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Takehomenews Sunday 22 October 2023

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

‘Giving to God what belongs to God.’

In today’s Gospel Jesus tells us to, “Give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God”. However, in giving God the loyalty and love he deserves, we often confront negative forces symbolised by the misguided Pharisees in today’s Gospel who sought to trap Jesus. In moments like that, we are invited to cling to God’s faithful word of wisdom with utter conviction as we heard of the Thessalonians in today’s 2nd reading. Yes, things might be rough for a while. But at the appointed time, God will turn things around, as he turned the heart of a Pagan King, Cyrus (in today’s first reading Isaiah 45:1,4-6) and made him an instrument of salvation for his people. O Lord, help us by your grace. Amen. Happy Sunday Fr Chinedu


CONFIRMATION PROGRAMME 2024

Application forms for those in Year 10 or above who would like to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation next year are available at the back of the church. Please return the form to the presbytery by 17th December. Sessions will start in January.

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.

Recently Deceased

Please pray for the repose of the souls of Taylor Thomas and Conciecao Piedade fernandes.


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.


CLOCKS GOING BACK

Clocks and watches should be put back one hour next Saturday night.


Today is WORLD MISSION Sunday

World Mission Sunday is being celebrated in every Catholic parish around the world today! It supports missionaries who work alongside communities that are poor or in need, regardless of their background or belief. By supporting Missio, the Pope’s charity for world mission, you will help missionaries like Sr Mary in Kenya who has given her whole life to bring the love and hope of Jesus to situations of poverty and injustice. Please pray for the mission of the Church throughout the world and give what you can to this very important collection which will sustain the future of our Church. If you use the donation envelopes to give by credit/debit card, please return the envelopes directly to Missio. Do not put them in the Church collection. Please call 020 7821 9755 (office hours) or visit Missio’s website to give a single gift, set up a Direct Debit and Gift Aid your donation if possible: missio.org.uk

MISSION BOXES

If anyone has a red box please can you bring it when you come to Mass and leave it in the sacristy . We will be counting on the 7th November so please can you bring them before that date and put your name and address on the box. Thank you.

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.


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.


ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

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


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 for Confirmation and Eucharist

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.

Upper Room Leadership Programme- Aged 18-22 years old?

Westminster Youth Ministry is developing a training programme for Young Catholic Leaders. Prepare to begin a life changing journey of formation, training, and prayer with 20 other young Catholics in the Diocese. Starting in the Upper Room and accompanied by Mary, Mother of God, we will set out together to prepare for a life of professional and spiritual leadership, to carry out the Great Commission, and “make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28.19).

Join us, and experience inspiring places and talks across several locations in the Diocese, build relationships with others in small groups, access unique resources to learn and grow in practical skills for leadership and mission, and discover your unique calling to build up the Church (Eph 4:12).

Be quick! Applications close on 11th November.

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