33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)
Baptism: Ask God’s blessing on Charles and Montgomery Denning baptised Saturday 18th November and Phoebe Anne D’Souza Sunday 19th November. Phoebe will be baptised during the 8.30 am Mass.
First Holy Communion 2018
Registration is now closed. We look forward to meeting all parents on Monday 4th December at 8 pm in the parish centre. Please bring a photocopy of your child’s baptism certificate and the course contribution of £20 with you. Many thanks.
Today: INCENSED Youth Group
Meet us in the large hall after 10 am Mass this Sunday (19th) 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.
St Mary’s Open Choir
Our next rehearsal with Liz is this 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.
THE CHRISTMAS FAIR IS THIS SATURDAY 25 NOVEMBER
Come along to our Christmas Fair this Saturday at noon in the parish halls. Home bakes galore; sing-along Carol singing; knits; new activities for children; Santa’s Grotto; hot food & refreshments and much, much more! Please bring along your delicious home bakes (or shop bought) and any other donations either on Friday evening or Saturday morning for the cake stall/refreshments counter. Set up is from 6pm on Friday evening. Last planning meeting is today after 10am mass. Thank you for all your donations and please take home a flyer and place in your front window/car to advertise our fair.
Sandra Lipner (email@example.com,); Helen Doran (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kristy Bradnum (email@example.com).
Thank you so much for the wonderful raffle prizes - please don’t forget to buy a ticket for £1:
* £100 (kindly funded anonymously), £75, & £50 cash * Case of wine worth £200
* Boxed bottle of Hine Cognac brandy, worth £100
* Vintage Food Van – meal for two * £50 M & S voucher
and more … buy a £1 ticket today
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking ahead: special arrangements for Christmas
Confession: It is right and proper to prepare for Christmas through the sacrament of reconciliation. On Thursday 14th December we will have is exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 8-9 pm, and occasional meditative music. The church will be heated! And Father Leo Edgar, a wise and compassionate Dominican priest, will be in the confessional. Fr Terry will be available in the Sacred Heart chapel. If necessary both priests will continue past 9 pm.
Sunday 24th December: This year the 4th Sunday of Advent falls on 24th December. The Sunday obligation still applies. However, because this is also Christmas Eve it will be necessary to trim one Sunday Mass. Please note that there will cancel the 12 noon Mass on the 24th December. There will be a card with Mass times available before Christmas.
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
Our Lady of Lourdes School N12
Nursery applications are invited for those children born between 1st April 2015 and 31st March 2016. See the school website, http://www.ololbarnetschool.org.uk. Open day is 22nd November at 9am, 1.30pm and 7pm (no need to book).
All Saints Advent Service
All Saints Durham Rd (C of E) invites us to their annual Advent Lessons and Carols on Sunday 3rd December at 6.30 pm. Refreshments afterwards.
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. The poster on the notice board at the back of the church has further information.
Our Lady of Lourdes School 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.
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
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 £ 957.48. Many thanks.