The theme in today’s readings is God’s reaching out to all peoples. It starts with the recognition of some of the Hebrew prophets that people more than Israelites are in God’s concern and care. Next St Paul writes of his own mission to the ‘Gentiles’ and then a challenging story of Jesus. Continue reading Scripture notes – 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A – 20th August 2017
We are back to Ordinary Time after last week’s feast, though the 18th liturgy is not picked up.
Most of the time in ordinary life, we have to take in faith the existence of God and simply have to guess what it would mean to ‘experience’ Him. At special moments, the veil of human limitation is lifted and someone receives a glimpse of what ‘eye has not seen, nor ear heard’ of the depth of divine reality. We have two of these in the readings today. Continue reading Scripture notes – 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A – 13th August 2017
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End of Term
St Gildas’ & St Peter’s Schools break for the summer holiday this Friday, 21st July at 2pm. We wish all members of staff, governors and children at a very happy and restful summer.
St Gildas’ School Leavers Mass (Year 6) will take place in the church on Friday, 21st July at 9:30am. Please note time of Mass and also that whole school will be attending. All welcome!
Summer in the Forest
Crouch End Picturehouse are showing the new film about L’Arche and Jean Vanier on Tuesday, 18th July at 8:30pm. There will be a Q & A with director Randall Wright hosted by BAFTA winning screenwriter Jeremy Brock. Please come along and support this as it is being shown especially for Seeds as part of Faith and Light. All are welcome! You can read more here and book tickets here.
Thank you for your generous offerings last weekend which raised £523.79.
Parish Pilgrimage to Poland
A pilgrimage is being planned for 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.
Soup Run holiday relief
If you are able to help during the late July/August holiday period to make sandwiches, drive and/or distribute to the homeless in Central London, please contact Kit Greveson on 020 8340 0557 / 07507 138 582 or email Kit at firstname.lastname@example.org We meet every Saturday at 4pm to make sandwiches for approx. 2 hours and at 6pm to drive/distribute, again for approx. 2 hours. Please just turn up to make sandwiches if you are free. Many thanks.
Help us make music
Please remember us when you go on your holidays this summer, and bring back a shaker from around the world for the 11:15am Family Mass. Happy summer holidays! Thank you to those already donated. Sue Hessel
During the school holiday period we will still need servers at Sunday Masses – so please come to the sacristy whenever you are present. It would be helpful if parents took home an alb to be washed and returned during the holidays.
July winners – 1st 57, 2nd 100 & 3rd 135 (Pale Blue AB605637)
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
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.
Love Heals Body & Spirit – A one day retreat of quiet Reflection – Saturday, 29th July 2017, 11:00am-5:00pm at The Catholic Church of our Lady of Assumption & St Gregory, Warwick Street, Piccadilly, W1F 9JR. See notice board outside the church for further details and programme.
St Ignatius College – Student Services Support Officer – Required September 2017. “We are looking for two well-organised, assertive and firm but fair individuals with a ‘can do’ attitude to work as Student Services Support Officers, a rewarding role which is a crucial part of our school life. You will have a passion for working with children, be hard working, flexible and will enjoy working collaboratively as part of a friendly and supportive department. The roles are based in our Student Services Department. Full details can be found on our website“. Details can also be found on the notice board outside the church.
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.
Catholic Singles – is an organisation which helps single adult Catholics of all ages meet, either one to one or through social events. Further details are available on the notice board outside the church or by contacting 0161 941 3498. You can also visit the website www.catholicsingles.org.uk or email email@example.com
Garden Party – There will be a Garden Party in the historic College Garden, Westminster Abbey in aid of the work of The Passage helping homeless people on Friday, 21st July 2017 from 6:00pm. Visit the oldest cultivated garden in England with a back drop of Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. Tickets £40, includes buffet supper, wine, soft drinks, live music and a prize raffle are available from The Passage, St Vincent’s Centre, Carlisle Place, London SW1P 1NL tel. 020 7592 1856, email firstname.lastname@example.org or through passage-garden-party.eventbrite.co.uk
Divine Mercy Retreat – Divine Mercy Apostolate run by the Marian Fathers is organising a 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.
