Each year throughout the month of November we offer Masses for the holy souls, and we bring up a book of remembrance at each Mass. Sheets for those to be remembered are now available, and envelopes. You can put them in the collection or drop them through the presbytery letterbox.
Sick and Retired Priests – Collection After All Masses This Weekend 11th/12th November
There are currently more than 80 retired and ill priests being supported by the Sick and Retired Priests Fund. Many priests stand down from active ministry in their 70s but continue to support the church with the sacraments as long as they can. This important fund is helped by those who have contributed via the Growing in Faith scheme – but it also relies on this annual collection to ensure that all our priests are cared for in sickness and old age. Donation envelopes are available which you can use for gift aid if you wish.
Deadline: First Holy Communion 2018
The deadline for First Holy Communion applications is this weekend. Open to children in Year 3+, application forms are available from Father Terry and Sandra Lipner after all Masses this weekend. Date for your diary: The first meeting for all First Holy Communion parents in on Monday 4th December, at 8 pm in the Parish Centre.
INCENSED Youth Group
Meet us in the large hall after 10 am Mass on 19th November and help us make Christmas decorations for sale at the Advent Fair. This year we are raising funds to twin our toilets in support of the charity Toilet Twinning (https://www.toilettwinning.org/). New joiners welcome, ages 10+. Contact Sandra, firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Altar Servers
Please make a note of our second training session with Father Terry at 11 am on Saturday 2nd December, in church. Looking forward to seeing all new servers and any server with questions for Father Terry at this brief meeting. Contact: Sandra, email@example.com
St Mary’s Open Choir
Our next rehearsal with Liz is on Sunday 19th November, at 11 am to practise Advent hymns and Christmas carols for our Advent Fair on 25th November. All welcome, no previous experience necessary.
St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School, East End Road, London N3
Open Days for prospective pupils due to start Reception Class in September 2018. Open Days are as follows: Monday 13th November 2017 at 2 pm and Thursday 16th November 2017 at 9.30 am. Please call the school office for more information on 020 8346 8826.
Christmas Fair – Saturday 25 November – 12 to 3 pm
Come along and soak up the festive atmosphere.
LAST CHANCE SUNDAY AND READY, STEADY, BAKE!
Thank you for all your contributions to our Christmas Fair, the proceeds of which will pay towards the cost of upgrading the large hall. Next Sunday is your last chance to donate bottles; filled decorated jars; chocolates; books; jewellery; decorations; etc.
Please lend a baking hand to our two wonderful bakers (May Brennan & Marie Bloom) who are down one baker this year. Whip up your favourite (long-life) cake to add to their scrumptious stall.
We’ve been very kindly loaned two coffee machines for the day. We could do with another two? Looking to borrow a Micro Badge Making kit for the day, perhaps from school?
Last Christmas Fair planning meeting will be on 19 Nov in the parish hall after the 10am mass, all welcome. For specific donations such as Mulled wine; raffle prizes, etc., please contact Sandra Lipner (firstname.lastname@example.org,); Helen Doran (email@example.com) or Kristy Bradnum (firstname.lastname@example.org).
THE CHRISTMAS RAFFLE already has some wonderful prizes:
* £100 & £75, cash * Boxed bottle of Hine Cognac brandy, worth £100
* meal for two at a wonderful restaurant * £50 M & S voucher
and more … buy a ticket today
Annual Cemetery Mass – Tuesday 14th November 2017
Please note that the Annual Cemetery Mass will take place at the Islington Burial Chapel at St Pancras Cemetery at 2 pm on Tuesday 14th November 2017.
St Mary's Carol Service Thursday 21st December at 2.30pm
Helen Tierney writes: This year we share a joint carol service with residents and staff at Nazareth House. The service will be an informal programme or traditional carols, solo musical items and readings and will be held in the chapel of Nazareth House, followed by refreshments. We will as usual be forming a choir from St Mary's to sing a few items in the programme and any singers ( any or no experience welcome too!) are invited to join. Rehearsals will be for 45 minutes on the following evenings in the church. If you cannot make all rehearsals that is no problem but we encourage anyone interested to come along- Thurs 30th Nov 8pm, Wed 6th Dec 8pm, Wed 13th December 8pm, Wed 20th Dec 8pm.
CAROL SINGING for CRISIS 23rd December Helen Tierney writes: In recent years it has been great to involve parishioners in the group formed to sing carols to welcome guests at the opening of CRISIS at CHRISTMAS North London Day Centre. This is SAT 23rd December at Westminster Kingsway College in Grays Inn Rd 5-6pm. Last year we had about 40 singers. It is open to anyone over 18. It is really appreciated by both Crisis organisers and the men and women who use the scheme at Christmas. If interested contact Helen Tierney for details as you will need to register with Crisis as security is always a priority. email@example.com
Mount House School (formerly St Martha’s) – Co Educational Senior Day School
Mount House School (formerly St Martha’s) is North London and Hertfordshire’s newest co-educational Senior Day School. They are now welcoming boys into Year 7 and Year 12 in September 2018. Open morning takes places from 10 am to 1 pm on Saturday 18th November 2017. All are welcome to visit the school. Please visit www.mounthouse.org.uk for further details and to register.
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.
Our Lady of Lourdes Nursery, N12
Our Lady of Lourdes, Bow Lane, N12 0JP are inviting applications to their Reception class for September 2018 for those children born between 1st Sept 2013 and 31st Aug 2014. The deadline to return this to the school is 15th Jan 2018 and you must also complete the Barnet Online Application form.
Nursery applications are also invited for those children born between 1st April 2015 and 31st March 2016. Please contact the school office on 0208 346 1681 or look on the school website, http://www.ololbarnetschool.org.uk if you would like to apply. The school is having its open day on 22nd November at 9am, 1.30pm and 7pm (no need to book).
CAFOD Memorial Mass – 22nd November 2017
Tony Sheen of CAFOD Westminster writes: You are warmly invited to the CAFOD Memorial Mass, in memory of all our Supporters and Volunteers, at the Church of Christ the King, 29 Bramley Road, Oakwood, London N14 4HE at 11am on Wednesday 22 November. If you would like someone to be included in our book of remembrance, please send us their name by calling CAFOD Westminster on 020 8449 6970 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Calling All Red Boxes!
If you have any Red Boxes at home, please can you put your name on the bottom of the box and bring them to either the Church or the Presbytery.
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 £ 1160.68. Many thanks.
Baptism: Ask God’s blessing on Valeria Ortega baptised Saturday 11th November.