every moment can become a gate for the Messiah's arrival
A presentation on the 'British Minirex'-breed in Ardingly College - 12 March
Fr Joseph joined his friend, Garry, on this special 'missionary tour'. It proved a fruitful partnership. We are planning to give similar presentation on rabbits to the local nurseries (one of them is in our church!) and Orion Primary School... It was real fun. What about setting up our Easter-garden with small bunnies?
A Visit to Tottenham Hale ST Francis Engine Room , 5 March - with our Churchwardens
We found the evening very useful. "The church and finances", was a real food for thought to develop an outreach through offering help with finances, debt-counselling, etc. Bishop Rob in action... just as Loris and Anita are in enjoying their sandwiches:)
our DCC workshop - preparation for our parish visitation
Just surveying the strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
28 February 2018 - A Fairy has touched Grahame Park and turned into a beautiful winter-wonderland.
A Christmas Carol - Carol singing before our Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve
wednesday 20 dec - our Wednesday Lunch Club mini-Christmas
wednesday 20 Dec 2017 - two school assemblies in the morning, at Orion's and at Goldbeaters
Tuesday 19 December - Carol singing on the Concourse in Grahame Park, in partnership wirh Colindale Community Trust.
Tuesday 13 Dec - Our newly fitted (by us!) carpet in the Chapel
Sunday 10 December 2017 - Snowfall in Grahame Park and a snow covered Saint Augustine's!
Saturday 9 Dec - Our Christmas Bazaar with lots of love and fun!
Thank you for preparing our Christmas Bazaar! Our voluntary work and financial support sanctify the rest of our income and our working week! (On the value of this voluntary work see the sermon on the 2nd Sunday of Advent....)
6 Wednesday 2017 - Orion's Primary School (year 4) and Goldbeaters (year 1) visited Saint Augustines to learn about the meaning of Advent for Christians and the symbolism of the Advent wreath.
22 Wednesday - Artclub, improvisation on Bela Bartok's music
Sunday 12 November - Neighborhood Association prayers at Our Lady's Shrine
At the end of the NA meeting, the ladies visited our Lady's shrine, and after our common prayer, they lit a candle for their beloved ones. We particularly remembered the departed members of our families.
9 November Artclub
28 October Festival of Fulham Parishes, Southwark Cathedral
26 October Our Art Club
8 October 2017 - A meeting of the Neighborhood Association. This was a great experience for the minister in charge to attend the meeting and lead the opening and closing prayers. Our parish would like to strengthen the links by praying for the work of the NA and its members, and offering opportunities for praying together. The NA meets monthly in our Church Hall.
29 September 2017 - One of the best moments of the week when visiting Navette and Arthur and playing with their cats:) Almost like an invisible social history of Grahame Park.
24 September 2017 - Harvest Festival
What a wonderful morning we had, here at Saint Augustine's and in our mother church, Saint Alphage! You can even (re)read tge day's sermon - a bit of a work around and you hopefully will find it on our homepage;)
Father Alex and Roisin's wedding party at Saint Alphage
04 Septemper 2017 - Our Rugrats Nursery NOW OPEN!!!! What a joy for us, here at Saint Augustine's to welcome growth and new life! Many thanks to all who contributed to this project! It was a very happy day, indeed, and the first photos are here!
September 207- Billy and Elaine's Golden Jubilee of Marriage at St Alphage
17 May 2017. Michael's birthday celebration, Wednesday lunchclub. What a lovely party. We are proud that Michael enjoys being with us, his friends at St Augustine's. He has difficulties with speaking but communicates perfectly on the level of love! Uncle Joe, our Treasurer also had a birthday recently (in front of the white-board on the fist picture). One new member joined, Joyce, welcome!
10 May 2017. Our Wednesday lunch club with interesting new brain storming games!
'A complement from the devil'. When there is growth and beauty, there is always a protest from the evil. Someone climbed our roof and smashed the window over our kitchenette. A sad day, but we see it as 'a compliment'. We pray for the person, and not out of naivety.
7 May 2017. Confirmation at Saint Augustine's with the Bishop of Fulham, The Right Reverend Jonathan Baker. For more photos, please, visit 'Gallery- Confirmation 7 May 2017'
30 April 2017. ANNUAL PARISHIONER'S MEETING, ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING, AND THE MEETING OF THE DCC at St Augustine's.
OUR PARISH LUNCH AT ST ALPHAGE, 23 APRIL 2017. The one million euro question is, guess who has stolen the show? Shep, the Vicar's faithful dog. The hall of St Alphage was redecorated last summer.
Easter Day 'Parish-portrait', 16 April 2017.
Holy Saturday, 15 April. Cleaning and preparing the Church for Easter. It was such a wonderful morning together! We really enjoyed this preparation, and the outcome! St Augustine's has never been as beautiful and well decorated as it is now.... We know that this is one of our last Easters before the church will have brought down.... It is part of our witness to Jesus' presence in the Sacraments that we would like to leave a church in the possible most beautiful state!
