Scripture notes – 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A – 2nd July 2017

Today’s readings seem rather a mixed bag, if one looks for a common theme running through them. With some ingenuity, we can see that the story of Elisha and some of the words of Jesus both speak of welcoming one who comes from God. Something different is St Paul’s summary of the Easter message as a basic foundation of Christian faith and hope. Continue reading Scripture notes – 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A – 2nd July 2017

Notices – 25th June 2017

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Day for Life

Your generous donations last weekend raised £400.16 to support the work of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre and other life-related activities supported by the Church. Thank you

Schools’ Summer Fair

The Friends of St Peter’s & St Gildas’ Schools will be holding their annual Summer Fair on Sunday, 9th July from 12-3:00pm. This is the main fund-raising event of the year, please come along and support our schools and join in the fun. There will be lots of fun things to do, including a crazy sand, bouncy slide, tombola, together with plenty of BBQ and homemade food, entertainment and refreshments. The entrance will be via the gate in Tregaron Avenue. All Welcome!

SEEDs Saturday Club

Our group that brings together people with learning difficulties, their families and friends will meet on Saturday, 1st July at St Peter’s School Hall from 2–4pm. Everyone welcome! Thank you to all for donating to our tombola stall, we raised £167.

Bishops ask for feedback from young people

The bishops of England and Wales have released an online survey ahead of next year’s synod on youth. The “Youth Poll on Life, Faith and Vocational Discernment” invites answers from 13-29-year-olds of all religions and none. It is anonymous, though participants must enter their email address. The responses “will be used in a report that will be sent to the Vatican” ahead of the synod, which is scheduled for October 2018. The survey is available at Closing date for replies – 30th June.

Samuel Selvarajah RIP

The funeral Mass of the late Sivapiragasam (Samuel) Selvarajah RIP will be held here at St Peter-in-Chains on Friday, 30th June at 11am followed by cremation at Islington Crematorium. Please keep the family in your prayers at this time.

Raffle Tickets

Parish Raffle Tickets will be on sale next weekend 1st/2nd July after all Masses.

Urgent Appeal

The Lourdes Pilgrimage team are appealing for additional nurses and doctors who may be able to help with supporting sick pilgrims in Lourdes this summer. Interested medical staff should email for further information.

Other notices

Priest General Surgery – The next surgery for anyone who wishes to see Fr. Sean without an appointment will be on Tuesday, 27th June from 5-7pm at the Presbytery.

Can you help?
Help us make music! – The 11:15am Family Mass choir is running low on tambourines, shakers etc. We are asking parishioners if they go on holiday this year to bring back percussion instruments from around the world. Thank you!

Ushers & Offertory helpers needed at the Sunday 11:15am Family Mass – If you are able to assist once a month on a rota, please contact Phyllis on 07764200384. Thank you

Pilgrimage to Poland – 31st May – 6th June 2018 – There are 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.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land – 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.

Garden Party in aid of The Passage – There will be a Garden Party in aid of the work of The Passage supporting homeless people in the historic College Garden, Westminster Abbey on Friday, 21st July 2017 from 6:00pm. Visit the oldest cultivated garden in England with a back drop of the Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. Tickets £40 from The Passage, St Vincent’s Centre, Carlisle Place, London SW1P 1NL tel. 020 7592 1856 email which includes buffet supper, wine, soft drinks, live music and a prize raffle. Tickets are also available through

SPICMA – Special Projects In Christian Missionary Areas – As many of you may know, the inspiration for the Charity was the ordination of Fr Bernard Phelan, as a Mill Hill Missionary priest in 1967. Family, friends, and parishioners at St Peter’s formed a group to raise money for Fr Bernard to help some of the people he encountered in Uganda. This was the birth of SPICMA, which is now supporting communities, individuals and the Church throughout much of the developing world. There will be a Jubilee Mass of Celebration on Saturday 22nd July, 12noon at The Immaculate Conception, Farm Street. Fr Bernard will be concelebrating Mass.

Catholic Singles – is an organisation which helps single Catholics of all ages (over 18 years) meet other single Catholics, either one to one or through social events. For further information visit or tel. 0161 941 3498

Divine Mercy Retreat – Divine Mercy Apostolate run by Marian Fathers is organising Divine Mercy Retreat on Saturday, 12th August 2017, 11:00am – 4:00pm at St John Fisher Church, 207 Cannon Hill Lane, Merton, London SW20 9DB. Further details can be found on the notice board outside the church.

ECHO Retreat for Young Adults – organised by Westminster Youth Ministry will be held at SPEC in Pinner from 20th-27th October. You are invited to come and spend a week exploring the revolutionary worldview St Pope John Paul II has left for us in a beautiful series of teachings, commonly known as Theology of the Body, which reveals the truth of who we are and what we were created for. Visit for details.

