Parish News – 21st March

Holy Week and Easter Services

Click on the image for information about Holy Week and Easter services at St Peter’s as well as Confession times. Links for registering to attend services on Maundy  Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Day are now available.

Livestream links will be added to the page as they are available.

There will have to be some changes to keep us covid-safe. For example, next weekend we will not have palm leaves to distribute but, if you bring a small branch or some greenery, it will be blessed at Mass.

Easter Offerings – Mass offerings on Easter Day make up a significant part of a priest’s annual salary. If you normally give using loose cash or standing order and will not be attending Mass at St Peter’s this Easter, please take one of the Easter Offering envelopes at the back of church for your offering and return it when you next come to Mass. Alternatively, you can give online here – please make a bank transfer with your name and ‘Easter‘ in the reference so that we can allocate it correctly. Thank you.

Don’t forget

….to complete and submit the Census!

Rest in Peace

In the past few days we have learned of the deaths of Barry Henry and Mary Maloney who will have been known to many parishioners. Please keep them, their families and friends in your prayers. May they rest in God’s eternal peace. Funeral details will be published when they become available,

Keeping Lent:

From our Lent posting for keeping a holy Lent.

  • Agony in the Garden – the special place for prayer is this week’s reflection on Zoom using meditations by Fr. Ron Rolheiser.
  • Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal 2021 – Donation envelopes are available in the porch.

The Family Room

This week in the Family Room our activity takes up the theme of this Year of St Joseph – Caring like Saint Joseph.

Restoring the statue of Our Lady

The restorers have contacted us with information about what they are learning about the original colours and decoration of the statue which they will replicate – as well as about alterations that have been made at some point. You can find out more about the history of the statue and how you can donate to the restoration here.

This week:

Confirmation: This Monday, 22nd March is the closing date for registrations for the 2021 Confirmation programme which is open to young people who worship and live in this Parish and who are in Year 9 (aged 13/14) in this academic year.

Appeal for Catechists
Could you help to support our families to prepare their children to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion for the first time this year? Previous experience isn’t needed, only an interest in engaging with parents and children in a virtual format! Please speak with Father Séan or contact Lizzie Quinn (0787 286 7203) if you’d like to learn more.

Planned Giving: The boxes of envelopes starting in April can now be collected. (It will be last year’s box if you did not collect your box then.) If you would like to join the envelope scheme please put your name on the list next to the boxes where you will also find Standing Order/Gift Aid forms if you want to change from using envelopes.

This week’s Services

Sunday Mass
The 11:15 Sunday Mass 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.

Holy Hour
Holy Hour on Friday from 7pm-8pm continues on Zoom. 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

    Other News

    Funeral details:
    Ann Doyle – Funeral Mass on Tuesday 13th April at 9am.
    Frances Byrne – Funeral Mass on Wednesday 14th April at 9am.

    Keep them and their families in your prayers and please pray for parishioners who are sick.

    Appeal for the work of the Passage
    The Passage’s mission and work is developing to cope with more people becoming homeless. It is raising funds through the Big Give from 12 noon Tues 16th March – 12 noon Wed 24th March to support No Night Out a new initiative to take newly homeless people off the street straight away. Further details of the work is at www.passage.org.uk. This is a matched giving scheme for online donations. If someone gave £10 online matched giving of £10 would bring the Gift up to £20 (and for individuals to £22.50 with Gift Aid). Donate at https://tinyurl.com/NoNightOut

    Donations for the Soup Run
    Our Parish Soup Run still needs your donations.

    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.

    Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
    22nd – 30th November 2021, Led by Cardinal Vincent Nichols and visiting Galilee, Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Poster here.

    All Sisters and Brothers – Sustaining hope with refugees & asylum seekers
    Thursday 25 March 2021, 6-7:30pm. London Churches Refugee Fund (LCRF) and Church Times present an evening in support of refugees. With keynote speaker Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP, actor Alfred Enoch, and representatives from LCRF and Migrants Organise. Register here for a free ticket. The event will be broadcast live online.

    Find out how to meet your MP online to lobby for the world’s poorest
    2021 is a critical year as world leaders decide how the world rebuilds from the pandemic. As Catholics we have an important role to play in calling for the world’s poorest communities to be included. Join us at CAFOD to find out how to meet your MP as a parish group. Sat 10 April, 11am to 12:30; book at cafod.org.uk/mpmeeting

    Subscribe to the Catholic Universe
    We will no longer be stocking the Catholic Universe. You can subscribe to an online or post edition.

    Year 7 vacancies at Bishop Douglass School
    Bishop Douglass School still have a few places left for the new Year 7 cohort for September. Parents can email schooladmin@bishopdouglass.barnet.sch.uk or phone the school on 020 8444 5211. We are an inclusive welcoming Catholic School that is high-achieving (in the top 10 schools in the country for progress) with a flourishing Sixth Form, high expectations and traditional values. Visit our website or follow us on social media to find out more.

    Teaching opportunities:
    Finchley Catholic High School are recruiting a teacher of Physics and a teacher of Art and Photography to start September 2021 (or Easter if available). Applications close on Friday 26th March (Physics) and 16th April (art). Details here.

    St Richard Reynolds has a number of teaching (Primary Teacher – September 2021) and support staff (Finance Manager Summer 2021) vacancies. Further details on the website or please contact recruitment@srrcc.org.uk for information.

    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, Richard Simon, Noah Purcell–Chandler, Safina Malik, Nathalie Renford, Jackie Loivette, Michael Reid, Carmel Palao, Wendy Fairhurst, Ann Elizabeth Bennett, Ann Turner, Gwen Dickson, Joseph Lunn, Tom Shiels, Jeremy Brock.

    Those who have recently died: Frances Byrne, Ann Doyle, Michael O’Brien, Barry Henry, Mary Maloney RIP.

    When attending Mass or visiting the church:
    Under the government’s regulations currently in force, communal worship can continue but the restriction of not mixing with anyone outside your household or support bubble.

          • 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
          • Keep 2 metres apart from other people when moving round church e.g. for communion
          • Family groups are asked to use the pews on the left of the main aisle and sit 2 rows apart

    Collections
    Planned Giving Envelopes and Loose Cash:
    If you are not attending Sunday Mass, 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.

    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!

    Online giving
    If you are not attending Sunday Mass, you can give online here. We prefer a bank-to-bank transfer over debit or credit card payments as you can give us your name in the payment reference as well as telling us if the donation is for the Building Fund (BDF).