Notices – 20th October

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World Mission Sunday – 20th October

World Mission Sunday supports missionaries who work alongside communities that are poor or in need, regardless of their background or belief. By supporting Missio, the Pope’s charity for world mission, you will help missionaries share the love of Christ with those most in need. Please pray for the mission of the Church throughout the world and give what you can in Sunday’s retiring collection. If you are a taxpayer, please use the Gift Aid envelopes. For more information, visit missio.org.uk Thank you.

Missio – APF Red Boxes – Please return your boxes containing your donations to the parish office this week. Please write your name and details clearly on the box so we can return them to you once emptied. Thanks

First Holy Communion 2019-20

Enrolment forms for the 2019-20 program are now available from the Sacristy after Sunday Masses, or from the Parish Office (9am-3pm, Mon-Fri). Forms must be completed and returned by Sunday 17 November. As in 2018, we will be offering classes on Saturday mornings only. We will be holding a parents’ information evening on Tuesday 26 November at 7:30pm in the church, where we will share full details of the 2019-20 program. Please email firstcommunion@stpeterinchains.com or call Lizzie Quinn (0787 286 7203) if you have initial questions.
Note: Candidates for the sacrament must be in Year 3 or above and live in the Parish or regularly attend Mass here.

Catechists for First Holy Communion – We are looking for new catechists to support our 2019-20 First Holy Communion program – previous experience isn’t needed, only an availability on Saturday mornings and an interest in engaging with parents and children! Please speak with Father Séan or contact Lizzie Quinn (0787 286 7203) if you’d like to learn more.

Confirmation 2020

Confirmation is open to Year 9 young people living within the Parish. Forms will be given to the candidate only (no friends/family can collect) and are now available from the sacristy. This year will be different from previous years and follow a similar format to the Duke of Edinburgh awards. Candidates will be involved in different projects and reflecting on the sense of belonging within a Christian community here at St. Peters’ with a mentoring structure in place. If you are interested or unsure if this group is appropriate for you, please speak to Fr Sean for more information. Forms must be returned to the Church by Monday, 24th November 2019.

Rest in Peace

We pray for Maria Graham who died during the week. Her funeral mass will be here on Wednesday 30th October at 10am. May she rest in peace.

Parish Office

The office will be closed this week.

Federation of St Peter’s and St. Gildas’ Catholic Schools – Website Launch

We are very pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website. Visit stpetersandstgildas.co.uk to see our new Federation website covering both St Peter’s and St Gildas schools. Our main aims were to improve accessibility, to offer key information and news for parents and carers. We want the website to be a useful source of news ranging from termly curriculum topics, terms dates, latest news, set out statutory documents and a calendar of events at the school including fundraising and social events from The Friends. You will also be able to access ParentPay through the website. We feel the new site offers a much-improved experience for all users.

St Peter-in-Chains RC Infant School – Open Mornings for Reception September 2020-21

All prospective parents are welcome to attend on the following dates: Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 30th October, Wednesday 13th and Tuesday 26th November at 9:15am. Should you also wish to visit our Junior School you will be taken up to St. Gildas’ directly after the St Peters tour. Please phone the school office (020 8340 6789)to book your place as they are limited for each tour. Should you not be able to attend on these dates please contact Mrs Gaudiano (Admissions Officer) in the school office.

Secondary School Transfers

Anyone wishing to have their school forms signed should attend one of Fr Sean’s Tuesday Open Surgery from 5-7pm and must bring a copy of their child’s baptismal certificate along with the certificate of Catholic practice.

Other notices

Priest Surgery – Fr Sean’s Surgery, when you next can see him without an appointment, is on Tuesday 22nd October from 5pm-7pm at the Presbytery.

Month of the Holy Souls – Holy Souls lists and envelopes are available on the Newsletter stand. Your list and donation for Masses for the Holy Souls should be returned to the Parish Office.

