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TakeHomeNews-2nd October 2022

27th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ( C )

God’s great gift to us is our faith. We know that our faith wavers from time to time. Some events may occur which deepen our faith. Others may happen and result in our faith declining. In today's Gospel, the apostles ask Jesus to increase their faith. Jesus likens faith to a mustard seed which starts as the smallest of seeds and grows into a large plant. Our faith can follow a similar pattern. A key attitude to ensure that our faith continues to grow is to have a servant attitude. We are servants of the Lord and it is our duty to serve one another. In serving others we are bringing the Lord to other people, thereby increasing their faith and ours as well.

CAFOD

FAMILY FAST DAY

Next Friday 7th October, is CAFOD Family Fast Day. It is a day to pray for and support communities in the world suffering from a food crisis. We can do this by giving up a meal and giving the money we save to this cause. The theme of this year’s CAFOD Fast Day is ‘World Food Crisis’. Millions of families are facing a food crisis that could be the worst in living memory. Our donations can help CAFOD’S local experts to provide emergency food supplies to families in the worst affected countries in East Africa and support communities around the world working hard to put food on the table. Please take an envelope from the back of the church and return it with your donation next weekend.

HARVEST PRAYER

WE PRAY FOR THE PEOPLE OF EAST AFRICA

AND ALL THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH TO EAT.

MAY GOD GRANT US THE GIFT OF COMPASSION,

THAT WE MIGHT BE MOVED

TO SHARE OUR BREAD

WITH THE HUNGRY AND WORK

WITH ALL OUR STRENGTH

TO END FOOD POVERTY.

WE MAKE OUR PRAYER THROUGH CHRIST OUR LORD.

BAPTISM PREPARATION

The next preparation session for parents who wish to have their baby baptised will be on Sunday 20th November at 4pm in the Church.

PRISONERS’ SUNDAY

This year’s Prisoners Sunday falls on 9th October. It is a time when the Catholic Church encourages us to bring prisoners and their families into the hearts and minds of our parish communities and remember in our prayers those who among us affected by the criminal justice system.

PACT is the national Catholic Charity supporting prisoners, people with convictions and their children and families. It provides caring and life-changing services at every stage of the criminal justice process: in court, in prison, on release and in the community.

We will not be having a second collection as we are already going to collect for CAFOD Family Fast Day next Sunday. However, if you would like to send a donation to PACT, there are envelopes on the table at the back of the church which you can send directly to PACT.

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA)

If you know of any adult who is interested in becoming a Catholic or baptised Catholics who have not received the other Sacraments, please invite them along to a meeting on Tuesday 11th October at 8pm for an hour in the Canon Smyth Parish Centre. The sessions will continue on Tuesdays through to Eastertide next year. Any parishioner who is interested in discovering more about their faith is welcome to join these sessions.

NEW ALTAR SERVERS

If there any children who have made their First Holy Communion and would like to become an altar server, please come along to the church with your parents on Saturday 8th October at 11am.

SHORT TRAINING SESSION

FOR EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS & READERS

Golders Green Parish are hosting a session for Readers & Eucharistic Ministers on Saturday 8th October from 10.30am to 1pm. If you would like to attend, please email goldersgreen@rcdow.org.uk. St Edward’s church is 5 minutes walk from Golders Green Station in Finchley Road.

CAKE SALE

There will be a Cake Sale after Masses this morning (Sunday). All funds raised will go towards Macmillan Cancer Support.


SIGNING SCHOOL

FORMS

Fr Colin will be available to sign school application forms on Saturday 15th October between 12 noon and 1pm in the Canon Smyth Parish Centre.

Mass count

The number of people at Mass last Sunday was 493. We will be counting heads again at Masses this weekend.

ACCOMMODATION REQUIRED

A teacher is looking for accommodation in this area as she been relocated here. If you can offer anything, please let Fr Colin know.

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