Parish News – 10th March

With lots of hugs and special treats, we send all our love and grateful thanks to our Mums, Nans, Grans and Great Grandmas and pray through the intercession of our heavenly Mother that God sends them abundant Blessings! Just prior to the International Women’s Day, Pope Francis said “Ours is a time seared by hatred, in which our human family, which needs to feel the power of love, is instead frequently scarred by violence, war and ideologies that stifle the noblest feelings of the human heart,” he wrote. “Precisely in this context, the contribution of women is more necessary than ever.”

Pope’s March prayer intention: For the martyrs of our day

In his video Pope Francis recalls the story of a widowed man whom he met when he visited a refugee camp in Lesbos. The man, a Muslim, recounted the harrowing story of how his wife, who was Christian, was asked by terrorists to throw a crucifix to the ground and was killed when she didn’t do it. The Holy Father emphasises that there will always be martyrs among us and that “this is a sign that we are on the right path” as the courage and witness of the martyrs, “is a blessing for everyone”. The Pope continues, “I have been told that there are more martyrs today than at the beginning of Christianity.” Thus, Pope Francis invites all the faithful to pray for those who risk their lives for the Gospel, all over the world, so that they “might imbue the Church with their courage and missionary drive, and be open to the grace of martyrdom”.

Keeping Lent Holy

7pm Mass on Tuesday and, after mass, look at the different articles of the creed and aspects of our faith with Fr David in the presbytery.
Eucharistic Adoration in church after morning Mass on Wednesday and Friday until 11am
Ecumenical Stations of the Cross Holy Innocents, Tottenham Lane on Friday 8th March , Holy Trinity, Granville Road on Friday 15th March both at 7:30pm.
The Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal this year will go towards initiatives run by parishes and Caritas Westminster, helping some of the most vulnerable people in our society. A gift this Lent made online or using the wall safe at the back of church will help fund initiatives in parishes, schools and charities in the Diocese. There are envelopes at the back of church.
‘We Dare To Say’ is a faith-sharing resource for Lent on The Lord’s Prayer. Pope Francis has asked us, as part of our preparation for the Holy Year in 2025, to make this year into a time for refreshing our prayer, and especially our appreciation and use of the Our Father. This week’s theme ‘Forgive us our Trespasses’.
There are other ways to keep this Lent Holy – see the separate posting.

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.
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 Honouring our mothers, and the women in our lives.
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

Life Ascending Group meets at 10am Tuesday 5th March in the Parish Rooms
Thursdays Together: Thursday lunchtimes 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.
Community Soup Café: Enjoy a free bowl of homemade soup with bread every Monday, during term, From 11am – 2.30pm at Hornsey Vale Community Centre, Mayfield Road. Soup is served from 12 – 2pm.

Other News:

Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Matrimony: Westminster Cathedral, Saturday 25th May at 2:30pm. All couples in the Diocese, who in 2024 are celebrating their 5th,  10th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th (and every year over 60) anniversary of Catholic marriage are invited.  For an invitation, please email the parish office, or give Fr David the following details: wife and husband’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email).

Secondary school place offers don’t always match up with the preferences and expectations people have for the secondary school placement of their offspring. If you are in this situation, St Aloysius College invites undecided parents to come to one of the guided tours around our school, starting on Monday 4th March 9:15-10:15am to 15th March. Phone 020 7561 7800 or email enquiries@sta.islington.sch.uk

Soup Run: We are a bit short of sugar and 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.

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.

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

St John’s Passion: March 14th, 7:30pm: Westminster Cathedral Choir performs Johann Sebastian Bach’s vivid and visceral retelling of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St John, sung in German.  Tickets (£45/35/20) for this performance are available now from Ticketmaster.

Divine Mercy Lenten Retreat: The Divine Mercy Apostolate is holding a Retreat on Saturday 16 March from 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm at St Scholastica 17 Kenninghall Road Clapton London E5 8BS. The Retreat will include teachings on the Message of Mercy, Stations of the Cross, Holy Mass, Hour of Mercy with Adoration and Benediction and Veneration of the Image of Merciful Jesus. All Welcome. Please call Millie on 07957594646 for more information.

“AWAKE LONDON” A Catholic Bible convention and Healing ministry on Saturday 16th March 2024, 11am to 5pm at Parish of Christ The King, 455 Chingford Road London,E4 8SP. Includes: Praise and Worship, Holy Mass, confession, Healing service and Eucharistic Adoration, spiritual sharing, sessions for children (www.afcmuk.org). Free car parking available.

Sackcloth and Ashes: On Saturday 23rd March, please pray and fast for the end of abortion in this Country. Through God’s grace we have seen thousands of Mothers in our counselling centre continue their pregnancies in very difficult circumstances. Please help us to help save lives with your prayers, fasting and support. www.GoodCounselNetwork.com

 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.

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.

Rediscover Your Marriage: Retrouvaille offers you the chance to rediscover yourself, your spouse, and a loving relationship in your marriage. 10s of 1000s headed for divorce have successfully saved their marriages by attending and using the tools provided. There is no group therapy or group work. The next programme commences with a weekend in Welwyn Garden City on 14-16 June 2024. Call or text 07887 296983 or 07973 380443, email retrouvailleukinfo@gmail.com – or visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk

A Day with Mary – Pilgrimages: Details of upcoming pilgrimages to Fatima in June and Italy in September run by A Day with Mary are available from their website.

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.

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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 Michael O Leary (previous parishioner). Maureen Brennan. Funeral Mass Friday 22nd March at 9am followed by the burial at New Southgate Cemetery at 11am.