In a message for the Fourth World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis refers to the age-old wisdom found in the Old Testament Book of Sirach: ‘Stretch forth your hand to the poor’ (Sir. 7:32). The Pope reminds us that prayer to God and solidarity with the poor are inseparable. He writes:
‘Generosity that supports the weak, consoles the afflicted, relieves suffering and restores dignity to those stripped of it, is a condition for a fully human life.’ ‘The power of God’s grace cannot be restrained by the selfish tendency to put ourselves always first.’
Not having time for the elderly, speaking badly of old age, and excluding older people from the life of communities: these make older people and our whole society the poorer. We should ‘stretch forth’ to neighbours in care homes, living in isolation, struggling to get about or who are bereaved. Read more on the website of Caritas Social Action Network.
While the church is closed for public acts of worship:
Morning Prayer at 8:45am and the 9am Mass Monday to Friday will be livestreamed on Zoom. If you wish to follow Mass on Zoom you need to email the parish at firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be sent the login details each day – please note that the login details change each day. You only need to email us once to let us know you wish to join the group. Daily Mass readings are here.
Please note that on Tuesday 17th, Mass will be celebrated at 9:30. It will be the Funeral Mass of Frank Clerkin and the Mass will be livestreamed on YouTube.
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.
Holy Hour on Friday from 7pm-8pm will continue on Zoom. Please email us as above if you wish to join us.
The church will be open for private prayer on Sunday afternoons from 1pm – 3pm. Please observe the visitor rules below.
- 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 ushers when moving round the church 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
The Family Room
Visit the Family Room for this week’s family activity – using our talents to serve everyone.
Rest in Peace
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Chris Brosnan, schoolkeeper of St Peter’s School, who recently died. Chris’ Funeral will be at St. Peter’s on Friday 27th November at 10:30 am followed by committal at New Southgate Crematorium N.11 at 12:00 noon. Please keep Chris’ and his family as well as our Schools’ communities in your prayers.
The funeral of Frank Clerkin, who died after a short illness. will be at 9:30am on Tuesday 17th November. At present we believe up to 30 people may attend. The Mass will be livestreamed on YouTube. Please keep Frank, his wife Sheila and their children in your prayers.
Message from Cardinal Vincent
You can view a message from Cardinal Vincent and a statement from the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales following the publication of the Report from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse relating to the institutional response of the Church in its duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation.
November – Month of the Holy Souls
If you would like us to pray for your family and friends who have died, please download a form here and return it or email it to the presbytery, number 12, once completed, so it can be placed before the altar during November.
Donations for the Soup Run
Please continue to donate to the Soup Run which is needed now more than ever. Donations – we are particularly short of sugar – can be brought to the Basement Parish Rooms between 1pm – 5pm on Saturday or given to a steward in Church from 1pm – 3pm on Sunday. Fr Sean will take in donations if he is in.
We still need drivers! Contact Kit for more info on 07507 138582 or email email@example.com. Many thanks to our wonderful, dedicated teams of sandwich makers and drivers! Kit
Sick and Retired Priests fund collection
You can still donate to the annual Sick and Retired Priests collection online at www.rcdow.org.uk/donations. Thank you.
Journeying with the Bible now online
Fr Javier Ruiz-Ortiz PhD and Sr Monica Cardona PhD are running a series of talks for the Year of the Word on the Bible. The next date and topic is Major themes of the New Testament on 24th November from 7pm to 8:30pm. Please register at firstname.lastname@example.org
Try Alpha online
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.
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: Chris Brosnan & Frank Clerkin 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 email@example.com. 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.
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!