Parish News – 19th May – Pentecost

World Day for Children – 25/26 May

In 2023, Pope Francis declared that the Catholic Church’s first World Children’s Day would take place on 25-26 May, 2024. World Children’s Day invites children from around the globe, including those of other faiths, to join together in friendship and prayer. Mission Together is encouraging pupils to join with their global sisters and brothers and celebrate World Children’s Day in their school or parish.

May – Month of Our Lady

Since the 13th century, Catholics have used May to honour Mary, the perfect example of someone always open to answering the call of God in their life. Join us to pray the Rosary on Tuesday and Friday mornings after Mass.

Rest in Peace

Kay Tracey’s funeral will take place here on 29th May at 10am followed by cremation at Islington Crematorium at 11:45am.
The joint funeral of Hugh and Marie Casey, who died on 25th April and 10th May respectively, will take place at St Monica’s, Palmers Green this Thursday, 23rd May at 11:30am. May they Rest in God’s eternal Peace.

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.
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 Welcoming the Holy Spirit into our hearts.
Preparing for the Sacraments: The programme for First Holy Communion can be found here.

Coming up

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.
St Peter’s and St Gildas’ School Summer Fair: on Friday 7th June from 3pm – 5pm at St Gildas.
Pilgrimage to Walsingham: The annual diocesan pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham will take place on Saturday, 21st September. Further information will be available in due course.

Musicians/Singers wanted

Music and singing are central to our celebration of mass, accompanied at our ‘sung’ Sunday services (9:45 and 11:15 Family Mass) by volunteer parishioners, many of whom have played or sung in the choirs for many years. But as families grow and people move on we are always in need of more recruits, particularly for the Family Mass. Do you play an instrument? Can you hold a note? If so, please consider serving our parish community by volunteering your talent. No scheduled commitment is involved, and all abilities are warmly welcomed, with full support and encouragement from the existing team. If you can help, please talk to us after Mass or contact Fr David via the office.

Soup Run Update

Thank you for all your donations over the past weeks.   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 kit.greveson@gmail.com.

A new Bishop for Westminster Diocese

Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor James Curry as an Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Westminster. Bishop-elect Curry has been serving as parish priest of Our Lady of Victories in Kensington since 2008. He joins Bishops John Sherrington, Nicholas Hudson and Paul McAleenan as an Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Westminster.

Annual Eucharistic Octave

The Diocesan Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament, Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane will again be hosting a Eucharistic Octave from 25th May to 2nd June. This has been organised by several London parishes to celebrate our Eucharistic Lord in the lead up to the Solemnity of Corpus Christi and includes the celebration of Masses in the various Rites of the Church and the Quarant’Ore devotions. Full details can be found at catholiclondon.org. The Octave concludes on Sunday 2nd June at 11am with Mass celebrated by His Excellency the Papal Nuncio followed by the annual Corpus Christi Procession through central London. The procession this year 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 here 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.

Opposing the Decriminalisation of Abortion

The government’s flagship Criminal Justice Bill has four important amendments, that will likely be debated and voted on shortly in the House of Commons, that could fundamentally change our laws on abortion. We, the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, uphold the dignity and value of every human life from conception to natural end and have clear views on these amendments. You can read more on the Bishops’ website and we ask you to take action and write to your MP.

Other News:

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).

The Pope’s Prayer Intention for May: is for the formation of religious and seminarians. We pray that religious women and men, and seminarians, grow in their own vocations through their human, pastoral, spiritual and community formation, leading them to be credible witnesses to the Gospel. Watch the Pope’s video here.

Vocations Days: ‘Come and See’: Men who are interested in exploring vocations to the priesthood or the permanent diaconate are invited to a ‘Come & See’ Vocations Morning on Saturday 1st June, 10am-2pm at Our Lady’s Hall (the undercroft) at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Rothamsted Avenue, Harpenden AL5 2DB. Refreshments and a light lunch provided. To register contact: Canon Roger Taylor, Vocations Promoter, at rogertaylor@rcdow.org.uk or Deacon Adrian Cullen, Director of the Permanent Diaconate, at adriancullen@rcdow.org.uk or call 07961 594725.

First Saturday Divine Mercy Recollection Day: The Divine Mercy Apostolate, London is holding a First Saturday Divine Mercy Recollection Day at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, on Saturday 1st June 2024 from 11am to 4:30pm. The Recollection Day will include teachings on the Message of Mercy, Holy Mass, Stations of the Cross, Hour of Mercy with Adoration and Benediction and Veneration of the Image of Merciful Jesus. All welcome. Pls call Millie on 07957594646 for more information. Coaches from Ealing Broadway and Victoria.

St Michael’s Catholic Grammar: Parents and girls who are interested in taking the entrance tests for St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School are invited to visit the school for a guided tour on Tuesday 25 June between 5pm and 7pm.  Headteacher talks will be held at 5pm and 7pm in the Sports Hall. The online application to apply to sit the entrance tests for entry in September 2025 is now available.  The deadline for applications to be completed and Certificate of Catholic Practice provided to the School is 4pm on Tuesday 2nd July 2024.

St Richard Reynolds Catholic College Vacancies: The college is looking to employ new members of staff. They are as follows: Teacher of Psychology: Subject Lead of Psychology: Head of Academic Music: Attendance Officer and Learning Support Assistance (Primary). Further information is available on 020 8325 4630 or the 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 retrouvailleukinfo@gmail.com – or visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk

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 via the application form or by contacting the Pilgrimage Office on 020 7798 9173. Very limited spaces to travel by plane are left.

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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: Kay Tracey, Sister Paula (Sister of St Gildas)