Parish News – 7 July

Praying for our new government

Following the election we pray that our new government will be open to the prompting of the Holy Spirit and work for the guiding principles of the common good with no one left behind. Every person has a right to what is required to live a fully human life in peace such as food, clothing, and shelter; the right to raise a family, the right to education, to employment, to a good reputation, to respect, to medical care, rest and social services. The common good is based on another foundational principle in Catholic Social Teaching, the dignity of the human person. This dignity is intrinsic, and indelible, conferred on us by our divine origin and eternal destiny. We are made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:27), that is we are made in love and for love, “each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary” (Pope Benedict XVI, quoted in Laudato Si’, 65). The Church has always promoted and protected the dignity of the human person throughout the life course, from conception to the natural end of life.

First Holy Communion

This weekend we welcome the remaining groups of children who will be receiving Jesus in the Sacrament of Holy Communion for the first time at the 9:45 and 11:15 Masses. Today 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 that, for our children, 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.

We thank Fr David, our catechists, the children and their families who have worked and prayed through the First Communion Programme over the past months and give thanks for the fruits of their efforts.

Our Parish Giving & Stewardship Campaign

Thank you to everyone who has returned their promise forms. If you took a form away to complete, please hand it to the priest after Mass. After processing the forms we have arranged the new boxes of envelopes and submitted the Standing Orders.

Peter’s Pence Collection

Thank you for your donations last weekend which came to just over £400.


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. We learned that Mira Lidstone passed away on Thursday morning. Please keep Mira and Andrew in your prayers.
Eucharistic Adoration: Not this coming week due to funerals taking place
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.
Life Ascending Group: Meets this Tuesday 9th July in the Parish Rooms 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.
Finchley Catholic High School annual Summer Fayre: is on Sunday 7th July 12-4pm. The Fayre will have a great variety of stalls, inflatables, live music, BBQ and much more!! Come and join in the fun!
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.

St Peter-in-Chains School OFSTED Report

The school has received the report from it’s recent inspection and has been marked Good. It is a very affirming report for staff, families and governors. More next week.

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

Sea Sunday 14 July

Seafarers and fishers play a vital role in all of our lives, but they often work in difficult, hazardous conditions. The number of crews abandoned by their employers is still at a record high. Many are still being denied the right to leave their ships for even a short break away from the relentless noise and pressure onboard. Many are reporting more stress and poorer mental health. Stella Maris is the maritime agency of the Catholic Church. Its teams of chaplains provide practical help and pastoral care to seafarers and fishers in the UK and around the world. Next weekend we will take a retiring collection for the work of Stella Maris. Donation/Gift Aid envelopes are available at the Newsletter table.

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.” Watch the Pope’s video here.

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).

£££ 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.

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.

The National Guild of St Stephen Altar Servers’ Dinner will be held at the Liner Hotel, Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool, L3 5QB on Friday 6th September at 7.30pm. This is a great opportunity to meet other server’s and families from all over the UK. For more details:

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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.

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