Easter Parish News – 10th – 23rd April 2022

A Happy and Holy Easter

A Happy and Holy Easter to all our parishioners and visitors. All the Masses of the Easter Triduum are offered for your intentions. We thank all who contribute their God-given skills and talents in any way to our celebrations in this most Holy Season. To help make the most of this time we encourage you to use Joan Griffith’s Scripture Notes and our Family Room activities. Finally, please remember that your offerings in the Easter collections go towards the priest’s salary.

You can find the full programme of services including the links for the readings, scripture notes and livestreaming as well as times of confession here with a printable version here.

The main celebrations:

    • Palm Sunday, 10th April – Masses – 6:30pm (Saturday), 9:45am Sung Mass, 11:15am Family Mass, 7pm. Palms will be blessed and distributed at each Mass.
    • Maundy Thursday, 14th April – Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7:30pm
    • Good Friday, 15th April – Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion – 3pm
    • Holy Saturday, 16th April – Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter – 8pm
    • Easter Day, 17th April Masses9:45am Sung Mass & 11:15am Family Mass

See separate notice regarding Family Stations of the Cross on Good Friday at 10:30am.

Responding to the war in Ukraine

Please continue to keep the people of Ukraine in your prayers. As people turn their minds to hosting Ukrainian refugees who come to the UK, Caritas Westminster is providing guidance.
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.

Here are two very different musical responses – This beautiful performance is of a setting written by John Rutter of a Ukrainian prayer . Pink Floyd’s Hey Hey Rise Up is a song built around a spine-tingling refrain from Ukrainian singer Andriy Khlyvnyuk of the band Boombox.

Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal

Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal – HEAT or EAT? Help those facing this choice. Price rises mean many families face an impossible choice: Whatever you can afford, a gift this Lent made using the wall safe at the back of church or online will help fund initiatives in parishes, schools and charities in the Diocese. Please be generous.

Home urgently needed to rent

Tottenham Refugee Alliance needs a 3-bedroom home to rent asap for 2 years to house a refugee family under the Home Office Community Sponsorship Scheme – see flyer for more details.


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.

Holy Week and Easter Weeksee link.

Joe Tracey RIP: The funeral of Joe Tracey will take place at St Peter’s on Wednesday 13th April at 10am followed by committal at Islington Crematorium. Please pray for Joe’s family. Livestream link.
Teresa McGrath RIP: The funeral of Teresa McGrath will take place at St Peter’s on Tuesday 19th April at 11am followed by burial at East Finchley. Livestream link.

Other News:

New Altar Servers Anyone interested in becoming an Altar Server, please speak to Fr Sean. Rehearsal at 2pm in church on Saturday 23rd April.

Family Stations of the Cross – We will be holding a special Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, 15 April, at 10:30am. We invite all our families with children – especially those currently preparing for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion – to join us. Parents of children interested in participating as a reader during this service, please speak with Father Sean or contact Lizzie (0787 286 7203).

The Passage, a Catholic charity working with homeless people is raising funds through the Big Give, a matched giving scheme. Every £1 donated online before noon on Tuesday 19 April 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 is very grateful for your support. For questions about the campaign or assistance making a donation please ring 020 7592 1856.

2022 Planned Giving Envelopes and Gift Aid: The new boxes of envelopes that come into use this weekend 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.

The Dignity of Work. The job market can be a minefield, particularly for those for whom English is not their first language, or who might not be aware of the options available to them. The free online ‘Stepping Stones’ programme will help you learn how to accompany people into dignified employment, with full training and support to become a Dignified Work Champion in your parish or outreach project. More information, video and registration here.  Starting after Easter, the deadline for applications is 15th April.

Soup Run Appeal: Our Soup run is particularly short of tuna 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. Enquiries are welcomed from Duke of Edinburgh volunteers. At the moment however we have 2 DoE young people helping so would be unable to take anyone for the next few weeks.

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

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).

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.

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The LJC term 3 programme is also now open for registration.


    • Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School – Headteacher Vacancy: Interested candidates can find more information on their website. Closing date for applications is Tuesday 19 April and interviews will take place on Monday 25 April. If you wish to visit the school please contact the School Office to arrange a suitable time.
    • Finchley Catholic High School are seeking to appoint a dynamic and exceptionally skilled Catholic Deputy Headteacher. Visit their website for more information and application details. The deadline for applications is 12:00 on Monday 25 April 2022.
    • St Thomas More Catholic School a mixed, independent Academy within the Cardinal Hume Academies Trust is seeking to appoint Teaching Assistants to commence as soon as possible. Post holders will work within our SEN Department to support a range of students with a variety of special educational needs. See job advert.
    • St Anne’s Catholic High School is recruiting a Human Resources and Premises Manager as well as Teaching Assistants, to support our students to become the best versions of themselves. For further information visit our website or contact the Headteacher via admin@st-annes.enfield.sch.uk.
    • The London Jesuit Centre has two employment opportunities, including a Facilities Manager. You can also find the job descriptions here.

For a Synodal Church: – Our parish input from the Synod Listening events last year was fed in to the Diocese and, at a meeting in February, the collected findings were presented, and further discussion took place. You will find the summary findings, the Cardinal’s reflection and homily from the day here on the diocese’s website.

The London Jesuit Centre has made available a series of 5 videos looking at some of the history of Synodality in the Catholic Church and also explaining what Pope Francis means by a Church that is more synodal.

From the diocese:

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, Joseph Lunn, Tom Shiels, Mrs Breda Cassidy, John O’Shea, Michael Hurley, Iris Roberts, Enid Samaru, Emilie Alcaraz, Kim McKenna, Ann Kozlowski-Hunt.

Those who have recently died:   Teresa McGrath, Joe Tracey, Fr Kevin McDevitt, Peter Jodoin RIP.


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.