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PARISH OPEN DAY 2018

 PARISH OPEN DAY

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Report No1

SATURDAY 9TH JUNE 2018

Fr. Paul Roche CM

"Understanding our call to be Missionary Disciples"

Fr. Paul divided his presentation into sections

1. Our call to be a Disciples

2. Our call to be a Missionary Disciples

 

Our call to be a Disciples

The challenge for us to become a disciple of Jesus began with our Baptism. When St. Pope John Paul II was asked by a reporter "What has been the most significant event of your life?" He answered, without hesitation, "The day of my Baptism"!

 

Fr. Paul went on to explain that we are all agents of Evangelisation because of our Baptism, but very often the laity in the UK and Ireland have become dis-empowered by of a surplus of priests who are assumed to be pri-marily responsible for Evangelisation.

 

We were offered a new insight into Jesus’ prophecy to Peter in John Ch21 v18:

"In all truth I tell you, when you were young you put on your own belt and walked where you liked; but when you grow old you will stretch out your hands, and some-body else will put a belt around you and take you where you would rather not go"

 

Fr. Paul interpreted this in the light of discipleship by noting that when we are young we want to be in control and our relationship with God is on our own terms. However as we grow into being a true disciple we learn to let go and let God lead us. He illustrated this with a powerful im-age of two blind people in Nigeria who had learned to trust a small boy to lead them.

 

Two other contrasting images gave us a further insight:

CUSTOMERS of Jesus tend to turn to him at the last minute and are more focussed on what they can receive from him. DISCIPLES of Jesus see their priority as followers of Jesus and giving to others.

An "IF FAITH" is conditional - "If you give me this/that Lord … then I will do……" A THOUGH FAITH is unconditional - "Even though this/that has happened …… I will still trust you Lord"

 

Another danger is that we are SACRAMENTALISED rather than being EVANGELISED. This distortion will lead us to see church going and reception of the Sacraments as the crux of our faith rather than an aware-ness and desire to respond to the presence of Christ in the poor and marginalised around us. The other extreme however is to reduce our faith to a social service concerned only for the material circumstances of the poor. Pope Francis made clear in his letter Gaudate Exsultate that Christianity should not be reduced to a "sort of NGO" .

If we "fall in love with the Lord" and "experience the love of God" then we can return it and we will be in a proper disposition to become a Missionary Disciple.

Fr. Paul offered us a challenging "Prayer of Abandonment" - perhaps as a daily morning offering composed by Bl. Br. Charles of Jesus

Father, I abandon myself into your hands

Do with me what you will

Whatever you do I thank you:

I am ready for all, I accept all

Let only your will be done in me and in all your creatures

I wish no more than this O Lord.

Into your hands I commend my soul;

I offer it to you with all the love of my heart,

for I love you Lord, and so I need to give myself,

to surrender myself ,

into your hands without reserve,

and with boundless confidence for you are my Father

 

Some questions for reflection:

1. What is my strongest source of confidence and security?

2. What is the energy that drives my life – day by day?

3. What were the most significant turning points in my life – have I been able to see the hand of God in them?

Our call to be a Missionary Disciples

 

In this second part of his talk - Fr, Paul emphasised the importance of "Holiness for everyone" POPE FRANCIS 2018

stressed by Pope Francis in his letter Gaudate Exsultate, a document which he encouraged all of us to read / consult. Particularly the section on the Beatitudes.

"Being comes from Doing" Fr. Paul quoted from St. Vincent de Paul and offered some challenging statements:

• "Next to the Blessed Sacrament, your neighbour is the holiest object you will meet"

• "Can we see the presence and activity of God in the other"

• "A mystery is something to be lived through and unfold."

• "Try to glimpse and be surprised by the mystery of each person"

• "The call of the Missionary Disciple is to bring Jesus into the world"

 

We were offered the story of Marys visitation to Elizabeth as a model of Missionary Discipleship:

She went is haste

She came with love, compassion and a desire to serve

The presence of God inside Mary enabled her to give the life of the Spirit to Elizabeth and her baby

Mary Magdalen was another example:

MARY1She became the Apostle to the Apostles after meeting the risen Lord

She experienced the love of Jesus through the forgiveness and healing she received.

This experience of Jesuslove transformed her.

 

This then is the starting point for Missionary Discipleship – the experience of Gods Love and Fr. Paul challenged us with the question: "Have I experienced the love of God in my life?" When we discover that God loves us then we can love and be transformed.

Many experience this love of God through forgiveness and hence the importance of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. In this Sacrament God forgives and heals us, but can I accept Gods forgiveness and forgive myself?

