Parish News – 23rd July

World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

This Sunday, 23rd, is World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, which was instituted by Pope Francis in 2021. The theme this year is, “His mercy is from age to age” (Lk 1:50) which takes us back to the joyful meeting between the young Mary and her elderly relative Elizabeth. As the Pope says, we should cherish the elderly and recognise that there’s no retirement age from the work of proclaiming the Gospel and handing down traditions to grandchildren. The day is held close to the feast (Wednesday 26th July) of Saints Joachim and Anne, the Blessed Virgin Mary’s parents and Jesus’ Grandparents. The World Day provides the theme for this week’s Family Room activity and you can find prayers and the Pope’s message here.

School’s out!

With the start of the Holidays, we wish all our children, their families, teachers and assistants a happy, safe and refreshing break.
We welcome Fr Noel Nalelo, Fr Kevin Okpala and Fr Antonio Ritaccio who will be celebrating Mass for us over the next couple of weeks.
7pm Masses: For the present there will be no 7pm Mass on Tuesdays and no Sunday 7pm Mass after this Sunday 23rd July. Sunday evening Mass will resume on 3rd September.

Soup Run

Soup Run urgent holiday relief – If you are able to help during the July/August holiday period to make sandwiches, drive and/or distribute to the homeless in Central London, please contact Kit Greveson on 020 8340 0557, 07507 138 582 or email We meet every Saturday at 3pm to make sandwiches for approx. 2 hours and at 6pm to drive/distribute, again for approx. 2 hours. Please just turn up to make sandwiches if you are free. Many thanks. P.S. Our coffee supplies have been replenished thank you but tinned sweetcorn and sugar are running short.


Sunday Masses are at 6:30pm (Saturday), 9:45am, 11:15am and 7pm. We apologise that the 11:15 Mass Livestream has not been available recently, this has been due to a technical problem. Please note: No 7pm Mass on Sundays 30th July – 27th August inclusive.
Sunday Scripture readings
Notes on the Scripture readings
Weekday Masses this week 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
Funeral Masses: the Funeral Mass of Joan Griffith will be on Tuesday 1st August – time to be notified. The Funeral Mass of Ernesta Christocoulou will be on Wednesday 2nd August at 10am. Please pray for the repose of their souls.
Rosary: Tuesday and 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 World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.

Joan Griffith – Rest in Peace

We have learned of the peaceful death last weekend of Joan Griffith, Gwen Dickson’s mum, after a short illness. A lovely lady and woman of deep faith, Joan was a scripture scholar who always wanted to share what she had learnt along with her own insights into scripture and, until just before her illness, was sending us her Scripture Notes to publish on the parish website. We pray for Joan, Gwen, Andrew and Joan’s family.

Coming up

Legion of Mary: will meet in in the Parish Rooms at 3:30pm this Sunday, 23rd July
Thursdays Together: Every Thursday lunchtime 11:30am – 1:30pm in the hall in Stapleton Hall Road (next to St Aidan’s School). Meet your neighbours and chat over light refreshments.

New Dawn in the Church

New Dawn in the Church is a Catholic Conference blessed by Pope Francis and endorsed by the Bishops Conference that takes place each year at the Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. Founded on a direct Word from God, anointed by the Holy Spirit and inspired by the words of Pope Leo XIII: “When England returns to Walsingham, Mary will return to England”. This year’s conference starts on 31st July and ends on 4th August. Further information to be found here.

Other News:

Ecumenical Lectio Divina prayer meeting: The London Catholic Worker would love to welcome you to an ecumenical Lectio Divina prayer meeting – slow, prayerful, meditative reflection and discussion of a passage of Scripture – at 7:30pm on Thursday evenings. It will be held in our chapel, the former Church of St Augustine of Canterbury on Mattison Road, Green Lanes, and will take about an hour. No experience with Lectio Divina is necessary, and refreshments will be provided afterwards.

Celebrate World Youth Day in London: World Youth Day (WYD) is the gathering of young people from all over the world with Pope Francis, taking place in Lisbon this summer. If you can’t attend the main event, why not join WYD in London – a day celebration on Saturday 5th August from 11am-5pm in the church by Leicester Square. Programme: music • prayer • talks • activities • Mass, bringing together a young community of different nationalities in one faith! Venue: Notre Dame de France, 5 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BX. Donations only. To register a group or individually, fill in the form:
Or Join Westminster Youth Ministry on 2nd September for a taste of Lisbon at their Summer Picnic. This event is aimed at any young person (12-35) in the Diocese who wasn’t able to make it to World Youth Day. It will explore the theme for World Youth Day, ‘Mary arose and went with haste’, with workshops activities, testimonies and Mass. Sign up at

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham: Saturday 23rd September with the theme ‘Mary, Mother of the Home’. Any parishioner interested in organising a parish group please speak to Fr David asap. We will enquire whether any local parishes are organising a coach.
Westminster Youth Ministry is taking a group of 45 young people (16-25) by coach to Walsingham as part of the Diocesan Pilgrimage. The coach leaves at 7am from Westminster Cathedral, and should return around 8pm. The cost is £35, which includes the pilgrimage contribution. Sign up at Bookings are open until 16th September.

The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies: The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) provides parish leaders with knowledge and understanding of theology and the Catholic faith. 88% participants recommend the course to others. Learn in person, by distance learning or online. For more information visit

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.

Home urgently needed to rent: 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

Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land – Sunday 19th to Monday 27th November. Route: Galilee – Jerusalem – Bethlehem. Flying from Heathrow on BA, cost for full board is £2265 per person sharing a room. 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, 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, Michael Hurley, Enid Samaru, Emilie Alcaraz, Ann Kozlowski-Hunt, Gabriel Brimacombe-Rand, Marie-Christine Polak, John Quinn, Frank Farrell.

Those who have recently died: Jimmy Leane, Esther Frimpong, Guiseppi Mastrogiacomo, Tom Shiels, Joan Griffiths RIP.