Parish News – 14th June – The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ

Services from St Peter’s

We have moved the details of how to access streamed services from St Peter’s to a new page which you can find here.

Re-opening the Church for private prayer

We are preparing to open the church again for private prayer this coming Friday, 19th June, from 5pm – 6:45pm and on Sunday 21st June from 2pm – 4pm. While we would love to fling open the doors and welcome people back willy nilly, the reality is that we will have to meet the requirements set out by the government and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Visitors are asked to observe hygiene  measures, follow a one-way system in, around and out of the building and observe social distancing. Initially we will only open the two side aisles. Other areas of the church will be closed off and there will be no toilet facilities.

We will only be able to open if we have sufficient volunteers as stewards and to clean the church between each session. Without knowing how many will volunteer, or what demand there will be, we hope to start by opening 2 or 3 times a week for 2 hours at a time. We will be able to open more frequently if there are enough volunteers to meet demand.

We thank those who have already volunteered to help. If you are able to give some time each week to help look after visitors and to maintain hygiene or to clean between sessions, please email Fr Sean at stroudgreen@rcdow.org.uk. Training will be given on Wednesday evening, 17th at 7pm. Thank you.

Guide for visiting the Church
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Please, when visiting the Church:

    • Enter through the Porch and sanitise your hands
    • Move clockwise round the church:
      • down the Blessed Sacrament Chapel Aisle,
      • across the front of the Altar and Sanctuary
      • and leave via the Lady Chapel Aisle and side exit after sanitising your hands
    • Keep 2 benches apart from other visitors
    • Only 1 visitor or household in a bench
    • If standing to pray allow 2m for people to pass behind you
    • Do not enter blocked off areas
    • Observe any requests from stewards if they ask you to move

Feast of the Sacred Heart

Statue of the Sacred Heart

Friday, 19th June, is the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is also the first day the church will be open for private prayer from 5pm-6:45pm. We have a beautiful statue to the Sacred Heart above the tabernacle in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, so it is an opportunity to come and pray before the statue.

Thank you – from Fr Sean

Fr Sean sends his thanks to all who wished him congratulations, blessings and good wishes on the 32nd anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood on Thursday last, 11th June, the Feast of St Barnabas,

A special message to our Prayer Sponsors

Our children were due to make their First Holy Communion over the two Sundays 14th and 21st June but, as you know, we have had to pause this year’s programme because of the pandemic. To those of you who kindly volunteered to be prayer sponsors, we ask that you continue to pray especially for your child, both now and in the coming months.

Rest in Peace

Please pray for parishioner Jean Robert Bondzanga who has died. Funeral arrangements will be given later.

The Family Room

This Sunday is the feast of The Holy Body and Blood of Christ and we have taken this as the theme for our Family Room activity “reflect on the real presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist“.

Sion Centre for Dialogue and Encounter – online sessions

The Sion Centre for Dialogue and Encounter is run by the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion and offers courses and lectures, as well as times for reflection and prayer. The Sion Centre for Dialogue and Encounter is place to listen, learn, reflect, respect. A setting for study and growth in mutual understanding between Christians and Jews, between other faiths and cultures. We are planning to have three sessions in the next few weeks through Zoom. If you would like to participate in any of them, could you let us know and we will send you an invitation for each session you would like to attend. Details can be found here or please visit our website https://sioncentre.org/

SUPPORTING THE NEEDY THROUGH THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

CAFOD Coronavirus Emergency Appeal

These are difficult times. Many of us here in the UK have suffered terribly because of coronavirus, coping with grief, anxiety and hardship. In the world’s poorest countries, health care systems are not coping with the coronavirus and families are going hungry because people cannot go out to earn money. CAFOD is helping protect and improve the lives of our sisters and brothers during this global emergency. If you are in a position to support our Coronavirus Appeal, you can donate at https://cafod.org.uk/coronavirus

Emergency Appeal to Support St Anne’s Care Home Staff and Residents

The Little Sisters of the Poor have launched a vital fundraising appeal, in response to the increasing pressures faced by St Anne’s Care Home in Stoke Newington during the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. You can read more here and donate online here.

Soup Run supplies needed please

A huge thank you to those who responded so generously to our request for stocks of tinned tuna. At the moment we are running short of tinned sweetcorn and mayonnaise (please not salad cream!) to mix with the tuna and also coffee and sugar. Tins or jars 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, 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

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/

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/

23rd June – Pro-Life Day of Prayer and Fasting

The Good Counsel Network ask us to join in praying and fasting for the end of abortion in this Country on Tuesday 23rd June, the Vigil of the Feast of St John the Baptist. Go onto the Facebook event and click Going and then click Share and then use the Invite option to invite others; https://www.facebook.com/events/572941403618449/.

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, Jackie Loivette, Frances Byrne, Grenville Ignatius, Michael Reid and Vera Boles.

Those who have recently died: Errol Curran & John Nohelty, Margaret O’Neill (John Loughran’s sister), Jean Robert Bondzanga, Thomas and Kathleen McGovern RIP

Other prayer intentions:
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!