Notices – 10th December

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The Advent Wreath

The symbolism of the wreath is beautiful. The various evergreens signify continuous life and have traditional meanings. The laurel signifies victory over persecution and suffering; pine and holly immortality. Holly also reminds us of the crown of thorns. The circle of the wreath, which has no beginning or end, symbolizes the eternity of God, the immortality of the soul, and the everlasting life found in Christ. The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent. The purple candles symbolize the prayer, penance, and preparatory sacrifices and good works undertaken at this time. The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, the Sunday of rejoicing, because the faithful have arrived at the midpoint of Advent, when their preparation is now half over and they are close to Christmas. The progressive lighting of the candles symbolizes the expectation and hope surrounding our Lord’s first coming into the world and the anticipation of His second coming to judge the living and the dead. The light again signifies Christ, the Light of the world.

First Holy Communion and Confirmation preparation

See the ‘Preparing for the Sacraments’ section below for information about forthcoming meetings.

First Holy Communion – We welcome all 63 children commencing the First Holy Communion programme, and their families, to the Enrolment Mass at 11:15am this Sunday. Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation in March 2018 and First Holy Communion in May 2018.

Preparation classes commence this weekend/Monday/Tuesday. Parents have been sent an email confirming details of their child’s class times. If you have not received this, please first check your “Junk mail folder”, then email:

Confirmation – Our Confirmation candidates will be serving teas/coffees/cakes today, 10th December after the morning Masses, to raise funds for their chosen charity. They will be enrolled on the programme next Sunday, 17th, at the 11:15am Mass.

Christmas Violin Concert

Duo Klier and their students will be performing in church on Thursday 14th December at 6pm in aid of the church development project and SEEDs. Free entrance. Teas/coffees/snacks will be on sale.

Christmas Services at St Peter’s

Details of Masses from Christmas to New Year Masses plus our Parish Reconciliation Service and other opportunities to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession at St Peter’s or at other Deanery Parishes can be found here.

Schools’ Christmas Market

The Friends of St Peter’s/St Gildas’ Schools are holding their Christmas Market on Sunday, 17th December, from 12pm-3pm at St Gildas’ School. Come along and join in the fun of this special event. Entrance on Tregaron Avenue. All welcome!

Christmas Endowments

The display of personal memories of parishioners’ loved ones will again decorate the church pillars this Christmas. If you would like to especially remember someone this Christmas, please fill out a form (on the newsletter stand at the back of the church) and hand it in to the Parish Office in an envelope with a £5 donation (£8 for 2 endowments) no later than Friday, 22nd December.

Olajide Olaniran RIP

The funeral Mass of Olajide Olaniran RIP will take place here at St Peter’s on Wednesday, 20th December at 11am followed by burial at Islington Cemetery, 1pm. Please keep Gabriella and her family in your prayers at this time. Please note there will be no 9am Mass on that day.

Parish Draw Results

1st 81, 2nd 4 & 3rd 122 (AE6L MM4R White)

Other notices

Priest Surgery and signing of school forms – See Fr Sean without an appointment, Tuesday 12th December, 5pm-7pm at the Presbytery.

Parish Carols for CAFOD – Wednesday, 20th December at 7:30pm in church, with a retiring collection for CAFOD, followed by mulled wine and mince pies. There is a Rehearsal on Tuesday, 12th December, 8:10pm at Holy Trinity Church.

Eucharistic Ministers – If you will be celebrating Christmas here at St Peter’s, please put your name on the rota sheet that can be found on the Newsletter stand. We would like to welcome 20 new Eucharistic Ministers. Andrew at the Saturday 6:30pm Mass; Patrick at 9:45am; Declan, Lisa, Daniel. Yessica, Ha, Helga, Theresa, Kaveeta, Anthony, Dominic, Sabrina, Peter, Claire, Ryan, Mary and Anastasia at the 11:15am Family Mass and Peter and John at the 7pm Sunday evening Mass. If we do not have an email address for you, please collect the rota for January and February from the Newsletter stand. If you have not received a rota and we do have your email address, please contact!

