Jesus suggests to his disciples that they cross over to the other side of the Sea of Galilee by boat. As can happen on Galilee, a violent storm suddenly arose while they were making the crossing. Although experienced fishermen used to Galilee, the disciples were terrified by the waves breaking into the boat, almost swamping it. Meanwhile Jesus was asleep in the stern. They woke him, suggesting he was unconcerned that they were on the brink of sinking. Jesus shows his divine power and authority as the Son of God by rebuking the wind and sea and restoring calm. (God's power over the sea has already been suggested in today's first reading from Job and today's psalm.) Jesus then asks the disciples why they had been afraid, and why they had had no faith. The story ends with the disciples being over-awed, and wondering just who Jesus can be if the wind and sea obey him.
This Gospel story is relevant in every age. The boat represents the Church, which is the barque of St Peter, voyaging through the seas of this world towards ' the other side' – the heavenly harbour. Storms arise in the life of the Church and of the individual Christian. It is easy to forget that Jesus is present in the boat with us, especially when the storms reach crisis point. We are invited to have a stronger faith that Jesus will not allow the Church, or us as individual disciples to sink, and to turn to him for help in every crisis.
In his final General Audience address before resigning as Successor of St Peter in 2013, Pope Benedict XVI reflecting on his Petrine ministry compared it with this experience of the disciples:
'I have felt like Saint Peter with the Apostles in the boat on the Sea of Galilee: the Lord has given us so many days of sun and of light winds, days when the catch was abundant; there were also moments when the waters were rough and the winds against us, as throughout the Church’s history, and the Lord seemed to be sleeping. But I have always known that the Lord is in that boat, and I have always known that the barque of the Church is not mine but his. Nor does the Lord let it sink; it is he who guides it, surely also through those whom he has chosen, because he so wished. This has been, and is, a certainty which nothing can shake. For this reason my heart today overflows with gratitude to God, for he has never let his Church, or me personally, lack his consolation, his light, his love.'
Changes in Covid Protocol
The church is open for private prayer from approx 8.30am until the early evening, when possible. Please continue to use hand sanitiser on arrival in the porch. Please use only the pews on the left side of the church, as this will make the daily sanitising of the seating etc easier for our stewards.
Mass times remain unchanged for the time being.
For Masses during the week stewards will no longer be required to take details and show parishioners to their seats. You may scan the NHS tracing app code displayed in the porch using your mobile phone or the sign in sheet on the stand.
Please continue to use hand sanitiser on arrival in the porch.
On weekdays, please continue to use the seats on the left side only of the church. The stewards will still need to sanitise the seating etc after Mass, and this will make their job easier.
At the weekend Covid protocol continues to be observed. We give our details on arrival, sanitise our hands, wear a mask covering our nose and mouth (except children), sit in the seat where we are asked to sit, follow the directions given for going up to the altar for Holy Communion so that we keep two metres apart, returning to our place via the side aisles. When we leave church, those on the left hand side leave via the side aisle and side porch, those on the right hand side leave via the side aisle and main porch, using the sanitiser in the porch and then going straight home without gathering together outside the church. After Mass the stewards spend further time sanitising the seating areas that have been used, and other areas of frequent touch. The church doors are never entirely closed when the church is open, to ensure the church is well ventilated for our safety. It is therefore important to wrap up well against the cold when you come to church. If you feel in any way unwell, or are vulnerable health wise, you must not attend church. Do remember that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is lifted during this time of the pandemic.
Times of Mass and Devotions
for the week beginning Sunday 19th June 21
(Made possible due to the generosity of our volunteer stewards, who will ensure safe social distancing is maintained and that the hygienic cleaning of the seating etc takes place.)
Saturday 19th June 6.00 pm Mass
St Romuald followed by Confessions
Sunday 20th June 8.30 am Mass
12th Sunday, (Yr B) 10.00 am Mass
11.30 am Mass
followed by Confessions
Monday 21st June 6.00 pm Mass
St Aloysius Gonzaga
Tuesday 22nd June 6.00 pm Mass
SS John Fisher followed by Rosary
& Thomas Moore
Wednesday 23rd June 9.00 am Mass
Thursday 24th June 9.00 am Mass
Nativity of St John Baptist
Friday 25th June 9.00 am Mass
feria (Wk 12,YrB) followed by Divine Mercy Prayers
Saturday 26th June 6.00 pm Mass
feria - of BV Mary followed by Confessions
Sunday 27th June 8.30 am Mass
13th Sunday, (Yr B) 10.00 am Mass
11.30 am Mass
followed by Confessions
Prayer Workshop Re-launch:
Sr. Jenefer & Sr. John invite you join a small group who meet each month to reflect, pray and explore anything to do with Christian life. Meet at Nazareth House 2.00pm, Wednesday 23rd Jun, ending at 3.00pm with a cup of tea (or coffee)
PLEASE SPREAD THE MESSAGE to any adults interested in the Catholic Faith.
