Weekly reflections

Thoughts and prayers from the Wood Green team

Parish letter - Sunday 9th June 2024

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

Have you ever watched the BBC series ‘Pilgrimage? Or maybe you have been on a walking pilgrimage yourself. If so you will know that it is not always an easy experience. Of course there are days when the sun is shining, the skies are blue and the terrain is flat, but there are other days when a cold wind blows, the skies open, the terrain is steep and rocky and you have blisters on your feet!

Sunday’s Gospel reminds me of that difficult day of a pilgrimage. There is a sense of chaos about it. The crowds around Jesus are so thick that he and his disciples cannot even have a meal. Scribes have come down from Jerusalem and accuse him of having the devil in him. They say that it is through the prince of devils that he casts devils out. Jesus replies ‘How can Satan cast out Satan… a household divided against itself can never stand’. Then his mother and brothers arrive. They believe that he is out of his mind. Unable to get through the crowd they send a message to him… but Jesus, looking at those sitting around him, says something surprising, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers.

Anyone who does the will of God, that person is my brother and sister and mother’. Being a follower of Jesus is not always easy. He challenges us out of our comfort zone. He tells us that we must think beyond the confines of our own family. That we are all brothers and sisters. Sometimes we want to put our own family first but as Christians we must think beyond that.
Are we a divided household or do we work together to be united? If our household is
solid it can never be divided.

On a pilgrimage, the relationship between the pilgrims is what makes it work. Sticking together when it’s pouring down. Helping those less able to climb the steep hills. Looking after each other until a safe shelter is found to spend the night. Living together as Jesus wants us to live. This is the pilgrimage we are called to live every day of our lives.

With my love and prayers,

Sr Pat
(On behalf of the clergy)

Prayer for Holy week

Lord Jesus,
Help us to understand your teachings,
Even when they are difficult for us to understand.
Help us to ponder your words on a deep level,
Even when we have so much else to think about.
You gave us minds capable of understanding,
Help us not to waste such a precious gift.
In the name of the same Jesus Christ,
Our morning star, Amen.

Week at a glance

(Please note – the time of Friday Mass now changes for the Summer months to 12 noon)

Sunday 9th June 2024
8.30am Said Mass (St Michael’s Wood Green)
10.30 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green
11.00 am Parish Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes

Tuesday 11th June 2024
11.00 am Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes

Wednesday 12th June 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Thursday 13th June 2024
7pm Holy Hour at St Michael Wood Green

Friday 14th June 2024
12 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Saturday 15th June 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Notices

Tuesday Bible Study Group: We finished our Post Easter theme last week. We will be looking at the significance of Pentecost and talk a little bit about Trinity as we also approach Trinity Sunday. As always, our Bible Study and Discussion group welcomes you if you like to join us. It is a friendly and lively discussion and learning experience for us all.

Wednesday Drop-In: Join us at the Drop-In on Wednesdays between 10.30am and 1.30pm. Warmth, fellowship, and refreshments available for all. All are welcome!

First Communion: Fr Ian would like to see all candidates who are to receive their First Communion after the Parish Mass this Sunday to explain a little more about the occasion planned for Sunday 23rd June.

The confirmation classes are starting at Bowes on Sunday, May 19th just after the Eucharist.

Pilgrimages: If you would like information about the pilgrimage to Walsingham in August or the pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi in September 2025, please see the information at the back of the Church or speak to Fr Ian or Carol.

Dates ahead from your social and fund-raising team

  • Cake sale – Saturday 8th June 10- noon St Raphael
  • Saturday 29th June Bowes are hosted the Caribbean evening
  • Bead making –Saturday 6th July 1-4 pm £7 per person
  • Saturday 27th July International evening
  • Summer coach trip Saturday 17th August more details to follow
  • Saturday 7th September Cake sale
  • Sunday September 29th St Michaels day 180th Celebration
  • Saturday 9th November autumn Quiz afternoon 2 to 4pm
  • Bowes are hosting their Christmas Lunch Saturday 7th December
  • Christmas wreath/ flower arrangement Saturday 21st December

Please add these dates to your diaries and calendars and support us in our efforts to raise vital funds for the upkeep of our churches.

Parish letter - Sunday 2nd June

Dear Friends in Christ,

As we celebrated the Feast of Trinity last week, we now enter the Ordinary Season, which is the longest season in Christian calendar. Our gospel reading this week leads us to a well-known tension between Jesus and religious leaders over the observance of Sabbath. One pastor says, “Sabbath as that uncluttered time and space in which we can distance ourselves from our own activities enough to see what God is doing.” Often this means retrieving our daily activities by giving a pause and observing what God is doing both in our lives and around us. What saddens my heart is that the religious leaders were so much preoccupied with their own views about what Sabbath was and how to observe it , that they haven’t been able to see what God was doing in their midst. By imposing many unnecessary rules on people, they essentially ignored the most important issues: mercy, justice, and grace.

Eugene Peterson, the author of The Message says, “busyness is the enemy of spirituality. It is essentially laziness. It is doing the easy thing instead of the hard thing. It is filling our time with our own actions instead of paying attention to God’s actions. It is taking charge.” I think the gospel reading provides us both good news and a stern warning. The good news is that Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath. When we stop and observe what God is doing, we will see his works. But also we should be careful not to find ourselves in the same camp with the religious leaders seeking self-righteous and well-indented rules and regulations to “observe” the Sabbath and yet to be blind to what God is doing.

reverend engin
Fr Engin YILDIRIM
(On behalf of the clergy)

Prayer for Holy week

Prayer of the Week
God of truth,
help us to keep your law of love
and to walk in ways of wisdom,
that we may find true life
in Jesus Christ your Son.
Amen.

Week at a glance

This Thursday we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi Parish Mass at 7pm. A day just to say thank you to God for the gift of Communion.

Sunday 2nd June 2024
8.30am Said Mass (St Michael’s Wood Green)
10.30 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green
11.00 am Parish Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes

Tuesday 4th June 2024
11.00 am Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes

Wednesday 5th June 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Thursday 6th June 2024
7pm Holy Hour at St Michael Wood Green

Friday 7th June 2024
5.30 pm Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Saturday 8th June 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Notices

Tuesday Bible Study Group: we take a break this week, but will resume next week.

Wednesday Drop-In: Join us at the Drop-In on Wednesdays between 10.30am and 1.30pm. Warmth, fellowship, and refreshments available for all. All are welcome!

First Communion: All candidates for first Communion met last week and there a 8 in all. Again we shall be meeting after Mass on Sunday for a time of preparation. A reminder that we shall have a rehearsal of Saturday 22nd June from 10am – 11.30pm. First Communion will take place at the Parish Mass on Sunday 23rd June.

Pilgrimages: If you would like information about the pilgrimage to Walsingham in August or the pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi in September 2025, please see the information at the back of the Church or speak to Fr Ian or Carol.

Dates ahead from your social and fund-raising team

  • Cake sale – Saturday 8th June 10- noon St Raphael
  • Saturday 29th June Bowes are hosted the Caribbean evening
  • Bead making –Saturday 6th July 1-4 pm £7 per person
  • Saturday 27th July International evening
  • Summer coach trip Saturday 17th August more details to follow
  • Saturday 7th September Cake sale
  • Sunday September 29th St Michaels day 180th Celebration
  • Saturday 9th November autumn Quiz afternoon 2 to 4pm
  • Bowes are hosting their Christmas Lunch Saturday 7th December
  • Christmas wreath/ flower arrangement Saturday 21st December

Please add these dates to your diaries and calendars and support us in our efforts to raise vital funds for the upkeep of our churches.

Parish letter - 26th May 2024 - Trinity Sunday

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit!!

This Sunday we celebrate Trinity Sunday, that great feast at which we give glory and thanks to God the Father, for revealing his love to us through Christ the Son and for sending the Holy Spirit so that we may know God’s presence with us always. Often described as a mystery, the Holy Trinity is a communion of love, and we are invited to be part of that love which finds its expression in our worship, prayers and relationships with one another.

Over the centuries Christians have grappled with trying to explain or give an intellectual understanding of the Holy Trinity. It was St Patrick who famously used a three-leafed shamrock to teach the unity of God in three persons. However, the mystery of the Trinity is not a problem that needs to be solved, rather it is an experience of faith, an encounter or better still a relationship into which we are invited to participate. By opening our hearts to the living love of the Holy Spirit we are drawn into the loving relationship that exists between the Father and the Son and, as children of God, St Paul reminds us that we receive the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit to fulfil all God asks of us.

May God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with you all.

father ian booth
Fr Ian
(On behalf of the clergy)

Prayer for Holy week

O God, the Three in One,
you draw us into your community of love
with people across the ages and around the world.
By the same Spirit that binds us together
speak to us that what we read and ponder
may enliven us and stretch us to trust and follow you;
through Christ our Savior. Amen.

Week at a glance

(Apologies – Corpus Christi Mass is not tonight – it is next Thursday)

Sunday 26th May 2024 (The Feast of the Holy Trinity)
8.30am Said Mass (St Michael’s Wood Green)
10.30 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green
11.00 am Parish Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes

Tuesday 28th May 2024
11.00 am Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes
12.00 noon The Bible Study & Reflection on Pentecost & Trinity

Wednesday 29th May 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Thursday 30th May 2024
Feast of Corpus Christi Parish Mass 7pm at St Michael’s Wood Green

Friday 31st May 2024
5.30 pm Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Saturday 1st June 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Notices

Tuesday Bible Study Group: We finished our Post Easter theme last week. We will be looking at the significance of Pentecost and talk a little bit about Trinity as we also approach Trinity Sunday. As always, our Bible Study and Discussion group welcomes you if you like to join us. It is a friendly and lively discussion and learning experience for us all.

Wednesday Drop-In: Join us at the Drop-In on Wednesdays between 10.30am and 1.30pm. Warmth, fellowship, and refreshments available for all. All are welcome!

First Communion: Fr Ian would like to see all candidates who are to receive their First Communion after the Parish Mass this Sunday to explain a little more about the occasion planned for Sunday 23rd June.

The confirmation classes are starting at Bowes on Sunday, May 19th just after the Eucharist.

Pilgrimages: If you would like information about the pilgrimage to Walsingham in August or the pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi in September 2025, please see the information at the back of the Church or speak to Fr Ian or Carol.

Dates ahead from your social and fund-raising team

  • Cake sale – Saturday 8th June 10- noon St Raphael
  • Saturday 29th June Bowes are hosted the Caribbean evening
  • Bead making –Saturday 6th July 1-4 pm £7 per person
  • Saturday 27th July International evening
  • Summer coach trip Saturday 17th August more details to follow
  • Saturday 7th September Cake sale
  • Sunday September 29th St Michaels day 180th Celebration
  • Saturday 9th November autumn Quiz afternoon 2 to 4pm
  • Bowes are hosting their Christmas Lunch Saturday 7th December
  • Christmas wreath/ flower arrangement Saturday 21st December

Please add these dates to your diaries and calendars and support us in our efforts to raise vital funds for the upkeep of our churches.

Parish letter - Sunday 19th May / The Feast of Pentecost

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

Dear Friends in Christ,

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

We journeyed together to look at various events that took place after Easter, the resurrection of our Lord in the last fifty days. Before ascension, our Lord promised to his disciples that there will be a new kind of relationship between God and his community, the church. God will pour out his Spirit upon us and that we will experience his imminence in such a way that has never happened before. He will empower us with gifts and courage, so that we can be witnesses to Risen Christ. This event took place ten days after the ascension on the day of Pentecost. This of course is the fulfilment of Jesus’ promises that he will be with us till the end of the age, and that he will send us the Comforter and Advocate who will help us in our earthly journey until we meet again. But what I would like to draw your attention is that when we speak of Holy Spirit, we refer the one who was active in the creation, the Spirit who hovered the waters, the Spirit who created everything, the Spirit who parted the Red Sea, the Spirit who filled the Mount Sinai when Moses received the Law. We refer to the great and powerful presence of God who prophets and men and women of God in the old days wanted to be close to. That Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit now dwells in each child of God, Christians. What makes this possible is not because we are any better than others, or indeed we are more holy, more righteous. Instead, what makes it possible is the precious blood of Christ who made us righteous and ready to receive his Spirit. Praise God for that!

