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16th Sunday in Ordinary Time 17.07.2022


Sun 17th July

8.30 am - Kyden Leadbeater RIP

10 am - Gino Tomei, RIP

12 noon - Ida Pereira and Jose Remedios, anniversary


Mon 18th  July -Feria     

10 am - James Meally, RIP

7pm - Year 6 OLOL – School Leaver’s Mass


Tues 19th  July -  Feria

7pm -  Holy Souls


Weds 20th  July - Feria

7pm - Ant Towey RIP


Thurs 21st  July - Feria

7pm - Siobhan Lynch, RIP

                                                                                           Fri 22nd July -  St Mary Magdalene

10 am - Bernadette and Caroline Robertson, anniv.


Sat 23rd July - 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

5 pm - Joe Ryan, 20th anniversary


10am – 11am; 4:30pm – 5pm: Confessions and Exposition.

Your Prayers:

Let us keep in our prayers: Eric Nicholas Darwent,  Therese Kemp, Frank Kilbride,  John O’Shea, Rekha, Bina, Gale Yates, Jose Luis Pérez, Alice, Michael O Boy, Lilian Murphy, Karina McKiernan, Izabela Lissowska and Florida Regina Karawgodage  – all unwell at this time.

We also pray for: Gino Tomei, James Meally, Hugh Daniel Doherty, Peter Sartori, Noel Ryan, Donato Merola, Aurora Lobo–Buckland, Elizabeth O’Sullivan, Christine Pavlou, Tom Lohan, Siobhan Lynch,  Dennis Lennane, Susan Wren, Geraldine Day, Catherine Kelly, Josephine Okuyiga, Erlinda McAviney, Betty Murray, William Comey, Jane Ikwueke, Monica O’Donnell, Ronald Kinsella and Eamonn Clifford whose anniversaries occur at this time or have died recently. May they Rest in Peace.

Let Us Dream – the Sequel”


Last year we enjoyed three different presentations inspired by Pope Francis and his book “Let Us Dream”. This year we have another three speakers seeking to help us think and pray about the church of the future:


Tuesday 19th July at 7:30pm:

Deacon Patrick Van Der Vorst will lead us in a reflection about Art & Faith. Deacon Patrick is a Westminster student and author of the very popular website “Christian Art”.


Wednesday 20th July at 7:30pm:

Dr Bridie Stringer will talk to about Women in the Church. Dr Stringer is author of ‘Baptising Babies and Clearing Gutters’ a study into the modern diaconate. She is a theologian and well-respected speaker.


Thursday 21st July at 7:30pm:

Michael Ford will give a talk on Prayer. Michael has written a number of well-known books on prayer including a critically acclaimed Biography of Henri Nouwen. 


Each talk will begin at 7:30pm, finish by 8:30pm and be preceded by Mass at 7pm.



The offertory collection for last weekend was £1083:68. The second collection for the Apostleship of the Sea amounted to £452:18. Many thanks. Please do not forget, that arranging a standing order is the easiest way to support St Mary’s.


Eucharistic Minsters & Readers:

Fr Peter writes: “First of all, thank you for your kind and diligent service to St Mary’s and your support of me. To help renew our formation I have organised an afternoon of reflection and a chance to ask questions from 2pm – 5pm on Sunday 4th September at The Passage in Victoria. We can enjoy an informal tea together. As part of our reflection, we will be able to visit the Cathedral and view the relics of St Bernadette.

A “sign-up sheet” is now at the back of the church.


The Relics of St Bernadette:

Fr Peter writes: “I would like to organise a parish trip to Westminster Cathedral to visit the relics of St Bernadette on Saturday 3rd September. As you know St Bernadette was the young Pyrenean French shepherdess who had visions of Our Lady in 1854. Her relics are on a worldwide tour and will be at the Cathedral for one weekend. We will have to use the Tube to reach Victoria. We will gather at 10am at East Finchley Tube. You may like to bring a packed lunch or buy some provisions on the way. A sign-up sheet is now at the back of the church.”


Sing a New Song!

Helen (our wonderful organist) has written three songs in honour of Blessed Carlo Acutis. They need singing (and recording on video). A first practice will be on Tuesday 26th July at 2pm in the church – followed by cake! All ages welcome. 

St Mary’s Allotment Opportunity:

Fr Peter writes “Directly behind the church is a raised strip of land which is crying out for cultivation. It would make an ideal allotment, possibly two. It has good light and water is accessible via a handy tap on the wall. A very kind parishioner is offering a grant of £300 to buy compost, fertilizer, seeds and other utensils to get the project started. It would be wonderful if at least half the vegetables grown were contributed to the foodbank. If anyone with experience, or someone who wants an outdoor challenge and interest would like to take on the project, or be involved, please see me. Stop Press – so far 6 of you have volunteered – more needed!”

Lectio Divina:

The St Mary’s “Lectio Divina” zoom has resumed on Mondays from 7:30pm – 8:30pm. Please email Fr Peter if you want to be part of the “Lectio Zoom Team”.

City of London clocks

Do you know how many clocks are around the City of London? The Aysanew Kassa Trust are raising funds for their work supporting the education of the children of Azezo, Ethiopia and are offering a fun afternoon on Saturday 17th September walking the streets of the City to find the clocks! So, a great exercise after your holidays. You will be met in Fleet Street [you can start anytime between 11.30am and 12.30]and given your pictures of clocks and off you go with your instructions. We will then meet at a hostelry between 3pm and 4pm. The winner will be awarded a prize. Each adult participating will pay a donation to the charity of £30. For more information and to book a place contact Jean Bailey 07484889062 or Pietro Servini 07706608742 website

Our Lady of Lourdes Year 6 Leavers Mass

Fr Peter writes: “On Monday evening at 7pm in the church it will be a delight to celebrate a special Mass for Year 6 pupils of our parish school, who will be staring their secondary education in September. We must keep them and their families in our prayers. We must also continue to pray for Mrs Costa (the head teacher) the staff and govoners.

It is likely to be warm this week…

Fr Peter writes: Medard is the patron saint against bad weather, which makes him the patron saint of sunshine by default. He lived in 6th century France Saint and was sheltered by an eagle during a particularly torrid storm. He is also the patron Saint of toothaches. Isn’t it great to be a Catholic – we are a touch eccentric! I am going to keep the church open on Monday & Tuesday as it remains slightly cooler, and you might like to come in, escape the heat…. and say a prayer.



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