

Featuring talks from the SVP, Contact the Elderly, and the Irish Chaplaincy, learn about the ‘epidemic of loneliness’ in the UK, how we can address it, and a short introduction to the essentials of befriending. This event is on Tuesday 7th November, 6:30-8:30pm, Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN. Please RSVP to or call 020 7931 6077.

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 /

World Day for the Poor

‘Say it with your life’ – In preparation for the first World Day for the Poor, there will be an evening exploring Catholic Social Teaching and Action at Westminster Cathedral Hall, Ambroseden Avenue, SW1P 1QW from 6:30-9pm on Thursday, 9th November. Register at or call 020 7931 6078. Suggested donation £5

Toilet Twinning – the young people of Holy Trinity invite you to a fundraising event to raise money for toilets in refugee camps. Sing your favourite hymns, listen to solos, enjoy tea and cakes. Saturday, 11th November, 6:30-8:30pm in Holy Trinity Church, Granville Road. Entrance £5. For more information go to

Parish Raffle Tickets

Tickets will be on sale this weekend 4th/5th November.

First Holy Communion and Confirmation

Enrolment closes shortly for the 2017/2018 First Holy Communion and Confirmation programmes. For information about eligibility, dates to return forms etc. look in the ‘Preparing for the Sacraments’ section below.

Catechist training information can be found in the same place.

Other notices

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

Finance Committee Report – Our accounts show a drop in our loose cash, envelope and standing order income this year though this was balanced by a record Gift Aid payment. We are disappointed with the lack of progress on our parish projects over the summer and Fr Sean is trying to get things moving again as well as inviting St Gildas’ School children to come up with art and images we could incorporate in what we hope to do in the porch and the church. A meeting with a member of the Liturgy Commission about our ideas for the font, lectern and sanctuary flooring was encouraging. Bishop John Sherrington will be visiting the parish in January 2018. We are conscious that additional demands being placed on all parishes stretch our resources of both time and money and are drawing them away from the spiritual and pastoral work of the Parish. Steve Bethell</em

Could you be a Catechist? – Please speak to Fr. Sean if you are interested in becoming a catechist for our Parish First Holy Communion or Confirmation programmes beginning this Autumn – volunteers always welcome!

Holy Souls lists and envelopes – are available at the back of the church. Please hand your list with your donation in the envelope provided to the priest or parish office. Lists will be displayed before the altar.

‘Thank God ON Friday’ – an evening of silent prayer, music, adoration, and a brief input organised by Verbum Dei at St.John Vianney Church, West Green Road. 7:30-9pm. 10th November, and each second Friday.

Talk on Padre Pio – There will be a talk on Saint Pio from Pietrelcina, given by Father Domenico Vitulli at Saint Peter’s Church, 136 Clerkenwell Rd, London EC1R 5DL on Thursday, 9th November. Mass at 6:15pm will be followed at 7pm by the talk and Q&A session. All welcome.

Book Fair and Refreshments – at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Stapleton Hall Road, Saturday, 11th November, 10am-2pm.

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.

Sixth Form Open Evenings:
St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School, North Finchley, London N12 7NJ, Thursday 9 November at 7pm. Visit the school website: or ring 020 8446 2256

St Thomas More Catholic School – Glendale Ave, Wood Green, London N22 5HN, Tuesday, 14 November, 5.00-6.30pm. Visit the school website

St Ignatius College funding bid – St Ignatius are bidding for funding for an all-weather Table Tennis / Pat Ball Mini Sport Area for their students. The funding will go to the bid with the most community votes. To vote for their students please visit now!

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.

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

First Holy Communion and Confirmation
Enrolment forms and information can be collected from the Sacristy on Sunday or the Parish Office between 9am–3pm, Mon–Fri. Candidates for either sacrament must live in the Parish or regularly attend Mass here and no forms will be accepted after the closing dates.

The First Holy Communion Programme is for children in Year 3 or above. Parents can only collect forms for their own children and forms must be returned, with the fee and Baptismal Certificate to the Parish Office by Monday, 13th November. The first Parents’ Meeting will be on Tuesday, 21st November at 7:30pm in the Church.

The Confirmation Programme is open to young people in Year 9 or above. Candidates must collect their own forms which must be returned to the Parish Office by Monday, 6th November. Candidates are asked to attend a short interview on Wednesday, 15th November between 7pm-9pm. The first Parents’/Sponsors’ meeting will be on Wednesday 22nd November at 7:30pm in the Church.

