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TAKEHOMENEWS SUNDAY 15 OCTOBER 2023

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

God has offered all an invitation to an Eternal Banquet of the Lamb

Like the king in today’s Gospel, who invited guests to his son's wedding feast, God has in Christ offered all an invitation to the Eternal Banquet of the Lamb, (foreshadowed at the Mass).

Like the guests in today’s Gospel, sometimes, there may be temptations not to honour God’s offer of salvation to an Eternal Banquet of the Lamb. There would be times when we are distracted or weighed down by many cares and troubles of life. In those moments, we should, with hope and an eager readiness, call upon the One who gives us strength as the second reading tells us. Finally, when our sufferings are over and we are finally home with the Lord, ‘He will wipe away our tears from every cheek’. O Lord, help us by your grace. Amen.

Happy Sunday

Fr Chinedu

FIRST COMMUNION PROGRAMME 2024

Application forms for parents who wish their child to receive First Holy Communion next year are available in the porch. Children should be in Year 3 or above. Please return the form to the presbytery by 3rd December 2023. Sessions for parents will start in January 2024.

Sharing Faith in the Diocese of Westminster in Autumn 2023.

“The Year of the Council”

This resource is our contribution to the first worldwide preparatory year for ‘Pilgrims of Hope’, the Jubilee Year 2025. Next year, 2024, has been designated as a Year of Prayer, with the ‘Our Father’ at its heart, and our resource for next Lent will take us deeper into that theme. But we begin here. Books are available in the porch £4.00 each. Please put money in box marked papers on the wall in the porch.

ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

19TH TO 26TH July 2024 Please view the poster on the notice board.



WORLD MISSION DAY

Next weekend is World Mission Sunday 2023

On World Mission Sunday we recall with gratitude all those men and women who by their testimony of life help us to renew our baptismal commitment to be generous and joyful apostles of the Gospel. Let us remember especially all those who resolutely set out, leaving home and family behind, to bring the Gospel to all those places and people thirsting for its saving message.

Jesus needs hearts capable of experiencing vocation as a true love story that urges them to go forth to the peripheries of our world as messengers and agents of compassion. Universal openness to love has a dimension that is not geographical but existential. To be on mission is to be willing to think as Christ does, to believe with him that those around us are also my brothers and sisters. May his compassionate love touch our hearts and make us all true missionary disciples.

There will be a second collection next weekend to support the missionary work carried out by Missio). You can also donate on line misssio.org.uk/donate or pick up an envelope at the back of the church. If you are a tax payer you can Gift Aid your donation, the charity will receive 25p for every £1.00 you donate at no extra cost to you.


The Divine Mercy Apostolate

London is hosting a Divine Mercy Retreat at Most Precious Blood and St Edmund Campion RC Church, 115 Hertford Road, Edmonton,

London N9 7EN on Saturday 21 October 2023 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm . The Retreat will include teachings on the Message of Divine Mercy, Holy Mass, Hour of Mercy with Stations of the Cross, Adoration and Benediction and Veneration of the Image of Merciful Jesus. Please call Millie on 07957594646 for more information

SIGNING SCHOOL FORMS

Fr Chinedu will be available to sign school application forms this Monday between 4 and 5pm in the Canon Smyth Parish Centre.

Pastoral Visits

If you need or know a parishioner who needs a pastoral visit at home or at the hospital, please, feel free to speak with any of the priests here.



RCIA

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults usually starts in October, If you know anyone who may want to become a Catholic, invite the person to speak with any of the priests.

Who is RCIA for?

1. Unbaptised adults asking for baptism, confirmation, and communion.

2. Adults baptised in another Christian tradition or candidates asking for reception into full communion in the Church.

3. Baptised Catholics asking fr Confirmation and Eucharist


Foodbank for the community

Non – perishable food is required for the foodbank, please leave your donations in one of the marked boxes in the church porch. Thank you.


The Divine Mercy Apostolate, London is hosting a Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, Co Mayo

From November 9 to 14 to Pray for the Holy Souls. It will be by the Marian Fathers. Package includes: Return flights by Aer Lingus from Heathrow Airport, half board, 5 nights, accommodation in en suite twin rooms, hand-luggage (10 kgs), all transfers and Airport Development fee. The Retreat will include daily Mass and Hour of Mercy and retreats at Glendalough and Kylemore Abbey. Cost £800. All Welcome. Please call Millie on 07957594646 for more information.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH, BARNET

This year's theme, ‘Celebrating our Sisters’, highlights the role that Black women have played in shaping history, inspiring change, and building communities. Please visit here to find out what happening. Barnet Libraries celebrate Black writing and authors in a first Black Literary Festival. If you have any questions or would like to advertise an event please email community@barnet.gov.uk.


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