Notices – 6th January

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Crib Appeal 2018

The Crib will be available to visit until Monday, 14th January, and you are asked please to continue to give generously to the Catholic Children’s Society. Your support makes a positive difference to the lives of vulnerable children and adults in our Diocese. The Society reaches out to families who are homeless or where there is poverty, debt, unemployment, long-term illness or family breakdown.

Normal service resumes…

Life Ascending Group resumes on Tuesday, 8th at 10am at 36 Dickenson Road
Fr Sean’s General Surgery will resume on Tuesday, 8th, 5pm-7pm at the presbytery.
Legion of Mary resumes on Wednesday 9th, 7:30pm at the presbytery.

Thursdays Together

At Holy Trinity Church Hall, Stapleton Hall Road every Thursday from 11am – 1:30pm. Come and meet your neighbours for a friendly chat, light lunch available.

New Year’s Resolution – Volunteer for CAFOD

Do you have good public speaking skills and want to help us tackling poverty and injustice? CAFOD needs volunteers to speak on our behalf in parishes and/or schools in the Westminster Diocese about our work in the developing world. To find out more details , or book a place on our next Volunteer information day in London on Saturday, 19th January 2019 call CAFOD on 020 8449 6970 or email

First Holy Communion & Confirmation 2019

For meeting times please see the Diary section of the Newsletter or the ‘First Holy Communion & Confirmation 2019‘ section of this post below. Parents and candidates should always check these, as they are where regular information about the program is published each week.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION – Prayer Sponsors: We would like each of our children to have a personal Prayer Sponsor as they prepare to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion for the first time. If you would like to volunteer, please put details on the list at the back of the church by Sunday 13th January. We will contact you shortly after with a child’s name to remember in your daily prayers and when you attend Mass. The child will receive a card with your name to reflect that you are praying for them. Please sign up. Thank you.

Westminster Year Book 2019

Copies of the Year Book are available on the newsletter stand priced £4.50.

Other notices

Priest Surgery – Fr Sean’s Surgery, when you can see him without an appointment, resumes on Tuesday 8th January from 5pm-7pm at the Presbytery.

St Peter-in-Chains Infants & St Gildas’ Junior Schools – If you are applying for Infants or Junior School places for 2019, our Head Teachers would like to invite prospective parents to visit their wonderful and inclusive schools. St Peter’s School, Elm Grove, London N8 9AJ – St Gildas’ Junior School, Oakington Way, London N8 9EP. To book a tour around the Schools please contact the school office on 020 8340 6789 (St Peter’s Infants) 020 8348 1902 (St Gildas’ Juniors)

Reception Class Admissions – September 2019 – If your child reaches the age of 4 between 1/9/2018 and 31/8/2019, now is the time to apply for a Reception place at St Peter-in-Chains Infant School. Tours are available. Please ring Mrs Gaudiano on 020 8340 6789 for further information or to book a place. Supplementary information and forms are available on the school website

Offering Hope’ Workshops – 12th January 2-4pm & 22nd January 7-9pm, Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN. These workshops are for anyone interested in how the Church can help make a difference in the lives of young people. We will explore some of the nuts and bolts of good youth work, looking at current projects within the diocese and through Courtyard’s experience of discovering new ways to engage and accompany young people. For details and to register go to For extra information please email

Irish Chaplaincy – is looking for a Resettlement Caseworker – Come and be part of an exciting new project, assisting Travellers in selected London prisons into post-release employment. Salary: £26,360 (3 year fixed-term contract, with continuation dependent on further funding) NB The successful candidate will not be able to begin in post until prison-vetting has taken place. Deadline for applications: January 30th 2019. Interviews: February 19th 2019 Contact Eddie Gilmore, CEO 020 7482 5528

Catholic Singles – is an organisation which helps single Catholics of all ages (over 18 years) meet other single Catholics, either one to one or through social events. For further information visit or tel. 0161 941 3498

Sue Hessel’s book “Letters from a Good Man at War” is £10 – for every book sold through St Peter-in-Chains parish office £5 will be donated to the parish building project… Sue is happy to sign books and add a personal message – especially for Christmas presents!

Building Works – Please note along with the work that is being done on the porch, decorating of the church is also underway. We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause and ask parishioners to take extra care when entering/leaving the church after Mass. Thank you for your cooperation.

