St Peter and St Paul
Today we celebrate the Feast of 2 Apostles who were most responsible for the building up of the early Church, St Peter concentrated his apostolic work on Jews and St Paul on the pagans, These were two men that were called in their weakness to become strong in their Witness to Jesus Christ. Peter is known as the Rock on which the Church was built. Paul was the Church’s greatest missioner. As missionary disciples, we are the Apostles of today, doing what we can to build up the Church by our example, our encouragement and our prayers.
14th Sunday of Year C (7th July)
Today’s Gospel is an excellent illustration of what we can achieve with God’s help. Jesus sent our 72 disciples in pairs to work in his harvest, bringing the Good News, curing the sick and proclaiming the Kingdom of God in the name of Jesus Christ. They came back rejoicing at what they were able to do in Jesus’ name. At the end of Mass each Sunday we are sent our to glorify the Lord by our lives. May what we are able to do in Jesus’ name enable us to return the following week to rejoice and thank God before going off again on our next task, refreshed by the presence of the Lord.
Novena and Holy Hour
There will be no Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Tuesday 2nd July and no Holy Hour on Wednesday, 3rd and 10th July.
This Newsletter covers 2 weeks. The next Takehomenews will be on14th July.
Our Annual International Mass will take place at 12 Noon on Sunday 14th July. Those who would like to do a reading or a Bidding Prayer in a different language are asked please to contact Fr. Colin. If there is a group who would like to lead a hymn or song also please let Fr. Colin know. The Mass will be followed by a barbecue and other foods for which we invite you to bring along an international dish. We will provide the drink.
First Communions in 2020
If your child is starting Year 3 or above in September and would like to receive First Holy Communion next year, please take an application form from the porch and return it to the presbytery by 16th September at the latest. Application forms cannot be accepted after this date.
The Annunciation Catholic Infants School
There are Nursery and School places still available for September 2019. If you would like to know more please visit our website at www.annunciationinf.org.uk, or call for an appointment to visit and see for yourself on 020 8959 2325. We look forward to welcoming you to the school.
The next session for parents who wish to have their baby baptised will be on Sunday 7th July at 4pm in the Dominic Room. Application forms can be collected from the sacristy.
14th July is Sea Sunday when the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea. There will be a second collection for Stella Maris, Apostleship
Of the Sea, the official maritime welfare agency of the Catholic Church. It provides practical and spiritual support to seafarers visiting our ports. Prayer cards and donation envelopes will be available at the back of the church.
Harrow Mencap will be here on the weekend of 6th/7th July to take their annual collection.
You will notice parishioners acting as Fire Wardens at Masses. They are asked to collect an armband from the Sacristy before Mass and if they have not done so already take an instruction sheet with a map of their responsibility area. (1 Blue, 2 Green and 3 Orange). They are responsible for ensuring all aisles are clear in case of an evacuation, and help you in any other matters around the church, Many thanks.
Mass in Infants School
On Wednesday 10th July, Mass will be in the Infants School next door at 9.15am. Everybody is welcome.
Welcome to Mgr Turner
We welcome Mgr Canon Harry Turner to the parish who will be celebrating Masses while Fr Colin is away from the morning of Sunday 30th June until Wednesday 3rd July.
The Funeral Mass for MARY RYAN will be on Thursday 4th July at 2.00pm.
The Funeral Mass for PAULA O’BRIEN will be on Friday 5th July at 10.30am. Her body will be brought to the church on Thursday 4th July at 6.pm.
Walk to Church Weekend
Many thanks to the Filipino Community for organising last weekend’s Walk to Church and providing health checks, leaflets and fruit.
We would like to thank all of our parishioners who participated in our annual "Walk to Church Weekend" here at the Church of the Annunciation in Burnt Oak.
We had a total of 408 parishioners who "walked" going to Church during the weekend and more than 25 individuals had their blood pressure and weight checked after the Mass.
Here is the breakdown of our Walk to Church Weekend for 2019 (including children):
55 - 6:30pm Saturday, 22nd June 2019
117 - 9:00am Sunday, 23rd June 2019
114 - 10:30am Sunday, 23rd June 2019
122 - 12:00pm Sunday, 23rd June 2019
408 - Total who walked to Church
In addition, we also received a £20 donation which was handed over to the Parish. This was from one of our parishioners even if we insisted that everything was free of charge.
We also would like to thank the Stroke Association UK and the British Heart Foundation for providing our parishioners with Information leaflets and reading materials.
We look forward for next year's Walk to Church Weekend activity.
Thank you and God bless.
Yours in Christ
On behalf of the Filipino Community of the Church of the Annunciation Burnt Oak. Rhoderick Panganiban, Mary Ann Torres. Lorie Salazar, Grace Calit and Joey Flores.
New Altar Servers
There will be a meeting for those who would like to become altar servers on Monday 8th July at 5.30pm in the church. All those under the age of 18 must be accompanied to this meeting by a parent/carer and the meeting will last approximately one hour. For further information, please speak to a Senior server or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Four:12 Lourdes Group
At the end of July, members of Four:12 will be giving up a week of their time to travel to Lourdes as ‘Redcaps’ – the group of teenage/young adult volunteers which supports the sick and elderly on the annual Westminster Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage. To subsidise the costs – which run into several hundreds of pounds per volunteer – the group will be doing a Sponsored Walk around central London on Saturday 6th July. To sponsor the group, please visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/four12lourdes2019 or speak to Frances Doyle. If any Four:12 members or parishioners would like to join us on the walk, please ring 07732 392 749 or email email@example.com by Wednesday 3rd July.
Petitions for Lourdes
If you would like our Four:12 Lourdes Group to place any petitions at the Grotto for you, please put them in the box at the back of the church or hand them in to Frances Doyle by Sunday 14th July. Please do not include any money with your petitions – for example, to have candles lit or a Mass said – as they will placed in the petitions box at the Grotto before being burned, unopened. We will be lighting candles and having a Mass said for the intentions of our parish and our fellow parishioners whilst we are in Lourdes.