Parish News – 8th May

May – the month of Mary

The Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of the Church and therefore the example, as well as the guide and inspiration, of everyone who, in and through the Church, seeks to be the servant of God and man and the obedient agent of the promptings of the Holy Spirit. The Christian custom of dedicating the month of May to the Blessed Virgin through devotional acts arose at the end of the 13th century. Today the most usual way of observing the May devotions is by praying the Rosary and you are welcome to join our group in church for this devotion after the 9am Mass on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Priest Training Fund

This Sunday is Good Shepherd Sunday and our retiring collection will support the Priest Training Fund. This fund pays for the priestly formation of men for the Catholic priesthood and also supports the ongoing enrichment and formation of our ordained priests. Of 58 men studying at Allen Hall seminary, 17 are from our own Diocese and two men from our Diocese are studying in Rome. Last year four men were ordained to serve as our future priests. Your gift ensures we can provide training for these men responding to Christ’s call to dedicate their lives to serve God’s people. Please be as generous as you can. Please also pray for vocations and for all our priests. If you do not have a donation envelope, plenty are still available at the back of the church.

You can use the QR code to make your donation online or visit www.rcdow.org.uk/donations. Thank you for your generosity.

Pope Francis has released his message for the 59th World Day of Prayer for Vocations on the theme ‘Called to Build the Human Family,’ and encourages each vocation in the Church to give the very best of themselves ‘in this great divine plan!’

Urgent appeal for drivers

Our Soup Run teams urgently need more driver distributors who can help out about once a month on a Saturday at 6pm for 3 hours. We are still working on a flexible basis as Covid and other volunteer commitments mean a regular rota is currently unworkable. Please contact Kit for more info by email or call 07507 138582. Thank you.

Confirmation Group – Teas & Coffees

Next Sunday 15th May: As part of their preparation for the sacrament, our Confirmation candidates will be serving teas and coffees after the morning masses next Sunday to raise funds to support Ukraine relief efforts.

Our Family Room

Based on our Gospel this Sunday, Jesus as the Good Shepherd is the theme in the Family Room this weekend.

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.
Mr Dornford Trotman RIP – Funeral at 11am on Wednesday 11th May at St Peter’s followed by Committal at Golders Green Crematorium at 1pm.
Holy Hour: Fridays, 7-8pm on Zoom email parish for link.
Confession: The Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession is available on Saturday evening from 6-6:20pm.

Meetings

Life Ascending Group: Meets fortnightly from 10-12 in the parish Rooms.  The next meeting is Tuesday 17th May.
Legion of Mary: Next meeting Sunday 8th May at 3:30pm in the Parish Rooms.
Thursdays Together: Every Thursday lunchtime 11am – 1:30pm in the church hall at Holy Trinity, Granville Road. A chance to meet your neighbours and chat over light refreshments.

Please support The Passage

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 midday on Monday 9 May makes £2 and £2.25 if you are a taxpayer through Gift Aid. The campaign focuses on the services we provide to people who have been homeless in their journey to being happily settled in a new home. The Passage would be very grateful for your support. For questions about the campaign or assistance making a donation please ring 020 7592 1856.

Other News:

May Procession at the Shrine of Our Lady of Willesden: This year, the Shrine of Our Lady of Willesden is once more able to arrange the May Procession through Willesden to pray the Rosary asking for the prayers of the Black Madonna of Willesden, for the protection of London and for peace and restoration in Ukraine. Taking place on Sunday 8th May at 3pm, the preacher will be Bishop Kenneth Nowakowski, who will be accompanied by the Icon of the Mother of Protection, Pokrova. See attached poster.

Winnie Elkins, a former parishioner, will be celebrating her 100th birthday on 27th May. She lived for many years in the parish along with her sister, Margaret. Her association with the parish went back even before Winnie was born as her grandfather was one of the six men who were instrumental in the building of St. Peter-in-Chains church in the late 1800’s. Winnie was the first leader of 3rd Crouch End Brownies, formerly known as St. Peter-in-Chain Brownies, having started the unit in 1953. Until recently she had lived independently but, unfortunately, suffered a fall which has resulted in her going to live in a home. For those who knew Winnie and would like to send her a greeting, you can drop a card in to the presbytery which we will forward. Winnie’s niece Teresa is happy to answer any enquiries about her aunt. Congratulations and blessings to Winne.

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.

Appeal to support Catholic Journalism The Universe Catholic Weekly is the online successor to the former Catholic Universe. It aims to give Catholics the chance to read about this country and the world through the lens of their religion. If it is to continue in this work, it needs to increase the number of subscribers – a 3-month subscription costs just £20

St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School – Applications are now being accepted for girls currently in year 5 to sit the entrance tests for year 7 entry in September 2023. Applications can be made online. Closing date 5th July.

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.

Soup Run: 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.

Holy Land Pilgrimage: 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.

For a Synodal Church: – Our Bishops’ Synodal Pathway Report, sent to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales on 8th April, is published on the Diocesan website. ‘The Report captures well the many voices we have heard across the Diocese during the Synodal Pathway. In this way, it has been written by our parishioners young and old, our priests and deacons and religious, our school and university students, and our committed faithful. The story is theirs.’ Fr Chris Vipers, Director of the Agency for Evangelisation

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, Betty McGlynn.

Those who have recently died:  Mr Dornford Trotman, Canon Philip Hugh Cross 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.