Notices – 15th December

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Getting Ready for Christmas

Christmas bake sale: This Sunday, 15th, we are having a Christmas tea, bake and mulled wine sale to raise funds for the building fund after the 9:45 and 11:15 masses. Please bring cash to support our avid bakers.

Candlelit Service of Readings and Carols – Monday 16th December, 7:30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Granville Road, N4 4EL, with children’s choir. Followed by mince pies and mulled wine. All welcome.

Federation of St. Peter’s and St. Gildas’ Schools – Years 5 & 6 Christmas Carol Liturgy for Parents, Tuesday, December 17th 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. St. Peter-in-Chains Church. Donations to Cafod.

St Peter-in-Chains Playgroup – our Christmas Party is on Tuesday 17th, the last session this year.

Reflections for Christmas – We will be publishing a daily reflection on the website in prayer and scripture by Joan Griffith from the 17th to the 23rd December based on what are known as the ‘O Antiphons’. Give yourself a little time to escape the bustle of preparing for Christmas Day.

Carols on the Green – community singing for all – Friday 20th December, 7pm on the green near Holy Trinity church, corner of Granville Road and Stapleton Hall Road. All welcome!

Plan your Christmas at St Peter’s – Details of all Christmas Service times, including the times of Confession/Reconciliation at St Peters and Services of Reconciliation at other local parishes can be found in the leaflet available at the back of church and here on the website. Please note that there will not be a Service of Reconciliation at St Peter’s this year. Christmas Offerings – All offerings on Christmas Day are for the priest. Envelopes are available at the back of the church for your offering if you will not be here on Christmas Day. Thank you for your generosity.

The ‘Advent Giving Calendar’ can help us use this season to think of those who might be struggling, and do our bit to help them in the run up to Christmas. Copies of the Calendar can be found at the back of church. On behalf of those you will help, Thank You.

Donations to Poor Box (at back of Church) – Used at Christmas to support families in great need.

Gifts that make a difference – Stuck for a Christmas present for friends or family who don’t need anything? CAFOD offers great alternative gifts and provides you with a certificate detailing what has been given to a community overseas on your behalf. Please take home a Catalogue or visit https://worldgifts.cafod.org.uk/.

Clean the church for Christmas – Can you spare an hour? Volunteers are needed to help clean the church on Monday 16th and Monday 23rd December after 9 o’clock Mass. The more who come, the quicker its done!

Eucharistic Ministers for Christmas Masses – Ministers who will be celebrating Christmas in the parish are asked to fill in their names on the rota sheet for the Christmas Masses at the back of church. Also, the January/February rota should be collected by ministers without email. Thank you.

Weekday Masses

Weekday Masses will be celebrated in the lower parish rooms this coming week.

Rest in Peace

The Funeral of the late Jennifer Mary O’Neill will be here on Wednesday 18th Dec at 10:30am followed by cremation at Marlebone Crematorium. May she rest in peace.

First Holy Communion, Confirmation & RCIA programmes

For meeting times please see the ‘Sacramental Preparation’ section below. Parents and candidates should always check here, as it is where regular information about the program will be published each week.

Other notices

Priest Surgery – Fr Sean’s Surgery, when you next can see him without an appointment, is on Tuesday 17th December from 5pm-6:30pm at the Presbytery. The next Surgery will be in the New Year on January 7th.

Soup Run Christmas Rota – as Crisis will be serving our clients over the Christmas period, we will not operate our Soup Run on 28th December. Team C will therefore meet on 4th January 2020 and the rota continue as normal from then. Happy Christmas and thanks to all our volunteers.

Crisis at Christmas – for opportunities to volunteer/donate to help those less fortunate than ourselves at this festive time, please go to https://christmas.crisis.org.uk

Legion of Mary & Life Ascending Groups – The Legion of Mary will next meet on 8th January. The Life Ascending Group meet again in the New Year.

Christmas Day Lunch at Union Church Weston Park – If you would like to go to the Christmas Day Lunch and Party at Union Church, Weston Park, please see Fr Sean and get a reply slip to send to the church.

The God who speaks: – The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have designated 2020 as ‘The God Who Speaks’: A Year of the Word to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini – Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’, and the 1600th anniversary of death of St Jerome, who translated the Bible into Latin. You may like to use a 4-week God who Speaks Advent Course and Matthew Day-by-Day Guide available on the God Who Speaks website

Westminster Year Book – £4.50 available from the Newspaper stand.

St Peter-in-Chains RC Infant School – Admissions for September 2020 – Prospective parents should phone Mrs Gaudiano (Admissions Officer) in the school office, 020 8340 6789, to arrange to visit the school.

Diocesan Job Vacancies – Please visit  https://jobs.rcdow.org.uk  to view all diocesan 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. While Jennifer is away, please send items to steve@stevebethell.co.uk.

Sacramental Preparation

First Holy Communion
Group B Class 1 Sat 14 Dec 10am, church
Please arrive 5 min early so classes can start on time.
Contact: firstcommunion@stpeterinchains.com

Confirmation
Candidates will be contacted with details before the course begins after Christmas.

