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.

St Peter’s and St Gildas’ School Summer Fair

Friday 7th June, 3-5pm, St Gildas’ School
Join us for lots of fun and support our Schools
+ bungee-run + face painting + tombola +
+ afternoon tea + tuck shop + bouncy castle +
+ craft table + penalty shoot out +

Rest in Peace

The Funeral of Melvin Joseph Francis will take place on Wednesday 12th June at 12 noon.
May they rest in peace.

Soup Run Update

May Fundraisers:  Our grateful thanks to The Finches choir for again organising such a wonderful concert which raised £450, and Stroud Green WI for the hugely entertaining quiz night (£380). The soup run is the WI’s Charity of the Year so please support their future fundraising efforts on our behalf. Watch this space for events. At the moment we would appreciate donations of Instant Coffee. However, we are still Desperately Short of Drivers and risk the Soup Run sadly grinding to a halt. Please do consider offering your car services once in a while. Message Kit on 07507138582 or email kit.greveson@gmail.com.

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 Celebrating the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.
Preparing for the Sacraments: The programme for First Holy Communion can be found here.

Coming up

Padre Pio Group: Meets next on Sunday 9th June (not the 2nd) after 7pm Mass in church.
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.
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.

£££ Contactless payments

We have a new contactless payments system which, as it is from a different supplier, means the Gift Aid information from the previous system is not carried forward and if you wish to Gift Aid your contactless payments on the new system, it will be necessary to enter your information the first time you use a card. Thanks, in advance, for your co-operation – as we still seem to have occasional problems with the WiFi in church!

Pope Francis’ monthly prayer intention

Pope Francis’ monthly prayer intention this June is for “those fleeing their own countries.” The Pope’s video for June is a story about the borders in various parts of the world. In his video, the Pope reminds Christians that “whoever welcomes a migrant welcomes Christ,” and expresses how often this context is forgotten. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), in 2023, there were 110 million people forcefully displaced throughout the world. In this context, Pope Francis has repeatedly asked throughout his pontificate that migrants be accompanied, promoted and integrated. At the beginning of the video, the Pope says, “The feeling of uprootedness or not knowing where they belong often accompanies the trauma experienced by people who are forced to flee their homeland because of war or poverty.” For this reason, he exhorts, “we promote a social and political culture that protects the rights and dignity of migrants, a culture that promotes the possibility that they can achieve their full potential.”

The coming General Election

The coming General Election – thoughts from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference – Gospel values inform how we look at the world as Christians. These values can also offer a different way of looking at politics, a way that puts the common good before self-interest. Throughout this election season we should be seeking answers which will help the poor, the marginalised, and the vulnerable. We seek a society in which all families can flourish and where we care for our common home, where we offer a welcoming hand to strangers in need, where we look out for those struggling to get on. Families are the heart of our communities and society. We seek, therefore, political leaders who can reflect and share these values. But this is not just about leaders, it is about us. We are not merely the passive recipients of politics but active citizens. An election is the best time for us as Christians to speak out, to get involved, and to lead. You can find more detail on these topics on the Bishops’ website

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 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.

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.

Called to be Peacemakers

A new document on disarmament and the ethical use of weapons has been released by the International Affairs department of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. Called to be Peacemakers is a document that presents a Catholic approach to arms control and disarmament. “There’s an urgent need for us, as Christians, to advocate for an end to violence and war in our world today,” said Bishop Nicholas Hudson, newly-elected Chair of the International Affairs department. “More than 140,000 people are killed each year due to armed conflict, not to mention the wider impacts of war, such as restricted access to clean water, food, healthcare and basic services. Vast sums of public money are spent on weaponry. One can legitimately argue that these funds could be better used to alleviate hardship and promote the common good of humanity.“ This is a challenging time for the global community and we are called to promote peace and unity among nations – both seeking an end to war and at the same time addressing some of the greatest humanitarian challenges of our time such as the impact of climate change. No country acting on its own can solve these problems.”

Other News:

St. Peter’s and St. Gildas’ Schools: Foundation Governor Vacancy: Would you like to support our schools? Do you want to make a difference in your community and contribute to the vision we have for our schools? Can you bring skills and knowledge gained in business, work, volunteering or family life to support our schools and to give children a great start in life? Are you able to attend a meeting a couple of times a term with other, like-minded people who care about our schools? If so, why not apply to become a school governor. School Governors support the school’s leadership team to make improvements and ensure we are operating in the best way possible. We would in particular welcome expressions of interest from those who are not currently parents at either school as we are currently well represented with parents on our Governing Body. If you would like to find out more or would be interested in applying for the Foundation Governor role, please contact Fr David or Frances Booker, Chair of Governors via the school office (admin@st-gildas.haringey.sch.uk). Please note that to become a Foundation Governor you will need to be a practising Catholic.

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), Hugh and Marie Casey, Melvin Joseph Francis.