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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

International Mass Preparation

We look forward to our annual international Mass and lunch at 12 noon on 1st October and invite everyone to join in. We are looking for people who would like to pray, read, sing, help with lunch, offer face painting, decorate the hall, set up, tidy up and are always interested in new ideas.

10th September Meeting for all interested in praying, reading and helping with lunch

17th September Meeting for singers and musicians

24th September Choir rehearsal (large hall)

All meetings take place in the parish centre after 10 am Mass. Contact: Sandra

International Mass – Sunday 1st October 2017

Our parish community has members from many different cultures and languages, something to celebrate! On Sunday, 1st October, please join us for an international Mass at 12 noon and a tasty diverse lunch in the parish centre afterwards. Please remember those in need by bringing donations for Finchley Foodbank on that day.


Peter Kraushar writes: We are running this again at St Mary`s (our 44th) on Tuesdays at 7.30 pm from 10 October. Many have found it life-changing and so enjoyable – it deepens our faith, brings back the lapsed, converts non Christians all over the world. Pope Francis loves it, having seen its effect in Argentina. Just try it, bring family and friends. No charge. No obligation. If you know everything about your faith, please listen to the Benedictine Prior who said at the end: ‘I have been a priest for 40 years, I have learnt so much!’ Registrations from Peter Kraushar 020 8883 4736,, 2 Lauradale Road N2 9LU, who will be available after all or most Masses this weekend.

Parish Visit Tuesday 19th September to Belorussion Church N. Finchley

We will be visiting the newly-built church in North Finchley, a tiny gem built of wood in Eastern European style. It is the church of the Belorussian rite and fully part of the Catholic Church. Fr Serge will show us round the church and library, answer questions and provide tea and biscuits. Open to all. Meet in the church car park at 2.15 pm and hopefully we will have enough car spaces to take everybody

Training for New Altar Servers

Training for new altar servers will take place on Saturday 23rd September 11 am – 12 noon in church. Children who have made their First Communion are welcome to join the group. Please book in advance by e mailing Sandra

Thank You from Yvonne Merola, Parish Secretary

Yvonne Merola would like to thank everyone for their kind words, thoughts and prayers for her late mother, who passed away this summer. The support and understanding that has been forthcoming from parishioners and friends at this difficult time has been greatly appreciated.

Attention all Ministers of Communion and Readers

For all Ministers of Communion and Readers

Away Afternoon: Saturday 28th October

St Joseph’s Centre, St Joseph’s Grove NW4 4TY

The afternoon begins with a soup and sandwich lunch (provided) at 1 pm and we will finish by 4.30 pm. A time for learning together, shared thoughts and prayer. Please let Fr Terry know if you are coming, either by email, phone message or a written note (to make sure that he does not forget).

Proclaim Workshop #1 – Initiatives and Resources – Wed 20th September 2017

Deacon Adrian Cullen writes: This will take place in the Parish Centre here at St Mary’s from 7 – 9 pm (arrival from 6.45 pm). The workshop will provide an opportunity for parish evangelisation teams to share their successes and ideas, to learn about how Proclaim Westminster is being progressed and to further develop local evangelisation strategies and initiatives as they grow their ‘Missionary Parish’. To register for the workshop please e mail Warren Brown at or contact 0207 798 2152. All welcome!

CAFOD - Romero, El Salvador & Harvest Fast Day – Saturday 16th September

“We plant the seeds that one day will grow”

Tony Sheen, CAFOD Westminster writes: You are invited to join CAFOD next Saturday 16 September at Oakwood for an inspiring meeting from 10am to 12noon. The meeting will include a first- hand account of our work in El Salvador from Clare Dixon from our Latin America team. Clare has been playing a major part in CAFOD’s work to keep up work begun in Blessed Oscar Romero’s time to ensure that the voice of the poor and persecuted is not silenced in El Salvador. Meeting will take place on 1st floor, Church of Christ the King, 29 Bramley Road, Oakwood, London, N14 4HE. Please contact us for further information or to book or 0208 449 6970.

Finchley Catholic High School – Vacancy for Assistant Exams/Management Information Systems Officer

Required as soon as possible – actual salary £21,561-£22,896, term time + 2 weeks. Applicants will be assisting in the administration of all public and internal examinations, producing data and managing school information systems and should have high levels of numeracy and good interpersonal skills. An application can be downloaded from the school website and submitted to the Headteacher, Niamh Arnull on Closing date is midday on Firday 22nd September 2017. Please see poster on notice board in church porch for more details.

Educare Safeguarding On Line Training

Educare training programmes can help individuals familiarise themselves with safeguarding matters. Amongst others, it also includes The Child Exploitation and Online Safety programme which helps better understand how children and young people use technology and the associated risks. It is available to all parishioners. Please see the poster on the notice board at the back of the church for further information.

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

Parish Collection: Last week’s was £ 1204.60. Many thanks.

Funeral The funeral Mass of the late Barry Evans will be on Monday 18th Sept at 10 am, followed by a committal at Marylebone Crematorium.

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