Welcome to St Peter’s Church.

We are a Roman Catholic church made up of the old church designed by Pugin, the new church and three church halls called the Pugin Rooms. I am the Parish Priest, Fr Michael, and I thank you for visiting our website.

Please note our email address is not functioning, in the interim you can email us at madeline.ndoci@gmail.com until further notice. Thank you.

MASS TIMES (in bold) AND INTENTIONS (in italics)

SUNDAY 17th January              10:00am Mass Online Paul Beeston RIP

Second Sunday of the Year

 

SUNDAY 24th January              10:00am Mass Online Art O’Leary RIP

Third Sunday of the Year

 Please note we have moved our masses online. We are now live-streaming mass – which means you can watch it live as Fr Michael celebrates it at 10:00 am every Sunday. Or if you prefer, you can watch it at another time. 

 

Search for St Peter’s Church Marlow in YouTube at www.youtube.com or click here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1hmHi0kmwl1NsF5k8XwQ_w/featured

Thank you to the Harper family for filming Mass for us to celebrate as a parish together, even those who are shielding. Please join us live at 10:00am Sunday or at a time convenient for you and your family as it will be recorded.

With the virus and its ability to spread so quickly it was felt that it was too great a risk to be open at this time. Church will reopen with celebrations of mass as soon as possible and you will be informed. Please make use of this as it is updated every week with news.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment, please continue to pray for our parish, country, and our world during this unprecedented time.

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR SICK:  Eileen Ruane, Richard Galiano, and Jenny Pemberton.

FAITHFUL DEPARTED Please pray for the repose of the soul of MARY TERESA GRAINGER who died in December. Her funeral will take place later this month. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

ANNIVERSARIES: Please pray for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Peter John Welch, Mary Burgess, Claire Lester, Pamela Deadman, Mary Murray, and Mary Forde, John Joseph Donnelly, Helen Ball, Thomas Woods, Michael Fogarty, Peggy O’ Regan, Maureen Ward, Doreen Brown, Thomas McMorrow, and John Dobbin. May they rest in peace.

MASS INTENTIONS To offer a Mass, please pop a letter through the Presbytery with your offering or phone the parish.

Email We are still experiencing difficulties with our email address and for the moment, please phone us or contact Madeline via madeline.ndoci@gmail.com

St Peter’s Pilgrimage 

During the month of February we will be asking you, as members of our parish community, to join our school community in an exciting challenge. We are embarking on a virtual pilgrimage where collectively we will walk the distance from our school here in Marlow, to St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. If you’re thinking that’s a long way- you’re right- 1175 miles to be precise! That’s why we need lots of people to help! Given that we find ourselves in Lockdown once again, we are asking you to use your daily exercise to help us complete this exciting challenge by tracking miles and adding them to our totaliser. (More details on that next week)  We have set up a Just Giving page to raise money for resources to enhance learning across the school, so please share the link below with your friends and family. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stpeterspilgrimage?utm_term=ykvJNDpWp

BISHOP DAVID OAKLEY HAS TODAY RELEASED A MESSAGE FOR CLERGY AND LAITY ACROSS THE DIOCESE OF NORTHAMPTON AS THE BURDEN OF THE PANDEMIC CONTINUES TO GRIP US

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Last week, we celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. ‘Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised in the Jordan by John.’ This is an historical event. It is also a moment of mystical significance. Our Lord’s true identity is revealed to us as He hears words which must sustain Him throughout His public ministry and during the paschal mystery. We too need to hear words which will encourage us in our lives today.

This Sunday, the Second of the Year, we hear that John the Baptist is a contemplative. The Baptist ‘stared hard’ at Jesus and said, ‘Look, there is the lamb of God.’ In the midst of challenging circumstances for God’s people, the prophet is not blown around like wastepaper in our streets. He stands firm within Israel’s relationship with God. The Baptist is someone who observes the drama of unfolding events and can see things from an important faith perspective. The beloved Son of the Father is amongst us. He has come to refocus our hearts and minds upon the forgiveness which God offers us through the ministry, the dying and rising of Jesus.

And now it is our moment in history. Our world today is experiencing the full effects of an unfolding pandemic. Most of us are challenged by this sustained and protracted onslaught on our lives and our ways of living. We are being encouraged, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Nevertheless, we are humbled before the statistics and see the effects of the pandemic all around us. A horrific number of people are losing their lives to this virus. A growing number of our fellow citizens are in hospital and really suffering because of their illness. Unemployment grows like another virus and our society is saturated with fear, anxiety and uncertainty.

How do we navigate our way through these bad news waters? We follow Jesus like the first two disciples in the Gospel. Jesus turns to each one of us and asks, ‘what do you want?’ We too may answer with a question, ‘Teacher where do you live?’ When we find ourselves in the eye of the storm, to find shelter with Jesus, truly present to us in the word of Sacred Scripture and the Blessed Sacrament is a place of true refuge. I am reminded of the words of a beautiful hymn to the Sacred Heart,

‘O Sacred Heart, our home lies deep in thee… O Sacred Heart,
our trust is all in thee, For though earth’s night be dark and drear,
thou breathest rest where thou art near, O Sacred Heart.’

Rt Revd Dr David J Oakley
Bishop of Northampton

PARISH CONFIRMATIONS DEFERRED Given the very high transmission level of the virus which has prompted this third lockdown, the Bishop feels it right to defer for the time being all planned public celebrations of Confirmation and Installation of Acolytes within the Diocese. He appreciates that this will be of great disappointment to those concerned, especially as the celebration has been deferred once already. Please be assured of the Bishop’s (and my) prayers. A new date will be arranged once the situation has improved.

PARISH FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS ALSO DEFERRED For the same reasons I feel it is wise to postpone our proposed First Communion Celebration. – Fr Michael

CALLS Missing some company and a chat? Our stewarding team is arranging phone calls. If you would like to be called, please get in touch with us by ringing 07896718094. If you would like to help out in making the phone calls, please also get in touch.

 

PARISH GROUPS

STEWARDING TEAM Our stewarding team is run by Madeline Ndoci. We have a stewarding rota for Masses. We meet up for a coffee on a monthly basis to cover updates and make improvements on the second Saturday of the month. Next meeting: Saturday 13th February at 9:30am. If you are under 70 and not in the vulnerable category and you’d like to join us, please call Madeline on 07896718094.

LITTLE LITURGY We are looking for some new helpers in our children’s liturgy. Teenagers welcome. Please contact Madeline on 07896718094 for more information on what we are planning.

THE SVP The purpose of this group is to befriend our local sick and lonely community members, providing company and a listening ear, especially important in the winter months. The St Vincent De Paul Society meets from 8.00pm – 9.00p.m. every other Monday evening virtually. New members are always welcome! Contact – Malcolm Thomas 01628 483450.

MISCELLANEOUS

MAKING A DONATION The following  address/hyperlink can be used if you wish to make a donation to the parish via our account at the Diocese:   https://northamptondiocese.org/donate/ . Or over the phone: All you need to do is phone 01604 712065 and make a donation to the parish. You will need a credit or debit card to hand and you will be able to make a one-off donation to cover missed Sunday offerings or simply call each week to make an offering. ‘Giving Tuesday’ service will be available between 10am and 4pm each Tuesday.