Parish News – 15th January

Peace Sunday

This Sunday, 15 January, is Peace Sunday and this year the message from Pope Francis frequently uses the word ‘together’ The experience of Covid 19, as he says, “has made us all the more aware of the need for everyone, including peoples and nations, to restore the word ‘together’ to a central place”. “We can no longer”, he reminds us,” think exclusively of carving out space for our personal or national interests; instead, we must think in terms of the common good. We cannot continue to focus simply on preserving ourselves; rather the time has come for all of us to endeavour to heal our society and our planet, to lay the foundations of a more just and peaceful world and to commit ourselves seriously to pursuing a good that is truly common”. Pope Francis ends, “To all men and women of goodwill I express my prayerful trust that, as artisans of peace, they may work, day by day, to make this a good year! May Mary Immaculate, mother of Jesus and Queen of Peace intercede for us and for the whole world”.

Peace Sunday is this week’s topic of our Family Room activity.

In this country we have an active Catholic peace movement in Pax Christi, which aims at working together to promote peace through parishes, schools and social media. Their website suggests ways we can all become better peacemakers. There are activities for families to do at home, including a peace liturgy for young children. Pax Christi needs our support to keep going. If you’d like to make a donation, small or large, there is a link on their website or send a cheque payable to ‘Pax Christi’ to: Pax Christi, St Joseph’s, Watford Way, London NW4 4T.

Crib Appeal

Thank you for your donations to the Crib Appeal. We will be sending the Catholic Children’s Society a cheque for £368.26.

Inquiry into assisted suicide:

The House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee has launched an inquiry into assisted suicide. There is very little time to respond as responses must be received by 20 January. However, there is a very short online form of just six questions and a briefing from the Anscombe Bioethics Centre (see parish website for links) which should not take more than ten or fifteen minutes to respond. Please have a look at it and reply or forward it to anyone you know who may be sympathetic – particularly healthcare and legal professionals. The Catholic Church is clear that we can never assist in taking the life of another, even if they request it and statements of the Bishops’ Conference can also be found online.

Services

Sunday Masses are at 6:30pm (Saturday), 9:45am, 11:15am (livestreamed) and 7pm.
Sunday Scripture readings
Notes on the Sunday Scripture readings
Find other livestreamed Masses in the diocese.
Weekday Masses are at 9am Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday after Morning Prayer at 8:45am.
Note: Church is closed and there is no Mass on Thursday.
33 day consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary: To mark the conclusion of this daily pattern of prayer there will be a mass of thanksgiving to Our Lady at 12 midday on Saturday 21st January.
Rosary: Tuesday & Friday, after 9am Mass
Confession: The Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession is available on Saturday evening from 6-6:20pm.
Family Room: This week’s activity reflects on Celebrating Peace Sunday.

Coming up:

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.

Camino reflections from Fr. Sean

Fr Sean’s reflections have received numerous positive commendations. You can find the Dropbox link to the Powerpoint presentation here. You will have to download the file to play it as it is quite big (1/2 GB) with photos and music etc.

Other News:

Soup Run – message from Kit: We can always use tinned tuna, mayo, sweetcorn, marg and cheese (no catering sizes please). Large bags of sugar are useful too as are packs of plain crisps and boxes of cereal bars. There is a labelled box by the church door for donations to the Soup Run. To give some idea of numbers, we serve ca 70 guests per week.

Food Bank donations: As more and more people need to access food banks, we would ask anyone who is able to donate, when they can, to one of our local food banks. Contributions can be made to Holy Trinity Foodbank on Sundays between 1pm and 3:30pm. Please come to the Church Hall on Stapleton Hall Road, next to St Aidan’s School, N4 4RR, near the Albany Road junction.

Tottenham Refugee Alliance is looking to secure rented accommodation suitable to house a refugee family under the Community Sponsorship Programme. We will support the landlord with upgrading suitable housing and settling the family, supporting them in all their needs to take their place in this local community. Interested landlords should contact us at housing@tottenhamrefugees.org.uk

Westminster Diocese Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2023: The pilgrimage dates for 2023 are the 21st – 28th July. For more information: Tel. 020 7798 9173; Email lourdes@rcdow.org.uk; Web www.rcdow.org.uk/pilgrimages/lourdes.

Escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 15th May 2023. £699.00 per person sharing. Price includes flight, all transfers, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full board. All entertainment and excursions included. Day trips to Westport, Ballintubber Abbey, Croagh Patrick, Fr. Peyton Centre & National Museum. Single supplement £150.00. Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email knockpilgrimages@gmail.com.

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Please pray for:

Those who are ill: Christian Overal, Antonio Neto, Zintra Sansom, Brenda Buzec, Amy Gordon, Annette Donivar, Caroline Hilton, Karin Summers, Graham Summers, Joan Summers, Helen Kozlowski, Don Brewis, Roman Cholij, Adeline Oyekoya, Mary Wallace, Sister Pia, Margaret Whelan, Kitty Madden, Clare Bruce, Brendan Whelan, Claire Marchand, Mike Coombes, Mira Lidstone, Gemma Francis, Richard Simon, Noah Purcell–Chandler, Nathalie Renford, Jackie Loivette, Michael Reid, Wendy Fairhurst, Ann Elizabeth Bennett, Joseph Lunn, Tom Shiels, John O’Shea, Michael Hurley, Enid Samaru, Emilie Alcaraz, Ann Kozlowski-Hunt, Gwen Dickson.


Those who have recently died:
Billy O’Regan, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Betty McGlynn (mother of Helen Bligh) RIP