Notices – 24th March

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Cyclone Idai – news from on the ground

A parishioner contacted Fr William Kiowi in Mozambique whom many will remember from his time with us at St Peter’s. In his reply he said:

“Hi Lesley. Yes the situation is not good. In my parish of Sao Miguel de Cuamba many houses fell down mainly those starched houses and one of our catholic communities called Nossa Senhora Aparecida is giving accommodation to more than 70 families. I have visited the victims twice carrying a sack of rice and oil for cooking. The Capuchin Sisters also belong to the same community tried to help with maize but it is not enough, the government too is giving something little but things are not easy. In the church I tried to mobilize those who have a little bit of maize so that they could give a hand to the victims but the situation is not easy. Pray for us so that this time may pass. Greetings to all parishioners of St. Peter in Chains. Fr. William Kiowi”

The UK Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), of which CAFOD is part, has launched an appeal for the 2.6 million affected by the cyclone that swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. We would ask you to pray for those affected and donate what you can at or using the box marked Cyclone Idai Appeal at the back of church. Thank you.

Lent 2019

Ecumenical Stations of the Cross – Will take place at 7:30pm, 29th March Holy Innocents Tottenham Lane, 5th April St Mary with St George, Hornsey.

Lent Family Fast Day – Thank you – to all those who gave last weekend raising, so far, over £1,100 including £132 from the Frugal Supper. You can still hand in donations at the Presbytery.

Lent 2019 Faith-sharing Groups– “Rejoice and be Glad” – You can still join a group re-discovering a profound and personal sense of being loved and of being called to love, as joyful missionary disciples of Jesus Christ. 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, Youth and Evangelisation and the Church’s Service in Society, where, this year, he has launched a new programme focusing on the food poverty that affects so many. 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.” You can donate to the appeal using the box marked ‘Cardinal’s Appeal’ at the back of church.

Ann O’Grady RIP

The funeral Mass of Ann O’Grady, who died recently, took place here on Friday last, 22nd March. Ann’s body was then returned to Ireland for burial.

Tottenham Refugee Alliance – Volunteers meeting

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 remain closed while Jennifer, our secretary, is on sick leave. Please pray for her recovery.

Clocks go forward next weekend

Clocks go forward 1 hour next weekend, Sunday 31st March – which of course is also Mothers’ Day!

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.

Children’s Stations of the Cross will be held on Good Friday (19 April) at 10:30am in St. Peter-in-Chains. An email will be sent next week to all parents with full details.

Other notices

Priest Surgery – Fr Sean’s Surgery, when you next can see him without an appointment, is on Tuesday 26th March from 5pm-7pm at the Presbytery.

Post-synod reflections for young adults – The next meeting at Archbishop’s House will take place on Tuesday 2nd April, 6:30pm. These meetings are an opportunity for young adults to come together following the Synod of Bishops meeting on youth, pray, have input from one of our diocesan bishops, reflect and discuss the place of faith in the life of young people. Bishop John Sherrington will be leading our reflections this time. Please email if you plan to attend. For more details, go to

Planned Giving & Gift Aid – The new boxes of envelopes that will come into use next month are available at the front of church to collect – if you cannot remember your number you can look it up. To join the scheme please leave your details on the form next to the envelopes where Standing Order and Gift Aid forms can also be found. 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 drop a note to the office. Thank you.

The Alpha Course – 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 has started at St John Vianney Church Hall on Mondays from 7:15pm-9:15pm. To register or for more info contact Phil and Joe Di Leo on 020 8889 4979 or

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.

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.
No classes during school holidays 6th to 22nd April inclusive.

Children’s Stations of the Cross will be held on Good Friday, 19 April at 10:30am in St. Peter-in-Chains. An email will be sent next week to all parents with full details.

Please email any questions to:

Meeting on Monday 25th March 7pm-8:15pm in church

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, Clare Bruce, Brendan Whelan, Claire Marchand, Mike Coombes, Mira Lidstone, Gemma Francis, Augustine Okonta, Richard Simon, Jennifer Graham-Dillon & 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:
Ann O’Grady RIP.

Service times and Mass intentions

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)

Weekday Masses – Year 1 Lent: Daily Prayer – Week 3

MONDAY 25TH MARCH – The Annunciation of the Lord
09:00am* – MASS – Int. Catherine Simon RIP & Birthday

9:00am* – MASS – Int. All the people of the Parish

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Kathleen De Silva RIP (Anniv)

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Margaret Maloney RIP

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Edel Gavin RIP
7:30pm – ECUMENICAL STATIONS OF THE CROSS – Holy Innocents Church – No Holy Hour

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Katusha D’Souza RIP (Anniv)
9:30am-10:00am – CONFESSIONS
6:00pm-6:20pm – CONFESSIONS

SUNDAY 31ST MARCH – 4th Sunday Lent – C
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. All the people of the Parish
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. John O’Donovan RIP (Anniv)
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. John & Frances O’Hara 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

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 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

SOUP RUN: – Saturday 30th March 2019 – 4pm & 6pm – Team D
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 30th/31st March 2019 – Nena Whitehead

Saturday/Sunday 30th/31st March 2019
6:30pm (Sat) – Gillian Spry
9:45am 1st Reading: – Harriet Haworth 2nd Reading: – Marianne Law
7:00pm – Fiona Stone
1st: Joshua 5:9-12; 2nd: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Gospel: Luke 15:1-3.11-32
6:30pm (Sat) Steve Bethell, Susan Fleming, Alice Fidler
9:45am Lesley Pippet, Sr Odile Mahe, Margaret Forkan, Maura O’Shea, Patrick Egan
11:15am Helen Bligh, Helga Chan, Jenny Coleman, Kathleen McGrath, Kaveeta Soodoo-Cecile
7:00pm Maria Fernandez, Mary Maloney, Michael Woods

COUNTING: – Monday 1st April – 9:30am – Team B