Parish Notices

Notice BoardNotices

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Correction - Please note:

In my notes last Sunday I wrongly indicated that our Deanery Holy Door was at St Edward’s, Golders Green. I now wish to correct my error and inform you that our nearest Holy Door is at St William of York, Stanmore.    Fr Kevin.

CWL

It is with much regret that we announce that the members of the Catholic Women’s League here in the Sacred Heart parish Mill Hill have decided to retire from the national association.

Dwindling numbers and the advancing years of the active members have led them to conclude that they can not effectively commit themselves to the degree of involvement they felt was necessary.

It is a sad but extremely honest decision.

As a parish, we are deeply indebted to the CWL for their loyalty and support over the years, not only in raising funds for parish development but also - more importantly - for their Christian witness and concern for the poor and needy. They were true examples of Gospel values to all of us.

Our special prayers, thoughts and gratitude go to those ladies who had to make the hard choice and did so with grace and dignity.

A letter from the Parent League offering the ladies their best wishes was indicative of the high esteem in which our local branch was held.

 

 

Thank you!

 to all those who served on the Presbytery Rota through out the year.

to all who donated gifts to the ‘Be An Angel’ appeal for less fortunate children at Christmas. The gifts donated went to Barnet Refugee Service Green Man Lone Parent Noah’s Ark Children's Hospice

The Impact Group will be distributing the Happy Hampers from tomorrow. Thank you for all the donations of food and gifts.

Special thanks to all involved in preparing our Christmas Celebration Cribs, Flowers & Christmas Tree, Sacristy Team & Altar Servers, the Choir & Musical Team   Catechists, Children & Parents Welcomers, Ministers of the Word and of the Eucharist, Knights of St Columba, Stewards and Catholic Women's League. A sincere thank you to the Nigerian   Chaplaincy for the wonderful Christmas Luncheon they provided for the elderly and not so elderly on Saturday last. It was a most enjoyable occasion. Also, thank you to the Filipino Community for their weekly cleaning of the church and hall and providing Tea and Coffee after 11.30am Mass Sunday and after our Carol Service.

                

MISSIO

Thank you to all the Red Box Holders in the parish. This year you donated over £2,100 in cash. The final figure with Gift Aid and direct debits added will follow in the new year. Nick Musgrove 0208 958 5917

Child in Need & Foodbank

Thank you for the 150 gifts donated for theChild In Need, which were received by Barnet Lone Parents Centre and Barnet Refugee Centre. Also, thank you from the donation of over 60 bags of foodstuff to the Foodbank.

The Passage

The Passage SVP are distributing 12,000 Vinnie Packs containing cold weather essentials to the homeless this winter. They would be very grateful if you could sponsor packs at a suggested donation of £3.25 per pack. Donations can be sent to Vinnie Packs, PO Box 72264, London SW1P 9EZ with cheques made out to SVP or go to virginmoneygiving.com and type "SVP" into the charity section. Vinnie Packs is in the Campaign drop down box. Thank you so much for your support.

Age UK

To see our updated programme of neighbourhood services, including exercise classes, social activities, interest groups and lunch clubs aimed at older people in the borough see http://www.ageuk.org.uk/barnet/

New Altar Servers Required

There are places available for new Altar Servers. If you have made your first Holy Communion, are 9yrs old or more, and would like to serve at any of the masses please contact Raquel or give your details to Fr Kevin or Chinedu.      

Bible Alive

Some parishioners subscribe to Bible Alive a monthly magazine which features daily reflections on the scriptures. It also contains: Inspiring stories of faith in action, daily reflections on the Mass readings, exciting profiles of Saints and heroes of faith, books and Gifts, teaching and catechesis. The cost is £1.80 per copy with 11 copies per year. If you are interested please obtain Leon's contact details from the presbytery.

