33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

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.

Sick and Retired Priests Collection – This Weekend

Today’s second collection is for the annual Sick and Retired Priests Fund of the Diocese of Westminster. The Fund ensures elderly and infirm priests are not alone in their senior years, after a lifetime of service. Your gift helps defray the costs the of their housing, medical, convalescence, and spiritual support needs. Most priests retire with modest means, and greatly appreciate your generosity.

Christmas Fair, Raffle Tickets and ‘Books, Toys and Trinkets Sunday’

Thanks so much to those who have contributed to the Tombolas today. We still need more bottles, jars and chocolates please. Next Sunday we are also looking for books, jewellery and new/nearly new toys. Please leave donations in the large bags at the church entrance. Our Christmas Fair will be on 10th Dec, 12 to 3 pm. Look out for Raffle Ticket sellers before and after Masses. For specific donations such as mulled wine and mince pies, pots of soup and bread rolls, prizes for the Raffle etc, please speak to Sandra Lipner – finchleyeastcat@rcdow.org.uk Helen Doran h.doran@virgin.net or Kristy Bradnum kristybradnum@gmail.com

Carols at our Christmas Fair

Join our popular gospel choir and sing your favourite carols at our Christmas Fair on 10th December. Rehearsals every Sunday after 10 am Mass in church. All ages welcome, children are welcome to dress up in nativity costumes. Sandra – finchleyeastcat@rcdow.org.uk .

Eggs-ellent Thank You

A big thank you for your donations of hard-boiled eggs last Sunday. We were able to take approx.. 150 eggs to the monthly drop-in for refugees where they were gladly received by a crowd of hungry people. Next egg collection: in January 2017.

Incensed Youth Group

Join us on the last Sunday of every month at 11 am in the community room (Fr. Terry’s house) for games, chat and fellowship. New joiners always welcome, ages 10-18. Next meeting on 27th November – topic: Young and Homeless in London. Sandra – finchleyeastcat@rcdow.org.uk.

Grassy Area between the church and the parish centre

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 Fr Terry or Sandra (finchleyeastcat@rcdow.org.uk). Preparation will begin next year.

Christmas Lunch

Fr Terry says: Last year some parishioners who would have been on their own joined me for a festive meal on Christmas Day. I am glad to repeat the invitation this year, but space is limited. I need to know now how much food to order. If you want to join me for dinner on Christmas Day, could you let me know?

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

Mary’s Meals will be at church this Sunday morning only to collect all your unwanted clothing/bedding (no duvets or pillows please). Please bring all your bags before the 12 noon deadline. Please ensure all clothing/bedding is put into tied black sacks – 3 full sacks will feed a child one good nutritious meal every school day for a whole year! Thank you.

Senior Citizens 15th November

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

Applications for Reception and Nursery - Our Lady of Lourdes School

Applications are invited for the Reception Class for September 2017 - for children born between 1st Sept. 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.

Bishop Douglass Sixth Form Open Evening

This takes place on Wednesday 16th November from 5.30 – 6.30 pm. The Head of Sixth Form Presentation will be at 5.30 pm followed by a Q and A session. Contact 0208 444 5211 for more information or visit www.bishopdouglass.barnet.sch.uk

National Day of Prayer and Fasting for Life

On Thursday 17th November, Vigil of the Dedication of the Basilica of SS Peter and Paul, please pray and fast for the end of abortion and euthanasia. Your prayer and fasting is urgently needed. For information on the days of Prayer and Fasting visit www.goodcounselnetwork.com . You can also join the event on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/218929575185553/

All Saints – Durham Road

Our friends at All Saints Durham Road invite us to their annual Advent Carol service on Sunday 27th November at 6.30 pm. Refreshments afterwards.

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

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).

St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School East End Road N3 – Open Days 2016

Open Days for prospective pupils due to start Reception Class are as follows: Monday 21st Nov at 2 pm, Thursday 24th Nov at 2 pm and Monday 28th Nov at 10 am. Please call the school office on 0208 346 8826 for more information.

Love in Action Launch

On Thursday 1st December, Caritas Westminster will be launching Love in Action, an engagement programme designed to introduce people to the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, and from that, enable the development of social outreach projects. This takes places at Our Lady of Victories church hall, 235A Kensington High Street, London W8 6SA. The launch will be a chance to learn more about how Love in Action works, experience a taster of the programme and hear about the difference it has made to a parish.

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 tierneyhelen@hotmail.com or 02088832851

Westminster Ministry Youth Mass – 9th December 2016

On 9th December, at St Aloysius Parish, Euston NW1 1TA, the Westminster Youth Service host their annual Youth Mass – Bishop Nicholas leading. The Mass begins at 6.30 pm and the music will be led by Edwin Fawcett and the young music scholars; the evening is a celebration of youth throughout our Diocese. Light refreshments will follow Mass – all young people and teenagers are encouraged to take this opportunity to meet their peers from across Westminster.

Celebration of The Way of The Cross – Westminster Cathedral

Saturday 19th November at 2.30 pm

Father David Reilly, Westminster Youth Ministry writes: To mark the end of Holy Year, a celebration of the Way of the Cross as a ‘Way of Mercy’ will take place on Saturday 19th November 2016 in Westminster Cathedral at 2.30 pm -the penultimate day of the Jubilee of Mercy. Presided over by Bishop Nicholas Hudson, it will include live images of the Way of the Cross, works of mercy such as Caritas Westminster and music by Edwin Fawcett and his singers.

Please pray for the sick esp. Sister Sheila, John & Carmel Bates, Annetta Pellegrinelli, Finola Hickey and Kelly-Marie O’Donnell.

Parish Collection Last week the collection came to £ 1015.31. Many thanks.

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