Parish News – 17th September

Evangelii Gaudium Sunday – A Call to Mission

In 2013, the first year of his pontificate, Pope Francis released an Apostolic Exhortation on the joy of the Gospel titled Evangelii Gaudium. In it, he encouraged the Christian faithful to: “embark on a new chapter of evangelisation” marked by this joy, whilst striving to find new paths to proclaim the Gospel in today’s world. We cannot forget that evangelisation is first and foremost about preaching the Gospel to those who do not know Jesus Christ or who have always rejected him. Many of these are quietly seeking God, led by a yearning to see his face… Christians have the duty to proclaim the Gospel without excluding anyone. Evangelii Gaudium, §14. This is the challenge and opportunity we take up on Evangelii Gaudium Sunday. Formerly known as Home Mission Sunday, Evangelii Gaudium Sunday is celebrated each year on the Third Sunday in September. Read more, including Pope Francis’ message, on the Bishops’ Conference website where you can also donate to the work of the Bishops’ Directorate of Mission.

Pastoral Letter from Cardinal Vincent Nichols:

As the start in October of the Rome Synod on Synodality approaches, Cardinal Vincent has issued a Pastoral Letter encouraging us all to pray for the work of the Synod which will, for the first time, include invited Religious and Lay people. The Cardinal encourages us all to share in this call to become a listening Church, open to all, humble and seeking forgiveness. Copies of the Letter are available at the back of church. Please take a copy and read and reflect on it.

2023-2024 Sacramental Programs

First Communion: Parents of children in Year 3 or above wishing to make their first Holy Communion next year please collect a First Communion Form and return it to Fr David by October 1st. Confirmation: Young people who are in Year 9 or above who wish to be confirmed should collect an application form from Fr David and return it by 1st October. Adult Faith Formation: Coming to Mass but not a Catholic? Thinking of becoming a Catholic? Catholic but not made your confirmation? Looking to know more about your faith? On TUESDAY 3rd OCTOBER AT 8PM IN THE PRESBYTERY Fr David and the RCIA Team will be hosting an informal enquiry evening, an opportunity to chat and enjoy some snacks. This first gathering is for information and enquiry, there is no obligation to make any commitment to become Catholic.


Sunday Masses are at 6:30pm (Saturday), 9:45am,  11:15am (Livestreamed) and 7pm.
Sunday Scripture readings
Notes on the Scripture readings
Weekday Masses are normally at 9am Monday, Tuesday Wednesday and Friday after Morning Prayer at 8:45am. Note: Church is closed and there is no Mass on Thursday. If there is a Funeral Mass, there will be no 9am Mass.
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 Evangelii Gaudium Sunday.

Coming up

Legion of Mary: Will meet in in the Parish Rooms this Sunday 10th September at 3:30pm
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.
Holy Trinity Book Sale: Saturday 16th September 11am – 1:30pm, Book and Jigsaw puzzle sale, Holy Trinity Church, Granville Road, N4 4EL. Refreshments available.

LSU Open Evening and Open Mornings: Open Evening Tue 19 September 4-7pm, no need to book, last entry 6pm. Open Mornings Tue 10 & Wed 11 October from 9am – booking required – see website.

Secondary School Transfer Forms: Please see Fr David after mass for an appointment, bring along your school transfer forms, and any other forms you wish signed by the parish priest.

Soup Run Appeal

We are very short of Mayonnaise at present. Donations, family-size jars are best please, can be left in the box by the church entrance. If you are able to help 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 6pm to drive/distribute for approx. 3 hours. Many thanks.

Other News:

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for September The Pope invites everyone to pray and assist people who live on the margins of society. “Let us pray for those people on the margins of society in subhuman living conditions, that they may not be neglected by institutions and never be cast out.” In his video, the Pope urges everyone to pay attention to people who face marginalisation, even if it results from “poverty, addictions, mental illness, or disability”. In response to people’s indifference, he holds up a “culture of welcoming, of providing shelter, of giving a home, of offering love, of giving human warmth.”

Grand Organ Festival: – The Grand Organ of Westminster Cathedral is considered by many to be the greatest achievement and crowning glory of Henry Willis III, one of England’s finest organ builders. There are Organ Recitals on 20th and 27th September at 7:30pm; tickets on the door £15 (£12 concessions). See website for info.

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

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham: Saturday 23rd September with the theme ‘Mary, Mother of the Home’. We suggest any parishioner interested in going contact local parishes.

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

Ecumenical Holy Land Pilgrimage – 11th – 18th March 2024: Price £1,975 pp based on two people sharing (Single Supplement £550). Limited places available, booking deadline is 30th September 2023 so please book promptly to ensure your place. This Pilgrimage is unsuitable for those with limited or significantly challenged mobility. For full information visit:

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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, Frank Farrell, Peter Leung, Sr Ann Heaney.

Those who have recently died: John Quinn, Nancy Rattigan (a former parishioner who moved to Palmers Green a few years ago) RIP.

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