The Holy Spirit does a lot of things in our lives, but one I would like to encourage you is that He empowers us to be a faithful witness to Risen Christ as Jesus promised to us. When we receive the Holy Spirit, we will be his witnesses through our lives, deeds, and words. I wonder what this means for you? Where do you find your courage and wisdom when it comes to telling the story of your life as Christians? It is my prayer that God the Holy Spirit would empower you with a new and fresh understanding of his presence in your life.

reverend engin
Fr Engin YILDIRIM
(On behalf of the clergy)

Prayer for Holy week

Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,
ignite in us your holy fire;
strengthen your children with the gift of faith,
revive your Church with the breath of love,
and renew the face of the earth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Week at a glance

Sunday 19th May 2024 (The Feast of Pentecost)
10.30 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green
11.00 am Parish Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes

Tuesday 21st May 2024
11.00 am Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes
12.00 noon The Bible Study & Reflection on Pentecost & Trinity

Wednesday 22nd May 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Thursday 23rd May 2024
7.00 pm Holy Hour at St Michael Wood Green

Friday 24th May 2024
5.30 pm Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Saturday 25th May 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Notices

Tuesday Bible Study Group: We finished our Post Easter theme last week. We will be looking at the significance of Pentecost and talk a little bit about Trinity as we also approach Trinity Sunday. As always, our Bible Study and Discussion group welcomes you if you like to join us. It is a friendly and lively discussion and learning experience for us all.

Wednesday Drop-In: Join us at the Drop-In on Wednesdays between 10.30am and 1.30pm. Warmth, fellowship and refreshments available for all. All are welcome!

First Communion & Confirmation Classes: If you or your children would like to be prepared for first communion and Confirmation, please let Fr Ian or Fr Engin know. Once expressions of interest have been received, we shall decide for classes to begin.

The confirmation classes are starting at Bowes on Sunday, May 19th just after the Eucharist.

Pilgrimages: If you would like information about the pilgrimage to Walsingham in August or the pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi in September 2025, please see the information at the back of the Church or speak to Fr Ian or Carol.

A Gentle Reminder: Your clergy are called by God to love and serve you. If there is anything you want to speak about in confidence, or if there is anything you want us to pray for, or should you know someone who is unwell and needs a visit – please let us know. Should you wish to make your confession as part of your Lent preparations please speak to us to make arrangements.

Dates ahead from your social and fund-raising team

  • Cake sale – Saturday 8th June 10- noon St Raphael
  • Saturday 29th June Bowes are hosted the Caribbean evening
  • Bead making –Saturday 6th July 1-4 pm £7 per person
  • Saturday 27th July International evening
  • Summer coach trip Saturday 17th August more details to follow
  • Saturday 7th September Cake sale
  • Sunday September 29th St Michaels day 180th Celebration
  • Saturday 9th November autumn Quiz afternoon 2 to 4pm
  • Bowes are hosting their Christmas Lunch Saturday 7th December
  • Christmas wreath/ flower arrangement Saturday 21st December

Please add these dates to your diaries and calendars and support us in our efforts to raise vital funds for the upkeep of our churches.

Parish letter - Sunday 12th May - Easter 7

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

There is a vase of tulips sitting before me. They were tight buds a day or two ago. Now they are open and rich in beauty and colour. Tomorrow or the next day they will start to wilt. The petals will fall and they will be finished.
In this Sunday’s Gospel reading we hear Jesus speaking directly to his Father. He has not yet ascended but he is preparing to leave the world and he prays on behalf of his disciples. It is a beautiful prayer… emotional and filled with love… and becomes all the more beautiful when we remember that we are his disciples and that he prays these words for us too. He says that he gave the Father’s word to the disciples and the world hated them, because they belong to the world no more…

How can we not belong to the world?
This week we celebrate the Ascension of Jesus Christ. He leaves the world and goes back to his Father in heaven. We know that we too will leave this world and, through our faith in Jesus Christ, we will not perish, but will go to heaven for eternity. Our time here is temporary. I’ve heard it said that we are ‘exiles’ in the world. It is not our true home. We are in a foreign land and like all exiles we long to go back home. Try to find the time this week to contemplate the temporary nature of the world. That you are just ‘passing through’ on your way home… home to the Kingdom that will not end. Home to where your Father is waiting to welcome you with his arms wide open.

For now, I will enjoy my tulips, knowing that they will not last. Christ is Risen, Alleluia!

With love and prayers,

Sr Pat
(On behalf of the clergy)

Prayer for Holy week

Risen and Ascended Christ,
You loved your disciples while on this earth
And you love us with the same unconditional love.
Help us to learn not to cling to the things of this world.
Not to yearn for riches or for the adoration of others.
To live thankfully and simply with what we have
In the knowledge that all worldly things will pass away.
In Your Name, Jesus, we pray, Amen.

Week at a glance

Sunday 12h May 2024 (Easter – 7)
8.30 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green
10.30 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green
11.00 am Parish Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes

Tuesday 14th May 2024
11.00 am Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes
12.00 noon There will not be a Bible Study this week.

Wednesday 15th May 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Thursday 16th May 2024
7.00 pm No Holy Hour this week only

Friday 17th May 2024
5.30 pm Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Saturday 18th May 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Sunday 19th May – Feast of Pentecost
No 8.30am at Wood Green for this week only please join the Parish Mass at 10.30am
Where our guest celebrant and preacher is the Archdeacon Fr John

Notices

Tuesday Bible Study Group: We continue to study post-resurrection stories, this follows the 11am Eucharist at St Michael at Bowes

Wednesday Drop-In – Join us at the Drop-In on Wednesdays between 10.30am and 1.30pm. Warmth, fellowship and refreshments available for all. All are welcome!

First Communion 23rd June – If you or your children would like to be prepared for first communion , please let Fr Ian or Fr Engin know. Preparation for this includes Sunday attendance at the Parish Mass, I look forward to seeing you.

Pilgrimages – If you would like information about the pilgrimage to Walsingham in August or the pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi in September 2025, please see the information at the back of the Church or speak to Fr Ian or Carol.

A gentle reminder – Your clergy are called by God to love and serve you. If there is anything you want to speak about in confidence, or if there is anything you want us to pray for, or should you know someone who is unwell and needs a visit – please let us know.

Dates ahead from your social and fund-raising team

  • Bowes Spring lunch Saturday 11th May 1-4pm
  • Cake sale – Saturday 8th June 10- noon St Raphael
  • Saturday 29th June Bowes are hosted the Caribbean evening
  • Bead making –Saturday 6th July 1-4 pm £7 per person
  • Saturday 27th July International evening
  • Summer coach trip Saturday 17th August more details to follow
  • Saturday 7th September Cake sale
  • Sunday September 29th St Michaels day 180th Celebration
  • Saturday 9th November autumn Quiz afternoon 2 to 4pm
  • Bowes are hosting their Christmas Lunch Saturday 7th December
  • Christmas wreath/ flower arrangement Saturday 21st December

Please add these dates to your diaries and calendars and support us in our efforts to raise vital funds for the upkeep of our churches.

Parish letter - Sunday 5th May 2024 - Easter 6

Dear Friends in Christ,

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

Last week, we heard Fr Ian telling us that the Vine and the Branches are one and that there is a mutual interdependence between them and therefore following Jesus is not a private matter. This reminds me what one of my professors said during my studies. He said, when Jesus ascended into heaven, he has not left a book, a guiding manual, but a group of people who witnessed to his life events including his death and resurrection. The early believers and apostles became an “open book” for the rest of the world, though we now have the written book as well.

The second half of the metaphor reveals to us the primary fruit of this organic relationship between the Vine and the Branches. That fruit is nothing other than love.

Here Jesus redefines what love is by saying “no one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” The idea of sacrificial love is beyond our understanding, both then and now. However, Jesus demonstrated this love by giving his life on the cross for his friends. How does this love work then? How can we learn to love in the way Jesus loved us?

I think there is a caveat here: This love is a natural fruit of devotion and relationship with the Vine rather than a simple moral requirement that we need to generate our own. In other words, this love only comes out of us by abiding in the Vine. However, the mystery is that we only learn to abide in Christ in the context of community of faith, the church. In all our eccentricity when Christians do life-together, we learn the deep fountain of love that comes out of Christ’s heart. Through these interactions in the community, we make Christ’s love visible to the world. So, there is an interdependence not only between the Vine and the Branches, but also within the Branches. As we prepare for Sunday, perhaps we could pounder upon how we could encourage each other to grow in this love.

reverend engin
Fr Engin YILDIRIM
(On behalf of the clergy)

Prayer for Holy week

Risen Christ,
by the lakeside you renewed your call to your disciples:
help your Church to obey your command
and draw the nations to the fire of your love,
to the glory of God the Father.

Holy Week at a glance

Sunday 5th May 2024 (Easter – 6)
8.30 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green
10.30 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green
11.00 am Parish Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes

Tuesday 7th May 2024
11.00 am Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes
12.00 noon There will not be a Bible Study this week.

Wednesday 8th May 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Thursday 9th May 2024 Feast of the Ascension of the Lord
7.00 pm Parish Mass at St Michael’s Wood Green

Friday 10th May 2024
5.30 pm Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Saturday 11th May 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Notices

This coming Thursday is Ascension Day a major day in our Easter celebrations. It is one of those days when Christian people should gather to celebrate and receive communion. To that end parish Mass will be celebrated at 7pm in Wood Green and we look forward to seeing you

Tuesday Bible Study Group: Whilst we continue to study post-resurrection stories, for this week we will not have Tuesday Bible Study. We will resume on Tuesday, May 14th 2024.

Wednesday Drop-In – Join us at the Drop-In on Wednesdays between 10.30am
and 1.30pm. Warmth, fellowship and refreshments available for all. All are welcome!

First Communion 23rd June – If you or your children would like to be prepared for first communion , please let Fr Ian or Fr Engin know. Preparation for this includes Sunday attendance at the Parish Mass, I look forward to seeing you.

Pilgrimages – If you would like information about the pilgrimage to Walsingham in August or the pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi in September 2025, please see the information at the back of the Church or speak to Fr Ian or Carol.

A gentle reminder – Your clergy are called by God to love and serve you. If there is anything you want to speak about in confidence, or if there is anything you want us to pray for, or should you know someone who is unwell and needs a visit – please let us know.

Dates ahead from your social and fund-raising team

  • Bowes Spring lunch Saturday 11th May 1-4pm
  • Cake sale – Saturday 8th June 10- noon St Raphael
  • Saturday 29th June Bowes are hosted the Caribbean evening
  • Bead making –Saturday 6th July 1-4 pm £7 per person
  • Saturday 27th July International evening
  • Summer coach trip Saturday 17th August more details to follow
  • Saturday 7th September Cake sale
  • Sunday September 29th St Michaels day 180th Celebration
  • Saturday 9th November autumn Quiz afternoon 2 to 4pm
  • Bowes are hosting their Christmas Lunch Saturday 7th December
  • Christmas wreath/ flower arrangement Saturday 21st December

Please add these dates to your diaries and calendars and support us in our efforts to raise vital funds for the upkeep of our churches.

Parish letter - Sunday 28th April 2024 - Easter 5

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

“I don’t need to go to church, I can worship God in my own way, after all it is my personal relationship with God that counts” I have heard this said so many times and whenever I do I often remark that I fear our Lord might just disagree with such sentiment.