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)
Group meets: Mon 9 Dec 7:30pm, Presbytery

Please pray for:

Those in the Parish who are ill:
Christian Overal, Antonio Neto, Zintra Sansom, Brenda Buzec, Amy Gordon, Annette Donivar, Margaret Bradley, Caroline Hilton, Karin Summers, Graham Summers, Joan Summers, Helen Kozlowski, Don Brewis, Roman Cholij, Adeline Oyekoya, Mary Wallace, Bruna Moia, Sister Pia, Margaret Whelan, Kitty Madden, Clare Bruce, Brendan Whelan, Claire Marchand, Mike Coombes, Mira Lidstone, Gemma Francis, Augustine Okonta, Richard Simon, Noah Purcell–Chandler, Safina Malik, Jay Williams, Nathalie Renford, Joanie Macarthy, Jennifer Mann, Errol Curran, John Nohelty, Jackie Loivette, Joseph Paul, Frances Byrne & Grenville Ignatius.

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:
Jennifer Mary O’Neill RIP.

Service times and Mass intentions

SUNDAY 15TH DECEMBER – 3rd Sunday of Advent (A) – Gaudete Sunday
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. The Sherry Family
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. Sr. Gillian Murphy
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. All the people of the parish
7:00pm – MASS – Int. Jim Birney (Ill)

Weekday Masses – Year 2 Advent 3: Daily Prayer – Advent Week 3

MONDAY 16TH DECEMBE
09:00am* – MASS – Int.

TUESDAY 17TH DECEMBER
09:00am* – MASS – Int.

WEDNESDAY 18TH DECEMBER
10:30am – FUNERAL MASS – Int. Jennifer Mary O’Neill RIP

THURSDAY 19TH DECEMBER
9:00am* – MASS – Int.

FRIDAY 20TH DECEMBER
9:00am* – MASS – Int.
7:30pm – HOLY HOUR – Parish Rooms

SATURDAY 21ST DECEMBER
9:00am* – MASS – Int.
9:30am-10:00am – EXPOSITION & BENEDICTION
6:00pm-6:20pm – CONFESSIONS

SUNDAY 22ND DECEMBER – 4th Sunday of Advent (A)
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

SUNDAY 15TH DECEMBER
After morning Masses – CHRISTMAS BAKE SALE

MONDAY 16TH DECEMBER
7:30pm – CANDLELIT SERVICE OF READINGS AND CAROLS – Holy Trinity Church, Granville Road

TUESDAY 17TH DECEMBER
1:45pm-3:00pm – BABY & TODDLER GROUP – St Peter’s School Hall Term time only
5:00pm-6:30pm – PRIEST SURGERY – See Fr Sean without an appointment – Presbytery
7:00pm – SCHOOL YEARS 5 & 6 CHRISTMAS CAROL LITURGY FOR PARENTS – Church

THURSDAY 12TH DECEMBER
11:00am-1:30pm – THURSDAYS TOGETHER – meet your neighbours for a friendly chat, light lunch available – the back of Holy Trinity Church

Rotas

SOUP RUN: – Saturday 14th December 2019 – 3:45pm & 6pm – Team A
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 14th/15th December 2019 – Theresa Quinn

3RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT (A)
Saturday/Sunday 14th/15th December 2019
READERS:
6:30pm (Sat) – Claire Kennedy
9:45am – 1st Harriet Haworth 2nd Marianne Law
7:00pm – Chris Beasley
Readings:
1st Isaiah 35:1-6.10; 2nd James 5:7-10; Gospel Matthew 11:2-11
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:
6:30pm (Sat) David Fleming, Emer Hughes, Patricia Hannon
9:45am Maura O’Shea, Patrick Egan, Regina Fleming, Sheila Doyle, Sr Anne Hogan
11:15am Anastasia Gaffiero, Claire Carson, Ha Chan, Daniel Ramirez-Cano, Declan Murphy
7:00pm Michael Woods, Nena Whitehead, Peter Duncan

COUNTING: – Monday 16th December – 9:30am – Team C

SOUP RUN: – Saturday 21st December 2019 – 3:45pm & 6pm – Team B
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 21st/22nd December 2019 – Susan Fleming

4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT (A)
Saturday/Sunday 21st/22nd December 2019
READERS:
6:30pm (Sat) – Gillian Spry
9:45am – 1st Lesley Pippet 2nd Anthony Pippet
7:00pm – Ursula Kuczwalski
Readings:
1st Isaiah 7:10-14; 2nd Romans 1:1-7; Gospel Matthew 1:18-25
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:
6:30pm (Sat) Sarah Fleming, Steve Bethell, Susan Fleming
9:45am Anthony Pippet, Carol Phillips, Gabriella Olaniran, Gertrude Jones, Jim Donoghue
11:15am Dominic Martial, Gianni Gagnier, Helen Bligh, Helga Chan, Jenny Coleman
7:00pm Pedro Daniel, Ruben Ferreira, Daniel Lloyd-Morgan

COUNTING: – Monday 23rd December – 9:30am – Team D

Notices – 8th December

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St Peter’s and St Gildas’ Schools Christmas Market

St Peter’s and St Gildas’ Christmas Market takes place this Sunday, 8th, at St Gildas’ from 12 – 3pm with lots of stalls, bottle tombola, food and drink and, of course, Father Christmas will be paying a visit. Come and support our great schools.

First Holy Communion Enrolment Mass

We welcome all our young candidates, their families and catechists to the Enrolment Mass this Sunday, 8th December at the 11:15 Family Mass.