Tuesday, 11th April 2017, St Andrew's, Holborn - The Chrism mass, blessing of oils and renewal of commitment to diaconal and priestly ministry - Our parish pilgrimage to the See of Fulham and Westminster Cathedral. It was such a wonderful day, 14 of us from our parish attended this prayerful day. It was very good to see our bishop, Bishop Jonathan again. We are particularly proud of the fact that he mentioned St Augustine's in his homily! We were all smile to be mentioned among the 'tough places':)
This Mass, which the bishop concelebrated with his deacons and his presbyterium, and at which the oils are blessed, expresses the communion of the bishop with his deacons and priests - and people! - as they prepare to serve the whole People of God in the celebration of the Easter Triduum and in the annual Renewal of Baptismal Promises at the Easter liturgy. It will be good to see bishop Jonathan again on the 7th of may at Sat Augustine's at Confirmation!
1 April, 2017. A funeral-commemoration in our Hall. We are very proud to host traditional family events like this when the dead are commemorated with dignity and faith in the future. St Augustine's has a unique culture attached to its Eucharistic life. We pray for our hosts and friends, and share their sorrows and joys.
30 March, 2017 Easter School Assembly at Orion Primary School and Goldbeaters Primary Schools. It is so good to return after our Advent and Christmas assemblies of last year. With Fr Alex we always have great fun with the children, despite our serious themes. The kids were really engaging and fantastic! Happy Easter! At Goldbeaters, the day before, we were so immersed in our presentation and interaction with the pupils that me (Fr Joseph) forgot to take pictures. Next time!
27-27 March 2017. Installing new windows in the hall. Double glazing makes a real difference! Our hall now is very quiet and a lot warmer!
Mothering Sunday, 26 March 2017. Today, we prayed for the mothers of the victims of the terrorist attack at Westminster and the injured. We share their joy over the hoped full recovery of their beloved ones.
21 March, 2017. Colindale Steering Group Meeting. The best ever Colindale Steering Group Meeting - our regular meetings on the coming redevelopment of St Augustine's. Linda and Tony who co-ordinate the project, really enjoyed Shep, Fr Hugh's dog, as our added expert to our discussions. I told Tony that soon, in few decades time, we are going to recall these meetings at the old St Augustine's as 'legendary'. It is exciting to think about the new church and adjacent hall-complex responsibly and praying for the success of the new design. Soon, our architects will re-join us, Linda and Lukas.
23 May, 2017. Michael Polledri's visit to St Augustine's, Grahame Park, and Orion School. Michael Polledri is the developer of Hale Village (Tottenham Hale, London). It was good see our future development and challenges with the eyes of an experienced and committed developer. We are most grateful to Mr Chris Flathers, the head of Orion Primary School, and his co-heads, Mrs Annie Hindle and Mrs Rachel Shear for their hospitality. Orion school is a modern and excellent school serving the families of Grahame Park. Our guests were greatly impressed by the philosophy which Mr Flathers developed with his colleagues. Children most be given positive confirmation, lots of joy and motivation, in order to 'shine' and excel, and achieve. In an urban priority area as ours, it is a pioneering and outstanding commitment to these young lives.
Thursday, 9 March 2017. A visit to Hale Village (Tottenham Hale) to the Engine-Room. This was a very useful visit to Father Andrew and Michael Polledri, the developer of Hale Village. Saint Augustine's, Grahame Park shall be facing soon similar challenges of operating in a new development. It is worth sharing experiences, hopes, joys and lessons - and pray for one another. The visit gave us the idea to form a 'spiritual alliance' with those who work for building up a Christian community at Hale Village. Fr Andrew and Michael were great hosts. A lot to ponder how to be, humbly, and through toiling work, the 'light and the salt' of our urban world. From now on, the work of Mr Polledri and Fr Andrew - the Engine Room - is on our prayer list. The Friday Eucharists this year will be offered also for their work and intention. You can see the existing 'Engine Room' (St Francis Church), moods of Halve Village, and the construction of the permanent church and some of its facilities, which will be finished by October.
Wednesday, 4 March 2017. From our mini-art group, Ogochukwu and Hirad were so kind to make these Lenten compositions for us. Now, our main altar in the church and our chapel looks so so nice! Like a 'Lenten zen-garden'.... these mini-sculptures offer a profound meditation on the divine-sparks permeating all creation... They draw our attention to the task of spiritual renewal and rebirth through our conversion to Our Lord, Jesus Christ! Thank you little artists!
Our Panto at St Alphage: Jack and the Beanstalk. 16-18 February
A surprise party after mass - Minister in Charge arrived exactly a year ago! 29 February 2017
BISHOP JONATHAN'S VISIT TO OUR WEDNESDAY MASS AND LUNCH CLUB, when we showed him around the parish, particularly in Grahame Park. (7 December 2016)
Music Hall, A Musical at St Alphage's, Church Hall... which we enjoyed from St Augustine's! - 29 October 2016
We very much enjoyed this funny musical with Fr Alex at the keyboards (You cannot see him). We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the show. Thelma had a lucky hand, he won a big box of chocolate and a nice bottle of Italian wine, which she offered for the congregation. Knowing our community's taste for good wine (unlike our priest, Fr Joseph, who prefers dry white wine), Father Joseph will use it as a communion wine on the upcoming Sundays. The night was a great fun! Plus, we really enjoyed our sandwiches and drinks!
