Notices – 3rd March

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Ash Wednesday

Lent commences this coming Wednesday, 6th March. Ash Wednesday is designated by the Church as a day of fasting and abstinence. Mass with the distribution of Ashes will be celebrated at 9:30am and 7:30pm. St Gildas School will be joining us for the morning Mass. Traditionally a time for prayer, reflection, self-denial, good works and alms giving, may Lent be a time of blessing for all our parishioners.

Lent 2019 Faith-sharing Groups

This Lent the theme for groups across the diocese will be “Rejoice and be Glad” inviting those who take part through listening, discussion and prayer, to re-discover a profound and personal sense of being loved and of being called to love, as joyful missionary disciples of Jesus Christ. If you already belong to a group, why not use the coming weeks to encourage someone you know to come and share the enriching experience with you. If you would like to join a group, speak to Fr Sean or email the parish office Copies of the booklet are available on the newspaper stand priced £3.

Studying the Scripture

One good Lenten practice is Bible reading, and for those who wish to do so, a reminder that there are notes by our own scripture scholar Joan Griffith (and some good illustrations for meditation) here on the website for the Sunday readings each week.

Fundraising for Tottenham Refugee Alliance

The Tottenham Refugee Alliance is raising money to sponsor the resettlement of a Syrian family from a refugee camp to London under the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Scheme. You can donate at A meeting for all interested volunteers is being held on 26 March 2019 from 7:30pm at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Stapleton Hall Rd. Find out more at:

Grow in intimacy with God this Lent

A parishioner has trained as a Spiritual Director and is available to accompany individuals who wish to explore their relationship with God. Sessions are donation only and offer an opportunity to help you draw out a deeper relationship with God, to help you discern where God is at work in your life and to help you identify the blocks to becoming closer to God. Please contact Fr Sean for more details.

Ecumenical Stations of the Cross

Ecumenical Stations for Lent will take place as follows: 15th March St. Peters, 22nd March Holy Trinity, 29th March Holy Innocents, 5th April Hornsey Parish.


Our group for adults with learning disabilities and their families and friends, is looking for a someone to run our very popular art/craft table on the first Saturday of the month, 2-4pm in St Peter-in-chains school hall. We pay £40 per session. Please contact Kayte Brimacombe at for further information.

Parish Office

The parish office will be closed until the return from sick leave of our secretary Jennifer.

Rest in Peace

The Funeral Mass of George Roger Cader RIP who died recently will take place at St Peter’s at 11am on Monday 11th March followed by burial at 12:30pm at Enfield Lawn Cemetery. Please keep George and his family in your prayers.

Planned Giving and Gift Aid

If you already use envelopes, the new boxes that will come into use in April are now available, arranged in numerical order, at the front of church. If you cannot remember your number you can look it up on the list next to the boxes. To join the envelope scheme please leave your details on the form next to the envelopes where Standing Order and Gift Aid forms are also available. If you belong to the Gift Aid scheme but no longer pay tax, please let us know so we stop claiming for you. You can email us at or contact the office. Thank you.

First Holy Communion & Confirmation 2019

For meeting times please see the Diary section of the Newsletter or the ‘First Holy Communion & Confirmation 2019‘ section of this post below. Parents and candidates should always check these, as they are where regular information about the program is published each week.

First Holy Communion & Reconciliation 2019
We welcome all our candidates for First Holy Communion and their parents to a Celebration Mass this Sunday, 3rd March at 11:15am.

First Reconciliation for children in the 2018/19 First Holy Communion programme will take place on 16 and 23 March – see further details in the Diary overleaf. More information will also be shared in upcoming classes.

Other notices

Priest Surgery – Fr Sean’s Surgery, when you next can see him without an appointment, is on Tuesday 5th March from 5pm-7pm at the Presbytery.

Finance end-of-year report – The summarised accounts for 2018 are on display at the back of the church. Copies are also available on the Newsletter Stand.

London 40 Days for Life – Pre-Campaign Hour of Prayer – Lead by Monsignor Keith Newton, 6pm-7pm Tuesday 5th March, Outside Marie Stopes abortion centre, 108 Whitfield Street, London W1T 5BE (nearest tube: Warren St – Northern/Victoria lines) Through God’s Grace 40 Days for Life have saved the lives of over 15,000 babies from abortion. Sarah 07776 256838 email

The Alpha Course – gives everyone the opportunity to explore questions of life and the Christian faith in a friendly and informal way. Each session includes food and a short video followed by discussion in small groups where you can share your thoughts and find out what others think. A course lasting 11 weeks will be starting at St John Vianney Church Hall on Monday 18th March from 7:15pm-9:15pm. To register or for more info contact Phil and Joe Di Leo on 020 8889 4979 or

Please continue pray for strength and healing – for a young mother in South Africa who has cervical cancer and unable to afford the right treatment. As the cousin of a parish family, a young lady is fighting, faithfully with God in her battle against cancer. if you are able to support her please donate to her page:

Building Works – Please note along with the work that is being done on the porch, decorating of the church is also underway. We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause and ask parishioners to take extra care when entering/leaving the church after Mass. Thank you for your cooperation.

