Parish News – 3rd January

A New Year Blessing

May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord let his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
May the Lord uncover his face to you and bring you peace.

Thank you

I send my thanks and deep appreciation to all the people who helped us celebrate once again, whether in person at church or at home online, the birth of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. There are so many of you: those who produced and contributed to St Peter’s Unchained; those who organised and managed the tickets and seating for the Christmas Masses and served as stewards; who decorated the church and set up the crib; who livestreamed our services; kept people informed on the website and social media; read, served, sang and made music at our liturgies; counted and banked the collections – my apologies if I forgot anyone! You represent the many gifts and talents we are blessed to find in our parish family.

My thanks also to everyone who has given this Christmastide – to those who have given to help the needy in any way and to those who have donated to the priest’s Christmas offerings. You can still donate at the crib, to the Soup Run, Food Banks as well as making Christmas offerings.

God bless you all.

Fr Sean

This week:

This week’s Services
On Wednesday 6th January, we celebrate the Feast of Epiphany, a Holyday of Obligation. There will be Mass at 9:00am – preceded by Morning Prayer at 8:45am, and at 7:30pm. You can find information about our other services including livestream details here.

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.

Pastoral Letter for the Feast of the Holy Family
You can read or listen to the Cardinal’s Pastoral letter from last weekend by clicking on the image.

Christmas Crib Appeal
We continue 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.

St Peter’s Unchained
Is still online to reflect on the story of Christmas as a parish. Watch at any time. Huge thanks to all who gave this their time and talents.

Helping the needy at Christmas:
There are still ways to help those in need:
Give to our parish Soup Run Winter appeal
Support local Foodbanks
Volunteer at a Covid-safe homeless shelter 
– Donate at the Poor Box by the entrance door

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 January 3rd will be livestreamed on YouTube and will be available to watch afterwards. Sunday Masses are at 6:30pm Saturday, 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
Morning Prayer at 8:45am and Mass at 9am on Monday to Friday are celebrated in church and are not livestreamed. On Wednesday 6th January, Feast of the Epiphany, there will also be an evening Mass at 7:30pm.

Holy Hour
Holy Hour on Friday from 7pm-8pm will continue on Zoom during the winter months. Please email us 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 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!