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.

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, Clare Bruce, Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP, Brendan Whelan, Claire Marchand, Jemma Francis, Mike Coombes, Joel Maitre, Grace Taylor & David and Pamela Roberts.

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 who have died recently:
Samuel Selvarajah & Vera Bachini RIP

Services and Mass intentions

SUNDAY 25TH JUNE 2017 – 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Alan Branch RIP
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. All the people of the Parish
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Peter Wims RIP
7:00pm – MASS – Int. Holy Souls

Weekday Masses – Year 1, Week 12: Daily Prayer – Week 4

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Peter Wims RIP

TUESDAY 27TH JUNE 2017 – St John Southworth, Priest & Martyr
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Christy Jordan RIP

WEDNESDAY 28TH JUNE 2017 – St Irenaeus, Bishop & Martyr
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Noel Laing RIP

THURSDAY 29TH JUNE 2017 – Sts Peter & Paul, Apostles
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Pasquilina Salter RIP (Anniv)

11:00am – FUNERAL MASS – Int. Samuel Selvarajah RIP
7:30pm – HOLY HOUR

SATURDAY 1ST JULY 2017 – Dedication of the Cathedral
9:00am* – MASS – Int. John Mulvaney (Birthday)
9:30am-10:00am – CONFESSIONS
6:00pm-6:20pm – CONFESSIONS

SUNDAY 2ND JULY 2017 – 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Shelagh Beale RIP
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. Pietro, Lucia Cavaciuti RIP & Ann (Birthday)
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. John Duggan RIP
7:00pm – MASS – Int. All the people of the Parish

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
6:45pm – PLANNED GIVING TEAM B – Presbytery
8:00pm – PADRE PIO GROUP – 36 Dickenson Road, N8


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


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
6:00pm – ST GILDAS’ SCHOOL ART SHOW – St Gildas’ School Hall, Dickenson Road, N8

2-4pm – SEEDs SATURDAY CLUB – St Peter-in-Chains School Hall
4:00pm – SOUP RUN TEAM A – Sandwich makers


24th/25th June 2017 – 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

LINEN ROTA: Susan Fleming

6:30pm (Sat) – Steve Bethell
9:45am 1st Reading: – Harriet Mackie 2nd Reading: – Martin Whitaker
7:00pm – Michael Sherley-Dale
1st – Jeremiah 20:10-13; 2nd – Romans 5:12-15; Gospel – Matthew 10:26-33
6:30pm (Sat) Laura Alyousif, Patricia Hannon, Sarah Fleming
9:45am Sheila Doyle, Sr Anne Hogan, Anthony Pippet, Barbara Cotter, Carol Phillips
11:15am Jenny Coleman, Katherine Quinn, Kathleen McGrath, Kayte Brimacombe, Maria Gagnier
7:00pm Pedro Daniel, Ruben Ferreira, Daniel Lloyd-Morgan

1st/2nd July 2017 – 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

6:30pm (Sat) – Alex Derbyshire
9:45am 1st Reading: – Lesley Pippet 2nd Reading: – Anthony Pippet
7:00pm – Chris Beasley
1st – 2 Kings 4:8-11.14-16; 2nd – Romans 6:3-4.8-11; Gospel – Matthew 10:37-42
6:30pm (Sat) Steve Bethell, Susan Fleming, Alice Fidler
9:45am Gabriella Olaniran, Gertrude Jones, Jim Donoghue, Josephine Bobb, Lesley Pippet
11:15am Mary Chambers, Mary Halliday, Michael Buchanan, Sam Carson, Sandra Fluin
7:00pm Fiona Stone, Kathy McHale, Margaret Maloney

Scripture notes – 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A – 25th June 2017

We are moving back to ‘Ordinary Time’ picking it up from the Sunday before Lent started, followed by the Easter season and the special feasts. It may feel like a jolt, as we jump into the sequence of the readings going through Matthew of Year A in a chronological way and this means the Gospel selection comes without any context. The liturgy also is continuing a series of second readings from St Paul’s Letter to the Romans. Continue reading Scripture notes – 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A – 25th June 2017

Scripture notes – The most Holy Body & Blood of Christ – Year A – 18th June 2017

I don’t know if others have a ‘favourite’ feast in the round of celebrations in the Church year, but in a sense mine is the Thursday of Holy Week, when the Eucharist is especially celebrated as we commemorate the night of the Last Supper. As much more is going on in the Triduum, we have a second day to focus on what is, of course, the heart of every mass: Christ’s total giving of himself, to the extent of being our ‘real food’ – that brings us into the life with him that is here-and-now yet also extending into eternity. Continue reading Scripture notes – The most Holy Body & Blood of Christ – Year A – 18th June 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.