Parish Newsletter

Our Lady Help of Christians
4 Lady Margaret Road, Kentish Town
London NW5 2XT
24th October 2021 – 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Please also read the other important announcements
Fr John writes  and Fr John’s reflections

Mass intentions this week

(The church is open on all dates below)

Saturday 23rd October

10:00am Private intention (DS)


Sunday 24th October

9:00am For the Parish

11:00am Gorrara and Monti Families RIP

Wednesday 27th October

10:00am Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion

Thursday 28th October

10:00am Rosamund Howe

Friday 29th October

10:00am Francois Cachia RIP

Saturday 30th October

10:00am Holy Souls


Sunday 31tst October

9:00am For the Parish

11:00am Julius Marinho RIP

Online Masses

See the Online Mass Schedule for churches in the diocese that are live streaming Mass and can be visited online at any time.

This coming Sunday is World Mission Sunday

World Mission Sunday is celebrated in every Catholic community in the world. It’s a moment of grace to express solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Christ who are living in situations of poverty, violence and o pression. Every parish, school and community is invited to join this special event, and every penny, pound and prayer you give to Missio helps missionaries everywhere continue their work.

On this day, through prayer, reflection and material help, we express our support of missionaries from all continents who are striving to bring the true love of Christ to all who have yet to receive it.

World Mission Sunday is vital to the growth of the Church and the spread of the Gospel in predominantly impoverished and remote areas overseas. The funds raised build much‐needed infrastructure, from chapels and schools to orphanages, clinics and dispensaries. Requested by the local community, the support from Missio transforms lives and creates a hub from which the young Church can flourish and grow. World Mission Sunday is one of only three Papal collections and has been especially chosen by the Holy Father to support the mission of the Church in the world via Missio.

You can donate either through the retiring collection after Mass on Sunday, by calling Missio on 0207 821 9755 during office hours, or through the website where you will also find more information.

Tuesday 2nd November is the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day).     There will be Mass in the Church at 10am that morning.

Envelopes for the November Dead List are available at the back of the church.     You are invited to return the envelope to the parish office with a list of those you wish to be prayed for and an offering for Masses that will be celebrated during the month of November and throughout the year.

The next parish lunch and the next kids group will be on Sunday 7th November (after the half term school holidays).

The St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) would like to say

a huge THANK YOU to Sr. Marie and Sr. Marian for

running their very successful sale of beautifully handmade

gifts. The amazing proceeds of more than £330 will be used

for supporting those in need during the coming months.

Many of us will recall Eddie Gilmore, CEO of the Irish Chaplaincy, coming to our Mass just before lockdown and telling us the story of his retreat and regaling us with song.    He has written a book called ‘Looking Ahead with Hope: Stories of Humanity, Wonder and Gratitude in a Time of Uncertainty’. 

It is released on October 29th and can be pre-ordered directly from the publisher, DLT
or from any bookshop (ISBN: 978-1-913657-42-0)

YOUTH CLUB NOW UNDER WAY:   years 3-6 Thursday, 5-6.30pm, years 7-9 Friday 7.30-9pm,
Years 10+ Tuesdays 7.30-9pm

 THE PARISH OFFICE WILL BE OPEN TO CALLERS MONDAY TO THURSDAY FROM 10AM UNTIL 12 NOON.    At present there are problems with the phone extension to the parish office but with luck that will be fixed on Monday.


Kids Liturgy started on Sunday 26th September at the 11am Mass.

Have you signed up to E-alerts – the simplest way to keep in contact with the Parish?

Returning to a New Parish Life

As work resumes after the summer holidays and people working from home are being encouraged to return to their place of work, so as a Catholic community we hope to move on from our ‘emergency provisions’ and move into a new stage on our journey through the pandemic.     At the same time we need to remain cautious, aware that there is still a large number of infections which in some cases can be quite virulent.  

Nevertheless, our church is open for Mass, which is at the heart of everything we do.    Over the past year and a half we have lost contact with many people.    Are you in touch with someone who is either fearful of returning to take their place in our community, or who has just lost the habit of joining us in prayer on Sunday?  If you are, please take responsibility for approaching them and encouraging them to return.    In the meantime please take a look at what follows and take note of what is already happening.