Advent – ‘Prepare the Way’

Joan Griffiths has written an Introduction to the Gospel of St. Matthew which sets the context, background and features of this Gospel and is worth a read.

Time spent before the Blessed Sacrament is an excellent way to prepare for Christmas at our Holy Hour on Friday evenings, 7:30-8:30pm or Exposition from 9:30-10am on Saturday mornings.

There is a Retreat day for young adults ‘Long-expected Jesus’ with the Assumption Sisters. Sat 14 Dec from 10 am to 5 pm Milleret House, 23 Kensington Square, W8 5HN Tube: High Street Kensington. Bookings: youth@assumptionreligious.org. Donations only, lunch included.

The ‘Advent Giving Calendar’ can help us use this season to think of those who might be struggling, and do our bit to help them in the run up to Christmas. Copies of the Calendar can be found at the back of church. On behalf of those you will help, Thank You.

Donations to the Poor Box at the back of Church are used at Christmas to support families in great need.

The God who Speaks

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have designated 2020 as ‘The God Who Speaks’: A Year of the Word to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini – Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’, and the 1600th anniversary of death of St Jerome, who translated the Bible into Latin. You may like to use a 4-week God who Speaks Advent Course and Matthew Day-by-Day Guide available on the God Who Speaks website

Resonate – for young adults

Monday 9 December, 19:00-21:00 at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN, Resonate is Westminster Youth Ministry’s group for young adult Catholics aged 18-35 looking to explore and learn more about their faith. This month Nick Hanrahan from the Jesuit Refugee Service will speak about his experiences of living as a distinctive Christian.

Christmas Bake Sale

We will be having a Christmas tea, bake and mulled wine sale to raise funds for the building fund. Date: 15 December after the 9:45 and 11:15 mass. Please bring cash to support our avid bakers. If you would like to get involved in baking or helping please contact Claire on 07478 330557.

Weekday Masses

Weekday Masses will be celebrated in the lower parish room from Tuesday this coming week.

Playgroup – change of day next week

St Peter-in-Chains Playgroup will be Wednesday 11th December instead of Tuesday 10th December and the following week they will have a Christmas Party on Tuesday 17th December the last session of the year.

Candlelit Service of Readings and Carols

Monday 16th December 7:30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Granville Road, N4 4EL, with children’s choir and the choirs of Holy Trinity and St Peter’s parishes. Followed by mince pies and mulled wine. All welcome..

Rest in Peace

The Funeral of the late Dora Clinton will be here on Monday 9th Dec at 11am followed by cremation at Marlebone Crematorium. May she rest in peace.

The Funeral of the late Jennifer Mary O’Neill will be here on Wednesday 18th Dec at 10:30am followed by cremation at Marlebone Crematorium. May she rest in peace.

Confirmation

Thanks again for all those who applied. The programme will not begin until after Christmas. Candidates will be notified of the exact dates.

First Holy Communion, Confirmation & RCIA programmes

For meeting times please see the ‘Sacramental Preparation’ section below. Parents and candidates should always check here, as it is where regular information about the program will be published each week.

Other notices

Priest Surgery – Fr Sean’s Surgery, when you next can see him without an appointment, is on Tuesday 10th December from 5pm-7pm at the Presbytery.

St Peter-in-Chains RC Infant School – Admissions for September 2020 – Prospective parents should phone Mrs Gaudiano (Admissions Officer) in the school office, 020 8340 6789, to arrange to visit the school.

Helping the homeless this winter – The Passage is raising funds through the Big Give from 12 noon Tues 3rd December – 12 noon Tues 10th December to support its work helping homeless people this winter. This is a matched giving scheme for online donations. If a company, individual or trust gave £10 online matched giving of £10 would bring the donation up to £20 (and for individuals to £22.50 with Gift Aid). For more information contact Andrew Hollingsworth andrew.h@passage.org.uk 020 7592 1856. Donate online here.

Christmas Day Lunch at Union Church Weston Park – If you would like to go to the Christmas Day Lunch and Party at Union Church, Weston Park, please see Fr Sean and get a reply slip to send to the church.

Catholic Papers and Magazines – A selection of catholic papers and magazines are on sale each week and are available to view on the paper stand at the back of the church.

Volunteers wanted for the Christmas Tree and Crib – we are looking for volunteers to take on the Christmas Tree and/or the Crib from 2020. If you think you might like to help prepare this part of our Christmas celebrations, get in touch (steve@stevebethell.co.uk) to find out more and perhaps give a hand this year. You can also speak to Fr Sean.

Outstanding Education in a Catholic School Conference: – A group of Catholic education institutions will be hosting a day of lectures and seminars focusing on Outstanding Education in a Catholic School on Monday 6 January 2020. Candidates who wish to attend are asked to complete the application form to be found at https://www.cvms.co.uk/Teaching-School/CPD-courses/ and return this to the teachingschool@cvms.co.uk

Medjugorje Irish Centre Pilgrimages April-October 2020 – 7-night stay and airport shuttle service from Dubrovnik or Split for £266 per person sharing. Book any flight – any time and we provide guaranteed airport shuttle service. Call us for further info and book the dates that suit you. Tel. 020 3239 8662 or email reservations@med-irishcentre.com.

Diocesan Job Vacancies – Please visit  https://jobs.rcdow.org.uk  to view all diocesan 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. While Jennifer is away, please send items to steve@stevebethell.co.uk.

