Parish News – 5th May

International Day of Prayer for Eastern Christians

The International Day of Prayer for Eastern Christians is celebrated annually on this Sunday, the Sixth Sunday of Easter. It offers an opportunity for Eastern and Western Christians to come together to pray for peace in the world – especially in the Middle East. The charity Fellowship and Aid to the Christians of the East (FACE) in partnership with the Dicastery for Oriental Churches helps organise this annual day of prayer, with the participation of Christians from all over Europe, the Middle East, the Horn of Africa and India. Eastern and Western Christians are encouraged to take this opportunity during the season of Easter to come together in prayer.

Feast of the Ascension

The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord (Holy Day of Obligation) is on Thursday 9th May. Mass will be celebrated at 9am and 7pm (Confirmation Mass). Please pray for the members of our Life Ascending Group on their feast day which this is.

Confirmation

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.

Healing

A Service and Mass to pray for Healing will be celebrated by Fr David on Friday 10th May, 7-9pm.

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 her life. Join us to pray the Rosary on Tuesday and Friday mornings after Mass. Also see this week’s Family Room on the website.

Rest in Peace

Kay Tracey died recently and we will publish funeral details when we have them. The funeral of Sister Paula, Sister of St Gildas, will take place on Friday 17th May at 10am in the parish church of Mary Immaculate and St Gregory’s, High Barnet.

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 Honouring Mary in the month of May.
Preparing for the Sacraments: The programme for First Holy Communion can be found here and for Confirmation here.

Coming up

Padre Pio Group: meets in church after 7pm Mass this Sunday, 5th May.
Quiz night for AFK – The Groves Room, Holy Trinity Church, Granville Road N4 4EL, Friday 10th May at 7:30pm Light Refreshments provided, bring you own drinks. Admission £10 Proceeds to AFK – helping children and young people with disabilities and autism live more independent, fulfilling lives.
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.
Free Concert at St Peter’s, Friday 17th May 8pm: with voluntary donations for our Soup Run. Donna, who usually leads the music for the 9:45 Mass, also belongs to The Finches, a small local choir, who will be helping raise money for the Soup Run.  The programme, lasting under an hour, is melodic with tunes you will recognise so please come along if you have the time. Last year’s concert raised around £600.

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 Pastoral Reflection on Gender

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have issued a reflection on gender, highlighting the teaching of the Church but stressing that accompanying those struggling with gender dysphoria is “a complex but essential pastoral task”. The document, titled “Intricately woven by the Lord: A pastoral reflection on gender” emphasises that all are welcome in the Church, but says that the sexual identity of an individual is not a purely “cultural or social construction”. The bishops assert that we are all created in the image of God, with a dignity given to us by our creator and stresses that leading people to the fullness of life in Christ is a journey rooted in truth as well as compassion. The document and a summary are available on the Bishops’ website.

Other News:

Sisters of Providence: Please pray for Sr Anne Heaney who is celebrating 60 years and Sr Gilles Quigley, celebrating 25 years of profession this weekend in Lincoln.

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).

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: guild-ransom.co.uk/events

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.

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.

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.

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. 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 https://rcdow.org.uk/pilgrimages/lourdes/ 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)