Parish News – Holy Week and Easter 2021

We wish all our parishioners, their families and friends a Blessed and Holy Easter.

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. Please note that all available places have now been booked. Do not come to a service unless you have registered.

Livestream links plus links to the hymns, readings and scripture notes can be found there.

On Palm Sunday we will not have palm leaves to distribute but, if you bring a small branch or some greenery, it will be blessed at Mass.

On Good Friday, the large crucifix we normally use for veneration will be placed in the porch when there is not a service in church so that people can venerate from outside. For the 3pm service, whether you are in church or joining the livestream, please have a rosary or small crucifix with you to venerate during the service.

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.

The Family Room

As we reach the end of Lent and of Holy Week, we hope our families will ‘Celebrate our Salvation’ this weekend with ideas in our Family Room.

Keeping Lent:

  • Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal 2021 – Donation envelopes are available in the porch.

This week:

Soup Run: Our Parish Soup Run still needs your donations – we are short of small food bags at present.

We really need distributors, drivers and sandwich-makers! Contact Kit for more info on 07507 138582 or email Many thanks to our wonderful, dedicated teams of sandwich makers and drivers! Kit

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

See the Holy Week and Easter Services page for details of services for Palm Sunday, Holy Week, The Easter Triduum, Easter Day and the Octave of Easter. This is also where you will find livestream details etc.

Note: There will be no Holy Hour on Good Friday.

Other News

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

Restoring the statue of Our Lady: The restorers have contacted us about what they are learning about the original decoration of the statue which they will replicate – and about alterations that were made at some point. You can find out more about the history of the statue and how you can donate to the restoration here.

Funeral details:
Ann Doyle – Funeral Mass on Tuesday 13th April at 9am.
Frances Byrne – Funeral Mass on Wednesday 14th April at 9am.
Barry Henry – Funeral Mass on Tuesday 4th May 2021 at 10:30am,St Peters Church, then Islington Crematorium for 11:45am, Service.
Mrs Dorothy Vassiliadis – Funeral Mass on Friday 7th May at 10am.
Keep them and their families in your prayers and please pray for parishioners who are sick.

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

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

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 for information.

St Ignatius College are currently recruiting for an Assistant Headteacher for Teaching and Learning role. The link to our website for full details of the role and application pack is:

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, Mrs Dorothy Vassiliadis 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

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).