Carols at the Clocktower – Join Churches Together in Hornsey to sing Christmas Carols at the Broadway Clock Tower on Saturday, 16th December, 11:15am-12noon. All Welcome!

CAFOD World Gift Catalogue – now available! Catalogues are available at the back of the church, and you can also buy the gifts online.

Admission to Reception Class for September 2018 – If your child reaches the age of 4 between 1/9/2017 and 31/8/2018 you can apply for a Reception place at St. Peter-in-Chains RC Infant School, Elm Grove, London N8 9AJ. Tours of the school are available on Thursdays at 2pm. Please contact Mrs Gaudiano on 020 8340 6789 for further information or to book a place. Supplementary information forms are available from the school office or can be downloaded from the school website.

Pope Francis and the Evangelising Mission of the Church – with Brian Purfield. This talk will explore some of the key themes of the papacy of Pope Francis, with particular focus on the theme of evangelisation and the Pope’s call for a Church of missionary disciples and a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ. Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 7:00-8:30pm at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London SW1P 1QN. Registration is required. Email at and include your name and the date of the event. If you do not have an Internet access, please leave a voice message at 020 7931 6078. Suggested donation £4 per talk.

Diocesan Year Book – Copies of the 2018 Year Book are available on the newsletter stand priced £4.50.

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.

Preparing for the Sacraments

Meetings are held in Lower Parish Rooms unless shown otherwise. Please arrive 5 minutes early to ensure sessions start and finish on time.

– Sunday, 10 Dec after morning Masses to serve teas, coffees and cakes in the Parish Rooms
– Wednesday, 13 Dec at 7pm
– Sunday 17 Dec, 11:15am, Enrolment Mass – Church

Note: ‘s/h’ – school holidays
SATURDAY CLASSES: – 9, 16 Dec, s/h, 13 Jan
Classes 1 & 2 – 9:30-10:30am
SUNDAY CLASSES: – 10, 17 Dec, s/h, 14 Jan
Class 3 – 10-11am
Class 4 – 10-11am – Presbytery
MONDAY CLASSES: – 11, 18 Dec, s/h, 15 Jan
Class 5 – 3:45-4:45pm
Class 6 – 5:30-6:30pm
TUESDAY CLASSES: – 12, 19 Dec, s/h, 16 Jan
Class 7 – 5:30-6:30pm

ENROLMENT MASS for all parents and children taking part in the programme
SUNDAY 10th DEC – 11:15am – Church

Please pray for:

Those in the Parish who are ill:
Rose Carroll, 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, Maria Kuczwalski, Mary Wallace, Bruna Moia, Sister Pia, Margaret Whelan, Kitty Madden, Ann O’Grady, Clare Bruce, Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP, Brendan Whelan, Claire Marchand, Jemma Francis, Mike Coombes, Joel Maitre, Grace Taylor, David and Pamela Roberts, Mira Lidstone, Sr Ann Heaney, Sr Margaret Begley, Sr Patricia O’Sullivan, & Fr David Williamson.

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 recently deceased:
Canon Louis Russell Thomas, Mgr George Tutto, Fr John Leahy SS.CC, Olajide Olaniran, Thomas Callaghan & Mrs Agnes McAleenan (Bishop Paul McAleenan’s mother) RIP.

Service times and Mass intentions

SUNDAY 10TH DECEMBER – 2nd Sunday of Advent (B)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Margaret Nowell RIP
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. John O’Donovan RIP
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Margaret Kinsella RIP
7:00pm – MASS – Int. Tom Phelan RIP (Birthday)

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

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Elizabeth Brooks

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Mary Healy RIP

WEDNESDAY 13TH DECEMBER – St Lucy, Virgin & Martyr
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Mira Lidstone

THURSDAY 14TH DECEMBER – St John of the Cross, Priest & Doctor
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Holy Souls

9:00am* – MASS Int. Nev Edwards RIP
7:30pm – HOLY HOUR – Lower Parish Rooms

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Brian Hannon (Get Well)
9:30am-10:00am – CONFESSIONS
6:00pm-6:20pm – CONFESSIONS

SUNDAY 17TH DECEMBER – 3rd Sunday of Advent (B)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Donor’s
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. Mary & Joseph Doyle RIP (Anniv)
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. James & Mary-Ellen Ewings
7:00pm – MASS – Int. Ema-Leigh Dingivan RIP (Anniv)

