Parish News – 23rd June

Our Parish Giving & Stewardship Campaign

“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” – (2 Corinthians 9:7)

Over the last two weekends you have heard more about Stewardship and Planned Giving. We have asked all parishioners to reflect prayerfully on what they contribute to the parish, particularly given the message of stewardship and having considered the needs of the parish.

This weekend we ask that all parishioners complete a promise which will remain private and confidential. Please provide your full contact details and select the method of offertory giving best suited to you. If you pay UK income tax and have not previously done so, please sign the Gift Aid declaration (in one name only) so that the parish can claim 25p back from the government for every £1 that you donate, at no extra cost to yourself.

Please also let us know if you can offer your time and talents to help us in practical ways – St Peter’s has no paid workers and relies on the time and talents of volunteers to continue functioning. As well as the welcomers, readers, offertory collectors, musicians, singers, servers and eucharistic ministers you see every Sunday, we need people with other skills as well as time for sacramental catechesis, visiting the housebound, administration, safeguarding, bookkeeping, counting, publishing, communications and media, property maintenance, organising, cleaning, secretarial work, flower arranging – the list goes on. If you think you can help in any way please tell us.

Finally, we thank you for all that you already do for our parish. Without your continued support, this living church would not continue to be the spiritual centre it is today. Fr David

Memorare to St Joseph

Remember, O most pure spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, my great protector, Saint Joseph, that no one ever had recourse to your protection, or implored your aid without obtaining relief. Confiding therefore in your goodness, I come before you. Do not turn down my petitions, foster father of the Redeemer, but graciously receive them. Amen.

The coming General Election

With the UK general election due on Thursday, 4 July, politicians will be looking for our votes. We have a responsibility as Catholics to use our vote to make sure that parties commit to tackling issues such as poverty, injustice and human dignity. The Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW) offer a guide to issues for the election as do CAFOD together with the Saint Vincent de Paul Society (SVP). These sites provide information on a range of topics from a Catholic Christian perspective to help us ask key questions of local candidates and parties who need our votes. Please ensure you are registered to vote by 18 June and have suitable Photo ID, which you will need this year for the first time.

First Holy Communion

This year’s First Holy Communion Masses will be the 9:45 and 11:15am Masses on Sunday 30th June and 7th July. Please keep our children and their families in your prayers. Parents and Children will meet on the previous Saturdays, 29th June and 6th July at 11am in church to practice for the big day.

Services

Sunday Masses are at 6:30pm (Saturday), 9:45am,  11:15am and 7pm.
Sunday Scripture readings
Notes on the Scripture readings
Normal Weekday Mass times (unless there is a funeral) are 9am Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday after Morning Prayer at 8:45am.
7pm Mass Tuesday and, after mass, look at the different articles of the creed and aspects of our faith with Fr David in the presbytery.

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Scripture notes – 12th Sunday of the Year, B – 23rd June 2024

As I write these notes, a thunderstorm is predicted for tonight, and usually that is not something to fear in London, but at many times and places wind, torrents of rain, high waves at sea still put human lives at risk. We can therefore easily imagine the reactions of Jesus’ disciples caught up unexpectedly in a wild storm while rowing in a fishing boat. Continue reading Scripture notes – 12th Sunday of the Year, B – 23rd June 2024

Parish News – 16th June

Our Parish Giving & Stewardship Campaign

Continuing this weekend, Michael Woods, chair of our Finance Committee will speak to us at each Mass, about the ways we can respond to the needs of our Parish in terms of our time, financially and other ways. Please listen and take time to read each weekend’s leaflet and think, pray and talk with your family, to discern how best you can support Parish life. I include a prayer to St Joseph, The Memorare, for his help in our campaign. Please pray to him each week for his help! Thank you. Fr David Continue reading Parish News – 16th June

Scripture notes – 11th Sunday of the Year, B – 16th June 2024

With the green colour of Ordinary Time and when (in the words of the Broadway song) June is bustin’ out all over, the liturgy gives us parables of sowing and growing seeds to meditate on – outside if we’re lucky, in garden or park. Continue reading Scripture notes – 11th Sunday of the Year, B – 16th June 2024

Parish News – 9th June

Parish Giving Campaign

Starting this weekend and lasting 3 weekends, we will look at the needs of the Parish now and over the coming years both financially and in terms of the people we need to run St Peter’s. Giving thanks for all God gives us we will ask you to reflect on what you can give of your time, talents and income towards the upkeep, development and running of our Parish. Please listen and take time to read each weekend’s leaflet and think, pray and talk with your family, to discern how best you can support Parish life. Thank you. Fr David

June – month of the Sacred Heart

The Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the Friday following the second Sunday after Pentecost (last Friday). In addition to the liturgical celebration, many devotional exercises are connected with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Devotion to the Sacred Heart was also an essential component of Pope John Paul II’s hopes for the “new evangelization” called for by the Church. He said “For evangelization today, the Heart of Christ must be recognized as the heart of the Church: It is He who calls us to conversion, to reconciliation. It is He who leads pure hearts and those hungering for justice along the way of the Beatitudes. It is He who achieves the warm communion of the members of the one Body. It is He who enables us to adhere to the Good News and to accept the promise of eternal life. It is He who sends us out on mission. The heart-to-heart with Jesus broadens the human heart on a global scale.” ‘Giving thanks for the Sacred Heart of Jesus’ is our theme for this week’s Family Room activity on the website. Continue reading Parish News – 9th June

Parish News – 2nd June – The Body and Blood of Christ

Central London Corpus Christi Procession

The annual Corpus Christi Procession through central London this Sunday will take place in two parts. The first half begins after the 11am Mass at Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane, with a procession of the Blessed Sacrament to the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street. Here will then be a period of adoration and the opportunity to lunch locally. The procession will then continue from Warwick St to St James’s, Spanish Place at 3:30pm, where it will conclude with Benediction. Continue reading Parish News – 2nd June – The Body and Blood of Christ