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. You can also donate online to the parish at This method allows you to add Gift Aid to your donation.

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

First Holy Communion & Confirmation 2019

First Holy Communion
Classes at St. Gildas’ school on:
Group A – 10am-11.30am, Saturday 12th January 2019
Group B – 10am-11.30am, Saturday 19th January 2019
Please arrive 5 minutes early to ensure classes start and finish on time.

Celebration Mass
11:15am, Sunday 13th January for all parents and children preparing for First Holy Communion in 2019

Group Meeting: 7-8:15pm, Monday 14th January – Lower parish rooms

Please pray for:

Those in the Parish who are ill:
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, Mary Wallace, Bruna Moia, Sister Pia, Margaret Whelan, Kitty Madden, Ann O’Grady, Clare Bruce, Brendan Whelan, Claire Marchand, Mike Coombes, Mira Lidstone, Gemma Francis, Fr David Williamson, Augustine Okonta, Richard Simon, Eileen Burgess & Noah Purcell–Chandler.

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:
Fr Robert Barry RIP

Service times and Mass intentions

SUNDAY 6TH JANUARY – The Epiphany of the Lord
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Maria Kuczwalski RIP (Anniv)
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. Jim Doyle RIP
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Michael Ginty RIP (Anniv)
7:00pm – MASS – Int. Rose Carroll RIP

Weekday Masses – Christmas: Daily Prayer – Week 2

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Benny Waldron RIP

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Thomas O’Reilly RIP

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Delia Ashford RIP

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Thomas O’Reilly RIP

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Madelena Lanzara RIP
7:30pm – HOLY HOUR – Presbytery

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Sister Ann Heaney
9:30am-10:00am – CONFESSIONS
6:00pm-6:20pm – CONFESSIONS

SUNDAY 13TH JANUARY – The Baptism of the Lord
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Con Barry RIP
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. John Ewings RIP (4th Anniv)
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Paddy Maughan RIP
7:00pm – MASS – Int. Sr Gilles Quigley

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

10:00am – LIFE ASCENDING GROUP – 36 Dickenson Road
5:00pm-7:00pm – PRIEST SURGERY – See Fr Sean without an appointment – Presbytery

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

1:30pm – STAY & PLAY GROUP – St Peter’s School Hall, Elm Grove (term time only)


SOUP RUN: – Saturday 5th January 2019 – 4pm & 6pm – Team D
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 5th/6th January 2019 – Susan Fleming

Saturday/Sunday 5th/6th January 2019
6:30pm (Sat) – Marco Lurati
9:45am 1st Reading: – Lesley Pippet 2nd Reading: – Anthony Pippet
7:00pm – Helen Helmer
1st: Isaiah 60:1-6; 2nd: Ephesians 3:2-3a.5-6 Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12
6:30pm (Sat) Andrew Dickson, Ann Hughes, Catherine Sexton
9:45am Sr Anne Hogan, Anthony Pippet, Carol Phillips, Gabriella Olaniran, Gertrude Jones
11:15am Claire Carson, Ha Chan, Daniel Ramirez-Cano, Declan Murphy, Dominic Martial
7:00pm Daniel Lloyd-Morgan, Fiona Stone, John Pio Sheehan

COUNTING: – Monday 7th January – 9:30am – Team B

SOUP RUN: – Saturday 12th January 2019 – 4pm & 6pm – Team A
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 12th/13th January 2019 – Margaret Forkan

Saturday/Sunday 12th/13th January 2019
6:30pm (Sat) – Steve Bethell
9:45am 1st Reading: – Mags Kelly 2nd Reading: – Harriet Haworth
7:00pm – Chris Beasley
1st: Isaiah 40:1-5.9-11; 2nd: Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7; Gospel: Luke 3:15-16.21-22
6:30pm (Sat) Claire Carballo, David Fleming, Emer Hughes
9:45am Jim Donoghue, Josephine Bobb, Lesley Pippet, Sr Odile Mahe, Margaret Forkan
11:15am Gianni Gagnier, Helen Bligh, Helga Chan, Jenny Coleman, Katherine Quinn
7:00pm Maria Fernandez, Mary Maloney, Michael Woods

COUNTING: – Monday 14th January – 9:30am – Team C