Notices – 20th January

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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 kit.greveson@gmail.com 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 sueday@rcdow.org.uk / 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 firstcommunion@stpeterinchains.com 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.

Other notices

Priest Surgery – Fr Sean’s Surgery, when you next can see him without an appointment, is on Tuesday 22nd January from 5pm-7pm at the Presbytery.

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

First Holy Communion
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: firstcommunion@stpeterinchains.com

Confirmation
Enrolment Mass – Sunday 20th January 11:15am

Group Meeting: 7-8:15pm, Monday 21st January – Lower parish rooms

Please pray for:

Those in the Parish who are ill:
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

SUNDAY 20TH JANUARY – 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
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

Diary

Meetings are in Lower Parish Rooms unless shown otherwise

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)

Rotas

SOUP RUN: – Saturday 19th January 2019 – 4pm & 6pm – Team B
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 19th/20th January 2019 – Nena Whitehead

2ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (C)
Saturday/Sunday 19th/20th January 2019
READERS:
6:30pm (Sat) – Avril Byrne
9:45am 1st Reading: – Marianne Law 2nd Reading: – Kit Greveson
7:00pm – Fiona Stone
Readings:
1st: Isaiah 62:1-5; 2nd: 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Gospel: John 2:1-12
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:
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
READERS:
6:30pm (Sat) – Gillian Spry
9:45am 1st Reading: – Claire Kennedy 2nd Reading: – Martin Whitaker
7:00pm – Ursula Kuczwalski
Readings:
1st: Nehemiah 8:2-6.8-10; 2nd: 1 Corinthians 12:12-30; Gospel: Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:
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

Notices – 6th January

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Crib Appeal 2018

The Crib will be available to visit until Monday, 14th January, and you are asked please to continue to give generously to the Catholic Children’s Society. Your support makes a positive difference to the lives of vulnerable children and adults in our Diocese. The Society reaches out to families who are homeless or where there is poverty, debt, unemployment, long-term illness or family breakdown.

Normal service resumes…

Life Ascending Group resumes on Tuesday, 8th at 10am at 36 Dickenson Road
Fr Sean’s General Surgery will resume on Tuesday, 8th, 5pm-7pm at the presbytery.
Legion of Mary resumes on Wednesday 9th, 7:30pm at the presbytery.

Thursdays Together

At Holy Trinity Church Hall, Stapleton Hall Road every Thursday from 11am – 1:30pm. Come and meet your neighbours for a friendly chat, light lunch available.

New Year’s Resolution – Volunteer for CAFOD

Do you have good public speaking skills and want to help us tackling poverty and injustice? CAFOD needs volunteers to speak on our behalf in parishes and/or schools in the Westminster Diocese about our work in the developing world. To find out more details , or book a place on our next Volunteer information day in London on Saturday, 19th January 2019 call CAFOD on 020 8449 6970 or email westminster@cafod.org.uk

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.

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. If you would like to volunteer, please put details on the list at the back of the church by Sunday 13th January. 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.

Westminster Year Book 2019

Copies of the Year Book are available on the newsletter stand priced £4.50.

Other notices

Priest Surgery – Fr Sean’s Surgery, when you can see him without an appointment, resumes on Tuesday 8th January from 5pm-7pm at the Presbytery.

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.

Offering Hope’ Workshops – 12th January 2-4pm & 22nd January 7-9pm, Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN. These workshops are for anyone interested in how the Church can help make a difference in the lives of young people. We will explore some of the nuts and bolts of good youth work, looking at current projects within the diocese and through Courtyard’s experience of discovering new ways to engage and accompany young people. For details and to register go to www.millionminutes.eventbrite.co.uk. For extra information please email sophie@millionminutes.org

Irish Chaplaincy – is looking for a Resettlement Caseworker – Come and be part of an exciting new project, assisting Travellers in selected London prisons into post-release employment. Salary: £26,360 (3 year fixed-term contract, with continuation dependent on further funding) NB The successful candidate will not be able to begin in post until prison-vetting has taken place. Deadline for applications: January 30th 2019. Interviews: February 19th 2019 Contact Eddie Gilmore, CEO eddie.gilmore@irishchaplaincy.org.uk 020 7482 5528

