This time of the year is one when many religions and cultures celebrate light; the 'sol invictus' (unconquered sun) of the Romans. But for us, that light is not just a symbol or a memory of a moment in the past - it is the living person of Jesus, the Son of God, come into our world and who will come again. The great prayer of Advent is 'Maranatha'; Come, Lord Jesus. RECENTLY DECEASED
Please remember in your prayers all our beloved departed. We also remember those who died recently and those whose anniversaries occur at this time.
We continue to remember in our prayers all those who are sick and those who care for them. CHANGES TO MASS TIMES From this weekend, 26/27 November, we move to the new Sunday Mass schedule. Evening Mass on Saturday and Sunday will continue to be at 5.30 pm. Morning Masses on Sunday will be at 8.30, 10.00 and 11.30 am. And please also remember that the carpark will not be available for the coming year. CHRISTMAS MEMORIAL SERVICE On 1st December at 7pm, Sacred Heart is hosting a service on behalf of the local Funeral Directors for all those who have died in the past year. Any parishioners who would like to attend will be most welcome. IRISH CHAPLAINCY, LONDON Copies of the Autumn Newsletter have been left in the Narthex; feel free to take one. More information on their website. CARITAS WESTMINSTER, Copies of their Autumn Newsletter have also been left in the Narthex; feel free to take one. HEADROOM CAFE, MILL HILL The Café is a social enterprise and community hub, located at 12, The Broadway. It is an initiative of Jami, focussed on mental health in our community. Visit it and see! headroomcafe.org MARY'S MEALS Thanks to everyone who contributed to the collection for Mary's Meals. Your generosity will make a difference.
MISSIONARY SALE FOR ETHIOPIA A reminder of the Sale at the Daughters of Charity house on The Ridgeway from 11 am - 1 pm on Saturday, 26th November. ST NICHOLAS FAIR The Friends of the Poor Clares are holding their annual Fair at the Monastery, 102 Galley Lane, Arkley, EN5 this Saturday, 26th November, from 10 am-1pm. FRIENDS OF THE HOLY LAND Like many charities, the Friends offer Christmas cards and gifts, including pieces in olive wood and felt. To view their collection, visit friendsoftheholyland.org.uk CHRISTMAS CRIB OFFERING As usual, our Parish will be supporting the work of the Catholic Children's Society by donating any offerings made at the Crib (which will be in the atrium). You can also contribute online at cathchild.org.uk. Thanks, as ever, to Pat, Dave and Jan for all the work in getting the crib ready. CAROLS ON THE BROADWAY The Carols will take place on Saturday, 3rd December, at 5.30 pm, near Boots. Everyone is invited along to support and to sing along. ADVENT CAROLS AT THE CATHEDRAL The communities which follow the spirit of Mary Ward, are organising a service on Thursday December 1st at Westminster Cathedral at 7.30pm, The event is free but there will be a retiring collection for the mission of Mary Ward Loreto with survivors of Human Trafficking. The Choristers from the Cathedral choir school will be singing. HCPT Our Knights of St Columba had a letter from HCPT, expressing their thanks for the cheque for almost £1,500 which was raised from the table quiz evening. CARE OF CREATION, MILL HILL A reminder that, if you would like to join Sacred Heart’s Care of Creation Team, please email, drop a note or talk to Dee Mansi at email@example.com
They will beat their swords into ploughshares AND FINALLY... Next Friday is the first of the month, so Stations of the Cross will follow morning Mass. May Advent be a time of blessing and peace for us, for our Church and for the world. With every blessing,
Rev Eugene Curran CM