Some questions for reflection:

1. What is my strongest source of confidence and security?

2. What is the energy that drives my life – day by day?

3. What were the most significant turning points in my life – have I been able to see the hand of God in them?

 

Questions for reflection

1. Does my contact with others make them dependent on me – or lead them to a deeper trust in God?

2. How do I harmonise my work and my call to holiness?

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Report No2

“The Christ of St. Vincent”

LAST SUPPER 2018“The Christ of St. Vincent”

 

In the afternoon session Fr. Michael presented us with 10 images of Christ from the writings and letters of St. Vincent de Paul. Each image represents a aspect of Christs love which we can use as a model for evangelisation.

The challenge we were given, when we split up into discussion groups, was to choose one of the images which we could identify with and then reflect on how we can learn from this aspect of Christs love and apply it to the way we engage with others and bring Christ to them

1) Christ, the one who brings fire to the earth

IEARTH 2018In this image we see Jesus filled with zeal for the love of his Father. "I have come to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were blazing already" (Luke Ch12 v49)

For reflection:

What are the characteristics of someone who is on fire to preach the gospel, an evangeliser, not a zealot

• How would this image of Christ change the ministry of our parish

• Make a practical suggestion that would help to bring this about

 

2) Christ, the gentle one

In contrast, this image shows the tender and caring side of Jesus. "Take my yokeTOGATHER 2018 and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls" (Matt Ch11 v29)

For reflection:

What are the characteristics of someone who has modelled this image of Christ for you?

• What value would the image of the gentle Christ have for our church?

Present a practical suggestion of how we could model the gentle Christ in our parish

 

 3) Christ, the poor one: Speaks through the disempowered

MAN HEALTH 2018 In this image, we are reminded that Jesus told us, "In so far as you did this to the least of my sisters or brothers you did it to me" (Matt Ch25 v31-46)

For reflection

Recall a time when you felt the voice of Christ speak to you through the voice of a person rendered disempowered by the circumstances of life

Name a practical way in which we can hear the voices of the disempowered in our church

 

4) Christ, the One who goes after the one

In this image Jesus goes in search of individuals who are lost. The Good shepherdHOSPITAL HELP 2018 who goes after the lost sheep. There are many examples in the gospels: The woman at the well, Zacchaeus, Mary Magdalen and Bartimaeus.

For Reflection

• Can you think of a someone who was concerned for your spiritual welfare

What practical things can we do as a parish to reach out to "the one"?

 

5) Christ, the imaginative one with creative love

FOREST 2018When we look at the way Jesus responded to the dilemma he was given over the woman caught committing adultery (John Ch8 v1-11) we see him responding with creative love.

For Reflection

Can you think of examples of where creative, imaginative love turned a negative situation into a positive one?

• What practical acts of creative and imaginative love would enrich our community?

 

6) Christ, the One conscious of the group

In this image, we see Jesus engaging others in conversation. For example theSUPPER 2 Samaritan woman at the well (John Ch4 v7-42). He connected with othersthoughts and feelings beginning with their own experiences.

For Reflection

• What are the characteristics of someone who can sit in a group and engage with others?

• What sort of occasions can you see this happening in our parish?

How could create a circle of faith friends to reflect on the teachings of Pope Francis for example

7) Christ, the liberating One

CANDLE 2018St. Vincent asked us to see Christ in the poor and the poor in Christ. We are to follow Christ evangelis-ing the poor. In this image we see Jesus setting people free from being marginalised, often through physical healing, often through acceptance and forgiveness.

For Reflection

• What are the characteristics of someone who reaches out in justice to those who have no voice?

• Who are the victims of injustice in our midst?

• How could the voice of justice be raised in our parish and indeed reaching out beyond it?

 

8) Christ, the One who prays among us

St Vincent said "Give me a person of prayer and I can change the world". We can beMASS 2018 either Martha or Mary in Bethany. Martha can only be effective in her limited surroundings but Mary can influence the works beyond the boundaries of her home. In this image we see Jesus as the one who prays in our midst.

For Reflection

• What are the characteristics of someone who is contemplative in action?

• Name times when you are aware of Christ praying in our midst

• Name a practical way in which our worshiping community could become more contemplative

 

9) Christ, the One who depends on weak human nature

HUMAN NATURESt. Paul speaks of how God has chosen the least likely to be his disciples. "But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise. God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong. (1 Corinthians Ch1 v27)

For Reflection

What are the characteristics of someone who by the worlds standards does not match up but speaks eloquently to us of God and the love of God?

• Can you think of a situation in which someone who is disempowered witnessed to God?

• How can we as a parish honour those who are nor valued by society yet witness to God ?

 

10) Christ, the Servant figure

In this image of Christ, Jesus spoke of himself as a servant. "The Son of Man cameSERVANT 2018 not to be served but to serve. (Mat. Ch20 v28) .He demonstrated this when he washed his disciples feet.