Barnet Refugee Welcome Board Furniture Appeal

If you would like to donate any of the above items please deliver them to Sacred Heart Presbytery. Our communities responded very generously to earlier appeals made during April. We have already delivered “in-kind” donations of TVs to newly arrived refugee families and have lined up several offers of infant needs including cots, high chairs, buggies, changing mats, clothes, toys etc. We are compiling a database of offers and will be calling them forward as accommodation becomes available for newly arriving families, in order to save double handling of these “gifts in kindness. “ So a HUGE thank you to those who have responded positively to earlier appeals.  As more families arrive, Barnet Homes is securing UNFURNISHED accommodation and refugee families will therefore need many and various home supplies, including: BEDS – mattresses, bed linen, duvets, blankets, pillows DINING TABLE & CHAIRS CHEST OF DRAWERS SOFA & ARMCHAIRS  WARDROBE & CUPBOARDS COFFEE TABLE –TV stand WHITE GOODS – fridge, freezer, washing machine, cooker If you can make some of these items available, please email your offer (with a digital photo if possible) to: reservepower@hotmail.com We will add your offer to our database of “in-kind” donations which Barnet Homes can call on.  We will try to ‘match offers with needs’ so direct transportation can be made to accommodation, saving double handling.

 

MCMXXIII This week an old foundation stone that belonged to the old church was placed on the rockery in front of the church this week.  The numerals are Latin numerals (M thousand, C century, X ten, I one). Hence MCMXXIII reads 1923 the year in which our Parish was founded and the old church erected. In seven years time 2023 we will be celebrating our centenary.

CAFOD Thank You

The CAFOD emergency appeal for Nepal raised £1,155. Thank you for your generosity.

The Calix Society

The Calix Society was founded in 1947 by recovering alcoholics who saw their Catholic faith as a sure path to serenity without alcohol. Calix helps its members maintain sobriety; participate in Holy Mass and group discussion; become the person God wants them to be. There are three regular meetings in our diocese: 1st Wednesday of the month: 7-9pm at St Pius X, St Charles Square, W10 6EB; 2nd Friday of the month: 6.30-8.30pm at Westminster Cathedral, Hinsley Rooms, Morpeth Terrace, SW1; 3rd Thursday of the month: 7-9pm at Church of Our Lady, St John's Wood, 54 Lodge Rd, NW8 8LA. For more information http://calixsocietyuk.btck.co.uk  or email calixinlondon[at]btinternet.com or text 07762570361.                 

 

Car Park

The church car park has a total 35 parking spaces and on Sundays they are available on a first come, first served basis. Safety regulations demand that ambulance and fire services have open access to the church and hall premises at all times. Double parking and parking in the disabled parking spaces has caused much annoyance in recent months. We ask that you leave the disabled and handicapped spaces available for those who genuinely need them and that you avoid double parking at all times.

All parishioners are asked not to use the reserved car spaces from Monday to Friday. The company renting them have complained that some people are not observing this notice. This is a source of income for our Parish which we do not want to lose.

 

CARITAS

Caritas has been created to help parishes to set up and run projects to give practical help to the poor, the hungry, the homeless the lonely and the vulnerable in our diocese. But its work is only possible if it receives donations, which is why parishioners in every parish in our diocese are being asked to consider make in a Lenten Alms contribution to Caritas this year.

The Catenian Association Bursary Fund

With students returning to school or college for the new school year, some will be thinking of taking a gap year before going on to further education. If you are a Catholic aged 16+ contemplating voluntary work in the UK or overseas, or assisting on a pilgrimage to Lourdes (for example the Diocesan pilgrimage 21st-27th July 2014) the Catenian Bursary fund may be able to assist with the cost by means of a grant. If you would like to apply please contact Fr Kevin providing an outline of your proposal.

 

Catholic Education

The Catholic school is called to witness with joy and simplicity to the goodness of each and every person, especially the vulnerable and disadvantaged. The school is called to be a beacon and witness to God's gracious gift of mercy shown us by the actions and words of Jesus Christ who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Christ is at the centre of the Catholic school. 'Together with the Cardinal, I thank you all for your dedication and service to the call of Catholic education. We pray that God will answer our prayers and provide for our needs.' Copies of Bishop Sherrington's letter are available in the narthex. 

