Notices – 1st December

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Advent – ‘Prepare the Way’

This weekend we begin the Season of Advent, when we ‘Prepare the Way’ for the coming of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ in human form at Christmas. It is also the beginning of a new Church year when on Sundays we will be listening for the main part to the gospel of St Matthew; this is referred to liturgically as ‘Year A’. There are ways we can prepare:

Joan Griffiths has written an Introduction to the Gospel of St. Matthew which sets the context, background and features of this Gospel and is worth a read.

All are welcome at the Candlelit Advent Service at Holy Trinity Church, Granville Road, N4 4EL on Sunday, 1st December, at 6pm, followed by mulled wine and mince pies.

Time spent before the Blessed Sacrament is an excellent way to prepare for Christmas at our Holy Hour on Friday evenings, 7:30-8:30pm or Exposition from 9:30-10am on Saturday mornings.

There is a Retreat day for young adults ‘Long-expected Jesus’ with the Assumption Sisters. Sat 14 Dec from 10 am to 5 pm Milleret House, 23 Kensington Square, W8 5HN Tube: High Street Kensington. Bookings: Donations only, lunch included.

The ‘Advent Giving Calendar’ reported last weekend, can help us use this season to think of those who might be struggling, and do our bit to help them in the run up to Christmas. Copies of the Calendar can be found at the back of church. On behalf of those you will help, Thank You.

Donations to the Poor Box at the back of Church are used at Christmas to support families in great need.

Helping the homeless this winter

The Passage is raising funds through the Big Give from 12 noon Tues 3rd December – 12 noon Tues 10th December to support its work helping homeless people this winter. This is a matched giving scheme for online donations. If a company, individual or trust gave £10 online matched giving of £10 would bring the donation up to £20 (and for individuals to £22.50 with Gift Aid). For more information contact Andrew Hollingsworth 020 7592 1856. Donate online here.

Weekday Masses

Weekday Masses will continue to be celebrated in the lower parish room this coming week.

Rest in Peace

The Funeral of the late Dora Clinton will be here on Monday 9th Dec at 11am followed by cremation at Marlebone Crematorium. May she rest in peace.

St Peter-in-Chains RC Infant School – Admissions for September 2020

Prospective parents should phone Mrs Gaudiano (Admissions Officer) in the school office, 020 8340 6789, to arrange to visit the school.

First Holy Communion, Confirmation & RCIA programmes

For meeting times please see the ‘Sacramental Preparation’ section below. Parents and candidates should always check here, as it is where regular information about the program will be published each week.

Other notices

Priest Surgery – Fr Sean’s Surgery, when you next can see him without an appointment, is on Tuesday 3rd December from 5pm-7pm at the Presbytery.

Christmas Bake Sale – We will be having a Christmas tea, bake and mulled wine sale to raise funds for the building fund. Date: 15 December after the 9:45 and 11:15 mass. Please bring cash to support our avid bakers. If you would like to get involved in baking or helping please contact Claire on 07478 330557.

London Catholic Worker Christmas party – at Giuseppe Conlon House on Saturday 7th December 3-6pm with food, refreshments, live music, ceilidh and raffle. Free entry, all are welcome. Donations accepted. Please note that the venue is no-alcohol and unfortunately not wheelchair accessible. 49 Mattison Road N4 1BG. More info:, 020 8348 8212

Christmas Day Lunch at Union Church Weston Park – If you would like to go to the Christmas Day Lunch and Party at Union Church, Weston Park, please see Fr Sean and get a reply slip to send to the church.

Resonate – Monday 9 December, 19:00-21:00 at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN, Resonate is Westminster Youth Ministry’s group for young adult Catholics aged 18-35 looking to explore and learn more about their faith. This month Nick Hanrahan from the Jesuit Refugee Service will speak about his experiences of living as a distinctive Christian.

Catholic Papers and Magazines – A selection of catholic papers and magazines are on sale each week and are available to view on the paper stand at the back of the church.

Volunteers wanted for the Christmas Tree and Crib – we are looking for volunteers to take on the Christmas Tree and/or the Crib from 2020. Steve who, for many years, has organized and decorated the tree and, more recently, has set up the Crib – as well as clearing it all away in January – has decided to call it a day after this year. If you think you might like to help prepare this part of our Christmas celebrations, get in touch ( to find out more and perhaps give a hand this year. You can also speak to Fr Sean.

Outstanding Education in a Catholic School Conference: – A group of Catholic education institutions will be hosting a day of lectures and seminars focusing on Outstanding Education in a Catholic School on Monday 6 January 2020. Candidates who wish to attend are asked to complete the application form to be found at and return this to the

Medjugorje Irish Centre Pilgrimages April-October 2020 – 7-night stay and airport shuttle service from Dubrovnik or Split for £266 per person sharing. Book any flight – any time and we provide guaranteed airport shuttle service. Call us for further info and book the dates that suit you. Tel. 020 3239 8662 or email

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. While Jennifer is away, please send items to

Sacramental Preparation

First Holy Communion
Group A Class 1 Sat 7 Dec 10am, church
Enrolment Mass Sun 8 Dec 11:15am
Group B Class 1 Sat 14 Dec 10am, church
Please arrive 5 min early so classes can start on time.

