Parish News – August 2022

Leaving collection for Fr Sean

To show the parish’s thanks and appreciation for his service as Parish Priest at St Peter’s for nearly 13 years, we would like to make a presentation to Fr Sean at his Thanksgiving Mass on Friday September 2nd. If you want to contribute, there are several ways to donate:

  • A retiring collection after Masses on the weekend 13th/14th August
  • By debit or credit card using the contactless terminal
  • By placing your donation in an envelope marked ‘Fr Sean’ and dropping it in to the presbytery – number 12 (cheques should be made payable to ‘WRCDT Stroud Green’)
  • By Bank Transfer: Account name: WRCDT Stroud Green; Sort Code: 40-05-20; Account No: 71437399; Please add your Surname and ‘Fr Sean’ as a reference.

We aren’t planning a big Leaving Card so, if you wish, please give Fr Sean your own card. Thank you.

During August

This post will only be updated during August to publish significant changes.

We thank God for Fr Sean’s recovery after his recent illness and wish him a very restful time as he begins his well-deserved holiday. We welcome Fr Tom Forde who will be celebrating Mass and looking after the parish while Fr Sean is away.

No Sunday Evening Mass & Holy Hour: Please note that during August and until the weekend 11th September there will no Sunday evening Mass and no Friday Holy Hour.

School’s Out: We wish all our parishioners a summer of happiness, rest and refreshment. If you are going away, may you travel safely. Just as our families will be enjoying a break from school, our Family Room team are taking a break as well, so the latest activity, “Celebrating our summer adventures with God”, is designed to last for the whole month of August.

Summer Soup Run – 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. We have enough Tea and Mayonnaise for now thank you – other donations always welcome!

Fr Sean

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.

To mark the end of Fr Sean’s time as our Parish Priest, there will be a Mass of Celebration and Thanksgiving on Friday 2nd September at 7:30pm, followed, we hope, by a gathering in one of our schools.


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: will resume in September
Confession: The Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession is available on Saturday evening from 6-6:20pm.
Family Room: Our latest activity “Celebrating our summer adventures with God”, is designed to last for the whole month of August.


Padre Pio Group:  Sunday 7th August at 7pm in church.
Life Ascending Group: & 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.
Visit of the Relics of St Bernadette to Westminster – For the first time in history, the relics of St Bernadette will be touring England and will visit Westminster Cathedral on the weekend of 3-5 September. Veneration of the relics will start on Saturday 3 September at 1pm and will last all through the two days and nights until Monday 5 September at 6am. There is no need for advance booking. Visitors should come at a time suitable for them and join the queue on the Piazza for entry via the West Doors.
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham 24th September
National Mass for Altar Servers (Cathedral) 1st October

Summer Reading

Our Synodal Journey – Earlier this spring, a synthesis was published capturing the essence of what emerged from the unprecedented participation by the People of God in England and Wales in a world-wide synod process. It is drawn from over 700 pages of reports from the dioceses and other church organisations, associations and movements. The Bishops of England and Wales, having carefully considered this National Synthesis, have now offered their initial reflections in the light of our shared faith in Christ and our shared belonging to his Church. These 2 documents will now go forward, together, to form part of the European continental synodal phase. This will, in turn, contribute to the Synod of Bishops due to take place in Rome in October 2023. Both documents are worth taking the time to read, particularly if you contributed to our own local conversations at the end of 2021.

‘The Joy of Love’ – In the year leading up to the Tenth World Meeting of Families in June, the Bishops’ Conference Committee for Marriage and Family Life, reflected on the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris LaetitiaOn Love in the Family” and how family life plays a central role in the life of the Church. The Committee has produced a document of reflections on the main themes of Amoris Laetitia called ‘The Joy of Love’. These themes, running like a thread through the Apostolic Exhortation, are: Joy, Love, Mercy, Realities and Discernment, and Mission. The aim of this new resource is to reflect on these themes in an engaging and constructive way. A link to ‘The Joy of Love’ can be found here.

Amoris Laetitia should be read in a contemplative way. It’s a text you receive in your heart – an opportunity to contemplate the mystery of love within marriage and family life and to grow a sense of discipleship. Marriage and family life is a very important vocation in the Church.” Bishop David Oakley

Other News:

Cost of Living advice

Caritas Westminster has produced this page full of useful tips and links to help with financial resilience.

Thank you from CAFOD – Did you know that CAFOD, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, helps some of the poorest and most marginalised people across the world? We can reach so many people because we are a member of Caritas Internationalis, the Catholic Church network with a presence in 165 countries. Our local experts work with people over the long-term, helping them to have the right skills, tools and opportunities to live with dignity and support their families. For example, in South Sudan we are helping families learn how to farm better as the climate gets hotter, so that they can cope better in the future when things get even more difficult. Find out more Thank you for your support.

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 or 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

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 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.