Parish News – 18th October

Sunday 18 October 2020 is World Mission Sunday

In the Holy Father’s message for World Mission Sunday, he says:

‘The Church continues the mission of Jesus and sends us everywhere so that, through our witness and the proclamation of the Gospel, God may continue to manifest his love and transform hearts, societies and cultures’.

On this day through prayer, reflection and material help we express our support of missionaries from all continents who are striving to preach and live the Gospel among those have yet to receive it. By supporting Missio, the Pope’s charity for world mission, you will help missionaries share the love of Christ with those most in need. Please pray for the mission of the Church throughout the world and give what you can to sustain the future of our Church. Please visit Missio’s website to find out more, to give a single gift, set up a Direct Debit and Gift Aid your donation, if possible. Alternatively you can donate using the wall safe at the back of church marked ‘World Mission Day’. Thank you

The Family Room

Visit the Family Room for this week’s family activity – participating in World Mission Sunday.

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, maintain social distancing while in church and complete the signing in sheet so we have ‘track and trace’ records. Thank you.

The following will be livestreamed:
Sunday 18th October – 9:45am – Mass 
Friday 23rd October – 7pm – 8pm – Holy Hour 
Sunday 25th October – 11:15am – Mass

Please note that from next Sunday, 25th October, we will return to having music at both the 9:45 and 11:15 Sunday Masses. At 9:45 Mass we will have a socially-distanced choir and musicians on the balcony and for 11:15 Mass, Francesco and Miriam will continue to provide the music from home. Note that 11:15 will become the livestreamed 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
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.

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 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

The Pope’s Prayer intention for October

During October we pray with Pope Francis that, by the virtue of Baptism, the laity, especially women, participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church.

I readily acknowledge that many women share pastoral responsibilities with Priests, helping to guide people, families and groups and offering new contributions to theological reflection.
– Pope Francis

Social distancing – reminder

With the extra focus on reducing the spread of Covid-19 in London, when you attend a service at St Peter’s as an individual please take a seat where there is one of the green dots. These are placed at opposite ends of benches so that people sit 2m apart and not immediately behind or in front of each other. We would also ask family groups attending Sunday Masses to sit in alternate rows on the left hand side of the main aisle and for people who are not part of a family group or bubble to take a place in one of the other parts of the church. Thank you. Fr Sean.

A farewell message from Sisters Ann and Pauline, Sisters of Providence

Dear Parishioners, unfortunately we have to let you know that due to health reasons Sisters Ann and Pauline will be leaving the Parish to join our sisters in Lincoln. We shall be leaving on the 20th October. Sisters Mary Margaret and Gill will continue to live in the Parish. Sr Ann thanks Father Sean and the parishioners for their support and love throughout her many years at St Peter’s. We shall miss you all, but hope to remain united in prayer wherever God leads us all.

CAFOD Harvest Fast Day – Thank you

Thank you for your generosity last weekend to help most vulnerable people in the world survive, rebuild and heal. We banked over £600 from the collection plus we have cheques made payable directly to CAFOD. Please continue to pray for all those affected. You can still donate online at or by using one of the envelopes after Mass.

Fr Sean’s weekly surgeries

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.

Preparing for the Sacraments for 2021

This is the time of year when normally we would be publishing details of the new Confirmation, First Holy Communion and RCIA programmes to prepare young people and adults to receive the sacraments in 2021 and we have already received some enquiries. You will not be surprised that, at the moment, we are not sure how we will proceed. We will inform you via the website, Twitter and Facebook when we do know.

Young Caritas

The next meeting, via Zoom, of the Young Caritas Forum will be on Tuesday 20th October looking at the migrant and refugee crisis. Anyone between the ages of 18-30 would be very welcome. For more information see

The Why: Prayer, Reflection & Discernment on our Response to Covid-19

Caritas Westminster is running an online event for all those involved in social outreach projects, whether it is through the parish, a Catholic school, or another project, especially for those responding to the Covid-19 crisis. It is an opportunity to reflect on these in the light of Catholic social teaching, and to use this as a framework to plan for the future. Visit this link to find out more.

Help protect babies with cleft lip, cleft palate and club foot

Sadly abortion is currently available in the UK, right up to birth, for babies with cleft lip, cleft palate and club foot. All of these conditions can be corrected. A cross-party group of MPs from the three largest parties in the UK Parliament have come together to bring forward the Abortion (Cleft lip, cleft palate and club foot) Bill. The Bill will change the law to clarify that cleft palate, cleft lip, and club foot are not grounds for abortion in the UK. Can you help with getting your MP to support the Bill? Please visit to email your MP asking them to support the Bill. It only takes 30 seconds. Thank you. Catherine Robinson, Right To Life UK

Secondary School Open evenings

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

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 Many thanks.

Food Bank donations

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

From the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children

Help stop DIY abortions During the Coronavirus pandemic unborn babies and their mothers have been at even greater risk of abortion. The Government’s “pills through the post”, brought in as Covid measure, means that over 23,000 women in England and Wales aborted their baby at home during lockdown. Please help us to spread the truth about DIY abortion and save women and babies from the tragedy of abortion. Will you deliver pro-life information leaflets about DIY abortions door-to-door in your area? Every leaflet could make the difference to a vulnerable woman and save a baby’s life. Please go to our website to learn more and order some leaflets. Or you can order leaflets by calling SPUC on 020 7091 7091.

Sign the petition to save the right to save lives Pro-abortion MPs in Parliament want to stop pregnant women getting help outside abortion clinics by calling for buffer zones. SPUC is campaigning to save the right for peaceful pro-life vigils to take place. Hundreds of children are alive today in this country because their mother met a loving pro-life person just before they walked into the abortion clinic. We must protect this vital work. Please sign our petition to save the right to save lives. It only takes a minute of your time, but it could mean a lifetime for an unborn baby. You can sign the petition 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, Ann Elizabeth Bennett, Alan Roberts and Ann Turner.

Those who have recently died: Jarlath Patrick Ford 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.

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!

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