From earliest times, following Jesus was never just a private and personal matter. Christians came together to live in community, to profess their faith in Jesus Christ, to witness to his resurrection, and live by his teachings. The profound reason for this is given to us by the Lord himself in this coming Sunday’s Gospel – Jesus proclaims, ‘I am the vine, you are the branches.’ The vine and the branches are one. There is a mutual interdependence of branch and vine and branch with branch. To say, ‘I will follow Jesus but not the church,’ is to separate Jesus from his church, to effectively cut off the branches from the vine. The first disciples of Jesus had seen him, eaten with him and spoken with him after his resurrection. As a consequence they had a deep sense of connectedness with him, a connectedness which gave them great strength. The Lord had chosen them; he had made them his friends and sent them out to bear fruit in his name.

The world is crying out for community. There should be no such thing as a solitary Christian. The fruit which the Lord desires from us is primarily that of unity among ourselves. By this all will know that we are living branches of the true vine – by the bond that exists between us and the care we show for one another.

May the risen Lord be with you Alleluia!!!

father ian booth
Fr Ian Booth
(On behalf of the clergy)

Prayer for Holy week

God of love,
plant us in the soil of your grace.
Nurture us with the strength of Christ,
the vine of everlasting life.
Enlighten us with the wisdom of your Spirit,
which flows through us today and all days.
Abide in us, that we may abide in you
and live in your love. In your holy name, we pray. Amen

Holy Week at a glance

Sunday 28th April 2024 (Easter – 4)
8.30 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green
10.30 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green
11.00 am Parish Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes
12.30 pm Annual Parochial Church Meeting (St Michael’s Wood Green)

Tuesday 30th April 2024
11.00 am Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes
12.00 noon Bible Study & Discussion: Post-Easter Faith Series

Wednesday 1st May 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Thursday 2nd May 2024
7.00 pm Holy Hour at St Michael Wood Green

Friday 3rd May 2024
5.30 pm Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Saturday 4th May 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Notices

APCM this Sunday at 12.30pm – We would like to remind you that we shall be holding the APCM after the Parish Mass this Sunday.

New to the parish? First of all a warm welcome it is good to have you with us. It would really help if you would sign up for the parish electoral roll, forms are available at both churches. This will help us keep in touch with you throughout the year.

Tuesday Bible Study Group: We have been studying post-resurrection stories under the heading of Post-Easter Faith during Eastertide. Join us at St Michael at Bowes following the 11am Eucharist.

Wednesday Drop-In – Join us at the Drop-In on Wednesdays between 10.30amand 1.30pm. Warmth, fellowship and refreshments available for all. All are welcome!

First Communion; We shall admit people to their first communion on Sunday 23rd June following a number of weeks of preparation. Please note this date.

Pilgrimages – If you would like information about the pilgrimage to Walsingham in August or the pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi in September 2025, please see the information at the back of the Church or speak to Fr Ian or Carol.

A gentle reminder – Your clergy are called by God to love and serve you. If there is anything you want to speak about in confidence, or if there is anything you want us to pray for, or should you know someone who is unwell and needs a visit – please let us know.

Dates ahead from your social and fund-raising team

  • Bowes Spring lunch Saturday 11th May 1-4pm
  • Cake sale – Saturday 8th June 10- noon St Raphael
  • Saturday 29th June Bowes are hosted the Caribbean evening
  • Bead making –Saturday 6th July 1-4 pm £7 per person
  • Saturday 27th July International evening
  • Summer coach trip Saturday 17th August more details to follow
  • Saturday 7th September Cake sale
  • Sunday September 29th St Michaels day 180th Celebration
  • Saturday 9th November autumn Quiz afternoon 2 to 4pm
  • Bowes are hosting their Christmas Lunch Saturday 7th December
  • Christmas wreath/ flower arrangement Saturday 21st December

Please add these dates to your diaries and calendars and support us in our efforts to raise vital funds for the upkeep of our churches.

Parish letter - Sunday 21st April 2024 - Easter 4

Dear Friends in Christ,

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

Years ago, I heard someone say that the most important crisis in the world is the crisis of leadership. What he wanted to say was that we need constructive, honest, courageous, and caring leadership executed full of integrity and accountability. Years have passed and when we look at the world today, it is possible to see that this saying is not wrong. Is it not? We see that trust in leaders is decreasing both in our country and around the world. There is more suspicion about their altering motifs and there is not one single day that we hear another scandal. As a society, we have a deep hunger for trustworthy, loving, and caring leadership.

This Sunday we will be hearing about Jesus’ leadership as our Good Shepherd. In every way, Jesus challenges “worldly leadership” as one who gives his life for his flock. He knows his own by name just as the way the Father knows his. This is an amazing picture of intimacy, a picture where a possibility of great communion which always has been between the Father and the Son now extended to us, the flock. At the heart of this kind of leadership therefore is not much about get on the job, but a relationship lies. We are all invited to the heart of God through his Son, our Lord Jesus. This passage does not require us anything to achieve to earn God’s love and approval. It is a pure invitation to come to him to put our trust in him and to follow him. He does the rest for us as the Good Shepherd.

Of course, this is a very different kind of leadership in comparison to the ones we experience in the world. Perhaps, it is also the ultimate quest of our hearts as we long for this kind of leadership in which we willingly submit ourselves to our Good Shepherd, one who knows us inside out and yet he loves us so much so that he gives himself for us.

May God fill you with the love of the Good Shepherd as you ponder upon his invitation and that you would experience his intimacy, love, care and guidance in your lives.

reverend engin
Fr Engin YILDIRIM
(On behalf of the clergy)

Prayer for Holy week

Risen Christ,
faithful shepherd of your Father’s sheep:
teach us to hear your voice
and to follow your command,
that all your people may be gathered into one flock,
to the glory of God the Father. Amen

Holy Week at a glance

Sunday 21st April 2024 (Easter – 4)
08.30 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green
10.30 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green
11.00 am Parish Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes

Tuesday 23rd April 2024
11.00 am Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes
12.00 noon Bible Study & Discussion: Post-Easter Faith Series

Wednesday 24th April 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Thursday 25th April 2024
7.00 pm Holy Hour at St Michael Wood Green

Friday 26th April 2024
5.30 pm Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Saturday 27th April 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Notices

APCM Next Sunday at 12.30pm – We would like to remind you that we shall be holding the APCM on next week Sunday April 28th after the Parish Mass in Wood Green.

New to the parish? First of all a warm welcome it is good to have you with us. It would really help if you would sign up for the parish electoral roll, forms are available at both churches. This will help us keep in touch with you throughout the year.

Tuesday Bible Study Group: We have been studying post-resurrection stories
under the heading of Post-Easter Faith during Eastertide. We will be looking at some
of the episodes where Risen Christ appeared to his disciples and reflect on how
resurrection has changed the faith and mission of the church. As always, our group
is open for anyone to come and join us.

Wednesday Drop-In – Join us at the Drop-In on Wednesdays between 10.30am
and 1.30pm. Warmth, fellowship and refreshments available for all. All are
welcome!

First Communion; If you or your children would like to be prepared for first communion please let Fr Ian or Fr Engin know. We shall admit people to their first communion on Sunday 23rd June following a number of weeks of preparation.

Pilgrimages – If you would like information about the pilgrimage to Walsingham in August or the pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi in September 2025, please see the information at the back of the Church or speak to Fr Ian or Carol.

A gentle reminder – Your clergy are called by God to love and serve you. If there is
anything you want to speak about in confidence, or if there is anything you want us
to pray for, or should you know someone who is unwell and needs a visit – please let
us know. Should you wish to make your confession as part of your Lent
preparations please speak to us to make arrangements.

Dates ahead from your social and fund-raising team

  • Bowes Spring lunch Saturday 11th May 1-4pm
  • Cake sale – Saturday 8th June 10- noon St Raphael
  • Saturday 29th June Bowes are hosted the Caribbean evening
  • Bead making –Saturday 6th July 1-4 pm £7 per person
  • Saturday 27th July International evening
  • Summer coach trip Saturday 17th August more details to follow
  • Saturday 7th September Cake sale
  • Sunday September 29th St Michaels day 180th Celebration
  • Saturday 9th November autumn Quiz afternoon 2 to 4pm
  • Bowes are hosting their Christmas Lunch Saturday 7th December
  • Christmas wreath/ flower arrangement Saturday 21st December

Please add these dates to your diaries and calendars and support us in our efforts to raise vital funds for the upkeep of our churches.

Parish letter - Sunday 14th April 2024 - Easter 3

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

This Sunday’s Gospel reading takes place after the reading about the two disciples who met a stranger on the road to Emmaus. They invited him in to stay with them, and as he broke the bread and blessed it, their eyes were opened and they knew who he was… and then he vanished.

This Sunday’s reading has them back in Jerusalem, excited to tell the other disciples that they had seen the Lord. I think we can assume that this is night time because Jesus had appeared to the two disciples as evening was approaching. Their walk back to Jerusalem was about eight miles. So we can imagine the room lit by oil lamps or candles. There would be shadows and flickering light. The evening meal is finished. Maybe there are dishes, pots and scraps on the table. They are all talking about what they had seen when suddenly Jesus is standing among them.

Luke tells us how the disciples were initially frightened, thinking that he was a ghost, and then, on seeing his hands and feet, were dumbfounded. We can imagine an awkward silence… the disciples standing with their mouths open staring at Jesus. He, of course, knows exactly what to do. He asks for something to eat. The silence is broken as they busy themselves finding him leftover grilled fish and watching him eat. When things settle down, he opens their minds to understand the scriptures. Imagine yourself in that room watching the risen Lord eating fish. Remember what had happened over the past few days. How would you feel? What would you say to Jesus?

Saint Teresa of Avila wrote that we find God amongst the pots and pans. He is not a God who is lofty and stands in high places. He is with us in our everyday, messy lives.

Alleluia Christ is risen! He is risen indeed Alleluia!

With love and prayers,

Sr Pat
(On behalf of the clergy)

Prayer for Holy week

Lord Jesus,
Help us always to remember
That you are with us wherever we are.
You are in our kitchens and living rooms,
In our bedrooms and even our bathrooms.
You are with us in our joys and in our sorrows,
In our triumphs and our failures.
You laugh with us and you wipe away our tears.
You lived among us and understand us.
We love you Jesus and we thank you.
You are our Lord and our God.
Amen

Holy Week at a glance

Sunday 14th April 2024 (Easter – 3)
08.30 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green
10.30 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green
11.00 am Parish Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes

Tuesday 16th April 2024
11.00 am Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes
12.00 noon Post-Easter Faith Series

Wednesday 17th April 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Thursday 18th April 2024
7.00 pm Holy Hour at St Michael Wood Green

Friday 19th April 2024
5.30 pm Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Saturday 20th April 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Notices

Tuesday Bible Study Group: Following the Easter story, our group have decided to focus on post-Easter faith during Eastertide. We will be looking at some of the episodes where Risen Christ appeared to his disciples and reflect on how resurrection has changed the faith and mission of the church. As always, our group is open for anyone to come and join us.

Wednesday Drop-In – Join us at the Drop-In on Wednesdays between 10.30am and 1.30pm. Warmth, fellowship and refreshments available for all. All are welcome!

First Communion & Confirmation Classes –We are looking to admit people to receive their 1st Communion on Sunday 23rd June. Please make sure Fr Ian knows if you or your children (aged 8 upwards) would like to be included. This will be a big day but it is not a Confirmation service. A service of Confirmation will be arranged once we can establish a date with the Bishop. Instruction for those seeking 1st Communion will begin on Sunday 26th May following the 10.30am Parish Mass. Sunday attendance from now on is an essential part of the training and we look forward to seeing you.

APCM: We would like to remind you that our parish will have an APCM gathering on Sunday, April 28th after the morning services for both of our churches.

Pilgrimages – If you would like information about the pilgrimage to Walsingham in August or the pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi in September 2025, please see the information at the back of the Church or speak to Fr Ian or Carol.

A gentle reminder – Your clergy are called by God to love and serve you. If there is anything you want to speak about in confidence, or if there is anything you want us to pray for, or should you know someone who is unwell and needs a visit – please let us know. Should you wish to make your confession as part of your Lent preparations please speak to us to make arrangements.

For your prayers – We continue to hold Simon Billington and his family in our prayers as he nears the completion of his studies and prepares for his Ordination in June. Simon will be ordained at the end of June and we look forward to officially welcoming Fr Simon as our Curate then.

Fr Ian & Carol – Once again thank you all for your prayers, love & care. We shall be laying George to rest on Wednesday at 2pm

Dates ahead from your social and fund-raising team

  • Bowes Spring lunch Saturday 11th May 1-4pm
  • Cake sale – Saturday 8th June 10- noon St Raphael
  • Saturday 29th June Bowes are hosted the Caribbean evening
  • Bead making –Saturday 6th July 1-4 pm £7 per person
  • Saturday 27th July International evening
  • Summer coach trip Saturday 17th August more details to follow
  • Saturday 7th September Cake sale
  • Sunday September 29th St Michaels day 180th Celebration
  • Saturday 9th November autumn Quiz afternoon 2 to 4pm
  • Bowes are hosting their Christmas Lunch Saturday 7th December
  • Christmas wreath/ flower arrangement Saturday 21st December

Please add these dates to your diaries and calendars and support us in our efforts to raise vital funds for the upkeep of our churches.

Parish letter - Sunday 7th April 2024 - Easter 2

Dear Friends in Christ,

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

It was so lovely to see many of you over the course of Holy Week and indeed on Easter Day in our churches. Easter also known as Eastertide is of course a season of seven weeks leading up to the Pentecost. During this period, we hear various post-Easter appearances of Christ to his disciples and its consequences. This week, we
will be hearing of Jesus’ appearing to his disciples exactly a week after Easter Sunday, where he particularly ministers to Thomas, one of the Twelve, who is also known as Doubtful Thomas. Jesus comes into the house when the doors were locked for the fear of the Jews and offers them peace to his disciples. I think this gives us insight about the nature of Christian faith and ministry.

William Willimon, a scholar at Duke Seminary tells a story about a beautiful inner-city church, at one point struggled in mission and evangelism. Like many inner-city churches, they were vandalised by rough sleepers and the PCC gathered to discuss what they could do to stop this. So far a familiar story, right? They were talking about investing in a very expensive CCTV system, but one of the elderly members of PCC said why don’t we welcome these people in our church? Why don’t we make some room for them and see what happens. When they opened the doors for rough sleepers, they started to see many people coming in week by week. They started to feed them, and some retired nurses offered their time and service for them. Surely enough, after several months they have seen the church is filled with people. Willimon says, like Jesus came in behind the locked doors on that Sunday, he now came in “behind the locked doors” to this church.

I thought this is an inspiring and beautiful story to share with you. We too see the signs of people coming into our simple hospitality to the greater community whether that is Drop-in ministry we consistently offer or Bible Studies, Messy Church, our weekly pattern of worship or something else. Let’s ponder upon how Christ comes to us today, and the contrast between the fear and peace which is mentioned in the reading.

Every blessing,

reverend engin
Fr Engin YILDIRIM
(On behalf of the clergy)

Prayer for Holy week

Risen Christ,
for whom no door is locked, no entrance barred:
open the doors of our hearts,
that we may seek the good of others
and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace,
to the praise of God the Father. Amen

Holy Week at a glance

Sunday 7th April 2024 (Easter – 2)
8.30 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green
10.30 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green
11.00 am Parish Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes

Tuesday 9th April 2024
11.00 am Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes
12.00 noon Post-Easter Faith Series

Wednesday 10th April 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Thursday 11th April 2024
7.00 pm Holy Hour at St Michael Wood Green

Friday 12th April 2024
5.30 pm Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Saturday 13th April 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Notices

Tuesday Bible Study Group: Following the Easter story, our group have decided to focus on post-Easter faith during Eastertide. We will be looking at some of the episodes where Risen Christ appeared to his disciples and reflect on how resurrection has changed the faith and mission of the church. As always, our group is open for anyone to come and join us.

Wednesday Drop-In – Join us at the Drop-In on Wednesdays between 10.30am
and 1.30pm. Warmth, fellowship and refreshments available for all. All are welcome!

First Communion & Confirmation Classes – We are looking to admit people to receive their 1st Communion on Sunday 23rd June. Please make sure Fr Ian knows if you or your children (aged 8 upwards) would like to be included. This will be a big day but it is not a Confirmation service. A service of Confirmation will be arranged once we can establish a date with the Bishop. Instruction for those seeking 1st Communion will begin on Sunday 26th May following the 10.30am Parish Mass. Sunday attendance from now on is an essential part of the training and we look forward to seeing you.

APCM: We would like to remind you that our parish will have an APCM gathering on Sunday, April 28th after the morning services for both of our churches.

Pilgrimages – If you would like information about the pilgrimage to Walsingham in August or the pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi in September 2025, please see the
information at the back of the Church or speak to Fr Ian or Carol.

A gentle reminder – Your clergy are called by God to love and serve you. If there is anything you want to speak about in confidence, or if there is anything you want us to pray for, or should you know someone who is unwell and needs a visit – please let us know. Should you wish to make your confession as part of your Lent preparations please speak to us to make arrangements.

Fr Ian & Carol – would like to thank you all for your kind thoughts, prayers and messages following the death of my father (George). We are deeply touched by your love and care, thank you all.

Dates ahead from your social and fund-raising team

  • Bowes Spring lunch Saturday 11th May 1-4pm
  • Cake sale – Saturday 8th June 10- noon St Raphael
  • Saturday 29th June Bowes are hosted the Caribbean evening
  • Bead making –Saturday 6th July 1-4 pm £7 per person
  • Saturday 27th July International evening
  • Summer coach trip Saturday 17th August more details to follow
  • Saturday 7th September Cake sale
  • Sunday September 29th St Michaels day 180th Celebration
  • Saturday 9th November autumn Quiz afternoon 2 to 4pm
  • Bowes are hosting their Christmas Lunch Saturday 7th December
  • Christmas wreath/ flower arrangement Saturday 21st December

 

Please add these dates to your diaries and calendars and support us in our efforts to raise vital funds for the upkeep of our churches.

Parish letter - Holy Week & Easter 2024

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

Holy Week began in the most spectacular and moving way as we marched through the streets proclaiming Hosanna in the highest, recalling that moment when our Lord and Saviour entered into Jerusalem.

Now we reach the summit of the Churches year, the Easter Triduum (the great three days). Although three separate days, it is in a liturgical sense one service that flows from one into another enabling us to enter fully into the Lord’s passion, death and resurrection. The Triduum is packed with symbolism and meaning and we shall be keeping it in all its fullness and we hope and pray you will play your part in the drama of God who reveals His great love for us in the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.

As your clergy we shall be praying for you especially on Maundy Thursday and as we have walked together throughout Lent, we look forward to sharing with you in the fulfilment of that journey as we move on to the Easter celebrations.

May the passion of Christ strengthen you to walk with him in his risen life.

With love & prayers

father ian booth
Fr Ian
(On behalf of the clergy)

Prayer for Holy week

Glory and power to you Lord Jesus,
who submitted to the will of the Father,
who broke bread with the one who would betray,
who washed the feet of the one who would deny,
who healed the ear of the one who would arrest,
and in his faithfulness will win victory over sin and death.
Glory to you O Lord. Amen

Holy Week at a glance

Maundy Thursday 28th March
7.30 pm Maundy Thursday Mass & vigil of prayer till midnight at St Michael Wood Green
7.30 pm Maundy Thursday Service at St Michael-at-Bowes Church

Good Friday 29th March
The great 3 hours (St Michael Wood Green)
12noon – 1.30pm Stations of the Cross
1.30pm – 3pm Good Friday Liturgy with veneration of the Cross
1.00 pm Good Friday Service at St Michael-at-Bowes Church

Holy Saturday Easter Vigil 30th March (St Michael’s Wood Green)
8pm Lighting of Easter fire, renewal of Baptismal promises, first Mass of Easter

Easter Sunday 31st March Alleluia Alleluia Alleluia
10.30am Parish Mass of Easter Day at St Michael Wood Green
11.00am Easter Day Eucharist at Bowes

Easter Tuesday 2nd April
11.00am Mass at St Michael at Bowes
12noon -1pm Easter Bible Study

Easter Wednesday 3rd April
12noon Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Easter Thursday 4th April
7.00pm Holy hour at St Michael Wood Green

Easter Friday 5th April
5.30pm Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Easter Saturday 6th April
12noon Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Notices

Please remember the clocks go forward one hour on Holy Saturday night 30th March.

We look forward to seeing you throughout our Holy Week and Easter celebrations. Of all times, this is the moment when Christians need to stand up and proclaim the glory of God. Please do all you can to join us as we proclaim to the world ‘Christ has died! Christ is Risen!! Christ will come again!!!

Parish letter - Holy Week 2024

Dear Friends in Christ,

Peace and grace be with you all.

It was only several weeks ago; we entered the season of Lent as we had two beautiful
celebrations of Ash Wednesday services in our churches where we had a chance to see many of you. On that day, we humbly received the ashes which were used and prayed over at last year’s Palm Sunday. We observed this season by creating more space for God and perhaps observing various spiritual disciples. It is our prayer as your priests that you found this lent enriching in many ways and that you have experienced the intimacy of God in your daily lives.

We are now approaching another Palm Sunday and of course the Holy Week. We will have symbolic processions on Sunday with palm branches in hands and we will sing
hosannas to as Jesus’ disciples did when Jesus entered Jerusalem, the city of peace on Palm Sunday. Like many ancient cities, the city of Jerusalem was used to see parades where a mighty kings might march into the city with his army. Almost always however this would be a power display with great armies, horses, and chariots. The entire city must have been attending to the processions and cheering for the kings.

Jesus’ triumphal entry however was not quite the same. He didn’t have an army, nor did he even have a horse to start with. He entered Jerusalem on a donkey, a borrowed one in fact. His friends were cheering for him, but he hasn’t entered the city by instilling fear in the people like other kings. One preacher puts it “what we see in Jesus’ triumphal entry is both majesty and meekness.” He continues, “In Jesus we find infinite majesty yet complete humility, perfect justice yet boundless grace, absolute sovereignty yet utter submission, all-sufficiency in himself yet entire trust and dependence on God.”

Everything Jesus did during the Holy Week like cleansing the temple, washing his disciples’ feet, administering the Eucharist, and of course embracing the cross is of great importance for us and our salvation. It is no wonder why the Holy Week has always been the climax of Christian liturgy. The week begins with triumphal entry to Jerusalem and ends with the victory, the resurrection of Christ.

As your clergy, we would like to invite you to join us marching for Jesus on Palm Sunday with joy to mark the beginning of the Holy Week. We encourage you to come and give us an opportunity to minister to you as your priest on Maundy Thursday and of course come and reflect with us on Good Friday too. We will make our churches and ourselves available for you and very much looking forward to seeing you all.

Have a very blessed Holy Week.

reverend engin
Fr Engin YILDIRIM
(On behalf of the clergy)

Prayer for the week

Almighty ever-living God,
Who in your tender love towards the human race
Sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
To take upon him our flesh
And to suffer death upon the cross:
Grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,
And also be made partakers of his resurrection;
Through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
Who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God, now and for ever. Amen.

