Notices – 30th April

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The sacrament will be celebrated on Saturday, 6th May 2017 at 6:30pm. The Celebrant will be Bishop John Sherrington. All parishioners are welcome to join the candidates in their special celebration. Please continue to pray for our candidates. There will be a rehearsal on Wednesday, 3rd May at 7:30pm in church.

First Holy Communion

Please note the First Holy Communion Masses will be held on Sunday, 7th May and Sunday, 14th May at 9:45am and 11:30am. Note change of time of the Family Mass for these 2 weekends.

If Parents/Guardians have any questions about the arrangements for the rehearsals/alb collection on Wednesdays 3rd & 10th May, or the Masses on Sunday, 7th & 14th May, please email or call the Parish Office.


The next SEEDs Saturday club will be on 6th May, 2-4pm at St Peter –in – Chains Infant School hall. Lots of activities. Everyone welcome – the friendship and talents of volunteers are always appreciated. We are particularly grateful to our Confirmation candidates who have helped not only with fundraising for SEEDs but have come along to each Saturday club to join in and help. Kayte, Mary, Derek, Debbie and Sue.

Pilgrimage to Poland

A parish pilgrimage has been organised through PAX Travel to Poland for 31st May – 6th June 2018. There are some posters at the back of the church and in the Porch with all the necessary information. We will be based in Krakow with trips organised each day to different places of interest. The cost of the trip is £799.00 for a twin bedded room. If you require a single room, there is a supplement of £168 for the six nights (limited availability). If you are interested in joining us, please contact Sheila Doyle on telephone No. 020 8340 4511 to reserve a place. A deposit of £200 plus £33 insurance (if needed) is required, the remaining balance is due about ten weeks before departure. Cheques made payable to St Peter-in-Chains Church. We have reserved 30 places for the pilgrimage. Bookings need to be made by the end of July to guarantee that price.

Parish Finance Committee

Our accounts for the first quarter of the year show a slight drop in regular Sunday income compared with a year ago. The main expenditure in recent months has been on professional fees and services related to the porch and parish room projects amounting to £34,597 to date. The building works are out to tender and, of 4 companies approached, we expect to receive costs from 2. Fr Sean has approached the diocese about funding and fund-raising for the project and is awaiting responses. The issues raised in the recent annual Health and Safety inspections are being assessed. Those not addressed through the building works will be prioritised for suitable action.

Other notices

Priest General Surgery – The next surgery for anyone who wishes to see Fr. Sean without an appointment will be on Tuesday, 2nd May from 5-7pm at the Presbytery.

Preparing for the Sacraments – See the Diary section for times & information.

Parish Draw – tickets will be on sale next weekend 6th/7th May after all Masses.

Soup Run Sandwich Makers – Recently members of our volunteer sandwich groups have had to resign from the soup run, leaving us a bit short of personnel. If therefore you are able to spare a couple of hours once a month to help to make sandwiches for the homeless in Central London, please contact Kit Greveson on 020 8340 0557 / 07507 138 582 or email Kit at We meet every Saturday at 4pm for approx 2 hours. Many thanks as always to those who give freely of their time each month.

Planned Giving Envelopes – If you use Planned Giving Envelopes please collect your new box of envelopes this weekend if you have not already done so.

St Gildas’ 100 part deux – The date of the ride has changed and is now confirmed for Thursday 22nd June to Sunday 25th June. The 2015 sponsored cycle ride from Yeovil to celebrate the 100 years since the nuns founded St Gildas’ Catholic Junior School raised £27,000 for the new playground. To raise more funds for both our schools we’re planning to ride the 444km back from the small village Saint-Gildas-des-Bois in France where the Yeovil nuns originally came from. If you’d like to ride or if you can drive the support van in France and/or in the UK please contact Thank you!

Holy Land Pilgrimage – You are invited to join the 7th Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land led by Bishop John Sherrington. 31st October to 7th November. Price: Full board £1535 pp sharing; £370 single room supplement. Contact Gill at Tangney Tours 01732 886666 or Elizabeth Uwalaka Pilgrimage Administrator 020 7798 9173 for information and booking forms.

