Ministers of Communion
All ministers of communion should be prepared to renew their commissioning today. Apologies for this short notice.
We have a pastoral letter today from Cardinal Nichols about the eucharist. Copies are available on the table by the door.
Ask God’s blessing on Oliver Michael Muthukumar who was baptised here yesterday (Saturday 17th June).
Funeral Mass for Lorenzo Pini
A Funeral Mass for the late Lorenzo Pini will be held here at St Mary’s on Monday 19th June at 11.30 am. May he rest in peace.
Ramp and lawn
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.
Day for Life – Second Collection This Weekend 17th/18th June 2017
This weekend (17th/18th June) at all Masses there will be a second collection for Day for Life. There are Day for Life cards to take away available at the back of the church. As we approach 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act, we mourn the large annual number of abortions, and pray for the care and support of mothers and their children in the womb. We are encouraged to offer support to those struggling with news of their pregnancy. The second collection this Sunday will enable the Catholic Church to fund the Anscombe Bioethics Centre, and projects that seek to care for life at every stage and in every condition.
Calling all SMOGs: Father John’s Retirement Mass
We wish Fr John Ball, MHM every blessing as he retires from many, many years of service at St Michael’s at the end of this term. All who know him are invited to join his retirement Mass on 29th June at 2.30 pm in the school hall.
Everyone is welcome to join our friendly group of singers at their rehearsal next Sunday 25th June, after 10 am Mass in the parish centre, all ages welcome. We will be singing at the Inclusive Mass at 10 am on 2nd July. Contact: Liz Menezes.
Special Collection Next Sunday 24th/25th June 2016 – St Peter’s Pence
There will be a second collection at all the Masses next weekend for St Peter’s Pence.
St Mary’s Sacraments Quiz
Find the Sacraments quiz on https://join.quizziz.com game code 492423 or pick up a paper copy from the back of the church. Take this last of our three quizzes by 25th June and you could win vouchers for Nando’s, Hollywood Bowl and the Vue Cinema!
Last Chance Saloon: Old and New Testament Quizzes
Final chance to take part in our big prize draw on 2nd July: use game code 190344 for the Old Testament Quiz and game code 508345 for the New Testament Quiz, https://join.quizziz.com. The quizzes close on 25th June.
Altar Servers Mass on 25th June
We look forward to a special Mass giving thanks to our wonderful team of altar servers on Sunday 25th June, at 10 am. Could all servers attending please robe up before Mass and sit together in the front row.
Calling All Catholic Teachers
The Education Service wish to reach out to Catholic teachers not currently working in Catholic education. It is hosting an evening to engage and welcome these Catholic teachers and leaders on Thursday the 22nd June from 6.30pm to 8pm at Vaughan House, SW1P 1QN. The evening will provide information about how best to prepare for a role in a Catholic school, and an opportunity to meet current Catholic school leaders. For further details, please contact email@example.com
Next INCENSED Youth Group (ages 10 -18)
Join us on 25th June at 11 am in the community room (Father Terry’s house) for a chance to look inside a computer and a mobile phone. We’re grateful to Chris Hallam for leading this session. New people always welcome, ages 10+. Sandra, firstname.lastname@example.org
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,email@example.com, by Monday, 12th June to book your space.
Prison volunteers sought
Pact, the Catholic charity for prisoners and their families (www.prisonadvice.org.uk) is offering free training and support for parishioners interested in volunteering with them in prisons or in the local community. All inquiries welcome. To find out more contact ParishAction@prisonadvice.org.uk
Finchley Catholic High School Summer Fete 25th June 2017
Finchley Catholic High School’s Summer Fete is at the school on Sunday 25th June from 12-.30 pm. Many activities and games are planned, including Beat the Goalie, prize competitions and raffles, live entertainment and a fabulous range of food and drink at the international bistro, bar, BBQ and Pimms stall. All are welcome.
Brightlights Young Adult Festival Weekend at Alton Castle
Brightlights is an annual event for Catholic young adults (ages 16-30) 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. 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. For more information visit brightlights.org.uk or call 0300 075 0115.
Christian Meditation Group
The group meets 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 needs 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: http://www.st-theresas.barnet.sch.uk or contact the school office on 020 8346 8826 for details.
Pray for the sick esp. Eddie Cardle, John & Carmel Bates, Cathy Walker, Finola Hickey, Kelly-Marie O’Donnell, Pat Gleeson, Annette O’Gorman and Mary Myles.
Parish Collection: Last week’s was £1,143.43. Many thanks.