Mass of Commemoration – Friday 8th November, 7:30pm – This Mass is celebrated for members of the parish who died in the past year and an invitation has been sent to their families. If you have lost a member of your family (not necessarily resident in the parish) and would like them remembered at the Mass, please hand a note in to the parish office by 5th November, giving their name and, if you have one, a photo we can display (no bigger than A5 please). All names will be read out and a candle lit in their memory.

New Eucharistic Minister’s Rota – for November & December for ministers without email is available on the Newsletter table.

The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) – is open to adults interested in learning about the Catholic faith with a view perhaps to becoming Catholic as well as to baptised Catholics who may not have been fully received into the Church and wish to make First Holy Communion or to be Confirmed. Please speak to Fr Sean to find out more. Details of an introductory meeting and how to apply will be announced shortly.

Autumn faith–sharing “Baptised and Sent” – explores the witness of six inspirational lives; ordinary men and women who were able, through grace, to do extraordinary things for Christ. Their lives help us to understand what shape the call to be a missionary disciple can take. Booklets are available from group leaders or from the newspaper stand priced £3. Anyone wishing to join a group should contact the parish office.

The Passage, a Christian Charity working with homeless people – is holding a fundraising concert at the Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday 5 November on the theme Magic of Italian Opera with Petroc Trelawny as presenter. The music includes Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves and Nessum Dorma with soloists Joyce El-Khoury, Michael Fabiano, Clare Presland and Simon Thorpe. More details call 020 7592 1856 or email tickets@passage.org.uk

Remembrance Sunday Service – St Aloysius’ College warmly invites you to attend our annual Remembrance Sunday Service, which will take place at the school on Sunday 10th November 2019 at 10:00am. Mass will be followed by a procession to the War Memorial in Hornsey Lane where wreaths will be laid on behalf of the community.

Music Ministry Scholarship 2019-2020 – If you are young parish musician who would like to improve your skills with the help of a professional for free and meet young musicians from other parishes, please visit https://dowym.com/voices/apply-now-for-the-music-ministry-scholarship-2019-20/ or email Westminster Youth Ministry at youth@rcdow.org.uk

Diocesan Job Vacancies – Please visit  https://jobs.rcdow.org.uk  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 https://parish.rcdow.org.uk/stroudgreen/donate/ 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.

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, Helen Kozlowski, Don Brewis, Roman Cholij, Adeline Oyekoya, Mary Wallace, Bruna Moia, Sister Pia, Margaret Whelan, Kitty Madden, Clare Bruce, Brendan Whelan, Claire Marchand, Mike Coombes, Mira Lidstone, Gemma Francis, Augustine Okonta, Richard Simon, Noah Purcell–Chandler, Safina Malik, Jay Williams, Dora Clinton, Nathalie Renford, Joanie Macarthy, Jennifer Mann, Errol Curran, John Nohelty, Jackie Loivette, Joseph Paul, Frances Byrne & Grenville Ignatius.

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:
Maria Graham

Service times and Mass intentions

SUNDAY 20TH OCTOBER – 29th Sunday of the Year (C)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Sarah Duncan RIP (1st Anniv)
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. Rita Ignatius RIP
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Jim Doyle RIP (1st Anniv)
7:00pm – MASS – Int. All the people of the Parish

Weekday Masses – Year 1 Week 29: Daily Prayer – Week 1

MONDAY 21ST OCTOBER
9:00am* – MASS – Int. All the people of the Parish

TUESDAY 22ND OCTOBER
09:00am* – MASS – Int. Kathleen Creavan RIP

WEDNESDAY 23RD OCTOBER
09:00am* – MASS – Int. Larry Sweeney RIP

THURSDAY 24TH OCTOBER
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Michael Preston RIP

FRIDAY 25TH OCTOBER
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Joe Dawson RIP
7:30pm – HOLY HOUR – Parish Rooms

SATURDAY 26TH OCTOBER
9:00am* – MASS – Int. The Sweeney Family
9:30am-10:00am – CONFESSIONS
9:30am-10:00am – EXPOSITION & BENEDICTION
6:00pm-6:20pm – CONFESSIONS

