St Mary’s Catholic Church, East Finchley
Welcome to our parish website!
Saint Mary's is a Roman Catholic parish in East Finchley, North London.
Parish Priest: Fr Peter-Michael Scott
COMING TO MASS
Everything in life is different. The way we do things has (for the time being) changed. This includes the practice of our faith and the procedures around coming to church. The obligation to attend Mass on a Sunday is currently suspended, you are not obliged to attend Mass on a Sunday and so right now every weekday Mass serves as a Sunday!
Social distancing guidelines mean that St Mary’s can accommodate 60 parishioners at each Mass. There are a selection of Mass times during the week to help spread out our normal Sunday congregation. Remember – any Mass will serve as a Sunday. Please consider coming along on another day instead of Sunday.
Attending Mass at St Mary's:
You do not need to book your attendance for Mass at St. Mary's.
Face coverings should be worn by those over 11 years old at all Masses and should cover nose and mouth.
On arrival, you must give the steward your name and telephone number written on a piece of paper. You will need to provide this at every Mass you attend, it is most important that we can track and trace everyone who comes to Mass should the need arise.
It is first come first served. If you arrive just before Mass begins, St. Mary's may be at maximum capacity (60) and you would then have to attend another service in the week.
Entry to the church is at the front door, exit will be by the two side doors. Please observe the one-way system and the advice of the stewards.
Please remember to alcohol gel your hands when you enter and leave the church.
Offertory money can now be deposited in the basket as you enter the church.
You must leave two seats empty between you or your household and the next household.
PLEASE: Do NOT come to Mass if you are feeling unwell.
PLEASE: Do NOT come to Mass if you are in the vulnerable category and shielding at home.
Masses will be celebrated at the following times (but subject to change in the coming weeks):
Wednesday NO MASS
Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time! We hope to see you very soon.
Donations to our parish:
Aside from closing St Mary’s, “lockdown” has had a marked effect on our parish offertory collection and therefore our finances. We are not alone, families, businesses and all manner of different institutions are in the same position. The increase in those using our parish foodbank indicates clearly how the very vulnerable are also suffering. I do not want to put any extra burden on your shoulders, but if you were able to continue to financially support the parish I would be very grateful. Your offertory collection contributes to the running of the presbytery, church, parish centre and non-clergy salaries.
Some of you have dropped money through the presbytery letterbox, continued with your standing order or transferred money into the St Mary’s account. If you would like more information on ways to support the parish financially, please email the office contact us
One option is to use our new “Just Giving Money Page”, the link is:
Obviously it is open for parishioners – but if you feel someone else might like to support the work of St Mary’s – please forward them the link.