Parish News – 4th October

CAFOD Harvest Fast Day – Friday 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. Let’s come together to help the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world survive, rebuild and heal. Please pray for all those affected and donate online at cafod.org.uk/give or by using one of the envelopes which will be available at church this weekend and next.

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.

An encyclical for all brothers and sisters

‘Fratelli Tutti’ is the title Pope Francis has chosen for his new encyclical – dedicated, as we read in the subtitle, to “fraternity” and “social friendship”. The quote is from St Francis of Assisi and the Pope will sign the letter at the Saint’s tomb on Saturday 3rd October.

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 4th October – 9:45am – Mass 
Friday 9th 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

The Family Room

Visit the Family Room for this week’s family activity on the feast of St Francis of Assisi- ‘being a channel of God’s peace’.

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.

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.

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.

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: https://spuc.org.uk/SaveTheRightToSaveLives

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: Cecilia Cunney and Helen Fenwick 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!