Parish News – 28th January

Racial Justice Sunday

The theme of Racial Justice Sunday in England and Wales in 2024 is ‘Seeing one another in the life of the Church’. In the history of the Church, there have been those who looked at the society in which they lived, and responded to what they saw. They looked, made a decision based on what they saw, and acted. Alert and sensitive as they were to the commandments of Christ, when they saw justice being denied to someone because of their racial origin or colour, they were prompted to act. Their actions of opposing racism, promoting equality and justice, became their life’s work. Following this path, sometimes they encountered hostility, rejection, and attempts to overturn what they were doing. However, they persevered and became instruments of change, agents of progress, and some are acknowledged as saints of the Church. For Racial Justice Sunday this year, can I suggest that you explore the lives of those great men and women – those who devoted their lives to the pursuit of racial justice, those who emulated God’s passion for justice, which we read about in the scriptures. They will inspire us, teach us, and make us sensitive to the importance of racial justice and why we work for it. May we too, like them, see one another in the life of the Church. Bishop Paul McAleenan, Lead Bishop for Racial Justice – Visit our Family Room activity this week to see some saintly examples you could explore.

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

“I have heard, via Zoom, from the Parish Priest of the Church of the Holy Family in Gaza City and from the CEO of the Latin Patriarchate. 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, 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 factors including the absence of all visitors and pilgrims. The Patriarchate 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 this Sunday with funds raised being sent via the diocese directly to the Patriarchate. Please be generous.


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.  7pm Mass Tuesday. Note: Church is closed and there is no Mass on Thursday. If there is a Funeral Mass, there will be no 9am Mass.
Funeral Mass: 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. No 9am Mass that day.
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 Seeing one another in the life of the Church based on the theme for this year’s Racial Justice Sunday.
Preparing for the Sacraments: The programme for First Holy Communion can be found here and for Confirmation here.

Coming up

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.
Padre Pio Group: meets after 7pm Mass next Sunday, 4th February.
Life Ascending Group: meets at 10am on Tuesday 6th February 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.
Crouch End Singers Come and Sing Faure Requiem: Saturday 3rd February rehearsal 12:00-4:00, informal performance 5pm. £10 per singer. At Holy Trinity Church, Granville Road. You can book online.
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: 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.

Other News:

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 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.

St. Anne’s Sixth Form will be holding their Sixth Form Super Curricular Open Evening on Thursday 8 February 2024 from 5:30 to 7.30pm at the Upper Site, 6 Oakthorpe Road, Palmers Green, N13 5TY. Exciting News: Now Open to Boys for September 2024 – All prospective Year 11 students with their parents and carers are warmly invited to attend and can book tickets via:

Headteacher Required at Our Lady of Muswell Catholic Primary School – September 2024. Full details of this job vacancy can be found at If you are interested or require further information, please contact the School Business Manager – Katherine Johnston via email sbm@ourladymuswell.haringey. Application Deadline is Monday 5th February 2024 at 10am.

 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 for details.

Annual Mass for Matrimony – The annual Mass for Matrimony will be celebrated in the Cathedral by the Cardinal on Saturday 25th May at 2:30pm for couples celebrating significant wedding anniversaries. Full information and invitation will be issued shortly.

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

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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, Lesley Pippet.

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