Parish News – 28th April

Survivors of Abuse

Tuesday is the National Day of Prayer for Survivors of Abuse. It is not an easy subject to speak about but is one that has been raised in the Synod reports and one which concerns many people within the Church and those they know. Today’s Gospel speaks of Jesus’ desire for his followers to bear the sound and wholesome fruit that will bring life to the world. In recent years, things have been done by people within the Church which have damaged many lives. How can we, as communities, acknowledge the reality of what is being uncovered and show sorrow for what has happened even if we are not personally responsible? The Gospel speaks of the need to remain rooted in Christ as fundamental to any endeavours in bringing justice to and healing for survivors. What does a parish rooted in Christ look like? How can we ensure that people see us as a community that strives to bear the fruits of the Spirit and works to create a safe, healing space for survivors, their families and friends?

Priest Training Fund

Thank you for your generosity to the Priest Training Fund collection last weekend. You gave over £1,000. It is not too late to donate. Envelopes are available in the back of the church. Please continue to pray for vocations to the priesthood. For more information, or to give online, visit Thank you for your generosity.

Rest in Peace

Kay Tracey died 2 weeks ago, we will publish funeral details when we have them. Sister Paula, Sister of St Gildas who taught many years ago at St Gildas’ School died last Sunday. Please pray for Kay and Sister Paula and their families and community.


Bishop John Sherrington will confer the sacrament of Confirmation on our remaining candidates on 9th May at 7pm. Please pray for our candidates, their families and sponsors.

Soup Run Update

Thank you for all your donations over the past weeks. We are happily pretty stocked up at the moment and have also just been chosen as the Stroud Green WI’s charity of the year, benefitting financially from all their fundraising events.  However we are DESPERATELY SHORT OF DRIVERS and risk the Soup Run sadly grinding to a halt. Our current drivers are a loyal and hugely supportive bunch but there is a limit to how often they can be asked to volunteer, especially on a Saturday evening for 2/3 hours. Please do consider offering your car services once in a while. Message Kit on 07507138582 or email


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.
Eucharistic Adoration: Wednesday and Friday after 9am Mass until 11am.
Rosary: Tuesday and Friday after 9am Mass.
Confession: The Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession is available on Saturday evening from 6-6:20pm.
Family Room: This week’s activity reflects on Working for God.
Preparing for the Sacraments: The programme for First Holy Communion can be found here and for Confirmation here.
Service and Mass for Healing celebrated by Fr David, 7-9pm, Friday 10th May.
Note: Thursday – church is closed and there is no Mass.

Coming up

Life Ascending Group: meets at 10am on Tuesday 30th in the Parish Rooms.
Padre Pio Group: meets in church after 7pm Mass next Sunday, 5th May.
Thursdays Together: Thursday lunchtimes 11:30am – 1:30pm in the hall in Stapleton Hall Road (next to St Aidan’s School). Meet your neighbours and chat over light refreshments.
Community Soup Café: Enjoy a free bowl of homemade soup with bread every Monday, during term, From 11am – 2.30pm at Hornsey Vale Community Centre, Mayfield Road. Soup is served from 12 – 2pm.
Our Lady of Willesden May Procession: The annual May Procession in honour of Our Lady will take place at the Shrine of Our Lady of Willesden on Sunday, 12th May, at 3pm. Further details will follow.

Other News:

How Beauty Draws Us Closer to God: The Guild of Ransom Marian Lecture will be delivered by Fr Patrick van der Vorst, Founder of Christian.Art and former Director of Sotheby’s Europe on Friday, 17th May at 7pm, St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Soho. Fr. Patrick will explore how beauty elevates us to encounter the Divine, how the Church has historically sought to create art that facilitates this meeting, and how this can happen in our visually overstimulated world. Tickets:

2024 Planned Giving Envelopes and Gift Aid: The new envelopes are now available on the Newsletter table. Gift Aid – If you have made a Gift Aid Declaration to the parish but no longer pay tax on your income, you must let us know by note or email so that we can update our records –

Pope’s April prayer intention: The role of women: In his video for April, the Holy Father insists on the steps today’s society needs to take, and asks Christians to join him in prayer “that the dignity and worth of women be recognized in every culture, and for an end to the discrimination they face in various parts of the world.” The Pope in his video illustrates the huge gap that exists between declared principles and actual practice. “In theory, we all agree that men and women have the same dignity as persons. But this does not play out in practice,” he noted. The Pope provides concrete examples, citing “discriminatory laws” currently in force: mandatory dress codes, impediments to ongoing education, denial of assistance for job opportunities. And he recalls that “in many countries, genital mutilation is still practiced.” Thus, he said, “governments need to commit to eliminate” this discrimination and “work toward guaranteeing women’s human rights.”

