Dear friends,

It’s good to be back after my week away, and as a new term begins – which promises to be a very busy one! We are just over a week away from our Patronal Festival celebrations, in honour of Our Lady of Walsingham: do join us on Sunday, 24 September for the Parish Mass at the usual time of 10.30am – and afterwards for a parish party in the Hall, to which we invite you also to bring some buffet food to share. (The 6pm Vigil Mass on Saturday 23 will likewise be followed by something sparkling!)

On Saturday, 23 September St Edmund, Northwood Hills will be hosting their second Eco Fair, including a laptop repair-or-recycle scheme, and stalls including beekeeping and eco-floristry. Please see the poster below.

Later on Sunday, 24 September our friends at St Matthew, Willesden invite us to join them for their own Patronal festivities – with a Sung Mass at 6pm, and afterwards a party. Please see the below poster.

A poster is also included for our forthcoming Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, in the Hall on Saturday, 30 September, 10.30am-3pm. Please donate in cash on the day, or using the QR code on the poster.

On Thursday, 26 October the Harrow Jobs and Volunteering Fair will take place at Harrow College, 10am-3pm: support will be available with CVs, applications and interviews. A poster is appended, with further information.

The monthly prayer case issued by Action by Christians Against Torture (Harrow) is likewise included, and the most recent newsletter from the diocesan Angola London Mozambique Association can be read here.

This Sunday’s second reading at Mass offers a succinct but challenging summary of our Christian calling: ‘if we live, we live for the Lord.’ Despite the busyness of the coming season, let us remember the point and purpose of it all: we are called to worship the Lord in the Holy Eucharist, and to love our neighbour in His name – on these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets; from these two commandments hang all our hopes, our loves and our lives.

May the Lord continually crown you with love and compassion,

Fr Richard