Parish News 7th November

The Synod – add your voice

Every voice matters on this Synod journey, and the Church asks you reflect a little on your own experience of faith, particularly during the pandemic, and to share individually your hopes and dreams for the future. You can add your voice to the Synod process by completing this form and emailing or returning it to Fr Sean or the Presbytery.

Alternatively, there is a Northern Area Listening Event with Bishop John Sherrington on Wednesday 1st December, 7-9pm at Golders Green Parish, 700 Finchley Road, London NW11 7NE (Booking is required )

And there are also online Listening Events on Zoom:

    • Monday 15th November, 7–9pm. Please register.
    • Saturday 20th November, 10am-12noon. Please register.
    • Wednesday 24th November 7–9pm. Please register.

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

In our Family Room

In our Family Room this week we look at how we, like the widow in Sunday’s Gospel, can “Give all we have to God”

Collection for sick and retired priests

This 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.

November – Month of the Holy Souls

Sheets to list departed family members and friends are available in church or to download. Please return sheets to Fr Sean or the presbytery. Envelopes for donations for Masses for the Holy Souls are also available. The sheets are placed before the altar and everyone mentioned included in November Mass intentions.

Sister Elise Courousse (Sister of St Gildas) RIP

We have learnt that Sister Elise Courousse (Sister of St Gildas) died in our Mother House in France. Sister Elise was a member of the community in Briston Grove for many years and some parishioners will remember her. Please keep her, the Sisters of St Gildas, her family and friends in your prayers. May she rest in peace. Sister Odile


We attach the Vatican message to Hindus for the Festival of Divali or Deepavali (row of lights), which falls on 4th November this year and lasts about five days. It is probably the most important Hindu Festival of the year. Please wish your Hindu neighbours Happy Divali and, perhaps, share the Vatican message; it helps build trust and solidarity between the faiths. We pray that, we, both Christians and Hindus can bring the light of hope in people’s lives in these challenging times.

First Holy Communion Programmes

2020-21 First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion: Our next monthly Zoom meetings are on 13 November and 4 December. Zoom links have been shared via email 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.

This Week

The Padre Pio prayer group will meet in church after the 7pm Mass this Sunday, 7th November.

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.
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, 7th November – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – 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.

COP 26

Please continue to 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.

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

Medjugorje prayer evening for LGBT people, their families and friends, and others who are interested, at St. Mary of the Angels, Moorhouse Road, W2 5DJ on Wednesday 17th November starting at 6pm. See poster for details.

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.

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

Teacher vacancy: St Richard Reynolds Catholic College, Twickenham are looking for an outstanding practitioner who can teach GCSE RE mostly in KS3 (A level Philosophy & Ethics would be desirable but not essential) to join us from January 2022. See website for details.

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, Sister Elise Courousse (Sister of St Gildas) 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 on climate: This is a complex crisis Speaking to Times Radio ahead of the COP26 summit, Cardinal Vincent drew attention to the complexity of the issues that the world is currently facing. ‘This is not simply a summit about the production of energy, although that is crucially important,’ he said. ‘The Pope is asking people to raise their eyes’ and to look beyond our immediate surrounding to the bigger picture during these meetings.

‘The Pope has stressed that this is a crisis with many dimensions: in healthcare, food supplies, economies, migration, refugees and modern slavery. There is a whole complex of issues that have to be kept in view.

‘We tend to look much more closely at what is influencing us now,’ the Cardinal added. However, ‘this is a complex process, a complex crisis. Let’s take it in its wholeness. This is about people, about people’s lives. They are at risk, but they are also at the centre of the solution.’

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.