Building Project Photos

Scripture notes – 22nd Sunday of the Year, B – 2nd September 2018

What is the ‘right thing to do’ is very much a current issue but of course a concern for ages. Today three different takes on human obligations. The first and second readings from the Hebrew Bible call for carrying out all of the Jewish Torah, often translated as ‘Law’. In the Gospel Jesus discounts outer observances and emphasises the inner disposition where good and evil impulses arise. Continue reading Scripture notes – 22nd Sunday of the Year, B – 2nd September 2018

Notices – 26th August

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Resumption of normal service….

The times of weekday Masses, Holy Hour, Confessions, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, and Benediction return to normal this week. We thank everyone who stepped in to help over the holiday period – Supply Priests, Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Servers, Soup Run Sandwich-makers & Distributors, Counters and those who unlocked, locked up and provided Sacristy cover while Fr Sean was on holiday.

Farewell Cathy

After 25 years of faithful service to the parish Cathy Bruce who leads the Music/Choir at the 9:45am Mass will be leaving us to return to her home town, Salford, Manchester, in the first week of September. There will be no 9am Mass on Saturday, 1st September instead we will be celebrating a Mass of Thanksgiving at 12noon here at St Peter’s followed by a bring-and-share lunch at Holy Trinity Church (Groves Room) Granville Road, N4. All welcome.

Cardinal expresses sorrow and shame about abuse in the Church

Cardinal Vincent has written in response to the letter from Pope Francis on the abuse of children in the Church. In the letter, the Cardinal expresses sorrow and shame, saying: ‘I am so sorry for the hurt that has been caused, primarily to those whose lives have been radically damaged by childhood abuse, to their families, and to those who know personally a deep sense of trust that has been betrayed. I am utterly ashamed that this evil has, for so long, found a place in our house, our Church. This evil has particular abhorrence because not only is it a terrible abuse of power, but also because, in its evil, it both employs and destroys the very goodness of faith and trust in God. As a Father in this House, I bear this shame in a direct way, for it is the direct responsibility of a father to protect his household from harm, no matter how difficult and complex that might be.’ The Pope’s letter is addressed to all Catholics and we ask you to take time to read it and reflect on it. Copies of the Cardinal’s letter and the letter from the Holy Father can be found on the Newsletter Stand and both can also be accessed here and here.


Our Saturday Club that brings together people with learning difficulties, their families and friends will next meet on Saturday 1st September, 2-4pm at St Peter-in-Chains School Hall. Hope to see you there! Debbie, Derek, Mary and Kayte 0777 939 4424.

Prayer intentions to St Anthony

Through the power and intercession of prayer, I embark on a pilgrimage through the life of St Anthony, starting in Padua. As I walk over 400km in 20 days, I would like to take your prayers to the Saint himself. If you have any prayer intentions that you would like me to pray while I walk, to light a candle for and ask for St Anthony’s, St Francis and Mother Mary’s intercesson, Please send them to If you would like to offer a donation which will go towards the church building works please give a donation in the box at the back of the church or on my crowdfunding page. Please pray for me as I walk. Claire Kennedy.

Parish Raffle Tickets

Tickets will be on sale next weekend 1st/2nd September after all Masses. The winning numbers for August were 52, 96 & 65 – (Green A824 SN6N).

Building Project

Work began on Monday 13th August and by Wednesday evening the porch superstructure was gone. The photos below show its passing!

Other notices

Priest Surgery – This will resume on Tuesday 4th September from 5pm-7pm at the presbytery.

Legion of Mary – resumes on Wednesday, 5th September at 7:30pm in the lower parish rooms.

Life Ascending Group – resumes on Tuesday, 11th September at 10am in the lower parish rooms.

Parish Census – We are asking all parishioners to fill in a registration form with the details of their household so that we can make sure that the information we hold is up to date. If you missed completing a form over the holiday period – and many thanks to all who have completed one – forms and pens are available on the Newsletter stand. Please return completed forms to the parish office. Thank you.

Thursdays Together – The Thursdays Together Lunch Club will be open for business on Thursday, August 30th and September 6th at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Stapleton Hall Road from 11am – 1:30pm. All welcome.

Church Cleaners urgently needed – Mondays after the 9am Mass. If you are able to spare an hour or so please come along on Mondays after the morning Mass. Many thanks.

Eucharistic Ministers – All Ministers are asked to respond to the data privacy notice they were sent recently if they have not done so yet. For those without email, the rota for September and October can be collected from the Newsletter Stand.

