Notices – 18th February

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CAFOD – Lent Family Fast Day

CAFOD Family Fast Day this Lent is an opportunity to support our brothers and sisters who don’t have enough to eat. Next Friday 23 February can you give up a meal, or eat a simple meal in solidarity? The Frugal Supper here after the Ecumenical Stations of the Cross at 7:30pm is a good way to show solidarity with those in need. With malnutrition still killing almost three million children a year, your fasting, prayers and donations will ensure more of God’s children have enough good food to eat. And this Lent, your donation will make double the difference. For every pound you donate to CAFOD, the UK Government will also donate a pound, up to a total of £5 million, meaning twice the number of lives can be transformed. Twice the number of children can have the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong. A Fast Day envelope is attached to the Newsletter; please give generously when you return it next weekend. Gift Aid your donation if you can.

In light of recent news reports you may wish to know CAFOD has a statement about safeguarding vulnerable communities on

LENT 2018

While we fast our bodies, Lent is also a time to feast the mind and spirit. There are many guides to Lenten reading and prayer, in print, online and for phone apps. A traditional choice and one of the best is the Bible. You will find suggestions on how to start here on the website.

Keeping Lent Holyvisit our page of other suggestions for ways to prepare for Easter through prayer, reflection and personal almsgiving.

Pope Francis’ prayer intention

The Holy Father has announced that the Friday of the First Week of Lent (23rd February) is to be kept as a Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.

Rest in Peace

Onofre Dybongco RIP – The Funeral Mass of Onofre Dybongco RIP will be on Wednesday, 21st February at 12:30pm followed by burial at East Finchley Cemetery, 2pm. Please keep the family in your prayers. (No 9am Mass)

Delia Brennan RIP – The Funeral Mass of Delia Brennan RIP will be on Monday, 26th February at 10:45am followed by burial at Islington and St Pancras, High Road, East Finchley. Please keep the family in your prayers. (No 9am Mass)

Parish Draw

Results – 1st 326, 2nd 348 & 3rd 311 (Pale Blue AB605637)

First Holy Communion and Confirmation preparation

Meetings resume after the Half Term holiday. See the ‘Preparing for the Sacraments’ section below for information about forthcoming meetings.

Other notices

Priest Surgery – See Fr Sean without an appointment, Tuesday 20th February, 5pm-7pm at the Presbytery.

St Peter-in-Chains Infants School – Stay and Play Group – Looking for somewhere to have fun with your little one(s) and meet other parents? St Peter’s Stay and Play group resumes on Friday, 23rd February from 1:30pm-3:00pm in the school hall, Elm Grove, N8. We have lots of toys and offer a drink and a snack for only £1.50 per family. If you are interested in volunteering to help run the group, please come and meet us on Monday, 19th February at 2pm at the Blue Lagoon Café, Crouch Hill. (email

ADOREMUS Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress – Liverpool 2018, 7th – 9th September 2018. Eucharistic Congresses are gatherings which promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Church. Participants will focus on different dimensions of the Eucharist and the daily celebration and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. On the first day there will be workshops for parish catechists, RE teachers, Hospital and Prison Chaplains, Seminary Communities and Extraordinary Ministers. The second day of the Congress, will include a Congress Mass, keynote speakers and a drama highlighting the beauty of reverence and devotion concluding with Adoration. Ticket only. The parish has been allocated 4 spaces. If anyone wishes to go please give your name to the parish office. On the final day of the Pilgrimage and Congress, Sunday, there will be pilgrimage Masses and a street procession – open to all.

The Passage – please support a St David’s Day concert in aid of The Passage at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster on Thursday, 1 March 2018, 7:30pm. Full details to book are on the website or telephone 020 75921856 or email

Mass for bereaved parents – will take place at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday, 10th March at 2:30pm. It’s a time to remember, to pray, to give thanks, and to entrust deceased children to the Lord. All are welcome to attend.

Thanksgiving for Matrimony – Mass in Thanksgiving for Matrimony for couples celebrating 5th 10th 25th 30th 40th 50th 60th and 60th+ wedding anniversaries at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday 19th May 2018, 3:00pm. If you would like to attend please contact the parish office.

Lourdes Pilgrimage volunteer appeal – The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes is once again looking to recruit volunteers to help on this summer’s pilgrimage. If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated as a St Frai Helper. Some of our sick pilgrims stay in a hospital-like building called the Accueil St Frai in the centre of Lourdes. It is well equipped and they are looked after by a team of doctors, nurses and volunteer St Frai Helpers whose role is to provide the sort of care for which you don’t need a medical qualification. This includes helping the pilgrims get up and ready in the morning; taking them to pilgrimage events; shopping and socialising with them and other helpers; and putting them to bed at night. The timetable is arranged so there is time to rest, make your own pilgrimage, spend time with your groups and make new friends. If you’re interested in helping, please email 18 is the starting age, but there really is no upper age limit, as long as the volunteer is fit and able and keen to help. The pilgrimage is from Saturday 21st – Friday 27th July.

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.

