Notices – 3rd December

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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

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 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 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 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 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 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.

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

Classes 1 & 2 – 9:30-10:30am
Class 3 – 10-11am
Class 4 – 10-11am – Presbytery
Class 5 – 3:45-4:45pm
Class 6 – 5:30-6:30pm
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

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Christina Bosha RIP

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Elizabeth Brooks RIP

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

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Antoniou Kyriakos (Sick)
9:30am-10:00am – CONFESSIONS
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


Meetings are in Lower Parish Rooms unless shown otherwise

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

7:30pm – LEGION OF MARY – Presbytery

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

Saturday/Sunday 2nd/3rd December

6:30pm (Sat) – Alex Derbyshire
9:45am 1st Reading: – Harriet Mackie 2nd Reading: – Mags Kelly
7:00pm – Fiona Stone
1st – Isaiah 63:16-17; 64:1.3-8; 2nd – 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Gospel – Mark 13:24-37
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

Saturday/Sunday 9th/10th December

6:30pm (Sat) – Steve Bethell
9:45am 1st Reading: – Therese Moloney 2nd Reading: – Claire Kennedy
7:00pm – Helen Helmer
1st – Isaiah 40:1-5.9-11; 64:1.3-8; 2nd – 2 Peter 3:8-14; Gospel – Mark 1:1-8
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

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