Diocesan pilgrimage to the Holy Land – Join the 8th annual diocesan pilgrimage to the Holy Land, led by Bishop John Wilson, will take place from 21st to 29th November. Come and visit the holy sites, support local Christians and deepen your faith. Galilee, Bethlehem & Jerusalem covered. Full board. Flying BA. Price £1549 per person sharing. Single room and travel insurance extra. For booking forms or more information contact Elizabeth Uwalaka 0207 798 9173 or Gill at Tangney Tours 01732 886666.

Fresh Produce – If anyone has extra veg and or fruit from their garden/allotments, the London Catholic Worker in Mattison Road would greatly appreciate this. Please deliver to Giuseppe Conlon House, 49 Mattison Road, Harringay N4 1BG any day after 5pm. Tel. 0208 348 8212

Will you connect the poor with the powerful? – CAFOD is looking for Catholics in this area to share their faith with their MP. Write 3-4 times a year on a topical issue to support those living in poverty around the world. No experience needed as information will be provided online or by post. See or contact Tony on 0208-449-6970 or for further information. “Love is civic and political, and it makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world.” – Pope Francis

Fr William’s Appeal – News from Fr William who is so grateful for all support will be printed on notice boards shortly. Lesley Pippet

Adoremus – National Eucharistic CongressThe National Eucharist Congress is fast approaching. You are invited to join the Church in England & Wales at Liverpool on Saturday, 8 and/or Sunday, 9 September. Saturday is the highlight of the Congress. Bishop Robert Barron will address the Congress; Cardinal Nichols will give a reflection and lead us in Adoration and Benediction. (There is a fee of £40 for the Saturday to cover the costs of the Congress.) On the Sunday there are Masses in the Metropolitan Cathedral and a large outdoor Blessed Sacrament procession. Many other events and a Youth Congress will supplement the official programme. Tickets can be booked online until 31 July at For information, contact or Prayer cards are available at the back of the church.

Diocesan Job Vacancies – Please visit to view all vacancies.

Thank you for your Sunday offerings. Giving by text – You can give the Parish £5 by texting “Parish STROG” to 70800. You can also donate online to the parish at This method allows you to add Gift Aid to your donation.

Newsletter deadline: – please submit items for the Newsletter before midday on Thursday. Note that pressure of space means items may have to be edited.

Please pray for:

Those in the Parish who are ill:
Rose Carroll, Christian Overal, Antonio Neto, Zintra Sansom, Maria Graham, Brenda Buzec, Amy Gordon, Annette Donivar, Margaret Bradley, Caroline Hilton, Karin Summers, Graham Summers, Joan Summers, Alex Robertson, Helen Kozlowski, Lena Cavaciuti, Don Brewis, Roman Cholij, Adeline Oyekoya, Mary Wallace, Bruna Moia, Sister Pia, Margaret Whelan, Kitty Madden, Ann O’Grady, Clare Bruce, Brendan Whelan, Claire Marchand, Mike Coombes, Pamela Roberts, Mira Lidstone, Gemma Francis, Fr David Williamson, Sheila Dredge, Augustine Okonta & Richard Simon.

Home Visits – If you are sick or housebound and would like to receive Communion please let the parish priest know so that he can arrange for a Eucharistic Minister to visit you at home.

In Hospital – If you or anyone you know is going into hospital, please register as a Catholic with the hospital staff and let your Parish Priest know if you wish him to visit.

Those recently deceased:
Fr. Michael Durand RIP

Service times and Mass intentions

SUNDAY 26TH AUGUST – 21st Sunday of the Year (B)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Mary & Frank O’Shea RIP (Anniv)
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. Sisters of Providence (Deceased)
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Elizabeth, Steven & Josif Carey RIP
7:00pm – MASS – Int. All the people of the Parish

Weekday Masses – Year 2, Week 21: Daily Prayer – Week 1

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Holy Souls

TUESDAY 28TH AUGUST – St Augustine, Bishop & Doctor
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Mary & Carmine & Maddalena Lanzara RIP

WEDNESDAY 29TH AUGUST – The Passion of St John the Baptist
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Kitty Waldron RIP

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Theresa & Augustine Okonta

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Holy Souls
7:30pm – Holy Hour

9:00am* – NO MASS – Int.
9:30am-10:00am – CONFESSIONS
12:00am* – MASS – Int. Cathy Bruce
6:00pm-6:20pm – CONFESSIONS

SUNDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER – 22nd Sunday of the Year (B)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. James & Julie Handley RIP (Anniv)
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. All the people of the Parish
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Cathy Condon RIP
7:00pm – MASS – Int. Patrick Naughton RIP