NEW GROUP soon to be launched. No previous knowledge needed. Come & See if this is for you.
All welcome whatever faith background: new enquirers seeking baptism, those baptised in another Christian denomination or Catholic adults who would like to be confirmed.
Contact us if you would like to be invited to the SOCIAL MEETING.
Speak to Sr. Jenefer or one of the priests, contact the parish office or email to find out more and receive your invitation.
First Holy Communion.
The registration process for children going into year 3 who attend this church, will begin in September. Notices will be made nearer the time.
CHILDREN with SPECIAL NEEDS are always welcome in our preparation for the Sacraments. Let us know before July so you can meet Anita our Special needs catechist before the end of term.
Preparation for the Sacrament of Baptism
If you have a child for Baptism under 5 years old please email us for an application form. You will be contacted once the form has been received. A copy of one of the Catholic parents’ baptism certificate will be required. Baptisms can only take place on Saturdays at 11am with special Covid safety measures in place. Baptisms can resume after 17th May.
Cine Club for 12-15 year olds
There’s a new proposal to start a Cine Club, featuring movies once a month for 12-15 year olds. The first one will be on the 18th June, Friday, from 6pm to 9.15pm.
It will feature a ‘surprise’ movie, something relatively recent with an interesting theme, followed by a discussion along with Pizza!
This will also be a fun way of meeting other youngsters in the parish.
It will be run by volunteer parents who will facilitate the discussion and help keep an eye on everyone!
All are welcome and those who can afford it are asked for a donation of £5 towards food costs.
HOLY TRINITY HAS GONE DIGITAL
You will find our new CONTACTLESS GIVING device in the church
porch and you can now use your contactless debit/credit card
to make a donation.
Simply choose the amount you wish to donate and
hold your card onto the reader.
You can now donate from home by using the button below.
The new sets of Planned Giving Envelopes
Would parishioners who have boxes of Planned Giving Envelopes kindly collect their new box from the parish office during office hours or after any of the Sunday Masses. (We are not allowed to leave them at the back of church for you to take, first, because of coronavirus sanitising concerns, and also because of data protection, as the box has your name and address clearly displayed on it!). Please let the parish office know of any changes in your details or circumstances and also if you would prefer to set up a standing order instead.
No reading club this Tuesday, we’ll continue as usual next week!
Summer Gathering for Westminster Catechists
Saturday 10th July 10.00am-2.30pm via Zoom.
Led by David Wells. An opportunity to discover the joy & privilege of being a catechist. Non-catechists also welcome. Register at & add name of parish.
Thank you to all who have been able to continue giving in these difficult times.
If you wish to make a one-off donation, or continue giving, please use the red DONATE button above which will allow you to easily use your credit or debit card.
Alternatively, you may make any offering via bank transfer to:
Acc Name: Westminster Roman Catholic Diocese Trustee, Brook Green Holy Trinity
Acc no: 01308173
Sort Code: 40-05-20
Thank you for remembering that without your donations the parish cannot run. A lot of expenses remain whilst our income has been drastically reduced. We are very grateful for your continued support.
You can also still use the Virgin Money Giving button:
2021 – The Year of St Joseph
marking the 150th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church.
On 10th December 1898 Cardinal Vaughan added St Joseph as a Patron of our Diocese, noting “the Church itself is an expansion of the Holy Family”.
A Prayer to St Joseph
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. To you God entrusted his only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became man. Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life. Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage, and defend us from every evil. Amen.
Prayer to St Joseph during the Pandemic
To you, O blessed Joseph, do we come in our tribulation, and having implored the help of your most holy Spouse, we confidently invoke your patronage also. Through that charity which bound you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the paternal love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood, and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities. O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christo most loving father, ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence our most mighty protector, be kind to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle with the power of darkness. As once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God's Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; shield, too, each one of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your aid, we may be able to live piously, to die in holiness, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen.
Christian Marriage: a journey of healing
On Friday 29th September the Church celebrated the Great Feast of the Three Archangels: Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. Can you identify them in the picture above?
Michael carries a sword in his hand to defend your marriage from the Devil who accuses us when we sin, lies to us about what makes us happy, and puts in our minds doubts about the love of God.
Gabriel carries a pregnant womb, the visible sign that every Word of God carries new life and can become flesh in your marriage, because ‘nothing is impossible to God’.
The third angel, in the middle, is Raphael, meaning ‘God’s healing’. This Angel carries the hand of a young man - called Tobias - and is walking with him towards the marriage with Sarah. Raphael is the Guardian Angel of Tobias and Sarah,and of EVERY married couple.
Planning to get married?
Marriage Preparation Course
Our course is open to all couples intending to marry in a Catholic Church, regardless of which parish you live in. If you are interested in attending a course in the future please email us:
Due to lockdown there is currently no date set for a marriage course.