Parish News – 27th November

Season of Advent

Advent has a two-fold character: as a season to prepare for Christmas, when Christ’s first coming to us is remembered: and as a season the remembrance directs the mind and heart to await Christ’s coming at the end of time. Advent is thus a period for devout and joyful expectation. The change to purple vestments and the appearance of the Advent Wreath marks the new season and indeed a new year in the Church’s liturgy as we move to listening mainly to St. Matthew’ gospel for the next year.

We have put together some ideas for ways you can prepare yourself for the coming of Our Saviour, Christ. These include special masses, eucharistic adoration, a 33 day consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, private study and reflection on the season’s scripture, Family activities, ideas for giving to those more needy, having ourselves a Living Simply Christmas, coming back to God through the sacrament of Reconciliation and inviting others to come back to Church. Read about them here.

Holy Trinity – Advent Service

Music, readings and prayers to celebrate the season of Advent. Sunday 27th November 6pm at Holy Trinity Church, Granville Road N4 4EL followed by seasonal refreshments. All welcome.

Christmas Singalong Schools Fundraiser

The Friends have organised a Christmas carol concert in church on Saturday 3rd December at 4:30pm which will be a mixture of traditional Christmas carols and songs. We are hoping to bring the community together and get everyone into the festive mood with a good auld sing-song, alongside raising funds for the school. Tickets £5 per family online.

Change to church opening and Mass time

Friday 2nd December – there will be no 9am mass, and the church will be closed. There will be a mass on Thursday 1st at 9am.

Services

Sunday Masses are at 6:30pm (Saturday), 9:45am, 11:15am (livestreamed) and 7pm.
Sunday Scripture readings
Notes on the Sunday Scripture readings
Find other livestreamed Masses in the diocese.
Weekday Masses are at 9am Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (this week) after Morning Prayer at 8:45am unless there is a funeral or other special Mass at another time.
Rosary: Tuesday & 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 Beginning Advent.

Eucharistic Adoration

Fr David hopes to introduce day-long Eucharistic Adoration after Mass on Fridays. So that there is always someone in church before the Blessed Sacrament, please contact Father if you can volunteer to come for an hour each Friday. Thank you. Continue reading Parish News – 27th November

The Advent Wreath

Originally posted on 27th November 2010
The Advent wreath is part of our long-standing Catholic tradition. However, the actual origins are uncertain. There is evidence of pre-Christian Germanic peoples using wreathes with lit candles during the cold and dark December days as a sign of hope in the future warm and extended-sunlight days of Spring. In Scandinavia during Winter, lighted candles were placed around a wheel, and prayers were offered to the god of light to turn “the wheel of the earth” back toward the sun to lengthen the days and restore warmth. Continue reading The Advent Wreath

Scripture notes – 1st Sunday of Advent, A – 27th November 2022

The word advent means ‘coming to’ and the beginning of the church year reflects on the ways Jesus the Messiah comes to us. First was his birth into our human condition in Bethlehem. The ‘Second Coming’ is his promised return at the end of time to bring us into the fullness of his eternal reign. Jesus also comes right now, whenever we are open to the many ways he is may be present to us every day, every hour.

The liturgy uses the penance symbols of purple vestments and the absence of the Gloria as reminders that we are called to turn from sin and be aware that ‘the Kingdom of Heaven has drawn near’. (Matthew 4:17). Continue reading Scripture notes – 1st Sunday of Advent, A – 27th November 2022

Parish News – 20th November

World Youth Day

Pope Francis asks the global Catholic community to celebrate World Youth Day locally on the Solemnity of Christ the King. It is a day for the world to recognise and celebrate young people as a gift in our local church communities and affirm the contribution of young people, whether that be through school, at home, or of course in church. The theme, shared with Flame 2023, is “Rise Up!” based on the verse from Luke’s Gospel: “Mary arose and left with haste (Lk 1:38)“ and reflects a call to stand up again, together, to find fresh strength and to help others to rise up too. It reminds young people we must commit again to use the energy, gifts, talents we have in new ways. For us, in England and Wales, there will be a number of resources made available for all settings including home, school, parish, university and individual. Continue reading Parish News – 20th November

Scripture notes – Our Lord Jesus Christ – King of the Universe, C – 20th November 2022

The liturgy offers a number of ways to reflect on the meaning of today’s feast. There is a striking difference in tone between the three readings, one a flat historical account, next a poetic, almost ecstatic picture of Christ as the centre of the cosmos, and then a poignant promise of Jesus as he is dying on the cross. Continue reading Scripture notes – Our Lord Jesus Christ – King of the Universe, C – 20th November 2022

Parish News – 13th November

World Day for the Poor

The sixth World Day of the Poor will be celebrated by the Catholic Church on Sunday 13 November, with the theme of “For your sakes Christ became poor” (2 Cor 8:9). Pope Francis in his message for this day said: “The World Day of the Poor comes this year as a healthy challenge, helping us to reflect on our style of life and on the many forms of poverty all around us.” Highlighting the current challenges facing the world’s poor, he added: “Several months ago, the world was emerging from the tempest of the pandemic… Now, however, a new catastrophe has appeared on the horizon [the war in Ukraine], destined to impose on our world a very different scenario.” Read more and find resources here. Continue reading Parish News – 13th November

Scripture notes – 33rd Sunday of the Year, C – 13th November 2022

‘I go to prepare a place for you and then I will come again and take you to myself,’ are Jesus’ words to his disciples the night before he died. (John 14:2-3). As the church year ends this month, the liturgy focus is on the ‘last days’ and the final end of the world while we are waiting for Christ to return as he promised. Continue reading Scripture notes – 33rd Sunday of the Year, C – 13th November 2022

Parish News – 6th November

Sick and Retired Priest Fund

This weekend is the annual collection for sick and retired priests in the Diocese of Westminster. There are more than 66 sick and retired priests who receive support after a lifetime of service to their parishes. By 2025 the number of priests in retirement is set to double. Most priests offer their resignation at 75, but many continue to serve in our schools, hospitals, hospices and parishes. By supporting the Sick & Retired Priests’ Fund, you can help cover essential costs and give them peace of mind that in the event of an emergency, their needs will be met. They have given to us all and now, in their old age or sickness, they need us to give back. This is our chance to say thank you to our sick and retired priests who have given so much. You will find a donation envelope at the back of the church today. Please take one home and bring it back next weekend with your donation. Please continue to pray for the wellbeing of all of our clergy: active, retired and ill. You can donate online and the envelopes and posters feature a ‘QR Code’ that you can scan with a phone camera to give online. Continue reading Parish News – 6th November