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Pax Christi – Peace Sunday 20 January
In his World Peace Day message, which has the theme “Good politics serves peace”, Pope Francis invites us to begin our New Year with a concern for the future of life and the planet, of the youngest and the weakest. Internationally thousands are displaced and suffer as a result of war, yet the global arms trade continues unabated and people profit from war. We hear of flashpoints of potential and real violence: Russia, Ukraine, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gaza… situations often brought about because of bad politics. Our own country is divided over Brexit and people are hurting and we need to explore better ways of reaching out to one another and finding ways to rebuild trust and community. All of this calls for ‘Good politics’ and the skills and the tools of peacemakers. Pax Christi International has much to bring to the table. In England and Wales Pax Christi, through its small team of 4 staff members, its volunteers and its members, reaches out to individuals, schools and parishes with workshops, prayer resources and campaigning tools, supporting the Catholic community to get on with its own work for peace. Please support our work.
Rest in Peace – Margaret Maloney
It is with great sadness that we learnt of the death of a much loved and dedicated parishioner Margaret Maloney last Tuesday. Our prayers and thoughts are with her sister Mary at this very difficult time. Details of Margaret’s funeral will be announced once it has been finalised. May she rest in peace.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – 18th to the 25th January
The Christians of Indonesia who prepared the resources for 2019 found that the words of Deuteronomy, ‘Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue…’ (see Deut. 16:18-20) spoke powerfully to their situation. The resources are available on the Churches Together website https://ctbi.org.uk/weekofprayer.
Introducing the Gospel of Luke
Luke will provide most of our Sunday Gospel readings this year. It is the ‘most’ gospel in several ways. It is the longest of the four. It is also the only Gospel which has a ‘sequel’, as Luke also wrote The Acts of the Apostles telling of the early work of the Church. This means that Luke is the author of more than one-fourth of the New Testament. Joan Griffith has written a set of notes to help us to understand more of Luke’s approach and writing style and it is worth taking a little time to read this to get more out of what we hear on Sundays.
Soup Run – urgent need
Our Soup Run project has an immediate need for sandwich makers as some of our fantastic volunteers have recently ‘retired’ due to personal circumstances. 2 hours, once a month on a Saturday from 3:45pm. Friendly teams, great way to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Contact Kit Greveson on 07507 138582 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you.
Preparing people with special needs for the Sacraments and for Participation in the Liturgy
Symbols of Faith Workshop: A Workshop that trains individuals in the preparation of children and adults with special needs for the sacraments, using symbolic catechesis. The Workshop will be held at Our Lady of Dolours Church Hall, 4 Egerton Gardens, Hendon, NW4 4BA on Saturday, 2nd February 2019, 10am-2pm. Details from Sue Day at email@example.com / 020 8202 3999.
First Holy Communion & Confirmation 2019
For meeting times please see the Diary section of the Newsletter or the ‘First Holy Communion & Confirmation 2019‘ section of this post below. Parents and candidates should always check these, as they are where regular information about the program is published each week.
We welcome our Confirmation Candidates and their families to their Enrolment Mass this Sunday, 20th January at 11:15am.
First Holy Communion – Prayer Sponsors: We would like each of our children to have a personal Prayer Sponsor as they prepare to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion for the first time. Please put your details on the list at the back of the church or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday 20th January if you would like to volunteer. We will contact you shortly after with a child’s name to remember in your daily prayers and when you attend Mass. The child will receive a card with your name to reflect that you are praying for them. Please sign up. Thank you.
St Peter-in-Chains Infants & St Gildas’ Junior Schools – If you are applying for Infants or Junior School places for 2019, our Head Teachers would like to invite prospective parents to visit their wonderful and inclusive schools. St Peter’s School, Elm Grove, London N8 9AJ – St Gildas’ Junior School, Oakington Way, London N8 9EP. To book a tour around the Schools please contact the school office on 020 8340 6789 (St Peter’s Infants) 020 8348 1902 (St Gildas’ Juniors)
Reception Class Admissions – September 2019 – If your child reaches the age of 4 between 1/9/2018 and 31/8/2019, now is the time to apply for a Reception place at St Peter-in-Chains Infant School. Tours are available. Please ring Mrs Gaudiano on 020 8340 6789 for further information or to book a place. Supplementary information and forms are available on the school website www.stpeterinchainsrc.co.uk.
St Ignatius Church – Mass & Concert – The Choir and Orchestra of St Ignatius College, Enfield & The Choir and Orchestra of Sint-Barbaracollege, Gent, Belgium present Music for Mass and Concert on Saturday, 26th January 2019, 7pm Mass plus Concert (No Admission charge) at St Ignatius Church, 27 High Road, Stamford Hill, N15 6ND. Nearest Tube: Seven Sisters. All Welcome!
Sue Hessel’s book “Letters from a Good Man at War” is £10 – for every book sold through St Peter-in-Chains parish office £5 will be donated to the parish building project… Sue is happy to sign books and add a personal message – especially for Christmas presents!
Building Works – Please note along with the work that is being done on the porch, decorating of the church is also underway. We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause and ask parishioners to take extra care when entering/leaving the church after Mass. Thank you for your cooperation.
