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Today, 1st November, is the solemnity of All Saints. This is the feast of the saints in
heaven - God’s heavenly city, the new Jerusalem, to which we are all headed. Tomorrow is All Souls’ Day. This is a day of prayer for all the faithful departed—the Holy Souls. On All Souls’ Day (Monday) we will have Mass at 12 noon and 6pm. At each Mass we will present our Book of Remembrance as we pray for our deceased loved ones and friends. November is the month of the Holy Souls. We will continue to offer prayers and Masses for the faithful departed throughout the month.

Next Sunday, 8th November, is Remembrance Sunday. The 11am Mass here will be the Requiem Mass for those who have died in war. It will begin with silence, and some representatives of our Scouts will be present. The rest of our groups are invited either to be part of congregation or to watch and pray online.

Next weekend is the annual collection for sick and retired priests in the Diocese. There are more than 80 sick and retired priests who receive support after a lifetime of service to their parishes. By 2025 the number of priests in retirement is set to double. By giving to the Sick & Retired Priests’ Fund, you can ensure our priests are cared for. You can take a donation envelope as you leave Church today, but the envelopes and posters feature a ‘QR Code’ that you can scan with a phone camera to give online, reducing the risks to everyone of handling cash or touching the envelopes. Or visit:  Please continue to pray for all our clergy: active, retired or ill. Thank you.

We would like to thank the Rev. Matthew Harbage, the new Vicar of St Paul’s Church, New Southgate, who has kindly written to us this week to express his shock and solidarity with the Catholic community here and around the world after the horrific terror attack in Nice on Thursday. Let us all please pray for peace and serenity throughout Europe and the whole world. Pope Francis calls us time and again to rediscover human solidarity and social friendship in these testing times. Fr D and Fr A.

HANDS - use the hand sanitiser on the way in and out of church (no exceptions)
FACE - always wear the face covering unless exempt
SPACE - maintain social distancing inside and outside church
TEST & TRACE - please sign in using the QR code or email address
PRAYERS - Before Sunday Masses, please. After Mass, please leave so we can clean
TIME - Please be on time for Mass and seated properly for the start

Each year, we gather at St Paul’s Church for our joint Festival of Lessons and Carols with our Anglican friends. This year, of course, it will not be possible to sing carols together in this way. However, all is not lost! We are working together with St Paul’s and intend to produce an online feature which will be available on YouTube from 13th December. It will feature readings, carols, prayers and input from our primary schools. More information in due course.

Given the current situation and other complications that are arising at the present time,
Fr David has reluctantly decided that the start of the new First Holy Communion programme should be delayed until January 2021. Families involved should receive an email or call from the parish in due course. Thank you to those who have sent back the forms - we will keep these on file and you won't be asked to re-register for January. Those who still have forms to be returned are asked to send them back as soon as possible. It is still our hope that next year's First Holy Communion Masses will be celebrated in May.

This year’s CAFOD Memorial Mass for deceased supporters can be joined online on Monday 2nd November at 6pm. Mass will be celebrated by CAFOD’s Chair of Trustees, Bishop John Arnold, with music, readings and prayers from CAFOD staff and supporters from around the world.  Register at

We are looking to recruit more volunteers to help with stewarding the Masses, and cleaning the benches afterwards.  It is very important that we are able to carry out these jobs, as without them we can not open the church under Government and Diocesan guidelines.  If you can spare an hour or so a week, or would like to know more, please email or ring the Parish Office for more details.  

If you would like your child baptised in the new year please complete a form (in the church porch) and return it through the Presbytery letter box. Please return before Monday 9th November. You will receive a call from our catechist about the arrangements. Please note carefully that the law currently says only six people can attend baptisms.