Notices – 17th March

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St Patrick’s Day

A happy feast day to all the Pats, Patricias and Patricks in the parish and of course to all those parishioners who trace their family roots across the sea to Ireland. May St. Patrick guard you wherever you go, and guide you in whatever you do and may his loving protection be a blessing to you always.

Lent 2019

Lent Family Fast Day, 15th March – CAFOD believe in a world where every woman, man and child can flourish. This Sunday we take up the Lent Fast Day collection in aid of CAFOD which will help them to work with their expert teams in 165 countries to tackle the challenges of poverty, conflict, climate change and inequality. Please, if you can, Gift Aid your donation. You can also donate online. Your donation is a lifeline. An outstretched hand to a friend in danger. Together, we can reach out to children, women and men in God’s family with love. Thank you.

Ecumenical Stations of the Cross
Ecumenical Stations for Lent will take place as follows: 7:30pm, 22nd March Holy Trinity Glanville Road, 29th March Holy Innocents, 5th April Hornsey Parish.

Lent 2019 Faith-sharing Groups – This Lent the theme for groups across the diocese is “Rejoice and be Glad”. Re-discover a profound and personal sense of being loved and of being called to love, as joyful missionary disciples of Jesus Christ. If you would like to join a group, speak to Fr Sean or email the parish office Copies of the booklet are available on the newspaper stand priced £3.

Studying the Scripture – One good Lenten practice is Bible reading, and for those who wish to do so, a reminder that there are notes by our own scripture scholar Joan Griffith (and some good illustrations for meditation) on the parish website for the Sunday readings each week.

Grow in intimacy with God this Lent – A parishioner has trained as a Spiritual Director and is available to accompany individuals who wish to explore their relationship with God. Sessions are donation only and offer an opportunity to help you draw out a deeper relationship with God, to help you discern where God is at work in your life and to help you identify the blocks to becoming closer to God. Please contact Fr Sean for more details.

Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal 2019 – The Cardinal’s Appeal funds initiatives in parishes, schools and charities in the three mission areas of: Marriage and Family Life, enriching and supporting marriages, the essential building block of society and the Church; Youth and Evangelisation, supporting young people, the future of the Church, as they grow in their relationship with God and deepen their Catholic faith; and the Church’s Service in Society, putting our faith into action by serving the poor, the lonely and the marginalised. This year, the Cardinal is asking us to think about the last of these in particular, and he has launched a new programme focusing on the food poverty that affects so many across the Diocese. Much of this poverty remains hidden. Many use foodbanks even though there is a wage earner in the family. Please take a donation leaflet as you leave Mass today. In addition, to find out about volunteering opportunities, visit In the words of Cardinal Nichols: “I hope this Appeal offers you and your family one way in which to observe Lent and to grow in the richness of our response to God’s blessings of life and faith.”

The Tottenham Refugee Alliance

Thank you to all at the Parish of St Peter in Chains who raised an enormous £707 to help to resettle a refugee family in Haringey. This will be such an enormous help – very sincere thanks to all. You can still donate at

A meeting for all interested or would-be volunteers is being held on 26 March 2019 from 7:30pm at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Stapleton Hall Rd. Please come to hear Bekele Woyecha, national coordinator of community sponsorship groups at Sponsor Refugees, speak about the programme. For info email

Parish Office

The parish office will be closed until the return from sick leave of Jennifer, our secretary. We ask your prayers for her recovery.

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. Note no Confirmation meeting this week, next meeting 25th March.

First Holy Communion & Reconciliation 2019 – The first group of children in the 2018/19 First Holy Communion programme received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time on Saturday 16th, and the second group will receive the sacrament next Saturday, 23rd March – see further details in the Diary overleaf. Please keep all our group in your prayers.

Children’s Stations of the Cross will be held on Good Friday (19 April) at 10:30am in St. Peter-in-Chains. Further details will be shared in upcoming classes.

Other notices

Priest Surgery – Fr Sean’s Surgery, when you next can see him without an appointment, is on Tuesday 19th March from 5pm-7pm at the Presbytery.

SEEDS – Our group for adults with learning disabilities and their families and friends, is looking for someone to run our very popular art/craft table on the first Saturday of the month, 2-4pm in St Peter-in-chains school hall. We pay £40 per session. Please contact Kayte Brimacombe at for further information.

Two bedroomed flat wanted: – A woman, her daughter and pet dog who have just moved into the area are looking for accommodation. Please see Fr. Sean

Quiz Night at St Ignatius College – Friday 29th March 2019 at 7pm for a prompt 7:30 start. To book a table please contact Mrs Neary on See notice at back of Church.

