Parish News – 11th February

World Day of the Sick

On the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes we pray for the sick and their care. From Pope Francis’ message: “To those of you who experience illness, whether temporary or chronic, I would say this: Do not be ashamed of your longing for closeness and tenderness! Do not conceal it, and never think that you are a burden on others. ….. we Christians in particular are called to adopt the compassion-filled gaze of Jesus. Let us care for those who suffer and are alone, perhaps marginalized and cast aside.…..The sick, the vulnerable and the poor are at the heart of the Church; they must also be at the heart of our human concern and pastoral attention. May we never forget this! And let us commend ourselves to Mary Most Holy, Health of the Sick, that she may intercede for us and help us to be artisans of closeness and fraternal relationships.”

Ash Wednesday

Lent begins this coming Wednesday, 14th February. Mass with distribution of Ashes will be at 9am and 7:30pm.

Keep Lent Holy – Pray + Fast + Give – There are plenty of ways to keep this Lent Holy. At church there will be joint Stations of the Cross with our local churches on Friday evenings starting 23 February: Tuesday evening Masses at 7pm and, after mass, looking at the creed and aspects of our faith: Friday Eucharistic Adoration after morning mass until 11am. For private prayer and reflection, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference and CAFOD provide lots of ideas and material. For ways to Give there is CAFOD Fast Day on Friday 23 February and CAFOD’s Lent Walk as well as the Cardinal’s Lent Appeal. And Pope Francis suggests we Fast from hurting words, sadness, anger, pessimism, worries, complaints, pressures, bitterness, selfishness, grudges and words!

Marriage Week, 7-14 February

A Christian marriage is rooted in faith – faith in God, as the giver of life and the one who promises eternal life to those who believe in him. The Bishops website (cbcew.org.uk/marriage-week-2024/) provides material to pray through this week and reflect on the vocation of marriage – a response from two people, by God’s sustaining divine grace, who promise to build a lifelong, intimate and sacramental partnership of love and life.
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.

Services

Sunday Masses are at 6:30pm (Saturday), 9:45am,  11:15am and 7pm.
Sunday Scripture readings
Notes on the Scripture readings
Ash Wednesday, 14th February. Mass with distribution of Ashes will be at 9am and 7:30pm.
Normal Weekday Mass times are 9am Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday after Morning Prayer at 8:45am.
7pm Mass Tuesday and, after mass, look at the different articles of the creed and aspects of our faith with Fr David in the presbytery.
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 the sick.
Preparing for the Sacraments: The programme for First Holy Communion can be found here and for Confirmation here.
Note: Thursday – church is closed and there is no Mass.

Coming up

Book and jigsaw Sale: Saturday 17th February 11-2. Holy Trinity Church, Granville Road, N4 4EL. Refreshments available.
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.

Other News:

First Aiders Wanted: Are you a qualified First Aider? It would be useful to know if there are any First Aiders in the parish and we would also like a First Aider to be responsible for checking our First Aid boxes regularly in case items need replenishing. If you are able to help, please contact the Parish Office or Kit Greveson (see Soup Run). Thank you.

Soup Run: We are a bit short of tinned tuna 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.

Vocations Weekend for Women: A weekend considering the call of God in our lives and finding out more about the vocation to Religious Life. Live alongside the FCJ (Faithful Companions of Jesus) Sisters, opportunity for prayer, discussion and sharing. This is a great way to explore more about religious life and meet with others who are discerning. Open to women in their 20s and 30s. Friday 16th – Sunday 18th February at FCJ Centre St Hugh’s, Liverpool. This is an in-person event for women considering the vocation to religious life. For more info or if you wish to participate please check the event on facebook and message FCJ Centre St Hugh’s, or email FCJCentreStHughs@gmail.com

The Islington Shared Lives service: is for Islington residents, aged 16 and over, who need support due to disability, age, illness or because they feel socially isolated. Referrals come from social workers or social care officers. People who need some support are carefully matched with Shared Lives carers, who are local people with shared interests, or simply someone that they get on well with. If you would like to know more about Shared Lives or becoming a Shared Lives carer, visit islington.gov.uk/sharedlives email Margaret.blake-west@islington.gov.uk

Evangelising post-Christian Britain: Monsignor James Shea, Tuesday, 20th February, 7pm, St James’ Church, Spanish Place, Marylebone, Tickets £5. In a lively lecture and Q&A, Monsignor James Shea, President of the University of Mary (Bismark, North Dakota) will draw bridges between the different visions that the Church and the world have for our society, and suggest effective strategies to engage our own time and culture with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A and then refreshments will be available. Book your tickets at guild-ransom.co.uk/events

 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.

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 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, Lesley Pippet.

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