A Blessed Christmas to all our readers!

We wish all our parishioners and visitors joy, peace, blessings and happiness as, with the Holy Family and with all Christian Churches through this season, we celebrate the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ. We pray that anyone going away travels safely and send our thanks and gratitude to those who will be going out bringing help to the needy as well as to those who will help make our celebrations in church joyful. We have been asked to send a Special Big Thank You to all the children with Mary and Richard who help take up the Offertory Gifts at 11:15 Masses during the year; to the young readers who read so clearly; also the altar servers and the lovely choir. Mary wishes you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Please keep in your prayers

Please keep in your prayers Steve Mann who was moved to St Joseph’s Hospice the week before Christmas and also Suzanne (Sue) Hannington who died at home on 21st December, aged 83 years. Sue’s Funeral will be on Wednesday 10th January at 11am followed by burial at Islington Cemetery at 1pm, where Sue will be buried with her late husband Christopher.

Please also remember Paul, Sue’s son, who had cared for her and Jennifer, Steve’s wife, and his children.

Prepare the Way for the Lord

As we complete preparations to celebrate our Saviour Jesus’ birth, make time to prepare in your heart. The daily Advent ‘O’Antiphons summarize the whole scope of the Old Testament with both words and events that are seen as preparation for the ultimate revelation of God in Jesus. The Scripture Notes, updated as the season progresses, help us get more from the Christmas readings at Mass and our Family Room activities help bring families back to the real meaning of Christmas. The last Eucharistic Adoration of Advent will be 9:30-11am on Friday 22nd.

Sacramentally, perhaps the best way to draw Advent to a close is in the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession and times are given below.

At a very practical level, any extra hands to help clean the church for Christmas after 9am Mass on Monday 18th will be most welcome!

Oh Come Let Us Adore Him!

VIGIL OF CHRISTMAS – Sunday 24th December 
6:30pm – Family Mass
9pm – Midnight Mass
CHRISTMAS DAY – Monday 25th December 
9:45am – Mass (No evening Mass)

The Crib will be blessed at each Mass

CONFESSIONS BEFORE CHRISTMAS

    • Saturdays 16th & 23rd December 6 – 6:20pm
    • Friday 22nd December 9:30 – 11am & 7:30 – 8:30pm with Adoration of the Eucharist
    • Saturday 23rd December 12 midday – 1pm with Adoration of the Eucharist

SERVICES OVER CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR
You can find details here of all services from Saturday 16th December through to Sunday 7th January.

CHRISTMAS MASS OFFERINGS
The collections at Christmas make up a substantial part of a priest’s annual ‘salary’. Donations can be made by cash, envelope and contactless card payment. If you are not able to attend Mass in person at Christmas you can post your Christmas offering using your Planned Giving envelope or any envelope marked ‘Christmas Offering’ through the door of 12 Womersley Road. Alternatively, you can make a bank transfer (Account Name: WRCDT Stroud Green; Sort Code: 40-05-20; Account Number: 71437399) with your name and ‘Christmas’ in the reference so that we can allocate it correctly. Thank you for your generosity.

No Crib for a bed

Amongst the tinsel and glitter, we remember those for whom there is No Room at the Inn, No Crib for a Bed. Locally we can support Food Banks, our Soup Run and donate through the Poor Box. Internationally, CAFOD enables us to support their valuable work by choosing World Gifts for family or friends.
CAFOD: Israel-Palestinian Crisis Appeal: CAFOD are actively responding through local experts in both Gaza and Israel. Please donate today to help families who are losing their homes and loved ones and need urgent support. If you wish to donate, please go online to CAFOD Israel-Palestinian Crisis Appeal.
In the news, we have been confronted with innocent children dying tragically. With the Feast of the Holy Innocents on Thursday 28th December, we ask you to donate at the crib or online to support the work of the Catholic Children’s Society.
Caritas Advent Giving Calendar: If you have been using the calendar to make up a food parcel to donate to a local food project please deliver it this week.
Cold weather Vinnie Packs – The SVP are distributing over 10,000 Vinnie Packs containing cold weather essentials to the homeless this winter. Please consider sponsoring packs at a suggested donation of £4.20 per pack. Donations can be sent to Vinnie Packs, PO Box 72264, London SW1P 9EZ with cheques made out to SVP or by bank transfer to Nat West sort code 60-60-04, account no. 4608 8237. Thank you so much for your support.”

Coming up:

Confirmation Group – Monday 18th December, 7:30pm in church, Sacrament of Reconciliation and Forgiveness, Carols on the Green – at 7pm on Monday 18th December (corner of Granville Road and Stapleton Hall Road) followed by Candlelit Carol Service at 7:30pm in Holy Trinity Church, led by Crouch End Singers. ‘A Christmas Celebration’ – 2 evenings of music and readings for Christmas on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th December 2023 – 7.30pm (doors open at 6.45pm). The annual concert includes some of the finest Advent and Christmas choral music from across the centuries. Visit https:// westminstercathedral.org.uk/a-christmas-celebration-2/ Adoration: After Mass on Friday 22nd Dec there will be adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 11am. Winnie Elkins’ funeral will be on Monday 8 January at 12 noon at St Edmund’s Church, 115 Hertford Road, N9 7EN followed by a Committal Service at 1:30pm in Enfield Crematorium, Great Cambridge Road. The Reception will be in the Banqueting Suite at Forty Hall, Forty Hill, Enfield. Holy Communion Classes – Saturday 13th January – parents and children session, ‘Coming of the Saviour’.

Other News:

Soup Run WANTED:
Parishioner(s) who attend 11:15 Family Mass with a car to occasionally deliver bread donations to Holy Trinity foodbank in Stapleton Hall Road after Mass. Contact Kit On 07507138582. Thanks.
We are short of Coffee and Sugar at present. Donations 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 kit.greveson@gmail.com. We meet every Saturday at 6pm to drive/distribute for approx. 3 hours. Many thanks.

Diocesan Pilgrimage Lourdes 2024 Next year’s Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will be from 19th to 26th July. Complete an ‘Expression of Interest’ form and you will be contacted when bookings open.

Escorted Pilgrimage to Knock & Co Mayo, 10th March 2024. £899.00 pps. Price includes flight, 5 nights in 4-star Castlecourt Hotel, Westport with Dinner, Bed & Breakfast; lunch on three days; all entertainment, excursions and transport. Visit Knock, Galway City, Kylemore Abbey, Croagh Patrick & Ashford Castle. Single supplement on Enquiry. Contact Patricia or Natali 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, 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, Elizabeth Herbert, Mr Anthony Mark Selvarajah, Elaine Benjamin, Emma Gordon, Steve Mann.

Those who have recently died Winnie Elkins who died on Monday 4th December.