Retreat with a difference – A Foyer de Charité Retreat will be held at the new Retreat Centre in Walsingham, from Sunday, 30 April (6pm) – Saturday 6 May (2pm). The theme is ‘God’s Plan for the Fullness of Time’, and the preacher will be Mgr. Keith Barltrop, with help from Foyer members and past retreatants. Foyer retreats are held mainly in silence, with three talks a day, and offer a holistic way of deepening our faith in the Church’s teaching and our life in Christ. The Foyers are communities of consecrated lay people living with a priest in order to help others grow closer to Christ and live the Catholic faith more fully. For further information or to book a place, contact Mgr. Barltrop:; 07879 953953; St. Mary of the Angels, Moorhouse Road, Bayswater, London W2 5DJ

Brightlights Festival – is an annual event for Catholic young adults (ages 16-30) taking place 23rd – 26th June in the beautiful grounds of Alton Castle in Staffordshire. Come and join us for a weekend of live music from artists including One Hope Project and Guvna B. To journey together in Faith through liturgy and worship. And to hear stimulating input to discover the possibilities of living life: UNLIMITED. To find out more information or book tickets and a coach space, visit our website:, call 0300 075 0115 or find us on social media: T/FB/IG: BLFestival

Diocesan Job Vacancies – Please visit 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.

Newsletter deadline: – please submit items for the Newsletter before midday on Thursday. Note that pressure of space means items may have to be edited.

RCIA, Confirmation, First Holy Communion

Candidates for the 2017 programmes meet as follows:
Meetings are in Lower Parish Rooms unless shown otherwise
No meeting this week – Bank Holiday

CONFIRMATION MASS – Saturday, 6th May 2017 at 6:30pm; Celebrant Bishop John Sherrington.


SUNDAY 7TH MAY – 9:45AM & 11:30AM
SUNDAY 14TH MAY – 9:45AM & 11:30AM

If Parents/Guardians have any questions about the arrangements for the rehearsals/alb collection on Wednesdays 3rd & 10th May, or the Masses on Sunday, 7th & 14th May, please email or call the Parish Office.

Please pray for:

Those in the Parish who are ill:
Christian Overall, 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, Francesco Nazzini, Maria Kuczwalski, Mary Wallace, Bruna Moia, Sister Pia, Margaret Whelan, Kitty Madden, Ann O’Grady, Christy Jordan, Clare Bruce, Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP, Brendan Whelan, Claire Marchand, Jemma Francis, Kris Durasamy & Baby Dilan.

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.

Those recently deceased:
Denis Murphy RIP (Anniversary)

Services and Mass intentions

SUNDAY 30th APRIL 2017 – 3rd Sunday of Easter (A)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Sarah Kabanda (Sick)
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. James & Bridget Caffrey RIP (Anniv)
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Enzo Spurio RIP
7:00pm – MASS – Int. All the people of the Parish

Weekday Masses – Year 2, Easter: Daily Prayer – Easter / Week 3

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Sylvia Davies RIP

TUESDAY 2ND MAY 2017 – St Athasius, Bishop & Doctor
9:00am* – MASS – Int. John Sweetman RIP

WEDNESDAY 3RD MAY 2017 – Sts Philip & James, Apostles
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Kathleen McAndrew RIP

THURSDAY 4TH MAY 2017 – The English Martyrs
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Holy Souls

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Sylvia Davies RIP
7:30pm – HOLY HOUR – Parish Rooms

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Cavaciuti Family Deceased
9:30am-10:00am – CONFESSIONS
6:00pm-6:20pm – CONFESSIONS

SUNDAY 7TH MAY 2017 – 4th Sunday of Easter (A)
6:30pm (Sat) – CONFIRMATION MASS – Int. Confirmation Candidates
9:45am – FIRST HOLY COMMUNION MASS – Int. Pierce Durand RIP (Anniv)
11:30am – FIRST HOLY COMMUNION MASS – Int. All the people of the Parish
7:00pm – MASS – Int. John Hatton (Anniv)

9:00am* – preceded by Morning Prayer at 8:45am
The Liturgical Calendar of feasts can be found here
Note there are occasional diocesan variations


Meetings are in Lower Parish Rooms unless shown otherwise

8:00pm – PADRE PIO – 36 Dickenson Road


10:00am – ASCENT GROUP
5:00pm-7:00pm – PRIEST SURGERY – Presbytery – see Fr Sean without an appointment

7:30pm – LEGION OF MARY – Presbytery

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

1:40pm – UNDER-5s PLAYGROUP – St Peter’s School Hall

4:00pm – SOUP RUN TEAM A – Sandwich makers


29th/30th April 2017 – 3rd Sunday of Easter (A)

