Parish News – 1st October

Previewing the Synod

Two years after Pope Francis invited Catholics to walk together on a synodal path, offering every member of the Church the right to make their views known, we stand on the threshold of the first of two big meetings in Rome on the theme ‘For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission’. The Synod of Bishops will gather for almost all of October – historically, for the first time, with non-Bishop voting members. In a 20-minute conversation, Father Jan Nowotnik, who will attend as a voting member, joins theologian Professor Anna Rowlands to talk about the Synod just before it starts. Visit the Bishops’ website to watch the video.

CAFOD Harvest Family Fast Day appeal

Dr Nasha’s mobile medical clinic gets life-saving help to where it’s needed most, fast – so when her team arrived in Meera’s village in Pakistan after it had been destroyed by flooding, Meera rushed to the clinic to get her children the treatment they needed. Next Friday, 6th October, is Harvest Fast Day, please use it to fast in solidarity with those in need and use the envelope attached to the Newsletter to donate to our parish collection next weekend, or go to to give online. Watch this video to hear Dr Nasha and Meera’s inspiring stories from their own mouths. Thank you.

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 this Sunday 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 Joining the CAFOD Family Fast Day to support those in need.

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

Coming up

Legion of Mary: Will meet in in the Parish Rooms this Sunday 1st October at 3:30pm
The annual Diocesan Mass for Altar Servers: will take place on Saturday, 7th October at 2.30pm in the Cathedral. All altar servers are invited to attend and to vest in the Cathedral Hall in order to be ready to process by 2pm.
Prisoners Sunday: is next Sunday, 8th October
Padre Pio Group: Meets next on Sunday 8th October – note date.

Candlelit Procession of Our Lady of Willesden: On Sunday 8th October at 7pm, there will be a candlelit procession with the Statue of Our Lady of Willesden from the shrine church and through the streets of Willesden, praying for the protection of London and for the gift of vocations to the priesthood.

Way of the East: The Society of St John Chrysostom is offering an introductory series for people curious about the life and faith of the Eastern Churches. Starting on 14th October and running through to 11th May 2024 it will take place from 1.30pm on the second Saturday of every month, at the Ukrainian Cathedral of the Holy Family, W1K 5BQ. More information online.

The Divine Mercy Apostolate, London: is holding a retreat at St Anthonys RC Church, 5 Garrat Road, Edgware, London HA8 9AN on Saturday 14 October from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm . The retreat will include teachings on the Message of Divine Mercy, Holy Mass, Hour of Mercy with Stations of the Cross, Adoration and Benediction and Veneration of the Image of Merciful Jesus. Please call Millie on 07957 594646 for more information.

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.

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.

LSU Open Mornings: Open Mornings Tue 10 & Wed 11 October from 9am – booking required – see website.

Secondary School Transfer Forms: Fr David will be available for signing Secondary transfer forms on Monday 25th September from 5pm at the presbytery or after mass.

Other News:

Are you a student at one of the universities or colleges in London, or in Hatfield? Our Catholic Chaplaincy is for you! It’s based at Newman House, 111 Gower Street, WC1E 6AR. We have Sunday Masses for students and regular events during the week. And in many of the universities and colleges we also have campus-based Catholic societies and activities. Go to: to find out more. You will be made very welcome at our Catholic community here, a ‘home from home.’ If you are heading to a university outside London, then why not take a look at to identify the Catholic chaplaincy in your place of study. Your Catholic chaplains look forward to meeting you!

The London Catholic Worker 49 Mattison Road, N4 1BG, run a house of hospitality for homeless and destitute asylum seekers who are not allowed to work and not able to claim any social security benefits. Post-Covid we now have 11 guests in the house again. As we don’t get any money from the government we rely very much on food donated to us – Tinned tomatoes, Vegetable oil, Instant coffee, Tinned beans (chickpeas, kidney beans etc.) Red and Green Lentils, Rice, Porridge Oats, Tinned fish, Muesli, Cereal, Chilli & soy sauce, Honey, Mayonnaise, Cheese, Herbs & Spices, Sugar, Long life Fruit juice and squash, Herbal tea, Peanut butter / chocolate spread, Nuts and seeds, toiletries and household cleaning products. We appreciate times are hard for many and that you may already support other local initiatives but anything you can give will be appreciated.

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

Catholic Conference on the Family: on 14th October 2023 is designed to help parents and Grandparents to support their children’s moral life as young adults. Attendance is in Person or Online via Zoom Details can be found at

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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: Nancy Rattigan (a former parishioner who moved to Palmers Green a few years ago) RIP.