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.

School Transfers & Admissions

Signing School Forms – Fr Sean will be available to sign school transfer forms on Tuesdays from 5pm-7pm at the Presbytery. No appointment is needed.

Please bring your child’s baptismal certificate along with your certificate of Catholic practice.

St Peter’s & St Gildas’ Schools Open Days

18th October and 22nd November, 09:15 – 12:00 Please come and join us. During our open mornings full tours of both schools will be available and members of the senior Leadership Team will be available to answer any questions you have.

St Peter-in-Chains Infant School timetable: 9:15 Registration and Refreshments 9:30 Headteacher’s Talk 9:45 Guided Tours 10:15 Questions and Answers No need to book, just come along. School website:

St. Gildas’ Junior School timetable: 10:30 -12:00. School website:

Secondary Schools Open Days/Evenings

St Ignatius College
Sixth Form Entry – St Ignatius College celebrates excellent exam results again this summer and warmly invites applications to the Sixth Form which is open to boys and girls and offers excellent teaching, pastoral support and support for university application and next steps. Come and meet members of our Sixth Form Team or email Enrolling from Monday 3rd September 2018.

Open Evening – Tuesday 18 September from 5:30pm to 8pm; Headteacher’s address at 6:15pm and 7:15pm. All are welcome to our Open Evening. Come and join us and experience our superb facilities and meet members of our Ignatian community. Tour classrooms and talk to our students and staff. We look forwarded to welcoming you.

Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School
Open Evenings for First Form (year 7) admission in September 2019 will be held on Tuesday 18th September and Thursday 27 September 2018. Applicants are invited to attend on either of these dates at 4:30pm or 6:00pm. The Headmaster will address parents and invite them to take a tour of the school. The school prospectus, including an application pack, will be available for collection. Please see for full details, including the deadline and arrangements for applying for a music place.

Bishop Douglass Catholic School
Open Evening, Hamilton Road, East Finchley, N2 0SQ Thursday 27 September 5:30 – 8:30 Guided tours by students will be available between 5:30 – 8pm. The head teacher will address prospective parents at 7pm. In addition there will be Open Mornings on Thursday 27 September and Thursday 4 October to see the school in action. Parents will also have the opportunity to meet with the head teacher for a question and answer session. Please contact the School Office (020 8815 5029) or to book a tour. Arrival at the school by 9:15am will ensure a prompt start at 9:30am.

Our Lady’s Catholic High School
Year 6 Open Evening – Thursday, 20th September 2018, from 4pm-8pm. Open Mornings with School tours Monday, 17th September to Friday, 28th September from 9:30am-10:30am. Weekend Open Morning on Saturday, 29th September from 10am-12pm. For full details visit the website on

St Thomas More Catholic School
The school will be holding its primary into secondary Open Events for prospective parents and pupils on Tuesday, 9 October 2018.

Open Morning will be held 9:30am to 11:00am.  Open Evening will be 5:30pm to 8:00pm with Headteacher talks at 5:45pm and 6:45pm.

There is no requirement to book a place to attend our Open Morning or Evening – all are welcome to attend. School website.

St Anne’s Catholic High School
Open Evening – Monday, 1st October, 6pm-8pm at the lower site, 50 London Road, Enfield EN2 6EL. Head teacher’s speech at 6pm and 7pm.

Open Mornings – Wednesday 3rd October (Lower Site) and Thursday 4th October (Upper Site) 9:15-10:30am and 11:15-12:30pm.

Come along for the opportunity to tour the school and meet with staff and students. School website.

Lourdes Pilgrimage 2016 photos

Mercy in the Bible

‘In the name of God, the All-Merciful, the All-Compassionate.’

Although we will be considering only the Hebrew and Christian Bible, I have taken these lines from the first words of the Qur’an, because as Pope Francis wrote in his Bull opening the Year of Mercy: ‘There is an aspect of mercy that goes beyond the confines of the church. It connects us with Judaism and Islam…. I trust that this year of Mercy will foster an encounter with these and other noble religious traditions.’ The Jubilee Year is one of openness to all. Continue reading Mercy in the Bible

Sister Margaret Corbett RIP

This is the text of the tribute to Sister Margaret given at her funeral on 29th January 2016 by Sister Joan.

Sister MargaretMargaret was born in Ireland in1930 and left her home town in Gort, County Galway 20 years later in order to follow her desire to become a Religious Sister. This desire became a reality when she made her First Profession in 1952 with The Sisters of St Gildas in France. On her return to England she studied for a teaching diploma and taught for several years in our schools in Somerset and London.

In the early 60,s Margaret embraced Vatican 2 wholeheartedly. She heard the cry of the poor and that famous quote from Gaudiem et Spes.

“The joys and hopes, the grief and anguish of the people of our time, especially of those who are poor or afflicted, are the joys and hopes, the grief and anguish of the followers of Christ as well. Nothing that is genuinely human fails to find an echo in their hearts.”

From then on Margaret’s, spirituality was being fully human and being involved in humanity and finding God there.

So she asked to leave teaching in our private schools and studied to become a social worker and when qualified she worked first in Birmingham and later joined the Crusade of Rescue in the Westminster Diocese. This entailed a great deal of travelling all over London and the Home Counties helping young pregnant women who were alone and facing difficult decisions. This work also involved working with young couples wanting to adopt children.

On retirement Margaret became more actively involved in the parish as a member of the parish and the deanery team. She worked on the RCIA programme. She had groups of young mothers, who having dropped off their children to school met together to share the Scriptures in view of helping their children grow in faith. Margaret enjoyed going into the Infant school to read with the young children. She was also very committed in the Justice and Peace Movement and represented the congregation at diocesan level. One of her great joys was the Padre-Pio group which she continued to organize until quite recently.

Remember this was her retirement but she still had so much energy to give, so she enrolled in a course to qualify for massage with the principal intention of ministering to people who did not have the means to avail of this service. So she went along to Crisis at Christmas for some years where she washed and massaged the feet of many homeless people. Margaret was unstoppable.

Of course we must not forget her great love of animals, cats, dogs, you name them ,she loved them, and could often be seen walking the dogs of our neighbours. She knew them all by name.

During her long life Margaret had such a good influence on so many people and I am sure that many of you here today will have your own memories of her and your own reasons for gratitude. She had so many gifts and was always so willing to share them.

I would like to end with a quote from Matthew 25 v 34 -36 because these words were the reality of Margaret’s daily living.
“I was hungry and you fed me. Thirsty and you gave me a drink.
I was a stranger and you received me in your home.
Naked and you clothed me. I was sick and you took care of me.”

Jesus has truly said to her
“Come Margaret, welcome home my good and faithful friend”

Pope Francis’ Prayer for our earth

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.

Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.

Reading the Gospel of Luke in the ‘Year of Mercy’ 2015/2016

On December 8 2015, Pope Francis opened the ‘Year of Mercy’. During this time, the mass readings have mostly been taken from the Gospel of St Luke, which fits very well with the Pope’s theme. Although God’s mercy is stressed throughout the Bible, it has a special emphasis in the third gospel. In the first chapter, Luke presents two ‘songs’, the first of Mary (‘The Magnificat’) in which she is aware of the blessing of God to her personally, but also ‘his mercy from generation after generation’. In the song of Zachary (‘The Benedictus’), he also recalls the past where ‘God showed mercy to our ancestors’ and looks forward to the ‘tender mercy of our God who from on high will bring the rising Sun [Jesus] to visit us….’ Continue reading Reading the Gospel of Luke in the ‘Year of Mercy’ 2015/2016