SUNDAY 27TH OCTOBER – 30th Sunday of the Year (C)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. All the people of the Parish
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. Kitty Hurley RIP
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Patrick Morris RIP
7:00pm – MASS – Int. Holy Souls

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

Diary

Meetings are in Lower Parish Rooms unless shown otherwise

TUESDAY 22ND OCTOBER
10:00am – LIFE ASCENDING GROUP
1:45pm-3:00pm – BABY & TODDLER GROUP – St Peter’s School Hall Term time only
5:00pm-7:00pm – PRIEST SURGERY – See Fr Sean without an appointment – Presbytery

WEDNESDAY 23RD OCTOBER
7:30pm – LEGION OF MARY

THURSDAY 24TH OCTOBER
11:00am-1:30pm – THURSDAYS TOGETHER – meet your neighbours for a friendly chat, light lunch available – the back of Holy Trinity Church

Rotas

SOUP RUN: – Saturday 19th October 2019 – 3:45pm & 6pm – Team A
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 19th/20th October 2019 – Margaret Forkan

29TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (C)
Saturday/Sunday Saturday/Sunday 19th/20th October 2019
READERS:
6:30pm (Sat) – Gillian Spry
9:45am – 1st Marianne Spry 2nd Avril Byrne
7:00pm – Fiona Stone
Readings:
1st Exodus 17:8-13; 2nd 2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:2; Gospel Luke Luke 18:1-8
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:
6:30pm (Sat) Sarah Fleming, Steve Bethell, Susan Fleming
9:45am Regina Fleming, Sheila Doyle, Sr Anne Hogan, Anthony Pippet, Carol Phillips
11:15am Gianni Gagnier, Helen Bligh, Helga Chan, Jenny Coleman, Kathleen McGrath
7:00pm John Nena Whitehead, Paul Stone, Peter Duncan

COUNTING: – Monday 21st October – 9:30am – Team C

SOUP RUN: – Saturday 26th October 2019 – 3:45pm & 6pm – Team B
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 26th/27th October 2019 – Nena Whitehead

30TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (C)
Saturday/Sunday Saturday/Sunday 26th/27th October 2019
READERS:
6:30pm (Sat) – Steve Bethell
9:45am – 1st Harriet Haworth 2nd Kit Greveson
7:00pm – Helen Helmer
Readings:
1st Ecclesiasticus 35:12-14.16-19; 2nd 2 Timothy 4:6-8.16-18; Gospel Luke Luke Luke 18:9-14
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:
6:30pm (Sat) Andrew Dickson, Ann Hughes, Catherine Sexton
9:45am Gabriella Olaniran, Gertrude Jones, Jim Donoghue, Josephine Bobb, Lesley Pippet
11:15am Kayte Brimacombe, Lisa Murphy, Maria Gagnier, Mary Chambers, Mary Halliday
7:00pm Pedro Daniel, Ruben Ferreira, Daniel Lloyd-Morgan

COUNTING: – Monday 28th October – 9:30am – Team D

Scripture notes – 29th Sunday of the year (C) – 20th October 2019

Persistence in prayer and absolute trust in God are the themes of two of today’s readings. The first story modern readers may find bizarre, the second requires us to understand how some startling details in a parable are to be interpreted. In between, the Letter urges persistence in living the Christian life, and reminds us of the value of reading and listening to scripture. Continue reading Scripture notes – 29th Sunday of the year (C) – 20th October 2019

Notices – 13th October

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Prisoners’ Sunday – 13th October – ‘Exploring Hope & Freedom’

Today is the national day of prayer and action for prisoners and their dependants as marked by the Catholic Church and across the Christian denominations. It is the time to reflect on how we as individuals, as a Church and as a community are serving those affected by imprisonment. The Prison Advice and Care Trust (Pact) is a national charity that provides support to prisoners, people with convictions, and their families. There are leaflets and donation envelopes on the Newsletter stand or you can place a donation in the wall safe marked ‘Prisoners’ Sunday’. Thank you.

