From a book by Lee J. Trese, We and the Holy Spirit. This seems apt for our times:
‘Since all of us who are baptised are one family in Christ, we must periodically express our solidarity by worshipping together as God’s family, in church.
However, we do not to have to go to church every time we wish to stand in God’s presence. We have only to turn our eyes of faith inward, and there He is. Nor is this merely the necessary omnipresence by which God fills the universe with His being. This is a very special and a very person presence, an indidivudal and intimate relationship between the Holy Spirit and me.’
Services from St Peter’s
Daily Mass will continue to be broadcast on Twitter.
Sunday Mass will be broadcast on YouTube and Twitter.
Broadcasts will be available to watch afterwards online. NOTE: if the live Twitter broadcast has not started i.e. the top post does not show as ‘Live’ on a pink background, then you will need to try again.
If you would like to read at one of the services Click to volunteer
Sunday 3rd May, 4th Sunday of Easter – Good Shepherd Sunday
Mass at 10:30am
The Mass Sheet with the Prayers, Responses and Readings is available here.
The Hymns, Bidding Prayers and Spriritual Communion Prayer is here.
Notes on the Scripture readings are here
Monday to Saturday
Mass at 9am (Morning Prayer at 8:45am)
Morning prayer can be found here
The Mass scripture readings are here
Spiritual Communion – Prayer of St Alphonsus
I believe that you are present in the Holy Sacrament of the altar.
I love you above all things
and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
come spiritually into my soul so that I may unite myself wholly to you
now and forever.
URGENT – Soup Run supplies needed
From Kit ‘We’re running short of tins of tuna. Any tins can be brought to the outside of the glass door of the Basement Parish Rooms on Saturday afternoon from 4-5pm when we are making sandwiches inside or, at other times, could be left at the presbytery door, number 12. If the house bell is rung and the donor stands well back, Fr Sean will accept the donations. Thank you!’
We have created a new page here on our website for families with young children at home. Over the coming weeks, we will be adding ideas for families while we remain in lockdown. For starters we are inviting you to ‘Find your saint’ and we have also found a free online book that explains coronavirus for young children with illustrations by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. Take a look.
Rest in Peace
Please remember in your prayers Monica Francis and Ronald Ignatius whose funerals take place at St. Pancras cemetery on Monday the 4th May at 3pm. May they rest in peace.
Good Shepherd Sunday
‘Good Shepherd Sunday is the day when we pray for our seminarians and encourage others to consider the call to the priesthood. While seminaries are physically closed, prayer continues in the life of seminarians and staff. All have on-line lectures, regular conversations with formation staff and spiritual direction. While the present reality lacks the community dimension of formation and the important common liturgical life, their studies and preparation for priesthood continue.
‘Please pray for the seminarians and those discerning God’s call at this time. May they model through their actions and words the example of Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, who came to serve and not to be served. Read Seminary News to find out more about our seminarians in Allen Hall. Read or listen to Bishop John Sherrington’s reflection for Vocations Sunday in a time of pandemic.
As we are unable to gather in our churches due to the pandemic, this year there will not be a collection for the Priests’ Training Fund. However, donations to the Priests’ Training Fund are always gratefully received. If you wish to make a donation, please visit the donation page.’
Holy Hour – Friday – 7-8pm
Fr Sean will be using ‘Zoom’ to share the Holy Hour this week. If you wish to participate please email email@example.com, and you will be sent the details. Participants will be able to log on from 6:45pm.
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Pray the Rosary during May
Even though our church is closed, parishioners have continued to pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary at home after morning Mass on Tuesday and Friday. We would like to encourage others to join them and be united with them in prayer and in the Spirit during May the month of Our Lady when, traditionally, Catholics pray the Rosary. Pope Francis has provided the Church with two new prayers we can pray to Our Lady as part of the Rosary.
A message from Cardinal Vincent
Dear sisters and brothers,
There are two texts I want to share with you this Friday. Please give them a good glance – at least! They are quite different.
