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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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Group B Class 1 Sat 14 Dec 10am, church
Please arrive 5 min early so classes can start on time.
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:
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
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
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
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 14th/15th December 2019 – Theresa Quinn
3RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT (A)
Saturday/Sunday 14th/15th December 2019
6:30pm (Sat) – Claire Kennedy
9:45am – 1st Harriet Haworth 2nd Marianne Law
7:00pm – Chris Beasley
1st Isaiah 35:1-6.10; 2nd James 5:7-10; Gospel Matthew 11:2-11
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
6:30pm (Sat) – Gillian Spry
9:45am – 1st Lesley Pippet 2nd Anthony Pippet
7:00pm – Ursula Kuczwalski
1st Isaiah 7:10-14; 2nd Romans 1:1-7; Gospel Matthew 1:18-25
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