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


Meetings are in Lower Parish Rooms unless shown otherwise

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
7:00pm-9:00pm – LECTIO DIVINA – Sisters of Sion, 63 Mount View Road

1:40pm – UNDER 5s PLAYGROUP – St Peter’s School Hall, Elm Grove


SOUP RUN: – Saturday 9th December – 4pm & 6pm – Team D
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 9th/10th December – Theresa Quinn

Saturday/Sunday 9th/10th December

6:30pm (Sat) – Steve Bethell
9:45am 1st Reading: – Therese Moloney 2nd Reading: – Claire Kennedy
7:00pm – Helen Helmer
1st – Isaiah 40:1-5.9-11; 64:1.3-8; 2nd – 2 Peter 3:8-14; Gospel – Mark 1:1-8
6:30pm (Sat) Claire Carballo, David Fleming, Emer Hughes
9:45am Barbara Cotter, Carol Phillips, Gabriella Olaniran, Gertrude Jones, Jim Donoghue
11:15am Mary Chambers, Mary Halliday, Michael Buchanan, Sam Carson, William Carson
7:00pm Paul Stone, Pedro Daniel, Ruben Ferreira

COUNTING: – Sunday 10th December – 6:45pm – Team B
COUNTING: – Monday 11th December – 9:30am – Team B

SOUP RUN: – Saturday 16th December – 4pm & 6pm – Team A
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 16th/17th December – Susan Fleming

Saturday/Sunday 16th/17th December

6:30pm (Sat) – Alex Derbyshire
9:45am 1st Reading: – Marianne Law 2nd Reading: – Martin Whitaker
7:00pm – Chris Beasley
1st – Isaiah 61:1-2.10-11; 64:1.3-8; 2nd – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; Gospel – John 1:6-8.19-28
6:30pm (Sat) Jacqueline O’Shea, Laura Alyousif, Patricia Hannon
9:45am Josephine Bobb, Lesley Pippet, Margaret Forkan, Sr Odile Mahe, Regina Fleming
11:15am Anna Maria Fernandez, Gianni Gagnier, Grace Brimacombe-Rand, Helen Bligh, Jenny Coleman
7:00pm Daniel Lloyd-Morgan, Fiona Stone, Kathy McHale

COUNTING: – Monday 18th December – 9:30am – Team C

A Brief Introduction to the Gospel of Mark

In the three-year cycle of Gospels read at Mass, Year B is Mark, the shortest of the four gospels. After reading the introductions in the dozen commentaries at hand with all their differences, I did not feel like writing even a ‘brief ‘one. Yet some background is useful for those who come to the book fresh, or have forgotten details from the last Year B. What Mark seems to call for is – just read Mark. The whole Gospel can be gone through in one sitting, and that is something I recommend doing sometime during this liturgical year. Get your sense of what Mark set out to do, what picture he paints of Jesus. Continue reading A Brief Introduction to the Gospel of Mark

Scripture notes – 1st Sunday of Advent – Year B – 3rd December 2017

The Church liturgical year begins not with the civil year on January 1, but four weeks before the Feast of Christmas. Advent is derived from the Latin words meaning ‘coming to’. Is a time of preparation for celebrating the coming of Jesus on earth, and also still looking towards his ‘Second Coming’ at the end of time. The first Sunday of the year has the same message as the last – how Christians are to act while waiting for the return of our Lord and Saviour.

Year B focuses on St Mark but we do not start today at the beginning of that Gospel. Continue reading Scripture notes – 1st Sunday of Advent – Year B – 3rd December 2017

Scripture notes – Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – Year A – 26th November 2017

The 34th and last Sunday of the liturgical year celebrates the kingship of Jesus, and the first reading shows us first what kind of King Jesus is. Not a ‘figurehead’ like most modern monarch, nor running a secular government like those in the past, and one not expecting honours. Instead we have the image of a shepherd-king, one dedicated to caring, nurturing, and establishing justice and mercy for the ‘sheep’. Continue reading Scripture notes – Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – Year A – 26th November 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.