The first is a message/statement from the Archbishops. It tries to address this particular moment, paying attention to the distress we all feel at the lack of access to our churches, and giving a look forward to a gradual change in our way of living. Please do give this statement as wide a circulation as possible. Before too long I hope to be able to send you some clear guidance about the preparations we must make. But the reality is that the ‘lockdown’ goes on.
The second text is reflective, sensitive, with a true ‘interiority’ in its themes. I found that it touched me quite deeply. It is simply an offering at a difficult time.
I gladly repeat my admiration and deep gratitude for all you are doing, for your resilience and faithfulness. Slowly we are all looking forward with thoughts about how things will change. But for now we persevere with steadfast faith and the joy of the Lord in our hearts.
Let us keep up the work of prayer, always for one another.
With every good wish,
Masses for frontline carers and the sick
Every Thursday evening, at 7pm, a bishop, in turn, will celebrate Mass in his cathedral, live streamed, for all those frontline workers in the NHS and care homes, for the sick and their families:
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14 May: Bishop Robert Byrne CO, Newcastle Cathedral – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC12EvW0Eqg-cFTh5i2y_EQw
21 May: Bishop Mark Davies, Shrewsbury Cathedral – http://www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/about-us/live-masses
28 May: Bishop Terence Drainey, Middlesbrough Cathedral – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrHHOTloR8TPdwQEC8IlPVw
Thanks to our wonderful Soup Runners!
On behalf of Fr Sean and all St Peter’s parishioners, we send our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Kit and the Soup Run team who are still serving the needy and homeless with sandwiches every Saturday – while observing all the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of both volunteers and clients. “There is still great need amongst those we serve for both food and drink as many outreach charities have suspended operations. Stay safe!” – Kit
Food Bank donations
Contributions can be made to Holy Trinity Foodbank on Sundays between 1pm and 3:30pm. Please come to Holy Trinity Church Hall on Stapleton Hall Road, next to St Aidan’s School, N4 4RR, near the junction with Albany Road. Please leave your donations by the gates – to ensure safe distancing do not go into the courtyard or put them in the volunteer’s car boot to ensure potential human interaction is minimised/avoided.
Click for information about helping other local foodbanks
Donations can be made on Wednesdays, at the following foodbanks, which are both in need of help: The Hive foodbank – St Mary’s Church, Ashley Road, N19 3AD. https://thehivefoodbank.com/ Please come by on a Wednesday evening from 5.30pm or contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to donate at a different time.
Muswell Hill foodbank – 68 Pembroke Road, N10 2HT (in the front hall). Donations can be made on Wednesdays between 9-11am and 6-7pm. See urgently needed items here: https://muswellhill.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/
Please pray for:
Those 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, Frances Byrne, Grenville Ignatius & Michael Reid.
Those who have recently died: Richard Pennington, Michael O’Shea, Tom Donoghue (Jim’s brother) RIP
Other prayer intentions:
Father Sean Carroll and all our parish priests; all deceased members of the Djerkallis Family (Especially the babies) R.I.P.; Mr and Mrs Solomos and Eleni Djerkallis R.I.P.; for Mira Lidstone that she is kept safe and all the residents and staff at Nazareth house.
The Sunday Collections
Planned Giving Envelopes containing your donations should be kept at home until they can be brought to church. Please do not post cheques to us as the post is somewhat erratic and unpredictable at present!
If you normally give loose cash or notes, you can give online here using a debit or credit card; the link also gives our bank account details if you wish to make a bank-to-bank transfer; or you could put money aside until the church re-opens.
If you currently donate using Envelopes or loose cash, perhaps this is a good time to switch, if you can, to giving by Standing Order. The necessary form for your bank can be found here. The information can also be used to set up a regular payment if you use online banking. You will make our Planned Giving Organiser’s life much easier if you donate monthly rather than weekly – Thank you!