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The Ascension of the Lord (Year A)

Bank Holiday Monday 29th May 2017 – Mass Time Change

Please note that on Monday 29th May, because of the Bank Holiday, the Mass will be at 12 noon.


Ask God’s blessing on Hannah-Louise Foskett who was baptised here yesterday (Saturday 27th May).

UPDATE: Building works in the parish grounds

The new ramp is now open! It provides smooth and easy access to the main door of the parish centre. However, until railings are installed we still need to ask children not to play on the lawn. We ask for and very much appreciate parents’ cooperation in this matter. Many thanks.


Parish Collection: Last week’s was £1350.03

Statement from Pope Francis on the Manchester bombing

A statement from the Vatican said: ;Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the injury and tragic loss of life caused by the barbaric attack in Manchester, and he expresses his heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this senseless act of violence. He commends the generous efforts of the emergency and security personnel, and offers the assurance of his prayers for the injured, and for all who have died. Mindful in a particular way of those children and young people who have lost their lives, and of their grieving families, Pope Francis invokes God’s blessings of peace, healing and strength upon the nation.’

Funeral Mass for Giovanni Casali

A Funeral Mass for the late Giovanni Casali will be held here at St Mary’s on Thursday 1st June at 11 am. May he rest in peace.

Today: INCENSED Youth Group (ages 10 - 18)

Join us today, 28th May, at 11 am in the community room (Father Terry’s house) for half-term games, fellowship and chat. New people always welcome, ages 10+. Sandra,

St Mary’s New Testament Quiz

Only one week left to take our New Testament quiz & win some exciting prizes. Take all three quizzes this term and you could win vouchers for Nando’s, Hollywood Bowl and the Vue Cinema! Find the quiz on, game code 651388 or pick up a paper copy from the back of the church. To catch up and complete the Old Testament quiz, use game code 120882.

New Eucharistic Minister and Reader Rotas

The new rotas and lists from May 28th 2017 to 15th October 2017 are on display on the doors leading into the church. Many thanks

New Date for Election Hustings Monday 5 June, 18:00-19:30 - Alyth Synagogue, Alyth Gardens, NW11 7EN

Due to the attacks in Manchester the hustings at Alyth Synagogue this past week were cancelled. Alyth Synagogue will be hosting a re-arranged election hustings for the Finchley and Golders Green Parliamentary Constituency. All members of Churches Together in Finchley are welcome. All the candidates have been invited to the hustings and the following have confirmed their attendance: Jonathan Davies (Liberal Democrat), Mike Freer (The Conservative Party), Jeremy Newmark (The Labour Party) and Adele Ward (Green Party). All participants will be welcome to submit questions for the candidates on the night. Please register at

Letter from the Bishops regarding the General Election

There is an open letter from the Bishops of England & Wales which can be taken from the back of church, to help us consider the issues involved in voting in the forthcoming General Election. It is issued in the name of the five archbishops and has the agreement of all members of the conference of bishops

Choir Rehearsal

Everyone is welcome to join our friendly group of singers at their next rehearsal on Sunday, 4th June, after 10 am Mass in the parish centre, all ages welcome. We will be singing at the Confirmation Mass with Bishop John Sherrington on 11th June at 10 am. Contact: Liz Menezes.

Young People’s Summer Outing

Come climbing with us at The Castle Climbing Centre in Finsbury Park on Monday, 31st July, 1:30 – 5 pm (tbc). Ages 9+, cost: £10 per person. Please email Sandra, to book your space.

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

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 30th May Pat Gleeson 30 Mulberry Court at 5 pm

Wednesday 31st May In Church after 10 am Mass.

Nazareth House Summer Fete – Saturday June 10th 2017

Nazareth House Summer Fete is 2 – 5 pm at 162 East End Road 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.

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

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. Details, contact Stella Devlin 0208 445 3099.

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

St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School – Teacher Vacancies

St. Theresa's Catholic Primary School in Finchley are looking to appoint Class Teachers from September 2017. Please see the school website: or contact the school office on 020 8346 8826 for further details.

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.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes – Volunteers required

The Diocesan Pilgrimage 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

Adult Faith Formation Events – A Scripture Retreat with Brian Purfield

Ausra Cane, Agency for Evangelisation writes: A Scripture Retreat will be held on 24th June 2017 from 10 – 2 pm at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London SW1P. Suggested donation: £14. Please bring a packed lunch, teas and coffees are provided from 9.30 am. Registration is required. Please register at

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 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: or

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

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