Parish News – 7th January

Christmas – Thank You

We send our thanks and good wishes to all whose service and ministry contributed to our Christmas celebrations. Our thanks too for your Christmas Offerings, cards, gifts and good wishes. We pray that all our parishioners enjoy a Happy and Blessed 2024.

Crib Appeal – Monday’s feast of the Baptism of the Lord, marks the end of the Church’s Christmas Season and is the last chance to give to the Crib Appeal for the Catholic Children’s Society.

Peace Sunday

Next Sunday, 14 January, is Peace Sunday. Today the world needs our prayers for peace more than ever and the theme chosen last year by Pope Francis is ‘Artificial Intelligence and Peace’. This might seem a strangely technical theme, but we know that we do need to think about the consequences of the advances in AI for peace and justice as there are already warnings that AI is seen by the world’s military powers as a way to revolutionise warfare and gain an advantage over enemies. 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 Winnie Elkins, a former parishioner who died peacefully on 4th December, aged 101is on Monday, 8th January at St Edmunds, Edmonton with committal at Enfield Crematorium at 13:30.
The Funeral Mass of Suzanne (Sue) Hannington is here on Wednesday 10th January at 11am followed by burial at Islington Cemetery at 1pm, where Sue will be buried with her late husband Chris.
The Funeral Mass of Steve Mann is here on Monday 15th January – time to be confirmed.

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.

Services

Sunday Masses are at 6:30pm (Saturday), 9:45am,  11:15am 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.  There is also a 7pm Mass on Tuesday where the homily is focused on teaching. 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 Giving thanks for the gift of Jesus.
Preparing for the Sacraments: The programme for First Holy Communion can be found here and for Confirmation here.

Coming up

Padre Pio Group: meets in church after Mass this Sunday evening, 7th January.
Life Ascending Group: meets at 10am on Tuesday 9th January in the Parish Rooms
First Holy Communion: Parents and Children meeting Saturday 13th January.
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/

Other News:

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 kit.greveson@gmail.com. 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 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 Winnie Elkins, Sue Hannington and Steve Mann.