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The Month of St Joseph

For the Readings Sheet for the 5th Sunday of Lent please click here.

All Saints’ Church has a Facebook page which can be accessed at:
and a Twitter address at AllSaints EF@saintsbounding

There will be a Retiring Collection today (18 March) in aid of the Diocese’s 2018 Lent Appeal – “Tackling Homelessness Together”.  Please be generous in supporting this important initiative.

Electoral Roll is now due for its usual annual revision.  If you are not on the Roll and think you should be, please see Fr Christopher or Sally Atkinson.   

This evening our
Lent Course continues at 7.30 p.m.  We are using the Pilgrim Course and are exploring various aspects of the Eucharist.  The course is for everyone – whether you are new to the Christian faith or have been a Christian for many years.  Do come and join us for this journey of exploration.  

Easter Flowers:  Please let Jenny or Cathy have donations for flowers today.  If you would like flowers given in memory of a loved one, please provide a note of the name so that a list can be drawn up for display in church at Easter.

The Ripieno Concert of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, take places place at All Saints’ this Wednesday, 21 March, and will be in aid of the Roof Fund.  The concert will be followed by a supper provided by the Social Committee.  This is our first fundraising event for the Roof Fund, so please do support it.   Please see Sue Windridge if you would like to purchase a ticket.   Concert and Supper:  £20.  Concert only:  £12.  Supper tickets need to be purchased TODAY.

Our next
Soup and Sandwich lunch will take place next Sunday, 25 March, (from 12 noon to 1.30 p.m.), at a cost of £5 (no cost if you are unwaged).  If you are able to help in any way – by making soup or helping in the kitchen, please speak to Cathy.

Next Sunday (25 March) is
Palm Sunday and, before the Parish Mass, we will gather outside (weather permitting) for the Blessing of Palms, followed by a procession into church in honour of Christ the King. The Passion according to St Matthew will be sung.

There are lists in the Hall for you to sign – one for the
Watch until midnight on Maundy Thursday and one for Foot Washing; for the latter we need, ideally, 12 volunteers.

Knitting Fundraiser: Do you have spare wool to donate or would you like anything specific knitted for you or your loved ones for next winter? Please do not hesitate to speak to Isabelle at the end of mass on Sundays for details. All items knitted will be sold on a one-to-one basis or exhibited for sale at the October East Finchley Arts Festival. All proceeds will be donated towards the cost of repairing the roof of All Saints' Church.

Geoffrey Hanson is organising a
Concert of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, to take place at All Saints’ on Wednesday 21 March and will be in aid of the Roof Fund.  The concert will be followed by a supper provided by the Social Committee.  This is our first fundraising event for the Roof Fund, so please do support it.   Please see Sue Windridge if you would like to purchase a ticket.   Concert and Supper:  £20.  Concert only:  £12.

Food Bank:  Please remember to check “best-before dates” before putting any items in the Food Bank box in the hall.  Out-of-date and part-used items cannot be accepted.

Ecclesiastical Insurance are celebrating their 130th anniversary by donating £130 to our church for every new home insurance policy taken out on or before 31 December 2018.  Do check them out – they seem to offer very competitive premiums – and it’s an easy way to raise money for All Saints’!  See the poster in the Hall (on the Social and Fundraising Board) on how to take advantage of the offer.

Scams:  One member of the congregation has been subject to a scam recently so it is timely to remind everyone that you should never give out your bank account or credit card details unless you are certain of who you are dealing with. If you have a call from your bank or a similar organisation you should call them back but from another phone, such as a mobile phone or landline, or wait at least five minutes before doing so.  Also, use a telephone number you know to be that of your bank or credit card company.

The Companions of the Shrine of Our Lady of Willesden: Is anyone interested in becoming a Companion of the Shrine of Our Lady of Willesden?  There are leaflets in the Hall giving details – the minimum annual donation is £10.   Also see the website (   


For here we have no abiding city, but we seek the city which is to come.    
Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.   
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have,
for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Hebrews 13:14-16

Give your bread to those who are hungry, and your clothes to those who lack clothing.  Of whatever you own in plenty, devote a proportion to almsgiving; and when you give alms, do it ungrudgingly.

Tobit 4:16

When someone is given a great deal, a great deal will be demanded of that person; when someone is entrusted with a great deal, of that person even more will be expected.

Luke 12:48


Of your charity,
please pray for the recently departed and for those whose names are inscribed on the Chantry List of this parish and whose year’s mind falls at this time: Ellen Louise Wright, Richard Brown (Priest), Joan Knight, Margaret Louise Baker, Robert Harris, Bessie Harvey, Jack Robert Cook, Lillian Bussey, James Roy Coombs, and John Williams.

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