Parish News – 30th June

First Holy Communion

This weekend we welcome the first groups of our children who will be receiving Jesus in the Sacrament of Holy Communion for the first time at the 9:45 and 11:15 Masses. It is a great day of celebration for them, their families and friends and for the Parish as they receive the true presence of Jesus into their lives through this most Blessed Sacrament. We ask everyone attending to remember that this is a religious celebration as well as a family celebration and ask you to take a full part, listening, singing and praying for our children that this major step along the road of their Christian life will bring them into a closer and more personal friendship with God’s Son Jesus. We ask you please to leave the family photos and videos for before and after the service. Thank you.

Our Parish Giving & Stewardship Campaign

Thank you to everyone who has returned their promise forms from last weekend. If you took a form away to complete, please hand it to the priest after Mass and if you still wish to change your regular giving to the Parish, or to offer your service in a volunteering role, there are booklets and pens available in the porch.

Peter’s Pence Collection

There will be a retiring collection at all Masses this weekend (29th/30th June) in support of Peter’s Pence. This traditional collection is taken on the Sunday after the Solemnity of St. Peter and St. Paul. Peter’s Pence is the name given to the financial support offered by the faithful to the Holy Father as a sign of their sharing in the concern of the Successor of Peter for the many different needs of the Universal Church and for the relief of those most in need. To find out more please see –

The coming General Election

With the UK general election due on Thursday, 4 July, politicians will be looking for our votes. We have a responsibility as Catholics to use our vote to make sure that parties commit to tackling issues such as poverty, injustice and human dignity. The Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW) offer a guide to issues for the election as do CAFOD together with the Saint Vincent de Paul Society (SVP). These sites provide information on a range of topics from a Catholic Christian perspective to help us ask key questions of local candidates and parties who need our votes. Please ensure you are registered to vote by 18 June and have suitable Photo ID, which you will need this year for the first time.


Sunday Masses are at 6:30pm (Saturday), 9:45am,  11:15am and 7pm. (Note: from 5th to 26th August inclusive, there will be no 7pm Mass on Sundays)
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.
Rest in Peace: The funeral Mass of Eamonn Barker-Burke who died on 2nd June age 58 will be at 12:30pm on Wednesday 10th July. The funeral Mass of Teresa Buckley who died on 19th June age 91 will be at 11am on Friday 12th July.
Eucharistic Adoration: Wednesday and Friday after 9am Mass until 10:30am.
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 Praying for our Pope.

Coming up

Padre Pio Group: Meets Sunday 7th July in church after 7pm Mass.
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.
Trinity Concert: of light classical music at Holy Trinity Church, Granville Road, N4 4EL on Sunday 30th June at 6pm. Music for orchestra and choir, including St Aidan’s School choir. In aid of St Aidan’s School. Tickets £10 on the door. Refreshments available afterwards. The concert should last just over an hour.
Holy Trinity Summer Fair: Saturday 6th July 11am-3pm, Holy Trinity Church Green, Granville Road, N4 4EL. Stalls, raffle, books, BBQ, bouncy castle, plants etc.
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.

Soup Run Update

Grateful thanks to those who have come forward as drivers/distributors after our last appeal. It has helped to ease the pressure off our current volunteers. We would still always welcome help and also for our sandwich teams. Donations of instant coffee, tuna (no catering sizes please), sweetcorn and mayo always appreciated. Contact Kit Greveson on 07507138582 or email

St. Peter’s and St. Gildas’ Schools

Both schools recently had Ofsted Inspections. The report for St Gildas’ is now available on the Ofsted website and confirms our school is good. The Inspectors have captured the ethos of the school as a caring community where children feel part of a family. It praises the creative curriculum and the pace at which the school has made academic developments this academic year, highlighting the quality of relationships between staff and pupils and the high expectations that staff have. All staff have worked incredibly hard this year and should be delighted with this outcome. The report for St Peter’s is expected shortly. Frances Booker, Chair of Governors.

£££ Contactless payments – Gift Aid

If you wish to Gift Aid all your donations made using our new contactless system (rather than just a single donation) we would ask you to chose the Gift Aid option “I would like to Gift Aid this donation and all donations made to CATHOLIC CHURCH OF ST. PETER-IN-CHAINS from the date of this declaration.” Thank you.

Pope Francis’ July prayer intention

Pope Francis’ monthly prayer intention this July is “For Pastoral Care of the Sick” The Holy Father asks “for the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick to give strength from the Lord to those who receive it and their loved ones, becoming a visible sign of compassion and hope for everyone.”

Other News:

Celebrating the Gift of People with Disabilities: An event at Aylesford Priory on Sunday, 7 July, to value and celebrate creative people who experience disability. The day takes the theme Be a Prophet – Go tell everyone! Events will begin at 12 noon with a Welcome Service. All are invited to come and enjoy creative prayer in the chapels, a workshop, Books Beyond Words activities and to visit the Rosary Way. There will also be time to take part in an Edith Stein retreat, explore Aylesford Priory, enjoy a picnic and participate in art activities. The day will end with Mass celebrated by Bishop Paul Hendricks at 4 pm. Aylesford also has a tea room where food can be purchased. Aylesford Priory, The Friars, Aylesford, Kent ME20 7BX (use ME20 7BY for SATNAV).

A Day with Mary at Westminster Cathedral: For further information on A Day with Mary at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday 13 July (9.45am to 5.00pm) see the noticeboard or www.

Divine Mercy Retreat on Saturday 20 July 2024 from 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm at St Sebastian and St Pancras R.C. Church 22 Hay Lane, Kingsbury, NW9 0NG. The Retreat will include teachings on the Message of Mercy, Stations of the Cross, Holy Mass, Hour of Mercy with Adoration and Benediction and Veneration of the Image of Merciful Jesus. All Welcome. Please call Millie on 07957594646 for more information.

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.

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, Elizabeth Herbert, Mr Anthony Mark Selvarajah, Elaine Benjamin, Emma Gordon.

From Lesley Pippet: I should like to thank all who have prayed for me. spinal injury is healing Praise God.

Those who have recently died: Martin Mulligan, Eamonn Barker-Burke, Teresa Buckley RIP.