Westminster Justice and Peace Fulltime Coordinator – Westminster Justice and Peace are seeking a person who is self-motivated, with experience of campaigning and administration and a deep commitment to the gospel values of justice and peace. The closing date for applications is March 15th. Full details can be found on the diocesan website.

Diocesan Job Vacancies – Please visit  to view all diocesan vacancies. New vacancies will continue to be added to the website as and when they arise, so please check the website regularly for updates.

Thank you for your Sunday offerings. Giving by text – You can give the Parish £5 by texting “Parish STROG” to 70800. You can also donate online to the parish at This method allows you to add Gift Aid to your donation.

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

First Holy Communion & Confirmation 2019

First Holy Communion
Classes at St. Gildas’ school School (Dickenson Road Entrance) from 10am-11:30am on:
Class 5 Group A – Sat 9th March

First Reconciliation – Group A Saturday 16th March 10-11:30am – Church
First Reconciliation – Group B Saturday 23rd March 10-11:30am – Church

Please arrive 5 minutes early to ensure classes start on time and remember to bring the I Belong book. Please email any questions to:

Next Celebration Mass – Sunday 3rd March, 11:15am – all children preparing for the sacraments and their parents are asked to attend.

Meeting on Monday 4th March 7pm-8:15pm in church

Please pray for:

Those in the Parish who are ill:
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, Brendan Whelan, Claire Marchand, Mike Coombes, Mira Lidstone, Gemma Francis, Fr David Williamson, Augustine Okonta, Richard Simon & Noah Purcell–Chandler.

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 who have recently died:
George Roger Cader RIP.

Service times and Mass intentions

SUNDAY 3RD MARCH – 8th Sunday of the Year
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Alexander Sheehan
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. All the people of the parish
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Enzo Spurio RIP
7:00pm – MASS – Int. Holy Souls

Weekday Masses – Year 1 Week 8, then Lent: Daily Prayer – Week 4

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Ann Slater RIP

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Margaret Maloney RIP

9:30am – MASS – Int. Sisters of Providence RIP
7:30pm – MASS – Int. Cheresse Gerber (Sick)

9:00am* – MASS – Int. Breda Doyle RIP

9:00am* – MASS – Int. John Ahern RIP (2nd Anniv)
7:30pm – HOLY HOUR – Presbytery

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

SUNDAY 10TH MARCH – 1st Sunday Lent – C
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Mary Jordan RIP
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. Elizabeth Rogers RIP (Anniv)
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Ann Slater 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

10:00am – LIFE ASCENDING GROUP – 36 Dickenson Road
5:00pm-7:00pm – PRIEST SURGERY – See Fr Sean without an appointment – Presbytery

7:30pm – NO 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 (term time only)


SOUP RUN: – Saturday 2nd March 2019 – 4pm & 6pm – Team D
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 2nd/3rd March 2019 – Ann Hughes

Saturday/Sunday 2nd/3rd March 2019
6:30pm (Sat) – Gillian Spry
9:45am 1st Reading: – Claire Kennedy 2nd Reading: – James Bradwell
7:00pm – Paul Stone
1st: Ecclesiasticus 27:4-7; 2nd: 1 Corinthians 15:54-58; Gospel: Luke 6:39-45
6:30pm (Sat) Susan Fleming, Alice Fidler, Andrew Dickson
9:45am Anthony Pippet, Carol Phillips, Gabriella Olaniran, Gertrude Jones, Jim Donoghue
11:15am Lisa Murphy, Maria Gagnier, Mary Chambers, Mary Halliday, Michael Buchanan
7:00pm John Pio Sheehan, Maria Fernandez, Mary Maloney

COUNTING: – Monday 4th March – 9:30am – Team B

SOUP RUN: – Saturday 9th March 2019 – 4pm & 6pm – Team A
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 9th/10th March 2019 – Theresa Quinn

Saturday/Sunday 9th/10th March 2019
6:30pm (Sat) – Mia Griso-Dyer
9:45am 1st Reading: – Martin Whitaker 2nd Reading: – Harriet Haworth
7:00pm – Chris Beasley
1st: Deuteronomy 26:4-10; 2nd: Romans 10:8-13; Gospel: Luke 4:1-13
6:30pm (Sat) Ann Hughes, Catherine Sexton, Claire Carballo
9:45am Josephine Bobb, Lesley Pippet, Sr Odile Mahe, Margaret Forkan, Maura O’Shea
11:15am Peter Cecile, Ryan Chang Kit, Theresa Pisapia, William Carson, Sabrina Cecile
7:00pm Michael Woods, Nena Whitehead, Paul Stone

