It was a huge joy for me this summer to be ordained priest, and to preside the next day for the first time at the Eucharist here. In introducing the ordination service, the Bishop of Fulham described it as ‘being lowered into the priesthood’ and he had a point. We are all called as Christians to be servants of the Gospel, and priests have a particular role in that calling. People often speak of ministry as ‘a privilege’ and that is certainly how I feel. As the Eucharistic Prayer says, addressing itself to God: we thank you for counting us worthy to stand in your presence and serve you. And in the same way I thank all of you – and this parish – for your support and encouragement so far. It is wonderful to be with you here at St Anne’s and I appreciate it greatly.
The coming months are bursting with activity. In September we have ‘Back to Church Sunday’ to bring as many people back as possible, then October with a focus on giving – particularly the Harvest festivities, Auction of Promises and stewardship. November as the month of the ‘Holy Souls’ is a moment to pray for our dear departed and reflect on our own mortality, as well as the Winter Fair. And finally December, with Advent and preparations for Christmas.
Please do join us as much as you can and help to keep the church so alive in this corner of Highgate.
10.15am – Palm Procession, from the corner of Swain’s Lane and Brookfield Park
10.30am – Parish Eucharist
Hosanna to the Son of David (Hutchings)
9pm – Compline by Candlelight
7.30 pm – Mass of the Last Super, with foot-washing.
Followed by Vigil Watch until Midnight, with meditations.
Mass for Four voices (Byrd), Ave verum corpus (Byrd), Drop, slow tears (Gibbons)
1.30pm – Liturgy of Good Friday, with Veneration of the Cross
The Reproaches Crux fidelis
7.30pm – Good Friday Recital.
Sophia Brumfitt Maisey, Ruth Shwa, Carola Darwin, Matthew Power.
FREE with retiring collection
9pm – The Easter Liturgy, with the Easter Fire, Exultet, first Mass of Easter and renewal of baptismal vows.
‘Little Organ Mass’ (Haydn) ‘Alleluia’ from Exsultate Jubilate (WA. Mozart)
10.30am – Mass of the Resurrection, with Easter Bunny Hunt.
Missa sine nomine (Viadana), This joyful Eastertide (Wood), Hilariter (trade. English)
All welcome to all services
Morning Prayer and breakfast
11.30am – Eucharist
Come and join our lunches every
Tuesday and Wednesday – £2
12 noon – 1.30pm
Meet new people – make new friends!!
This annual fundraiser takes places after Mass on Sunday 15th October. Have a think about what you can offer as a promise, and bring friends along to bid for the varied lots. Ploughman’s lunch afterwards will also be available free of charge.
Sunday 15th October, 12pm
The Feast of All Souls is the occasion each year when we remember and pray for those who have died, especially for those whom we have loved and who have died. Their names are read out during a beautiful candlelit service with the music of Gabriel Faure. The All Souls List, for you to add any names, will be available in church from the middle of October. Do join us for this very special and moving commemoration.
Thursday 2 November, 7.30pm
At the beginning of November, we are holding a session to help planning for funerals – be it your own or someone else’s. This is a sensitive but very important part of church life and we hope will be of interest.
Saturday 4 November, 10am-1pm
Home-made cakes, books, bric-a-brac, clothing, gifts, raffle, teas and bacon sandwiches, children’s stall and much more.
Entrance 50p on the door.
Saturday 18th November, 11am – 1pm
|Sunday 3||Trinity 12|
|Friday 8||Birth of the BVM, 7.30pm|
|Sunday 10||Trinity 13|
|Sunday 17||Holy Cross|
|Tuesday 19||Scripture Speak, 7.30pm|
|Sunday 24||‘Back to Church’ Sunday|
|Sunday 8||Trinity 17|
Harvest Lunch; Auction of Promises, 12pm
Farewell to Fr Guy Pope: Evensong and Benediction at St Mary’s. 6pm
|Tuesday 17||Scripture Speak, 7.30pm|
|Sunday 22||St Luke|
|Sunday 29||All Saints|
|Thursday 2||All Souls’ Day Requiem, 7.30pm|
|Saturday 4||‘Dying Matters’ workshop|
|Sunday 5||Four before Advent|
|Sunday 12||Remembrance Sunday|
|Saturday 18||Winter Fair, 11am-1pm|
|Sunday 19||Two before Advent|
|Tuesday 21||Scripture Speak, 7.30pm|
|Sunday 26||Christ the King|
|Sunday 2||Gospel study session|
|Sunday 3||Advent 1;
Advent Carol Service, 6pm
|Sunday 10||Advent 2|
|Wednesday 13||Scripture Speak|
|Sunday 17||Advent 3|
|Sunday 24||Advent 4;
Children’s Nativity and Carols, 5pm;
Midnight Mass, 11.30pm
|Monday 25||CHRISTMAS DAY
Festive Eucharist, 10.30am
|Sunday 31||Christmas 1|
|Monday 1 Jan||Mary, Mother of God|