Parish news – 17th 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.


Sunday 17th May, 6th 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 are here.
Notes on the Scripture readings are here

Monday to Saturday – including Ascension Day on Thursday
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, 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.

Life Ascending Group

We send our prayers and best wishes to the members of our Life Ascending Group who, sadly, are unable to come together this week to celebrate their feast day, ‘The Ascension of the Lord’ on Thursday. We hope you are all keeping safe and well. God bless. This should have been a year of celebration for Life Ascending, England. It is 40 years since the first groups were established in November 1980 and a number of events had been planned to mark this milestone. The Covid-19 virus pandemic was unforeseen and now all plans for a celebration have been put on hold.

Rest in Peace

Errol Curran, who was for many years a reader and later the organiser of the parish readers, passed away last weekend. Please keep Errol, John his partner and their families in your prayers. May he rest in peace. Errol’s funeral will take place at Golders Green Crematorium at 3pm on 5th June. If we hear that the service will be streamed, we will publish the details.

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 at Marlebone Crematorium.

We have learned that Mary Bernadette Durasamy, the mum of Jennifer, our  Parish Secretary, has passed away. Her funeral was last week. Please keep Mary, Jennifer and all the family in your prayers.

The Family Room

In a recent Sunday Gospel reading, Jesus told his disciples ‘There are many rooms in my Father’s house’ so we thought that our families deserve more than a corner and have renamed this page ‘The Family Room‘. We hope you find plenty to do together as a family there. This week we have found another wonderful free ebook ‘The Book of Hopes‘ which is meant for children but, to quote a grown up parishioner, “I’ve laughed and choked up and had tears in my eyes. I think it’s perfect!!!” This book and the gospel reading from Mass this Sunday have inspired this week’s activity, which is to ‘Write a Prayer about Hope’.

This coming week is Mental Health Awareness Week. We are in a time when to be aware of the stresses that many are suffering and doing what we can to offer a sympathetic ear or, indeed, searching out someone who we can speak to about our own difficulties has never been more important. Mind, the mental health charity, offers advice on its website which we recommend. Here are some small local suggestions that may help as well:- have a read of ‘The Book of Hopes’ in our Family Room; listen to the NHS staff recording of Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge over Troubled Water’ which can be found below; offer a prayer to the Irish Saint Dymphna, the patron of the abused and mentally ill whose feast day was last Friday.

Bishops respond to government’s lockdown easing plans

Following the government’s release of the document ‘Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy’ on 11th May, the Bishops of England and Wales have made the following response:
‘The timing and the manner of the opening of churches touches profound sensitivities and spiritual needs. The government’s document and statements fail to recognise this.
‘The government’s position, established today, includes these steps aimed at opening churches as soon as possible: the establishment of a task force for places of worship, to work closely with “stakeholders” in ensuring that premises are COVID-19 secure; and heeding the experience of other countries in which churches are already open for worship.
‘In dialogue with the government, the Catholic Church will continue its engagement in this process and has already submitted a detailed plan, in full accordance with public health guidelines, for churches to be opened for private prayer.
‘The Church is ready to play its full part in the task force, understanding that this includes the possible earlier use of churches for private prayer, as a first safe step towards their use for public worship.’

A Bridge in troubled times

Here is an extraordinary performance of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ by men and women from the NHS in honor of the Llandudno’s Venue Cymru, which has been turned into a temporary coronavirus hospital. During this process, the facility has been renamed to Ysbyty Enfys, which is Welsh for Rainbow Hospital, as a symbol for hope. The performance itself starts after the introductions at about 1 minute 45 second. Enjoy!

Other news

Despite lockdown, there is plenty to read about this week: Praying the Rosary ; Information about the many ways to support the needy while lockdown largely continues; 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.


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

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

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! or email

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. Please come by on a Wednesday evening from 5.30pm or contact 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:

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

21 May: Bishop Mark Davies, Shrewsbury Cathedral –

28 May: Bishop Terence Drainey, Middlesbrough Cathedral –

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, Mary Durasamy 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!

Teaching vacancies for September

St Ignatius College is currently recruiting for a number of positions. The positions are: NQT – Teacher of English, Learning Support Assistants, Part Time Music Teacher. Details of the roles and application pack are available at

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 Any changes required to reflect Government direction with lockdown will be announced on the school website. Please check periodically to stay up to date.

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