Applications have closed. Candidates will be contacted with details of when the course begins

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)
Group meets: Mon 2 Dec 7:30pm, Presbytery

Please pray for:

Those in the Parish who are ill:
Christian Overal, Antonio Neto, Zintra Sansom, Brenda Buzec, Amy Gordon, Annette Donivar, Margaret Bradley, Caroline Hilton, Karin Summers, Graham Summers, Joan Summers, Helen Kozlowski, 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, Noah Purcell–Chandler, Safina Malik, Jay Williams, Nathalie Renford, Joanie Macarthy, Jennifer Mann, Errol Curran, John Nohelty, Jackie Loivette, Joseph Paul, Frances Byrne & Grenville Ignatius.

Peggy Duncan, Peter’s mum is in hospital and would love a visit. She is in the North Mids Hospital, Edmonton, Ward S2 Rm 23. (Visiting time 2 -8pm) Love to see you.

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:
Dora Clinton, Jennifer Mary O’Neill, Tchiap Siong Lih (Kin Lin Lih’s dad), Patrick Casey, Michael Kane (Siobhan Tucker’s father who died recently in Ireland after a long illness) RIP.

Service times and Mass intentions

SUNDAY 1ST DECEMBER – 1st Sunday of Advent (A)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Maria Graham RIP
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. Tom O’Reilly RIP (1st Anniv.)
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Holy Souls
7:00pm – MASS – Int. Joseph Paul

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

09:00am* – MASS – Int. Sisters of Providence

TUESDAY 3RD DECEMBER – St Francis Xavier, Priest
09:00am* – MASS – Int. Mira Lidstone

09:00am* – MASS – Int. Holy Souls

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

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Private
7:30pm – HOLY HOUR – Parish Rooms

SATURDAY 7TH DECEMBER – St Ambrose, Bishop & Doctor
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Deceased Sisters of Providence
6:00pm-6:20pm – CONFESSIONS

SUNDAY 8TH DECEMBER – 2nd Sunday of Advent (A)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. John Bosco
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. All the people of the parish
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Frank Stenson RIP (Anniv.)
7:00pm – MASS – Int. Holy Souls

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

1:45pm-3:00pm – BABY & TODDLER GROUP – St Peter’s School Hall Term time only
5:00pm-7:00pm – PRIEST SURGERY – See Fr Sean without an appointment – Presbytery


11:00am-1:30pm – THURSDAYS TOGETHER – meet your neighbours for a friendly chat, light lunch available – the back of Holy Trinity Church


SOUP RUN: – Saturday 30th November 2019 – 3:45pm & 6pm – Team C
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 30th November/1st December 2019 – Nena Whitehead

Saturday/Sunday 30th November/1st December 2019
6:30pm (Sat) – Mia Griso-Dyer
9:45am – 1st Mags Kelly 2nd Claire Kennedy
7:00pm – Ursula Kuczwalski
1st Isaiah 2:1-5; 2nd Romans 13:11-14; Gospel Matthew 24:37-44
6:30pm (Sat) Sarah Fleming, Steve Bethell, Susan Fleming
9:45am Sr Anne Hogan, Anthony Pippet, Carol Phillips, Gabriella Olaniran, Gertrude Jones
11:15am Maria Gagnier, Mary Chambers, Mary Halliday, Michael Buchanan, Peter Cecile
7:00pm Peter Duncan, Pedro Daniel, Ruben Ferreira

COUNTING: – Monday 2nd December – 9:30am – Team A

SOUP RUN: – Saturday 7th December 2019 – 3:45pm & 6pm – Team D
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 7th/8th December 2019 – Ann Hughes

Saturday/Sunday 7th/8th December 2019
6:30pm (Sat) – Steve Bethell
9:45am – 1st Martin Whitaker 2nd Avril Byrne
7:00pm – Michael Sherley-Dale
1st Isaiah 11:1-10; 2nd Romans 15:4-9; Gospel Matthew 3:1-12
6:30pm (Sat) Andrew Dickson, Ann Hughes, Catherine Sexton
9:45am Jim Donoghue, Josephine Bobb, Lesley Pippet, Sr Odile Mahe, Margaret Forkan
11:15am Ryan Chang Kit, Theresa Pisapia, William Carson, Sabrina Cecile, Yessica Alvarez-Manzano
7:00pm Daniel Lloyd-Morgan, John Pio Sheehan, Mary Maloney

COUNTING: – Monday 9th December – 9:30am – Team B