Holy Week at a glance

Sunday 24th March 2024 (Palm Sunday)
10.15 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green
11.00 am Parish Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes
6.00 pm The Stations of the Cross at St Michael Wood Green

Tuesday 26th March 2024
10.15 am The Stations of the Cross at St Michael-at-Bowes
11.00 am Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes
12.00 noon Lenten Study & Discussion: Come and See

Wednesday 27th March 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Maundy Thursday 28th March
7.30 pm Maundy Thursday Mass & vigil of prayer till midnight at St Michael Wood Green
7.30 pm Maundy Thursday Service at St Michael-at-Bowes Church

Good Friday 29th March
The great 3 hours (St Michael Wood Green)
12noon – 1.30pm Stations of the Cross
1.30pm – 3pm Good Friday Liturgy with veneration of the Cross
1.00 pm Good Friday Service at St Michael-at-Bowes Church

Holy Saturday Easter Vigil 30th March (St Michael’s Wood Green)
8pm Lighting of Easter fire, renewal of Baptismal promises, first Mass of Easter

Easter Sunday 31st March
10.30am St Michael’s Wood Green – Parish Mass for Easter
11am Bowes – Easter Eucharist

Notices

Please do all you can to be present for the walk of witness on Palm Sunday this will begin at 10.15am in Trinity Gardens for St Michael’s Wood Green and 10.45am at St Michael at Bowes. This is the time for all Christians to stand up and be counted as we witness to God’s great love for us which we will remember throughout the whole of Holy Week.

Stations of the Cross: This beautiful and moving Lenten discipline will take place every Sunday evening in Lent at 6pm. lasting about 50 minutes it leads us to a deep understanding of Christ’s passion.

Wednesday Drop-In – Join us at the Drop-In on Wednesdays between 10.30am and 1.30pm. Warmth, fellowship and refreshments available for all. All are welcome!

First Communion & Confirmation Classes – If you or your children would like to be prepared for first communion and Confirmation, please let Fr Ian or Fr Engin know.

Pilgrimages – If you would like information about the pilgrimage to Walsingham in August or the pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi in September 2025, please see the information at the back of the Church or speak to Fr Ian or Carol.

A gentle reminder – Your clergy are called by God to love and serve you. If there is anything you want to speak about in confidence, or if there is anything you want us to pray for, or should you know someone who is unwell and needs a visit – please let us know. Should you wish to make your confession as part of your Lent preparations please speak to us to make arrangements.

Dates ahead from your social and fund-raising team:

  • Bowes Spring lunch Saturday 11th May 1-4pm
  • Cake sale – Saturday 8th June 10- noon St Raphael
  • Saturday 29th June Bowes are hosted the Caribbean evening
  • Bead making –Saturday 6th July 1-4 pm £7 per person
  • Saturday 27th July International evening
  • Summer coach trip Saturday 17th August more details to follow
  • Saturday 7th September Cake sale
  • Sunday September 29th St Michaels day 180th Celebration
  • Saturday 9th November autumn Quiz afternoon 2 to 4pm
  • Bowes are hosting their Christmas Lunch Saturday 7th December
  • Christmas wreath/ flower arrangement Saturday 21st December

Please add these dates to your diaries and calendars and support us in our efforts to raise vital funds for the upkeep of our churches.

Message from Fr Ian – Dear Brothers & Sisters, Carol and I are so grateful for your love and prayers over the last week as we have kept vigil with my father following his horrendous fall last weekend. George remains in a critical condition in Medway hospital which means we shall be travelling daily to be by his side. I am grateful to Fr Engin for his care and support and also to Kathy, Festus and Sr Pat for keeping the worship going in my absence. I do intend to be present for as many services as I possibly can this Holy Week especially for the great 3 days from Maundy Thursday to Easter Day. I look forward to worshiping with you and walking with our Lord in his passion, death and resurrection. God bless you all for your love and care.

Parish letter - Sunday 17th March - Lent 5

Dear Friends in Christ,

I trust you and your loved ones are all well. It was so lovely to see many of you on Mothering Sunday in our churches. It is hard to believe that we are nearly coming to the end of the Lenten season. We do hope and pray that you are having a blessed Lent, in which you experience God’s intimacy and guidance in your lives.

We are journeying with Jesus to Jerusalem, and this week we will be hearing Jesus’ teachings according to the gospel of John (John 12:20-33), which is the beginning of the so called book of glory, the second part of the book. This part primarily provides various discourses between Jesus and his disciples, and in many ways, Jesus prepares his friends for his departure and new era. This Sunday we will be hearing Jesus saying that “the hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified” which indicates the cross and even he goes further to say that “unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” Whilst on one level Jesus prepares his disciples for the cross, I think on another level this reading brings us to the question what makes us Christian? Over centuries, there have been many people who are drawn to Jesus for different reasons. Perhaps some people might say, I do not know anything else, I was born in a Christian home, and to my knowledge my entire family had been Christian, so I am too.

Others might say that I find safety in Jesus; he is so gracious, loving and certainly holds high values. Maybe others might find Jesus radical and revelationist as he indeed challenged the institutions in his time. Even people of other faith such as Muslims would respect Jesus as one who is holy. Clearly, we all might find something that draws us to him. I still wonder if that makes us Christian. It seems to me Jesus’ answer to question at least in part is to do with wholeheartedly following him. In other words, Jesus is not content if we like him or admire him, but he would want us to give our lives for him. To follow a person requires single-minded attention and dedication. It requires making that person first over everything and everyone else. It requires making decisions that honours whom we follow, and not being afraid of the consequences. It requires frankly sacrifice at times from our own desires and wants. Jesus wants us to be his disciples, not admirers.

Every blessing,

reverend engin
Fr Engin YILDIRIM
(On behalf of the clergy)

Prayer for the week

Gracious Father,
you gave up your Son
out of love for the world:
lead us to ponder the mysteries of his passion,
that we may know eternal peace
through the shedding of our Saviour’s blood,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Week at a glance

Sunday 17th March 2024 (Lent 5)
08.30 am Said Mass at St Michael Wood Green
10.30 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green
11.00 am Parish Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes
6.00 pm The Stations of the Cross at St Michael Wood Green

Tuesday 19th March 2024
10.15 am The Stations of the Cross at St Michael-at-Bowes
11.00 am Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes
12.00 noon Lenten Study & Discussion: Come and See

Wednesday 20th March 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Thursday 21st March 2024
02.00 pm Praying for the Parish at St Michael at Bowes
7.00 pm Lenten Group Exploring the Last Supper.

Friday 22nd March 2024
9.00 am Devotions at the Cross
5.30 pm Mass and breaking of the fast

Saturday 23rd March 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Sunday 24th March is Palm Sunday and all church services begin 15 minutes earlier. All our Holy Week services are contained in our Lenten Journey booklet available in Church.

Notices

Stations of the Cross – This beautiful and moving Lenten discipline will take place every Sunday evening in Lent at 6pm.This week Sr Pat will lead us in our reflections

Stations of the Cross at Bowes will be offered once in every other week on Tuesdays at 10:15. The will be one on Tuesday, March 19 th at 10:15

Tuesday Lent Group – Following the Eucharist at St Michael at Bowes there will be a Lent Group entitled ‘Come and See’. All are welcome.

Wednesday Drop-In – Join us at the Drop-In on Wednesdays between 10.30am and 1.30pm. Warmth, fellowship and refreshments available for all. All are welcome!

Thursday Lent Group – 7pm at St Michael’s Wood Green our Lent Group will study the Last Supper. A time of scripture reading reflection, discussion and prayer as we ponder the Lord’s call to ‘do this in remembrance of me.

First Communion & Confirmation Classes – We are looking to set a date for 1st Communions and will seek a date for Confirmation to follow. Please do make it known if you or your children would like to receive this blessing.

Pilgrimages – If you would like information about the pilgrimage to Walsingham in August or the pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi in September 2025, please see the information at the back of the Church or speak to Fr Ian or Carol.

A gentle reminder – Your clergy are called by God to love and serve you. If there is anything you want to speak about in confidence, or if there is anything you want us to pray for, or should you know someone who is unwell and needs a visit – please let us know. Should you wish to make your confession as part of your Lent preparations please speak to us to make arrangements.

Dates ahead from your social and fund-raising team:

  • Bowes Spring lunch Saturday 11th May 1-4pm
  • Cake sale – Saturday 8th June 10- noon St Raphael
  • Saturday 29th June Bowes are hosted the Caribbean evening
  • Bead making –Saturday 6th July 1-4 pm £7 per person
  • Saturday 27th July International evening
  • Summer coach trip Saturday 17th August more details to follow
  • Saturday 7th September Cake sale
  • Sunday September 29th St Michaels day 180th Celebration
  • Saturday 9th November autumn Quiz afternoon 2 to 4pm
  • Bowes are hosting their Christmas Lunch Saturday 7th December
  • Christmas wreath/ flower arrangement Saturday 21st December


Please add these dates to your diaries and calendars and support us in our efforts to raise vital funds for the upkeep of our churches.

Parish letter - Mothering Sunday 2024

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

On this 4th Sunday of Lent we celebrate Mothering Sunday in the Church. It is a celebration that dates back hundreds of years to medieval times, and is a day when people were encouraged to go back to their ‘mother church’ or cathedral. It was a particularly joyful day for domestic servants who were given the day off to go home. On the way they would pick wild flowers from the country lanes to decorate their church and to give to their own mothers.

It is also called ‘Laetare Sunday’, a day of celebration in the austere season of Lent, which comes from the Latin ‘Laetare Jerusalem’, meaning ‘Rejoice, O Jerusalem’, (from Isaiah 66:10), and is a day when we can relax and refresh ourselves before returning to our Lent practices.

We also remember mothers who are now in heaven, mothers who have lost children or babies, and women who have not been able to have children. Let us always remember that there are different ways to be a mother: to be an aunty, stepmother, godmother, foster mother, teacher, nurse, or anyone who acts as a role model for children.

It is a day when many like to turn to the Blessed Virgin Mary, for she is the mother of us all. When Our Lord Jesus was dying on the Cross he gave his mother to the apostle John, and in doing so he gave her to all of us. She loves us and prays for us, and perhaps most poignantly, she understands what it is to suffer.

I hope you have an enjoyable Mothering Sunday. If at all possible, come to church on Sunday so that we can celebrate together in our own ‘mother church’.

With love and prayers.

Sr Pat
(On behalf of the clergy)

Prayer for the week

Lord Jesus,
we look toward your church and your holy mother Mary on this Mothering Sunday.
We pray and give thanks for all mothers, knowing the difficulties and challenges of motherhood, but also the great joy and blessings that children bring into our lives.
We pray for all women who take the role of mothers and give thanks for their vocations.
We ask you to bless each one of us today and in the week ahead.
In the name of the same Jesus Christ, who suffered and died so that we might live forever,
Amen

Week at a glance

Sunday 10th March (Lent 4 Mothering Sunday)
08.30 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green
10.30 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green
11.00 am Parish Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes
6.00pm Stations of the Cross

Tuesday 12th March
10.15am Stations of the Cross at St Michael at Bowes
11.00 am Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes
12.00 noon Lenten Study Group; Discussion: Come and See

Wednesday 13th March
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Thursday 14th March
02.00 pm Praying for the Parish at St Michael at Bowes
7.00 pm Lent Group at Wood Green – Exploring the Last Supper.

Friday 15th March
9.00 am Devotions at the Cross
5.30 pm Mass and breaking of the fast

Saturday 16th March
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Notices

Mothering Sunday this week – We reach mid Lent and celebrate Mothering Sunday this coming Sunday. Please do all you can to join us as we relax our Lenten disciplines just a little. Flowers and Simnel cake will be available. This Sunday is beautiful in all its traditions and we look forward to seeing you and your families and friends.

Rome & Assisi Pilgrimage 8th – 13th September 2025 – It’s not too late to sign up for the parish pilgrimage to Rome next year. For full details see Carol.

Stations of the Cross 6pm Sunday – This week’s stations of the cross will be seen through the eyes of our Lady Mary, the mother of our Lord. Come and walk with Mary and share her suffering as she shares in her son’s passion.

Tuesday Lent Group – Following the Eucharist at St Michael at Bowes there will be a Lent Group entitled ‘Come and See’. All are welcome.

Wednesday Drop-In – Our Drop-in is a wonderful, safe space of fellowship and hospitality and it is so good to see many people joining us each week. Join us at the Drop-In on Wednesdays any time between 10.30am and 1.30pm. All are welcome!

