Parish news – 21st January

Sunday of the Word of God

The Third Sunday in Ordinary time is ‘The Sunday of the Word of God’ – a day instituted by Pope Francis on the feast of St. Jerome in 2019, devoted to the celebration and study of the Sacred Scripture.

“Devoting a specific Sunday of the liturgical year to the word of God can enable the Church to experience anew how the risen Lord opens up for us the treasury of his word and enables us to proclaim its unfathomable riches before the world.”

“Whenever, therefore, the Church, gathered by the Holy Spirit for liturgical celebration, announces and proclaims the word of God, she is aware of being a new people in whom the covenant made in the past is perfected and fulfilled. Baptism and confirmation in the Spirit have made all Christ’s faithful into messengers of God’s word because of the grace of hearing they have received. They must therefore be the bearers of the same word in the Church and in the world, at least by the witness of their lives.” Pope Francis, Aperuit illis

A message and appeal from the Cardinal about Gaza and the West Bank

“In the last few days I have heard directly, via Zoom, from the Parish Priest of the Church of the Holy Family in Gaza City and from the CEO of the Latin Patriarchate. The situation they face is grave and most demanding. We were told that there are still 600 people sheltering and being cared for in the parish compound, together with over 50 seriously disabled and vulnerable children. Water and food can be bought in the local markets at much inflated prices. With the damage inflicted on this site some time ago now, cooking hot meals is only possible three times a week. The parish is also providing for 200 people in the Orthodox property as well as for local Muslim neighbours. The situation in the West Bank is also grave with more than 100,000 families losing income because of various factors, as well as the absence of all visitors and pilgrims. The Patriarchate is able to provide assistance. It can make funding directly available to the parish leadership and is providing food etc to many in the West Bank.” We will take a retiring collection next Sunday with funds raised being sent via the diocese directly to the Patriarchate. Please be generous.

Services

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 Following the call of Jesus based on the Sunday of the Word of God.
Preparing for the Sacraments: The programme for First Holy Communion can be found here and for Confirmation here.

Coming up

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.
Mass for Religious: The diocese’s annual Mass to mark the World Day for Religious and Consecrated Life will be celebrated by the Cardinal in the Cathedral on Saturday 3rd February at 11am.

Rest in Peace

The Funeral Mass of Michael John Murphy is on Monday 29th January at 11:30am followed by Cremation at Islington Crematorium, High Rd, Finchley, N2 9AG.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

‘You shall love the Lord your God… and your neighbour as yourself’ The Week of Prayer is traditionally observed from the 18 – 25 January – the octave of St Peter and St Paul. Reflections on the story of the Good Samaritan have been prepared by an ecumenical team in Burkina Faso in Africa They have reflected on the familiar story of the Good Samaritan, and all are encouraged to Go and do likewise. It is a story about crossing boundaries that calls our attention to the bonds that unite the whole human family. Additional resources encourage reflection in the British and Irish context. The resources can be found here: https://ctbi.org.uk/resources-for-week-of-prayer-for-christian-unity-2024/.

Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day is marked on 27 January each year and is a time to remember the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution and in the genocides which followed. “We commit ourselves to stand against antisemitism, injustice and prejudice wherever it might be found. Together we remember the Holocaust and pray that love will triumph over evil”. Bishop Declan Lang Chair of the Bishops’ International Affairs department.

Racial Justice Sunday

Racial Justice Sunday, next Sunday, 28th January, is the day the Church focuses on the need to oppose racism and pursue racial justice with renewed vigour. The theme this year is: “Seeing one another in the life of the Church”. It is important to recognise that we are all children of God, regardless of our race and background. This year’s theme seeks to promote reflection, discussion and action to encourage us to carry this through in the weeks and months ahead. Visit https://www.cbcew.org.uk/racial-justice-sunday/ for resources.

Other News:

Annual Mass of Our Lady of Lourdes: On Saturday 10th February at 2:30pm, Cardinal Vincent will celebrate the Annual Mass at the Cathedral, during which anointing of the sick will be offered. If you wish to attend please contact the office E: stroudgreen@rcdow.org.uk T: 020 8340 3394 giving your name, contact details and category of ticket required as we are asked to book tickets on your behalf. Ticket categories are: 1. Wheelchair users who require anointing, 2. Walking sick who require anointing, 3. Those assisting the sick, who do not require anointing.

The Passage – working to prevent and end Homelessness: announce The Big Sports Quiz on Wednesday March 27th Can your team rise to the challenge and be crowned The Passage’s first-ever Big Sports Quiz winner? Visit https://passage.org.uk/sports-quiz/ for details.
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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 kit.greveson@gmail.com. We meet every Saturday at 6pm to drive/distribute for approx. 3 hours. Many thanks.

The Divine Mercy Apostolate: London is holding a Divine Mercy Afternoon of Reflection on Saturday 10 February from 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm at St Georges R.C. Cathedral, Westminster Bridge Road London SE1 7HY. All Welcome. Please call Millie on 07957594646 for more information.

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 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, .

Those who have recently died Sue Hannington, Steve Mann and Michael John Murphy.