SUNDAY OF THE WORD OF GOD
Today,  the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, is also the Sunday of the Word of God.  In the Gospel, Jesus reads and preaches in the synagogue. He says, ‘This text is fulfilled today even as you listen.’ In the these days after Christmas and Epiphany we celebrate that Jesus, God’s Son, is indeed the Word-Made-Flesh who lives among us. May we let this Living Word enter our hearts and lives to continually form and transform us.  

TWO SPECIAL MASSES
This Friday 28th January 7pm: Mass of Thanksgiving with Fr Andrew followed by a reception in the parish hall. Thank you to everyone who has already given to Fr Andrew’s collection. There is another opportunity this weekend for those who would like to contribute.
Friday 11th February 7pm: Solemn Mass for the Parish Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes with Bishop Sherrington, followed by a reception.

WELCOME
A very warm welcome to Fr Jerome who joins us this week. I am sure we will all make him feel welcome and at home in this wonderful parish. Fr Jerome is a member of the Holy Ghost Fathers (Spiritans) who comes with a wealth of pastoral experience working as a missionary, especially with migrant peoples. Now he begins a new chapter here and will bring many gifts and blessings to us all through his ministry. This weekend he will say the 4pm Vigil Mass, and the 11.15 and 12.30 Sunday Masses.

FR DAVID WRITES
Many thanks once again, from the whole parish team, for all the lovely cards, gifts and messages we have received. We are most grateful for so much kindness and generosity. Fr Andrew went with his belongings to his new appointment on Friday. We send him with our thanks, love and best wishes. At the same time, we look forward to welcoming Fr Jerome later this week.

This weekend, we welcome back Fr Samuel who is visiting to help out. I know you all took him to your hearts last summer and it is lovely to have him back (but please don’t ask him if he is the new curate)!

FR DAVID WRITES
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all! Thank you also to you all who bring so much to life of the parish throughout the year. May God bless you all and may you continue to celebrate the festive season in your hearts and homes.

FAREWELL FR ANDREW
Fr Andrew’s last day in the parish will be Friday 7th January when he will move to his new parish of Ss Alban and Stephen in St Albans, Herts. We send him with our best wishes and prayers. Although we will miss him, we know he will do wonderful work in his new appointment. We also look forward to a special Mass and celebration in the near future to say thank you. Fr Jerome will arrive here in New Southgate very shortly.

FR DAVID WRITES
Merry Christmas to you all! We had beautiful celebrations here on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. A big thank you to everyone who worked so hard to prepare for and celebrate Christmas here in church—there are many people and ministries involved. Thank you also to you all who bring so much to life of the parish throughout the year. Everyone is very grateful for so much kindness and generosity. May God bless you all and may you continue to celebrate the festive season in your hearts and homes.

FR DAVID WRITES
We have entered the inner and final part of Advent which is our ‘way’ towards the Lord’s Nativity at Christmas. We look forward to seeing many celebrate Christmas here at church. Please note the times of Masses over Christmas and New Year. There are no Masses on Christmas Eve morning, and no Vigil Masses for Sunday on Christmas Day and New Years’ Day. The Christmas Vigil Mass begins at 6pm and the ’Midnight’ Mass at 11pm. In the week between Christmas and New Year there are only 10am Masses. This week, there are confessions after Mass on Wednesday (Thursday is now a funeral, so the confessions are not possible that day after all). New Year’s Day Mass is at 12 noon.

GAUDETE SUNDAY
Today is Gaudete Sunday (the Third Sunday of Advent) when we light the rose coloured candle in our Advent wreath. This is a day of light and joy in the Advent journey. We rejoice and are glad for the approaching feasts and for the coming of Christ.

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR MASS TIMES
Cards with Mass times for Christmas and New Year are available at the back of church. Please take one and refer to it—to avoid any confusion over the festive season! At the back of church there are also free parish diaries and some free newspapers.

FR DAVID WRITES—PRIMARY SCHOOL FORMS
If parents have primary school forms for me to sign, I will be available next Saturday 11th December at 5pm-6pm, just inside the parish centre. Please bring all your paperwork ready for me to sign. I will be available again on Saturday 8th January for any further paperwork to be signed, 5pm-6pm. There is no need to sign up for an appointment.

FR DAVID WRITES
Today is the First Sunday of Advent and the beginning of the Church’s new year. This year follows the readings in the liturgical cycle ‘Year C’. These Sunday Gospels are drawn mainly from the Gospel according to St Luke. In Advent, we remember especially that Christ our Saviour is coming! At this new beginning, let us pray that the Holy Spirit will guide us through the coming season towards Christmas. Many thanks to all involved in last Sunday’s wonderful Christmas Market. Thank you also to everyone who supported it with such generosity. Finally, I celebrated the 13th anniversary of my priestly ordination last Monday. Thank you to the whole parish—by your presence, prayers and friendship you bring me so much joy and satisfaction in my way of life. May God bless all of you!

Picture: By John Stephen Dwyer, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11102388

FR DAVID WRITES
Today is the solemnity of Christ, the Universal King. This is the last Sunday in Ordinary Time and the final Sunday in the Church’s calendar. Next Sunday will mark the beginning of a new liturgical cycle as we begin the First Sunday of Advent. Today (Sunday), please do visit our Christmas Market in the parish hall. With many thanks to those who have worked hard to organise this lovely event. If you would like to support Red Wednesday this week please do come to 10am Mass and exposition on Wednesday morning—wear something red!? There will also be an opportunity today for you to take Aid to the Church in Need information or to give towards their work. Have a lovely Sunday and a great week—best wishes to you all.

FR DAVID WRITES
Today is Remembrance Sunday. The Requiem Mass for the fallen will be celebrated at the 10am Sunday Mass. This will be also be the Church Parade with representatives of our uniformed groups (the entire troops will not parade due to Covid precautions). We had a lovely Remembrance Assembly in the primary school on Thursday which was also Armistice Day.  Thank you to everyone who came this week to support our CAFOD hunger lunch on Thursday, or to hear Fr Matt give his reflection at Mass on Friday. Thanks also to parishioners who joined us for the Deanery Mass last Tuesday or the Diocesan Mass last Wednesday. Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated.