Parish News – 16th June

Our Parish Giving & Stewardship Campaign

Continuing this weekend, Michael Woods, chair of our Finance Committee will speak to us at each Mass, about the ways we can respond to the needs of our Parish in terms of our time, financially and other ways. 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. I include a prayer to St Joseph, The Memorare, for his help in our campaign. Please pray to him each week for his help! Thank you. Fr David

Memorare to St Joseph

Remember, O most pure spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, my great protector, Saint Joseph, that no one ever had recourse to your protection, or implored your aid without obtaining relief. Confiding therefore in your goodness, I come before you. Do not turn down my petitions, foster father of the Redeemer, but graciously receive them. Amen.

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.

Refugee Week 2024 – 17–23 June

The theme for Refugee Week 2024 is “Our Home”. Home can be a place of refuge, a feeling or a state of mind. It can be found in smells, tastes and sounds. From the clothes we wear to the words we grew up with. It’s in food, music and arts. It’s in our cultures and in our landscapes. Home can be more than one place and finding it can be a journey, as it is for so many who have to leave countries and rebuild lives. Sometimes we can find home in a single person. Other times it’s in a whole community. And often, it’s in a single gesture of care and welcome. Simple acts like having a chat, walking together, or sending a message of welcome can help everyone feel like they belong. Together, we can work to ensure all our neighbours, new and familiar, have safe and welcoming homes. Together, this Refugee Week let’s practice our solidarity and make Our Home a more welcoming, safe and sustainable place for all. Visit https://refugeeweek.org.uk/ or https://www.cbcew.org.uk/bishop-mcaleenans-reflection-for-refugee-week-2024/ for Bishop McAleenan’s reflection for Refugee Week.

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.
Funeral Mass: Of Martin Mulligan RIP Tuesday 18th June at 11am.
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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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. Continue reading Parish News – 9th June

Parish News – 2nd June – The Body and Blood of Christ

Central London Corpus Christi Procession

The annual Corpus Christi Procession through central London this Sunday will take place in two parts. The first half begins after the 11am Mass at Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane, with a procession of the Blessed Sacrament to the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street. Here will then be a period of adoration and the opportunity to lunch locally. The procession will then continue from Warwick St to St James’s, Spanish Place at 3:30pm, where it will conclude with Benediction. Continue reading Parish News – 2nd June – The Body and Blood of Christ

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. Continue reading Parish News – 26th May – The Most Holy Trinity

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