 

Catholic Under 35's London

www.Catholicunder35s.com run regular social events aimed at 18-35's so that more young Catholics can get to know each other in London. Visit the website and join the Facebook group to find out more.

 

Children's Liturgy

On the first Sunday of each month we have a Children’s Family Mass at 10am where the children and young people are encouraged to take an active part in the Mass. During the other Sunday 10 am Mass (Term Time Only) the children of the congregation are invited to attend a separate Liturgy of the Word where they are introduced to important aspects of God's message. We do this by allowing them to celebrate God's word at their own pace, giving them the opportunity to offer their thoughts and reflections on the Gospel. They return for the offertory procession. Children up to the age of 11 normally attend, and a parent is welcome to accompany very young children if they wish to. We would like to extend the invitation to all children to come. 

 

Cockfosters Ecumenical Prayer Group

8 pm each Monday: praise & worship, intercession, a talk from guest speakers and prayer. For people of all ages and denominations - some have found physical, emotional or spiritual healing. At Christ The King, 29 Bramley Road, London N14 (nearest tube: Oakwood Station)

Coffee Mornings

Coffee, tea and biscuits are served on Monday and Wednesday mornings, starting between 10.20 and 10.30 and closing about 11.15 in the hall of Sacred Heart Church and on Sundays after the 11.30 Mass. No entrance fee required but a small donation is very welcome. Money raised goes partly to our twinned church in Tanzania and partly to the Friends of St Vincent for the poor of the parish.

 

Day Chapel

Parents with young children are encouraged to use the Day Chapel where children have more freedom to move about and cry without disturbing the liturgy. Religious picture books for children are also available.

Explore

Explore is a charity bringing volunteer married couples into schools and parishes to allow 14 - 17 year olds to explore about marriage and lasting relationships Volunteer couples find their own marriages enriched through this urgent apostolate. Please consider volunteering (only twice or three times a year) visit www.theexploreexperience.co.uk

FOCCUS

Marriage Preparation and Marriage Care in Barnet 2013/14 What is FOCCUS? - FOCCUS is designed to help engaged couples appreciate their unique relationship, learn more about themselves, and discuss topics important to their lifelong marriage. Each of you individually answers a series of multiple choice questions. Your answers are analysed and used as the basis for discussion sessions with a Marriage Care trained facilitator.

FOCCUS is not an aptitude test or examination; together, with the help of the facilitator you will become more aware of areas where discussion and negotiation is desirable and where you can be confident of shared strengths and values. The method has been tested and proved to predict 85% of the disagreements couples encounter in the first five years of their marriages.

We will be hosting Preparing Together Marriage Preparation day courses on Saturday's 11th January, 8th February, 8th March, 12th April, 10th May, 7th June, 12th July, 13th September, 11th October and 8th November 2014 at Christ the King, 29 Bramley Road, Oakwood N14 4HE. It is an all-day programme that will start at 10am and aim to finish by 4pm. Please ask couples to arrive by 9.45am to complete the registration process so we can start promptly.

Marriage Care trained facilitators will be conducting the day. The couples will be asked to contribute £60 which includes refreshments and a buffet lunch. If you know of any couples who need to enrol on such a course, please ask them to contact me 020 7792 2199 or email me marriagecarelondon[at]lineone.net I am in the office on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during office hours.

Food Bank

As a Parish Council we feel we should help those in need locally, especially in these difficult times. We assist our local Trussell Trust food bank in Colindale. We ask you to bring donations of the following foodstuffs: pasta, pasta sauce, rice and tins of meat, fish, soup, fruit, beans and rice-pudding. Collections are on the first Sunday of every month at all Masses. Thank you for your continuing generosity.

 

Gift Aid and "Growing in Faith"

Every pound makes a vital difference towards our ability to plan for our parish project, care for our priests and support those in need in our communities. Making a Gift Aid Declaration can add 25% to your Growing in Faith donation at no extra cost to you! If you have received a letter from the Growing in Faith office and your donation is eligible for Gift Aid, please remember to complete and return your form by Sunday 23rd November. If you are not using envelopes and would like a boxed set please call at the Parish Office.

