As we enter the last weeks of the Church's year, the readings focus more on 'the Four Last Things', as they used to be called: death, judgement, Heaven and Hell. As Christians, we have no reason to fear death, since Christ has conquered even death itself. Nor do we need to fear judgement, since we always have the offer and grace of reconciliation and repentance. But it is healthy, holy and wholesome to remind ourselves, just occasionally, that life, youth, energy and health do not last forever - but that which is most truly us, our soul and spirit, will live forever in God.
Please remember in your prayers all our beloved departed,
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. PROPOSED CHANGES TO MASS TIMES It would appear that there is general approval for the proposed changes; just to remind you that this will begin on the weekend of 26/27 November, The First Sunday of Advent. SEEKING A KEYBOARD PLAYER Is there anyone out there willing to share their gifts? We are looking for a keyboard player for the Saturday evening Mass at 5.30. BLESSING OF THE GRAVES The blessing of graves will be held; New Southgate on Sunday, 13th, at 2pm and at Bells Hill on 13th at 3pm. A Mass for the Dead will be offered in St Pancras Cemetery at 2pm on Thursday 17th. The blessing at Trent Park will be on Sunday, 20th, at 2pm. HCPT QUIZ NIGHT, 5th NOVEMBER
The Knights wish to thank all those who supported and donated to their two most recent ventures. The Quiz Night raised £1500 for HCPT and the Bingo Night raised £320 for the Parish. Sincere thanks to the Knights - and their Dames too! - for these initiatives which, besides raising funds, also offer us an opportunity to come together and to welcome people into our parish. MISSIONARY SALE FOR ETHIOPIA The Daughters of Charity are hosting a Missionary Sale for Ethiopia. It will be held in Provincial House, The Ridgeway (near St Vincent's School) from 11 am - 1 pm on Saturday, 26th November. The Sisters will be selling tickets for the raffle at Masses on 19/20 November. ST NICHOLAS FAIR The Friends of the Poor Clares are holding their annual St Nicholas Fair at the Monastery, 102 Galley Lane, Arkley, EN5 4AN on Saturday, 26th November, from 10 am-1pm. POSTS IN ST VINCENT'S PRIMARY SCHOOL
School Office Administrator
Full information at www.stvincents.school. Closing date is Friday 11th November. ST MICHAELS, FINCHLEY The School is looking for a Caretaker Team Leader. Full information/applications at st-michaels.barnet.sch.uk FINCHLEY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL The school is looking to hire a Librarian/Learning Mentor. Applications at finchleycatholic.org.uk CHRISTMAS PARTY AT ST JAMES SCHOOL The School is reinstating its Senior Citizens Christmas Party. This will take place in the school on Wednesday 7th December at 4pm. If you would like to attend, please contact the Parish Office and we will arrange for you to receive a ticket. ENERGY EFFICIENCY Thanks to a very generous bequest made to the parish, we are going to undertake an energy efficiency survey for the Church and Hall. This will allow us to see what changes we can implement to reduce energy costs and become more carbon neutral. I will keep you posted on developments. CAR PARK Please remember that the carpark will close from this Sunday evening after Mass and will not reopen until the building works are completed.
The film, The Letter; A Message for our Earth, will be shown on 15th November, beginning at 6.30pm, at Our Lady of Fatima, Commonwealth Ave, W12 7QR. It will be followed by refreshments and a panel discussion. ourladyoffatima.org.uk
AND FINALLY... This Friday is Armistice Day and Sunday is Remembrance Sunday; it is good to remember those who died in defense of freedom but also all those who have lost their lives in war. May they rest in peace and rise in glory. With every blessing,
Rev Eugene Curran CM