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16th Sunday Of Year C

Today we hear scripture stories of welcome and hospitality, in which the sharing of food and time are encounters with God and God’s love for us. In the first reading, Abraham goes out from the comfort and cool of his tent at the hottest time of the day to offer rest and refreshment to travellers. In this simple work he and Sarah have their lives transformed, touched by God’s promise. In the Gospel, Jesus visits the home of Martha and Mary, where Martha is intent on all the practicalities of serving while Mary simply sits and listens to Jesus. It is Mary who has chosen the better part.

Mercy Masses

During this Year of Mercy, we have been having an extra Mass each month, taking the theme of Mercy. Each Mass has been followed by the opportunity for confession. After taking a break in July and August, we will resume on Friday 30th September at 7.30pm. The October Mass will be on Friday 28th at 7.30pm. This is the Feast of St Simon and St Jude and during the Mass we will be blessing our new statue of St Jude. Also on this occasion we will be inviting back Fr David to celebrate the Mass and have a farewell get-together in the Parish Centre afterwards. Our final Mercy Mass will be on Friday 25th November which will also be our annual Bereavement Mass. The Year of Mercy officially ends on 20th November, the Feast of Christ the King.

Your Priests

Father Jozef Urbanic will be back with us during August. He arrives on the evening of Sunday 31st July. Father Colin will be away from 1st to 26th August. Father David will be away with the Diocesan Pilgrimage in Lourdes from 24th to 30th July. He will be away during August and moving to Tottenham in September.Deacon Carlos Quito will be arriving in the parish on 9th September.

Mass on Mondays

As we revert to having just one priest in the parish, starting from 25th July, there will be just one Mass on Mondays and this will be at 7.30am. The final Monday 9am Mass is tomorrow, 18th July. For anybody who has booked a 9am Monday Mass in advance, this will be transferred to the 7.30am Mass on the same day. When Deacon Carlos arrives, there will also be a Communion Service on Mondays at 9am, starting from 12th September.

Tuesday Novena & Wednesday Holy Hour

The final Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help before the summer break is this Tuesday at 7pm. It resumes on 13th September.

The final Holy Hour will be this Wednesday at 9.30am, resuming on 21st September.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Fr David will be travelling to Lourdes early morning of the 24th July. If you would like him to take your prayer intentions to Lourdes, please give names to Fr David in person or put them through the presbytery letter box.

Burnt Oak Parade & Festival

On Saturday 17th September, Altogether Better Burnt Oak are organising its third Multi-cultural Parade and Festival. The parade starts from Edgware Hospital, gathering between 10.30 and 11am. We invite you to join the group from Annunciation Church. Schools and other groups will be taking part. The parade will make its way along Burnt Oak Broadway to Silkstream Park where there will be games, entertainment, refreshments and stalls. We will have a Parish stall, which will sell religious items and cakes. If you were able to provide cakes for the occasion (nearer the time of course) we would be grateful. We will need volunteers for the stall at which we will also have Parish publicity leaflets. If you are able to help, please speak to Fr Colin.

Four: 12 Summer Fayre

Very many thanks to all those who came along to yesterday’s Summer Fayre and to all who worked so hard to make it a success.

Northern Star Travel

Lourdes for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Departs Stansted Airport 6th Dec, returns 10th Dec.

£475 per person sharing,

£525 in single room.

For bookings & information, please contact CE Roberts 0208 205 9155 or mob 07814614749

Cheeky Chums

The mum and tots’ group is now closed for the summer holidays and will reopen on Wednesday 7th September.

First Communion 2017

Application forms are available in the porch for parents who wish to apply for their child to join the First Communion Programme. Forms should be returned by 11th September at the latest. The child should be starting in Year 3 or above next September. There will be an introductory meeting for the parents who have applied for their child on Tuesday 27th September at 7.45pm in the Parish Centre. There will then be 7 sessions for parents and 7 sessions for children during the course of the programme, starting on Tuesday 4th October for parents (7.45pm) and Sunday 9th October (9.15am) for children.

RCIA Sessions

Sessions for those adults who are considering baptism, reception into the church or confirmation start on Tuesday 11th October at 8pm, upstairs in the Parish Centre. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process whereby adults journey in the faith toward receiving the Sacraments and become full members of the Catholic Church. Please let those interested know about this, or you may like to introduce them to one of the priests.

Meeting for Catechists

There will be a meeting for the First Holy Communion catechists on Tuesday 20th September at 7.45pm in the Parish Centre.

Hail Holy Queen

Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy:

Hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope;

To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve;

To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears.

Turn then most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us;

And after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary



Wednesday 20th July 2016. Doors open 2pm, film commences M*A*S*H 2.15pm

@ Trinity Church Mill Hill Broadway. Donations welcome.


Next week’s newsletter will be the final one until 11th September.

Sea Sunday

Thank you to all those parishioners who donated to the Apostleship of the Sea Charity, we raised £368.83.


A man stumbles up to the only other patron in a bar and asks if he could buy him a drink. “Why of course” comes the reply. The first man then asks “Where are you from?” “London” replies the second man. The first man responds “I’m from London too, lets have another round to London. “Of course” replies the second man. Curious, the first man asks “Where in London are you from?” “Well, Croydon, really” comes the reply. “I can’t believe it” says the first man “I’m from Croydon too. Let’s have another round to Croydon.” More next week


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