 

Hall hiring charges

From the 1st January 2013 the cost of hiring the hall will be increased to: £40 for the first hour and thereafter £25 per hour for parishioners, and £30 per hour for non-parishioners.

 

Holy Communion for the Housebound

The provision of Holy Communion for the housebound is being re-organised at present. If you are aware of someone who is not being looked after, please contact the parish office.

 

Hospital Admission

When you or a relative are admitted to Hospital you should always ask to see the Catholic chaplain. However as Hospitals are rather slow in passing on this information to the chaplains you should also inform your local priest or parish office. 

House of Prayer

We would like to invite single Catholic women in their 30s, 40s or 50s to come and explore their Vocation to Religious Life. We are looking for women with enthusiasm, energy and love for God, and for whom prayer is a priority, to continue and develop the ministry of Retreats and Spirituality in our small Congregation. For more information please contact the Sisters on 020 8941 2313 or Email us info[at]christian-retreat.org

Knights of St. Columba

Britain's largest order of Catholic Laymen is inviting all men over the age of 18 to join us in promoting a Catholic way of life and especially in the fight for the Sanctity of Life from Conception to a Natural Death. Why not join us in this journey? Website: www.ksc.org.uk  Email: headoffice[at]ksc.org.uk  Telephone 0141 883 5700 or contact David Kennedy via the Presbytery.

 KSC 200 Club

The 200 Club membership is now due for renewal, subscription £12 per annum. New members are most welcome. For further details contact Dave K.

The Living Rosary

The Living Rosary invites parishioners to pray and meditate on the same decade of the Rosary daily for one month. This spiritual exercise in faith and devotion is continued every month for each successive decade of the Rosary. For those who already pray the entire Rosary, participation in The Living Rosary will count as an extra decade. Even though people are joining a virtual community of worshippers in meditation, members are not bound by a particular hour of the day or night to practice their devotion. Parishioners who are interested in joining The Living Rosary will receive the Historical Presentation, schedules, explanation and meditations without cost.

email: livingrosary4you@hotmail.com 

 

LGBT Catholics Younger Adults Group

The (LGBT YAG) aims to provide support and fellowship for Catholics in their 20s, 30s and 40s who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, and their families. We meet regularly for Mass at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street, as well as organizing monthly spiritual and social events. If you would like to know more, please contact us at: lgbtcatholicsyag[at]gmail.com, or see our website:
http://www.lgbtcatriolicsyag.org.uk

 

Minibus Service to 11:30 Mass

There is a weekly minibus service for those parishioners in need of transport to the 11.30am Sunday mass. Please contact Rachael via the presbytery to make arrangements.

 

Our New Auxiliary Bishop

On Wednesday June 4th, Cardinal Vincent ordained Bishop Nicholas Hudson as a new Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster. Bishop Nicholas had previously worked in the Archdiocese of Southwark and was former Rector of the English College in Rome, and since January 2014, the Parish Priest of Sacred Heart, Wimbledon.

In his homily, Cardinal Vincent reminded the Bishop elect and all of us "We may like to think that we have chosen to follow the Lord, to enthrone him as our Master. But in fact he has chosen us, and he will do with us just whatever he wants, for the sake of his kingdom."

As is customary, at the end of Mass, Cardinal Vincent led Bishop Nicholas through the Cathedral so he could confer a blessing on all who had come to join him in the celebration.

 

Over 55's Club

St. Alban's R.C. Church, Nether Street Finchley on every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. 2-4 pm. £1 entrance fee. Contact Jackie Sheils at St. Alban's Presbytery (020 8446 0224). ALL WELCOME.

 

Parish Bulletin by email

The weekly bulletin has recently been emailed to the addresses completed through the Census. Some email addresses have bounced back so if you have not received the bulletin electronically please email your contact details to the Parish Office on millhill[at]rcdow.org.uk  Thank you.

Results of the Parish Development Survey

Firstly we would like to thank all those who filled in the questionnaire regarding the future development of the Parish Hall. The outcome was as follows:

It was agreed by 68% that we needed more space so that we could not only maintain our programme of providing religious education, to the young children who do not attend a catholic school, and at the same time encourage more sociable Sunday events such as coffee mornings, etc. However 12% believed we did not need more space whilst the other 19% did not express a preference either way. Furthermore with regards to extending the hall, for larger gatherings, 68% were in favour, 14% opposed the suggestion and 18% did not express a definitive view. When questioned about more storage space, 63% were in favour, 12% were against and 25% were undecided.

Questioned about refurbishment of the kitchen, 69% were in favour, 10% opposed the idea and 21% were undecided. Therefore when questioned about the size of the extension the results were as follows:

For the 10 metre extension, of those that replied, 65% were in favour, 22% were against and 13% were undecided.

For the 5 metre extension, and of those who replied, 44% were in favour, 26% against and 30% undecided.

Seeing that the majority favoured an extension, 139 replies favoured the 10 metre extension whereas 61 replies favoured the 5 metre extension. In order to facilitate the extension, 55% agreed that the car parking spaces should be used to provide a better centre whilst 28% opposed the loss of car parking spaces. 17% expressed no definitive view.

Questioned about providing financial support for the project, 71% stated they would be willing to help, 14% were unable to help and 15% were undecided. With regards to the ceiling limit on the project 36% suggested it should be kept at £250k, 16% suggested £200k and 14% suggested £300k. The remaining suggested ceiling amounts from £20k to £500k.

When questioned about social events that would promote a more positive community feeling at Sacred Heart there were numerous suggestions. The most popular suggestions were coffee mornings, quiz nights, youth clubs, dinner dances, international evenings and football matches. Other suggestions included over 50's club, BBQ's, Christian groups, more family events, harvest bazaars, etc.

Asked about suggestions they felt the Pastoral Council should consider with regards to the future development of the parish, there were once again numerous suggestions. These included building a 1st floor extension to the hall, refurbishment rather than redevelopment of the current hall, improving the heating in the church and hall, reaching out to new parishioners, etc.

The Pastoral Council together with the other groups in the parish are digesting the information that was produced by the survey. Whilst the general consensus is in favour of building the extension further discussions and consultations will be taking place.

If you have ideas or suggestions please convey them to the council so that as we move forward the development will have a more universal appeal to all parishioners.

 

Parish Toddler Groups

Dear Mums and Carers, we still have vacancies in our Friday Parish Baby and Toddler Group. Both groups are open each Tuesday and Friday during term time. Please come along on any Friday between 09.30 and 11.30 with your baby or toddler to meet other tiny parishioners and their mums and carers, and to share precious time, play and a cup of coffee.

 

The Passage

The Passage want to thank the parishioners of our parish for their generosity as they received 22 bags of clothing and for the retiring collection which totalled £741.

 

Planned Giving

It will soon be time to issue renew our planned giving envelopes. If you make your Offertory contribution in this was you might wish to consider changing over to a standing order. This is a very convenient way of making your contribution, saves on administration and you can cancel or amend your standing order at any time. Planned Giving Standing Order forms are available in the narthex. Please drop your completed form into Presbytery letter box and we will not issue you with new envelopes.

 

Pre-Marriage Course for Engaged Couples.

Wherever in the world you are getting married, if it is in the Catholic Church, you will be expected to have done such a course. Contact Canon Pat Browne 0207 834 6965

 

'PROCLAIM' 15

PROCLAIM 15 is the name of anew initiative being launched in 2015 by the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales. Inspired by Pope Francis, Proclaim 15 invites the Catholic Community confidently and simply to share the joy of its faith. We are to become a more missionary-orientated parish. We are most grateful to all who currently assist in our work of evangelization but the harvest is great and the labourers are few, hence we are inviting all parishioners to become involved in Proclaim 15. During the coming months you will hear in more detail how you can do so.

 

Rainbows

Girl guiding units operate in Mill Hill for all girls aged 5 - 18. There is a Rainbows unit (5 - 7 years) in our parish which meets on Mondays in term time from 5.15 to 6.15 pm. Please register your daughter if interested in a place: http://www.girlguiding.org.uk/     

 

Readers' Rota Available

The Readers Rota for Easter is available in the Narthex for those who do not receive it on-line. Copies are in the box and one on the notice board.