9:00am* – preceded by Morning Prayer at 8:45am
The Liturgical Calendar of feasts can be found here


Meetings are in Lower Parish Rooms unless shown otherwise

8:00pm – PADRE PIO GROUP – Sisters of St Gildas’, 36 Dickenson Road

10:00am – NO LIFE ASCENDING GROUP – Resumes 11th September
5:00pm-7:00pm – NO PRIEST SURGERY – See Fr Sean without an appointment – Resumes 4th September

7:30pm – NO LEGION OF MARY – Resumes 5th September

11:00am-1:30pm – THURSDAYS TOGETHER – meet your neighbours for a friendly chat, light lunch available – Holy Trinity Church Hall

1:30pm – NO STAY & PLAY GROUP – St Peter’s School Hall, Elm Grove – resumes after Scholl Holidays

2-4pm – SEEDS GROUP – St Peter-in-Chains School Hall


SOUP RUN: – Saturday 25th August – 4pm & 6pm – Team C
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 25th/26th August – Margaret Forkan

Saturday/Sunday 25th/26th August
6:30pm (Sat) – Alex Derbyshire
9:45am 1st Reading: – Marianne Law 2nd Reading: – Therese Moloney
7:00pm – Chris Beasley
1st: Joshua 24:1-2.15-18; 2nd: Ephesians 5:21-32; Gospel: John 6:60-69
6:30pm (Sat) Patricia Hannon, Sarah Fleming, Steve Bethell
9:45am Jim Donoghue, Josephine Bobb, Lesley Pippet, Margaret Forkan, Patrick Egan
11:15am Peter Cecile, Ryan Chang Kit, Sam Carson, Theresa Pisapia, William Carson
7:00pm Pedro Daniel, Ruben Ferreira, Daniel Lloyd-Morgan

COUNTING: – Tuesday 28th August – 9:30am – Team C

SOUP RUN: – Saturday 1st September – 4pm & 6pm – Team D
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 1st/2nd September – Nena Whitehead

Saturday/Sunday 1st/2nd September
6:30pm (Sat) – Steve Bethell
9:45am 1st Reading: – Claire Kennedy 2nd Reading: – Harriet Mackie
7:00pm – Helen Helmer
1st: Deuteronomy 4:1-2.6-8; 2nd: James 1:17-18.21-22.27; Gospel: Mark 7:1-8.14-15.21-23
6:30pm (Sat) Susan Fleming, Alice Fidler, Andrew Dickson
9:45am Regina Fleming, Sheila Doyle, Sr Anne Hogan, Anthony Pippet, Carol Phillips
11:15am Sabrina Cecile, Yessica Alvarez-Manzano, Anastasia Gaffiero, Anna Maria Fernandez, Anthony Cecile
7:00pm Fiona Stone, John Pio Sheehan, Maria Fernandez

COUNTING: – Sunday 2nd September – 6:45pm – Planned Giving Team D
COUNTING: – Monday 3rd September – 9:30am – Team D

Scripture notes – 20th Sunday of the Year, B – 19th August 2018

In the Bread of Life discourse, Jesus has been stressing his role as the one sent by the Father. Now he takes a further step in showing how truly and deeply he is ‘bread’. In John’s Gospel, there is no account of Jesus giving the Eucharist at the Last Supper but in this section, he gives the fullest explanation of what that means. Continue reading Scripture notes – 20th Sunday of the Year, B – 19th August 2018

A Brief Introduction to the Gospel of Mark

In the three-year cycle of Gospels read at Mass, Year B is Mark, the shortest of the four gospels. After reading the introductions in the dozen commentaries at hand with all their differences, I did not feel like writing even a ‘brief ‘one. Yet some background is useful for those who come to the book fresh, or have forgotten details from the last Year B. What Mark seems to call for is – just read Mark. The whole Gospel can be gone through in one sitting, and that is something I recommend doing sometime during this liturgical year. Get your sense of what Mark set out to do, what picture he paints of Jesus. Continue reading A Brief Introduction to the Gospel of Mark

SEEDs joins Faith and Light – March 2017

Our parish SEEDs community has now become part of the international family of Faith and Light. These photos by Kayte Brimacombe show us with some of their members who travelled from many different parts of the UK to be with us earlier this month.

It was a very memorable and happy afternoon and there was a wonderful spirit of being at one with each other.

SEEDs meets at St Peter in Chains Infant school hall every first Saturday of the month, 2-4pm – everyone welcome! We are particularly grateful to all the volunteers who help, including the parish Confirmation Group.