Last weekend’s collecton for the SICK & RETIRED CLERGY of the Westminster diocese has reached £     If you still have to make a contribution please hand it into the parish office or to one of the clergy at the end of Mass.


Father Nicholas Kavanagh sends his thanks for all the prayers offered for him over the past months, and is particularly grateful to those who have been to visit him in hospital. He is looking forward to beginning some form of rehabilitation, though when and where has still to be determined. Progress is slow, but Father Kavanagh remains in good spirits.


People are already enquiring about Christmas times!  On Christmas Eve (which is a Sunday his year) the Vigil Mass will be celebrated at 6pm (there will be neither 4pm or 7pm Masses that day). The Midnight Mass is preceded by the choir singing carols from 11.30pm. On Christmas Day itself there will be usual morning pattern – 8.30, 9.30, 10.30 & Midday) – but no later Masses.


The Parish Carol Service will be on Wednesday 13th December at 7pm, and you may like to note that Handel’sMessiah is being performed in Saint James’s on Tuesday 5th December at 7.30pm. Sue Perkins will be conducting the Orion Orchestra and the North London Chorus.


The collection at the Carol Service will be given to Mary’s Meals and the crib offerings to the Westminster Children’s Society. We are supporting a number of families at present and if anyone would like to help them at Christmas with their utility bills and gifts for the children we can pass on anything you want to give.


During school term time, there is a children’s liturgy (designed for the under 7’s) in the social centre during the 4pm Mass. It aims to start around 3.45pm and new faces are always welcome.


Don’t forget we have a REPOSITORY in church. The cards and gifts you buy their pre-Christmas benefit the church. If anyone can offer a few hours in the week to keep the shop open in the run-up to Christmas, that would be a great help – offers ot the parish office.


Those in the CONFIRMATION programme have their next meeting in the social centre this Sunday (19th November) at 5pm and the ADULT INSTRUCTION group meets in the rectory at 7pm on Tuesday week (28th

November): anyone who wishes to learn more about the Catholic faith or who wants to come into full communion with the Church is welcome.


Last week’s giving £4,777 (includes envelopes but not bankers’ orders, etc.)


A Prayer for the Departed: Almighty God and Father, it is our certain faith that your Son, who died on the cross, was raised from the dead, the first fruits of all who have fallen asleep. Grant that through this mystery those who have departed this life may find their rest in Christ and come to their share in the joy of his resurrection. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.