Fifth Sunday of Easter (Year A)

May 14, 2017

Building works in the parish grounds: Take care

Work is near completion and is looking good. But the pathway between the church and the presbytery is still closed. Please access the parish centre via the path to the left of the church front door.  We hope it will be open by mid-week.

 

Next weekend

Fr Leo Edgar of the Dominicans will preach and celebrate at all Masses next weekend, when he will ask your support for the work of the Dominican order. Do make him welcome.

First Communion Celebration

Many congratulations to the 31 children making their First Holy Communion today. Please join our parish celebration with a special cake next Sunday, 21st May, after 10 am Mass in the parish centre.

 

Refugees in London: Thank You

Many thanks for your donations of hard-boiled eggs last week. We were able to take 160 eggs + toothbrushes + toothpaste to the local drop-in for refugees.

 

St Mary’s New Testament Quiz

Who walked on water like Jesus? What is the name of the last book of the New Testament? Take our New Testament quiz and find out & win some exciting book prizes. Take all three quizzes this term and you could win vouchers for Nando’s / Hollywood Bowl / Vue Cinema!

Follow the instructions below or pick up a paper copy of the quiz from the back of the church. Open to children and adults, deadline: 4th June 2017.

1. Open https://join.quizizz.com in your browser

2. Enter the 6-digit game code 651388  , and click "Proceed"

3. Now enter your first and last name and click "Join Game!"

4. You will see a "Start Game" button. Click it to begin!

 

Mary’s Meals Cake Sale

Our confirmation group raised £72.50 for Mary’s Meals with their cake sale last weekend. Many thanks for your support!

 

Grange Big Local – Open Spaces Survey

Grange Big Local has appointed Space and Place Design to produce an open space and environment strategy.  Please fill in a survey for what you would like or need in the area.  If you fill in a paper copy available from the porch at the back of the church please return it to the Parish Office by 31st May 2017 or fill it in online at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5CMLQZB

 

Priests Training Fund Second Collection – Thank You

Thank you for donating £662.86 to the Priest Training Fund collection last weekend.  Envelopes are still available at the back of the church for late donations.

 

New Eucharistic Minister and Reader Rotas

The present rotas for Eucharistic Ministers and Readers end on Sunday 21st May 2017 and new ones for the following weeks will be drawn up very shortly. If you know that you are unable to serve on a particular day or have changed the mass you normally attend or have moved away from the parish, please let Yvonne Merola, the Parish Secretary, know as soon as possible. The new rotas will not cover the school summer holiday period from Saturday 29th July to Sunday 27th August (five weekends), for which there will be a special sign-up rota sheet.

 

Celebration Barnet Multifaith Festival – Sunday 14th May

Today Sunday 14th May there is a festival to celebrate the diversity of faiths in Barnet at the Burnt Oak Leisure Centre 12-5pm. Admission is free but you need to register for free tickets atwww.cbfestival.co.uk    At 4pm the faith leaders will gather on stage to say together a pledge of diversity and respect. You are invited to attend and show your support. Further details at www.barnetmultifaithforum.org

 

Rosary Devotion to Our Lady for the Month of May – The Legion of Mary

The Rosary will be said in homes and in Church during the month of May.

 

Tuesday 16th May             Elizabeth Haile   10 Old Farm Road at 5.30 pm          

Wednesday 17th May        In Church after 10 am Mass.

Thursday 18th May            Eileen Sweeney   36 Lankaster Gardens at 4 pm

Friday 19th May                 Agnes Day   54 Squires Lane at 3 pm.

All are welcome.

 

Nazareth House Summer Fete – Saturday June 10th 2017

Nazareth House is having its Summer Fete from 2 – 5 pm on Saturday 10th June 2017. Entrance £1, concessions free. There will be lots of fun things to do including music, BBQ, tombola, raffle, children’s games and much more.

Address:  162 East End Road, East Finchley, N2 0RU. Tel:  020 8883 1104

 

Annual March and Rally for Life, Birmingham

On Saturday 20th May the annual pro-life march and rally takes place at Victoria Square, Birmingham. Many pro-life organisations will be joining together in a day of witness that includes inspiring speakers and a Mass at St Chad’s Cathedral. Coaches will be organised from London. See:  http://www.marchforlife.co.uk/

 

RIP Sr Sheila

Sister Sheila of the La Sagesse sisters died on the 6th May. She was part of a small community of sisters who lived in King Street at the corner with Church Lane. She was a quiet and supportive friend to many parishioners, in semi-retirement after a lifetime of teaching as a religious sister. Her body will be received into St Joseph’s Church, Romsey, Hampshire, on Monday 22nd May at 5 pm, and the funeral Mass will be Tuesday 23rd May at 2.30 pm. The church is adjacent to the Wisdom Centre, postcode SO51 8EL. As you come to the Town Square, (the roundabout with a statue) past Nero’s Coffee Shop and Nat West Bank, cross the road at Bell Street and walk past the Town Hall. Continue towards the arch-way and the United Reformed Church on your left. Walk under the arch for about 200 m and the entrance to Wisdom Centre and church is on your left.

