'Fan into a flame the gift that God gave you'; both St Paul to Timothy and Jesus to his disciples, remind us of the power of faith - a faith that is expressed in prayer (especially by joining others in celebrating the Mass), in service of others, in participation in, and sharing our gifts with, community and in witnessing to God's presence in the world. RECENTLY DECEASED
Please remember in your prayers all our beloved departed, especially
Robin Draper (father of Rachel) Michael McDonagh (Funeral; Wednesday 5th, 11 am) Josephine Din 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.
BREAKING NEWS We have just been informed that contracts have been exchanged with the contractors for building the new presbytery. After a long process, Buxton are the preferred builders; they have an excellent reputation. You can find out more about them on their website. Demolition of the old building should begin toward the end of October.
APF/MISSIO RED BOXES If you have an APF/Missio red box, now is the time to hand it in for its annual emptying and counting. Please leave your box in the temporary Parish Office, hand it to one of the Fathers or contact Nick Musgrove on 0208 958 5917, firstname.lastname@example.org or 075-11858729. Thanks to all boxholders for your continued support.
SVP BINGO AND SOCIAL The SVP will host its monthly bingo & social in the parish hall on Monday, 3rd October, from 2-4 pm.
CAFOD'S FAMILY FAST DAY Millions of families are facing a food crisis that could be the worst in living memory. Friday, 7th October, is CAFOD's Family Fast Day. Envelopes will be available in the Narthex this weekend. Please consider making a donation or donate online at cafod.org.uk CARITAS; ST JOSEPH'S The group supports people with intellectual disabilities. This week, members of the team have been tidying the garden space along the Broadway. On Saturday, 8th October, they will be celebrating 45 years with a Mass at Westminster Cathedral at 2.30 pm. All are invited. LA SAINTE UNION, HIGHGATE: OPEN MORNINGS 3,4 & 5 October. Places can be booked on-line or at email@example.com YOUNG CATHOLIC ADULTS WEEKEND; 7-9 OCTOBER This will take place in Douai Abbey. To find out more or to book contact bookwhen.com MILL HILL MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY The MHMTC will be selling tickets for 'Kiss Me Kate' in the Bethany Room after Saturday and Sunday morning masses this weekend. Please support them: cash and cheque only! SUPPORT POSITIONS IN DIOCESE Site Assistant (St Richard Reynolds Catholic College - Twickenham) Contactstrichardreynolds.org.uk Operations Manager (St Ignatius Catholic Primary - Sunbury) Contact st-ignatius.surrey.co.uk COMPUTER HACKING If you should get an email from one of the priests requesting support or help, it is almost certainly a scam: do not open it! If you are unsure, please make sure you phone the individual or the office before you open it. A number of people were hacked this week by an email that was supposed to be from one of us.
October is the month of the Rosary; perhaps you would occasionally like to join in the community Rosary after daily Mass. The Rosary is a powerful way of reflecting on the life and ministry of Jesus. A very good introduction is 'Rosarium Virginis Mariae' by Pope John Paul II, who introduced the 'Mysteries of Light'. You can read it on-line at vatican.va or we can photocopy it for you at the Parish Office. Next Friday is the first Friday of the month, so there will be Stations of the Cross after morning Mass.
With every blessing,
Rev Eugene Curran CM