Diocesan Job Vacancies – Please visit our website at http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/ to view all vacancies. New vacancies will continue to be added to the website as and when they arise, so please check the website regularly for updates.
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 https://parish.rcdow.org.uk/stroudgreen/donate/ 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.
First Holy Communion & Confirmation 2019
Classes at St. Gildas’ school from 10am-11:30am on:
Class 2 Group B – Sat 19th January
Class 3 Group A – Sat 26th January
Class 3 Group B – Sat 2nd February
Please arrive 5 minutes early to ensure classes start on time and remember to bring the I Belong book. Please email any questions to: email@example.com
Enrolment Mass – Sunday 20th January 11:15am
Group Meeting: 7-8:15pm, Monday 21st January – Lower parish rooms
Please pray for:
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, Mira Lidstone, Gemma Francis, Fr David Williamson, Augustine Okonta, Richard Simon & Noah Purcell–Chandler.
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 who have recently died:
Eileen Burgess, Fr Seamus Noctor & Margaret Maloney RIP
Service times and Mass intentions
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Delia Ashford RIP
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. Cynthia Apparicio RIP
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Jim Donnelly & Wayne Donnelly RIP (Anniv)
7:00pm – MASS – Int. Brian Donnelly RIP
Weekday Masses – Year 1 Week 2: Daily Prayer – Week 2
MONDAY 21ST JANUARY – St Agnes, Virgin & Martyr
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Sisters of Providence
TUESDAY 22ND JANUARY
9:00am* – MASS – Int. All the people of the Parish
WEDNESDAY 23RD JANUARY
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Ken Ashford RIP
THURSDAY 24TH JANUARY – St Francis de Sales, Bishop & Doctor
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Holy Souls
FRIDAY 25TH JANUARY – The Conversion of St Paul the Apostle
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Thomas O’Reilly RIP
7:30pm – HOLY HOUR – Presbytery
SATURDAY 26TH JANUARY – Ss Timothy & Titus, Bishops
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Frank Hucklebridge RIP
9:30am-10:00am – CONFESSIONS
9:30am-10:00am – EXPOSITION & BENEDICTION
6:00pm-6:20pm – CONFESSIONS
SUNDAY 27TH JANUARY – 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. All the people of the Parish
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. Thomas O’Reilly RIP
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Thomas O’Reilly RIP
7:00pm – MASS – Int. Kitty Smith RIP
9:00am* – preceded by Morning Prayer at 8:45am
The Liturgical Calendar of feasts can be found here
TUESDAY 22ND JANUARY
10:00am – LIFE ASCENDING GROUP – 36 Dickenson Road
5:00pm-7:00pm – PRIEST SURGERY – See Fr Sean without an appointment – Presbytery
7:30pm – FINANCE COMMITTEE – Presbytery
WEDNESDAY 23rd JANUARY
7:30pm – LEGION OF MARY – Presbytery
THURSDAY 24TH JANUARY
11:00am-1:30pm – THURSDAYS TOGETHER – meet your neighbours for a friendly chat, light lunch available – Holy Trinity Church Hall
FRIDAY 25TH JANUARY
1:30pm – STAY & PLAY GROUP – St Peter’s School Hall, Elm Grove (term time only)
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 19th/20th January 2019 – Nena Whitehead
2ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (C)
Saturday/Sunday 19th/20th January 2019
6:30pm (Sat) – Avril Byrne
9:45am 1st Reading: – Marianne Law 2nd Reading: – Kit Greveson
7:00pm – Fiona Stone
1st: Isaiah 62:1-5; 2nd: 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Gospel: John 2:1-12
6:30pm (Sat) Jacqueline O’Shea, Laura Alyousif, Patricia Hannon
9:45am Patrick Egan, Regina Fleming, Sheila Doyle, Sr Anne Hogan, Anthony Pippet
11:15am Kathleen McGrath, Kaveeta Soodoo-Cecile, Kayte Brimacombe, Lisa Murphy, Maria Gagnier
7:00pm Nena Whitehead, Paul Stone, Peter Duncan
COUNTING: – Monday 21st January – 9:30am – Team D
SOUP RUN: – Saturday 26th January 2019 – 4pm & 6pm – Team A
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 26th/27th January 2019 – Ann Hughes
3RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (C)
Saturday/Sunday 26th/27th January 2019
6:30pm (Sat) – Gillian Spry
9:45am 1st Reading: – Claire Kennedy 2nd Reading: – Martin Whitaker
7:00pm – Ursula Kuczwalski
1st: Nehemiah 8:2-6.8-10; 2nd: 1 Corinthians 12:12-30; Gospel: Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21
6:30pm (Sat) Sarah Fleming, Steve Bethell, Susan Fleming
9:45am Carol Phillips, Gabriella Olaniran, Gertrude Jones, Jim Donoghue, Josephine Bobb
11:15am Mary Chambers, Mary Halliday, Michael Buchanan, Peter Cecile, Ryan Chang Kit
7:00pm Pedro Daniel, Ruben Ferreira, Daniel Lloyd-Morgan
COUNTING: – Monday 28th January – 9:30am – Team A