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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

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.

Preparation for International Mass

17th September Meeting for singers and musicians (parish centre)

24th September Choir rehearsal (large hall)

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

Pictures for International Mass

As part of our international Mass we would like to display photographs of the churches people of our parish attended before they joined St Mary's. Please send us a picture and include a caption with a few details: the church location; something special about the church, either to you, or how it reflects the way people practice their Catholic faith. Please email your photograph to Sandra,, by Friday, 29th September.

Home Mission – Special Second Collection

There will be a Special Collection at all Masses this weekend for the Home Mission Appeal. Many thanks.


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.

Luther: What was he thinking?

This is the title of a talk at St Edward the Confessor, Golders Green on Friday 28th September at 7 pm in the parish hall. This is part of the 500th anniversary marking the beginning of the Reformation. The speaker is distinguished theologian Dr Hueston Finlay.

Grange Big Local Festival – Sunday 8th October 2017

We are invited to the Grange Big Local Fun Palace, Sunday 8 Oct., 12-4 pm, on Oak Lane N2 8LT. It is a free community festival with live music. Activities include arts and crafts, science experiments, dance, cooking, Thai kick-boxing, circus skills and nail painting. The festival is free – there will be food you can buy but you are welcome to bring your own – but there is nothing for sale. It is about local people sharing their passions and talents with their neighbours.

SVP Quiz Night –

Saturday 14th October 2017

There will be a SVP quiz on Saturday 14th October starting 7pm. A sausage and mash or vegetarian meal will be provided. Please bring your own alcoholic beverages. Please put your name down on list in the porch indicating your meal choice. Admission £10 on the door.

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. Fr Serge will show us round the church and library, answer questions and provide tea and biscuits. Meet in the church car park 2.15 pm.

Training for New Altar Servers

We look forward to training our new altar servers on Saturday 23rd September. Booking is now closed.

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).

Next INCENSED Youth Group (Ages 10-18)

Join us on 24th September at 11 am in the community room (Father Terry’s house) for our first youth group meeting of the new school year. Exams ahead? Lots and lots of work? We’ll look at how our faith and related mindfulness strategies can help us cope. New people always welcome, ages 10+. Sandra,

Sponsorship opportunity

Bernadette O’Brien will be walking with Shannon, Mikey and Shane to raise funds for Cancer research on Sat 23rd Sept on the Shine half marathon night walk (13.5 miles) and would welcome sponsorship:

or through Bernadette’s link on the parish Facebook page.

St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School – Teaching Assistant Vacancy

St. Theresa's Catholic Primary School in Finchley are looking to appoint a Level 2 Experienced Teaching Assistant. Please see the school website: for further details.

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!

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 £ 956.78. 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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