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Newsletter First Sunday of Lent (Year A)


A yearly season of spiritual renewal

  • Monday soup and scripture

Each Monday from 6th March to 3rd April inclusive, a soup lunch will be provided by Fr Terry in the presbytery and we will discuss the following Sunday readings.

Thursday Group

  • Sandra Lipner says: Join us every Thursday in Lent for a child-friendly Mass at 10 am and a short Lenten reflection in the community room afterwards. Toys and tea provided. All welcome, especially parents/carers with babies and toddlers. Contact: Sandra.

  • Friday stations of the cross, after the 10 am Mass

There is also a Lenten Quiz (see parish website) and a Film Evening (see below).

CAFOD LENT FAST DAY – Friday 10th March 2017

Please take an envelope this weekend and return your offering when coming to Mass on the weekend of 11th and 12th March. A small pond of tiny fish costing £24 to make and stock has transformed the life of Florence and her family in Zambia, so that they now have economic security, enough to eat and children can go to school. Florence is also able to share her new found skills with the rest of her community. Please help others like Florence and support CAFOD, the official aid agency of the Catholic Church, and its work for the poor and underprivileged throughout the world.

Confirmation Meetings

Could confirmation candidates and their parents please make sure that the following are in their diaries:

- Tuesday 14th March meeting for parents and candidates, 8 pm

- Thursday 16th March, first session with candidates, 8 pm

- Saturday 25th March, retreat day, 10 am-4pm

All the above take place in the parish centre.

Next INCENSED Youth Group (ages 10 - 18)

Join us on 19th March at 11 am in the community room (Father Terry’s house). Our topic this month: Jewish Passover Traditions. Play some Passover games, watch video clips and find out how Passover is linked to the story of Jesus’ Passion. New people always welcome, ages 10+. Sandra,

Easter Egg Hunt & Skateboarding Workshop (ages 6 – 18)

Come along to our Easter Monday skateboarding workshop and Easter egg hunt taking place around our church and car park. Back by popular demand, the amazing Skates and Ladders team will teach skateboarding skills to everyone from complete beginners to experienced skaters. All equipment provided. Cost: £5 per person, siblings £2.50. Donations of chocolate eggs welcome. Sign up by emailing Sandra,

Bishop to visit

Every few years one of the bishops pays a formal visit to each parish. We look forward to welcoming Bishop John Sherrington next weekend, 11-12 March. He will preach at all Masses.

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.

SVP – Sudan Appeal – Thank you

The SVP thank everyone who has supported the Sudan appeal. The latest donation will feed 250 children for a week. £1 feeds a child in Sudan for a week.

SVP – Donations for items for a new born baby

The SVP has received a request for items suitable for new born baby, expected in April. Unisex clothes for 0-12 months and equipment like changing mate, steriliser and baby chair. There is a list in the porch. Could you put your name, contact number and item you can donate.

SPEC gap year opportunities

Over 18 and planning a gap year? Join us for a year at the Westminster Youth Ministry retreat centre as a volunteer missionary, supporting schools and parishes of our diocese. Develop skills to help you with your future career, and grow in your Catholic faith. Wonderful accommodation in glorious surroundings, all meals and a monthly allowance. To see how our past volunteer missionaries have used this experience to build their future, and to find out more, visit

Cardinal’s Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Matrimony

Westminster Cathedral, Saturday 3rd June at 3pm. The Cardinal will be inviting to this Mass all couples in the Diocese who are celebrating their 10th, 25th,30th, 40th, 50th and 60th (and every year over 60) wedding anniversary of Catholic marriage in 2017. If you are celebrating an anniversary, please hand in to the parish office by 20th March these details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email).

Visit to Ismaili Mosque

Fr Terry thanks those who have handed in their names. Meet there Tuesday 7th at 3.30 pm. The list is now closed.

Cardinal’s Appeal

This year the Cardinal has asked that the Lenten Alms collection be directed to the Cardinal’s Appeal fund. The funds raised will go to support parishes or groups in their work to further the mission of the Church: to serve the evangelisation of youth, to develop marriage and family life projects, and to provide service in society, especially to those on the margins. Please take a leaflet to learn more about this. The second collection on the weekend of 18th/19th March will be for the Cardinal’s Appeal Lenten alms. Envelopes are available. Please be as generous as you can.

Coach Pilgrimage to Lisieux

Deacon Anthony Clark says that there are still places on the coach pilgrimage to Lisieux from St Edward the Confessor, Golders Green. £395 single room per person, £375 twin room per person. Monday to Friday 24th-28th April. More details:

Christian Meditation Group

There is a Christian Meditation Group which has already started – in Nazareth House, 162 East End Road, every Tuesday morning at 10.30 am – after the 10 am Mass.

Pilgrimage to Fatima 14th-20th September 2017

There is a special pilgrimage to Fatima being organised for the centenary year of the apparitions. The pilgrimage will include Santiago de Compostella and will be led by Fr Luis Tomas of the Consolata Mission House here in Finchley. Four nights in Fatima, two nights in Santiago de Compostella. Cost: £679. Further details: Tony O’Byrne 0208 361 1300.

Looking for Residential Care?

Nazareth House in East Finchley has just completed a full refurbishment programme and have vacancies. If you wish to go and see, please contact Christine Small – General Manager on 0208 883 1104 or Sister Celine-Marie, Sister Superior on 07778 512144.

Pray for the sick esp. Sister Sheila, John & Carmel Bates, Cathy Walker, Finola Hickey, Kelly-Marie O’Donnell, Pat Gleeson, Annette O’Gorman.

Parish Collection Last week’s collection came to £ 1003.73 Many thanks.

Baptisms Ask God’s blessing on Emmanuel Osie, baptized on Saturday 4th March, and Cillian Patrick O’Flynn who will be baptized today Sunday 5th March during the 12 noon Mass.


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