Liturgy and Church

Our Sunday congregation has been building up slowly.   We will continue to introduce small, incremental changes.    So next week we will resume some singing at the two Sunday morning Masses, but taking care not to extend by much the time we spend together in the church building.

I hope too that the ‘Kids Liturgy’ will soon begin again at the 11am Mass.

Rosary and Meditation will resume in the Day Chapel on Thursday mornings after the 10am Mass.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will resume on Friday morning after the 10am Mass for half an hour.

Joelle has emailed all those who were reading before the closure of the churches so as to establish a new rota.     If you have not read before and would like to, please have a word with Fr John

We also hope to reintroduce and extend  the Parish Lunch in the Church Hall from the 1st Sunday in October.   To do so we will need a team of organisers to run it.    Could some of those who were involved before take this on and the leader make themselves known to Fr John please.

I hope too that the ‘Kids Liturgy’ will soon begin again at the 11am Mass.

A message from our SVP conference

The aim of the St Vincent De Paul (SVP) charity is to tackle poverty both material and emotional through the provision of practical assistance to those in need. We bring this relief thanks to the involvement of our voluntary members. We address specific needs in the local community by engaging in befriending and special projects that serve the most disadvantaged regardless of their background or religion. A significant proportion of our work is made up of visiting those who are sick, lonely, in prison, or suffering from addiction.

The essence of our work is person-to-person contact and spending time with people is our greatest gift.

The SVP is currently searching for more volunteers to represent this parish.

Rocio Maguire from the SVP will be giving a short address at mass on Sunday 26th of September to appeal for volunteers to form a renewed SVP conference

Parish Activities

A new initiative for our young people.   Here is a notice from our new volunteer youth leader, Jack.

Now that we are returning back to a sense of normality, and after a year of waiting, we are finally able to launch our new youth clubs at Our Lady’s. Coordinated by our youth worker, Jack Bull, and a small team, three youth clubs will commence on the week beginning the 20th September. They will be split into different year groups and will provide a place for your young person to come and hang out, play games, eat pizza, and socialise. Most importantly, we want to give young people the opportunity to just relax.

The youth clubs start dates, times and year groups are as follows:

Fuel: Tuesday from 7:30pm-9pm, for years 10-13 (starting 21st Sept).

Ignite: Thursday from 5pm-6:30pm, for years 3-6 (starting 23rd).

Blaze: Friday 7:30pm-9pm, for years 7-9 (Starting 24th).

More details can be found on the poster at the back of the church. If you have an questions please don’t hesitate to ask Fr John or Jack at mass or give the presbytery a ring.

In Christo,


Our Halls

During the week our halls are also being used for classes in Ballet (Mon, Tues and Fri am, Martial Arts (SAS)Mon, Wed pm and Sat am), Camden Martial Arts (Thurs,pm)   Zip zap Kids (music, drama, sensory), Thursday am.      There is also an Al Anon and AA meeting  on Monday and Wednesday evenings respectively.  Further details will be given as classes begin.

The Nursery (Monday to Friday am.) takes in children from two years old.    You are welcome to visit.  Please phone  02072843952.

The Tuesday Club for Over sixties has begun again (Bingo, lunch £5).

Our Outreach

Since the pandemic began we have been distributing food at lunchtimes on Sundays (hot food) and Wednesdays (sandwiches) to those who turn up.    At present these are still takeaway services  but we hope to make these ‘sit down’ occasions, when it is safe to do so.

Our Primary School

New Foundation Governors needed for St Patrick’s Primary School

Our local parish Primary School, St Patrick’s wishes to appoint some new Foundation Governors.     The specific duty of Foundation Governors is to preserve and develop the catholic character of the school, so the office is only open to practising Catholics.    If they have children of school age, it will be expected that those children are in Catholic education.      

To be a governor one has to be able to attend one meeting of the full governing body each half term, and possibly to sit on a sub-committee too.

School governors are responsible for overseeing the work of the school, its curriculum, its finances, its premises and the progress of its pupils.    A background in any of these areas is helpful but is certainly not essential. Training would be provided. Governors also act as a ‘critical friend’ of those responsible for the running of the school and support them in plotting the strategic direction of the school.

As well as providing an invaluable service to the school, the children and the parish, being a Governor is a truly rewarding experience.

If you are interested please contact Hamish JohnstonStewart on his email  

Please also read the other important announcements
Fr John writes  and Fr John’s reflections


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