 

Election Hustings Tuesday 23 May, 19:30-22:00 
Alyth Synagogue NW11 7EN, in conjunction with the London Jewish Forum and Jewish News, is hosting an election hustings for the Finchley and Golders Green Parliamentary Constituency. They welcome members of Churches Together in Finchley. All the candidates have been invited to the hustings and the following have confirmed their attendance: Jonathan Davies (Liberal Democrat), Mike Freer (Conservative), Jeremy Newmark (Labour) and Adele Ward (Green). We are welcome to submit questions for the candidates. Please register at www.thejlc.org/fgghustings1

 

Coach Outing to St Albans

Churches Together in Finchley will not be organising a pilgrimage this year. However Christ Church Finchley is having a coach outing St Albans on 16th June and would welcome people from other churches to help them fill the coach.  The cost is £8 with an additional £6 if people want a conducted tour of the Abbey.  The coach will be leaving at 10 am from Christ Church.
For more details and booking contact Steve Adams on 07786076087.

 

Adult Faith Formation Events – Christian Mindfulness II – Putting it into Practice

Ausra Cane, Agency for Evangelisation writes: Fr Michael Heap M.Afr. will explore mindfulness in practise with time for personal reflection at the Niland Conference Centre, Rosary Priory, 93 Elstree Road, Bushey, Herts WD23 4EE on Wednesday 24th May from 10 am to 3 pm.  Suggested donation: £14.  Please bring a packed lunch; teas and coffees are provided (available from 9.30 am)  Registration is required.  Please register at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk or call to our automated service at 0207 931 6078 and leave your contact details.

 

Christian Meditation Group

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

 

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes – Volunteers required

The Diocesan Piligrimage is once again looking to recruit volunteers to help on this summer’s pilgrimage.  If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated as a St Frai Helper.  The role is to support the nurses and provide the sort of care for which you don’t need a medical qualification.  You must be fit, able and keen to help.  The dates of the pilgrimage are departure on Sunday 23rd July and return on Saturday 29th July.  If you are interested in helping and would like further information on what is required, please e mail chief helpers Nick Leonard and team at westminsterstfrai@gmail.com.

 

 

Volunteering – make a difference with CAFOD

Tony Sheen, CAFOD Westminster Volunteer Centre writes: Could you help CAFOD and inspire others to act for social justice, and use your skills to help our sisters and brothers working to overcome poverty around the globe?  Are you a people person who would relish involving and encouraging others in your local area?  Or maybe you are a good communicator who would enjoy speaking in churches or in schools?  To find out more, please get in touch with us on westminster@cafod.org.uk or 020 8449 6970 or book a place on the Understanding CAFOD information session on Saturday 20th May near Waterloo.

 

Brightlights Young Adult Festival Weekend at Alton Castle

The Brightlights Organising Committee writes: Brightlights is an annual event for Catholic young adults (ages 16-30) taking place 23rd – 26th June in the beautiful grounds of Alton Castle in Staffordshire.  There will be speakers, workshops, drama, prayer, Reconciliation, Mass and live music from artists including One Hope Project and Guvna B.  It is a place where young adults can discover more about themselves, others and God in a safe and relaxed environment and share faith and experiences with others of the same age-group and outlook.  To find out more information or book tickets and a coach space visit brightlights.org.uk or call 0300 075 0115.

 

Marriage Care volunteers needed

Marriage Care is a Catholic organisation providing marriage preparation and relationship counselling services through 50 centres across England and Wales.

Our centre for Barnet and Enfield is in need of Marriage Preparation Course Facilitators to present and facilitate marriage preparation courses to small groups of engaged couples (training is provided) and an  Administrator to help with the smooth running of the centres services. We are also in need of qualified Relationship Counsellors to deliver relationship counselling. For more information or to apply, please visit: www.marriagecare.org.uk or emailvolunteer@marriagecare.org.uk

 

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. to find out more, visit www.dowym.com/spec

 

Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, West Grimstead

The Consolata Fathers are holding a Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, West Grimstead on Saturday 17th June 2017.  It is an opportunity to visit the 17th Century secret Chapel – a time when priests celebrated Holy Mass under fear of death.  The cost is £25 per person and includes coach, lunch, teas, coffees and soft drinks.  To book: please make cheques payable to Consolata Fathers dated 1st May 2017 and post with details to The Superior, Consolata Fathers, 3 Salisbury Avenue, London N3 3AJ.  Please book early – cheques not banked until 1st May.  For further details, contact Stella Devlin on 0208 445 3099.

 

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

 

Parish Collection: Last week’s was £ 1096.74. Many thanks.

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