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26th Sunday of Year C

If there is one parable that alerts us to the need of caring for the poor, it is today’s one about the rich man feasting magnificently and the poor man starving on his doorstep. What makes the parable so dramatic is the vision of the rich man in hell trying to get a message to his five brothers to change their ways. Jesus uses the parable to point out to the Pharisees the need to listen to the prophets. If they don’t, they would not be convinced if someone were to rise from the dead. Jesus is making a connection between what the Pharisees know through the Law and the Prophets and what Jesus would achieve through his Resurrection.

Let them eat cake!

After Masses this morning, you are invited to enjoy a cup of tea/coffee and a slice of cake and other treats outside the church after Mass, or inside the Parish Centre if the weather is bad. All proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.

CAFOD Family Fast Day

This Friday is CAFOD Family Fast Day. No one should be beyond reach of the love and support they need to thrive. This Fast Day. CAFOD invites us to fast, pray and give, so we can extend the hand of friendship to the world’s poorest people.

Fabiano’s village in rural Uganda has been devastated by drought. Every day, children would trek miles for water, risking their education-and safety. Donations from parishioners across England and Wales helped install a solar powered water pump in the village. Now Fabiano and his friends can collect water quickly and safely. On Family Fast Day, CAFOD invites us to eat a simple meal for lunch or dinner and give the money we save to help children like Fabiano. Please collect a Fast Day envelope from church this week and give generously.

Baptism Preparation

There will be a preparation session for parents who wish to have their baby baptised on Sunday 17th November at 4pm in the Dominic Room. Application forms can be collected from the sacristy.

Secondary School Transfer

I will be available to sign forms for those who are transferring to secondary school and attend Mass here regularly on Thursday between 4 and 5pm in the Canon Smyth Parish Centre. There will be further signing sessions on Wednesday 9th October 4-5pm and Saturday 12th October 12-1pm.

Pastoral Letter

There is a Pastoral Letter today from Cardinal Vincent Nichols concerning the forthcoming canonisation of John Henry Newman.

First Communion Programme

There will be a meeting for the parents of First Communion children on Tuesday at 7.45pm. in the Canon Smyth Parish Centre. The children have their first session next Sunday from 9.15 to 10.15am in the Parish Centre.

Mass Count

The number of people attending Mass here last weekend was 613. We will be having another Mass count this weekend.

Christine Warden RIP

The Funeral Mass for Christine Warden will be at 11.00am on Friday. This is in addition to the 9am Mass that morning.

Recently Dead

Please Pray for MARTHA MCEYESON whose funeral will be on Saturday 26th October at 11.00am. This is in addition to the 10.00am Mass that morning.

Social Justice and Peace Forum

This is a morning discussion to explore how we can give practical effect to our gospel commitment to help those in most need. It takes place on Saturday 12th October between 10.30 and 1.30 at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall, 373 Bowes Rd, N11 1AA (Arnos Grove Stn or Bus 251).

Year of the Word

The pope has announced that from 30th September to the end of 2020 the church will celebrate the Year of the Word. During this period we will be taking a deeper focus on the scriptures throughout the church. What is your favourite scripture quote? We would like to include these in Takehomenews.

Forms to do this are at the back of the church. There is no need to give your name. Thank you.

Beginning Experience Weekend

A healing weekend for men and women who are separated, divorced or widowed will be held from 18th to 20th October 2019 at Domus Mariae Centre, Chigwell, Essex. For details please contact Freda 01322-838415 or Maura 01322-551503 or email

Mass for Bereaved Parents

The Mass for Bereaved Parents will be celebrated by Bishop Paul McAleenan at St Aloysius Church, Phoenix Road, Euston on Saturday 26th October. All are welcome.

St James’ Catholic High School in Colindale

Is holding its Open Evening for Secondary School transfer on Wednesday 2 October 2019 from 5:30pm. The Headteacher will speak at 6pm and 7pm. Come along and see our fantastic new buildings and facilities!

RCIA Sessions

Sessions for those adults who are considering baptism, reception in the church or confirmation start on Tuesday 08 October at 8.p.m., upstairs in the Canon Smyth Parish Centre. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process whereby adults journey in the faith towards 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 Fr. Colin.

Baptised and Sent

October 2019 has been designated by Pope Francis as an Extraordinary Month of Mission. The title given to this special month is Baptised and Sent. For our Autumn Faith Sharing this year, our booklet considers six missionary witnesses who were themselves ‘baptised and sent’ and the distinctive insights they give. Please take one of the booklets from the porch and use it either in a group discussion or individually. They cost £2,00 and money can be put in the papers box. ‘There will be a discussion group on Wednesday at 11am in the Dominic Room starting on 9th October’.


Our annual Bazaar takes place on Saturday 16th November between 12 Noon and 3pm. Children are invited to prepare a poster to advertise the event. There will be a tombola, bottle stall, books, toys, face painting, Santa’s grotto as well as refreshments and other surprises.

Quiz Night

The autumn of Four:12’s Family Quiz Night will be on Friday 11th October 2019 in the Canon Smyth Parish Hall. Doors open at 7pm. £6/adult & £3/child (under 16). Light refreshments will be served.


The Church of the Annunciation in Burnt Oak, together with Couples For Christ (CFC) UK, invites our Parishioners to join the Christian Life Program (CLP) at the Canon Smyth Parish Centre. This program will be every Sunday from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM, starting on the 13th of October 2019 until the 24th of November 2019.

The Christian Life Program (CLP) is an integrated course leading into a renewed understanding of God’s call to us as Christian. Each session consists of a Talk, Discussion, and Fellowship. The CLP focuses on three specific objectives: Individual renewal, Family renewal and Church renewal.

There is no cost to attend the Christian Life Program (CLP) - this program is being organised by Couples For Christ (CFC) - an International Catholic Lay Ecclesial Movement established in 1981 with a Vatican recognition from the Pontifical Council for the Laity as an International Private Association of the Faithful dated 11th of March 2000.

The CLP is open to all married couples, single parents, widows/widowers, divorced and single individuals (aged 21 and above). The CLP is also the entry point for those who may wish to join Couples For Christ (CFC) and its Family Ministries upon completion of the program.

To know more about the Christian Life Program (CLP), information leaflets will be available to take home at the back of the Church. We pray that our parishioners' support and participate in the renewal program of our Parish.


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