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28th Sunday of Year C

Today’s Gospel about the ten lepers who were cured by Jesus alerts us to the constant need to give thanks to the Lord. Only one of the ten lepers come to thank Jesus and he was a foreigner. Thanking and praising God is a sign of our faith. So many blessings we receive in everyday life we take for granted. The Mass is the greatest act of thanksgiving but we need to find time each day to thank God for all the little things that happen in our life for our benefit.

Canonization of Blessed John Henry Newman

Today in Rome Blessed John Henry Newman is being canonized a saint by Pope Francis. Cardinal Newman, born in London in 1801 became an Anglican clergyman but converted to become a Catholic. He set up an Oratory in Birmingham and wrote many books and articles about the faith. He showed great care for the poor, so much so that when he died in 1890, thousands of people lined the streets of Birmingham to say farewell and pray for this holy man. Westminster Diocese is marking the occasion by having Solemn Vespers in Westminster Cathedral on Saturday at 3.30pm at which the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby will preach. Everyone is invited to this occasion. Please note that as I am attending this, I may be late getting back for confessions at 5.30.

World Mission Sunday

Next Sunday is World Mission Sunday, when the Holy Father invites all Catholics to contribute to a special collection for Missio, his charity for world mission. Please support Mission in helping missionaries to work alongside communities throughout the world that are poor or in need, regardless of their background or belief. Join in on this special day, that unites Catholics all over the world in prayer and celebration of our Church’s mission to share God’s love with all creation— ‘Together we are Mission’. You will be able to Gift Aid your donations by using envelopes provided by Missio. For more information , visit Thank you.

Year of the Word

Please put your favourite scripture, quote on a form at the back of the church and place it in the box nearby, this week’s quotes:

From all my terrors the Lord set me free. The Book of Psalms

O Lord you search me and you know me, You know my resting and my rising. You discern my purpose from afar. Psalm 139.

Lift to Mass

A Lady who lives in Page Street, Mill Hill, was wondering whether there is anybody who could give her a lift to the 10.30 Mass. If so, please speak to Father Colin.

Mary’s Meals

Mary’s Meals want your unwanted clothing and bedding (no duvets, pillows, cushions or stuffed toys please), we will be at the church until 12.00 noon on Sunday 3rd November to collect them all. Put your clothing /bedding into tied sacks and bring them to Mass where the Charity Mary’s Meals will be there to pick them up. Amazingly 4 full black sacks of good quality clothing will feed a child one good nutritious meal every school day for a whole year!

RCIA Sessions

We continue our sessions for those considering becoming Catholics and those who wish to know more about their faith on Tuesdays at 8pm, upstairs in the Canon Smyth Parish Centre. Everyone is welcome.

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.

St. Roses Chapel and Prayer Garden, 160, Anson Road, NW2 6BH

During the month of October, there will be Adoration and Rosary every Thursday evening from 7.00pm to 8.00pm Please join us for this month of the Rosary and to pray for Pope Francis’ intentions for the Church. On Saturday 19th October, The Friends of St. Roses invite you to a Bring and Buy Sale at St. Roses from 11.00am to 3.00pm. Please do come and support this worthy cause.

Fr Darline Joseph

Fr Darline Joseph is a priest from Okehampton in Devon who is doing a course at Edgware Hospital on Monday’s over the next few months. He will be spending Sunday nights in the presbytery and will concelebrate the 7.30am Mass on Mondays.

Nancy Mac Culloch RIP

The Funeral Mass for Nancy Mac Culloch will be on Friday at 10.30am. This is in addition to the 9.00am Mass that morning.

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

Baptised and Sent

This month has been designated by Pope Francis as Extraordinary Month of Mission. Copies of the booklet ‘Baptised and Sent’ are available in the porch for £2.00. The discussion groupcontinues on Wednesdays at 11am in the Dominic Room.

Parish Bazaar

This takes place on Saturday 16th November. in the Canon Smyth Parish Centre. You are invited to bring along any unwanted gifts for the tombola, bottles for the bottle stall, books, CD’s and donations for the raffle prizes, as well as tins and cakes. toys, face painting, Santa’s grotto as well as refreshments and other surprises. Children are invited to prepare a poster to advertise the event. Please do not donate clothes, blankets/duvets or electrical goods. Help will be needed on the evening before the event to set up stalls and also on the day. Please contact Linda 07884046118.

First Communion Programme

Today at the 10.30 Mass, the First Communion Children will take part in a Celebration Mass, at which they will be enrolled into the programme.

Mass Count

The number of people attending Mass here last weekend was 673. We will be having another Mass count this weekend.

The Passage Working with Homeless People

“The Passage, a Christian Charity working with homeless people, is holding a fundraising concert at the Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday 5 November on the theme Magic of Italian Opera with Petroc Trelawny as presenter. The music includes Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves and Nessum Dorma with soloists Joyce El-Khoury, Michael Fabiano, Clare Presland and Simon Thorpe . For more details call 020 7592 1856 or email”


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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