Catholic Singles – is an organisation which helps single Catholics of all ages (over 18 years) meet other single Catholics, either one to one or through social events. For further information visit www.catholicsingles.org.uk or tel. 0161 941 3498

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 http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/ 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 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

First Holy Communion
Classes at St. Gildas’ school on:
Group A – 10am-11.30am, Saturday 12th January 2019
Group B – 10am-11.30am, Saturday 19th January 2019
Please arrive 5 minutes early to ensure classes start and finish on time.

Celebration Mass
11:15am, Sunday 13th January for all parents and children preparing for First Holy Communion in 2019

Confirmation
Group Meeting: 7-8:15pm, Monday 14th January – Lower parish rooms

Please pray for:

Those in the Parish who are ill:
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, Eileen Burgess & 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:
Fr Robert Barry RIP

Service times and Mass intentions

SUNDAY 6TH JANUARY – The Epiphany of the Lord
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Maria Kuczwalski RIP (Anniv)
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. Jim Doyle RIP
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Michael Ginty RIP (Anniv)
7:00pm – MASS – Int. Rose Carroll RIP

Weekday Masses – Christmas: Daily Prayer – Week 2

MONDAY 7TH JANUARY
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Benny Waldron RIP

TUESDAY 8TH JANUARY
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Thomas O’Reilly RIP

WEDNESDAY 9TH JANUARY
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Delia Ashford RIP

THURSDAY 10TH JANUARY
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Thomas O’Reilly RIP

FRIDAY 11TH JANUARY
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Madelena Lanzara RIP
7:30pm – HOLY HOUR – Presbytery

SATURDAY 12TH JANUARY
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Sister Ann Heaney
9:30am-10:00am – CONFESSIONS
9:30am-10:00am – EXPOSITION & BENEDICTION
6:00pm-6:20pm – CONFESSIONS

SUNDAY 13TH JANUARY – The Baptism of the Lord
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Con Barry RIP
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. John Ewings RIP (4th Anniv)
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Paddy Maughan RIP
7:00pm – MASS – Int. Sr Gilles Quigley

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

Diary

Meetings are in Lower Parish Rooms unless shown otherwise

TUESDAY 8TH JANUARY
10:00am – LIFE ASCENDING GROUP – 36 Dickenson Road
5:00pm-7:00pm – PRIEST SURGERY – See Fr Sean without an appointment – Presbytery

WEDNESDAY 9TH JANUARY
7:30pm – LEGION OF MARY – Presbytery

THURSDAY 10TH JANUARY
11:00am-1:30pm – THURSDAYS TOGETHER – meet your neighbours for a friendly chat, light lunch available – Holy Trinity Church Hall

FRIDAY 11TH JANUARY
1:30pm – STAY & PLAY GROUP – St Peter’s School Hall, Elm Grove (term time only)

Rotas

SOUP RUN: – Saturday 5th January 2019 – 4pm & 6pm – Team D
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 5th/6th January 2019 – Susan Fleming

THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD (C)
Saturday/Sunday 5th/6th January 2019
READERS:
6:30pm (Sat) – Marco Lurati
9:45am 1st Reading: – Lesley Pippet 2nd Reading: – Anthony Pippet
7:00pm – Helen Helmer
Readings:
1st: Isaiah 60:1-6; 2nd: Ephesians 3:2-3a.5-6 Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:
6:30pm (Sat) Andrew Dickson, Ann Hughes, Catherine Sexton
9:45am Sr Anne Hogan, Anthony Pippet, Carol Phillips, Gabriella Olaniran, Gertrude Jones
11:15am Claire Carson, Ha Chan, Daniel Ramirez-Cano, Declan Murphy, Dominic Martial
7:00pm Daniel Lloyd-Morgan, Fiona Stone, John Pio Sheehan

