Parish News – 10th May

Spiritual Communion – Prayer of St Alphonsus

My Jesus,
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.
Amen.

SERVICES

Sunday 10th May, 5th Sunday of Easter
Mass at 10:30am
Mass will be broadcast on YouTube and Twitter.
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) is broadcast on Twitter.
Morning prayer can be found here
The Mass scripture readings are here

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

You will need Skype, a WhatsApp account and, ideally, a laptop and tablet/mobile phone. Please click below and complete and submit the form to get more information from the organisers if you are interested. Thank you.

Holy Hour – Friday – 7-8pm
Fr Sean is using ‘Zoom’ to share the Holy Hour each week. If you wish to participate please email stroudgreen@rcdow.org.uk, and you will be sent the details. Participants will be able to log on from 6:45pm.
Click to request a prayer intention

if you would like us to pray for someone and have their name read out during Holy Hour.

Rest in Peace

Errol Curran, who was for many years a reader and later the organiser of the parish readers, passed away last Saturday night/Sunday morning. Please keep Errol, John his partner and their families in your prayers. May he rest in peace.

Please also remember in your prayers Maria Mullally, a parishioner who until fairly recently lived in Mayfield Road, who has died. Her funeral will be on 22nd May.

SUPPORTING THE NEEDY THROUGH THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Thursday 14th May – a Day of Prayer, Fasting and Works of Charity

Pope Francis invites us, this Thursday 14th May, to join with believers of all religions and people of goodwill in a Day of Prayer, Fasting and Works of Charity so each of us, wherever we are, and according to the teachings of our own respective faith traditions and philosophies, seek divine help to rescue ourselves and the entire world from this adversity, to inspire scientists to find a cure for the virus and to save the whole world from the health, economic, and human repercussions of this pandemic caused by coronavirus (COVID-19).

Cardinal’s Appeal 2020

The Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal has been extended to help those who are in desperate need due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Funds raised will be available for parishes and schools across Westminster Diocese to respond to the needs of their local communities. Our parish has already received support from Caritas Westminster for our Soup Run. If you are able to contribute to support this cause and help this work continue we would be very grateful. You can donate online at https://rcdow.org.uk/donate/cardinals-appeal/

Soup Run tuna supplies – Thank you!

A huge thank you to those who have responded so generously to our request for stocks of tinned tuna. You are wonderful people! Tins can still 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, can 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! Kit

CAFOD Coronavirus Emergency Appeal

CAFOD launched its coronavirus emergency appeal on 30 April. The effects of coronavirus on developing countries where CAFOD works are likely to be devastating. Families without enough to eat and without access to clean water and healthcare are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus. The poorest and most marginalised communities will be pushed further into poverty. Your prayers and gifts are needed now more than ever to help protect the lives of those in poor communities. While we are not able to hold physical collections in our church, you can donate as individuals at cafod.org.uk/coronavirusappeal

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
Gospel Centre Foodbank which is at the bottom of Wightman Road, just opposite the Mosque, opens Sunday Mornings 11:30 to 1:30 and Tuesday evenings 18:30 – 20:30 – and donations always gratefully received, particularly at the moment! https://www.gospelcentre.co.uk/get-involved.html or email gospelcfoodbank@gmail.com

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 hivefoodbank@gmail.com 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/

Family Corner – this week ‘The Holy Rosary”

Have you visited the new page on our website for families with young children at home? Every week we will be adding ideas for families while we remain in lockdown. This week we are inviting you to ‘Discover the Holy Rosary’. Take a look. We also found a new free, picture ebook ‘Everybody Worries‘  that offers your child the reassuring message that this crisis will pass, we are there for them, and we will get through this together.

Other news

Despite lockdown, there is plenty to read about this week: Praying the Rosary and two new prayers to Our Lady in the month of May; Good Shepherd, or Vocations Sunday; A message and reflection from Cardinal Vincent; Masses for Frontline Carers and the sick on Thursday evenings;  Parish Prayer Intentions; How to continue to support the Parish financially while churches are closed and more:

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.

May 3rd was 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. 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.

While unable to gather in our churches there could not be a collection for the Priests’ Training Fund. However, donations to the fund are always gratefully received. If you wish to make a donation, please visit the donation page.’

From Cardinal Vincent

There are two texts I want to share with you. 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.

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.

Let us keep up the work of prayer, always for one another. With every good wish,

+Vincent

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:
Click for details

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

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, John Nohelty, Jackie Loivette, Frances Byrne, Grenville Ignatius & Michael Reid.

Those who have recently died: Michael O’Shea, Tom Donoghue (Jim’s brother), Monica Francis and Ronald Ignatius, Errol Curran, Maria Mullally 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:
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!

Loose cash
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. However, if making a bank-to-bank transfer, please use as the account name Westminster Roman Catholic Diocese Trustee Stroud Green (or as much as your bank allows you to type in!). Alternatively you could put money aside until the church re-opens.

Standing Orders
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. Please use the same account name as shown above. You will make our Planned Giving Organiser’s life much easier if you donate monthly rather than weekly – Thank you!

Marriage Week

11th – 17th May is the week that is nationally set aside to celebrate commitment to the Sacrament of Marriage. The theme this year is “The Forever Conversation,” recognising the need for continual open communication to enable a marriage to be long lasting. Marriage Encounter is working in partnership with Marriage Week UK to promote events and celebrate marriage. For more information see https://marriage-week.org.uk/

Magnificat – Special Offer

Magnificat advised us of a special subscription offer available for the immediate future: 4 months for £14.00. Ring 020 7448 3618 to find out if this offer is still available as they emailed in April!.

Teaching vacancies for September

St Richard Reynolds Catholic College, whilst not working from school at present, are actively preparing for next year. Some teacher and support staff vacancies are advertised on the school web-site.

Click for information about changes to St Michael's Catholic Grammar School 2021 Admissions process

‘Please check our website for the updated information and forms on changes that have been implemented due to social distancing restrictions. Completed applications can be submitted electronically to admissions@st-michaels.barnet.sch.uk. Any changes required to reflect Government direction with lockdown will be announced on the school website. Please check periodically to stay up to date.