Weekday Masses

Weekday Masses this week will be in the Presbytery on Monday and in the Parish Rooms for the rest of the week while the floor of the church is being sanded, re-sealed and polished. The church will be closed and Friday Holy Hour will be in the Parish Rooms.

First Holy Communion 2019-20

Enrolment forms for the 2019-20 program are now available from the Sacristy after Sunday Masses, or from the Parish Office (9am-3pm, Mon-Fri). Forms must be completed and returned by Sunday 17 November. As in 2018, we will be offering classes on Saturday mornings only. We will be holding a parents’ information evening on Tuesday 26 November at 7:30pm in the church, where we will share full details of the 2019-20 program. Please email firstcommunion@stpeterinchains.com or call Lizzie Quinn (0787 286 7203) if you have initial questions.
Note: Candidates for the sacrament must be in Year 3 or above and live in the Parish or regularly attend Mass here.

Catechists for First Holy Communion – We are looking for new catechists to support our 2019-20 First Holy Communion program – previous experience isn’t needed, only an availability on Saturday mornings and an interest in engaging with parents and children! Please speak with Father Séan or contact Lizzie Quinn (0787 286 7203) if you’d like to learn more.

Confirmation 2020

We will publish information about preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation next weekend.

CAFOD Harvest Fast Day – Thank you

Thank you to everyone who gave last weekend, raising over £950 for CAFOD. You can still hand in envelopes, give at www.cafod.org.uk/give or via the CAFOD box at the back of church.

World Mission Sunday

World Mission Sunday – Together we are Mission – Sunday 20th October 2019 – World Mission Sunday is when the Holy Father invites all Catholics to contribute to a special collection for Missio, his charity for world mission. Please support Missio in helping missionaries to work alongside communities throughout the world that are poor or in need, regardless of their background or belief. You will be able to Gift Aid your donations by using the envelopes available on the Newsletter stand. For more information, visit missio.org.uk Thank you.

Missio – APF Red Boxes – Please return your boxes containing your donations to the parish office this week. Please write your name and details clearly on the box so we can return them to you once emptied. Thanks

Federation of St Peter’s and St. Gildas’ Catholic Schools – Website Launch

We are very pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website. Visit stpetersandstgildas.co.uk to see our new Federation website covering both St Peter’s and St Gildas schools. Our main aims were to improve accessibility, to offer key information and news for parents and carers. We want the website to be a useful source of news ranging from termly curriculum topics, terms dates, latest news, set out statutory documents and a calendar of events at the school including fundraising and social events from The Friends. You will also be able to access ParentPay through the website. We feel the new site offers a much-improved experience for all users.

St Peter-in-Chains RC Infant School – Open Mornings for Reception September 2020-21

All prospective parents are welcome to attend on the following dates: Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 30th October, Wednesday 13th and Tuesday 26th November at 9:15am. Should you also wish to visit our Junior School you will be taken up to St. Gildas’ directly after the St Peters tour. Please phone the school office (020 8340 6789)to book your place as they are limited for each tour. Should you not be able to attend on these dates please contact Mrs Gaudiano (Admissions Officer) in the school office.

Secondary School Transfers

Click here for information about Secondary School Open events, links to school websites and information about when school transfer forms can be signed.

Other notices

Priest Surgery – Fr Sean’s Surgery, when you next can see him without an appointment, is on Tuesday 15th October from 5pm-7pm at the Presbytery.

Month of the Holy Souls – Holy Souls lists and envelopes are available on the Newsletter stand. Your list and donation for Masses for the Holy Souls should be returned to the Parish Office.

Mass of Commemoration – Friday 8th November, 7:30pm – This Mass is celebrated for members of the parish who died in the past year and an invitation will be sent to their families. If you have lost a member of your family (not necessarily resident in the parish) and would like them remembered at the Mass, please hand a note in to the parish office by 5th November, giving their name and, if you have one, a photo we can display (no bigger than A5 please). All names will be read out and a candle lit in their memory.

New Eucharistic Minister’s Rota – for November & December for ministers without email is available on the Newsletter table.