For Reflection

• What are the characteristics of someone who is a natural and gracious servant?

• Name the way parishioners are served in the community of the Sacred Heart

• Name a practical action you might perform as a servant figure of Jesus

 

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Report No3

SATURDAY 9TH  JUNE 2018

Response from the participants

At the beginning of the day, the participants were asked to write out a simple statement of what they hoped to get out of the day.

At the end of the day, everyone split into groups to reflect more deeply one of the 10 images of Christ and its possible impact on how we Evangelise and reach out to others.

A plenary session brought all comments together and an invitation to anyone who would like to work with the Parish Good News Group to further the aims set out by the Bishops to become a Mis-sionary Parish.

What did we hope to get out of the?

Below is a summary of some of the responses:

• To experience the hand of God on us as individuals and as a parish

• How to evangelise through my parish group

• Let our parish continue to be outward looking

• A determination to participate in at least one other activity in the parish

Renewal – more energy and enthusiasm

• How to better serve the Parish

• A better understanding of Discipleship

• I would like to start becoming a Disciple of Jesus

• That we shall experience Jesus praying among us

• To understand the evangelistic mission of the Church

• Meeting others from our Church

• More Gospel Prayer Groups

• Renewed strength in my faith

 

The 10 images of Christ

1) Christ, the one who brings fire to the earth

2) Christ, the gentle one

3) Christ, the poor one: Speaks through the disempowered

4) Christ, the One who goes after the one

5) Christ, the imaginative one with crea-tive love

6) Christ, the One conscious of the group

7) Christ, the liberating One

8) Christ, the One who prays among us

9) Christ, the One who depends on weak human nature

10) Christ, the Servant figure

 

Some thoughts and suggestions from the discussion groups and Good News Group follow up meeting

 

There is so much to absorb and reflect in Fr. Michael’s presentation and discussion booklet on the 10 images of Christ we need a week to absorb it all!

We should have some follow up discussion groups (maybe in place of the Thursday evening DVD meetings) on the 10 images of Christ.

• Should we have a framed picture of the 10 images of Christ permanently displayed in the Narthex?

• "This Open Day brought me closer to my Faith"!

Suggestions to reach out more to those who have lost touch with the church, or those with little awareness of God in their lives at Births, Marriages and Deaths.

Suggestions to reach out to young people with Parish centred opportunities for sport, music and dance, social-ising, entertainment and learning.

Suggestions to reach out to the homeless and marginalised by inviting them in for coffee in the Bethany Room

• Suggestions to reach out to the disempowered within the Church eg:

Divorced and re-Married

 Single people

 Those whose personal circumstances prevent them from receiving Holy Communion

 LBGT community.

• Suggestions for ways of getting to know members of the Parish better and building community

 Invite / Mobilise people using information from the Parish register. Send occasional email greetings

 Organise International / Cultural nights

Say "Hello" to one person you don’t know each time you go to Mass.

• Prayer is itself a form of action. Pray as if every thing depends on God. Work as if every thing depends on us.

We need more opportunities to develop religious knowledge and study the scriptures to help us become disci-ples of Jesus rather than his customers.

 

Summary of our strategic aims to become a Missionary Parish

Through the Proclaim15 initiative, the Bishops of England and Wales all Parishes were asked to set themselves the following targets:

Evolve a culture in which Evangelisation is not the job of a few – but a MINDSET for all!

Every Parish group be encouraged to ask themselves:-

"What has our activity to do with Evangelisation"

To ensure that Prayer is at the heart of all our Evangelising activities

To these we have added two further questions for our Parish

How can we grow into a Community of Communities?

What should be our Evangelisation goals for 2023 – our 100yr anniversary of the Parish?

Would you like to have your say??

If you would like to :

• Contribute thoughts, ideas or questions of your own

• Find out more about the Parish Good News Group

• Receive back copies of these Open Day reports

 

Our next step???

Some initial thoughts from the Parish Good News Group:

• Further reflection on the 10 Images of Christ

• Finds ways of enabling the participation of people who cannot be physically present at Church meetings

Review the use of recording, streaming and other on-line techniques

• Provide more opportunities for personal Faith Development

• Explore the idea of a Parish Mission

Would you like to have your say?? If you would like to : • Contribute thoughts, ideas or questions of your own • Find out more about the Parish Good News Group • Receive back copies of these Open Day reports  

Send Email to

GoodNewsGroup@Gmail.com

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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 Michael or Raquel.      

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 The old foundation stone that belonged to the old church is placed on the rockery in front of the church.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.

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.

 

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

 

Food Bank

First Sunday of the Month

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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

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 Michael.

 (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.           

 

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: