Welcome to St Peter’s Parish

We are a Roman Catholic church comprising the original church designed by Pugin which we use on weekdays and the new church where we gather on Sundays. We also have three church halls called the Pugin Rooms which are available for hire. I am the Parish Priest, Canon John Udris, I thank you for visiting our website and hope you find it helpful.

MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS 

SUNDAY 23rd January – Sunday of the Word of God

9.00am  Mass People of the Parish

11.00am Mass with Music Peter Magin RIP

5.30pm Mass Bastin Das Anniversary

MONDAY 24th January

10.00am Mass St Francis de Sales John Hegarty RIP

TUESDAY 25th January

10.00am Mass Conversion of St Paul Holy Souls

WEDNESDAY 26th January

10.00am Mass Holy Souls

THURSDAY 27th January

10.00am Mass Holy Souls

FRIDAY 28th January

10.00am Mass In Thanksgiving (Emilio Fernandez Jnr)

SATURDAY 29th January

10.00am Mass (New Church) with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during Confessions until 11am Panfilo Reyes & Natividad Batenga RIP

SUNDAY 30th January – 4th of Year C

9.00am Mass Paddy & Susan Murphy Anniversary

11.00am Mass with Music People of the Parish

5.30pm Mass Csaba Molinar RIP

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: ‘It’s because we think of the past and the future that we become disappointed and fall into despair. Let us see only each moment.’St Therese

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: On Saturday between 10.30am-11am and 6-6.30pm and on request at any time.

WELCOME: to Otis and Violet O’Neill who were baptised this weekend. May the seed planted in their hearts through this sacrament bear fruit in holy lives filled with faith, hope and love.

REST IN PEACE: Please pray for the repose of the souls of Mary Dowling, Bernard Mongan, Stuart Dixon, Doreen Spillane, Csaba Molinar, Diane Bygrave, Liliane Saget, and Jerry Coffey who died recently. May they rest in peace.

ANNIVERSARIES: Please pray for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: David Hamer, Bastin Das, Margaret Street, Patrick & Susan Murphy, Gladys Cooksley, Daisy Menten, Teresa Orr, Harold Steinle, Maurice Allen. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR SICK: Kevin White, Luisa de Jesus, Bridie Wells, Jeremy Rowe.

VOLUNTEERING IN THE PARISH: We are always looking for new people to take up various roles in the parish.           Would you consider reading the Scriptures at Mass, becoming a Steward, joining the cleaning team, helping with children’s liturgy, joining the Choir, serving on the altar, counting the collection, becoming a member of the TWA or SVP, visiting the housebound, helping with teas and coffees after Mass. Or perhaps you have particular skills to offer? Are there areas of interest that you would like to help develop in the parish such as a youth group or adult formation? There may be groups you’d like to see set up in the parish such as Justice & Peace, Rosary or Prayer Group. If you would like to consider offering yourself in any of these ways have a word with Fr John, Deacon Kevin or with an existing member of that group. Alternatively email the parish office for further information or with any other suggestions you may have.

SUNDAY OF THE WORD OF GOD: Three years ago Pope Francis established this Sunday in January as one on which we focus on the central place of the Scriptures in the Liturgy and in our lives. He writes, ‘The Word that saves does not go looking for well-preserved, clean, safe places. It comes into our complexities, into our darkness. Today, as then, God desires to visit those places where we think He doesn’t go.’ This Sunday, Bishop David will preside at a Service of the Word in the Cathedral at 3pm. As a part of this Service the Bishop will bless all readers who proclaim the Word of God in their parishes. The service will be live streamed.

SYNOD CONVERSATIONS: A big thank you to those who took part in the three Synod Conversations that were held in the parish this past week. We look forward to the ways we can take these forward in the coming weeks. If you would still like to be involved in one of these conversations please speak to Geraldine Rowe, Marie Lou Stephenson, Deacon Kevin or Fr John or email the parish office. These will lead to our parish submission which will be published in due course. But here is the link to the Diocesan website if you would like to make your own personal submissions to this process: https://northamptondiocese.org/synodresponses/

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY (18th-25th): we continue to pray with our fellow Christians from other churches in our town and district for stronger bonds and closer collaboration. Prayer sessions in the Methodist Church at 12.30 continue on Monday and Tuesday this week. Thank you to all who turned out last week in such numbers.

NEW DIOCESAN DIRECTORIES: Copies of the latest directory containing all the names and contact details of parishes and organisations in Northampton Diocese are available at the back of church. Price £3.

ST PETER’S SCHOOL VIRTUAL QUIZ: We are looking forward to hosting another Virtual Quiz on Saturday 29th January at 7pm. Tickets will be £10 per team and teams can expected to be entertained and quizzed from the comfort of their own home! Maximum number of players per team will be 6. This is a family friendly quiz with fun for everyone! If you are keen, please register your interest by this Monday 24th January. So that we can plan for the event please register your interest here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LSWQ7VB

ICON OF ST PETER: as part of our celebrations to mark the double jubilee of the parish we have commissioned an icon of St Peter for the New Church. This is being painted by Sr Esther at the Monastery of Our Lady of Peace, Turvey. A kind parishioner has already made a very generous gift towards this. If anyone else would like to make a donation towards this project please put it in an envelope marked ‘St Peter Icon’. Thank you.

LONDON RUN FOR THE HOMELESS: any spare clothes (especially men’s) or sleeping bags please bring to the porch or ring Cindy Harper on 07775 795017.

JOEL’S BAR: This weekend we warmly welcome Ben Warren who will be speaking at the end of all the Masses about this event for 16-25 year olds to be held at St Mary’s School, Ascot during the week 3rd-8th April. He will be inviting young people to come along to this and also will be seeking donations towards it. If you haven’t brought any money with you but would like to make a donation towards this please bring it along next Sunday in an envelope marked ‘Joel’s Bar.’ Many thanks in anticipation of your generosity. If you’d like to know more please visit their website: www.joelsbar.co.uk.

ROSARY GROUP: You are invited to a beautiful evening of litany, readings and Rosary, with music to praise and worship the Lord, on Wednesday 26th January 2022, at St. Augustine’s, Amersham Hill, High Wycombe at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome. Bring your family and friends.

SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY: the next meeting is this Monday 24th January at 8pm in the Old Hall. New members are always welcome.

TREE PRUNING: On Monday 24th January a contractor will be undertaking tree pruning around the church property. They will also be removing dead trees adjacent to the rear car park. Some areas will be marked off to allow access for the work to be carried out.

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTION FOR JANUARY: We pray for all those suffering from religious discrimination and persecution; may their own rights and dignity be recognised. Watch a short video of the Holy Father’s invitation to pray with him for this intention this month here: https://www.popesprayer.va