COUNTING: – Monday 7th January – 9:30am – Team B

SOUP RUN: – Saturday 12th January 2019 – 4pm & 6pm – Team A
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 12th/13th January 2019 – Margaret Forkan

THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD (C)
Saturday/Sunday 12th/13th January 2019
READERS:
6:30pm (Sat) – Steve Bethell
9:45am 1st Reading: – Mags Kelly 2nd Reading: – Harriet Haworth
7:00pm – Chris Beasley
Readings:
1st: Isaiah 40:1-5.9-11; 2nd: Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7; Gospel: Luke 3:15-16.21-22
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:
6:30pm (Sat) Claire Carballo, David Fleming, Emer Hughes
9:45am Jim Donoghue, Josephine Bobb, Lesley Pippet, Sr Odile Mahe, Margaret Forkan
11:15am Gianni Gagnier, Helen Bligh, Helga Chan, Jenny Coleman, Katherine Quinn
7:00pm Maria Fernandez, Mary Maloney, Michael Woods

COUNTING: – Monday 14th January – 9:30am – Team C

Christmas and New Year Notices 2018

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Happy Christmas

To our parishioners, their families and all our visitors
we offer our prayers and best wishes for a
Peaceful and Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Thank you for your cards, presents and good wishes.

Reflecting on the Christmas scripture readings

If you find some time to be quiet and reflective at this busy time of year, perhaps take a look on the website at Joan Griffiths’ notes on the Christmas readings.

Christmas at St Peter’s

Christmas Services – Details of all services plus times to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession can be found online here.

Crib Appeal 2018 – The Catholic Children’s Society (Westminster) – This Christmas our Crib Offering will be donated to the Catholic Children’s Society to support their work with disadvantaged children and families. By donating at the crib or at www.cathchild.org.uk and following the link to ‘donate’, you can capture the spirit of the season by making an offering to help the most deprived families in our Diocese. Please be generous as your support makes a real difference to children’s lives.

A Host of Angels – You will notice a host of Angels around the church, these have been provided by children from St Gildas’ & St Peter’s Schools.

A Big Thank You – to everyone who helped us prepare for Christmas in any way – cleaning, decorating the church, preparing the Crib, serving, ushering, reading, singers and musicians, Eucharistic Ministers, bankers, the counting teams. Special thanks to Irena and those who took part in the Carols for CAFOD service.

Decorating the Church for Christmas – In view of the current renovation work, regrettably it has been decided not to offer personal endowments this year. The church will still be decorated with a magnificent tree, beautiful floral arrangements and seasonal plants. If you would like to help towards the not insignificant cost (£400/£500), please put your donation in the wall box at the back of church marked ‘Church Flowers’, or in an envelope marked ‘Flowers’ and hand it in to the sacristy or the parish office. All donations, are greatly appreciated.

Building Works – Due to Building works, uneven surfaces etc. please take care entering and leaving the church. Also after Masses please move away from the doors so that all people can exit safely.

Christmas Day Lunch & Party

Tuesday, 25th December at Union Church, Weston Park, Crouch End, N8, 12:30pm-5:00pm. If you would like to attend please give your name to Jennifer in the parish office or call Union Church on 020 8341-3918, email: unich@btinternet.com

Feast of St Stephen (Patron saint of altar servers)

The St Stephen’s Servers Guild Mass will take place on Wednesday, 26th December at 10am. Would all servers please make every effort to attend this Mass.

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.

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. If you would like to volunteer, please put details on the list at the back of the church by Sunday 13th January. 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.

Website posting for Christmas and New Year

This posting will cover 2 weeks until the weekend of 5th/6th January 2019.

Westminster Year Book 2019

Copies of the Year Book are available on the newsletter stand priced £4.50.

Other notices

Priest Surgery – Fr Sean’s Surgery, when you can see him without an appointment, will resume on Tuesday 8th January from 5pm-7pm at the Presbytery.

Newspapers/Books/Mass Cards – Please put your monies in the wall safe above the water font at the back of the church marked Newspapers. Thank you.