Sacramental Preparation

First Holy Communion
Group A Class 1 Sat 7 Dec 10am, church
Enrolment Mass Sun 8 Dec 11:15am
Group B Class 1 Sat 14 Dec 10am, church
Please arrive 5 min early so classes can start on time.
Contact: firstcommunion@stpeterinchains.com

Confirmation
Candidates will be contacted with details before the course begins after Christmas.

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)
Group meets: Mon 9 Dec 7:30pm, Presbytery

Please pray for:

Those in the Parish who are ill:
Christian Overal, Antonio Neto, Zintra Sansom, Brenda Buzec, Amy Gordon, Annette Donivar, Margaret Bradley, Caroline Hilton, Karin Summers, Graham Summers, Joan Summers, Helen Kozlowski, Don Brewis, Roman Cholij, Adeline Oyekoya, Mary Wallace, Bruna Moia, Sister Pia, Margaret Whelan, Kitty Madden, Clare Bruce, Brendan Whelan, Claire Marchand, Mike Coombes, Mira Lidstone, Gemma Francis, Augustine Okonta, Richard Simon, Noah Purcell–Chandler, Safina Malik, Jay Williams, Nathalie Renford, Joanie Macarthy, Jennifer Mann, Errol Curran, John Nohelty, Jackie Loivette, Joseph Paul, Frances Byrne & Grenville Ignatius.

Peggy Duncan, Peter’s mum is in hospital and would love a visit. She is in the North Mids Hospital, Edmonton, Ward S2 Rm 23. (Visiting time 2-8pm) Love to see you.

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:
Dora Clinton, Jennifer Mary O’Neill, Tchiap Siong Lih (Kin Lin Lih’s dad), Patrick Casey, Michael Kane (Siobhan Tucker’s father who died recently in Ireland after a long illness) RIP.

Service times and Mass intentions

SUNDAY 8TH DECEMBER – 2nd Sunday of Advent (A)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. John Bosco
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. All the people of the parish
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Frank Stenson RIP (Anniv.)
7:00pm – MASS – Int. Holy Souls

Weekday Masses – Year 2 Advent 2: Daily Prayer – Week 2

MONDAY 9TH DECEMBER – The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
11:00am – FUNERAL MASS – Int. Dora Clinton

TUESDAY 10TH DECEMBER
09:00am* – MASS – Int. Tom Phelan RIP

WEDNESDAY 11TH DECEMBER
09:00am* – MASS – Int. Thomas O’Reilly RIP

THURSDAY 12TH DECEMBER
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Tom Farrell RIP

FRIDAY 13TH DECEMBER – St Lucy, Virgin & Martyr
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Holy Souls
7:30pm – HOLY HOUR – Parish Rooms

SATURDAY 14TH DECEMBER – St John of the Cross, Priest & Doctor
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Thomas Cusack RIP
9:30am-10:00am – EXPOSITION & BENEDICTION
6:00pm-6:20pm – CONFESSIONS

SUNDAY 15TH DECEMBER – 3rd Sunday of Advent (A) – Gaudete Sunday
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. The Sherry Family
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. Sr. Gillian Murphy
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. All the people of the parish
7:00pm – MASS – Int. Jim Birney (Ill)

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 10TH DECEMBER
5:00pm-7:00pm – PRIEST SURGERY – See Fr Sean without an appointment – Presbytery

WEDNESDAY 11TH DECEMBER
1:45pm-3:00pm – BABY & TODDLER GROUP – St Peter’s School Hall Term time only
7:30pm – LEGION OF MARY

THURSDAY 12TH DECEMBER
11:00am-1:30pm – THURSDAYS TOGETHER – meet your neighbours for a friendly chat, light lunch available – the back of Holy Trinity Church

Rotas

SOUP RUN: – Saturday 7th December 2019 – 3:45pm & 6pm – Team D
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 7th/8th December 2019 – Ann Hughes

2ND SUNDAY OF ADVENT (A)
Saturday/Sunday 7th/8th December 2019
READERS:
6:30pm (Sat) – Steve Bethell
9:45am – 1st Martin Whitaker 2nd Avril Byrne
7:00pm – Michael Sherley-Dale
Readings:
1st Isaiah 11:1-10; 2nd Romans 15:4-9; Gospel Matthew 3:1-12
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:
6:30pm (Sat) Andrew Dickson, Ann Hughes, Catherine Sexton
9:45am Jim Donoghue, Josephine Bobb, Lesley Pippet, Sr Odile Mahe, Margaret Forkan
11:15am Ryan Chang Kit, Theresa Pisapia, William Carson, Sabrina Cecile, Yessica Alvarez-Manzano
7:00pm Daniel Lloyd-Morgan, John Pio Sheehan, Mary Maloney

COUNTING: – Monday 9th December – 9:00am – Team B

SOUP RUN: – Saturday 14th December 2019 – 3:45pm & 6pm – Team A
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 14th/15th December 2019 – Theresa Quinn

3RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT (A)
Saturday/Sunday 14th/15th December 2019
READERS:
6:30pm (Sat) – Mia Griso-Dyer
9:45am – 1st Harriet Haworth 2nd Marianne Law
7:00pm – Chris Beasley
Readings:
1st Isaiah 35:1-6.10; 2nd James 5:7-10; Gospel Matthew 11:2-11
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:
6:30pm (Sat) David Fleming, Emer Hughes, Patricia Hannon
9:45am Maura O’Shea, Patrick Egan, Regina Fleming, Sheila Doyle, Sr Anne Hogan
11:15am Anastasia Gaffiero, Claire Carson, Ha Chan, Daniel Ramirez-Cano, Declan Murphy
7:00pm Michael Woods, Nena Whitehead, Peter Duncan

COUNTING: – Monday 16th December – 9:30am – Team C

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

Notices – 1st December

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Advent – ‘Prepare the Way’

This weekend we begin the Season of Advent, when we ‘Prepare the Way’ for the coming of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ in human form at Christmas. It is also the beginning of a new Church year when on Sundays we will be listening for the main part to the gospel of St Matthew; this is referred to liturgically as ‘Year A’. There are ways we can prepare:

Joan Griffiths has written an Introduction to the Gospel of St. Matthew which sets the context, background and features of this Gospel and is worth a read.

All are welcome at the Candlelit Advent Service at Holy Trinity Church, Granville Road, N4 4EL on Sunday, 1st December, at 6pm, followed by mulled wine and mince pies.

Time spent before the Blessed Sacrament is an excellent way to prepare for Christmas at our Holy Hour on Friday evenings, 7:30-8:30pm or Exposition from 9:30-10am on Saturday mornings.

There is a Retreat day for young adults ‘Long-expected Jesus’ with the Assumption Sisters. Sat 14 Dec from 10 am to 5 pm Milleret House, 23 Kensington Square, W8 5HN Tube: High Street Kensington. Bookings: youth@assumptionreligious.org. Donations only, lunch included.

The ‘Advent Giving Calendar’ reported last weekend, can help us use this season to think of those who might be struggling, and do our bit to help them in the run up to Christmas. Copies of the Calendar can be found at the back of church. On behalf of those you will help, Thank You.

Donations to the Poor Box at the back of Church are used at Christmas to support families in great need.

Helping the homeless this winter

The Passage is raising funds through the Big Give from 12 noon Tues 3rd December – 12 noon Tues 10th December to support its work helping homeless people this winter. This is a matched giving scheme for online donations. If a company, individual or trust gave £10 online matched giving of £10 would bring the donation up to £20 (and for individuals to £22.50 with Gift Aid). For more information contact Andrew Hollingsworth andrew.h@passage.org.uk 020 7592 1856. Donate online here.

Weekday Masses

Weekday Masses will continue to be celebrated in the lower parish room this coming week.

Rest in Peace

The Funeral of the late Dora Clinton will be here on Monday 9th Dec at 11am followed by cremation at Marlebone Crematorium. May she rest in peace.

St Peter-in-Chains RC Infant School – Admissions for September 2020

Prospective parents should phone Mrs Gaudiano (Admissions Officer) in the school office, 020 8340 6789, to arrange to visit the school.

First Holy Communion, Confirmation & RCIA programmes

For meeting times please see the ‘Sacramental Preparation’ section below. Parents and candidates should always check here, as it is where regular information about the program will be published each week.

Other notices

Priest Surgery – Fr Sean’s Surgery, when you next can see him without an appointment, is on Tuesday 3rd December from 5pm-7pm at the Presbytery.

Christmas Bake Sale – We will be having a Christmas tea, bake and mulled wine sale to raise funds for the building fund. Date: 15 December after the 9:45 and 11:15 mass. Please bring cash to support our avid bakers. If you would like to get involved in baking or helping please contact Claire on 07478 330557.

London Catholic Worker Christmas party – at Giuseppe Conlon House on Saturday 7th December 3-6pm with food, refreshments, live music, ceilidh and raffle. Free entry, all are welcome. Donations accepted. Please note that the venue is no-alcohol and unfortunately not wheelchair accessible. 49 Mattison Road N4 1BG. More info: www.londoncatholicworker.org, 020 8348 8212

Christmas Day Lunch at Union Church Weston Park – If you would like to go to the Christmas Day Lunch and Party at Union Church, Weston Park, please see Fr Sean and get a reply slip to send to the church.

Resonate – Monday 9 December, 19:00-21:00 at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN, Resonate is Westminster Youth Ministry’s group for young adult Catholics aged 18-35 looking to explore and learn more about their faith. This month Nick Hanrahan from the Jesuit Refugee Service will speak about his experiences of living as a distinctive Christian.

Catholic Papers and Magazines – A selection of catholic papers and magazines are on sale each week and are available to view on the paper stand at the back of the church.

Volunteers wanted for the Christmas Tree and Crib – we are looking for volunteers to take on the Christmas Tree and/or the Crib from 2020. Steve who, for many years, has organized and decorated the tree and, more recently, has set up the Crib – as well as clearing it all away in January – has decided to call it a day after this year. If you think you might like to help prepare this part of our Christmas celebrations, get in touch (steve@stevebethell.co.uk) to find out more and perhaps give a hand this year. You can also speak to Fr Sean.

Outstanding Education in a Catholic School Conference: – A group of Catholic education institutions will be hosting a day of lectures and seminars focusing on Outstanding Education in a Catholic School on Monday 6 January 2020. Candidates who wish to attend are asked to complete the application form to be found at https://www.cvms.co.uk/Teaching-School/CPD-courses/ and return this to the teachingschool@cvms.co.uk

Medjugorje Irish Centre Pilgrimages April-October 2020 – 7-night stay and airport shuttle service from Dubrovnik or Split for £266 per person sharing. Book any flight – any time and we provide guaranteed airport shuttle service. Call us for further info and book the dates that suit you. Tel. 020 3239 8662 or email reservations@med-irishcentre.com.

