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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

Bible Study Group

Fr Terry would like to organise a Bible Study group on The Grange estate during Lent. If you live there and would like to attend, do let him know. It would be a weekly evening meeting. Also let him know if you would like to host the meeting in your flat.

SVP Quiz Night – Saturday 3rd March 2018

There will be a SVP quiz night on Saturday 3rd March, at 7pm to raise funds for supporting families in Finchley. Through the generosity of the parish 25 families in Finchley were helped over Christmas. A sausage and mash or vegetarian meal will be provided. Some soft drinks and white wine will be available but otherwise bring your own beverages. Please put your name down on the list in the porch; £10 on the door.

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday this year is on 14th February. There will be Mass with imposition of ashes at 10 am and 7 pm – please note the slightly earlier time than usual for the evening Mass.

Supporting Local Refugees: Eggs Please!

Many thanks for your support for the local drop-in centre for destitute refugees and asylum seekers. One of our volunteers will take your donations of hard-boiled eggs to the centre this Sunday, 4th February. Contact: The collection for next month will be on 4th March.

Lenten Film Series: The Bible

Join us this Lent and watch the epic miniseries The Bible (2013) with us. This dazzling series offers a visual way to experience the stories of the Old and New Testaments and carries a film classification of 12 (as you can imagine, it includes violent scenes and some sexual content). Watch the first episode In the Beginning on Friday 16th February, 7.45 pm – 9 pm, in the parish centre. Sandra and Kristy,

Soup and scripture

Each Saturday in Lent, beginning Saturday 17th February, there will be ‘Soup and Scripture’ in the presbytery. Delicious vegetarian soup and discussion of the Sunday scriptures. 12.30 pm.

Volunteers for Children’s Liturgy

Helen Doran writes: We are looking for volunteers to join the rotation Children’s Liturgy of the Word during the 10am mass. Teaching is not a requirement, just the desire to help children to be formed in the Catholic faith. Training and instruction are provided. If you are interested in becoming a facilitator or need more information please contact Sandra Lipner at or Helen Doran at or see me.

Growing in Faith Campaign: The Last Lap and a Big Thank-You

Those who made a five year pledge have so far donated an amazing £110,541 (including gift aid) out of a total parish pledge of £147,371. Your generosity helps to train new priests, and to care for sick and retired priests. It also helps Caritas in its work of caring for those in need. And, no less importantly, your generosity helps to fund our own parish project, which is Sandra Lipner’s work in faith formation and youth work. Our gratitude to those continuing to contribute till the five year period comes to an end in nine or ten months. There are Growing in Faith newsletters available on the table by the church door. They have illustrated articles about the work made possible by your donations. Don’t be put off by the fact that they are called ‘Christmas’ newsletters. They once were lost, but now are found.

Cardinal’s Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Matrimony

Westminster Cathedral, Saturday 19th May 2018 at 3 pm

The Cardinal will be inviting to this Mass all couples in the Diocese who are celebrating their 5th, 10th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th (and every year over 60) wedding anniversary of Catholic marriage in 2018. If you are celebrating an anniversary, please give to Yvonne Merola, Parish Secretary by Friday 16th March 2018 the following details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and e mail (or telephone number is there is no e mail). Many thanks.

Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool

The Bishops of England and Wales are inviting delegates from all parishes to attend a Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool during the weekend of 7th – 9th September 2018. The focus is on deepening our appreciation of Christ in the Eucharist and there will be preparatory sessions in all parishes beforehand. Our parish is looking for 2 – 4 delegates to attend this Congress, financial support will be available to help with the costs. In preparation for the Congress, there will be an opportunity for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at the end of all Sunday Masses during the month of June. We also invite parishioners to become Eucharistic ministers

Agency for Evangelisation – Adult Faith Formation

Ausra Cane from The Agency for Evangelisation writes:

Prayer with Sr. Anne Walsh OP and Sr. Martina OP

Dates: 7th Feb, 7th Mar, 11th Apr, 2nd May, 6th Jun 2018. Time: 7:30-9:00pm Venue: Niland Conference Centre, 93 Elstree Rd, Bushey WD23 4EE. Suggested donation: £5.00. Registration is required. Email: Alternatively, please leave a message at 020 7931 6078.

Our Lady of Muswell Catholic Primary School

Our Lady of Muswell School writes: We are delighted to have been graded Outstanding in our recent OFSTED inspection (November 2017). We are now accepting applications for September 2018. Contact the school office 0208 444 6894.

St Mary’s Open Choir

Our next rehearsal with Liz is on Sunday 25th February, at 11 am to practice the hymns for 10 am Mass on 4th March. All welcome, no previous experience necessary, all ages. Please feel free to request a hymn by e mailing Sandra,

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

Parish Collection: Last week’s collection was £ 1274.37. Many thanks.

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