Parish News – 20th March

Lent 2022

Here is our page of ideas and suggestions for ways to Keep Lent Holy by Praying, Fasting and Giving. It now includes information about Volunteering provided by Caritas Westminster.

After the Ecumenical Stations of the Cross on Friday, 18th March at 7:30pm at Holy Trinity, Granville Road, followed by a charity frugal supper, there will be a gap of 2 weeks with the final Stations being at Holy Innocents, Tottenham Lane on Friday, 1st April. All welcome.

Our Family Room activity takes Sunday’s Gospel parable of the Fig Tree as it’s theme – Letting Jesus cultivate us during Lent

Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal

HEAT or EAT? Help those facing this choice. This year, we celebrate 10 years of Caritas Westminster working with parishes across the Diocese to restore hope, and enable people to lead a life of dignity. Funds raised will be shared between parishes and Caritas Westminster.

The impact of the pandemic is making daily life harder for all. Price rises mean many families face an impossible choice: HEAT or EAT? The Church is responding, with thousands of people putting their faith into action by serving those in need.

Cardinal Nichols has expressed his gratitude to everyone who supports the Appeal, with whatever they can afford. Just as a mosaic is made up of many different coloured pieces, each one unique, each person’s contribution to this mosaic of hope will bring light into the lives of people across our Diocese. A gift this Lent made online or using the wall safe at the back of church will help fund initiatives in parishes, schools and charities in the Diocese. Please be generous.

CAFOD Family Fast Day – Friday March 11th

Thank you for your generous donations last weekend. The Frugal Supper raised £139 and the weekend’s retiring collections at Mass £594. You can still donate using a CAFOD envelope – give it to Fr Sean or  visit the CAFOD website. You can also still support Irena and Fr Patrick on CAFOD’s Walk Against Hunger Lent challenge here. Thank you.

Praying for Peace and for the people of Ukraine

At St Peter’s Basilica in Rome on Friday, 25 March, the Feast of the Annunciation, the Holy Father, Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Catholic bishops in England and Wales will join Pope Francis in this consecration on that day. “We know that there is a great need for the gift of peace and reconciliation, and we will be commending all those who are suffering at this time to Our Lady”.

Presidents of Churches Together in England (CTE) have appealed for ‘the immediate cessation of hostilities, the withdrawal of invading forces and the observance of the Geneva Conventions.’ They have also called upon ‘churches everywhere to campaign for an immediate end to the war in Ukraine, and to proclaim the dignity of every human life, whatever its nationality’.

DEC charities, which include CAFOD, and their local partners are in Ukraine and in neighbouring countries providing food, water, shelter and medical assistance. CAN YOU HELP? Donate online or using the wall safe at the back of church. Thank you!

Responding to the crisis caused by the war in Ukraine – Westminster diocese parishioners have responded generously to the needs of refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine by providing goods and financial donations. As people turn their minds to hosting Ukrainian refugees who come to the UK, Caritas Westminster is providing guidance.

Services

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.

Sunday Masses are at 6:30pm (Saturday), 9:45am and 11:15am (livestreamed), 7pm.

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

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.

Teresa McGrath & Joe Tracey RIP: We have learned of the deaths of Teresa McGrath and  Joe Tracey. Funeral details will be published when we know them. Please pray for Teresa, Joe and their families.

Holy Hour: Following the Holy Hour on Friday 4th March, the Holy Hour will pause until after Easter due to the Ecumenical Stations of the Cross.

Confession: The Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession is available on Saturday evening from 6-6:20pm.

Meetings

First Holy Communion: In-person class at 2pm on Saturday 19 March in church for children and parents.
Confirmation: Candidates will meet on Monday 21st March at 7pm.
Life Ascending Group:
Meets fortnightly from 10-12 in the parish Rooms.  The next meeting is Tuesday 22nd March. New members are welcomed.
Legion of Mary:
No meetings on 20th and 27th March. Next meeting Sunday 3rd April at 3:30pm in the Parish Rooms.  New members needed and always welcomed.

2022 Planned Giving Envelopes and Gift Aid

The new boxes of envelopes that come into use in April can be collected by current donors (Pink boxes) from the front of church from this weekend. If you did not collect your envelopes last year (Yellow boxes), they are also available if you wish to resume using them. Please leave your details on the form next to the envelopes if you wish to join the scheme. Standing Order / Gift Aid forms are also available.

Gift Aid – If you have previously made a Gift Aid Declaration but no longer pay tax or do not pay enough tax to cover your Gift Aid, you must let us know – drop a note in at the Presbytery or email plannedgiving@stpeterinchains.com.

Synod 2023 – Diocesan update

Our parish thoughts from the Synod Listening events last year were fed in to the Diocese and in a pre-synodal diocesan meeting that took place in February 2022, the collected findings were presented to attendees, and a time of further discussion took place. You’ll find the summary findings, the Cardinal’s reflection and homily from the day here on the diocese’s website.

Romero’s message for the present time

At 11am on Saturday 19th March at St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square, there will be an ecumenical service entitled ‘Microphones of God’ to mark the 42nd anniversary of the martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero, one of the saints depicted on our porch window.

Annual Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Matrimony

The Cardinal is inviting to this Mass at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday 14th May 2022 at 3pm, all couples in the Diocese, who are celebrating their 5th 10th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th (and every year over 60) wedding anniversary of Catholic marriage in 2022. If you are celebrating an anniversary, please give Fr Sean the following details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email).

Other News:

Lent Retreat for Young Adults (aged 18-30s) with the Assumption Sisters on Saturday 2nd April 2022 in Kensington. Young people are invited for a day retreat (10:30am-6:30pm) to prepare for Holy Week and Easter, with talks, workshops, prayer, Stations of the Cross, time for confessions and mass. Venue: Milleret House, 23 Kensington Square W8 5HN. Donations only. Register by emailing: tramy@assumptionreligious.org

Holy Land Pilgrimage: After an absence of a year, the Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land will take place once more this year. Led by Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Fr John Farrell OP, it will take place from 21st to 29th November. Walking in the footsteps of Christ and offering hope to Christian communities in the Holy Land, pilgrims will return ready for mission. Price £1,825 per person (based on two people sharing a room). For more information see poster. Contact Gill Didino at Tangney Tours on 01732 886666 for booking forms and further information.

Diocese of Westminster Lourdes Pilgrimage 2022 – Cardinal Vincent will be leading the annual diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes from 22nd to 29th July for details and to book call 01732 886666 or visit Tangney Tours website.

Soup Run Appeal: Our Soup run is short of sweetcorn at present. If you would like to volunteer as a sandwich-maker, distributor or driver, contact Kit for more info by email on kit.greveson@gmail.com or call 07507 138582.

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

Catholic History Walks: Thursday March 24th 5pm St Mary’s University, Strawberry Hill TW1 4SX (note time). Meet on the chapel steps. Learn the story of Horace Walpole, Lady Waldegrave, a remarkable college dating back to the 1890s, and a special link with Pope Benedict XVI! Nearest railway station: Strawberry Hill or Twickenham. No need to book, just turn up!  We suggest a donation of £5. Children should be accompanied by an adult with responsibility for them. Each Walk lasts 1-2 hours. Programme here.

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The Passage, a Catholic charity working with homeless people is raising funds through the Big Give a matched giving scheme from noon on Monday 14 March. Every £1 donated online between noon on 14 March and noon on Monday 28 March makes £2 and £2.25 if you are a taxpayer through Gift Aid. Please visit: https://bit.ly/BigGiveMarch22 to support the campaign. The Passage would be very grateful for your support. For questions about the campaign or assistance making a donation please ring 020 7592 1856.

For a Synodal Church:News about the 2023 Synod :

From the diocese:

The Society of Friends of Westminster Cathedral is seeking to recruit a part time Organising Secretary to help administer the charity, assist in recruiting new members and in organising events. The appointment based in Westminster Cathedral Clergy House is for 20 hours per week at a salary in the region of £14,500 per annum. The appointment is for 12 months. Closing date 27 March 2022. For further details please visit the Cathedral website.

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, Michael Hurley, Iris Roberts, Fr Kevin McDevitt, Enid Samaru.

Those who have recently died:   May Cassidy, Carmella Pisipia, Teresa McGrath, Joe Tracey RIP.

Collections:

For information about Sunday Mass Offerings, especially if you are not attending Mass here regularly, please look at this page.

Gift Aid your contactless donation

Scan the QRF code with your phone to register your contactless payment card for Gift Aid to the Parish. It will ask for your name, house number and postcode, an email address and a minimum donation of £1. Qualifying donations on the system at church will then automatically be treated as Gift Aided. Thank you.