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!

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.

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.

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.


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