The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) – is open to adults interested in learning about the Catholic faith with a view perhaps to becoming Catholic as well as to baptised Catholics who may not have been fully received into the Church and wish to make First Holy Communion or to be Confirmed. Please speak to Fr Sean to find out more. Details of an introductory meeting and how to apply will be announced shortly.

Autumn faith–sharing “Baptised and Sent” – explores the witness of six inspirational lives; ordinary men and women who were able, through grace, to do extraordinary things for Christ. Their lives help us to understand what shape the call to be a missionary disciple can take. Booklets are available from group leaders or from the newspaper stand priced £3. Anyone wishing to join a group should contact the parish office.

Altar Serving – is open to all who have received their First Holy Communion and regularly attend Mass. We would encourage young people and adults to consider this ministry to serve Jesus more closely on Sundays and Holy Days and help others celebrate their Faith. Applications forms are available from the Sacristy or contact Ruben Ferreira (rubenelferreira@gmail.com). The next training will be in October.

The Summit – Join Westminster Youth Ministry for The Summit at Westminster Cathedral, an evening of great speakers, live music and Eucharistic Adoration. The Summit is aimed at people age 13-25yrs and will be on Friday 18 October, 6:30-8pm. For information email youth@rcdow.org.uk. or visit https://dowym.com/events/the-summit-westminster-cathedral/.

Music Ministry Scholarship 2019-2020 – If you are young parish musician who would like to improve your skills with the help of a professional for free and meet young musicians from other parishes, please visit https://dowym.com/voices/apply-now-for-the-music-ministry-scholarship-2019-20/ or email Westminster Youth Ministry at youth@rcdow.org.uk

Petition about the draft Domestic Abuse Bill – Please sign the petition card available at the back of the church on the newsletters stand and return to SPUC who will present your message to the Home Secretary. Visit spuc.org.uk for more information.

Diocesan Job Vacancies – Please visit  https://jobs.rcdow.org.uk  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 https://parish.rcdow.org.uk/stroudgreen/donate/ 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.

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, Helen Kozlowski, Don Brewis, Roman Cholij, Adeline Oyekoya, Mary Wallace, Bruna Moia, Sister Pia, Margaret Whelan, Kitty Madden, Clare Bruce, Brendan Whelan, Claire Marchand, Mike Coombes, Mira Lidstone, Gemma Francis, Augustine Okonta, Richard Simon, Noah Purcell–Chandler, Safina Malik, Jay Williams, Dora Clinton, Nathalie Renford, Joanie Macarthy, Jennifer Mann, Errol Curran, John Nohelty, Jackie Loivette, Joseph Paul, Frances Byrne & Grenville Ignatius.

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:
Andrew Jackman, Timothy Nolan & Fr Barry Ffrench.

Service times and Mass intentions

SUNDAY 13TH OCTOBER – 28th Sunday of the Year (C)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Tom Phelan RIP (Anniv)
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. Margaret Breheny RIP (Anniv)
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. All the people of the Parish
7:00pm – MASS – Int. Vernon Rodrigues RIP (1st Anniv)

Weekday Masses – Year 1 Week 28: Daily Prayer – Week 4

MONDAY 14TH OCTOBER
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Margaret Smith RIP

TUESDAY 15TH OCTOBER – St Teresa of Jesus, Virgin & Doctor
09:00am* – MASS – Int. Mary Bernadette Durasmy

WEDNESDAY 16TH OCTOBER
09:00am* – MASS – Int. Theresa Lawrenson

THURSDAY 17TH OCTOBER – St Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop & Martyr
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Frank Stenson RIP (Anniv)

FRIDAY 18TH OCTOBER – St Luke, Evangelist
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Timothy Nolan RIP
7:30pm – HOLY HOUR – Parish Rooms

SATURDAY 19TH OCTOBER
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Stan Cosgrove RIP
9:30am-10:00am – CONFESSIONS
9:30am-10:00am – EXPOSITION & BENEDICTION
6:00pm-6:20pm – CONFESSIONS

