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’ Infant & Junior Schools

Parents interested in sending children to either school are invited to contact the school to arrange a visit.

St Peter-in-Chains RC Infant School – Open Mornings for prospective parents for Reception 2020-21. You are warmly invited to visit on the following dates: 15th, 30th October, 5th, 13th, 26th November, 10th December and 7th January 2020. Tours start at 9:15am If you wish to visit our Junior School St Gildas’ tours will carry on directly after those at St. Peters. Please call Mrs Gaudiano to book your place on 020 8340 6789.

St Peter’s – Telephone: 020 8340 6789; Email:; Website

St Gildas’ – Telephone: 020 8348 1902; Email:; Website

Secondary Schools Open Days/Evenings

St Ignatius College
Open Mornings – Tuesday 24th September & Thursday 26th September, 9am-10am. 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. For further details see the school website.

Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School
Open Evenings for First Form (year 7) admission in September 2020 will be held on Tuesday 17 and Thursday 26 September 2019. The Head Teacher will speak at 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm. Please see the school website for full details, including the deadline and arrangements for applying for a music place.

Bishop Douglass Catholic School
Open Evening – Thursday 26th September 5:30 – 7:30pm. Visit the school website or contact the school (020 8444 5211) for more information

Our Lady’s Catholic High School
Autumn Open Mornings from Monday 16th September to Friday 27th September, 9:30am-10:30am where you can see the school in action on a guided tour. Saturday Open Morning – Saturday 28th September 10am-12noon. For full details visit the website on

St Thomas More Catholic School
The school will be holding its primary into secondary Open Events for prospective parents and pupils on Tuesday 8th October 2019 from 9:30 – 11:00am and  5:30pm – 8:00pm.

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, 30th September, 6pm-8pm at the lower site, 50 London Road, Enfield EN2 6EL. Head teacher’s speech at 6pm and 7pm.

Open Mornings – Wednesday 2nd October (Lower Site) and Thursday 3rd 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.

King of the Jews

crucifixionBlood flows like a river from your side,
Your human body was always too weak.
Yet the pain that it’s causing is agonizingly real,
Another wave every time that you speak.

Yet you do nothing.

Thorns pierce through the skin on your head,
All you hear is their mockery and threats.
Your eyelids are drooping, your head hung low,
Yet still you have no regrets.

So you do nothing.

Your arms are now aching, worse than before,
And your vision is blurred by your tears.
But you know that this suffering will come to an end,
So you cast away your worries and fears.

And you do nothing.

Below you they’re hooked by the numbers on a dice,
Gambling away your pride.
You’re left on top of a hill – entertainment for all,
And there’s nowhere to run to and hide.

Still you do nothing.

The seconds become minutes, which drag into hours,
And you long for an end to your pain.
But there’s no one to help you, no one at all,
So in the open you must remain.

You do nothing.

Your name is Jesus, King ofthe Jews,
Saviour of those who failed to save you.
And so you die, on a cross made of hate,
To be with God and unlock heaven’s gates.

By Mia Griso Dryer (12)
April 2015

St Peter’s as it was….

St Peter’s as it was

When we asked parishioners for their recollections or old pictures of the inside of the church, we did not know what, if anything, we would get. A number of parishioners loaned us pictures from the 1980s which showed things much as they are today. However this week Winnie Elkins, an ex-parishioner whose family were involved in the founding of the parish, loaned Fr Sean some old postcards showing the interior of the church.

Unfortunately there are no dates on the cards but the company producing them appears to have been around in the 1930s. Though the pictures are grainy, they show there were once paintings on the arch above the Sanctuary as well as on the wall behind the altar and, it appears, on the side wall above the tiling in St Joseph’s Chapel. There is also a picture of the altar that was once found in the Lady Chapel. The pictures of the High altar and Nave show the arrangement of the Sanctuary and altar rails as well as the pulpit.

With modern technology we have been able to scan the pictures and you can view them by clicking on the thumbnail images below.

When we finalise plans for the Sanctuary, we will see if anything remains under the wallpaper and paint!

With many thanks to Winnie and the other parishioners who have helped us with our research.

Pastoral Letter on receiving Holy Communion

From the Westminster diocese website:

In his latest Pastoral Letter to Catholics in the Diocese of Westminster The Most Revd Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster is to ask every parish and community to refresh its reverence and love for the Blessed Sacrament and its practice of receiving Holy Communion.

You can listen to the Pastoral Letter by clicking here and the full text is available at the bottom of this webpage.

In the Pastoral Letter, which will be read out at the 214 parishes in the diocese on the weekend of 9 – 10 July 2011, Archbishop Nichols notes the usual practice of receiving Holy Communion and the choices which each recipient is at liberty to make.

“The usual practice in our parishes is for the Sacred Host to be received on the hand, standing, and – when practical and prudent to do so reverently- for the Precious Blood to be received from the Chalice, also whilst standing.  This practice of standing is now confirmed in the Liturgical Norm for England and Wales, just recently approved by the Congregation for Divine Worship in Rome.”

“This Norm together with the General Instruction of the Roman Missal also provide choices which each recipient is at liberty to make: to receive the Sacred Host in the hand or on the tongue, either standing or kneeling. Each way has its symbolic and spiritual meaning helping us to be profoundly aware of whom it is that we receive and the unity of faith we share.”

In the Pastoral Letter, Archbishop Nichols also reminds Catholics of the need to observe a Eucharistic fast and to seek forgiveness of sins.

“It is important that we also prepare well to receive Holy Communion. We observe a Eucharistic fast, of at least one hour. We seek forgiveness of our sins, through the penitential prayers of the Mass and through the Sacrament of Penance, especially whenever we are conscious of grave sin.”

Text of the Pastoral Letter.