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Takehomenews-26th Sunday of the Year

26th Sunday of Year B

Jesus warns us today of the destructive power of sin. He does so in a dramatic way saying that if our hand should cause us to sin, we should cut it off. And this applies to our foot and our eyes. Jesus is saying this not to bring about a series of amputations but to emphasise how damaging sin is to ourselves, to our neighbour and to the whole of the community. Our world is a battleground of good and evil. The Lord calls us to be united with all who are on the side of goodness.

CAFOD Harvest Feast Day

Next Friday is Harvest Feast Day when CAFOD invites us to share in the abundance that God has given us. We are asked to fast, pray and give to people like Longora, who lives in a remote village in Uganda. The area is so hot and dry, people used to struggle to get enough clean water to survive. Thanks to the generosity of parishioners in England and Wales, CAFOD has made sure that Longora and her neighbours now have a reliable supply of clean, safe water.

On Harvest Feast Day CAFOD invites us to eat simply—perhaps having a bowl of soup instead of a meal—and give the money we save to help people like Longora, £7.00 would provide a spade and pick axe to help a community maintain their borehole; £28.00 would buy a goat, giving a family milk to drink and sell.

Please take a Fast Day envelope from the pew or the back of the church and return it with your contribution next weekend. Many Thanks.

CAFOD Harvest Feast Day Prayer

Creator God, in love you give life. In your generosity you create the gifts of the earth. As daughters and sons of the same Father, may we learn to share the plentiful gifts of creation, especially with those most in need. Give us open hands and loving hearts, so that we take less and give more. We ask that all may benefit from your goodness, and share in the fullness of life you have promised. Amen.

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.

First Communion Programme

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


Sessions for those adults who are interested in becoming Catholics and baptised Catholics who have not received the other sacraments start at 8.00pm on Tuesday 9th October, upstairs in the Canon Smyth Parish Centre. Everyone is welcome.

Baptism Classes for Older Children

Starting next Saturday 6th October, we are holding baptism classes for children aged 7 or over. They take place in the Canon Smyth Parish Centre, starting at 11.00am

Secondary School Transfer

Fr. Colin will be available to sign secondary school application forms for those who attend Mass here regularly on Wednesday between 4 and 5pm in the Canon Smyth Parish Centre Future signing times will be: Saturday 13 October 12-1pm. Thursday 18 October 4-5pm.

Volunteers in Annunciation Junior School

The Annunciation Junior School in The Meads is looking for volunteers to help pupils in reading and sowing. If you can spare some time, please ring the school office on 020 8906 0723. The school is also looking for stories you may have about World War II.

47th London Ballycroy Reunion

The longest running Irish association will be having a dance with jiving competition at: The Mazenod Social Club, Quex Road, Kilburn, NW6. on Saturday 13 October 2018. Dancing 8 till late, music by Seamus Moore and his band alongside Slim Attraction. Tickets are £10.00 and limited by capacity, pre-buy from: Martin Campbell 07803231668, Brid Howard 07852167318. Get your dancing shoes on. All welcome.

Counting Heads

The number of people at Mass here last weekend was 504. We have another count today and the following two weekends.

St. Columba’s College and Prep School

The independent Catholic boys’ school in St Albans, will be holding an Open Morning for both the Prep and Senior School (4-18) on Saturday 6th October 2018 from 9.30am –12.30pm. Means-tested bursaries are available for a small number of Catholic boys entering Year 3 and Year 7. Bursary applications for September 2019 entry must be made by the end of October 2018 and, if eligible, boys will need to be successful in the entrance exams to be held in January.

For further information, please contact Mrs Hilary Causer, Admissions Registrar Email address:

Direct line: 01727 892040

Lately Dead

Please pray for the repose of the soul of TONY DIAS, whose funeral will be at 10.00am on Wednesday 03 October replacing the 9am Mass that day and MAY O’BRIEN of Gaskarth Road, whose funeral Mass will be on Friday 12 October at 11.00am. This will be in addition to the 9.00am Mass that morning. Her body will be brought to the Church on Thursday 11 October at 6.00pm.

Four:12 Quiz Night

The autumn edition of Four:12's Family Quiz Night will be on Friday 12th October 2018 in the Canon Smyth Parish Hall. Doors open at 7pm. £6/adult & £3/child (under 16). Book your places after weekend masses or by calling 07543705135

or email Light refreshments will be served.

Holy Families

The Autumn prayer and discussion booklet is entitled ‘Holy Families’, and is available in the porch, price £2.00. In August the World Meeting of Families took place in Ireland, proclaiming that the Gospel of the Family means Joy for the World. The faith-sharing resource is a proclamation of this same truth. It explores themes from the Pope’s teaching in Amoris Laetitia, the Joy of Love, 2016 Apostolic Exhortation of love in the Family, It explores the beauty and blessings, the joys and challenges of family life. Please take a copy to use on your own, with your family, or in a group,

St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School Staff Vacancy

Cover Supervisor - As and when required on an ad-hoc basis£12.19 an hour

Required so soon as possible. Flexible Cover Supervisors required to cover internally across the subject board on an ad-hoc basis. Availability can be negotiated with the School for those who wish to restrict the days of the week which they would be available. Applications can be downloaded from

Please send all completed applications to

Closing date: 12 pm, Friday 12th October 2018.

Salvatorian College Years 5 &6 boys and their parents are invited to Open Events on Monday 1st October 2018 from 9.30-11am and /or 5.30-8.00pm. Senior staff will be available to answer questions on the school and admissions process for September 2019. Please note: the events will take place at our Priestmead Campus, Hartford Avenue. HA3 8SZ.

Sponsored Emigrants Walk for Irish Chaplaincy

On October 6th 2018 in Mayo there will be a Sponsored Emigrants Walk for the Irish Chaplaincy Seniors’ Project, which reaches out to elderly Irish living alone in London. The walk will be led by Alan Brogan (former Dublin Gaelic footballer) who is Ambassador for this campaign. Information and a chance to donate can be found at: Or call: 020 7482 5528


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