Thursday Lent Group – 7pm at St Michael’s Wood Green our Lent Group will study the Last Supper. A time of scripture reading reflection, discussion and prayer as we ponder the Lord’s call to ‘do this in remembrance of me.

First Communion & Confirmation Classes – This is the last call for candidates seeking first communion and confirmation. Please speak to one of the clergy today if you would like to know more.

Pilgrimages – If you would like information about the pilgrimage to Walsingham in August for the service of healing and anointing please see the information at the back of the Church or speak to Fr Ian or Carol.

A gentle reminder – Your clergy are called by God to love and serve you. If there is anything you want to speak about in confidence, or if there is anything you want us to pray for, or should you know someone who is unwell and needs a visit – please let us know. Should you wish to make your confession as part of your Lent preparations please speak to us to make arrangements.

Dates ahead from your social and fund-raising team:

  • Bowes Spring lunch Saturday 11th May 1-4pm
  • Cake sale – Saturday 8th June 10- noon St Raphael
  • Saturday 29th June Bowes are hosted the Caribbean evening
  • Bead making –Saturday 6th July 1-4 pm £7 per person
  • Saturday 27th July International evening
  • Summer coach trip Saturday 17th August more details to follow
  • Saturday 7th September Cake sale
  • Sunday September 29th St Michaels day 180th Celebration
  • Saturday 9th November autumn Quiz afternoon 2 to 4pm
  • Bowes are hosting their Christmas Lunch Saturday 7th December
  • Christmas wreath/ flower arrangement Saturday 21st December

Parish letter - 3rd Sunday of Lent 2024

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

It is hard to believe that we are already at the third Sunday of Lent. So how is your Lent going so far? Are you various disciplines supporting you in your desire to walk closer with our Lord? Are you managing to keep going? Or is Lent just passing you by leaving you feeling slightly uncomfortable because you haven’t managed to do the things you had every intention of doing from Ash Wednesday?

Our celebration of Lent is not simply an attempt to improve our behaviour; it is more a quest to renew our heart. At the level of heart, where we feel, where we understand, where we believe, there we meet the Lord, and there our Lord changes us. That means our prayer is important because it feeds our spirit. Taking time to focus on our reflection on the things of God is important, because it helps us understand ourselves, our actions and our words. Our attentiveness to the word of God and the sacraments, makes us aware of God amongst us.

In the Gospel on Sunday, Jesus rids the Temple of all that is not of God. His actions and his words show what is in his heart – a deep reverence for the holiness of God and for the sanctity of the Temple which was the visible sign of God’s presence in the city of Jerusalem.

One of the challenges of living the Christian life is that we too are called to be visible signs of God’s presence in our world. As we hear the Gospel this Sunday, let us dare to invite Jesus into our hearts, ridding us of all the trappings that hinder our relationship with God and praying that as we look towards Holy Week, the Lord will bless and strengthen us in our desire to follow him more closely and serve him more faithfully.

May God’s blessing be with you

father ian booth
Fr Ian
(On behalf of the clergy)

Prayer for the week

Jesus, cleanser of temples and souls,
at this mid point in the Lenten journey,
look deep within our hearts and our lives,
and clear away all that holds us back.
May our minds, spirits and bodies
be a Temple that is open to Your presence:
and may our words and our actions
be transparent to Your love and truth. Amen

Week at a glance

Sunday 3rd March (Lent 3)
08.30 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green
10.30 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green
11.00 am Parish Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes
6.00pm Stations of the Cross

Tuesday 5th March
10.15am Stations of the Cross at St Michael at Bowes
11.00 am Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes
12.00 noon Lenten Study Group; Discussion: Come and See

Wednesday 6th March
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Thursday 7th March
02.00 pm Praying for the Parish at St Michael at Bowes
7.00 pm Lent Group at Wood Green – Exploring the Last Supper.

Friday 8th March
9.00 am Devotions at the Cross
5.30 pm Mass and breaking of the fast

Saturday 9th March
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Notices

Rome & Assisi Pilgrimage – If you have signed up for or are thinking of coming on the pilgrimage to Rome in 2025 there is a short meeting after the 10.30am Mass on Sunday, to share some useful information.

Stations of the Cross – This beautiful and moving Lenten discipline will take place every Sunday evening in Lent at 6pm. lasting about 50 minutes it leads us to a deep understanding of Christ’s passion. Stations of the Cross at Bowes will be offered once in every other week

Tuesday Lent Group – Following the Eucharist at St Michael at Bowes there will be a Lent Group entitled ‘Come and See’. All are welcome.

Wednesday Drop-In – Join us at the Drop-In on Wednesdays between 10.30am and 1.30pm. Warmth, fellowship and refreshments available for all. All are welcome!

Thursday Lent Group – 7pm at St Michael’s Wood Green our Lent Group will study the Last Supper. A time of scripture reading reflection, discussion and prayer as we ponder the Lord’s call to ‘do this in remembrance of me.

First Communion & Confirmation Classes – If you or your children would like to be prepared for first communion and Confirmation, please let Fr Ian or Fr Engin know. Once expressions of interest have been received, we shall make arrangements for classes to begin.

Pilgrimages – If you would like information about the pilgrimage to Walsingham in August or the pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi in September 2025, please see the information at the back of the Church or speak to Fr Ian or Carol.

Mothering Sunday 10th March – Next Sunday we reach mid Lent and celebrate Mothering Sunday. Please do all you can to join us as we relax our Lenten disciplines just a little. Flowers and Simnel cake will be available. This Sunday is beautiful in all its traditions and we look forward to seeing you and your families and friends.

A gentle reminder – Your clergy are called by God to love and serve you. If there is anything you want to speak about in confidence, or if there is anything you want us to pray for, or should you know someone who is unwell and needs a visit – please let us know. Should you wish to make your confession as part of your Lent preparations please speak to us to make arrangements.

Parish letter - Lent 2

Dear Friends in Christ,

It was so lovely to see many of you joining us on Ash Wednesday Service both at Bowes and in Wood Green. What could be a better way to start this Lenten journey. I hope and pray that all of you find time and space to observe a meaningful and blessed Lent.

Mountains have a special place in the biblical narrative. We know that God has met Moses at Mount Sinai in Exodus. This experience has been a turning point, not only in the life of Moses, but also of the entire people of God. God has given the law, The Ten Commandments to his people which in turn refined their relationship with God and one another. There is another mountain top experience which we call the Feast of Transfiguration. This took place towards the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry and is recorded in all the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke). In fact, for Luke this story is a turning point in Jesus’ ministry as he says, Jesus set his face to Jerusalem, meaning that everything that follows this story is leading up to the cross.

The transfiguration reveals the glory of Jesus before he was taken on the journey to
Jerusalem where he offered himself up on the cross. It is a moment of his closeness to the Father, and also of course it is a confirmation to the disciples who witness this event.

Peter later talks about it in his epistle saying, “For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honour and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, ‘This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.’ We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain.” John Chrysostom preached about this passage saying, “Jesus disclosed a glimpse of the Godhead. He manifested to them the God who was dwelling among them.” Matthew’s account mentions a conversation between Moses, Elijah and Jesus about Jesus’ “departure” which indicates the cross of course. The Feast of Transfiguration not only reminds us of the glory of God revealed in Jesus, but also his upcoming suffering and death. In some ways, it reminds us victory comes through suffering.

The voice that comes from heaven still calls us to listen to Jesus, to be attentive to his teachings and to follow him in his footsteps. It is my prayer that we all would have an attentive ear to hear, and a heart to obey.

Every blessing,

reverend engin
Fr Engin YILDIRIM
(On Behalf of the Team)

Prayer for the week

Almighty Father,
whose Son was revealed in majesty
before he suffered death upon the cross:
give us grace to perceive his glory,
that we may be strengthened to suffer with him
and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Week at a glance

Sunday 25 February 2024 (Lent 2)
08.30 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green
10.30 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green
11.00 am Parish Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes
6.00pm Stations of the Cross

Tuesday 27 February
11.00 am Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes
12.00 noon Lenten Study Group; Discussion: Come and See

Wednesday 28 February 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Thursday 29 February 2024
02.00 pm Praying for the Parish at St Michael at Bowes
7.00 pm Lenten Group at Wood Green – Exploring the Last Supper.

Friday 1 March 2024
9.00 am Devotions at the Cross
5.30 pm Mass and breaking of the fast

Saturday 2 March 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Notices

Stations of the Cross – This beautiful and moving Lenten discipline will take place every Sunday evening in Lent at 6pm. lasting about 50 minutes it leads us to a deep understanding of Christ’s passion.
Stations of the Cross at Bowes will be offered once in every other week

Tuesdays at 10:15 – The one will be on Tuesday, March 5 th 2024.
Tuesday Lent Group – Following the Eucharist at St Michael at Bowes there will be a Lent Group entitled ‘Come and See’. All are welcome.

Wednesday Drop-In – Join us at the Drop-In on Wednesdays between 10.30am and 1.30pm. Warmth, fellowship and refreshments available for all. All are welcome!

Thursday Lent Group – 7pm at St Michael’s Wood Green our Lent Group will study the Last Supper. A time of scripture reading reflection, discussion and prayer as we ponder the Lord’s call to ‘do this in remembrance of me.

First Communion & Confirmation Classes – If you or your children would like to be prepared for first communion and Confirmation, please let Fr Ian or Fr Engin know. Once expressions of interest have been received, we shall make arrangements for classes to begin.

Pilgrimages – If you would like information about the pilgrimage to Walsingham in August or the pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi in September 2025, please see the information at the back of the Church or speak to Fr Ian or Carol.

PCC Meeting – Tuesday 27th February 7pm at Bowes

A gentle reminder – Your clergy are called by God to love and serve you. If there is anything you want to speak about in confidence, or if there is anything you want us to pray for, or should you know someone who is unwell and needs a visit – please let us know. Should you wish to make your confession as part of your Lent preparations please speak to us to make arrangements.

Parish letter - Ash Wednesday and 1st Sunday of Lent

Dear Brothers & Sisters

‘Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return, turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel’.

With these words our Lenten journey begins and I look forward to seeing you at one of our Ash Wednesday services either at 12noon at St Michael at Bowes or at 7pm at St Michael’s Wood Green. We have produced an order for a good keeping of Lent which you will find in both churches in the parish. Our hope is that this year will see many of you returning to church to take up the Lord’s invitation to ‘take up your cross and follow Him’.

The disciplines of Lent are all too often seen negatively as something to be endured until we reach the joy of Easter. Such an understanding can deprive us of the real grace of Lent which when received deepens our awareness and understanding of God’s love for us and His presence within us. Brother Roger (Taize Community) liked to recall that ‘Lent was not a time for austerity or sorrow, or a period to cultivate guilt, but rather a season to sing the joy of forgiveness and to discover little springtimes in our lives.’

On the first Sunday of Lent, we will hear how Jesus following his temptation in the wilderness makes his way to Galilee where he proclaims the Good News from God. ‘The time has come and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News.’ In other words Jesus is saying turn back to God and receive the blessings He wishes to pour upon you. We are invited to a conversion: not to turn in on ourselves but to seek communion with God and also communion with others.

We look forward to walking with you this Lent as together we respond to God’s great love for us, for He loved us so much that He gave His only Son – may our response to that love this Lent bring us ever closer to our Lord and God.

With love & prayers

Fr Ian (on behalf of the Wood Green Team)

Prayer for the week

Lord, open our eyes
and we shall behold your glory.
Lord, open our ears
and we shall hear your call.
Lord, open our hearts
and we shall know your love.
Lord, open our lives
and we shall reveal your glory. Amen

Week at a glance

Ash Wednesday Masses (14th February)
12noon St Michael at Bowes
7pm Parish Mass St Michael Wood Green

A reminder that a booklet of all services for Lent and Easter is available in Church.

