Peace Sunday is this Sunday 14 January. Today, there are at least 13 conflicts around the world that are classified as ‘wars’ and over 150 ‘armed conflicts’ happening within or between nations. It is reckoned there are today more conflicts than at any time since the Second World War. Few of these make it into our daily news or our Sunday Bidding Prayers. In the face of this and the dreadful and deadly effects on combatants, civilians and their families, there are warnings that AI (Artificial Intelligence) is seen by the world’s military powers as a way to revolutionise warfare and gain an advantage over enemies. So, the world needs our prayers for peace more than ever and the theme chosen by Pope Francis for today is ‘Artificial Intelligence and Peace’. Although a seemingly technical theme, we must think about the consequences of the advances in AI for war and the opportunities AI could bring for peace and justice. Pax Christi have produced various resources including a link to Pope Francis’ message – https://paxchristi.org.uk/peace-sunday/
Rest in Peace
The Funeral Mass of Steve Mann is here on Monday 15th January at 10:30am followed by burial at St Pancras Cemetery, 278 High Road, East Finchley, N2 9AG. Please keep Steve, Jennifer and the family in your prayers.
Crib Appeal – Thank You
Thank you for giving £483 to the Crib Appeal for the Catholic Children’s Society.
Sunday Masses are at 6:30pm (Saturday), 9:45am, 11:15am and 7pm.
Sunday Scripture readings
Notes on the Scripture readings
Normal Weekday Mass times are 9am Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday after Morning Prayer at 8:45am. No 7pm Mass this Tuesday. 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 Praying for peace.
Preparing for the Sacraments: The programme for First Holy Communion can be found here and for Confirmation here.
Life Ascending Group: meets at 10am on Tuesday 23rd January in the Parish Rooms
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.
Pope’s January Prayer Intention
Pope Francis invites Christians to embrace the diversity of charisms in the Church as a richness. “Let us pray that the Spirit help us recognize the gift of different charisms within the Christian communities, and to discover the richness of different ritual traditions within the Catholic Church.”
“To move forward on the journey of faith, we also need ecumenical dialogue with our brothers and sisters of other confessions and Christian communities,” he said. “This is not something confusing or disturbing, but is a gift God gives to the Christian community so it might grow as one body, the Body of Christ.”
The Pope’s video message can be viewed here.
CAFOD: Israel-Palestinian Crisis Appeal
CAFOD are actively responding through local experts in both Gaza and Israel. Please donate today, you will 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.
The Year of Jubilee 2025
The Holy Father has decided that 2025 will be a year of Jubilee, something which happens every 25 years. The theme is “Pilgrims of Hope”, and it will be a year of hope for a world suffering the impacts of war, the ongoing effects of COVID-19 pandemic, and a climate crisis. The Bishops’ Conference are producing resources for the preparatory year of prayer, focusing on the Our Father, as well as resources about Jubilee in the Catholic Church. Visit https://www.cbcew.org.uk/jubilee-2025/
Westminster Diocesan Year Book: Copies are available at the back of church, price £5.
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.
Soup Run WANTED:
Many thanks for the donations of coffee and sugar. We are a bit short of tinned sweetcorn 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We meet every Saturday at 6pm to drive/distribute for approx. 3 hours. Many thanks.
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.
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 email@example.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, .
Those who have recently died Winnie Elkins, Sue Hannington and Steve Mann.