Diocesan Job Vacancies – Please visit  https://jobs.rcdow.org.uk  to view all diocesan 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. While Jennifer is away, please send items to steve@stevebethell.co.uk.

Sacramental Preparation

First Holy Communion
Group A Class 1 Sat 7 Dec 10am, church
Enrolment Mass Sun 8 Dec 11:15am
Group B Class 1 Sat 14 Dec 10am, church
Please arrive 5 min early so classes can start on time.
Contact: firstcommunion@stpeterinchains.com

Confirmation
Applications have closed. Candidates will be contacted with details of when the course begins

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)
Group meets: Mon 2 Dec 7:30pm, Presbytery

Please pray for:

Those in the Parish who are ill:
Christian Overal, Antonio Neto, Zintra Sansom, Brenda Buzec, Amy Gordon, Annette Donivar, Margaret Bradley, Caroline Hilton, Karin Summers, Graham Summers, Joan Summers, Helen Kozlowski, Don Brewis, Roman Cholij, Adeline Oyekoya, Mary Wallace, Bruna Moia, Sister Pia, Margaret Whelan, Kitty Madden, Clare Bruce, Brendan Whelan, Claire Marchand, Mike Coombes, Mira Lidstone, Gemma Francis, Augustine Okonta, Richard Simon, Noah Purcell–Chandler, Safina Malik, Jay Williams, Nathalie Renford, Joanie Macarthy, Jennifer Mann, Errol Curran, John Nohelty, Jackie Loivette, Joseph Paul, Frances Byrne & Grenville Ignatius.

Peggy Duncan, Peter’s mum is in hospital and would love a visit. She is in the North Mids Hospital, Edmonton, Ward S2 Rm 23. (Visiting time 2 -8pm) Love to see you.

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:
Dora Clinton, Jennifer Mary O’Neill, Tchiap Siong Lih (Kin Lin Lih’s dad), Patrick Casey, Michael Kane (Siobhan Tucker’s father who died recently in Ireland after a long illness) RIP.

Service times and Mass intentions

SUNDAY 1ST DECEMBER – 1st Sunday of Advent (A)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Maria Graham RIP
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. Tom O’Reilly RIP (1st Anniv.)
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Holy Souls
7:00pm – MASS – Int. Joseph Paul

Weekday Masses – Year 2 Advent 1: Daily Prayer – Week 1

MONDAY 2ND DECEMBER
09:00am* – MASS – Int. Sisters of Providence

TUESDAY 3RD DECEMBER – St Francis Xavier, Priest
09:00am* – MASS – Int. Mira Lidstone

WEDNESDAY 4TH DECEMBER
09:00am* – MASS – Int. Holy Souls

THURSDAY 5TH DECEMBER
9:00am* – MASS – Int. All the people of the parish

FRIDAY 6TH DECEMBER
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Private
7:30pm – HOLY HOUR – Parish Rooms

SATURDAY 7TH DECEMBER – St Ambrose, Bishop & Doctor
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Deceased Sisters of Providence
9:30am-10:00am – EXPOSITION & BENEDICTION
6:00pm-6:20pm – CONFESSIONS

SUNDAY 8TH DECEMBER – 2nd Sunday of Advent (A)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. John Bosco
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. All the people of the parish
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Frank Stenson RIP (Anniv.)
7:00pm – MASS – Int. Holy Souls

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 3RD DECEMBER
10:00am – LIFE ASCENDING GROUP
1:45pm-3:00pm – BABY & TODDLER GROUP – St Peter’s School Hall Term time only
5:00pm-7:00pm – PRIEST SURGERY – See Fr Sean without an appointment – Presbytery

WEDNESDAY 4TH DECEMBER
7:30pm – LEGION OF MARY

THURSDAY 5TH DECEMBER
11:00am-1:30pm – THURSDAYS TOGETHER – meet your neighbours for a friendly chat, light lunch available – the back of Holy Trinity Church

Rotas

SOUP RUN: – Saturday 30th November 2019 – 3:45pm & 6pm – Team C
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 30th November/1st December 2019 – Nena Whitehead

1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (A)
Saturday/Sunday 30th November/1st December 2019
READERS:
6:30pm (Sat) – Mia Griso-Dyer
9:45am – 1st Mags Kelly 2nd Claire Kennedy
7:00pm – Ursula Kuczwalski
Readings:
1st Isaiah 2:1-5; 2nd Romans 13:11-14; Gospel Matthew 24:37-44
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:
6:30pm (Sat) Sarah Fleming, Steve Bethell, Susan Fleming
9:45am Sr Anne Hogan, Anthony Pippet, Carol Phillips, Gabriella Olaniran, Gertrude Jones
11:15am Maria Gagnier, Mary Chambers, Mary Halliday, Michael Buchanan, Peter Cecile
7:00pm Peter Duncan, Pedro Daniel, Ruben Ferreira

COUNTING: – Monday 2nd December – 9:30am – Team A

SOUP RUN: – Saturday 7th December 2019 – 3:45pm & 6pm – Team D
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 7th/8th December 2019 – Ann Hughes