Sunday 18th February (First Sunday of Lent)
08.30 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green
10.30 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green (Blessing of Icons & Crosses for use at home, please bring one with you)
11.00 am Parish Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes
6.00pm Stations of the Cross at St Michael Wood Green

Tuesday 20th February
11.00 am Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes
12.00noon Lent Bible Study

Wednesday 21st February
11am Church open for silent prayer
12.00 noon Mass

Thursday 22nd February
2.00 pm Prayers for the parish at St Michael at Bowes
7.00 pm Lent Group exploring the Last Supper

Friday 23rd February
9.00am Devotions at the Cross
5.30pm Mass and breaking of the fast

Saturday 24th February 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Notices

Stations of the Cross – This beautiful and moving Lenten discipline will take place every Sunday evening in Lent at 6pm. lasting about 50 minutes it leads us to a deep understanding of Christ’s passion.

Tuesday Lent Group – Following the Eucharist at St Michael at Bowes there will be a Lent Group entitled ‘Come and See’. All are welcome.

Wednesday Drop-In – Join us at the Drop-In on Wednesdays between 10.30am and 1.30pm. Warmth, fellowship and refreshments available for all. All are welcome!

Thursday Lent Group – 7pm at St Michael’s Wood Green our Lent Group will study the Last Supper. A time of scripture reading, reflection, discussion and prayer as we ponder the Lord’s call to ‘do this in remembrance of me.

First Communion & Confirmation Classes – If you or your children would like to be prepared for first communion and Confirmation, please let Fr Ian or Fr Engin know. Once expressions of interest have been received, we shall make arrangements for classes to begin.

Pilgrimages – If you would like information about the pilgrimage to Walsingham in August or the pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi in September 2025 please see the information at the back of the Church or speak to Fr Ian or Carol.

A gentle reminder – Your clergy are called by God to love and serve you. If there is anything you want to speak about in confidence, or if there is anything you want us to pray for, or should you know someone who is unwell and needs a visit – please let us know. Should you wish to make your confession as part of your Lent preparations please speak to us to make arrangements.

Parish letter - Sunday 11th February 2024

Dear Friends in Christ,

I pray that this finds you well.

It is hard to believe that we are nearly coming to the middle of February, which will be the beginning of Lent. There are a few weeks before Lent, which are considered “ordinary season” and this coming Sunday is the last one. Gospel reading will be Jesus healing a leper (Mark 1:40-45). Leprosy refers to an array of skin diseases that rendered a Jewish person “unclean” and required a lifelong isolation from society including one’s own family. The person with such an infectious disease must wear torn clothes, let hair be unkempt, cover the lower part of the face. They would live outside of cities in caves and open spaces and if they approach anyone they are to cry out “Unclean! Unclean!” to warn the person. In this case however, the leper has confidence that Jesus might be able to reverse the condition and so begging for help, bowing before Jesus and saying you are able to make me clean.” The story gives us several thoughts: on the one hand, we Jesus’ authority as one who has the power of diseases such as leprosy. This is of course consistent with the rest of the Gospel, where we see Jesus’ authority over many things. It gives us a glimpse about the life of a person who is considered “unclean”. It of course reveals the heart of God in pouring out his love, his acceptance and healing upon this man. It also shows us the faith that this leper had. His words of trust are a powerful example of such faith as well as his posture before Jesus.

As we are preparing for Lent, perhaps we could take some of these themes for ourselves: on one hand, we could reflect on the faith shown by this unnamed leper, but also on we can reflect on people who are seen as perhaps “unclean” or people who have stigma in our greater community and ask God to give us grace to show his love and acceptance to those who are seperated from society. After all, Lent is a season for self-examination. Perhaps we could learn from both Jesus and the leper.

Fr Engin YILDIRIM (On Behalf of the Team)

Prayer for the week

Father, your Son accepted our sufferings,
teaching us the virtue of patience in human illness.
Hear the prayers we offer for our sick brothers and sisters.
May all who suffer pain, illness or disease
realise that they are chosen to be Saints,
and know that they are joined to Christ
in his suffering for the salvation of the world. Amen.

Week at a glance

Important Notice:
There will be no service on Friday, February 9th 2024

Sunday 11th February 2024
08.30 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green
10.30 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green
11.00 am Parish Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes

Tuesday 13th February
11.00 am Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes
12.00 noon Tuesday Bible Study; Discussion (Book of Exodus Chapter 18)

Ash Wednesday 14th February 2024
12.00 noon Ash Wednesday Service at St Michael-at-Bowes
7.00 pm Ash Wednesday Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Thursday 15th February 2024
2.00 pm Prayer at St Michael at Bowes for the Parish
7.00 pm Lent Holy Hour

Friday 16th February 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Saturday 17th February 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Notices

Tuesday Bible Study: Bible Study; Discussion on Tuesday’s from12.00 – 13.00. This coming week we will continue looking at the book of Exodus chapter 19

Ash Wednesday: We will offer two services on Ash Wednesday (February 14th ). The noon day service will be at St Michael-at-Bowes Church and there will be a minibus available from Wood Green should you wish to attend this service.

The Ash Wednesday Parish Mass will be at 7pm in St Michael Wood Green.

Wednesday Drop-In – Join us at the Drop-In on Wednesdays between 10.30am and 1.30pm. Warmth, fellowship and refreshments available for all. All are welcome!

First Communion & Confirmation Classes – If you or your children would like to be prepared for first communion and Confirmation, please let Fr Ian or Fr Engin know. Once expressions of interest have been received, we shall make arrangements for classes to begin.

Pilgrimages – If you would like information about the pilgrimage to Walsingham in August or the pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi in September 2025 please see the information at the back of the Church or speak to Fr Ian or Carol.

A gentle reminder – Your clergy are called by God to love and serve you. If there is anything you want to speak about in confidence, or if there is anything you want us to pray for, or should you know someone who is unwell and needs a visit – please let us know.

Palm Crosses – Please return your palm crosses from last year that they may be burnt in
preparation for Ash Wednesday on 14th February.

Lent 2024 – Your guide for keeping a good Lent will be available on Sunday

Parish letter - Sunday 4th February 2024

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

I begin by offering my sincere thanks for all the kindness you showed last week as I marked my 60th birthday. I had no idea that such a huge surprise had been planned at the end of last Sundays Mass and I remain humbled and grateful for the love shown, it will never be forgotten – thank you all.

In the Gospel on Sunday we witness the healing power of Jesus. To understand the power of God active in the deeds of Jesus, we must recognise all that stands in opposition to good. It comes in many different forms. Some people suffer sickness and need healing; others suffer from the evil deeds of others and from sin. Sin causes disorder or dis-ease, and divides relationships. The power of evil (as we shall see in Lent and Holy Week) is mysterious, but cannot be denied. However, as we shall hear on Sunday, the Gospel teaches that the power of God is always greater than any other force, be it sin, sickness or evil. Of course, the first followers of Jesus did not fully understand him or the message he was proclaiming until after his crucifixion and resurrection. We are an Easter people, therefore let us have confidence that the mighty power of God is greater than any other force and it is within His love that we are liberated from sin, suffering and evil.

You remain in my daily prayers

Fr Ian (On behalf of the Clergy)

Prayer for the week

Everlasting God,
you give strength to the powerless
and power to the faint;
you raise up the sick
and cast out demons.
Make us agents of healing and wholeness,
that your good news may be made known
to all creation. Amen.

Week at a glance

Sunday 4th February 2024
08.30 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green
10.30 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green
11.00 am Parish Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes

Tuesday 6th February 2024
11.00 am Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes
12.00noon Tuesday Bible Study (Book of Exodus)

Wednesday 7th February 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Thursday 8th February 2024
7.00pm No Holy Hour for 2 weeks

Friday 9th February 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Saturday 10th February 2024
12.00noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Notices

The Presentation of Christ (Candlemas) Parish Mass 7pm – we look forward to seeing you on tomorrow evening at 7pm for the important feast of Candlemas. This is the day Simeon recognises the baby Jesus as the ‘light for all nations.’

Tuesday Bible Study: Bible Study & Discussion on Tuesday’s from12.00 – 13.00. This coming week we will continue looking at the book of Exodus

Wednesday Drop-In – Join us at the Drop-In on Wednesdays between 10.30am and 1.30pm. Warmth, fellowship and refreshments available for all. All are welcome!

First Communion & Confirmation Classes – If you or your children would like to be prepared for first communion and Confirmation, please let Fr Ian or Fr Engin know. Once expressions of interest have been received, we shall make arrangements for classes to begin.

Table Top Sale at Bowes – Bowes announces a Table Top Sale on Saturday, February 3rd 2024 between 12.00 and 15.00. All are welcome to join us.

Pilgrimages – If you would like information about the pilgrimage to Walsingham in August or the pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi in September 2025 please see the information at the back of the Church or speak to Fr Ian or Carol.

A gentle reminder– Your clergy are called by God to love and serve you. If there is anything you want to speak about in confidence, or if there is anything you want us to pray for, or should you know someone who is unwell and needs a visit – please let us know.

Palm Crosses – Please return your palm crosses from last year that they may be burnt in preparation for Ash Wednesday on 14th February.

Lent 2024– Your guide for keeping a good Lent will be available next week. This will include additional services and Bible studies and opportunities to pray in Church as well as receiving anointing and making confession.

Parish letter - Sunday 28th January 2024

Dear Friends in Christ,

I trust you all are well and enjoying God’s presence in your lives.

We journey with the gospel of Mark this year, and at the beginning of the gospel, the Evangelist makes it clear that this book is good news of Jesus Christ who is the Son of God (Mark 1:1). Jesus’ identity is affirmed gradually in this gospel by various people including Peter (Mark 8:29), and Centurion, “Truly this man was God’s Son!” (Mark 15:39).

Like his identity, Mark highlights the distinctiveness of Jesus’ authority. The difference in Jesus’ authority is evident in both his teachings as he teaches not like other scribes, but as one who has authority. But this authority is also present in Jesus’ deeds such as healing the sick and rebuking the wind. Today’s gospel leads us to another realm of recognition of Jesus’ identity and authority; even the unclean spirits recognize who Jesus is and he rebukes them and delivers the person who is possessed by evil spirits.

I think this story gives us some food for thought as it is very rare, if any, to talk about the spiritual warfare aspect of Christian discipleship. It is no surprise that Jesus is confronted by an unclean spirit right at the beginning of his ministry and somewhat in an unexpected place, a Synagogue. This reminds us that there indeed is a spiritual warfare going around beyond our immediate recognition. Often, we see some Christians, particularly those who come to faith recently struggle on various additions, unforgiveness, relationship problems, previous hurts, and pains, all of which could be a gateway for evil spirits to intervene. We would need discernment at such times to see if something beyond natural happening here. There are times where we need to deal with unclean spirits to bring healing and deliverance to those who are oppressed by evil spirits. As a priest, I only wish that our ministry would be neat and clean without dealing with evil spirits. The truth is that Jesus had to deal with it all through his ministry, and what is real for him is real for us too.

The good news however in this story is that Jesus has authority over evil spirits too. They fear when they hear the name of Jesus, and he rebukes them with a single word. As ones who are washed away by his precious blood and ones who belong to Jesus, we too need to acknowledge the authority given to us as Christians in our journey. When we need to take a stand firm against evil spirits, we will do so by the power given to us in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Fr Engin YILDIRIM (On Behalf of the Team)

Prayer for the week

God our creator,
who in the beginning
commanded the light to shine out of darkness:
we pray that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ
may dispel the darkness of ignorance and unbelief,
shine into the hearts of all your people,
and reveal the knowledge of your glory in the face of Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Week at a glance

Sunday 28th January 2024
08.30 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green
10.30 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green
11.00 am Parish Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes

Tuesday 30th January 2024
11.00 am Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes
12.00 noon Tuesday Bible Study & Discussion (Book of Exodus Chapter 17)

Wednesday 31st January 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Thursday 1st February 2024
7.00 pm Holy Hour

Friday 2nd February 2024 (Presentation of Christ in the Temple)
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Saturday 3rd February 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Notices

Tuesday Bible Study: We started our Bible Study & Discussion on Tuesdays between 12.00 – 13.00. This coming week we will be looking at Exodus chapter 17.