Soup Run Christmas Rota – as Crisis will be serving our clients over the Christmas period, we will not operate our soup run on 22nd and 29th December. Team D will therefore meet on 5th January 2019 and the rota continue as normal from then.

Crisis at Christmas – for opportunities to volunteer/donate to help those less fortunate than ourselves at this festive time, please visit the Crisis website

Pastoral Letter for Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph – Sunday 30th December 2018 – Copies will be available next Sunday, 30th Dec. from the back of the church on the newsletter stand.

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 http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/ 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 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

First Holy Communion
Classes at St. Gildas’ school on:
Group A – 10am-11.30am, Saturday 12th January 2019
Group B – 10am-11.30am, Saturday 19th January 2019
Please arrive 5 minutes early to ensure classes start and finish on time.

Celebration Mass
11:15am, Sunday 13th January for all parents and children preparing for First Holy Communion in 2019

Confirmation
Group Meeting: 7-8:15pm, Monday 14th January – Lower parish rooms

Please pray for:

Those in the Parish who are ill:
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, Eileen Burgess & 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:
Fr Robert Barry RIP

Service times and Mass intentions

SUNDAY 23RD DECEMBER – 4th Sunday of Advent (C)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Michael Towey RIP
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. Olajide Olaniran RIP (Anniv)
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Jim Doyle RIP
7:00pm – MASS – Int. All the people of the parish

Weekday Masses – Christmas: Daily Prayer – Week 4/1

MONDAY 24TH DECEMBER
9:00am* – NO MASS – Int.
10:00am-Noon – CONFESSIONS
6:30pm – FAMILY MASS OF CHRISTMAS – Int. All the people of the Parish
9:30pm – CAROLS
10:00pm – MIDNIGHT MASS OF CHRISTMAS – Int. All the people of the Parish

TUESDAY 25TH DECEMBER – The Nativity of the Lord
9:45am* – FAMILY MASS – Int. All the people of the Parish
11:15am – MASS – Int. All the people of the Parish
7:30pm – NO EVENING MASS

WEDNESDAY 26TH DECEMBER – St Stephen, The First MArtyr
10:00am – MASS – Int. Altar Servers

THURSDAY 27TH DECEMBER – St John, Apostle and Evangelist
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Sisters of Providence (Deceased)

FRIDAY 28TH DECEMBER – The Holy Innocents, Martyrs
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Holy Souls
3:30pm – NUPTIAL MASS – Int. Barnes & Tibbs

SATURDAY 29TH DECEMBER – St Thomas Becket, Bishop & Martyr; Patron of the Parish Clergy
9:00am* – NO MASS – Int.
9:30am-10:00am – NO CONFESSIONS
9:30am-10:00am – NO EXPOSITION & BENEDICTION
6:00pm-6:20pm – CONFESSIONS

SUNDAY 30TH DECEMBER – The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph (C)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Peter & Nora Ginty RIP
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. Michael Forkan RIP
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Bridget & Anthony O’Donnell
7:00pm – MASS – Int. All the people of the Parish

Weekday Masses – Christmas: Daily Prayer – Week 1

MONDAY 31ST DECEMBER – 7th Day in the Octave of Christmas
10:00am – MASS – Int.

TUESDAY 1ST JANUARY – Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God
9:00am* – MASS – Int.

WEDNESDAY 2ND JANUARY – St Gregory the Great & Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops & Doctors
9:00am* – MASS – Int.

THURSDAY 3RD JANUARY
9:00am* – MASS – Int.

FRIDAY 4TH JANUARY
9:00am* – MASS – Int.
7:30pm – HOLY HOUR

SATURDAY 5TH JANUARY
9:00am* – MASS – Int.
9:30am-10:00am – CONFESSIONS
9:30am-10:00am – EXPOSITION & BENEDICTION
6:00pm-6:20pm – CONFESSIONS

SUNDAY 6TH JANUARY – The Epiphany of the Lord
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int.
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int.
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int.
7:00pm – MASS – Int.

