Parish News – 27th September

World Migrant and Refugee Day Mass

World Migrant and Refugee Day is this Sunday, 27th September. The Diocese’s annual Mass for migrants and refugees will be celebrated on Sunday 6:00pm – 7:00pm at Westminster Cathedral, Victoria St, London SW1P 1LT. Bishop Paul McAleenan will celebrate the Mass, which will be live streamed at www.westminstercathedral.org.uk

CAFOD Harvest Fast Day – 9th October

This is a Harvest like no other as many families face chronic food shortages, malnutrition and poverty as the result of coronavirus. With your support, we can help people all over the world rebuild their lives. This Harvest, CAFOD are launching a series of online events around Family Fast Day from 8-11 October so that we can come together and bring hope and help to those who are most in need. One way to help is to join the Global Family Food event on Saturday 10 October. Have fun, eat some delicious food and raise funds to transform the lives of people in poverty. Follow the link to find out more and sign up. We have, so far, not received the usual CAFOD envelopes but you can donate online.

Secondary School Open evenings

Visit our school transfers and admissions page for links to details of online Open Evenings at our secondary schools.

Opening and times of Services

Mass and service times this week are as shown in the left hand side panel. 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 following will be livestreamed:
Sunday 27th September – 9:45am – Mass 
Friday 2nd October – 7pm – 8pm – Holy Hour 

Links:

– 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
Find other livestreamed Masses in the diocese.
Click for 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.
Amen.

For everyone’s peace of mind and safety, please follow the Visitor guidelines below. Note there are no toilet facilities available at present.
Visitor guidelines

    • 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
Please email stroudgreen@rcdow.org.uk if you wish to participate on Zoom 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

SOUP RUN – volunteer Drivers URGENTLY needed

To take the strain off our current wonderful drivers who have made our coronavirus response work possible and to continue to serve those less fortunate than ourselves, we desperately need more drivers. Flexible rota to suit volunteer. Saturday shift from 6pm to ca 8:30pm. Guidelines observed to ensure safety of volunteers and beneficiaries. Contact Kit for more info on 07507 138582 or email kit.greveson@gmail.com. Many thanks.

The Family Room

Visit the Family Room for this week’s family activity –  ‘ Looking out for others’ – especially important as we remember migrants and refugees this weekend.

See Fr Sean

You can see Fr Sean without an appointment at the presbytery on Tuesdays from 5pm – 7pm while of course maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask.

Rest in Peace

The Funeral mass for Margaret (Peggy) Bradley will be on Wednesday evening 30th Sept at 7pm followed by repatriation to Ireland. The family only will be in attendance. Please remember them in your prayers.

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.

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 livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk.

Food Bank donations

You can find details about the times when you can donate to Holy Trinity and other local foodbanks here.

Stress in your Marriage?

This has been a very difficult year for many couples. Retrouvaille is a program for married couples that feel bored, disillusioned, frustrated, or angry in their marriage. Some experience coldness. Others experience conflict. Most don’t know how to change the situation or even communicate with their spouse about it. This programme has helped 6,000 couples who were experiencing difficulties in their marriage in the past year alone. There is no group therapy or group work. For confidential information about ‘Retrouvaille’ or to register for the next programme commencing with a Virtual weekend on 12th -15th Nov 2020, call or text 07887 296983 or 07973 380443, email retrouvailleukinfo@gmail.com or visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk
Click to read more

We are Clive & Kathy Jones and with Fr Anthony Jackson (from Leeds Diocese). We experience miracles in every programme that is offered. The Holy Spirit works powerfully through the programme. We know many, many couples are in serious difficulties as a result of Covid 19 and the additional pressures they are coping with.

2 young wives contacted Retrouvaille recently, saying the issues in their marriages had got worse during lockdown. Both felt hopeless and anxious. One had 3 children under 5, the other 2 teenagers. They were searching for help and found it in the first ever Virtual Retrouvaille Programme, which was attended by 66 couples. Now, these two couples are working weekly towards a better future in Phase 2 of the programme. The weekend was Phase 1.

There is hope and Retrouvaille is a positive resource for couples who are having increased conflict or damaging silences, where defensiveness, criticism, contempt and emotional distancing have replaced listening, encouraging and working together. Couples may be thinking of separating, or may be separated and in the process of divorce. Retrouvaille helps couples get their marriages back on track. A Virtual programme allows couples with very young children to have input for their marriages without needing to leave the comfort of their homes.

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, Ann Elizabeth Bennett and Ann Turner.

Those who have recently died: Cecilia Cunney and Helen Fenwick who passed away peacefully on Friday 18th September. RIP.

A £32,000 thank you to our Gift Aiders

In the past couple of months the parish has received Gift Aid payments for the tax years 2018/2019 and 2019/2020. The 2018/2019 payment of £7,993.50 was principally for donations to the building fund and added £7,877.50 to the fund. The 2019/2020 payments of £22,078.12 and £2,000 represent our main claim for parishioners’ weekly and monthly giving but also included £4,447.50 for the Building Fund. So a huge thank you to all who Gift Aid what they give. If you are a tax payer and you don’t already Gift Aid  what you give, please give it serious thought – it does make a real difference! Find out more here.

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.

Loose cash
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.

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. You will make our Planned Giving Organiser’s life much easier if you donate monthly rather than weekly – Thank you!