The World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly
This takes place this Sunday, 24th July. This year’s theme is ‘In old age they will still bear fruit’ (Psalm 92:15). The Pope’s message for this day is the alternative to the culture of rejection: it helps all of us, and the elderly themselves, to understand that – far from being material to be thrown away – they have precise vocation within our communities. In this time that yearns for peace, the Church has a great need for elders, who have the ‘gift’ of tenderness, who are able to protect and intercede. Read the Pope’s message in full and discover other resources here.
We wish all our young people and their families a period of happiness, rest and refreshment as our schools break up for the holidays. If you are going away, may you travel safely. May this be a time of relaxation if you will be starting or changing school or moving on to college in September.
After almost 13 years at St Peter’s, the diocese has decided that this is a suitable time for Fr Sean to move on to pastures new. After returning in mid-August from his summer break, Fr Sean will end his ministry at St. Peter-in-Chains on 4th September. He plans to take a short sabbatical before commencing his new ministry. Fr David Barrow will be our new Parish priest.
The new porch, making St Peter’s easily accessible for all, with the windows depicting 6 modern saints – which was entirely Fr Sean’s idea – along with the decoration and changes within the church, are a visible, physical sign of Fr Sean’s time here. However, we must thank God firstly for his strong faith which we felt in his priestly ministry celebrating the Mass and the sacraments, his homilies and the stories he used to illustrate them as well as in simply talking to him. We give thanks also for the person of Fr Sean whom we have got to meet individually as he has been involved in events in our lives – sad or happy, or simply when discussing football or golf! We cannot forget his huge commitment to our schools and young people throughout his time here; that he kept the parish alive during the difficulties and limitations imposed during covid and that he promoted and encouraged the use of technology – streaming and social media as part of our mission today. Fr Sean would not want us to pretend he is perfect or to forget the dedicated parishioners who are the backbone of our parish and who have supported him and us. So, we offer thanks for all that God has given us through Fr Sean’s ministry for the past 13 years and ask God to continue to bless him wherever his new ministry takes him.
Cost of Living advice
Caritas Westminster has produced this page full of useful tips and links to help with financial resilience.
Sunday Masses are at 6:30pm (Saturday), 9:45am, 11:15am (livestreamed) and 7pm. Please note that from the weekend of the 7th August to the weekend 11th September there will no Sunday evening Mass.
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.
Rosary: Tuesday & Friday, after 9am Mass
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.
Family Room: Learning from Jesus how to pray is the theme of our activity this week taken from Sunday’s Gospel reading.
Life Ascending Group: The next meeting is Tuesday 26th July in the Parish Rooms at 10am.
Legion of Mary: Meetings will resume in September.
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.
DATES FOR THE DIARY:
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham 24th September
National Mass for Altar Servers (Cathedral) 1st October
Brass band concert: London Metropolitan Brass will be giving a concert at East Finchley Methodist Church, 197 High Road East Finchley, London N2 8AJ on Saturday 23rd July at 7pm.
Soup Run – Summer helpers needed: With the holiday season upon us, the Soup Run needs extra helpers to make sure sandwiches are made on Saturday afternoons and distributed – it takes about 3 hours on Saturday evening – each week for the next couple of months. Please contact Kit for more info by email or call 07507 138582 if you can help. Thank you.
Young Catholic Adults (YCA) Weekend: During the weekend of the 7th-9th October 2022, Young Catholic Adults will be running a retreat at Douai Abbey with the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge who will be holding Gregorian Chant workshops. Visit http://youngcatholicadults-latestnews.blogspot.co.uk/ or http://www.youngcatholicadults.co.uk for more information.
Tottenham Refugee Alliance is looking for a 3 bedroom House for a refugee family! We are seeking to find a landlord who will rent us a home for our refugee family. 5,000 leaflets were printed and posted through letterboxes in and around Haringey. If you are a landlord, or rent from one who you think might be sympathetic to our Community Sponsorship Scheme to resettle a refugee family in the Borough, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Housing Officer at email@example.com
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.
Food Bank donations: You can find details about the times when you can donate to Holy Trinity and other local foodbanks here.
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.
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, Wendy Fairhurst, Ann Elizabeth Bennett, Joseph Lunn, Tom Shiels, Mrs Breda Cassidy, John O’Shea, Michael Hurley, Enid Samaru, Emilie Alcaraz, Kim McKenna, Ann Kozlowski-Hunt, Betty McGlynn.
Those who have recently died: Tom Towey, Carmel Palao RIP
For information about Sunday Mass Offerings, especially if you are not attending Mass here regularly, please look at this page.
Gift Aid – We have received £20,700 for 2021/2022 so a huge thank you to everyone who has made a Gift Aid Declaration. If you need a statement of your Gift Aided donations for your tax return, please contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
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.