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

Diary

Meetings are in Lower Parish Rooms unless shown otherwise

TUESDAY 25TH DECEMBER
5:00pm-7:00pm – NO PRIEST SURGERY – See Fr Sean without an appointment – Presbytery – resumes 8th January

WEDNESDAY 26TH DECEMBER
7:30pm – NO LEGION OF MARY – Presbytery

THURSDAY 27TH DECEMBER
11:00am-1:30pm – NO THURSDAYS TOGETHER – meet your neighbours for a friendly chat, light lunch available – Holy Trinity Church Hall

FRIDAY 28TH DECEMBER
1:30pm – NO STAY & PLAY GROUP – St Peter’s School Hall, Elm Grove (term time only)

Rotas

NO SOUP RUN: – Saturday 22nd December – 4pm & 6pm
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 22nd/23rd December – Ann Hughes

4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT (C)
Saturday/Sunday 22nd/23rd December
READERS:
6:30pm (Sat) – Steve Bethell
9:45am 1st Reading: – Kit Greveson 2nd Reading: – Harriet Haworth
7:00pm – Paul Stone
Readings:
1st: Micah 5:1-4; 2nd: Hebrews 10:5-10 Gospel: Luke 1:39-44
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:
6:30pm (Sat) Laura Alyousif, Patricia Hannon, Sarah Fleming
9:45am Gabriella Olaniran, Gertrude Jones, Jim Donoghue, Josephine Bobb, Lesley Pippet
11:15am Michael Buchanan, Peter Cecile, Ryan Chang Kit, Sam Carson, Theresa Pisapia
7:00pm Michael Woods, Nena Whitehead, Paul Stone

COUNTING: – Monday 24th December – 9:30am – Team D

CHRISTMAS SERVICES- Monday 24th/Tuesday 25th December – There are separate rotas for Readers and Eucharistic Ministers

NO SOUP RUN: – Saturday 29th December – 4pm & 6pm
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 29th/30th December – Theresa Quinn

THE HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY & JOSEPH (C)
Saturday/Sunday 29th/30th December
READERS:
6:30pm (Sat) – Gillian Spry
9:45am 1st Reading: – Therese Moloney 2nd Reading: – Mags Kelly
7:00pm – Michael Sherley-Dale
1st: Samuel 1:20-22.24-28; 2nd: 1 John 3:1-2.21-24; Gospel: Luke 2:41-52
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:
6:30pm (Sat) Steve Bethell, Susan Fleming, Alice Fidler
9:45am Sr Odile Mahe, Margaret Forkan, Patrick Egan, Regina Fleming, Sheila Doyle
11:15am William Carson, Sabrina Cecile, Anastasia Gaffiero, Anna Maria Fernandez, Anthony Cecile
7:00pm Peter Duncan, Pedro Daniel, Ruben Ferreira

COUNTING: – Monday 31st December – 9:30am – Team A

SOUP RUN: – Saturday 5th January 2019 – 4pm & 6pm – Team D
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 5th/6th January 2019 – Susan Fleming

THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD (C)
Saturday/Sunday 5th/6th January 2019
READERS:
6:30pm (Sat) – Marco Lurati
9:45am 1st Reading: – Lesley Pippet 2nd Reading: – Anthony Pippet
7:00pm – Helen Helmer
Readings:
1st: Isaiah 60:1-6; 2nd: Ephesians 3:2-3a.5-6 Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:
6:30pm (Sat) Andrew Dickson, Ann Hughes, Catherine Sexton
9:45am Sr Anne Hogan, Anthony Pippet, Carol Phillips, Gabriella Olaniran, Gertrude Jones
11:15am Claire Carson, Ha Chan, Daniel Ramirez-Cano, Declan Murphy, Dominic Martial
7:00pm Daniel Lloyd-Morgan, Fiona Stone, John Pio Sheehan

COUNTING: – Monday 7th January – 9:30am – Team B

Greetings from Mozambique – News from Fr William Kiowi

SHORT INFORMATION OF SAO MIGUEL PARISH AND NUTRITION CENTRE JOSÉ ALLAMANO

Dear Lesley and all parishioners of St. Peter-in-Chains, a lot of greetings from Fr. William Kiowi.