St Peter-in-Chains Social Group: With the aim to forge new friendships and deepen relationships within our Church community, we are hoping to start a social club at St. Peter-in-Chains where we catch up with one another over coffee after 9:45 Sunday Mass. Please contact Marie-Clare at 07411 033695 or Joanna at 07794 264574 and request to join the St. Peter’s Social WhatsApp group and we can let you know when the next coffee morning will be. All are welcome.

Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Matrimony: Westminster Cathedral, Saturday 25th May at 2:30pm. All couples in the Diocese, who in 2024 are celebrating their 5th,  10th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th (and every year over 60) anniversary of Catholic marriage are invited.  For an invitation, please email the parish office, or give Fr David the following details: wife and husband’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email).

New home needed for motorised, recliner Double Bed in good condition. No charge. Transport will be needed for collection. Please contact Kit (see Soup Run notice) for further information.

First Aiders wanted: Are you a qualified First Aider? It would be useful to know if there are any First Aiders in the parish and we would also like a First Aider to be responsible for checking our First Aid boxes regularly in case items need replenishing. If you are able to help, please contact the Parish Office or Kit Greveson (see Soup Run). Thank you.

Vacancies – St Richard Reynolds Catholic College Twickenham – has a number of vacancies. Visit

Foundation Governors: St Aloysius College, Hornsey Lane, Highgate, is currently seeking to recruit Foundation Governors. Because not all governing bodies need the same skills, to be Successful, it is vital that individuals from all backgrounds volunteer to be a foundation governor. Any practising Catholic over the age of 18 can become a foundation governor. For more information please go to the Governors page on our website.

Food Bank donations: As more and more people need to access food banks, we would ask anyone who is able to donate, when they can, to one of our local food banks. Contributions can be made to Holy Trinity Foodbank on Sundays between 1pm and 3:30pm. Please come to the Church Hall on Stapleton Hall Road, next to St Aidan’s School, N4 4RR, near the Albany Road junction.

Rediscover Your Marriage: Retrouvaille offers you the chance to rediscover yourself, your spouse, and a loving relationship in your marriage. 10s of 1000s headed for divorce have successfully saved their marriages by attending and using the tools provided. There is no group therapy or group work. The next programme commences with a weekend in Welwyn Garden City on 14-16 June 2024. Call or text 07887 296983 or 07973 380443, email – or visit

A Day with Mary – Pilgrimages: Details of upcoming pilgrimages to Fatima in June and Italy in September run by A Day with Mary are available from their website.

Diocesan Pilgrimage Lourdes 2024 Registration for the Westminster diocesan pilgrimage led by Cardinal Vincent Nichols is now open. Options to travel by plane, train or coach are available and there are many volunteering opportunities for those wishing to serve. All applications to join this year’s pilgrimage need to be submitted by Tuesday 30th April. Visit for application form or contact the Pilgrimage Office on 020 7798 9173.

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Please pray for:

Those who are ill: Christian Overal, Antonio Neto, Zintra Sansom, Brenda Buzec, Amy Gordon, Annette Donivar, Caroline Hilton, Karin Summers, Graham Summers, Joan Summers, Helen Kozlowski, Don Brewis, Roman Cholij, Adeline Oyekoya, Mary Wallace, Sister Pia, Margaret Whelan, Kitty Madden, Brendan Whelan, Claire Marchand, Mike Coombes, Mira Lidstone, Gemma Francis, Richard Simon, Noah Purcell–Chandler, Nathalie Renford, Jackie Loivette, Michael Reid, Wendy Fairhurst, Ann Elizabeth Bennett, Joseph Lunn, Michael Hurley, Enid Samaru, Emilie Alcaraz, Ann Kozlowski-Hunt, Gabriel Brimacombe-Rand, Marie-Christine Polak, Frank Farrell, Peter Leung, Sr Ann Heaney, Elizabeth Herbert, Mr Anthony Mark Selvarajah, Elaine Benjamin, Emma Gordon, Lesley Pippet.

Those who have recently died: Diana Lidstone, Andrew’s mum, Sandra Ademola, Kay Tracey, Sister Paula (Sister of St Gildas)