Parish News – 31st October

“The Heavens proclaim the Glory of God, and the firmament shows forth the work of His hands.” (Psalm 18)

Please pray for the success of the UN climate talks in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November.

May the Holy Spirit inspire all political leaders at COP26 and instil in them the courage and gentleness to implement fairer solutions for the most vulnerable.

There are prayer cards at the back of church; please do take one and pray that that world leaders will put the needs of marginalised communities around the world, those most affected by climate change, right at the heart of these climate talks. For more information visit the CAFOD website and you can listen to Pope Francis’ BBC Radio 4 Thought for the Day addressed to world leaders attending the COP26 conference.

Fr David John Irwin RIP

We sadly announce the death of Fr David, who was our Parish Priest from 2004 to 2010. Fr David died at home in Findon Village, Worthing where he lived in retirement. Born on 1st March 1944, Fr David was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1995 after leaving ministry in the Church of England and being received as a Catholic in 1994. We send our prayers and sympathy  to Fr David’s family and friends, and to the clergy and parishioners among whom he lived and ministered as an Anglican and as a Catholic. Information about funeral arrangements will follow in due course.

Fr Pius, whom many may remember, sends greetings from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. It is sad to hear the passing on of Fr David Irwin. I remember the years I spent at your Parish when he was the priest in charge. He was a humble and kind person. May he rest in peace. I will remember him at Mass. I wish you many blessings. Father Pius Sibanda.

November – Month of the Holy Souls

The Feast of All Saints this year is celebrated today, 31st October and ‘Honouring all the Saints‘ is the theme of this week’s Family Room activity.

On the Feast of All Souls, Tuesday 2nd November, there will be an evening Mass at 7:30pm to which we invite families who have lost a loved one during the past 2 years. The names of the departed will be read out during Mass and families will be invited to light a candle in their memory. We will try to contact families but if you know someone who has lost a family member can we ask you to bring this to their attention. If you would like the name of a loved one who has died in the past 2 years read out, please email the parish or drop a note in to the Presbytery at number 12.

Holy Souls Lists: Sheets to list the names of departed family members and friends are available in church or you can download a copy. Please return completed sheets to Fr Sean or drop them in at the presbytery. Envelopes for donations for Masses for the Holy Souls are also available. The sheets will be placed before the altar and everyone mentioned will be included in November Mass intentions.

First Holy Communion Programmes

2020-21 First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion: We will be holding our monthly Zoom meetings on 13 November and 4 December. Zoom links have been shared via email with all our families, and we will re-send them one week before each call.

2021-22 First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion: Enrolment is now open for families interested in their children making their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion – please complete the enrolment form by Monday 22 November. We will also be holding a Parents Information Evening on Tuesday 23 November at 7:30pm in the church to share details about the approach we will be taking.

Service times

Church opening: For the present, the church will only be open for Masses. Please continue to observe voluntarily the wearing of face coverings and sanitising hands as well as maintaining social distancing in church.
Sunday Masses are at 6:30pm (Saturday), 9:45am and 11:15am (livestreamed), 7pm.
Weekday Masses are at 9am Monday to Friday after Morning Prayer at 8:45am unless there is a funeral or other special Mass at another time.
A Memorial Mass for Richard Pennington RIP, will be celebrated by Fr Bernard Phelan on Friday 29th October at 1:30pm.
The Funeral Mass for Marian Pitney will take place at St Peter’s on Wednesday, 3rd November at 10am followed by cremation at Islington crematorium at 11:45. May she rest in peace. Please keep Marian and her family in your prayers.
Holy Hour takes place on Fridays on Zoom from 7pm-8pm. Please email us if you wish to join us or to ask us to pray for someone and have their name read out during Holy Hour.

Sunday Mass, 31st October – All Saints – The 11:15 Sunday Mass will be livestreamed on YouTube and will be available to watch afterwards.

Sunday Scripture readings
Notes on the Sunday Scripture readings
Find other livestreamed Masses in the diocese.

