Parish News – 25th October

November – Month of the Holy Souls

Next Sunday, November the 1st, is the Feast of All Saints and the start of the month when we remember particularly in our prayers all who have died , especially family members and friends. If you would like us to pray for your family and friends who have died, please take a form from the back of church or download it here and return it to the presbytery, number 12, once completed, so it can be placed before the altar during November.

All Souls CAFOD Memorial Mass – online Monday 2 November, 6pm-7pm

This year’s CAFOD Memorial Mass for deceased supporters can be joined online on Monday 2nd November at 6pm. Mass will be celebrated by CAFOD’s Chair of Trustees, Bishop John Arnold, with music, readings and prayers from CAFOD staff and supporters from around the world. Register at https://cafod.org.uk/Volunteer/Online-talks

The Family Room

Visit the Family Room for this week’s family activity which joins with the Pope’s October Prayer intention praying for the laity’s mission in the Church.

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 25th October – 11:15am – Mass 

Friday 30th October – 7pm – 8pm – Holy Hour 
Sunday 1st November – 11:15am – Mass

Please note that from this 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.

Links:

– 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

    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.

    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

    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.

    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 kit.greveson@gmail.com. Many thanks.

    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, Ann Elizabeth Bennett and Ann Turner.

    Those who have recently died: Jarlath Patrick Ford RIP.

    Caritas Social Action Network – Chief Executive Officer

    Caritas Social Action Network is the official domestic social action agency of the Catholic Church in England & Wales, a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. Inspired by the life and example of Jesus Christ we animate and coordinate our network of Caritas dioceses and member charities to help poor, vulnerable and marginalised people find their voice and to enable them to improve their lives. We work in collaboration with the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales and as part of the Caritas Internationalis confederation. We are looking for a CEO to lead the next stage of development and delivery of the work of the agency and to lead our small national office team. The successful candidate will be a practising Catholic* committed to improving the circumstances of those from all faiths and none who are in poverty, excluded or unjustly treated, together with a demonstrable commitment to Catholic Social Teaching and to the vision, mission and strategic direction of Caritas Social Action Network. * This is an occupational requirement for the role.

    Contract – indefinite, full-time; Location – London; Annual salary_ £60,000 or pro rata. For an application pack, please email Isabella George at recruitment@csan.org.uk. Closing date: 19 November 2020. Interviews: Week commencing 30 November 2020 (initial) and week commencing 7 December 2020 (final).

    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!