• RCDOW Burnt Oak

Takehomenews Sunday 21 November 2021

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

The New Testament is in no doubt about the ultimate kingship of Jesus Christ, but St John’s Gospel recalls that he is a king ‘not of this world’. Jesus turned the world’s understanding of a king upside down. The misunderstanding is evident when Jesus is brought before Pontius Pilate, claiming he was the King of the Jews. Earthly authorities saw this as a threat to their own power. They thought Jesus was attempting to take over their territorial authority. They did not understand that Jesus’ kingdom was not of this world. Today we celebrate Jesus Christ as our King, the King of the Universe, the King of Heaven. As we give praise to God on this final Sunday in the Church’s Year, we are reminded that at our baptism we were anointed with chrism, signifying our privilege to share in the life of Christ as priest prophet and king.


Thank you for answering the questions for this over the last three weeks. We have one final question the answer to which can be put on a PURPLE post-it note on the board by the statues:


In addition to the board by the statues, there are 3 boards by the piano at the right side of the church. Here you can add to the answers already entered. Pens are available there.

1. What is missing from our church?

2. Who is part of our church?

3. Do you feel included or not included?

Recently Deceased

Please pray for the repose of the souls of PAT ROBERTS whose funeral Mass will be on Tuesday 23rd November at 11am; MARK JOHN whose funeral will be at 10.30 on Monday 29th November, his body being brought to the church at 5pm on Sunday 28th; MARILYN STOCKWELL and PEPITO LAXAMANA. May they rest in peace.


As in previous years, we are encouraged to send a Christmas gift to share the peace and joy of Christmas with our brothers and sisters throughout the world. Catalogues for this are available in the porch. There are several suggestions such as PPE for a Health Worker, Trees for Life, Water for a Family, A Goat, Chirpy Chickens, an Energy Saving Stove, Emergency Food and many others.


Many thanks to those who have returned their Red Missio Boxes. A total of £592.25 was collected over the last year. Empty boxes can be collected from the table at the back of the church.


This afternoon (Sunday) at 2.pm we have the blessing of the graves at Hendon Cemetery. Please gather by the chapel.


Friday 10th December, 3.30pm-6.30pm in the Canon Smyth Parish Centre. All are welcome! Santa’s Grotto, Tombola, Toy Stall, Raffles, Food/Drink, Fun and Games and much more... Please no clothing, bedding or duvets. Donations can be left at the school. or in the parish office— Opening Times

Tuesday 9.30am-4.30pm

Wednesday 1.00pm-4.00pm

Thursday 9.30am-4.30pm

Friday 1.00pm-4.00pm


This takes place on Sunday 12th December at 1pm in the Canon Smyth Parish Centre. Application forms can be found in the porch of the church. Please retain the top sheet for your information and return the application sheet by 5th December.

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 Thursday 25 November on the theme Bohemian Rhapsody, featuring popular works by Dvořák, Mahler and Smetana. The performers includes Andrei Ioniță, Cello; Anush Kovhannisyan, Soprano; Streetwise Opera; Toby Purser, Conductor; and the Orion Orchestra. Full details and booking at https://passage.org.uk/night-under-the-stars-2021/ or telephone 020 75921856.


The Season of Advent starts next weekend. At the time of writing, there were still some copies of the following available in the porch:

- My day by Day £1.00

- Walk with me £1.00

- Children’s Advent Calendars Free

Monies can be put in the wall box by the door.


Many thanks for those who arrange flowers for the church. We need more helpers. If you would like to assist, please have a word with Fr. Colin or Fr. David. Flowers are normally prepared on a Saturday morning.

School Signing

Fr Colin will be available to sign forms for admission to the Annunciation Junior School on Tuesday 30th November between 3 and 4pm in the Canon Smyth Parish Centre.


There will be an admissions meeting for families who are considering a place for their child in The Annunciation Junior School in September 2022. The meeting will take place on 23 November at 6.00pm via Zoom for further information please contact the school office 020 8906 0723. To find out more about the school please check twitter feed and our school website.


We will be issuing a card with all the Christmas arrangements in mid-December. Please note that the late Mass on Christmas Eve this year will be at 10pm and not Midnight. There will be no need to book for Mass this year.


Application forms for those who wish to be confirmed next year are available on the table at the back of the church. They are in a blue colour. Please return the form to the presbytery no later than 5th December. The programme starts in January and Bishop John Sherrington will minister the confirmation on Thursday 12th May at 7pm, with the following Thursday as a reserve date if numbers are high.


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.


"The SVP are distributing 11.500 Vinnie Packs containing cold weather essentials to the homeless and those spending the principal part of their day on the streets. Each pack contains thermal gloves, thermal hat, two pairs of socks, wet wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste, Pavement magazine, information sheet and pen. Please could you consider sponsoring packs at a suggested donation of £3.70 per pack? Donations can be sent to Vinnie Packs, PO Box 72264, London SW1P 9EZ with cheques made out to SVP or by bank transfer to Nat West sort code 60-60-04, account no. 4608 8237. Thank you so much for your support."


Application forms for parents who wish their child to receive 1st Holy Communion next year are available on the table at the back of the church. Children should be in Year 3 or above. Please return the form to the presbytery by 5th December 2021. They are in a yellow colour. There will be a meeting for the parents of those who apply on Tuesday 11th January at 7.45pm in the Canon Smyth Parish Centre. The first of seven sessions for the children will be on Sunday 16th January at 9am, also in the Parish Centre. The dates of the First Communions will be Saturdays 11th and 18th June, at 2pm and 3.30pm. The allocation of these dates will be revealed at the first parents meeting on 11th January.

Symbols of Faith Workshop

Preparing for the Sacraments and Participation in the Liturgy for people with learning disabilities. A Workshop that trains individuals in the preparation of children and adults with special needs for the sacraments, using symbolic catechesis. The Workshop will be held at The Annunciation Church Parish Centre, 4 Thirleby Road, Burnt Oak, Edgware HA8 0HQ on Saturday 27 November, 10am-2pm. Details from suepratt@rcdow.org.uk or gailwilliams@rcdow.org.uk / 020 8202 3999.


A Catholic lady in her 60’s who is returning from Milton Keynes to teach in Edgware is looking to rent a room in the home of a Christian family. She can supply excellent references. Please contact Fr Colin, Fr David or the office.


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