28th Sunday of Year B
What is wealth in the eyes of God? It is not money or property or possessions. It is Wisdom and Faith and Love. The rich man in today’s Gospel was a good man. He kept all the commandments. However, when Jesus told him to sell everything he owned and give it to the poor, his face fell and he went away. To gain real wealth, spiritual wealth, we need to give up material wealth. Peter remarks that he and other disciples have given up their livelihood to follow Jesus. But Jesus tells him that they will be rewarded a hundredfold, now and in the life to come.
Today is Prisoners Sunday when we remember all those in prion for whatever reason and their families as well as those working in the Prison Service. Today marks the start of Prisoners Week and below is a prayer we can use during the coming week
Lord, you offer freedom to all people. We pray for those in prison. Break the bonds of fear and isolation that exist. Support with your love prisoners and their families and friends, prison staff and all who care. Heal those who have been wounded by the actions of others, especially the victims of crime. Help us to forgive one another, to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly together with Christ in his strength and in his Spirit, now and every day. Amen.
Mary’s Meals will be coming to our church in a couple of week’s time to take away your unwanted clothing and bedding (No duvets or pillows please)
Over the next few weeks please collect your unwanted clothes and put them in tied sacks. Then before 12.00 noon on Sunday 28 October bring them with you when you come to Mass. Not only will you be getting rid of un-wanted clothes/bedding and giving yourself a little more space but you will also benefit a really worthwhile charity. Mary’s Meals feeds children one good meal every day at school in over 15 countries. Because of our low costs we can do this for as little as £13.90 per child per year!
World Mission Sunday
Next Sunday, the Holy Father invites all Catholics to contribute to a special collection for Missio, his official charity for overseas mission. Your support on World Mission Sunday will help brave missionaries in building a future of hope both in Ethiopia and around the world. Please join in this special day that unites Catholics all over the world in prayer, celebration and care for our mission of the Church. You will be able to Gift Aid all donations by using envelopes provided by Missio. Thank you to all who contribute to Missio regularly through the Red Boxes. Please return your Red Box when convenient and you can collect your emptied box from the table at the back of the church a week or two afterwards
The next session for parents who wish to have their baby baptised will be on Sunday 18th November at 4pm in the Dominic Room. Application forms are available in the sacristy.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of FR. RICHARD GEORGE DANGERFIELD who was a priest in this parish between 1963 and 1969.
The number of people at Mass here last Sunday was 741. There will be the final count this Sunday. Many thanks to those who have helped us in this:
90th Anniversary of Parish
We commemorate this anniversary on Sunday 25th November at the 12 noon Mass followed by a reception in the Canon Smyth Parish Centre. Do you have any photographs from the past? If so, could we borrow them please to produce a slide show during the reception. We are also planning to produce a booklet to include memories from the past and invite you to write down something to include in this booklet. We would like to get this all prepared by the end of October. Thank you.
First Communion Enrolment
At the 10.30 Mass this morning the First Communion children and their parents will be taking part in an enrolment Mass. Please pray for them as they prepare to receive the Sacrament next May.
Weddings in 2019
Couples who wish to be married in this church next year or require us to prepare them for their marriage elsewhere, please get In touch with Fr Colin. There is a couple who asked for their marriage to be convalidated on 23rd January but left no contact details. Please get in touch with me.
Signing School Forms
Fr Colin will be available to sign secondary school forms on Thursday between 4 and 5pm. In the Canon Smyth Paris Centre. Signing sessions for Junior, Infants and Nursery will be in November and December– dates to be announced.
Annunciation Schools Admissions Meetings
The infants will be having their admissions meeting in the Canon Smyth Parish Centre on Wednesday 7th November at 7.30pm. Parents are invited to attend this meeting if they wish their child to be considered for a Nursery or School place at the Infants School in September 2019. This includes those who wish to move from Nursey to Reception Class. The Junior School Admissions Meeting is on Monday 19 November at 7pm in the school itself in the Meads. This is for parents who wish their child to be considered for a place in September 2019, including those currently in year 2 of the Infants School.
Abortion Ten Minute Rule Bill
The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children has produced postcards so that you can send a message to your MP urging him/her to vote against a dangerous abortion bill which is coming up in the House of Commons on Tuesday 23 October 2018. The bill seeks to decriminalise abortion which would remove any effective legal protection for unborn babies and their mothers in England, Wales and Norther Ireland. Postcards are available on the table at the back of the church. Thank You.
Month of the Holy Souls
November is the month to pray for all the faithful departed, including our relations, friends and forgotten Souls. All Souls Day is on Friday 2nd November when Masses in
The church will be at 9am and 7.30pm.
The Remembrance Book is on a table near the statues. You can write the names of those you wish to be remembered in this book, but there is no need to rewrite names you have entered in previous years, the book will be placed in front of the altar during November.
Alternatively you can write names on a piece of paper and put it in one of the envelopes available in the porch. There names will be placed in a box in front of the altar during November. There will be several Masses for the Holy Souls during the month.
The Blessing of Graves at Hendon Cemetery will be at 2pm on Sunday 4th November.
The Bereavement Mass takes place on Friday 23 November at 7.30 pm.
This will take place on Saturday 17 November more details to follow...