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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)


By ancient custom each year we offer Masses for the holy souls, and we bring up a book of remembrance at each Mass. Sheets for those to be remembered are now available. Please let us have the names by 2nd November.


Please note that you must not let your children play on the steps or the strip of lawn immediately behind the church. If they play on the lawn above the steps please make sure that there is at least one parent present at all times.

Confirmation Enrolment

We are now enrolling young people aged 13+ (Year 8+) for preparation for Confirmation in 2017. Forms are available from Father Terry or Sandra ( Preparation will begin next year – details to follow shortly.

October – Month of the Holy Rosary

The Rosary will be said in homes and in church this month. All are welcome.

Tuesday 25th Oct Maureen O’Brien 39 Castle Road at 4 pm.

Wednesday 26th Oct In Church after 10 am Mass.

Thursday 27th Oct Philomena Telles 73 Leopold Road at 4 pm.

Friday 28th Oct Agnes Day 54 Squires Lane at 3 pm.

SVP Quiz Night

The SVP Quiz Night will be on Saturday 3rd December at 7.30 in the Parish Centre. A fish and chip supper or vegetarian meal will be provided. Entrance £10, a £5 deposit will be required. Members of the SVP will be outside the church after Masses from mid-November to collect names/deposits. Many thanks.

Volunteers for Christmas Fair 2016

Our Christmas Fair is a great communal highlight and fundraiser for our parish. Please get involved and volunteer to take on one of the many jobs (big and small) this year. See Helen Doran and Kristy Bradnum after 10 am Mass on 6th November in the parish centre or e mail Sandra,

CRISIS at Christmas Carol-Singing – 23rd December 2016

Helen Tierney writes: Every year I organise the carol-singing at the opening of the CRISIS at CHRISTMAS day centre based at Westminster Kingsway College ( near Kings Cross).It has been great to have singers from St Mary's joining the group in the last few years. This year the session is from 6-7pm on Friday December 23rd. It is completely informal so no rehearsals and open to all adult singers, (You have to be over 18) however experienced or inexperienced. We sing traditional carols and Christmas songs as the clients arrive to use the centre's services. If you are interested in taking part then get in touch- email is or 02088832851

Mary’s Meals – Sunday 13th November here at St Mary’s

Mary’s Meals is a charity that sets up school feeding programmes in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education. Mary’s Meals wants your unwanted clothing and bedding (no duvets or pillows please) and will be at our church until 12 noon on Sunday 13th November to collect them all. Put your clothing/bedding into tied sacks and bring them to Mass where the charity Mary’s Meals will be here to pick them up. Amazingly, 3 full black sacks of good quality clothing will feed a child one good nutritious meal every school day for a whole year!

Senior Citizens 15th November

All senior citizens and their friends are invited to tea, chat and a tour of the world with Dermott Donnelly illustrated with pictures of his travels. Tuesday 15th November at 3 pm.

First Aiders

It would be useful if we could compile a list of those who are trained in first aid or CPR trained. Do let the parish secretary know via .

Refugees in London – Eggs Please

As part of the diocesan initiative Proclaim ’15, our parish supports the local drop-in for destitute asylum seekers organised by New North London Synagogue. If you would like to volunteer at the next session, please see for details. For a small but significant way to support the project, please bring 6/12/or more hardboiled eggs to church on Sunday 6th November (no other day) and leave them in the basket in the foyer of our church. Contact: Sandra, .

Applications for Reception and Nursery - Our Lady of Lourdes Bow Lane School

Applications are invited for the Reception Class for September 2017 – this is for children born between 1stSeptember 2012 and 31st August 2013. Please also be advised that you must also complete a CAF (Common Application Form) from Barnet - the on-line system is already open. Deadline is 15th January 2017. Applications are invited for the Nursery for the Academic Year starting September 2017 – this is for children born between 1st April 2014 and 31st March 2015. Deadline is 27th January.

Cancellation 12th Nov

Fr Terry regrets to announce the cancellation of the away day for readers and ministers of communion on 12th November. We will now look for a date in January.

Next INCENSED Youth Group (ages 12-18)

Have you heard of St Josephine Bakhita? Come to our next youth group meeting in celebration of Black History Month and find out more about her and other Black saints. Come along and join us for an hour of chat, games and fellowship on Sunday 30th October at 11 am in the community room (Fr. Terry’s house), new people always welcome. Contact Sandra at

Annual Cemetery Mass – Friday 11th November 2016

Please note that the Annual Cemetery Mass will take place at the Islington Burial Chapel at St Pancras Cemetery at 2.30 pm on Friday 11th November 2016.

Our Lady of Lourdes Bow Lane N12 Open Day 23rd November 2016

Our Lady of Lourdes, Bow Lane, N12 will have its Open Day for prospective parents to view the school and nursery on Wednesday 23rd November at 9am, 1.30pm or 7pm (no need to book).

Designer Sought

The parish council would like to create a welcome folder for new parish members. We are impressed by the folder for All Saints Durham Rd. Is there a print designer among us who could create one for us? Replies via

Emergency Stewards

We need volunteers for this role from among the ranks of regular Mass attenders. You will be asked to attend a one-hour training session about evacuation procedures and what to do generally in the event of an emergency such as a fire.

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