Christ's charge to Peter

St Peter's, Hatfield

St Peter's Catholic Church,
Bishop's Rise, Hatfield, Hertfordshire. AL10 9HN

The Parish Newsletter - 21st Sunday - Year C


Fr. Mark writes: Bishop Pat O’Donoghue was a bishop here in Westminster before he went to Lancaster. He has published a paper called “Fit for Mission?” a hard-hitting assessment of the state of the Church. He sets three questions for us to ponder as to how we can draw closer to Christ in the Church :

  1. How do I change to become more the person God wants me to be?
  2. How do we change our parishes to become the people God calls us to be?
  3. How do we change our Diocese to become the communion God calls us to be?

People sometimes say they want to see change in the Church. Bishop O’Donoghue is absolutely right to say that proper change can only begin with us as individuals changing our own lives to be more like Christ.

Several people (including younger parents) have expressed an interest in joining the RCIA group starting next month. The course is for those (of any faith or none) who are interested in exploring the teachings of Jesus and His Church, seeing what it means to live as a Catholic, with a view to possibly becoming Catholics next Easter. It is also for those Catholics who, for whatever reason, may have missed out on First Communion or Confirmation as they were growing up. If you are interested, please complete one of the yellow forms at the back of church and return it to Fr. Mark to receive dates for the programme.

A number of University students have asked about the programme – either for themselves if they missed out on Confirmation or for boyfriends and girlfriends thinking of becoming Catholic. If there is sufficient interest, I will put on a separate course for the students – further details after the start of term. 


IT Matters : Parish Web Site

Like it or not, a huge number of people today use the Internet to communicate and to look for information. At the beginning of the 21st century, it simply isn’t feasible for any significant organization not to have its own Web site. I am, therefore, arranging for sites for both St. Peter’s and the University Chaplaincy. These should be up and running in the next few weeks.

I have a seminarian helping to create the sites, but we need a few parishioners who know how they are set up and are capable of updating them in the future. The parish site will include details of the various parish groups/ organizations together with contact details – in the same way as these appear in the newsletter. Let me know if you don’t want your details on the site.   

I would appreciate help with the design/recording of a parish cenus/registration form. Our current parish register is several years out of date and I am aware of new families moving into the parish almost every week.

I would also like to print a programme in an attractive and convenient form for the University students ready for the start of the autumn term.

Any volunteers? There must be a lot of expertise out there and it would be good if we get together an IT committee for the parish’s needs. 

Baptism Preparation

A number of parents have asked about baptism for their children. You need to be attending Mass regularly and to come to the next baptism preparation session at 7.00 pm on Wednesday, 5 September. Please let Fr. Mark know if you plan attending and collect from him a form giving the details, eg child’s name, godparents, etc. Bring the completed form along on the evening and we can fix up a date for the baptism then.




Vera Hine, Elsie Lamb, Joe McKenna, Peggy O’Connor, Mick O’Toole, Bridie Pugh, Jack Storan



We welcome Jessica Ee into the Church this weekend through the Sacrament of Baptism.


Parish Pilgrimage to Walsingham

There are two more places on the coach for the parish pilgrimage to Walsingham on Saturday, 8 September – cost £10. Please see Fr. Mark or Heather Coakley if you are interested in joining us.

There will be no morning Mass, Confessions or Exposition at St. Peter’s on 8 September. But there will be the evening Vigil Mass at 6.00 pm as normal.  Due to the pilgrimage, there will be no parish bingo that evening. It will be held instead on the following Saturday, 15 September.


Vocations Retreat Days

The Sisters of Nazareth are holding Vocations Retreat Days for men and women on 16 September in East Finchley and 25 November in Hammersmith. See noticeboard for details.



Mass Intentions

Saturday 25 August 18.00 Brendan Cuffe Anniv.
Sunday 26 August 


Pro populo
Kathleen Moran Anniv.

Monday 27 August 
St. Monica

09.30 Bridie Pugh – recovery

Tuesday 28 August
St. Augustine

09.30 Holy Souls

Wednesday 29 August 
Beheading of St. John the Baptist

09.30 Liz McCavera RIP
Thursday 30 August 19.00 Holy Souls
Friday 31 August 09.30 Liz McCavera RIP
Saturday 1 September 


Diana, Princess of Wales, Anniv.
Charles O’Connor RIP.

Sunday 2 September  09.15 Pro populo 
  11.00 Mary McLellen Anniv.

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