Parish News – Christmas 2020

May the Christ who comes to us again at Christmas bless the world with His joy, hope, comfort and love. I wish all our parishioners, friends and visitors a very Happy Christmas and a safe, healthy and peaceful 2021. Thank you for your cards, gifts, good wishes and prayers. You are all in my prayers and the Christmas Day Masses are offered for your intentions. God bless you.

Fr Sean

This week:

Christmas Services

 

Livestreamed Christmas Eve Mass
The 6:30pm Family Mass on Christmas Eve will be livestreamed on YouTube and will be available to watch afterwards.

Hymns & Bidding Prayers
Scripture readings
Notes on the Scripture readings

Livestreamed Christmas Day Mass
The 9:45am Family Mass on Christmas Day will be livestreamed on YouTube and will be available to watch afterwards.

Hymns & Bidding Prayers
Scripture readings

Tier 4 – Under the government’s Tier 4 regulations which are now in force for London, communal worship can continue but the Tier 3 restriction of not mixing with anyone outside your household or support bubble remains.

St Peter’s Unchained
Let us celebrate online and reflect on the story of Christmas as parish, as families, as individuals. Watch at any time. Huge thanks to all who gave this their time and talents.

Christmas Crib Appeal
We will be taking up our annual appeal for the Catholic Childrens’ Society which supports disadvantaged children and families across London, Hertfordshire and the South East. You can donate at the Crib or online.

This week’s Services
Information about services this week.

Christmas Greetings from Lincoln
Sister Ann and Sister Pauline, Sisters of Providence, wish all their friends in the Parish a Happy Christmas and a safe New Year. We miss you and send lots of love. We are keeping well and settling in to our new apartment. God bless. Sr Ann and Sr Pauline.

RCIA
We congratulate our candidates who were received into the Church through Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion on Saturday 19th December and welcome them into our Catholic parish community.

The Family Room
Visit the Family Room for this week’s family activity – sharing the peace and goodwill of God with others

Helping the needy at Christmas:
The many ways to help those in need include:
Give to our parish Soup Run Winter appeal
Support local Foodbanks
Volunteer at a Covid-safe Shelter for the homeless
– Donate at the Poor Box by the entrance door

Reflections to prepare for Christmas
From 16th – 23rd December are publishing daily reflections on the ‘Great O Antiphons‘ that summarize the whole scope of the Old Testament with both words and events that are seen as preparation for the ultimate revelation of God in Jesus. Joan Griffith has also written notes on the scripture we hear over Christmas so try to make some space and time to enjoy and reflect on them.

First Holy Communion
Read about what is happening with the First Holy Communion Programme over the Christmas break here.

St Peter’s & St Gildas’ School Admissions for Reception
Closing date for applications is 15th January 2021. More details here.

Sunday Collections:
Since March, the parish income has dropped by about £25,000. If you are not attending Mass at St Peter’s due to Covid, you can find information here about making your Sunday donations.

Please pray for:
Parishioners who are sick or have recently died.

When attending Mass or visiting the church:

    • You must wear a face covering
    • Sign the contact sheet on the table by the entrance
    • Sanitize your hands on entering and leaving
    • Sit where there is a card with a green dot and turn it over to the red dot when you leave
    • Family groups are asked to use the pews on the left of the main aisle and sit 2 rows apart
    • Keep 2 metres apart from other people when moving round church e.g. for communion

This week’s services:

Sunday Mass
The 11:15 Sunday Mass on December 27th will be livestreamed on YouTube and will be available to watch afterwards. Sunday Masses are at 9:45am, 11:15am and 7pm.

11:15am Mass Hymns & Bidding Prayers
Sunday Scripture readings
Notes on the Sunday Scripture readings
Find other livestreamed Masses in the diocese.

Weekday Masses
See Christmas Services for details

Holy Hour
See Christmas Services for details

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 following Mass.

    First Holy Communion

    We send our prayers and congratulations to the parish children who have recently received the sacrament of Holy Communion for the first time and our thanks to their families, our catechists and the prayer sponsors who have supported them on what, this year, has been a challenging journey.

    Please note that our First Holy Communion team are taking a well-deserved break over the Christmas holiday period. Our email address (firstcommunion@stpeterinchains.com) will not be actively monitored between 20 December and 15 January, and no meetings with children from the 2019-20 First Holy Communion programme will be organised during this time.

    We have updated our ‘Sacraments‘ page to give the current state of play for the parents of children on the 2020 First Holy Communion programme and for parents wanting their child to prepare for First Holy Communion in 2021.

    Donations for the Soup Run

    Our Parish Soup Run vitally needs your donations as winter sets in. In particular, donations of warm socks & gloves, in men’s sizes & in good condition. Ski/thermal socks have been requested. So please consider having a clear-out of your sock drawers! Donations can be brought to the door of the Basement Parish Rooms between 1pm-4pm on Saturday afternoon. Fr Sean will take in donations at other times, if he is at home.

    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

    Food Bank donations

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

    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.

    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 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!