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The Passage The Passage
 
  And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, then he who raised Jesus from the dead will give life to your own mortal bodies through his Spirit living in you.
JULY2017
   
 

Notices for the Week



 

Bereavement Care Drop In

A Bereavement Care Drop In Group in the parish to be held on the first Monday of each month. We welcome all faiths and beliefs, this group is open to anyone who wishes to talk about their pain, grief or loss. Never feel alone we are her for you. We are not counsellors but are very, very good listeners.
Every 1st Monday of the month there after.
The first drop in session will be at 19:00pm
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  Congratulations and Blessings

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Our Community of Faith congratulate all the First Holy Communion children who receive their certificates at the Saturday vigil and to all the Parents and Carers. A special thanks to their teachers and mentors. Congratulations also to the children of the Walk with Me programme who make their First Holy Communion on Sunday
The Catechists would like to thank all the families of this year’s children for their good wishes, cards and very generous gifts.
The 2017-18 programme will be for children born between : 1st September 2009 and 31st August 2010
Registration forms will be available from 1st September 2017 to 24th September 2017
We always welcome new catechists. If you are interested in helping us next year please leave your details in the Parish Office and we will be happy to chat with you about the programme.

WATCH THIS SPACE



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NEXT BAPTISM COURSE

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Attendance by Parents at this course is a Diocesan requirement for the first two children or if there is an interval of 5 or more years between the children’s birth
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Attendance by Parents at this course is a Diocesan requirement for the first two children or if there is an interval of 5 or more years between the children’s birth.

Monday 15th May 2017

to Saturday 15th October 2017

    Parish Hall Development


In early January, the Parish Council has submitted a request for outline planning permission for the proposed development of our hall and church entrance to Barnet Council for approval. Should this approval be granted the refurbishment work will be undertaken in the summer of 2017. Our professional advisors have recommend that we set aside four months to complete the project. Please note that the hall will be out of commission from :
Monday 15th May 2017 to Saturday 15th October 2017
 We very much regret the inconvenience caused to all who use the hall especially to those who will have to find an alternative venue over the summer months.
New Building Update The members of the Building Committee met the Parish Pastoral Council and representative of those who take care of the Parish Finances at an Extraordinary General Meeting on Tuesday 2nd May to report on the progress of our project.
The building committee were able to give information about the companies who had submitted tenders for the work together with proposed mobilisation dates. Having consulted our financial advisers we have concluded that we are in a position to sign a contract within the next couple of weeks. Because of the tight time frame, it is likely that the work will be phased, with the renovation to the hall and kitchen being done first, so that the hall will be ready for the start of the autumn term, when our catechetical programmes, toddlers group, youth clubs and other members of the parish who are regular users of the hall will need access to it.
The building of the new meeting room and extension to the porch, which are separate from the hall, being outside the existing walls of the church and hall, will be started once the hall is ready for occupation. It is, however, clearly up to the contractors to organise their schedule of works, within the framework of access being restored to the hall by mid-September.
To this end, it is imperative that all groups who use the hall, clear their storage spaces by 15th May as previously indicated.
There will be a skip provided for things surplus to requirements from 8th May. The contractors will be providing a lock-up for parish equipment, such as tables and chairs.
We ask that the groups arrange for things they absolutely want to keep, to be housed in their own garages if at all possible, for the summer months. Items not cleared out by the 15th May will be discarded. There will be no access to the hall after this date, as subcontractors and surveyors will be making preliminary visits. T
here will obviously be severe restrictions associated with parking and we are only able to ensure that parishioners who have mobility issues will be allowed to park. We are confident that all parishioners will co-operate with the instructions given and allow extra time to park in the surrounding streets if necessary or to use public transport. As soon as the contractors are on site, there will be areas surrounded with hoardings for the storage of materials etc.
 When we have this information a display will be mounted in the narthex showing relevant entrances etc. It is our aim to keep members of the parish in the picture with regular updates in the bulletin.
 This is a very exciting time for our parish and we thank all who have brought us to this moment.
There will clearly be some disruption but we are sure that in the long run we will all be delighted with the outcome. Skip arrival 8th May – Hall to be cleared by 15th May
As the storage area is being revamped we ask all groups to remove their belongings on or before 15th May 2017.
New Building Update We are happy to report that the contract with the builder, RJM Ltd has been signed and the work on the first phase of the building - our hall renovations - will begin on Monday 22nd May. It seems that some people are unclear about what exactly is going to happen to the hall so briefly:  Underfloor heating, with superior laminate wood effect flooring to be laid, which will mean that the radiators and the radiator covers, which have been a constant headache will be removed.  Kitchen enlargement and refurbishment. There will be two hatches, one opening on to the hall and the other opening on to the new room, which will allow for the new room to be used for coffee after Masses, even when the hall is in use for Walk With Me Classes on Sunday morning.  Improved storage facilities for the equipment belonging to the many parish groups that use the hall.  There will be a new fire escape door opening on the garden at the front of the church; this is necessary as the fire escape currently in the small room to the side of the kitchen, which is often cluttered, will be removed.  The ceiling will be renovated as will the dividing partition. When the entire project is finished, we will be able to have meetings in the new room, in addition to regular coffee sessions. Currently when the hall is in use for classes for our children and young people preparing for the sacraments, meetings are held in the presbytery, sometimes with as many as three meetings being held at the same time. The new room will reduce this need. We aim to keep the parish informed as to the progress of the work with regular updates in the bulletin and displays on the blue notice boards. The Knights of St Columba have kindly offered to put any unwanted goods into the skip on next Tuesday night - 16th. Parish groups are asked to either put their unwanted things into the skip themselves this weekend, or leave them in the middle of the hall clearly marked for disposal and the Knights will deal with it. We ask the Lord's blessing on our project in the words of Psalm 126: If the Lord does not build the house, in vain do the builders labour; if the Lord does not watch over the city, in vain does the watchperson keep vigil … may the Lord pour gifts on His Beloved as they slumber.
Monday 15th May 2017
to Saturday 15th October 2017
     Parish Hall Development