Collection for sick and retired priests

Next Sunday we will be taking up the annual collection for the diocesan Sick and Retired Priests Fund. By giving a gift, you will help ensure all of our sick and retired priests are cared for at their time of need, after years of service to God and their parishioners. The fund will be used to meet essential costs, like making a flat accessible to a disabled priest. It could ensure a priest has regular visits from a carer after undergoing surgery. Rest assured, the Diocese works closely with the NHS, local councils and social services, but there will nevertheless be gaps in funding and we need to ensure our priests have peace of mind in their senior years. Be as generous as you can in your support of this appeal. And continue to pray for our priests.

The Synod – walking together

Here you  will find an explanation prepared by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales about the 2-year synod process including this video.

Cold weather help for the homeless

The SVP are distributing 11,500 Vinnie Packs containing cold weather essentials to the homeless this winter. Please consider sponsoring packs at a suggested donation of £3.70 per pack. Donations can be sent to Vinnie Packs, PO Box 72264, London SW1P 9EZ with cheques made out to SVP or by bank transfer to Nat West sort code 60-60-04, account no. 4608 8237. Thank you for your support.

Other News:

Soup Run Appeal: We really need distributors and drivers! Our Parish Soup Run still needs your donations – at the moment we need tins of sweetcorn, tubs of margarine and some sugar. Contact Kit for more info on 07507 138582 or email Many thanks to our wonderful, dedicated teams of sandwich makers and drivers! Kit

London Jesuit Centre Registration is now open for courses in the second half of the term at the London Jesuit Centre. You can read more here.

Visit our wonderful schools – Are you looking for a school place for your child in September 2022? Come and visit the fantastic schools here in your Parish, St Peter’s & St Gildas. Phone 020 8340 6789 or email to book a place on one of our tours on Wednesday 10th Nov’ 10am, Friday 19th Nov’ 11am, Wednesday 24th Nov 10am.

Looking forward to meeting you soon- ‘Two small schools, one big family’. Ellen Robertson, Head teacher

St Thomas More Catholic School: Glendale Avenue, Wood Green, N22 5HN. The Sixth Form Open Evening will be held on Tuesday, 9th November 2021, from 5:30pm until 6:30pm. Please email our Admissions Officer should you have any queries.

La Sainte Union, Highgate Road, London, NW5 1RP has sent us a copy of their prospectus.

School Forms: Fr Sean will be available on Tuesdays at the presbytery from 5-7pm to sign school forms.

Universe Catholic Weekly The new online Universe Catholic Weekly is the online replacement for the Catholic Universe newspaper. It is as topical, controversial and stimulating as the paper which served our faith for 160 years. You can subscribe for £20 a quarter (13 copies).

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, Richard Simon, Noah Purcell–Chandler, Safina Malik, Nathalie Renford, Jackie Loivette, Michael Reid, Carmel Palao, Wendy Fairhurst, Ann Elizabeth Bennett, Gwen Dickson, Joseph Lunn, Tom Shiels, Jeremy Brock, Mrs Breda Cassidy, John O’Shea, Anthony Pippet.

Those who have recently died:  Theressea Moe, Mrs Madeline Paule, Marian Pitney, Fr David Irwin RIP.


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).

Cardinal Vincent reflecting on the visit to the cathedral of Little Amal: “Amal embodies a whole dimension of our human family that is travelling lost, at risk and in danger”. The Cardinal shared his thoughts in this video recorded after a service of prayer and reflection, and welcome for Little Amal to Westminster Cathedral.

For a Synodal Church:News about the 2023 Synod :

The Road to Carbon Neutrality – The Diocese of Westminster has committed to do its utmost to become carbon neutral by 2030 in its parishes and curial buildings. Read more :

Westminster Record – The latest episode of the Westminster Record podcast is now available on Apple PodcastsAnchor and Spotify.

Westminster Justice and Peace Bulletin October 2021Available here.

Westminster Agency for Evangelisation Bulletin October 2021Available here.

Vacancies in the Diocese of Westminster
Vacancies in the Diocese of Westminster can be viewed online here.

One thought on “Parish News – 31st October”

  1. We have just heard last night that Sister Elise Courousse (Sister of St Gildas) died in our Mother House in France yesterday evening. Sister Elise was a member of the community in Briston Grove for many years and some parishioners will remember her. Keep her, the Sisters of St Gildas, her families and friends in your prayers. May she rest in peace.
    Sister Odile

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