Welcome back after the Summer!
September is a month when we are used to life resuming it’s regular rhythm – people back to work after the holidays, children back to school or starting a new school, meetings beginning, starting to think about Confirmation and First Holy Communion programmes…. Not this year – work is different – are we able to work, where do we work, fears about jobs or keeping our home; school is different; meetings happening by Zoom if they happen at all; changing rules about who we can meet and where and how. People talk about a new normal but does anyone know what it looks like? As if to emphasise the disruption, we just spotted that the Chrism Mass, normally celebrated during Holy Week will take place on Monday, 14th September, at the Cathedral!
Despite the uncertainty and anxiety around us, we are trying to get back to a routine in Parish life and that is reflected in this week’s Parish News. From this weekend we will resume streaming a Sunday Mass with the 9:45am Mass; we are also bringing back the 7pm Mass on Sunday evening; Holy Hour in church and online on Zoom will recommence this coming Friday, 18th September. See details below. Weekday Masses will not be livestreamed at present.
As more families return to Sunday Masses we have decided to revise the seating arrangements in the church. we ask family groups of 3 or more to sit in the left hand block of pews facing the altar and to keep an empty pew between each family. Thank you for your co-operation.
Plans are now in place to conclude our First Holy Communion programme and parents have been emailed details. Priests have been told that they can confer the Sacrament of Confirmation. We hope shortly to be able to begin to celebrate these precious sacraments of initiation in the parish.
Jennifer, our dedicated and faithful Parish Secretary has bid us farewell after 17 years and sent us this message. Many of you have got to know her as a good friend over the years. If you would like to send her good wishes, cards etc. please drop them off to the presbytery and we will ensure she gets them. (Alternatively you can ‘Leave a Reply’ at the end of Jennifer’s message).
Fr Sean will resume his weekly surgeries at the presbytery on Tuesdays from 5pm – 7pm. You can see Fr Sean without an appointment while of course maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask.
In the new online reality you will also find details below of secondary school open evenings, a CAFOD update, events run by the London Jesuit Centre and, last but not least, The Family Room re-opens. Welcome back!
Opening and times of Services
Everyone attending Mass is asked to wear a face covering while in church and must complete the signing in sheet so we have ‘track and trace’ records. Thank you.
The church will be open as follows:
Saturday 12th September
6:30pm – Mass of Sunday
Sunday 13th September
9:45am – Mass
11:15am – Mass
7pm – Mass
Monday – Thursday, 14th – 17th September
8:30am – 9:45am
9:00am – Mass preceded by morning prayer at 8:45am
Friday 18th September
12 noon – Funeral Mass of Cecilia Cunney RIP
7pm – 8pm – Holy Hour
Saturday 19th September
6:30pm – Mass of Sunday
Sunday 20th September
9:45am – Mass
11:15am – Mass
7pm – Mass
– Livestream on Twitter
– Livestream on YouTube & Twitter
– Livestream on Zoom – see Holy Hour details below
Sunday Hymns, Bidding Prayers etc.
Sunday Scripture readings
Notes on the Sunday Scripture readings
Weekday Scripture readings
Find other livestreamed Masses in the diocese.
Click for Prayer of Spiritual Communion
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.
Based on attendance figures for recent weeks, we are not asking people to contact us prior to attending Saturday/Sunday Mass but you must sign the contact sheet when you arrive.
For everyone’s peace of mind and safety, please follow the Visitor guidelines below. Note there are no toilet facilities available at present.
- Try and arrive a few minutes before Mass is due to begin
- Enter the church through the porch and sanitise your hands
- Ushers will direct people as they enter the church
- Parents should keep young children with them
- Sit only where there is a green card either as an individual, couple or family
- Follow the instructions of Fr Sean and ushers when moving round the church for communion or to leave at the end of Mass and maintain social distancing
- Turn the green card over to red when you leave
- Sanitise your hands and move away from the church on leaving
Holy Hour – Friday – 7 – 8pm
‘Zoom’ is being used to share the Holy Hour for anyone unable to join us in church. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to participate on Zoom and you will be sent the details. Participants will be able to log on from 6:45pm.
The Family Room
Visit the Family Room for this week’s family activity – today is Education Sunday and the theme, very appropriately, is ‘a learning people in a time of change’.
Pope’s Prayer Intention for September: Respect for the Planet’s Resources
In September, as the whole of humanity continues to grapple with the COVID pandemic, we are invited to pray with the Holy Father, and all people of good will, that ‘the planet’s resources will not be plundered, but shared in a just and respectful manner’. You can read more here.
First Holy Communion
Parents, we have shared an email update with you advising how we will support all our children in completing preparations for their First Holy Communion this year. Please refer to the email for full details, and contact the First Holy Communion team on email or phone (Lizzie, 0787 286 7203) if you have any questions.
Secondary School Open evenings
Visit our school admissions page for links to details of online Open Evenings at our secondary schools. Please note that these are this week for Cardinal Vaughan and Bishop Douglass Schools.
CAFOD online update
All are welcome to join CAFOD online next Saturday 19th Sept from 10:30 to 12 for an update on how your support of CAFOD is helping poor communities overseas tackle even more challenges in light of the Coronavirus Crisis. Email Tony Sheen email@example.com for details of how to register. Please continue to pray for the communities we are working alongside overseas.
London Jesuit Centre
The LJC is hosting some events and retreats online and planning in-person courses for later in the year. These include: ‘Theology and Covid’; each month ‘Retreat in Daily Life’; ‘Theology and Poetry’ and LJC Book Club with a new book and discussion session each month. You will find information on these and other LJC courses and events, regularly updated, on our website: www.londonjesuitcentre.org.
The God Who Speaks
During 2020, dedicated as a year of focus on the Bible and ‘The God Who Speaks’ by the Bishops of England and Wales, we are invited to renew that encounter with Jesus through a greater exploration of the Bible. In the diocese, talks resume this month on Zoom. For details see the diocesan website events page. You need to register at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rest in Peace
The funeral of Cecilia Cunney RIP will be at 12 noon on Friday 18th September. Please pray for Cecilia and her family.
Food Bank donations
You can find details about the times when you can donate to Holy Trinity and other local foodbanks here.
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, Vera Boles, Eileen Reavey, Carmel Palao, Wendy Fairhurst, Helen Fenwick, Ann Elizabeth Bennett and Ann Turner.
Those who have recently died: Patsy D’Arcy and Cecilia Cunney RIP.
The Sunday Collections
Planned Giving Envelopes:
If you are not attending Sunday, 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 want to make a catch-up payment when you return to Mass at St Peter’s, you only need to put one envelope in the collection basket with all of your donation. Thank you.
If you are not attending Sunday Mass and 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. Alternatively 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!