SUNDAY 20TH OCTOBER – 29th Sunday of the Year (C)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Sarah Duncan RIP (1st Anniv)
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. Rita Ignatius RIP
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Jim Doyle RIP (1st Anniv)
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

Diary

Meetings are in Lower Parish Rooms unless shown otherwise

TUESDAY 15TH OCTOBER
10:00am – LIFE ASCENDING GROUP
1:45pm-3:00pm – BABY & TODDLER GROUP – St Peter’s School Hall Term time only
5:00pm-7:00pm – PRIEST SURGERY – See Fr Sean without an appointment – Presbytery

WEDNESDAY 16TH OCTOBER
7:30pm – LEGION OF MARY

THURSDAY 17TH OCTOBER
11:00am-1:30pm – THURSDAYS TOGETHER – meet your neighbours for a friendly chat, light lunch available – the back of Holy Trinity Church

Rotas

SOUP RUN: – Saturday 12th October 2019 – 3:45pm & 6pm – Team D
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 12th/13th October 2019 – Susan Fleming

28TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (C)
Saturday/Sunday Saturday/Sunday 12th/13th October 2019
READERS:
6:30pm (Sat) – Steve Bethell
9:45am – 1st Mags Kelly 2nd Claire Kennedy
7:00pm – Chris Beasley
Readings:
1st 2 Kings 5:14-17; 2nd 2 Timothy 2:8-13; Gospel Luke Luke 17:11-19
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:
6:30pm (Sat) Emer Hughes, Jacqueline O’Shea, Patricia Hannon
9:45am Lesley Pippet, Sr Odile Mahe, Margaret Forkan, Maura O’Shea, Patrick Egan
11:15am Claire Carson, Ha Chan, Daniel Ramirez-Cano, Declan Murphy, Dominic Martial
7:00pm John Pio Sheehan, Mary Maloney, Michael Woods

COUNTING: – Monday 14th October – 9:30am – Team B

SOUP RUN: – Saturday 19th October 2019 – 3:45pm & 6pm – Team A
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 19th/20th October 2019 – Margaret Forkan

29TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (C)
Saturday/Sunday Saturday/Sunday 19th/20th October 2019
READERS:
6:30pm (Sat) – Gillian Spry
9:45am – 1st Marianne Law 2nd Avril Byrne
7:00pm – Fiona Stone
Readings:
1st Exodus 17:8-13; 2nd 2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:2; Gospel Luke Luke 18:1-8
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:
6:30pm (Sat) Sarah Fleming, Steve Bethell, Susan Fleming
9:45am Regina Fleming, Sheila Doyle, Sr Anne Hogan, Anthony Pippet, Carol Phillips
11:15am Gianni Gagnier, Helen Bligh, Helga Chan, Jenny Coleman, Kathleen McGrath
7:00pm John Nena Whitehead, Paul Stone, Peter Duncan

COUNTING: – Monday 21st October – 9:30am – Team C

Scripture notes – 28th Sunday of the year (C) – 13th October 2019

Two of our readings concern leprosy, when what now is more technically called ‘Hansen’s disease’ was incurable. It was much feared because of the disfigurement and disability it brought and was also known to be contagious. Since they did not have accurate ways to diagnose it, much of what was called ‘leprosy’ could turn out to be other conditions. This background explains the extensive regulations we find in the Old Testament on dealing with all skin diseases. One effective way of reducing contagion was isolation of those affected – something that was still practiced into the 20th century. Continue reading Scripture notes – 28th Sunday of the year (C) – 13th October 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

SHORT INFORMATION OF SAO MIGUEL PARISH AND NUTRITION CENTRE JOSÉ ALLAMANO

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).

HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY OF SAO MIGUEL PARISH AND NUTRITION CENTRE 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 STRUCTURE OF THE PARISH

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.

NUTRITION CENTRE OF JOSEPH ALLAMANO (CENTRO NUTRICIONAL JOSÉ ALLAMANO)

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.

WHAT DO WE DO WITH YOUR FUND RAISING?

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