• RCDOW Burnt Oak

Takehomenews Sunday 20 February


Jesus presents the disciples with some teaching in today’s Gospel which would have seemed quite revolutionary at the time. He told them that they should love their enemies, to pray for those who treat them badly, to offer your other cheek, to give to those who take from you. He was removing retaliation from the acceptable agenda. Jesus would himself show the supreme way of fulfilling these teachings at he time of his Cross and Passion. He offered up his life for all sinners, he did not retaliate when he was attacked, he prayed for those who did him harm.

Jesus has left us with a grand example of compassion and love. By fulfilling the will of his Father, Jesus secured the glory that was due to Him. We too will be rewarded for our good deeds, especially towards those who may have done us harm.


Everyone is invited to our Parish Annual General Meeting next Sunday at 2pm in the Canon Smyth Parish Centre. Because of COVID restrictions, we did not have an A.G.M. last year so we will be reporting on what has happened over the last 2 years and then make plans for the coming year. Your comments and suggestions during the Synodal Pathway process have been very helpful and we will be presenting these as we set out the plans.

The meeting will be preceded by a shared lunch at about 1.15pm after the 12 Noon Mass. We invite you to bring a dish of food. We will provide the drink.

Everyone is welcome to either or both of these events which take place on the final Sunday before the start of Lent.


There will be a preparation session for parents who wish to have their baby baptised on Sunday20th March at 4.pm in the church.


There will be a session for First Communion children at 9am next Sunday, 27th February, in the Canon Smyth Parish Centre.


There will be a session for Confirmation candidates next Wednesday at 7pm. in the Canon Smyth Parish Centre. Then on Saturday there will be a Retreat for the Confirmation candidates in the Parish Centre from 10am to 3pm.


We welcome Bishop John Sherrington to the parish next Sunday. He will celebrate the 12 Noon Mass and then stay on for the shared lunch and the Annual General Meeting.


Items for the local foodbank can be left in one of the boxes in the porch. Many thanks to those who have donated already. It has been very much appreciated.


Saturday 14TH May 2022 at 3:00pm

The Cardinal is inviting to this Mass all couples in the Diocese, who are celebrating a significant anniversary their 5th 10th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th (and every year over 60) wedding anniversary of Catholic marriage in 2022. If you would like to join in this Mass, please give your details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address, email address and telephone number, by 1st April 2022. to Fr Colin, Fr David or email to Susan in the office. (burntoak@rcdow.org.uk).


Pope’s Message Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (Lk 6:36) Standing beside those who suffer on a path of charity

“Your hands, which touch the suffering flesh of Christ, can be a sign of the merciful hands of the Father. Be mindful of the great dignity of your profession, as well as the responsibility that it entails.”

The Holy Father also praised religious communities caring for the sick and affirmed the importance of Catholic healthcare institutions describing them as “a precious treasure to be protected and preserved; their presence has distinguished the history of the Church, showing her closeness to the sick and the poor, and to situations overlooked by others.”


Retrouvaille is a programme to support couples, it brings a positive focus, new hope and helps nourish and grow your marriage ….and you don’t need to leave home, it comes to you! For confidential information about Retrouvaille’, or to register for the next programme, a Virtual weekend commencing 3rd – 6th March 2022 Call or text +44 788 729 6983. Email: retrouvailleukinfo@gmail.org – or visit www.retrouvaille.uk


The Good Neighbour Scheme for Mill Hill & Burnt Oak have vacancies at their lunch clubs for seniors. The Mill Hill lunch club meets on Tuesdays in the parish centre of the Sacred Heart Church. The Burnt Oak lunch club meets on Thursdays here in the Canon Smyth Parish Centre. If you are interested, please call 020 8906 3340.



Our school is very highly regarded, heavily oversubscribed and enjoys consistently outstanding examination results. Finchley Catholic is a very rewarding place to work with a supportive collegiate atmosphere. We are looking for a confident Personal Assistant to the Headteacher who will provide a high level of support to her in all aspects of her role.

· Are you?

· An experienced PA used to working at a senior level Unflappable and resilient, possessing a calm demeanour and sound judgement

· Committed to the highest standards of verbal and written communication

· Able to think and plan ahead at the same time as respond to unplanned situations

· Experienced in administering the recruitment processes and Single Central Record

FCHS is committed to promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and as such all candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS check. Candidates wishing to visit the school are welcome to do so by appointment. An application form for this post can be downloaded from our website and should be returned to the Headteacher, Niamh Arnull, info@finchleycatholic.org.uk The closing date is Friday, 25 February 2022 and interviews will take place during the following week, although we reserve the right to interview suitably qualified and talented candidates in advance of the deadline.


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