2ND SUNDAY OF ADVENT (A)
Saturday/Sunday 7th/8th December 2019
READERS:
6:30pm (Sat) – Steve Bethell
9:45am – 1st Martin Whitaker 2nd Avril Byrne
7:00pm – Michael Sherley-Dale
Readings:
1st Isaiah 11:1-10; 2nd Romans 15:4-9; Gospel Matthew 3:1-12
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:
6:30pm (Sat) Andrew Dickson, Ann Hughes, Catherine Sexton
9:45am Jim Donoghue, Josephine Bobb, Lesley Pippet, Sr Odile Mahe, Margaret Forkan
11:15am Ryan Chang Kit, Theresa Pisapia, William Carson, Sabrina Cecile, Yessica Alvarez-Manzano
7:00pm Daniel Lloyd-Morgan, John Pio Sheehan, Mary Maloney

COUNTING: – Monday 9th December – 9:30am – Team B

Notices – 24th November

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Shop early for Christmas! – help your local Food Bank

Advent is a special season when we prepare to celebrate the coming of Christ. However, for many people, Christmas can be a difficult time. Currently, 8.4 million people in the U.K. regularly do not get enough to eat. The Caritas Food Collective are a new project working to tackle food poverty in the Diocese of Westminster. This year, we have created an ‘Advent Giving Calendar’ to help use this season to think of those who might be struggling, and do our bit to help them in the run up to Christmas. The idea is, using the Calendar as a guide, to buy an item each day to donate to a local Food Bank – we suggest the Holy Trinity Food Bank. It is a great project for families with younger children at this time of year. Calendars are available at the back of church where there is also a box for donated items. The calendar can also be viewed online. Please give what you can and try to donate early so your gifts can be distributed by the Food Bank in time for Christmas. On behalf of those who will receive your gifts, Thank you!

Installation of new Feature Window in the Porch

We hope the new window, depicting 6 modern Saints who spent their lives working for Justice and Peace, will be installed at the end of this coming week.

Saying Goodbye Service

Saying Goodbye Service at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster. Date & Time: Sunday 24/11/2019 – 3:30pm. A service for all who have suffered the loss of a baby, at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy. All are welcome. For further information email office@sayinggoodbye.org or visit https://www.sayinggoodbye.org/

Stroud Green Winter Fair – 30th November

12-5pm, Stapleton Tavern, N4. In aid of Mind in Haringey. 15 excellent local businesses and crafters selling quality gifts and homewares as well as the Women’s Institute cake and preserves stall. Come and visit!

Candlelit Advent Service at Holy Trinity Church – 1st December

Candlelit Advent Service at Holy Trinity Church, Granville Road, N4 4EL on Sunday 1st December at 6pm, followed by mulled wine and mince pies. All welcome.

First Holy Communion 2019-20

Enrolment is now closed. We will be holding a Parents’ Information Evening this Tuesday 26 November at 7:30pm in church where we will share full details of the program including the dates for First Communion. This is an important meeting to attend.

Catechists for First Holy Communion – We are looking for new Catechists who are available on Saturday mornings with an interest in engaging with parents and children! Please speak with Father Séan or contact Lizzie Quinn (0787 286 7203) if you’d like to learn more.

Confirmation 2020

Confirmation is open to Year 9 young people living in the Parish. Today is the last opportunity to collect an application from the sacristy which must be returned to the Church by tomorrow, Monday, 25th November.

St Peter-in-Chains RC Infant School – Open Morning for Reception September 2020-21

Tuesday 26th November at 9:15am with visits to our Junior School St. Gildas after the St Peter’s tour. Please phone the school office (020 8340 6789) to book your place as they are limited for each tour. Should you not be able to attend on these dates please contact Mrs Gaudiano (Admissions Officer) in the school office. All prospective parents are welcome.

Other notices

Priest Surgery – Fr Sean’s Surgery, when you next can see him without an appointment, is on Tuesday 26th November from 5pm-7pm at the Presbytery.

Padre Pio Prayer Group – meeting this Sunday 24th November at 8pm at 36 Dickenson Road.

The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) – Our group meets this Monday 25th November at 7:30 in the Presbytery.

Catholic Papers and Magazines – A selection of catholic papers and magazines are on sale each week and are available to view on the paper stand at the back of the church.

Red Wednesday – 27 November – Join Aid to the Church in Need and make a difference to the lives of people persecuted for their religion. Cross procession starting from Parliament Square at 6:15pm; liturgy in Westminster Cathedral at 6:30pm.

London Catholic Worker Christmas party – at Giuseppe Conlon House on Saturday 7th December 3-6pm with food, refreshments, live music, ceilidh and raffle. Free entry, all are welcome. Donations accepted. Please note that the venue is no-alcohol and unfortunately not wheelchair accessible. 49 Mattison Road N4 1BG. More info: www.londoncatholicworker.org, 020 8348 8212

Advent – Long-expected Jesus – Retreat day – for young adults with the Assumption Sisters. Sat 14 Dec from 10 am to 5 pm Milleret House • 23 Kensington Square, London W8 5HN • tube: High Street Kensington. Bookings: youth@assumptionreligious.org. Donations only, lunch included.

