Today is the Second Sunday of Advent. Thank you to all who came or watched our Advent talk on Wednesday, and thank you to Rev Ruth Moriarty for her beautiful reflection. Many thanks also for the lovely School Mass, and we had a wonderful time at the Bernadette Club Christmas tea party. This week, the children from school will come on Thursday morning for their Reconciliation. God bless you all in the coming week.

Today is the First Sunday of Advent - the start of the Advent season and a new liturgical year for the Church. Let us begin together with Christ, our Light, who comes to save us. As I wasn’t able to write in the newsletter last weekend, this is my first chance to thank Janet Butterworth and her team of volunteers for a fabulous Christmas Market two weeks’ ago, and thank everyone who helped to support it. Many thanks also to those who supported Red Wednesday and the ACN Coffee Morning last weekend. May God bless you all today and in these privileged weeks of Advent.

As announced, please note that from next Sunday 3 December, the 8.45 Mass will revert to 8.30am, and the 10am Mass will revert to 9.45am.

Congratulations to Fr Andrew Bowden who was installed as the Parish Priest of Poplar on Friday evening. Thank you to those who joined us. This weekend we have our big Christmas Market in the hall after all Masses. Please come into the hall on this special weekend! This Wednesday is Red Wednesday, a day of solidarity with the persecuted Church. There will be exposition here after the 10am Mass. Also on Wednesday, at 5.30pm in Westminster Cathedral, we will celebrate the annual Mass for the deceased priests of the diocese - all are welcome. The same evening is also our St Cecilia’s Day concert here at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome to both events. Finally, Wednesday is also the 15th anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood - please pray for me! Thank you, God bless you all, and have a wonderful weekend.

Today is Remembrance Sunday. We welcome members of our uniformed groups to the 10am and 11.15am Masses for our parades in remembrance of the fallen. RIP.

Fr Andrew Bowden will be installed this Friday evening as Parish Priest of Poplar at Ss Mary’s and Joseph’s Church, Poplar, at 7pm by Bishop Hudson. Fr Jerome will be installed as Parish Priest of St John Vianney, West Green, on Friday 15 December at 7pm by Bishop Sherrington. All welcome to both celebrations.

We had a lovely week celebrating the beginning of November with All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days. We continue to pray for the faithful departed throughout his month of the Holy Souls. Please join us this coming Saturday morning at 11.30am to say thank you and farewell to Fr Jerome. Thank you for you contributions towards the special presentation. May God continue to bless us all.  

Wednesday is the solemnity of All Saints, a holy day of obligation. Thursday is All Souls’ Day (the commemoration of all the faithful departed). Our special Mass for deceased members of the parish and our own loved ones will take place on Thursday at 7.30pm. I hope everyone had a lovely half term and pray for God’s blessing on the special time ahead of us. Please remember the clocks go back on Saturday night/Sunday morning this weekend.

This coming week is half-term holidays. Have a lovely week if you are off from school or work. We look forward to seeing you all back soon. The week immediately following the half-term is the beginning of November. Please see the dates below which highlight forthcoming celebrations and holy days.

Wednesday 1 November: All Saints’ Day - Masses at 8am, 10am, 7.30pm
Thursday 2 November: All Souls’ Day - 8am, 10am, & special Mass at 7.30pm
Saturday 11 November: Fr Jerome’s Farewell Mass here 11.30am
Tuesday 14 November: Deanery Requiem Mass at Enfield Town Church 12 noon
Friday 17 November: Fr Andrew Bowden’s Installation Mass as PP at Poplar 7pm
18/19 November: Parish Christmas Market event here after all Masses.

This coming Friday we will welcome all the children and staff from Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School to celebrate their ‘Welcome Mass’ at the beginning of the new school year. Friday is also the Feast of St Edward the Confessor, Patron of the Diocese, and incidentally, the sixth anniversary of my installation as the Parish Priest of New Southgate. Please pray for me and each other. God bless.

Well done and thank you to everyone involved in our school who have had the Diocesan Inspection this week. All your efforts are greatly appreciated.

October is month of the Holy Rosary. You can join the rosary here every weekday at 9.30am, before 10am Mass. A plenary indulgence may be obtained, under the usual conditions, by reciting five decades of the Rosary in church, as a family at home, as a religious community or as a pious association, or in general whenever several persons have gathered for a good purpose; in every other circumstance, a partial indulgence may be gained.