Parish News – 22nd November

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. Please note that a maximum of 30 people are allowed to attend in person and that the Mass will be livestreamed on YouTube.

National Youth Sunday

National Youth Sunday takes place this Sunday and is a unique opportunity to celebrate the role and significance of young people in the Catholic Church today, to recognise young people as a gift in the Church and affirm the contribution of young people in the Church and those who work with them.

This year the theme is Together. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every part of life. The way we live, work, study, play and pray has all changed. The most significant change has been that we have not been able to do many of those things together. There is something special about being together – being a part of a community – it is our togetherness which tells us who we are. It heals us and makes us complete.

We are called and challenged to think this weekend as a parish community about not just what our young people can do for us but what we can do to welcome, encourage and empower our young people to feel like they belong.

Let us particularly think of our young people whose preparation for First Holy Communion and Confirmation has been disrupted by the Covid-19 regulations and pray that they will soon be able to celebrate their togetherness as part of God’s family in these sacraments.

Preparing for Christmas at St Peter’s

Next Sunday, 29th November, will be the start of a new Church Year, the first Sunday of Advent  and the start of our preparation to celebrate the great feast of the incarnation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in human form at Christmas. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it will be a Christmas unlike any we will have celebrated in the past. We are assuming that we will, by then, again be allowed to celebrate public acts of worship in church – but that is not certain – and that we will still only be allowed to admit 60 people to a Mass. We will announce next weekend what Masses there will be for Christmas, which will be livestreamed and the arrangements for people who would like to attend Mass in person as we guess more people will want to attend than we are allowed to accommodate.

St Peter’s & St Gildas’ School Admissions for Reception

The closing date for Reception admissions in September 2021 is Friday 15th January 2021. For other year groups we welcome applications at any time. We are so sorry that we currently are unable to offer school tours due to Coronavirus; the staff and children love welcoming visitors to our school so that they can see first-hand what a wonderful school we are, and experience the family feel that our small school has. Visit our website for information about admissions, learn more about the schools and view our Welcome Video.

Bishops’ statement on Safeguarding

In this past week the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have been holding their autumn Plenary Meeting. Following that meeting, the Bishops have issued a statement on safeguarding. In the statement, the Bishops again express their deep contrition for what has happened and the pain and damage it has caused and formally accept the recommendations made in the recent IICSA Report and in their own independent review of Safeguarding, the Elloit Review. The  Bishops’ statement and Cardinal Vincent’s personal statement at a Press Conference on Friday are available on the diocesan website.

While the church is closed for public acts of worship:

Sunday Mass
The 11:15 Sunday Mass will continue to be livestreamed on YouTube and Twitter.

Sunday Hymns, Bidding Prayers etc.
Sunday Scripture readings
Notes on the Sunday Scripture readings
Find other livestreamed Masses in the diocese.

Weekday Masses
Morning Prayer at 8:45am and the 9am Mass Monday to Saturday will be livestreamed on Zoom. If you wish to follow Mass on Zoom you need to email the parish at stroudgreen@rcdow.org.uk 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.

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.

Holy Hour
Holy Hour on Friday from 7pm-8pm will continue on Zoom. Please email us as above if you wish to join us.

Click to ask us to pray for someone and have their name read out during Holy Hour

    Private Prayer
    The church will be open for private prayer on Sunday afternoons from 1pm – 3pm. Please observe the visitor rules below.
    Visitor guidelines

      • 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 How should we serve Christ our King?.

    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 kit.greveson@gmail.com. Many thanks to our wonderful, dedicated teams of sandwich makers and drivers! Kit

    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 catadmin@rcdow.org.uk

    Annual Report and Diocesan Accounts for 2019

    The Annual Report and Accounts of the Diocese of Westminster are available here.

    Try Alpha online

    8pm Monday, 2nd November – 21st December 2020. To enrol email woodgreen@rcdow.org.uk. Search N22 on https://alpha.org/try-alpha.

    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.

    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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