Wednesday, 21 Feb at 7pm – Reconcilation

Note: ‘s/h’ – school holidays
Classes 1 & 2 – 9:30-10:30am
SUNDAY CLASSES: – 25 Feb, 4 Mar
Class 3 – 10-11am
Class 4 – 10-11am – Presbytery
MONDAY CLASSES: – 26 Feb, 5 Mar
Class 5 – 3:45-4:45pm
Class 6 – 5:30-6:30pm
Class 7 – 5:30-6:30pm

Sat 10, Mon 12 & Tue 13 Mar

CELEBRATION MASS for all parents and children taking part in the programme
Sun 11 MAR – 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, Mary Wallace, Bruna Moia, Sister Pia, Margaret Whelan, Kitty Madden, Ann O’Grady, Clare Bruce, Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP, Brendan Whelan, Claire Marchand, Mike Coombes, Joel Maitre, Grace Taylor, Pamela Roberts, Mira Lidstone, Sr Ann Heaney, Sr Margaret Begley, Sr Patricia O’Sullivan, Sonny Francis, Fr David Williamson & Emmanuella Celindano

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:
Delia Brennan & Onofre Dybongco RIP.

Service times and Mass intentions

SUNDAY 18TH FEBRUARY – 1st Sunday of Lent (B)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Betty Adams RIP (Anniv)
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. Mary O’Shea RIP
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Kathleen Francis Kelleher RIP (Anniversary)
7:00pm – MASS – Int. All the people of the Parish

Weekday Masses – Year 2, Lent 1: Daily Prayer – Week 1

9:00am* – MASS – Int. The Nigerian Catholic Women’s Organisation

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Veronica Ajayi RIP (Anniv)

12:30pm – FUNERAL MASS – Int. Onofre Dybongco RIP

THURSDAY 22ND FEBRUARY – The Chair of St Peter the Apostle
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Kathy Burke RIP

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

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Salvatore, Giuseppe Jnr, Giuseppe Snr & Biagia Vitrano RIP (Anniv)
9:30am-10:00am – CONFESSIONS
6:00pm-6:20pm – CONFESSIONS

SUNDAY 25TH FEBRUARY – 2nd Sunday of Lent (B)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Mira Lidstone
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. All the people of the Parish
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Ann Donnelly RIP
7:00pm – MASS – Int. Giovanni Pisapia 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

1:30pm – STAY & PLAY GROUP – St Peter’s School Hall, Elm Grove


SOUP RUN: – Saturday 17th February – 4pm & 6pm – Team D
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 17th/18th February – Theresa Quinn

Saturday/Sunday 17th/18th February

6:30pm (Sat) – Gillian Spry
9:45am 1st Reading: – Kit Greveson 2nd Reading: – Martin Whitaker
7:00pm – Chris Beasley
1st – Genesis 9:8-15; 2nd – 1 Peter 3:18-22; Gospel – Mark 1:12-15
6:30pm (Sat) Patricia Hannon, Sarah Fleming, Steve Bethell
9:45am Patrick Egan, Regina Fleming, Sheila Doyle, Sr Anne Hogan, Anthony Pippet
11:15am Anthony Cecile, Claire Carson, Ha Chan, Daniel Ramirez-Cano, Declan Murphy
7:00pm Daniel Lloyd-Morgan, Fiona Stone, John Pio Sheehan

COUNTING: – Sunday 18th February – 9:30am – Team D
COUNTING: – Monday 19th February – 9:30am – Team D

SOUP RUN: – Saturday 24th February – 4pm & 6pm – Team A
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 24th/25th February – Susan Fleming

Saturday/Sunday 24th/25th February

6:30pm (Sat) – Alex Derbyshire
9:45am 1st Reading: – Therese Moloney 2nd Reading: – Harriet Mackie
7:00pm – Michael Sherley-Dale
1st – Genesis 22:1-2.9-13.15-18:; 2nd – Romans 8:31-34; Gospel – Mark 9:2-10
6:30pm (Sat) Susan Fleming, Alice Fidler, Andrew Dickson
9:45am Barbara Cotter, Carol Phillips, Gabriella Olaniran, Gertrude Jones, Jim Donoghue
11:15am Dominic Martial, Gianni Gagnier, Grace Brimacombe-Rand, Helen Bligh, Helga Chan
7:00pm Kathy McHale, Maria Fernandez, Mary Maloney

COUNTING: – Monday 26th February – 9:30am – Team A

Reading the Bible for Lent

Reading and meditating on scripture is a way to enrich Lent and prepare for the Easter celebration. There are endless approaches, and everyone can experiment on what feels best. Some can find time every day, busy people may settle on once or twice a week. Here are a few suggestions of where to start. You can simply open the book, and read anything, but a program is helpful for the 40 days. The New Testament is best for most beginners. In the four gospels you encounter Christ while the other texts show how the earliest followers of Jesus wrote about him. Two reflective books are Letters to the Ephesians and the Colossians. Continue reading Reading the Bible for Lent

Scripture notes – Ash Wednesday

This is the beginning of the Church’s 40 days of Lent which is a preparation for Jesus’ Passion, Death and Resurrection. The liturgy starts with fasting, a practice widespread in world religions. For the Jews at that time wearing ‘sackcloth’ (a rough material) and sprinkling oneself with ashes were a sign of mourning and this was extended to ‘mourning’ for sins. We today have only a symbolic amount of ashes pressed on the forehead, with the reminder that we all are to die – ‘return to dust’. This is not meant to depress us, rather to focus our minds on what is lasting: God’s love and his Kingdom. Continue reading Scripture notes – Ash Wednesday

Scripture notes – 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year B – 11th February 2018

Mark continues to tell stories of Jesus’ healings, today of a ‘leper’, one whose illness exiles him from normal society. This healing shows not only a physical cure, but of the associated psychological suffering and emphases the human need to ‘belong’ to a community. Continue reading Scripture notes – 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year B – 11th February 2018

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

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