Now we return to the Season of Ordinary Time, although the mysteries of the Nativity and Epiphany continue to shine until the Feast of the Lord's Presentation (Candlemas) on 2nd February. Next weekend sees a brand new feast in the Church's calendar: the Sunday of the Word of God. Last year, in his Apostolic Constitution 'Aperuit illis,'  Pope Francis established the new celebration. This is particularly appropriate for us in England given that we are celebrating our 'Year of the Word'.  Next weekend, everyone is invited to bring your Bibles from home to be blessed at Mass—please don’t forget!

A very Happy New Year to you all.  The turning of the year is a wonderful opportunity to take stock of our lives and to look to the future with renewed hope and enthusiasm.  Very many of you came to church on the 1st of January to dedicate the new year to Almighty God through the intercession of Mary the Mother of God.  That is a great way to begin!  This Sunday we celebrate the great feast of the Epiphany of the Lord.  Let us resolve as a parish community to put the Word of God made flesh at the centre so our lives may reveal his love to the world.

Tuesday 24th December - Christmas Eve

8am Mass

10am NO MASS

6.30pm Family Vigil Mass (Carols from 6pm)

11pm Mass in the Holy Night (Carols from 10.30pm)

Wednesday 25th December - Christmas Day

8.30am, 9.45am (Family Mass with music), 11.15am, 12.30pm

Thursday 26th December - Boxing Day

12 noon Mass and Altar Servers' Festival

Weekdays between Christmas and New Year

10 am Masses only

Saturday/Sunday 28th-29th December - Holy Family

All Masses as usual except there is no Sunday 6.30pm Mass

Wednesday 1st January - New Year’s Day

12 noon Mass


Today, on the Fourth Sunday of Advent, our attention turns to Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and St Joseph. The Angel Gabriel brings a message to Joseph in his dream to become the husband of Mary, the guardian of the baby Jesus and the protector of the Holy Family. Let us thank God for the love that ties us together this Christmas, and remember in our prayers those who are lost or struggling. Please take one of the cards with the Christmas Mass times, or see the note opposite. Please remember that if you are coming to ‘Midnight’ Mass it begins with carols at 10.30pm and Mass at 11pm.

We send our Christmas best wishes to you all—from Fr David, Fr Andrew, Fr Johnson, our Deacons Ian and David, and everyone in the Parish Office. God bless you all.

Today is Gaudete Sunday - a day of rejoicing for the coming of the Lord and the midpoint in our Advent journey. We've had a busy week again in the parish and I thank everyone for their efforts and generosity. I especially mention those of you who came to support our Advent soup lunch on Thursday in aid of CAFOD and all those who kindly helped with it. Life in our schools is busy at the moment too but the end of term is in sight! This coming Wednesday at 5pm we have Our Lady of Lourdes juniors' Carol Service in church. I send my best wishes to all our children, young people and parents throughout the parish as we head into the Christmas holidays, and every blessing to all our parishioners for this joyful Gaudete Sunday.

Please take a Christmas card from the back of church which details the times of Masses and celebrations over the Christmas and New Year period. Thank you to everyone who came to our parish party on Friday evening—it was a special opportunity for us to say thank you for the generosity shown by our volunteers and parishioners. Thanks also go to everyone who came to or helped with the Bernadette Club Christmas dinner on Thursday afternoon, and the refreshments served after our Sacrament of the Sick Mass yesterday (Saturday). This weekend you are invited to sign our CAFOD Climate Change Petition—see the note opposite. I hope that you can continue to savour the Advent season in all its richness as we prepare to celebrate the feast of the Lord’s nativity.

Welcome, everyone, to the new liturgical year and welcome to the season of Advent! Today (Sunday) we have Vespers and Benediction in church at 5pm to mark the start of Advent. Today we also begin our journey through Matthew's Gospel and the start of this special 'Year of the Word'. Matthew's Gospel is a remarkable text from the first century and is the first book in our New Testament. It was written for Greek speaking Jewish-Christians. This Gospel has many themes but in a special way focuses on the mystery of the Church, the New Israel, of which we are all called to be part. Let us travel through Advent and 2020 with Matthew as our guide, as he introduces us once again to the Saviour of the world. Finally, please see our special sheet which outlines dates and activities in the parish this Advent. May God bless you all!

Today, the Feast of Christ the King, is the final Sunday of the Church's year. Next week, a new year begins with the Advent. Next weekend will also see the beginning of a special 'Year of God’s Word' - a year dedicated to 'The God Who Speaks' and a time to renew our devotion to the scriptures. We will also mark the beginning of Advent here and the Year of the Word with a special celebration of Evening Prayer and Benediction in the church next Sunday at 5.00pm. All are welcome! Finally, our parish party on Friday 6th December at 7pm. This is for everyone who kindly does any  role in the parish whatsoever and is our opportunity to say ‘thank you’ at Christmas—please join us!

This Friday, 22nd November, we have a special event for young people (teenagers) of our Deanery at St Monica's Parish, Palmers Green, 7—9pm. Some have already approached Fr David to say they will be coming along. Please do speak to Fr David or Fr Andrew this weekend if you would like to join us. The event begins in the large hall at St Monica's and includes input, social time, food and other refreshments. There will also be some praise and worship in the church and a time of prayer and adoration. Young people are asked to either make their own way there and back, or else be dropped off/picked up by their parents.  More information from the priests.

November is the month of the Holy Souls. It began in splendid style with the feast of All Saints on Friday. All Souls’ Day was yesterday (Saturday) when the church prays for all the faithful departed. Throughout this month we continue to pray for those who have died, especially our loved ones and those we have known. Significant dates are as follows, in date order:

Thursday 7 November at 5.30pm in Westminster Cathedral—the Diocesan Mass for the Deceased Clergy, celebrated by Cardinal Nichols with the bishops and priests.
Friday 8 November at 7.30pm our own special Requiem Mass here at Our Lady of Lourdes for the deceased members of our parish, families and friends.
Sunday 10 November, 9.45am here—our Remembrance Sunday Mass for those who died in war, including the Church Parade of our uniformed groups.
Tuesday 12 November, 12.30pm—Deanery Mass for Deceased Members of the Enfield Deanery, celebrated in Our Lady of Mount Carmel & St George Church, Enfield Town by Fr David, Fr Andrew and the deanery priests. Everyone is welcome at all of these special celebrations.

Friday, 1st November, is All Saints Day and is a Holy Day of Obligation.  There will be Mass at 8 am, 10 am and 7.30 pm.  Saturday, 2nd November is All Souls Day.  There will be Mass at 10 am.  Our special Mass for the Deceased Members of the Parish will be on Friday, 8th November at 7.30 pm.