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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.
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2017 
  Announcements In Brief

Thursday 5th October
Bishop John Sherrington visits St Vincent's School Assembly

Saturday and Sunday 7th and 8th October
Bishop John spends wee end in our parish and preaches at all masses, he would also like to visit those on the home communion list.

Saturday 2nd December
 Celebrating 400 years of the Vincentian charism Eucharist: 12.00 Buffet Lunch : 13.00 Vincentian Values and Leadership : 14.00 Silent Prayer & Adoration 15.15 (Optional) Conclusion and Departure 16.00
Saturday 23rd SeptemberVaughan House, Westminster Saturday 28th OctoberVaughan House, Westminster Saturday 24th February 2018
 St Joseph’s Pastoral Centre, Hendon Saturday 17th March2018-Vaughan House, Westminster

 



  This is a letter sent to Priests and married couples in parishes.
An Invitation from the Marriage and Family Life Ministry Agency for Evangelisation

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Parishes, movements, schools and other Church institutions can help in a variety of ways to support families and help them grow… The life of every family is marked by all kinds of crises, yet these are also part of its dramatic beauty.
Couples should be helped to realize that surmounting a crisis need not weaken their relationship; instead, it can improve, settle and mature the wine of their union. (AMORIS LÆTITIA para 229)
The Marriage and Family Life Ministry within the Agency for Evangelisation invites you to take part in an initiative to help, by attending with, couples or husbands or wives alone, who are interested in this ministry of ‘accompanying married couples on their way’ to experience the Smart Loving Breakthrough Workshop.
 Thereafter, they will receive all the necessary training (including a Marriage Enrichment Retreat for their own marriage, free of charge) to make the Workshop available to others in your own parish. Smart Loving Break Through is a three-hour workshop primarily designed to renew hope and encourage couples to attend further weekend sessions together.
It is a practical, solution-focused workshop for all stages of marriage. Drawing on contemporary research and Catholic theology, this workshop provides skills and insights to transform marriage relationships into the thriving, joy-filled encounter that they are meant to be. 

For more information and to register for a place on ONE of the days contact family@rcdow.org.uk or 0207931 6064
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Sunday 3rd September until Thursday 12th of October Good Council Network

During the 40 days
 from Sunday 3rd September until Thursday 12th of October, please offer up rosaries, Masses, prayers, fasting and sacrifices for all of these abortion centres to close.
You can share the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1140129392754750/

 
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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Just turn up.
For more information contact at St Michael’s Church, Rev Stephen
 020 8959 1449
  First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation 2017/18 

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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.
30th Sept
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01Oct



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Tuesday 26th September 2017

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 Tuesday 3rd

 October 2017

 

  

 

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.
1st September until 24th September and you will find them in the Narthex First Communion
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The 2017-2918 programme will be for children bon between:
 1st September 2009 and 31st August 2010.
Registration forms will be available from :
 1st September until 24th September and you will find them in the Narthex We always welcome new catechists.
If you are interested in helping us next year please contact Melanie in the Parish Office and we will be happy to chat with you about the programme.

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