I come through this means to say thank you very much for your contribution of £505 for our Nutrition Centre of Joseph Allamano (Centro Nutricional-José Allamano).

HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY OF SAO MIGUEL PARISH AND NUTRITION CENTRE JOSÉ ALLAMANO

The parish of São Miguel, since its foundation, is characterized by its dedication of integral evangelization: annunciation of the gospel and various initiatives of human promotion and service to all kind of people, such as education and health.

The parish of São Miguel and the Nutrition Centre-José Allamano belong to the district of Cuamba. Cuamba district is situated at the southern part of Niassa province, about 295Km of Lichinga. In the north, Cuamba district borders with the district of Metarica and Mandimba. In the south it borders with the district of Mecanhelas and Gurue of Zambezia province. In the east, Cuamba borders with the districts of Lalaua and Malema of Nampula province, and in the west, Cuamba district borders with the district of Mecanhelas.

THE STRUCTURE OF THE PARISH

The parish of São Miguel is structured in 13 areas and 116 communities. The distance between these areas is from 30Km to 50Km. In these areas we have 350 catechists; these catechists help us in the celebration of the liturgy of the word and the distribution of the Eucharist. They also form other catechists and teach other Christians the way of living the sacraments for example visiting the sick and reconciliation. For a year we baptize 1500 (one thousand and five hundred) children and catechumens, 1000 (one thousand) confirmations, and 320 (three hundred and twenty) marriages.

Following the census of 2007, Cuamba district has got the population of 187,458 and also the district is estimated to have the population density of 30.1 per Km2.

The relation potential economic dependence is of 1:1.2 that is, for each 10 children or old age exist 12 persons of active age.

The population is young, 45% are below 15 years of age, the majority are feminine and agricultural rural habited.

In its married majority, they marry after 12 years of age; they have got a very strong religious belief, dominated by catholic religion. 80% of the population are peasants and depend on agriculture. They cultivate maize and beans for their staple food, tobacco and cotton for cash crops.

NUTRITION CENTRE OF JOSEPH ALLAMANO (CENTRO NUTRICIONAL JOSÉ ALLAMANO)

Our Nutrition Centre of Joseph-Allamano began in 1990 by Consolata Fathers. The intention of the centre was to help orphans and malnutrition children. I, Fr. William, parish priest (Consolata Father) and my two confreres, as well as giving our service to the parish of São Miguel, we also help the running of the Nutrition Centre.

This Nutrition Centre has a lot of economical challenges of its running: First of all our Nutrition Centre depends on the help of donors (benefactors) for its running. Secondly this year the number malnutrition children have been increased from 50 to 85 children.

Looking at the children in need and the increased number of children, I opted to knock the door at St. Peter-in-Chains through our sister Lesley Pippet so that you could help the children in need. Thanks be to God that our sister Lesley in collaboration with the parish members of St. Peter-in-Chains managed to raise £505, we are very grateful for that, God bless all of you. We ask you to continue with this spirit. Let it not be the end instead let it be the beginning. Whatever you have for us it is welcome, even if how little it is, for us it will make the difference for our malnutrition children.

WHAT DO WE DO WITH YOUR FUND RAISING?

We use it to buy milk: Lactogen 1, Lactogen 2, Cowbell, (Multimistura) the mixture of different products of maize, beans, groundnuts, sorghum, sunflower etc.

Every Saturday the parents in charge of these children come to the centre with their children to collect milk, mixed product and to weigh their children in order to know if there is improvement to their weight or not. Our lady Margarida, the one on the photo dressed white cloth like a nurse, has been working at our centre since 1990 in collaboration with some religious sisters, she weighs children in order to know if there is children’s improvement or not. On week days, Margarida visits the homes of these children who receive the product from our centre in order to know their progress. Our centre always collaborates with the district rural hospital of Cuamba. For example the child before receiving the product from our centre, our lady Margarida refers her/him to the district rural hospital first, to see if a child has got malaria or other sickness. After that the district rural hospital refers a child to our Nutrition centre.