In early January, the Parish Council has submitted a request for outline planning permission for the proposed development of our hall and church entrance to Barnet Council for approval. Should this approval be granted the refurbishment work will be undertaken in the summer of 2017.
 Our professional advisors have recommend that we set aside four months to complete the project. Please note that the hall will be out of commission from :
 Monday 15th May 2017 to Saturday 15th October 2017
 We very much regret the inconvenience caused to all who use the hall especially to those who will have to find an alternative venue over the summer months. As the storage area is being revamped we ask all groups to remove their belongings on or before 15th May 2017.
Sunday 9th July Open Air Mass

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We wish to highlight the fact that the annual outdoor Mass takes place in the grounds of St. Vincent's school.
 If you would like to volunteer your help kindly give in your name to the parish office or to any of the priests
. Contact Melanie on email : melanie_millhill@hotmail.co.uk
 or phone 0208 959 1021

Plans are under way for our Open Air Mass and Picnic on Sunday 9th July in St Vincent’s School Field, The Ridgway.
The Mass will start promptly at 11am.
 Volunteers are needed on Saturday 8th July to help set up and on Sunday 9th July to help pack away.
We also need volunteers to lead the football tournament, and if you have entertainment skills you will be very welcomed in coming forward. Please give your names into the Parish Office or to one of the Priests.
The Open Air Mass will replace both 10am and 11.30am Masses in the church on that day. Please pray for good weather for this very special prayer community celebration.
Open Air Parish Mass and Picnic – Sunday 9th July 2017 at 11am

Location: Open Air Parish Mass and Picnic on Sunday July 9th at 11am in St Vincent’s School Field, The Ridgeway.

Only Masses in Parish on 8th and 9th July are: Saturday Vigil 6pm and Sunday 6pm

The Mass, which will be concelebrated, will be The Mass of The Sacred Heart, our Parish Patron and this is an opportunity for many of our parishioners to come together as one big Parish Family. Our musicians and choirs are coming together to ensure that we have a wonderful celebration.

Seating :

There will be seats for approximately 200 people (50 of which are on terrace style steps – cushions might be advisable). Other than that, parishioners are encouraged to bring their own garden chairs or rugs and a picnic – in previous years, many people regretted not doing so. There will be seating undercover for elderly and less mobile members of our community.

Shelter: If you have a garden gazebo or umbrella and are concerned about shade, you are welcome to bring it for the picnic, but gazebos will need to be situated towards the perimeter of the field so as not to impede people’s view of the altar.


Football Tournament : 1pm Ice Cream Man Entertainment

While we obviously hope that we do not have any accidents, we will have a qualified first aider in attendance.


The school field will be open from 10.00 am


Entrance:
Access to the school field will be through the Football Gate and the Emergency Gate. The normal school gates will remain closed throughout the day.