Diocesan Job Vacancies – Please visit http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/ 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:
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:
Francesco Nazzini RIP
Service times and Mass intentions
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Helen Handley RIP
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. Jim Doyle (Thanksgiving)
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. All the people of the Parish
7:00pm – MASS – Int. Louis & Gervais Rene RIP (Anniv)
Weekday Masses – Year 1, Week 15: Daily Prayer – Week 3
MONDAY 17TH JULY
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Joseph Tracey
TUESDAY 18TH JULY
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Nuala Meenan RIP
WEDNESDAY 19TH JULY
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Maureen Gallagher RIP
THURSDAY 20TH JULY
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Keith & Vera Burrows RIP
FRIDAY 21ST JULY
9:30am* – LEAVERS MASS – Int. Holy Souls – St Gildas’ school attending
7:30pm – HOLY HOUR
SATURDAY 22ND JULY – St May Magdalene
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Owen Boyle RIP
9:30am-10:00am – CONFESSIONS
9:30am-10:00am – EXPOSITION & BENEDICTION
6:00pm-6:20pm – CONFESSIONS
SUNDAY 23RD JULY – 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Frank & Mary O’Shea RIP (Anniv)
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. Brian McDaid RIP (Anniv)
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Michael Carney RIP
7:00pm – MASS – Int. Con & Kitty Kelleher
9:00am* – preceded by Morning Prayer at 8:45am
The Liturgical Calendar of feasts can be found here
MONDAY 17TH JULY
9:30am – COUNTING TEAM A
TUESDAY 18TH JULY
10:00am – LIFE ASCENDING GROUP (Last session until September)
5:00pm-7:00pm – PRIEST SURGERY – Presbytery – see Fr Sean without an appointment
WEDNESDAY 19TH JULY
7:30pm – LEGION OF MARY
THURSDAY 20TH JULY
11:00am-1:30pm – THURSDAYS TOGETHER – meet your neighbours for a friendly chat, light lunch available – Holy Trinity Church Hall
FRIDAY 21ST JULY
2:00pm – ST GILDAS’/ST PETER’S SCHOOLS – Break for summer holidays
UNDER-5s PLAYGROUP – Resumes after school holidays
SATURDAY 22ND JULY
4:00pm – SOUP RUN TEAM D – Sandwich makers
6:00pm – DISTRIBUTION TEAM D
15th/16th July 2017 – 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
LINEN ROTA: Ann Hughes
6:30pm (Sat) – Paul Stone
9:45am 1st Reading: – Avril Byrne 2nd Reading: – Harriet Mackie
7:00pm – Michael Sherley-Dale
1st – Isaiah 55:10-11; 2nd – Romans 8:18-23; Gospel – Matthew 13:1-23
6:30pm (Sat) Claire Carballo, David Fleming, Emer Hughes
9:45am Anthony Pippet, Barbara Cotter, Carol Phillips, Gabriella Olaniran, Gertrude Jones
11:15am Jenny Coleman, Katherine Quinn, Kathleen McGrath, Kayte Brimacombe, Maria Gagnier
7:00pm Nena Whitehead, Paul Stone, Pedro Daniel
22nd/23rd July 2017 – 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
6:30pm (Sat) – Steve Bethell
9:45am 1st Reading: – Lesley Pippet 2nd Reading: – Anthony Pippet
7:00pm – Kit Greveson
1st – Wisdom 12:13.16-19; 2nd – Romans 8:26-27; Gospel – Matthew 13:24-43
6:30pm (Sat) Jacqueline O’Shea, Laura Alyousif, Patricia Hannon
9:45am Jim Donoghue, Josephine Bobb, Lesley Pippet, Margaret Forkan, Sr Odile Mahe
11:15am Mary Chambers, Mary Halliday, Michael Buchanan, Sam Carson, Sandra Fluin
7:00pm Ruben Ferreira, Daniel Lloyd-Morgan, Fiona Stone
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.
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
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.
Secondary Schools Open Days/Evenings – Further details are available on the church notice board.
Signing School Forms – Fr Sean will be available on Tuesday, 25th October, 3:00pm-7:00pm. Please note that this is the final date Fr Sean will be available before the deadline to submit applications of 31st October.
Please bring your child’s baptismal certificate along with your application form.