LINEN ROTA: Nena Whitehead

6:30pm (Sat) – Gillian Spry
9:45am 1st Reading: – Harriet Mackie 2nd Reading: – Mags Kelly
7:00pm – Chris Beasley
1st – Acts 2:14.22-33; 2nd – 1 Peter 1:17-21; Gospel – Luke 24:13-35
6:30pm (Sat) Susan Fleming, Alice Fidler, Ann Hughes
9:45am Regina Fleming, Sheila Doyle, Sr Anne Hogan, Anthony Pippet, Barbara Cotter
11:15am Mary Chambers, Mary Halliday, Michael Buchanan, Sam Carson, Sandra Fluin
7:00pm Nena Whitehead, Paul Stone, Pedro Daniel

6th/7th May 2017 – 4th Sunday of Easter (A)

6:30pm (Sat) – Alexander Entwistle, Mary Amroliwala, Emma Fidler
9:45am 1st Reading: – Errol Curran 2nd Reading: – Mags Kelly
7:00pm – Chris Beasley
1st – Acts 2:14.36-41; 2nd – 1 Peter 2:20-25; Gospel – John 10:1-10
6:30pm (Sat) Augustine Burno, Catherine Sexton, Claire Carballo
9:45am Carol Phillips, Gabriella Olaniran, Gertrude Jones, Jim Donoghue, Josephine Bobb
11:15am William Carson, Anna Maria Fernandez, Gianni Gagnier, Grace Brimacombe-Rand, Helen Bligh
7:00pm Ruben Ferreira, Daniel Lloyd-Morgan, Fiona Stone

Scripture notes – 3rd Sunday of Easter Year A – 30th April 2017

Our liturgy celebrates Easter till Pentecost, but it can be a challenge in the modern world to live for 50 days in the spirit of the Resurrection – much less continue to wish people ‘Happy Easter’ during all that time! We frequently heard the question, ‘What are you doing for Lent? – the 40 days of penance? Should we also ask, ‘What am I doing for Easter – for 50 days of joy?’ Continue reading Scripture notes – 3rd Sunday of Easter Year A – 30th April 2017

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.

A brief Introduction to the Gospel of Matthew

In Year A of the liturgical season, the gospel readings at mass highlight Matthew, the first book in the New Testament as we find it now. Since the liturgy can present only short selections, an overview of the book itself and what is found in current scholarship about its background, the author and the meaning, can be helpful for a fuller understanding. Some of this will be taken up in the weekly notes I make available, but here is an overview. Continue reading A brief Introduction to the Gospel of Matthew

Some reflections on grief……

Fr Sean used these descriptions of grief from author Edgar Jackson in his holily at our annual Mass of Commemoration for those who have died in the past year on November 18th 2016:

Grief is a young widow trying to raise her three children, alone.

Grief is the man so filled with shocked uncertainty and confusion that he strikes out at the nearest person.

Grief is a mother walking daily to a nearby cemetery to stand quietly and alone a few minutes before going about the tasks of the day. She knows that part of her is in the cemetery, just as part of her is in her daily work.

Grief is the silent, knife-like terror and sadness that comes a hundred times a day, when you start to speak to someone who is no longer there.

Grief is the emptiness that comes when you eat alone after eating with another for many years.

Grief is teaching yourself to go to bed without saying good night to the one who had died.

Grief is the helpless wishing that things were different when you know they are not and never will be again.

I also found this thought while I was seaching for an image to accompany this post:

There is no expiry date on grief.

Secondary School Transfers

Secondary Schools Open Days/Evenings – Further details are available on the church notice board.

Signing School Forms – Fr Sean will be available on Tuesday, 25th October, 3:00pm-7:00pm. Please note that this is the final date Fr Sean will be available before the deadline to submit applications of 31st October.

Please bring your child’s baptismal certificate along with your application form.

Lourdes Pilgrimage 2016 photos

Mercy in the Bible

‘In the name of God, the All-Merciful, the All-Compassionate.’

Although we will be considering only the Hebrew and Christian Bible, I have taken these lines from the first words of the Qur’an, because as Pope Francis wrote in his Bull opening the Year of Mercy: ‘There is an aspect of mercy that goes beyond the confines of the church. It connects us with Judaism and Islam…. I trust that this year of Mercy will foster an encounter with these and other noble religious traditions.’ The Jubilee Year is one of openness to all. Continue reading Mercy in the Bible