Christmas Day Lunch at Union Church Weston Park – If you would like to go to the Christmas Day Lunch and Party at Union Church, Weston Park, please see Fr Sean and get a reply slip to send to the church.

Young City Catholics @ St. Mary Moorfields (YCC) – a group of Catholic young professionals in their twenties and thirties working in the City of London and Canary Wharf have an intense and exciting programme. For details visit www.ycc-london.co.uk or email info@ycc-london.co.uk

Diocesan Job Vacancies – Please visit  https://jobs.rcdow.org.uk  to view all diocesan 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. While Jennifer is away, please send items to steve@stevebethell.co.uk.

Please pray for:

Those in the Parish who are ill:
Christian Overal, Antonio Neto, Zintra Sansom, Brenda Buzec, Amy Gordon, Annette Donivar, Margaret Bradley, Caroline Hilton, Karin Summers, Graham Summers, Joan Summers, Helen Kozlowski, Don Brewis, Roman Cholij, Adeline Oyekoya, Mary Wallace, Bruna Moia, Sister Pia, Margaret Whelan, Kitty Madden, Clare Bruce, Brendan Whelan, Claire Marchand, Mike Coombes, Mira Lidstone, Gemma Francis, Augustine Okonta, Richard Simon, Noah Purcell–Chandler, Safina Malik, Jay Williams, Dora Clinton, Nathalie Renford, Joanie Macarthy, Jennifer Mann, Errol Curran, John Nohelty, Jackie Loivette, Joseph Paul, Frances Byrne & Grenville Ignatius.

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:

Service times and Mass intentions

SUNDAY 24TH NOVEMBER – Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (C)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. David Fleming RIP (Anniv.)
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. Tom Breheny RIP
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Olajide Olaniran RIP (2nd Anniv.)
7:00pm – MASS – Int. Susan Bradley (Sick)

Weekday Masses – Year 1 Week 34: Daily Prayer – Week 2

MONDAY 25TH NOVEMBER
09:00am* – MASS – Int. All the people of the parish

TUESDAY 26TH NOVEMBER
09:00am* – MASS – Int. Holy Souls

WEDNESDAY 27TH NOVEMBER
09:00am* – MASS – Int. Holy Souls

THURSDAY 28TH NOVEMBER
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Frankie Tracey (ill)

FRIDAY 29TH NOVEMBER
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Holy Souls
7:30pm – HOLY HOUR – Parish Rooms

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

SUNDAY 1ST DECEMBER – 1st Sunday of Advent (A)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Maria Graham RIP
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. Tom O’Reilly RIP (1st Anniv.)
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Holy Souls
7:00pm – MASS – Int. Joseph Paul

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

SUNDAY 24TH NOVEMBER
8:00pm – PADRE PIO GROUP – 36 Dickenson Road

TUESDAY 26TH NOVEMBER
1:45pm-3:00pm – BABY & TODDLER GROUP – St Peter’s School Hall Term time only
5:00pm-7:00pm – PRIEST SURGERY – See Fr Sean without an appointment – Presbytery
7:30pm – FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PARENTS’ MEETING – Church

WEDNESDAY 27TH NOVEMBER
7:30pm – LEGION OF MARY

THURSDAY 28TH NOVEMBER
11:00am-1:30pm – THURSDAYS TOGETHER – meet your neighbours for a friendly chat, light lunch available – the back of Holy Trinity Church

Rotas

SOUP RUN: – Saturday 23rd November 2019 – 3:45pm & 6pm – Team B
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 23rd/24th November 2019 – Margaret Forkan

FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING (C)
Saturday/Sunday 23rd/24th November 2019
READERS:
6:30pm (Sat) – Gillian Spry
9:45am – 1st Marianne Law 2nd Harriet Haworth
7:00pm – Helen Helmer
Readings:
1st 2 Samuel 5:1-3; 2nd Colossians 1:11-20; Gospel Luke 23:35-43
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:
6:30pm (Sat) David Fleming, Emer Hughes, Patricia Hannon
9:45am Margaret Forkan, Maura O’Shea, Patrick Egan, Regina Fleming, Sheila Doyle
11:15am Helga Chan, Jenny Coleman, Kathleen McGrath, Kayte Brimacombe, Lisa Murphy
7:00pm Mary Maloney, Michael Woods, Nena Whitehead

COUNTING: – Monday 25th November – 9:30am – Team D

SOUP RUN: – Saturday 30th November 2019 – 3:45pm & 6pm – Team C
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 30th November/1st December 2019 – Nena Whitehead

1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (A)
Saturday/Sunday 30th November/1st December 2019
READERS:
6:30pm (Sat) – Mia Griso-Dyer
9:45am – 1st Mags Kelly 2nd Claire Kennedy
7:00pm – Ursula Kuczwalski
Readings:
1st Isaiah 2:1-5; 2nd Romans 13:11-14; Gospel Matthew 24:37-44
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:
6:30pm (Sat) Sarah Fleming, Steve Bethell, Susan Fleming
9:45am Sr Anne Hogan, Anthony Pippet, Carol Phillips, Gabriella Olaniran, Gertrude Jones
11:15am Maria Gagnier, Mary Chambers, Mary Halliday, Michael Buchanan, Peter Cecile
7:00pm Peter Duncan, Pedro Daniel, Ruben Ferreira

COUNTING: – Monday 2nd December – 9:30am – Team A

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.