COUNTING: – Monday 11th March – 9:30am – Team C

Scripture notes – 6th Sunday of the year, C – 17th February 2019

Where do you put your ultimate trust? Today’s readings all show how often the Bible makes a contrast between relying on humans and relying on God. This age-old choice has relevance for the present with uncertainty and instability in so much of the globe and people are looking for political solutions. Continue reading Scripture notes – 6th Sunday of the year, C – 17th February 2019

Introducing the Gospel of Luke

Luke is the ‘most’ gospel in several ways. It is the longest of the four. It is also the only Gospel which has a ‘sequel’, as Luke also wrote The Acts of the Apostles telling of the early work of the Church. This means that Luke is the author of more than one-fourth of the New Testament. His writing is of the highest literary quality in the New Testament, employing a careful use of the Greek language and adapting it to the various styles that suit each section. (This is hard to pick up in translations so scholar’s notes help.) Continue reading Introducing the Gospel of Luke

Greetings from Mozambique – News from Fr William Kiowi


Dear Lesley and all parishioners of St. Peter-in-Chains, a lot of greetings from Fr. William Kiowi.

I come through this means to say thank you very much for your contribution of £505 for our Nutrition Centre of Joseph Allamano (Centro Nutricional-José Allamano).


The parish of São Miguel, since its foundation, is characterized by its dedication of integral evangelization: annunciation of the gospel and various initiatives of human promotion and service to all kind of people, such as education and health.

The parish of São Miguel and the Nutrition Centre-José Allamano belong to the district of Cuamba. Cuamba district is situated at the southern part of Niassa province, about 295Km of Lichinga. In the north, Cuamba district borders with the district of Metarica and Mandimba. In the south it borders with the district of Mecanhelas and Gurue of Zambezia province. In the east, Cuamba borders with the districts of Lalaua and Malema of Nampula province, and in the west, Cuamba district borders with the district of Mecanhelas.


The parish of São Miguel is structured in 13 areas and 116 communities. The distance between these areas is from 30Km to 50Km. In these areas we have 350 catechists; these catechists help us in the celebration of the liturgy of the word and the distribution of the Eucharist. They also form other catechists and teach other Christians the way of living the sacraments for example visiting the sick and reconciliation. For a year we baptize 1500 (one thousand and five hundred) children and catechumens, 1000 (one thousand) confirmations, and 320 (three hundred and twenty) marriages.

Following the census of 2007, Cuamba district has got the population of 187,458 and also the district is estimated to have the population density of 30.1 per Km2.

The relation potential economic dependence is of 1:1.2 that is, for each 10 children or old age exist 12 persons of active age.

The population is young, 45% are below 15 years of age, the majority are feminine and agricultural rural habited.

In its married majority, they marry after 12 years of age; they have got a very strong religious belief, dominated by catholic religion. 80% of the population are peasants and depend on agriculture. They cultivate maize and beans for their staple food, tobacco and cotton for cash crops.


Our Nutrition Centre of Joseph-Allamano began in 1990 by Consolata Fathers. The intention of the centre was to help orphans and malnutrition children. I, Fr. William, parish priest (Consolata Father) and my two confreres, as well as giving our service to the parish of São Miguel, we also help the running of the Nutrition Centre.

This Nutrition Centre has a lot of economical challenges of its running: First of all our Nutrition Centre depends on the help of donors (benefactors) for its running. Secondly this year the number malnutrition children have been increased from 50 to 85 children.

Looking at the children in need and the increased number of children, I opted to knock the door at St. Peter-in-Chains through our sister Lesley Pippet so that you could help the children in need. Thanks be to God that our sister Lesley in collaboration with the parish members of St. Peter-in-Chains managed to raise £505, we are very grateful for that, God bless all of you. We ask you to continue with this spirit. Let it not be the end instead let it be the beginning. Whatever you have for us it is welcome, even if how little it is, for us it will make the difference for our malnutrition children.


We use it to buy milk: Lactogen 1, Lactogen 2, Cowbell, (Multimistura) the mixture of different products of maize, beans, groundnuts, sorghum, sunflower etc.

Every Saturday the parents in charge of these children come to the centre with their children to collect milk, mixed product and to weigh their children in order to know if there is improvement to their weight or not. Our lady Margarida, the one on the photo dressed white cloth like a nurse, has been working at our centre since 1990 in collaboration with some religious sisters, she weighs children in order to know if there is children’s improvement or not. On week days, Margarida visits the homes of these children who receive the product from our centre in order to know their progress. Our centre always collaborates with the district rural hospital of Cuamba. For example the child before receiving the product from our centre, our lady Margarida refers her/him to the district rural hospital first, to see if a child has got malaria or other sickness. After that the district rural hospital refers a child to our Nutrition centre.

Love and greetings to all parishioners Of St. Peter-in-Chains

Fr. William

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.