Parish News – 21st June

“We need to tell ourselves this often: the poor person had a mother who raised him lovingly.”

Pope Francis

In an extract from an interview published on the BBC, Pope Francis says that the coronavirus pandemic has shown how much the poor are disconnected from society. Poverty is often hidden away, he says, but trying to help others can help us rediscover ourselves.

Opening the Church

Thanks to the parishioners who have volunteered as stewards, the church will be open for private prayer as follows:

Friday 19th June, 5pm – 6:45pm
Sunday 21st June 2pm – 4pm.
Monday 22nd June 10am – 11:30am
Wednesday 24th June – 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Friday 26th June – 10am – 11:30am
Sunday 28th June 2pm – 4pm

For everyone’s peace of mind and safety, please follow the guidelines below. Note there are no toilet facilities available. To volunteer as a steward, please email Fr Sean at Thank you.

Please click for Visitor guidelines
    • Enter through the Porch and sanitise your hands on arrival
    • Follow the arrows round the church:
      • down the Blessed Sacrament Chapel Aisle,
      • across the front of the Altar and Sanctuary
      • leave via the Lady Chapel Aisle and side exit
    • Only sit where there is a green card,  turning it over when you leave (so that it is red).
    • Keep 2 metres (2 benches) apart from other visitors
    • Wash/sanitise on departure
    • Only 1 visitor or household in a bench
    • If standing to pray allow 2m for people to pass behind you
    • Do not enter closed off areas
    • Observe any requests from stewards if they ask you to move


Prayer of Spiritual Communion
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 21st June – 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
Mass at 10:30am
Mass will be broadcast on YouTube and Twitter.
The Mass Sheet with the Prayers, Responses and Readings is here.
The Hymns, Bidding Prayers and Spiritual Communion Prayer are 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 scripture readings are here

Click for more information
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’ then you will need to try again.

If you would like to read at one of the services you will need Skype, a WhatsApp account and, ideally, a laptop and tablet/mobile phone. Please complete and submit the form below 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 ask us to pray for someone and have their name read out during Holy Hour

The Family Room

Every day is an opportunity to celebrate family! But today – when we celebrate Father’s Day – is a special day to honour fathers, grandfathers, fathers-in-law and father figures. Visit our Family Room to find ways to celebrate.

This weekend…..

Congratulations to Susan and David Fleming
We join our best wishes to those of David, Sarah, James and Peter for their Mum and Dad’s Ruby Wedding Anniversary this weekend. David and Susan were married at St Peter-in-Chains on Saturday 21st June 1980. They should have been attending the Cardinal’s annual mass for marriage to mark their 40th wedding anniversary but obviously that could not happen.

World Refugee Day 2020
World Refugee Day is held on June 20th. This is an annual event, held on the same date each year. World Refugee Day honours the strength and courage of refugees and encourages public awareness and support of the refugees, people who have had to flee their home lands because of conflict or natural disaster.

Day for Life
The theme for Day for Life 2020, June 21st, is Choose Life, with a particular focus on protecting mothers and unborn children, and bringing hope and healing after abortion. Visit the Day for Life Website for more information.

Food Bank Appeal

Holy Trinity Food Bank needs toiletries quite urgently (soap, toothpaste and brushes, shower/bath stuff, toilet rolls, tissues) and Gospel Centre Foodbank, Wightman Road is desperate for sugar. They still need stock items but please NO PASTA. See below (click continue reading) for details of when both centres are open for donations. Thank you. Kit

First Communion 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.

Accessing Jesuits and Friends online

We at Jesuit Missions offer our prayers for the health and wellbeing of you and your families at this difficult time. From 15 June, you can read the Summer 2020 edition online at, where you will also find recent back-copies of the magazine.

Justice and Peace Westminster

The latest eBulletin can be viewed here.

Victim Support – vacancy

Victim Support (VS), an independent charity for people affected by crime in England and Wales, has been awarded the contract to manage a new flagship project:- Safe Spaces, a joint Anglican and Catholic church project to provide a vital support service for survivors of church-related abuse. You can find out about the post, based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, on the Victim Support website.

Sion Centre for Dialogue and Encounter – online sessions

The Sisters of Our Lady of Sion who offer a setting for study and growth in mutual understanding between Christians and Jews, between other faiths and cultures are planning to have three sessions in the next few weeks through Zoom. If you would like to participate, details can be found here or please visit


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:

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

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.

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

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;

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!