Love and greetings to all parishioners Of St. Peter-in-Chains

Fr. William

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.

School Transfers & Admissions

Signing School Forms – Fr Sean will be available to sign school transfer forms on Tuesdays from 5pm-7pm at the Presbytery. No appointment is needed.

Please bring your child’s baptismal certificate along with your certificate of Catholic practice.

St Peter’s & St Gildas’ Schools Open Days

18th October and 22nd November, 09:15 – 12:00 Please come and join us. During our open mornings full tours of both schools will be available and members of the senior Leadership Team will be available to answer any questions you have.

St Peter-in-Chains Infant School timetable: 9:15 Registration and Refreshments 9:30 Headteacher’s Talk 9:45 Guided Tours 10:15 Questions and Answers No need to book, just come along. School website: http://www.stpeterinchainsrc.co.uk/

St. Gildas’ Junior School timetable: 10:30 -12:00. School website: http://www.stgildas.co.uk/

Secondary Schools Open Days/Evenings

St Ignatius College
Sixth Form Entry – St Ignatius College celebrates excellent exam results again this summer and warmly invites applications to the Sixth Form which is open to boys and girls and offers excellent teaching, pastoral support and support for university application and next steps. Come and meet members of our Sixth Form Team or email sixthform@st-ignatius.enfield.sch.uk. Enrolling from Monday 3rd September 2018.

Open Evening – Tuesday 18 September from 5:30pm to 8pm; Headteacher’s address at 6:15pm and 7:15pm. All are welcome to our Open Evening. Come and join us and experience our superb facilities and meet members of our Ignatian community. Tour classrooms and talk to our students and staff. We look forwarded to welcoming you.

Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School
Open Evenings for First Form (year 7) admission in September 2019 will be held on Tuesday 18th September and Thursday 27 September 2018. Applicants are invited to attend on either of these dates at 4:30pm or 6:00pm. The Headmaster will address parents and invite them to take a tour of the school. The school prospectus, including an application pack, will be available for collection. Please see www.cvms.co.uk for full details, including the deadline and arrangements for applying for a music place.

Bishop Douglass Catholic School
Open Evening, Hamilton Road, East Finchley, N2 0SQ Thursday 27 September 5:30 – 8:30 Guided tours by students will be available between 5:30 – 8pm. The head teacher will address prospective parents at 7pm. In addition there will be Open Mornings on Thursday 27 September and Thursday 4 October to see the school in action. Parents will also have the opportunity to meet with the head teacher for a question and answer session. Please contact the School Office (020 8815 5029) or sryan@bishopdouglass.barnet.sch.uk to book a tour. Arrival at the school by 9:15am will ensure a prompt start at 9:30am.

Our Lady’s Catholic High School
Year 6 Open Evening – Thursday, 20th September 2018, from 4pm-8pm. Open Mornings with School tours Monday, 17th September to Friday, 28th September from 9:30am-10:30am. Weekend Open Morning on Saturday, 29th September from 10am-12pm. For full details visit the website on www.ourladys.hackney.sch.uk

St Thomas More Catholic School
The school will be holding its primary into secondary Open Events for prospective parents and pupils on Tuesday, 9 October 2018.

Open Morning will be held 9:30am to 11:00am.  Open Evening will be 5:30pm to 8:00pm with Headteacher talks at 5:45pm and 6:45pm.

There is no requirement to book a place to attend our Open Morning or Evening – all are welcome to attend. School website.

St Anne’s Catholic High School
Open Evening – Monday, 1st October, 6pm-8pm at the lower site, 50 London Road, Enfield EN2 6EL. Head teacher’s speech at 6pm and 7pm.

Open Mornings – Wednesday 3rd October (Lower Site) and Thursday 4th October (Upper Site) 9:15-10:30am and 11:15-12:30pm.

Come along for the opportunity to tour the school and meet with staff and students. School website.

Lourdes Pilgrimage 2016 photos