We Give Thanks to God for Pope Francis
On Monday, 13 March, it will be ten years since Francis first appeared upon the balcony at St Peter’s Square, having just been elected Pope. His first message was simply ‘please pray for me’. We pray that God will continue to bless the world and the Church with Pope Francis’ ministry and give him the strength of mind and body to lead His flock wisely amidst the many troubles facing the world today.
The Pope’s March prayer intention: Each month, Pope Francis asks the Church to join him in prayer. The Pope this month is praying in a special way for victims of abuse.
“Let us pray for those who have suffered because of the wrongs done to them from members of the Church; may they find within the Church herself a concrete response to their pain and suffering.”
CAFOD Family Fast Day – Lent Appeal: Thank you
Including the donations at Friday’s Frugal Supper (£120) you have so far given over £1,100 to last weekend’s CAFOD appeal to help families around the world to cope with the climate crisis. You can still give using the envelopes in church or online or using the wall safe near the door and please join in praying for CAFOD’s development and emergency response work all over the world.
As we continue our journeys towards the solemn celebrations of Holy Week from Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to the foot of the Cross as sorrowful bystanders to His Passion, before rolling back the stone of the empty tomb and the joy of the Resurrection, we re-dedicate ourselves through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
- Prayer and Life Workshops: Do you know how to read and meditate the Bible? Would you like to know God in an intimate way? The 15-week workshop programme proper begins this Monday, 13th March, in the Parish Room at 7:30pm. Come along, it could change your life.
- Evening Mass on Tuesdays: at 7pm when Fr David will give a series of talks on ‘Listening to God and Hearing God’s Voice’. Come along and explore how God may be speaking to you today.
- Eucharistic Adoration starting in church after Friday’s morning Mass and ending at 5pm. We need to make sure that there will be someone present before the Blessed Sacrament at all times.
- This week’s Ecumenical Stations of the Cross will be on Friday 17th March at Holy Innocents Church, Tottenham Lane at 7:30pm
- Ecumenical Lent Taize service on Sunday 12th March at 6–6:40pm, at Holy Trinity Church, Granville Road.
- Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal: A gift this Lent made online or using the wall safe or envelopes at the back of church will help fund initiatives in parishes, schools and charities in the Diocese bringing light and hope into the lives of people across our Diocese. Please be generous.
- Other suggestions for ways to make a Holy Lent can be found here.
“Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona duit!”
We wish a happy feast day to everyone celebrating St Patrick this coming Friday, 17th March.
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.
Rest in Peace: We learned this week of the death of parishioner John O’Shea. Please pray for the repose of his soul and for his family. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
Note: Church is closed and there is no Mass on Thursday.
Rosary: Tuesday 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 Accepting Jesus as our Saviour.
First Reconciliation and Holy Communion: Our children who are preparing for these sacraments will receive the sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) for the first time on Saturday 25th March. Please keep the children and their families and catechists in your prayers.
Thursdays Together: Every Thursday lunchtime 11:30am – 1:30pm in the hall in Stapleton Hall Road ( next to St Aidan’s School). A chance to meet your neighbours and chat over light refreshments.
Love Heals Body Mind and Spirit Ministry: welcomes you to come to a day Retreat of quiet Reflection on Saturday 18th March, 11:00am – 4:30pm, the Catholic Church of our Lady of Assumption & St Gregory, Warwick Street, Piccadilly, W1F 9JR. See poster for more details.
Planned Giving Envelopes and Gift Aid
The new Planned Giving Envelopes that come into use on Easter Sunday, 9th April, are available for collection at the front of church for people who already donate using envelopes. If you would like to join the scheme please email email@example.com giving your name and address. If you would like to set up a Standing Order or make a Gift Aid Declaration, please use this form.
Gift Aid: If you have made a Gift Aid Declaration to the parish but no longer pay tax on your income, please let us know by note or email so that we can update our records. Thank you.
CAFOD Syria and Türkiye Earthquake Appeal
Along with the disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), Cafod has launched an appeal in response to the earthquakes which struck Syria and Türkiye where the death toll has passed 46,000, thousands more are injured and thousands of homes and buildings have been destroyed. CAFOD’s local experts are already on the ground assessing and responding to the needs of those affected by the earthquake. You can donate online or at the CAFOD wall safe at the back of church.
Soup Run Appeal
From Kit: We really need more drivers to help us deliver on Saturday evenings. Also, at present we are short of Coffee, but donations of Mayonnaise and tinned Tuna and Sweetcorn are always welcome. There is a labelled box by the church door for donations. If you can help drive, please contact Kit – firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07507 138582.
The Caritas Westminster Volunteer Service “One of the golden threads that runs through our Christian faith is that of loving service.” Cardinal Vincent Nichols.
Take a moment to imagine parish life in your parish without volunteers. No flowers, no choir, no altar servers. No catechists, musicians or readers. What would you miss most? Parish life without volunteers? Unimaginable! Do you feel called to join the community of volunteers who generously give of their time and share their skills in our parish? There are many opportunities to get involved. Why not take the first step and contact your parish office, or fill in this form or go to our website to find the perfect opportunity for you.
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 email@example.com
Westminster Diocese Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2023: The pilgrimage dates for 2023 are the 21st – 28th July. For more information and to make an ‘Expression of interest’ ahead of booking being open: tel. 020 7798 9173; email firstname.lastname@example.org; web www.rcdow.org.uk/pilgrimages/lourdes.
Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Join us on our pilgrimage/retreat to the Holy Land, led this year by Bishop John Sherrington and Fr John Farrell OP. Dates: Sunday 19th to Monday 27th November. Route: Galilee – Jerusalem – Bethlehem. Flying from Heathrow on BA. Cost is for full board £2265 per person sharing a room, £682 single room supplement. Travel insurance essential. You can book online or call Gill at Tangney Tours 01732 886666 or Elizabeth at the Pilgrimage office 0207 798 9173
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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, Michael Hurley, Enid Samaru, Emilie Alcaraz, Ann Kozlowski-Hunt.
Those who have recently died: Margaret O’Callaghan, Theresa Charles, John O’Shea RIP.