Parish News – 26th May – The Most Holy Trinity

Pastoral Letter

There is a Pastoral Letter from Cardinal Archbishop Vincent Nichols this weekend for the feast of The Most Holy Trinity. Copies are available on the Newsletter Stand or on the diocesan website.

World Day for Children – 25/26 May

In 2023, Pope Francis declared that the Catholic Church’s first World Children’s Day would take place on 25-26 May, 2024. World Children’s Day invites children from around the globe, including those of other faiths, to join together in friendship and prayer. Mission Together is encouraging pupils to join with their global sisters and brothers and celebrate World Children’s Day in their school or parish.

St Peter’s and St Gildas’ School Summer Fair

Friday 7th June, 3-5pm, St Gildas’ School
Join us for lots of fun and support our Schools
+ bungee-run + face painting + tombola +
+ afternoon tea + tuck shop + bouncy castle +
+ craft table + penalty shoot out +

Rest in Peace

Kay Tracey’s funeral will take place here on Wednesday 29th May at 10am followed by cremation at Islington Crematorium at 11:45am.
The Funeral of Melvin Joseph Francis will take place on Wednesday 12th June at 12 noon.
May they rest in peace.

Contactless payments

We have a new contactless payments system which we hope will prove more reliable than our old one. However, as it is from a different supplier, the Gift Aid information from the previous system is not carried forward and if you wish to Gift Aid your contactless payments on the new system, it will be necessary to enter your information the first time you use a card. Thanks, in advance, for your co-operation!

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.

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Scripture notes – The Most Holy Trinity – Year B – 26th May 2024

This feast is a transition between Easter and Ordinary time, and presents us with the mystery of Jesus in ‘the glory of the Father’ who, with the Spirit sent on Pentecost, is always there for us in our ‘ordinary’ daily lives.

The New Testament does not give a theological definition of what ‘The Trinity’ is, rather it gives us glimpses of how the early Christians experienced Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Despite catechism formulas and other illustrations, there remains a ‘Mystery’ beyond the power of our minds to grasp it. Perhaps people in our time can accept this when quantum science puts before us the unexplainable events of nature. The world of matter and energy as a hint to the reality of the world of the power of spirit.

Jesus stressed the relationship he offers between ourselves and our God, and that leads to the deep truth that relationship is at the heart of God, the love between the Three which reaches out to draw us into all that ‘faithful and enduring love’ which is always active and shown in action. Continue reading Scripture notes – The Most Holy Trinity – Year B – 26th May 2024

Parish News – 19th May – Pentecost

World Day for Children – 25/26 May

In 2023, Pope Francis declared that the Catholic Church’s first World Children’s Day would take place on 25-26 May, 2024. World Children’s Day invites children from around the globe, including those of other faiths, to join together in friendship and prayer. Mission Together is encouraging pupils to join with their global sisters and brothers and celebrate World Children’s Day in their school or parish. Continue reading Parish News – 19th May – Pentecost

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. Continue reading Parish News – 5th May

Parish News – 28th April

Survivors of Abuse

Tuesday is the National Day of Prayer for Survivors of Abuse. It is not an easy subject to speak about but is one that has been raised in the Synod reports and one which concerns many people within the Church and those they know. Today’s Gospel speaks of Jesus’ desire for his followers to bear the sound and wholesome fruit that will bring life to the world. In recent years, things have been done by people within the Church which have damaged many lives. How can we, as communities, acknowledge the reality of what is being uncovered and show sorrow for what has happened even if we are not personally responsible? The Gospel speaks of the need to remain rooted in Christ as fundamental to any endeavours in bringing justice to and healing for survivors. What does a parish rooted in Christ look like? How can we ensure that people see us as a community that strives to bear the fruits of the Spirit and works to create a safe, healing space for survivors, their families and friends? Continue reading Parish News – 28th April

Parish News – 21st April

Priest Training Fund

This Sunday is Good Shepherd Sunday and our retiring collection will support the Priest Training Fund. The fund pays for the priestly formation of men for the Catholic priesthood and supports the ongoing enrichment and formation of our ordained priests. There are currently 17 men from our own Diocese studying at Allen Hall seminary and elsewhere. Last year 3 deacons were ordained for our Diocese. Your gift ensures we can provide training for these men responding to Christ’s call to dedicate their lives to serve God’s people. Please be as generous as you can. Please also pray for vocations and for all our priests. If you do not have a donation envelope, plenty are still available at the back of the church. You can donate online or use the QR code to make your donation online. Thank you for your generosity.

Rest in Peace

Sandra Ademola The Funeral Mass of Sandra Ademola will be here on Wednesday 24th April at 12 midday after which her body will be repatriated. No 9am Mass.
Andrew Lidstone and the family would like to give a big thank you for Fr David and everyone who sent Mass offerings , cards and kind thoughtful words for Diana. A mass will be offered for our parish.

Confirmation

Bishop John Sherrington will confer the sacrament of Confirmation on our candidates at 2 Masses – one this Thursday, 25th April, and the other on Thursday 9th May, both at 7pm. Please pray for our candidates, their families and sponsors.

Soup Run Update

Thank you for all your donations over the past weeks. We are happily pretty stocked up at the moment and have also just been chosen as the Stroud Green WI’s charity of the year, benefitting financially from all their fundraising events.  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.

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.

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King of the Jews

crucifixionBlood flows like a river from your side,
Your human body was always too weak.
Yet the pain that it’s causing is agonizingly real,
Another wave every time that you speak.

Yet you do nothing.

Thorns pierce through the skin on your head,
All you hear is their mockery and threats.
Your eyelids are drooping, your head hung low,
Yet still you have no regrets.

So you do nothing.

Your arms are now aching, worse than before,
And your vision is blurred by your tears.
But you know that this suffering will come to an end,
So you cast away your worries and fears.

And you do nothing.

Below you they’re hooked by the numbers on a dice,
Gambling away your pride.
You’re left on top of a hill – entertainment for all,
And there’s nowhere to run to and hide.

Still you do nothing.

The seconds become minutes, which drag into hours,
And you long for an end to your pain.
But there’s no one to help you, no one at all,
So in the open you must remain.

You do nothing.

Your name is Jesus, King ofthe Jews,
Saviour of those who failed to save you.
And so you die, on a cross made of hate,
To be with God and unlock heaven’s gates.

By Mia Griso Dryer
April 2015