Trustees of the Laing Family Trusts visited us - 24 October
24 October 2016. We are very grateful to the Laing Family Trusts for their generous grant. Without their help we had not been able to finish the redecoration of St Augustine's and making the church watertight. May God bless them for this support which made adults and children (the whole of our congregation) and visitors very happy. A mini exhibition summed up where we started in February and where we are now. This mini-exhibition is also a taster of our internal and external missions. St Augustine's is a welcoming and a friendly place again! As you can see, Bishop Rob and Archdeacon John are also very happy:)
Bible Sunday - 23 October
Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Walsingham - 15 October 2016
The people of St Augustine's and St Alphage had this pilgrimage together as our parish-pilgrimage. We dedicated this prayerful journey to the successful redevelopment of St Augustine's (when it time comes). We asked for the patronage of Our Lady to help all those who are involved in the project. Besides, we had lots of fun and happy moments on this beautiful Autumn day.
On Weekdays, at 7.00 am there is a 30 minute Bible study of the 5 Books of Moses from Old Testament. We re-think the moral and spiritual message of these texts to our Christian life
7 September 2016. Our Wednesday after mass tea and lunch.
1 September 2016. Repairs on the Church roof. HP Solutions is in action - we can report it, with success. No more water coming in from above the altar...
28 August 2016. Thelma is surveying the chapel. Can you see our big Bible on the left hand side? Now this is our 'Bible corner' for our regular 7.00 am (!) Old Testament studies. There are many reasons to open the church so 'early'. To start with, it is a normal start for a working day. In this way, I could great people leaving for their work from Grahame Park. Second, reflecting on the Word of God, 'brings down God's attention', that is his grace, for the community. It is good to pray for children and parents leaving for school....
31 July 2016. Our 'Beer and Brush session' with Berry and Uncle Joseph. Augustine. We repainted the external wooden frames (doors, window). I have to say, we were quite professional. Come and judge:) In the indoor picture, we are having our of our our beer-breaks (out of two), Augustina also joined us. She was working indoors....
24-31 July 2016. A very special guest in St Augustine's Clergy House is Mr Lolek (Krulig), Anna's rabbit.
28 July 2016. Our usual Thursday Adoration and Biblical meditation. At the very corner this is Josephine...
22 May 2016. A summer celebration event at The Pulse Development. Father Alex and Graziano (the manager of the best Pizzeria in Colindale) are discussing the issues of life.... In Pulse community flat, on Wednesdays from 7-9, we have our Christian fellowship group.... As the mini-missionary wing of St Augustine's and St Alphage.
1 May 2016. One of those parish portraits.
25 April 2016. Fr Hugh is (bravely) inspecting the works on our flat roof. Since everything has been watertight! A miracle!
15 March 2016 Joint Stations of the Cross. This week, it was our turn here at St Augustine's to host our joint Stations of the Cross. It was a privilege to welcome our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters with Father Brian from St Margaret's of Clitherow, Grahame Park. This was such a good feeling to share the same spiritual and liturgical language which connects Roman Catholics and Anglo-Catolics. It was a wonderful witness to the unity of Christians which Christ intended. Here, at Grahame Park, we are also connected through a shared life in the estate. Lord Jesus, thank you for the privilege that we were chosen tonight to form a living gate of your arrival!
17 March 2016. Biblical meditation and Eucharistic Adoration with the Bible Group of St Augustine's. In the meditation, we raised the question as to whether the Eucharistic Adoration can be done in an Anglican fashion? Our answer was yes, as in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar we worship the fullness of the Divine Word. The Jesus Christ whom we worship as God is the animator of the Scriptures, in whom the fullness of the understanding of the Scriptures resides. Under the eucharistic sign of the Bread we encounter the person of Jesus Christ who interprets the Sciptures for us and with us. He is our living Gospel who wants us to engage with the words of the Gospel, his Sacraments, and the prayers of the Church. The beautiful embroidery (the gift of a Calvinist) blended so well with the beauty of the Gospel and the Eucharistic Presence. This table of the Lord's Presence is definitely one of the most beautiful spots of Grahame Park! Our Lord is with the people of the estate praying for them now; and in the future moments of changes and personal challenges when the redevelopment will be taking place. Spirit of compassion and justice, guide all of us!
Cleaning the Church on Holy Saturday. Photos can not do justice to the wonderful work people did on Holy Saturday - as clearly, few faces are missing. So, without names, a flavor of the committed and joyful preparation for the celebration of Easter.... and the result, a beautiful, welcoming Church!
CONFIRMATION AT THE PARISH OF ST ALPHAGE AND SAINT AUGUSTINE'S (10 April 2016)
For photos, please, visit this link (St Alphage's homepage) http://www.stalphage.org/#!confirmation-2016/m55od