Wednesday Drop-In – We have resumed Drop-In on Wednesdays between 10.30am and 1.30pm. All are welcome!

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – Church worldwide joins in prayer this week to pray for unity. Let us also join in their prayers during this week.

The Presentation of Christ in the Temple – St Michael at Bowes will celebrate this Feast day on Sunday, whilst there will be a Mass on its Feast Day, which is Friday, February 2nd at St Michael Wood Green.

First Communion & Confirmation Classes – If you or your children would like to be prepared for first communion and Confirmation, please let Fr Ian or Fr Engin know. Once expressions of interest have been received, we shall make arrangements for classes to begin.

Table Top Sale at Bowes – Bowes announces a Table Top Sale on Saturday, February 3rd 2024 between 12.00 and 15.00. All are welcome to join us. (please see the flyer attached)

Pilgrimages – If you would like information about the pilgrimage to Walsingham in August or the pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi in September 2025 please see the information at the back of the Church or speak to Fr Ian or Carol.

Your Clergy – A gentle reminder that we are called by God to love and serve you. If there is anything you want to speak about in confidence, or if there is anything you want us to pray for, or should you know someone who is unwell and needs a visit – please let us know.

Parish letter - Sunday 21st January 2024

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

January is often regarded as a difficult month, where the winter blues set in after the joy and celebration of Christmas. However, January is also a month for new beginnings and a resetting of our lives, values and priorities. Viewed this way, January can actually be an exciting month full of hope.

Our Gospel this coming Sunday is all about new beginnings. Jesus’ opening words are ‘repent and believe the Good News’. It is where the Gospel begins. In his Gospel, Mark is just beginning to tell us the story of Jesus. He has set out his main character’s credentials; he has shown the witness of John the Baptist and how the prophecies and scriptures are being fulfilled. Now he introduces Jesus. It is a time of great danger and tension, John the Baptist is in prison and there is much unrest. It is at this crucial time that Jesus begins his public life with a clear mission statement. The time people have longed for has come! The Kingdom of God has come! God’s presence in the world is clear for all to see.

We know, as people of God, that people’s lives were transformed by what they saw and heard in Jesus. We too are part of that transformation for our encounter with the Lord has changed us. We are daily called to ‘repent and believe the Good News’. That means we must turn back to Christ, leaving behind the bits that impede our relationship with the Lord and strive to live as members of His body.

At our last Church Council meeting we recognised that since the pandemic people’s lives and attitudes have changed. Although showing signs of recovery across the Wood Green Team, there are still a significant number of people yet to return to regular worship in Church. We recognise that habits and priorities may have changed over recent years, but maybe now at the beginning of a New Year is the time when we can hear afresh God’s call to ‘follow me’.

We look forward to seeing you and send our love and prayers.

Fr Ian (On behalf of the clergy)

Prayer for the week

Eternal God, the refuge and help of all your children,
we praise you for all you have given us,
for all you have done for us,
for all that you are to us.
In our weakness, you are strength,
in our darkness, you are light,
in our sorrow, you are comfort and peace.
We cannot number your blessings,
we cannot declare your love:
For all your blessings we bless you.
May we live as in your presence,
and love the things that you love,
and serve you in our daily lives;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

St. Boniface (ca. 672-754)

Week at a glance

Sunday 21st January 2024 (3rd Sunday of ordinary time)
08.30 am No 8.30am this week only
10.30 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green
11.00 am Parish Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes

Tuesday 23rd January 2024
11.00 am Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes
12.00 noon Bible Study

Wednesday 24th January 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Thursday 25th January 2024
7.00 pm No Holy Hour for next 2 weeks

Friday 26th January 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Saturday 27th January 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Notices

Tuesday Bible Study: At St Michael at Bowes
Tuesday Bible Studies are open for anyone to come and see.

Wednesday Drop-In – Join us every Wednesday between 10.30am and 1.30pm. For warmth, refreshment and fellowship in St Raphael’s Centre next to the Church. All are welcome!

First Communion & Confirmation Classes – If you or your children would like to be prepared for first communion and Confirmation, please let Fr Ian or Fr Engin know. Once expressions of interest have been received, we shall make arrangements for classes to begin.

Pilgrimages – If you would like information about the pilgrimage to Walsingham in August or the pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi in September 2025 please see the information at the back of Church or speak to Fr Ian or Carol.

Your Clergy – A gentle reminder that we are called by God to love and serve you. If there is anything you want to speak about in confidence, or if there is anything you want us to pray for, or should you know someone who is unwell and needs a visit – please let us know.

Parish letter - Sunday 14th January 2024

Nathaniel’s Epiphany
A fugitive and exile, Jacob slept,
A man of clay, his head upon a stone
And even in his sleep his spirit wept
He lay down lonely and would wake alone.
But in the night he dreamt the Heavens parted
And glimpsed, in glory, as from Heaven’s core,
A ladder set for all the broken-hearted
And earth herself becoming Heaven’s door.
And when the nameless Angel named him Israel
He kept this gift, whose depth he never knew;
The promise of an end to all our exile,
For now a child of Israel finds it true,
And sees the One who heals the deep heart’s aching
As Jacob’s dream becomes Nathanael’s waking.
(Malcolm Guite)

Dear Friends in Christ,

I trust and hope that you all are well and have had a blessed Christmas. We tend to make decisions and resolutions as we enter a new calendar year, it is as though there is something magical in it. In some ways, I presume we feel an occasion to reset or even reverse things that we are not happy with. Therefore, the New Year becomes an opportunity and an occasion for new beginnings. The theme of new beginning goes hand in hand with our theme of the season, the Epiphany, which of course means revelation.

The gospel reading of this Sunday takes us to beautiful story of an “Epiphany” where Philip, one of Jesus’ disciples finds Nathanael and says, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law, and the prophets did write, Jesus of Nazareth.” Nathanael’s first response is that of doubt. But Philip leads him to Jesus in an honest, gentle, and loving way by saying, “come and see.” The theme of invitation and experience is all through the gospel as one might remember the same invitation from Samaritan woman for example. This beautiful invitation reminds me several things: firstly of course, it is an invitation to all, everyone. “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son” says the gospel. No matter where we are in life, what we have done in the past, Jesus invites us to himself. Secondly, this is not an invitation to a sect, an organisation, or a set of beliefs, but to a living person named Jesus, without him there is no salvation. Thirdly, it is an invitation for an experience personally.

I also would like to mention the nature of this invitation. Both Philip and a later unnamed Samaritan woman invite their friends to Jesus to come and experience him. Recently, I read an article which says that 85 percent of people who come to faith as an adult come through an invitation from their friends. This is stunning given that we spent a lot of time and money for many other means of invitations like social media and campaigns. What it says simply put is that people trust their friend’s experience more so than anything else. This reminds me of what Michael Ramsey once said, “we gather for worship and scatter for mission.”

My friends, as Parish of Wood Green we are looking for new beginnings in both our personal and collective life where we ourselves meet with Jesus and experience his love and grace. We are praying to be bold and courageous to invite our friends and strangers to him, who is the fountain of life. My prayer is that our God of love would fill each one of us the kind of compassion for the lost and grant us wisdom and divine encounters to invite people to come and see.

Fr Engin YILDIRIM (On Behalf of the Team)

Prayer for the week

Almighty God,
in Christ you make all things new:
transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace,
and in the renewal of our lives
make known your heavenly glory;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Week at a glance

Sunday 14th January 2024 (3rd Sunday of ordinary time)
08.30 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green
10.30 am Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green
11.00 am Parish Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes

Tuesday 16th January 2024
11.00 am Eucharist at St Michael-at-Bowes
12.00 noon A Movie called “Of Gods and Men”

Wednesday 17th January 2024 (Antony of Egypt, Hermit, Abbot)
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Thursday 18th January 2024
7.00 pm No Holy Hour for next 2 weeks

Friday 19th January 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Saturday 20th January 2024
12.00 noon Parish Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Notices

Tuesday Bible Study: We are resuming our Tuesday Bible Study group this week. We will watch a movie called “Of Gods and Men” which is based on a true story taken in Algeria in 1990s. Next week, we will go back to the book of Exodus where we left before Advent.
Tuesday Bible Studies are open for anyone to come and see.

Wednesday Drop-In – We have resumed Drop-In on Wednesdays between 10.30am and 1.30pm. All are welcome!

First Communion & Confirmation Classes – If you or your children would like to be prepared for first communion and Confirmation, please let Fr Ian or Fr Engin know. Once expressions of interest have been received, we shall make arrangements for classes to begin.

A special thank you to Fr Ian who supported me during my break after Christmas, and from our ministry team at Bowes. I am grateful for their support and prayers.

Parish Letter - Epiphany Sunday 2024

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

On behalf of the Wood Green Team I wish you all a very happy, holy and healthy New Year, may 2024 be a year of blessing for you and those you love.

We begin 2024 with the keeping of the feast of Epiphany, which is a celebration where God reveals His love for all peoples. People of every race, creed and colour are invited to glory in the birth of Jesus Christ. His birth, life, death and resurrection free us from sin and reconcile us with God. The feast of the Epiphany is a revolutionary feast. Christ is revealed as the saviour, not of a select group of people, but of all peoples for all time.

God sent Jesus into the world to reconcile people with Him and with one another. As people reconciled with God through Jesus we share in that ministry of reconciliation. The world for far too many is a place of hostility. Wars rage, people are forced from their homeland and we witness daily the abuse of power and privilege.

As people called and chosen by God we must do our part to knock down the walls and barriers which separate and divide us and in their place build bridges so that God’s great work of healing all wounds can continue. The Church has to be a place where all barriers are removed, a holy place where there is room for everyone. Power and privilege can play their part, but let us use them as our Lord intended, for in him we see the power of humility and the privilege of service.

With love, prayers and gratitude

Fr Ian on behalf of the Wood Green Team

Prayer for the week

In the darkness, light shines.
In the midst of troubled waters, a hand reaches out.
We are not alone on this journey of faith.
When we seek God, we shall find God.
God forgives, renews, and restores —
let us go forth and do the work of God. Amen.

Week at a glance

Sunday 7th January 2024
No 8.30am this Sunday
10.30am Mass of the Epiphany at St Michael Wood Green
11.00am Holy Eucharist at St Michael at Bowes

Tuesday 9th January
11.00 am Eucharist at St Michael at Bowes

Wednesday 10th January
12.00 noon Mass at St. Michael Wood Green

Thursday 11th January
7.00pm Holy Hour at St. Michael Wood Green

Friday 12th January
12.00 Noon Midday Prayer at St Michael Wood Green

Saturday 13th January
12noon Mass at St Michael Wood Green

Notices

Feast of Epiphany – This coming Sunday (7th) we celebrate the great feast of Epiphany. At the end of the service, chalks will be blessed and available for you to mark your houses with the traditional New Year’s blessing 20+C+M+B+24. The words for the blessing will be available also after the Mass. Please do all you can do be in Church this week as we dedicate this New Year to our Lord.

Final call – There are still a few unclaimed raffle prizes, please check your tickets and bring them on Sunday, you may be a winner!!! Thank you for supporting our fund-raising efforts.

Tuesday Bible Study: We will have a break from our Tuesday Bible Studies at St Michael at Bowes will resume on January 16th 2024 at 12.00noon.

Wednesday Drop-In – We will resume on 10th January 2024 from 10.30am – 1.30pm

First Communion & Confirmation Classes – If you or your children would like to be prepared for first communion and Confirmation please let Fr Ian or Fr Engin know. Once expressions of interest have been received we shall make arrangements for classes to begin.

Thank you – Fr Ian & Carol and Fr Engin & Mine are very grateful for all the kind cards, gifts and messages received over Christmas – thank you all.

Fr Ian & Fr Engin wish you all a very holy, happy and blessed New Year.