Safeguarding of our Children and Vulnerable Adults

As you are aware Sacred Heart Parish is administered by the Irish Vincentian Province. On Thursday last the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland issued its report on the Vincentian Congregation in Ireland. The purpose of this report was twofold:

It is a timely reminder to all of us here at Mill Hill to ensure that we are complying with the UK regulations. I am confident that we are and I am greatly indebted to the good and diligent work of I.C., our Child Safeguarding Representative. However we must continue to be vigilant. If you have any concerns in regard to child safety whether current or past, please contact I.C. or Fr Provincial - whose phone numbers can be found on the notice board in the Narthex. Let us continue to remember all victims of abuse in our prayers and be mindful of their continued pain and suffering.

Fr Kevin.

 (See also the safeguarding pages on this web site)

 

Safeguarding

We would remind all those who run parish groups working with children, or those who carry out home visiting, that any new members of their groups must have completed the forms required for Child Protection checks. Please ensure that all your members have completed the forms. If you need additional forms, please phone the parish office (020 8959 1021). These procedures are essential for maintaining a safe working environment for both children and volunteers in the parish. Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Parish Child Protection Representative will no longer be available on a walk-in basis every Thursday morning in the Parish Office. You can still contact her at any time through the strictly confidential e-mail address parishsafeguarding[at]shmi.info, or by leaving a message for her in the Parish Office. Contact details for the Diocesan Child Protection Team and other Child Protection Agencies are always available on the notice board in the Narthex and elsewhere on this web site.

 

St Rose Chapel Prayer Garden and Poustinia - 160, Anson Road, Cricklewood

Chapel, Prayer Garden and Poustinia offer a quiet place for reflection, prayer and silence to those of all faiths and none, who are seeking peace and tranquillity away from the noise and busyness of every day life. A sanctuary of peace and welcome, a place where you can be alone and enjoy the beauty of a place in an undisturbed environment. Monday to Friday: 8.00am Morning Prayer, 6pm Evening Prayer. Sunday Evening Prayer 5.30pm. The Dominican Sisters will be available to meet with people who wish it, to offer hospitality to pray with them and to offer pastoral support if needed.           

 

Spirit in the City Festival

As part of our annual Spirit in the City programme, we are hosting the only London performance of 'Three Witnesses' play, a modern day adaptation of Luke's Gospel, brought to us by the Saltmine Theatre Trust. Building on the success of "Amazing Grace" which was staged in March 2015, this play presents the gospel of Luke in 21st century, in which a driven writer seeks to piece together the true story of Jesus through news and documentary footage and unique encounters with key witnesses. Tickets: £7 book online: http://www.bit.ly/3wtickets  Tel: 020 7440 2663, email: info[at]spiritinthecity.org or http://www.spiritinthecitv.org "

Unwanted Spectacles

Thanks to everyone who donated their unwanted spectacles to the SPECS BANK in the Narthex. A very large assignment of specs was delivered on 7th March to the VISION AID OVERSEAS collection point in Hatch End, Pinner. The spectacles are urgently required to help sight impaired people in seven developing countries in Africa.  

Thanks to all donors and collectors of unwanted spectacle, two large consignments of specs have recently been delivered to Vision Aid Overseas depot in Hatch End for visionally impaired in Africa. Please keep unwanted spectacles in the VAO SPECS BANK jar in the Narthex

 

Welcomers.

We would like to think that everyone in our community is a  Welcomer. However, the Welcomers who do greet parishioners on entering the church for Mass, trust that in a small way they provide a foretaste of the warmth of the welcome that awaits them at the celebration of the Eucharist. The handing out of the Mass books and leaflets is a practical demonstration of this. More parishioners on their own, or as families would be most welcome to join us especially for Sunday 10am and 6pm. If you would like to help at any of the masses please contact the presbytery.

 

Recent Special Collections

Thank you for your generosity.

Sunday Collections

Thank you for your offerings. Over the past few months the total amounts collected have been: