15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) 11th July 2021
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS
Sun 11th July - 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
8.30 am - Holy Souls
10 am - Yvonne Ikwueke, special intns & thanksgiving
11.30 am - Roque Luis, anniversary
Mon 12th July - Feria
7 pm - People of the Parish
Tues 13th July - Feria
10 am - Chike & Chineze Emeagi, special intns & thanksgiving
Weds 14th July
Thurs 15th July - St Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor
7 pm - Dr K & Mrs J Ikwueke, special intns & thanksgiving
Fri 16th July - Our Lady of Mount Carmel
10 am - Derek & Annabel Ikwueke, special intns & thanksgiving
Sat 17th July - 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
5 pm - Martin Brennan, RIP
Please pray for the sick and those who care for them, today especially for the frail elderly and for those who work as carers.
“Let Us Dream”
Calamities such as the pandemic, says Pope Francis, can be a “threshold” experience, dividing one era from another. “This is a moment to dream big,” he writes, “to rethink our priorities – what we value, what we want, what we seek – and commit to act in our daily life on what we have dreamed of.”
As we emerge from so much sadness, let us use these talks to inform, encourage and strengthen us for the future.
DAY 1: AUSTEN IVEREIGH
Catholic Broadcaster, Author and Journalist.
Tuesday 20th July 2021, at 7.30pm
Austen will talk about his latest worldwide bestseller “Let Us Dream” which he co-authored with His Holiness Pope Francis.
DAY 2: JOHN COLEBY
Director of Caritas Westminster
Wednesday 21st July 2021, at 7.30pm
John will talk about Caritas and discuss some practical suggestion as how we as a parish can respond to poverty and social justice.
DAY 3: PATRICK VAN DER VORST
Former director and auctioneer at Sotheby’s, “Dragon’s Den” entrepreneur, author of daily Catholic blog: www.christian.art
Thursday 22nd July 2021, at 7.30pm
Using paintings and sculptors, Patrick will talk on the importance of beauty in our faith and how art can help with the new evangelisation.
Each evening will consist of a 25 minute talk in the church, followed by Q&A.
Let us keep in our prayers: Rekha, Bina, Gale Yates, Jose Luis Pérez, Alice, Michael O Boy, Lilian Murphy, Arthur Palmer, Karina McKiernan, Father Robert Plourde and Danusia Lissowski – all unwell at this time.
We also pray for Baby Boley, Susie Owens, Camilla Canepa, Fr Edward Ndahinda, John Skehan, Thomas O’Connor, Antony Fernando, Margarita de Vega, Frances Barry, Martin Brennan, Pat O’Shea, Victoria Adedoyin, Maurilio Vargas Panduro, Geny Vargas Panduro and Helen Vargas Panduro who have all died recently. May they Rest in Peace. We remember their families and all those bereaved. We continue to pray for those around the world battling the coronavirus.
Let us welcome Aaliyah, who was baptised this weekend, into our Catholic community of St Mary’s
Fr Peter writes: “The offertory collection in church for week ending 4TH July was- £875.26 All contributions are greatly received, and I am very grateful for your continued support at this difficult time. Please do not forget, that arranging a standing order is the easiest way to support St Mary’s. Details are on the back of the newsletter.
Relaxation of Lockdown Measures:
Fr Peter writes: “Later this week the Bishops Conference will issue parishes with guidance regarding relaxation of lockdown measures from 19th July. To pre-empt their advice they have informed parish priests that we should ease measures with sensitivity and care.
At St Mary’s we are blessed with the ability to open windows and doors, which might be mildly irritating at times, but is one of the best defences against the virus. Another is to get vaccinated and I hope you have been able to take advantage of medical or walk in centres to receive “the jab”.
You will have noticed that I have changed the practice of giving Holy Communion so you now receive in your pews. This means we can all enjoy the end of Mass together; however for the present time we must continue to leave church through the side doors and be mindful of social distancing.
Mass times changes from 19th July:
Fr Peter writes: “Most Mass times will remain as they are except: Monday’s 7pm Mass will revert to 10am, and Sunday’s 11:30am will change to 12noon. I will put out a full list in next weeks’ newsletter. I am so very grateful for your patience and understanding over the past 16 months. For now, we remain under the assumption that every day is a Sunday; this will probably change to a Sunday obligation very soon.”
Streamed Masses for this week:
The 5pm Mass on Saturday and the 10 am Mass on Sunday, will be streamed for those unable to come to Church. You can access the streaming service via www.saintmarys.online
Fr Peter writes: “I now have a fair idea who our housebound parishioners are. If I have not made a visit and you would like to receive Holy Communion please give me a call at the presbytery number – 0208 883-4234. As recommended by Public Health England, I take a Covid lateral free test every three days, and will only visit homes if I am wearing a mask.”
The 11th Annual GK Chesterton Walking Pilgrimage
…..will take place on Saturday 24th July 2021. You can sponsor Stuart (a Good Counsel worker) as he raises funds for Good Counsel on this 27 mile walk here; www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gkcwalk21 You can email prayer intentions to be prayed for along the way, to; firstname.lastname@example.org You can join us for Mass or part of the walk on the day or even just join us by saying the GK Chesterton Prayer on the day wherever you are. Find details and the prayer in a number of languages here; www.catholicgkchestertonsociety.co.uk
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament:
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will now be every Saturday from 4:30pm to 5pm.
Fr Peter writes: “Confessions return to Saturday at 4:30pm (before Mass) and 5:30pm (after Mass). Please do not hesitate to take advantage of this beautiful healing sacrament”
Finchley Food Bank – Seeking Volunteers!
Finchley Foodbank is looking for volunteers to help serve out clients on Saturdays between 11:15 and 2pm in all weathers. To start the process to join our open minded, kind hearted and joyful team email us at email@example.com please mention your connection with St Mary's when enquiring.
I should have said…
Fr Peter writes: “Just over a week ago was my 30th ordination anniversary. I should have said something and my family reminded me that if I didn’t want to draw attention to myself I am not above asking for prayers. They are quite correct – without your prayers I would be quite cranky, grumpy and irritable. I do intend to celebrate my 30 years and introduce you to my family, when we have more certainty of being able to plan events without too much disruption. In the mean-time please keep me in your prayers so I can do another 30 years.”