30th Sunday of Year B
Today we have the account of the healing of the blind man, Bartimaeus. He was excited when he heard that Jesus was passing by on his way to Jerusalem. The people around wanted to stop him shouting, thinking that Jesus had more important things on his mind. The persistence of Bartimaeus paid off, just as it does when we persist in our pleas to God, Jesus called Bartimaeus over and when he specified in words what he wanted, his sight was restored. But Bartimaeus did not stay there. He followed Jesus along the road. In other words, he became a disciple.
All Saints Day
The Beatitudes, which were part of Jesus’ first teaching at the Sermon on the Mount, set us an agenda for life. The saints have kept to that agenda and now share in the joys of God’s kingdom in heaven. We can reconsider there beatitudes to see how well we are doing on that journey to heaven as we honour all those who have completed that journey.
We celebrate All Saints on Thursday. It is a Holy Day of Obligation, which means that Catholics are expected to attend Mass on that day. Masses in the church will be at 9am and 7.30pm. There will be a Mass in the infant School next door at 11am there will also be a Mass in the Annunciation Junior School at 2pm.
All Souls Day
We commemorate all the faithful departed on Friday, which is All Souls Day, Masses will be at 9am and 7.30pm.
Blessing of the Graves
The blessing of the graves at Hendon Cemetery takes place next Sunday 4th November at 2
Thank you for bringing your bags of old clothes to help the Mary’s Meals charity. We cannot accept any more after 12 noon today (Sunday) when the van departs. Mary’s Meals feed children one good meal every day at school in over 15 countries. If you would like to make a financial contribution, please put something in the blue tin as you leave Mass today. Thank you.
The next session for parents who wish to have their baby baptised will be on Sunday 18th November at 4pm in the Dominic Room. Application forms are available in the sacristy.
Those who are in year 10 or above are invited to apply for Confirmation. Application Forms are available in the porch and should be returned by 16th December at the latest. Sessions start in January. Bishop John Sherrington will be coming on Friday 7th June to administer the Sacrament.
Weddings in 2019
Couples who wish to be married in this church next year or require us to prepare them for their marriage elsewhere, please get In touch with Fr Colin. There is a couple who asked for their marriage to be convalidated on 23rd January but left no contact details. Please get in touch with me.
First Communion Programme
There will be a meeting for parents of the First Holy Communion children on Tuesday at 7.45pm in the Canon Smyth Parish Centre, The children have a session next Sunday at 9.15am.
90th Anniversary of Parish
We commemorate this anniversary on Sunday 25th November at the 12 noon Mass followed by a reception in the Canon Smyth Parish Centre. Do you have any photographs from the past? If so, could we borrow them please to produce a slide show during the reception. We are also planning to produce a booklet to include memories from the past and invite you to write down something to include in this booklet. We would like to get this all prepared by the end of October. Thank you.
Annunciation Schools Admissions Meetings
The infants will be having their admissions meeting in the Canon Smyth Parish Centre on Wednesday 7th November at 7.30pm. Parents are invited to attend this meeting if they wish their child to be considered for a Nursery or School place at the Infants School in September 2019. This includes those who wish to move from Nursery to Reception Class. The Junior School Admissions Meeting is on Monday 19 November at 7pm in the school itself in the Meads. This is for parents who wish their child to be considered for a place in September 2019, including those currently in year 2 of the Infants School.
The Funeral Mass for JEAN SEXTON of Montrose Avenue will be on Tuesday 06 November at 12.00 noon. This is in addition to the 9am Mass that day.
The Funeral Mass for CYRIL O’LEARY of Abbots Road will be on Thursday 8th November at 11.30. This is in addition to the 9am Mass that day. His body will be brought to the church on Wednesday 7th November at 6pm.
Please also pray for the repose of the soul of DUNSTAN NALLIAH of Gaskarth Road.
Catholic History Walks
A Royal Walk Sunday 18th November, 3pm. A walk around Westminster to see Catholics and Royalty, from Henry VIII and his break with Rome to the present day. We walk towards Buckingham Palace. Meet on the steps of Westminster Cathedral. Nearest Tube: Victoria. Cost: £5.00, concessions available. Please wear suitable footwear and plan for the weather. Walks may take up to 2 hours.
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Our Parish Bazaar on Saturday 17 November. There will be a meeting to plan this event on Thursday at 8.15pm in the Dominic Room, following the 7.30pm All Saints Mass in the church.
Month of the Holy Souls
November is the month we dedicate to praying for all the faithful departed. You will find the Remembrance Book on a table near the statues. You can write the names of those you wish to be remembered in this book, but there is no need to rewrite names you have entered in previous years. The book will be placed in front of the altar from 2nd November. Alternatively you can write names on a piece of paper and put it in one of the envelopes available in the porch. These names will be placed in a box in front of the altar from the 2nd November. There will be several Masses for the Holy Souls during the month.
The Blessing of Graves at Hendon Cemetery will be at 2pm on Sunday 4th November.
The Bereavement Mass takes place on Friday 23 November at 7.30 pm.
The Nigerian Catholic Chaplaincy (Mill Hill)
Will be celebrating our Children and the Nigerian Independence day by holding a Children-led Mass on Sunday 28th October, 2018. Come and join us in this celebration of our culture, faith and children. Venue: Sacred Heart Church, Mill Hill. Time: 2pm “prompt."