Health and Safety :
 
Mass will start promptly at 11am Parents are responsible for their children during the entire day and should not presume that they are being supervised by others. We particularly ask that children stay with their parents until the Mass is finished.

Toilets

 We have hired three portable toilets for the day, one of which is suitable for use by people with disabilities. These will be situated on the field so that parishioners will not need to climb up to the school. We will have access to one set of children’s toilets just inside the school, but there will be no access beyond this corridor. We must ensure that we do not abuse the hospitality of the Headteacher who has so generously offered the beautiful school grounds for our use.

Stewarding:


 As we are expecting a large number of parishioners to join us for this Celebration it is important to abide by the directions of the Stewards to ensure good order and to minimise risk, both in the school grounds and on the adjoining streets. Helpers are required to set up on Saturday 8th July from 10am - there are sign-up sheets in the Narthex for this purpose


Parking:

 There will be a very limited amount of off-street parking for parishioners with mobility problems otherwise members of the parish will have to park on The Ridgeway and adjoining roads. It is imperative that parishioners park on one side of The Ridgeway only, so as not to impede the flow of the traffic. If you are intending to come to the Mass and have a disabled parking permit, or any problem with mobility, please let the Parish Office know, so that we can make specific parking arrangements for you.

Weather:

In the event of a bad weather forecast, as was sadly the case in previous years, the decision will be made to cancel our Mass and a notice to that effect will be sent out via parish listing email, posted on the church notice boards and on the school gates. In that case the morning masses will take place in the church as usual.



Tuesday 11th July 6.30pm in the Presbytery YCW Impact Group

Some of the young people who have just been Confirmed met for the second time last Tuesday. Our topic for discussion this time was the Environment. Problems of litter, wasting food, water and electricity were identified as is-sues we could address in our own lives.
Saturday 15th July Sacred Heart Golf Day

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The Knights of St Columba have organised the Sacred Heart Golf Day at Radlett Park, Elstree.
 Names as soon as possible please.
The fee is £55 a head which includes a Breakfast roll, the Golf and followed by a dinner.
For further information contact Dave Kennedy on 07443 565 933
16th July
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11.00 am
London Bridges Sponsored Walk

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The Knights of St Columba are organising a London Bridges sponsored walk on 16th July at 11.00 am in aid of Ambo Lazarist School for the deaf, a charity set up by The Vincentian Lay Missionaries in Ethiopia, run by Fr Fergus Kelly`s nephew.
Those interested please enter names on sheets in the narthex. Contact Dave Kennedy on 0208 793 7031 or 07443565933
21st July 2017
 from 6.00 p.m.
The Passage helping homeless

There will be a Garden Party in aid of The Passage in the historic College Garden, Westminster Abbey .
 Visit the oldest cultivated garden in England with a back drop of the Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament.
Tickets £40 from The Passage, St Vincent’s Centre, Carlisle Place, London SW1P 1NL
 tel. 020 7592 1856 email tickets@passage.org.uk which includes buffet supper, wine, soft drinks, live music and a prize raffle
. Tickets are also available through passage-garden-party.eventbrite.co.uk
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29th July 2017.
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The Lourdes Medical Team are in urgent need for a Paediatric Specialist who would be able to join the pilgrimage to Lourdes.
Diocesan Lourdes' pilgrimage may have to turn very young and sick pilgrims away unless the Medical Team has the capacity to support them with the correct care professionals in place. Contact the Pilgrimage Office or email to lourdes@rcdow.org.uk
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Saturday 9th September 2pm-6pm Parish Pilgrimage To Knock

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Annual Vincentian Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine and Basilica (Coinciding with the 400th Anniversary of the foundation of Vincentians in 1617)
The Celebrant and Homilist is Fr Michael.
Direct flights to Knock only 20 minutes from the airport. You will need to book your own flight however eight twin rooms have been booked in advance for the Saturday night stop over. The first 16 people to come forward are assured accommodation after that you will need to make your own arrangements.
 Please let Melanie in the Parish Office know by Friday 2nd June
31st October to 7th November Pilgrimage to the Holy Land



You are invited to join the 7th Diocesan Pilgrim-age to the Holy Land led by Bishop John Sherrington. 31st October to 7th November.
 Price: Full board £1535 pp sharing; £370 single room supplement.
Contact Gill at Tangney Tours 01732 886666 or Elizabeth Uwalaka Pilgrimage Administrator 020 7798 9173 for information and booking forms