Parish News – 25 February

CAFOD Family Fast Day Appeal

Your donations to CAFOD’s Family Fast Day appeal will help hardworking people like James the fisherman in Liberia with resources, tools and training to feed their families for good. Please join us in praying with James that our sisters and brothers around the world have what they need to feed their families. Please use the envelope attached to last week’s newsletter and place in the retiring collection this weekend or give online.

Cardinal calls for an End to War and a Day of Prayer for Peace

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Bishops’ Conference, has echoed Pope Francis’s urgent appeal for a lasting ceasefire in the Holy Land. He calls for the release of all hostages, for humanitarian aid to be allowed through to help those most in need in Gaza, and for hospitals, schools and places of worship to be protected. Writing to priests in the Diocese he asks for a special focus of prayer on 8 March for peace in the Holy Land. In his message, he writes: “As we are all aware, the situation in the Holy Land has not improved, with failed negotiations, increasing humanitarian distress and a rising death toll. As Lent begins, I would like to urge that we continue our efforts, not least in prayer. And so I ask that, on Friday 8 March, there is a special focus of prayer for the Holy Land across the diocese. This could take the form of a dedicated time of prayer, perhaps before the Blessed Sacrament, for peace in the Holy Land.”

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 Friday until 11am
Ecumenical Stations of the Cross at 7:30pm at St Peter’s on Friday 23rd February followed by a frugal supper in aid of CAFOD Fast Day and at 7:30pm at Holy Trinity, Granville Road on Friday 1st March.

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. “At every moment of every day, somewhere in the world, Christians are praying the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples. The Lord’s Prayer is a like a gentle, multilingual hum of heartfelt praise and petition. St Thomas Aquinas once wrote that ‘The Lord’s Prayer is the most perfect of prayers…’ 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. I am pleased, then, to commend to you ‘We Dare To Say’, a five-week faith-sharing resource on the familiar and powerful words of the Our Father. May you come to a deeper appreciation of what the Lord Jesus himself has given us in response to the disciples’ request ‘Lord, teach us to pray’.” Vincent Nichols.

There are other ways to keep this Lent Holy – see the separate posting to access the Catholic Bishops’ Conference and CAFOD materials. There are also other ways to give, including CAFOD’s Lent Walk.

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 Listening to Jesus during Lent.
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. Continue reading Parish News – 25 February

Scripture notes – 2nd Sunday of Lent – Year B – 25th February 2024

Last Sunday the Gospel told us of Jesus going alone into the desert to fast. A sharp contrast today with a mysterious appearance of Jesus surrounded by heavenly glory. As we settle into Lent, it is a reminder that our preparation is to bring us to a deeper knowledge of the risen Christ. Continue reading Scripture notes – 2nd Sunday of Lent – Year B – 25th February 2024

Parish News – 18 February

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 Friday until 11am
Ecumenical Stations of the Cross at 7:30pm at St Peter’s on Friday 23rd followed by a frugal supper in aid of CAFOD Fast Day.
CAFOD Family Fast Day AppealFriday 23rd February. Your donations to CAFOD’s Family Fast Day appeal will help hardworking people like James the fisherman in Liberia with resources, tools and training to feed their families for good. Eat frugally on Friday 23 February and give what you save to the work of CAFOD. Please join us in praying with James that our sisters and brothers around the world have what they need to feed their families. Use the envelope attached to the newsletter in the parish retiring collection next weekend or give online.
‘We Dare To Say’ is a faith-sharing resource for Lent on The Lord’s Prayer. “At every moment of every day, somewhere in the world, Christians are praying the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples. The Lord’s Prayer is a like a gentle, multilingual hum of heartfelt praise and petition. St Thomas Aquinas once wrote that ‘The Lord’s Prayer is the most perfect of prayers…’ 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. I am pleased, then, to commend to you ‘We Dare To Say’, a five-week faith-sharing resource on the familiar and powerful words of the Our Father. May you come to a deeper appreciation of what the Lord Jesus himself has given us in response to the disciples’ request ‘Lord, teach us to pray’.” Vincent Nichols.
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.

There are other ways to keep this Lent Holy – see the separate posting to access the Catholic Bishops’ Conference and CAFOD materials. There are also other ways to give, including CAFOD’s Lent Walk. Continue reading Parish News – 18 February

Scripture notes – 1st Sunday of Lent – Year B – 18th February 2024

At the beginning of the 40 days designed to prepare for the great feast of Easter, the liturgy reminds us of events which made ‘40’ a designation for a special period of encounter with God.
Continue reading Scripture notes – 1st Sunday of Lent – Year B – 18th February 2024

Scripture notes – Ash Wednesday

This is the beginning of the Church’s season of Lent which lasts for 40 days and is a preparation for Jesus’ Passion, Death and Resurrection. The liturgy starts with fasting, a practice widespread in world religions. For the Jews at that time wearing ‘sackcloth’ (a rough material) and sprinkling oneself with ashes were a sign of mourning and this was extended to a period fasting seen as ‘mourning’ for sins. We today have only a symbolic amount of ashes pressed on the forehead, with the reminder that we all are to die – ‘return to dust’. This is not meant to depress us, rather to focus our minds on what is lasting: God’s love and his Kingdom.
Continue reading Scripture notes – Ash Wednesday

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.” Continue reading Parish News – 11th February

Scripture notes – 6th Sunday in Ordinary time – Year B – 11 February 2024

After the pandemic, we might be able better to appreciate what it means for people to be isolated from others because they are suffering from a disease! This is a key theme in today’s readings; and it’s important to understand that Jesus did not only bring healing from the physical disease, but also from the heart-breaking exclusion and isolation from family and community that the dreaded disease brought with it. Continue reading Scripture notes – 6th Sunday in Ordinary time – Year B – 11 February 2024

Parish News – 4th February

Appeal from the Cardinal for Gaza and the West Bank – Thank you

Thank you to everyone who donated last weekend raising over £900 which will be sent to the Patriarchate who can make funding directly available to the parish leadership and is providing food etc. to many trapped in Gaza and in the West Bank. You can still give using the wall safe marked ‘Gaza Appeal’ or by card on the contactless payment device. Thank you again for your generosity.

Annual Mass of Our Lady of Lourdes

On Saturday 10th February at 2:30pm, Cardinal Vincent will celebrate the Annual Mass at the Cathedral, during which anointing of the sick will be offered. If you wish to attend please contact the office E: stroudgreen@rcdow.org.uk T: 020 8340 3394 giving your name, contact details and category of ticket required as we are asked to book tickets on your behalf. Ticket categories are: 1. Wheelchair users who require anointing, 2. Walking sick who require anointing, 3. Those assisting the sick, who do not require anointing. Continue reading Parish News – 4th February