Parish News – 9th June

Parish Giving Campaign

Starting this weekend and lasting 3 weekends, we will look at the needs of the Parish now and over the coming years both financially and in terms of the people we need to run St Peter’s. Giving thanks for all God gives us we will ask you to reflect on what you can give of your time, talents and income towards the upkeep, development and running of our Parish. Please listen and take time to read each weekend’s leaflet and think, pray and talk with your family, to discern how best you can support Parish life. Thank you. Fr David

June – month of the Sacred Heart

The Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the Friday following the second Sunday after Pentecost (last Friday). In addition to the liturgical celebration, many devotional exercises are connected with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Devotion to the Sacred Heart was also an essential component of Pope John Paul II’s hopes for the “new evangelization” called for by the Church. He said “For evangelization today, the Heart of Christ must be recognized as the heart of the Church: It is He who calls us to conversion, to reconciliation. It is He who leads pure hearts and those hungering for justice along the way of the Beatitudes. It is He who achieves the warm communion of the members of the one Body. It is He who enables us to adhere to the Good News and to accept the promise of eternal life. It is He who sends us out on mission. The heart-to-heart with Jesus broadens the human heart on a global scale.” ‘Giving thanks for the Sacred Heart of Jesus’ is our theme for this week’s Family Room activity on the website.

St. Peter’s and St. Gildas’ Schools

Both schools recently had Ofsted Inspections, the Inspections were within three weeks of each other! The report for St Gildas’ will be available on the Ofsted website from Monday. We are delighted that the report 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. The report highlights 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 in about three weeks. The above is just a brief review go to – for the full report. Frances Booker, Chair of Governors.

Rest in Peace

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


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 Giving thanks for the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
First Holy Communion: This year’s First Holy Communion Masses will be the 9:45 and 11:15am Masses on Sunday 30th June and 7th July. Please keep our children and their families in your prayers.

Coming up

Padre Pio Group: Meets this Sunday 9th June after 7pm Mass in church.
Life Ascending Group: meets at 10am in Parish Rooms on Tuesday 11th June.
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.

Day for Life

The Church teaches that life is to be nurtured from conception to natural death. In England and Wales, Day for Life is celebrated on the third Sunday of June each year. This year it falls on 16 June. The theme is The Lord is my Shepherd – Compassion and Hope at the End of Life. People who are coming towards the end of their lives can feel vulnerable. Jesus shows us that life always has dignity and we are called to defend this gift of life to its natural end and to protect vulnerable citizens and support people with the companionship of a listening ear, appropriate treatment, and the best of care, so that their last days can be times of grace, intimacy and love. Jesus did not send the sick away. Our Lady remained at the foot of the Cross to the very end as Her Son, Jesus, died. Mary is the model of compassionate presence and prayer whom we are called to imitate. There will be a retiring collection for organisations undertaking projects relating to life.

£££ 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.

Soup Run Update

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

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.

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.

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. 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.

Called to be Peacemakers

This is a new document on disarmament and the ethical use of weapons has been released by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. “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. Vast sums of public money are spent on weaponry that one can legitimately argue could be better used to alleviate hardship and promote the common good. This is a challenging time 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 ( 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.

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.

“Awake London”: A Catholic Bible convention and Healing ministry on Saturday 15th June from 11am to 5pm at the Parish of Christ The King, 455 Chingford Road London, E4 8SP. Convention includes: Praise and Worship, Holy Mass, confession, Healing service and Eucharistic Adoration, spiritual sharing, sessions for children ( Free car parking available.

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,  Melvin Joseph Francis.

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