Parish News – May 12th

Keep in your prayers

Please keep in your prayers our young people who have received the sacrament of Confirmation in the past few weeks and for our children preparing to receive Holy Communion for the first time, that through these sacraments they will grow in knowledge and love of God and bring them closer to Him.

World Communications Day – Sunday, 12 May

“Artificial “Intelligence is radically affecting the world of information and communication, and through it, certain foundations of life in society”. (Pope Francis). You can read Pope Francis’ message for the day, visit a page of prayers and intercessions, and, if you feel you can, support the work of the Communications Directorate of the Bishops’ Conference at their website.

Free Concert in aid of the Soup Run

Friday 17th May 8pm with voluntary donations for our Soup Run. The Finches, a small local choir, 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.

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.

Rest in Peace

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.
Kay Tracey’s funeral will take place here on 29th May at 10am followed by cremation at Islington Crematorium at 11.45am.

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 Ascension of Jesus with joy.
Preparing for the Sacraments: The programme for First Holy Communion can be found here.

Coming up

Life Ascending Group: The group will meet on Tuesday 14th May in the parish room at 10am.
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.
St Peter’s and St Gildas’ School Summer Fair: on Friday 7th June from 3pm – 5pm at St Gildas.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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