News for Catechists
For our First Holy Communion Catechists, two training sessions, led by Mary Crowley, Diocesan Catechetical Adviser, will take place in the Lower Parish Rooms and are open to all parishioners and catechists. Contact Fiona Reid on 0794 127 1940 or email to book a place.

‘Reflecting on the Eucharist’ on Tuesday, 7th November, 7pm-8:30pm, will develop the catechist’s knowledge and understanding of the Sacrament so they may share that knowledge and understanding with those they catechise.

‘Preparing Children for First Reconciliation’ on Tuesday, 14th November, 7pm-8:30pm is about preparing children to celebrate the Sacrament for the first time with reflection on last year’s programme at St Peter’s.

For our Confirmation Catechists: ‘Living Signs of Hope’ is a one-day conference for Confirmation Catechists on Saturday, 25th November, 10am-3:30pm at the Centre for Youth Ministry, Church of St Aloysius, 20 Phoenix Road, NW1 1TA (5 mins from Euston Station, Victoria/Northern Line). Cost will be paid by the Parish. Further details can be found on the notice board outside the Church. Please book your place by email: Contact Fiona Reid on 0794 127 1940 for more information.

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.

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 who have recently died:
Christine Bosha RIP.

Service and Mass intentions

SUNDAY 5TH NOVEMBER – 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Tommy McKeown RIP
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. Maureen Hanlon RIP
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Richard Halliday (Birthday)
7:00pm – MASS – Int. All the people of the parish

Weekday Masses – Year 1, Week 31: Daily Prayer – Week 3

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Alfredo Diaz RIP

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Samuel Selvarajah RIP

9:00am* – MASS – Int. John Ahern RIP

THURSDAY 9TH NOVEMBER – The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Ramoo Durasamy RIP

FRIDAY 10TH NOVEMBER – St Leo the Great, Pope & Doctor
9:00am* – MASS Int. Padraic Bradley RIP (Anniv)

SATURDAY 11TH NOVEMBER – St Martin of Tours, Bishop
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Noreen Ryan RIP
9:30am-10:00am – CONFESSIONS
6:00pm-6:20pm – CONFESSIONS

SUNDAY 12TH NOVEMBER – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Dominc White RIP
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. John Ross RIP
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Joseph McRedmond RIP
7:00pm – MASS – Int. All the people of the parish

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
7:00pm-9:00pm – LECTIO DIVINA – Sisters of Sion, 63 Mount View Road

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


SOUP RUN: – Saturday 4th November – 4pm & 6pm – Team C
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 4th/5th November – Theresa Quinn

Saturday/Sunday 4th/5th November

6:30pm (Sat) – Steve Bethell
9:45am 1st Reading: – Mags Kelly 2nd Reading: – Marianne Law
7:00pm – Chris Beasley
1st – Malachi 1:14 – 2:2.8-10; 2nd – 1 Thessalonians 2:7-9.13; Gospel – Matthew 23:1-12
6:30pm (Sat) Alice Fidler, Ann Hughes, Catherine Sexton
9:45am Carol Phillips, Gabriella Olaniran, Gertrude Jones, Jim Donoghue, Josephine Bobb
11:15am Sam Carson, William Carson, Anna Maria Fernandez, Gianni Gagnier, Grace Brimacombe-Rand
7:00pm Kathy McHale, Maria Fernandez, Mary Maloney

COUNTING: – Monday 6th November – 9:30am – Team A

SOUP RUN: – Saturday 11th November – 4pm & 6pm – Team D
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 11th/2th November – Susan Fleming

Saturday/Sunday 4th/5th November

6:30pm (Sat) – Mia Griso Dyer
9:45am 1st Reading: – Anthony Pippet 2nd Reading: – Lesley Pippet
7:00pm – Fiona Stone
1st – Wisdom 6:12-16; 2nd – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Gospel – Matthew 25:1-13
6:30pm (Sat) Claire Carballo, David Fleming, Emer Hughes
9:45am Lesley Pippet, Margaret Forkan, Sr Odile Mahe, Regina Fleming, Sheila Doyle
11:15am Helen Bligh, Jenny Coleman, Katherine Quinn, Kathleen McGrath, Kayte Brimacombe
7:00pm Michael Woods, Nena Whitehead, Paul Stone

COUNTING: – Sunday 12th November – 6:45pm – Team B
COUNTING: – Monday 13th November – 9:30am – Team B