Planned Giving & Gift Aid – If you already use envelopes, the new boxes that will come into use in April are now available, arranged in numerical order, at the front of church. If you cannot remember your number you can look it up on the list next to the boxes. To join the envelope scheme please leave your details on the form next to the envelopes where Standing Order and Gift Aid forms are also available. If you belong to the Gift Aid scheme but no longer pay tax, please let us know so we stop claiming for you. You can email us at or contact the office. Thank you.

The Alpha Course – gives everyone the opportunity to explore questions of life and the Christian faith in a friendly and informal way. Each session includes food and a short video followed by discussion in small groups where you can share your thoughts and find out what others think. A course lasting 11 weeks will be starting at St John Vianney Church Hall on Monday 18th March from 7:15pm-9:15pm. To register or for more info contact Phil and Joe Di Leo on 020 8889 4979 or

Building Works – While work is being done on the porch, we 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 diocesan vacancies. New vacancies will continue to be added to the website as and when they arise, so please check the website regularly for updates.

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 School (Dickenson Road Entrance) from 10am-11:30am on:
Class 5 – Group B Saturday 30th March
Please arrive 5 minutes early to ensure classes start on time and remember to bring the I Belong book.

First Reconciliation – Group B Saturday 23rd March 10-11:30am – Church

Children’s Stations of the Cross will be held on Good Friday (19 April) at 10:30am in St. Peter-in-Chains. Further details will be shared in upcoming classes.

Please email any questions to:

Meeting on Monday 25th March 7pm-8:15pm in church – no meeting 18th March

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, Augustine Okonta, Richard Simon & 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:
George Roger Cader, Tracy Tibbs RIP.

Service times and Mass intentions

SUNDAY 17TH MARCH – 2nd Sunday Lent – C
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Niall Clifford
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. Mr Kelly RIP
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Eileen Burgess RIP
7:00pm – MASS – Int. All the people of the parish

Weekday Masses – Year 1 Lent: Daily Prayer – Week 2

09:00am* – MASS – Int. Private intention

TUESDAY 19TH MARCH – St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Sr. Laetitia NSendo (Thanksgiving)

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Grace Sheils

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Private intention

10:30am – FUNERAL MASS – Int. Ann O’Grady RIP
7:30pm – ECUMENICAL STATIONS OF THE CROSS – Holy Trinity Church – No Holy Hour

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Margaret Maloney RIP
9:30am-10:00am – CONFESSIONS
6:00pm-6:20pm – CONFESSIONS

SUNDAY 24TH MARCH – 3rd Sunday Lent – C
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Leo & Sheila Boon RIP(Anniv)
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. Gabriella Olaniran (Birthday Thanksgiving)
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Luke & Bridie O’Brien RIP (Anniv)
7:00pm – MASS – Int. Maurice Harnett RIP (Anniv)

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 16th March 2019 – 4pm & 6pm – Team B
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 16th/17th March 2019 – Susan Fleming

Saturday/Sunday 16th/17th March 2019
6:30pm (Sat) – Marco Lurati
9:45am 1st Reading: – Lesley Pippet 2nd Reading: – Anthony Pippet
7:00pm – Michael Sherley-Dale
1st: Genesis 15:5-12.17-18; 2nd: Philippians 3:17 – 4:1; Gospel: Luke 9:28-36
6:30pm (Sat) David Fleming, Emer Hughes, Jacqueline O’Shea
9:45am Patrick Egan, Regina Fleming, Sheila Doyle, Sr Anne Hogan, Anthony Pippet
11:15am Yessica Alvarez-Manzano, Anastasia Gaffiero, Anna Maria Fernandez, Anthony Cecile, Claire Carson
7:00pm Peter Duncan, Pedro Daniel, Ruben Ferreira

COUNTING: – Monday 18th March – 9:30am – Team D

SOUP RUN: – Saturday 23rd March 2019 – 4pm & 6pm – Team C
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 23rd/24th March 2019 – Margaret Forkan

Saturday/Sunday 23rd/24th March 2019
6:30pm (Sat) – Steve Bethell
9:45am 1st Reading: – Mags Kelly 2nd Reading: – Martin Whitaker
7:00pm – Ursula Kuczwalski
1st: Exodus 3:1-8.13-15; 2nd: 1 Corinthians 10:1-6.10-12; Gospel: Luke 13:1-9
6:30pm (Sat) Laura Alyousif, Patricia Hannon, Sarah Fleming
9:45am Carol Phillips, Gabriella Olaniran, Gertrude Jones, Jim Donoghue, Josephine Bobb
11:15am Ha Chan, Daniel Ramirez-Cano, Declan Murphy, Dominic Martial, Gianni Gagnier
7:00pm Daniel Lloyd-Morgan, Fiona Stone, John Pio Sheehan

COUNTING: – Monday 25th March – 9:30am – Team A

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