Parish Newsletter

Our Lady Help of Christians
4 Lady Margaret Road, Kentish Town
London NW5 2XT
5th December 2021 – 2nd Sunday of Advent 

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


Mass intentions this week

(The church is open for Mass on all dates.   With the exception of Wednesdays in term time and Funeral Masses, weekday Masses will be celebrated in the Day Chapel behind the Altar.)

Saturday 4th December

10:00am Holy Souls

6:00pm For the Parish

Sunday 5th December

9:00am Holy souls

11:00am Saint Benedict Foundation

Wednesday 8th December

10:00am Funeral Mass for Shane Boyce

Thursday 9th December

10:00am Aloysius Cajetan Fernandes

Friday 10th December

10:00am Nary Kate Glynn RIP

Saturday 11th December

10:00am Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion

6:00pm Nuala McDonald Rip

Sunday 12th December

9:00am For the Parish

11:00am Frederick Harkin RIP


Funerals

Wednesday 8th December: Requiem Mass for Shane Boyce, RIP at 10:00am

Friday 10th December: Irene Manser’s Funeral will take place at Golders Green Crematorium at 01:30pm.


Please click here to read last week’s homily.


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.


Parish Lunch

On  Sunday 5th December, this weekend our parish lunch will take place in the parish centre after the 11:00am Mass.

Please approach the hall through the entrance in Falkland Road.    Turn right on leaving the church and continue round the corner along the side of the church.    The halls are at the back of the church.    Entrance down the alley.


Odyssey to the Shrine of Knock

A big thank you from Julia Forsythe to everyone who came to the evening of Readings and Song about Knock Shrine last Saturday.    The event raised £248 which will go towards our work for the young people of the parish.


Christmas Mass Times

Friday 24th December (Christmas Eve) 3:00pm.  This Mass is particularly suitable for the elderly and those who cannot come out at night.

Friday 24th December (Christmas Eve) 6:00pm.  This Mass is particularly suitable for families with children.

Saturday 25th December (Christmas Day) 10:00am.  There is no evening Mass today.

Sunday 26th December (Feast of the Holy Family) 11:00am only.


Christmas Appeal

WE NEED YOUR HELP

In the past we have helped about 50 known families in need to be able to afford a little extra for Christmas.     The demands this year have increased, but we hope to be able to distribute food vouchers again, as we did last year.    We also hope to provide a special meal on Christmas Day (probably take-away) for those who come to us for food on Sundays and others in need.

Altogether we hope to raise about £3000. So far we have raised £645 so we have a long way to go. We rely on your generosity and thank you in advance for whatever you can give us.

If possible, could you transfer your gift directly into the Parish Account

Account Name: WRCDT Kentish Town,

Sort Code: 40-05-20  Account Number:  71095080,  using reference XMAS APPEAL

Cheques should be made payable to WRCDT Kentish Town.

If you would prefer to pay cash, envelopes will be available at the back of the Church.    Please place the envelope in the basket or drop it in to the Presbytery.

Many thanks,

 Fr John on behalf of the SVP and SanKtus.


Friends of the Holy Land Carol Service

Tuesday 7th December at 6.30pm.   Entrance Free.

The Service will be followed by a reception with drinks and light refreshments in the adjoining Church Hall.

The Service will also be livestreamed on https://www.churchservices.tv/kensington1  on the day.

For more information or to make a donation to support our struggling brothers and sisters in Bethlehem and other towns and villages please visit www.friendsoftheholyland.org.uk

Many thanks,

Fr John


Our Sick and Retired Priests’ Fund

Thank you to all who donated last week.     You can continue to donate through the Parish account or the Diocesan website if you have not done so already.

Most priests offer their resignation as a parish priest at the age of 75, but many continue to serve their communities, working in our parishes, schools, hospitals and chaplaincies. We must ensure no priest is worried about meeting essential costs during their senior years and, as such, Cardinal Nichols and the Diocese of Westminster are committed to ensuring that no retired or sick priest is left without support.

By giving a gift to the Sick & Retired Priests’ Fund, you will help ensure all of our sick and retired priests are cared for at their time of need, after years of service to God and their parishioners. The fund will be used to meet essential costs, like making a flat accessible to a disabled priest. It could ensure a priest has regular visits from a carer after undergoing surgery.

Rest assured, the Diocese works closely with the NHS, local councils and social services, but there will nevertheless be gaps in funding and we need to ensure our priests have peace of mind in their senior years.

To support this fund:
You may give a cash donation through the collection at the door.  If you wish to Gift Aid it then please put your donation in the envelope on the table at the end of the church with your details

Or, donate online through the diocesan website

Or, donate online through the parish website with the reference RETIRED PRIESTS

The envelopes and posters feature a ‘QR Code’ that you can scan with a phone camera to give online. This reduces the risks to everyone of handling cash or touching the envelopes. If you are able, please consider filling out a standing order form, meaning you become a Patron and make a regular gift to support our sick and retired priests.


The Cold Weather Shelter arrangements for 2021 / 2022

Hello everyone,

The cold weather shelter for 2021 / 2022 will be hosted in a hotel supported by the 13 churches. Each church is supporting C4WS by providing additional volunteers from their own communities to cover all weekends between November 2021 to the end of March 2022. This year, Our Lady Help of Christians (Kentish Town) has committed to cover the weekends of the 17th and 18th December 2021 and the 7th and 8th of January 2022. Our primary requirement for this year is to provide volunteers for those 2 weekends, including 2 overnight volunteers for each weekend we have been allocated, 4 in total. In addition, we will be providing the food for the evening meals, and as we will be cooking them, we will need cooks to volunteer as well please. We rely purely on donations every year to help fund the shelter, and therefore would appreciate any contributions you are able to give, including food vouchers and food items for the evening meals. Thank you!

For further details please contact Suzanne Higgins at: Suzanne.higgins@dft.gov.uk

Many thanks for your continuing support,

Suzanne.


Preparation for the Synod

If you have signed up to be part of a small group, you will be hearing from our Parish organisers shortly.     If you have not but would like to contribute, you are welcome to contact Fr John and have a conversation with him.

I will send Mass intentions in the next half hour

Many thanks

Fr John


The Parish Office

The Parish Office will be open to callers from Monday to Thursday from 10am until 12 Noon.

The Parish Office will close from Wednesday 23 Dec to Thursday 30 December (inclusive).

Can you help us with counting and recording the offertory collection? We need three teams of two people each to count, preferably on Sundays after the 11:00am Mass.


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Our Halls

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

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   hamijs@aol.com  


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