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Takehomenews Sunday 3 July 2022


The sending out of the disciples in pairs to prepare the people for Jesus’ own visit would have been a challenging endeavour. Jesus left them with strict instructions as to how they should carry out their ministry. They would have been quite nervous and yet it appears that the mission was a great success. They came back rejoicing in what they had been able to achieve in Jesus’s name. They had been able to conquer the evil one as well as curing the sick and proclaiming the Good News. The point was that working in God’s name they were able to achieve what they could not do on their own. We make a little effort and God does the rest. Furthermore, in doing this their names will be written in heaven. In other words, if we do God’s work, faithfully and in accordance with God’s word, we will be rewarded.


Our Summer Fayre takes place this coming Saturday in the Canon Smyth Parish Centre between 12 Noon and 3pm. Please do come along as this promises to be a great parish event, particularly as we have not had such an occasion since COVID. Items can be left in the porch of the church or brought to the Parish Centre on Friday evening. We would welcome help on Friday setting up the hall and indeed on the day. Many thanks to everyone.


There will be a second collection at Masses today for Harrow Mencap. This charitable organisation has not visited us since COVID but like many organisations are beginning to return to former ways,


There will be a session for parents who wish to have their baby baptised on Sunday 17th July at 4pm in the church.


Next weekend there will be a second collection for STELLA MARIS, formerly known as the Apostleship of the Sea. Stella Maris is the largest ship-visiting network to the world. It improves the lives of seafarers and fishers through a network of local chaplains. On Sea Sunday , we pay tribute to all seafarers who keep working tirelessly despite the challenges they face. Their seafaring journeys have ensured that we continue to get food, fuel and goods delivered to us. Seafarers face many ongoing challenges, not least COVID-19 and the impact of the war in Ukraine. Stella Maris works alongside seafarers and their families amidst these challenges.

Seafarers often the have to work away from their families and local communities for 9 to 12 months at a time. Stella Maris aims to provide a ‘friend in port’ for seafarers and fishers, to provide practical, pastoral and spiritual support to them and to stand alongside them to ensure their rights are upheld. Roughly 50% of seafarers are Catholic and many come from the Philippines, Poland, Goa and Kerala in India. Long months at sea means they rarely get to Mass or receive the sacraments. Stella Maris chaplains and ship visitors make arrangements for this to happen on board whenever possible or arrange to take seafarers to the local parish church. Seafarers can be provided with faith resources such as prayer books, Bibles and rosaries to help seafarers maintain their faith at sea.


The finance Committee meet on Thursday 14th July at 7.30pm in the Canon Smyth Parish Centre.


Please pray for the repose of the soul of ELIZABETH BURKE of The Greenway. Her funeral Mass will take place on Tuesday 12th July at This will be in addition to the 9am Mass that morning. Her body will be brought to the church at 6pm on Monday 11th July.

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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.

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Secret Garden Party on Thursday 7th July, 6pm-9pm, at College Garden, Westminster Abbey. Tickets start at £55 per person and include a barbecue, alcoholic and soft drinks, live entertainment and a raffle & auction. Tickets can be purchased here on our website: All ticket purchases help us to continue our vital work supporting London’s most vulnerable people.


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