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First Sunday of Lent (Year B)


At the 10 am Mass today we will be baptising Dominic Charles Booth, son of Robin and Petra Booth.

Funeral - ElizabethMcCarthy

The funeral Mass of the late Elizabeth McCarthy will be here on Monday 19th February at 10 am. May she rest in peace.

Cafod – Family Fast Day 23rd February 2018

Special Collection – weekend of 24th/25th February 2018

There will be a Second Collection at all Masses next weekend (24th/25th February 2018) in aid of Cafod. We will hear a brief appeal on behalf of Cafod before the end of each Mass.


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 second episode Exodus on Friday 23rd 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 Sunday scriptures 12.30 pm.

Stations of the Cross

Each Friday in Lent immediately after Mass

Day by Day

These booklets contain the readings for each day in Lent and an occasional prayer. They are available for sale in the repository, £2 each. Put the money in the box designated for repository items.

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.

Pope Francis’ Worldwide Day of Prayer & Fasting for Peace on 23 February

Pope Francis invites Christians and people of all faiths to join him in praying for an end to violence and conflict, especially in South Sudan and in the Congo. He has set a day of praying and fasting for peace on Friday 23rd February, which is also family fast day. Pope Francis highlights the vital role that religions play in achieving and consolidating peace and urges members of all faith communities to take up the appeal and join in moments of prayer, fasting and reflection.

Skateboarding Workshop and Easter Trail

Join us for an afternoon of Easter eggs, skateboarding and rollerskating on Easter Monday, 2nd April 3 – 5 pm. Ages 6 – 18. Skateboarding workshop for beginners, improvers and advanced skaters led by Skates and Ladders ( . Boards and helmets provided. Rollerskaters are welcome to bring their skates. Please book by 26th February, email Sandra,

INCENSED – Youth Group

We’re meeting in the community room (Fr Terry’s house) after 10 am Mass on 25th February to start our joint Lenten activities and prepare for our Lenten challenge. New joiners welcome, ages 10+. Contact: Sandra,

Cardinal’s Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Matrimony

Westminster Cathedral, Saturday 19th May 2018 at 3 pm

The Cardinal invites 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 interested please give 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).

St Mary’s Open Choir

Our next rehearsal with Liz is on Sunday 25th February, at 11 am to practise the hymns for 10 am Mass on 4th March. All welcome.

Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool

The Bishops of England and Wales invite delegates from all parishes to attend a Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool the weekend of 7-9 September 2018. The focus is on deepening our appreciation of Christ in the Eucharist. Our parish is looking for 2 – 4 delegates to attend this Congress, financial support will be available. We have to book our places in early March, so please let the parish office know by the end of February that you are interested in being one of our two parish delegates.

St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School – Vacancy for Relief Caretaker

A vacancy has arisen for a Relief Caretaker, required as soon as possible to cover sickness absence. Working hours: 32.5 per week. Closing date is Friday 23rd February 2018 and interviews will take place week commencing Monday 26th February 2018. Please see poster on church noticeboard for further information or contact or telephone 0208 346 8826.

Agency for Evangelisation – Adult Faith Formation

Ausra Cane from The Agency for Evangelisation writes:

Faith Formation for Parish Readers:

Speakers: Sr Karen Marguerite OP and Sr Anne Walsh OP

Date: Sat 24th Feb 2018 Time: 10am – 4 pm (including Mass with Fr Chris Vipers)

Venue: Niland Conference Centre, 93 Elstree Road, Bushey, WD23 4EE. Suggested donation: £14.00. Refreshments will be provided. Please bring packed lunch. Registrationis required. E mail: Alternatively, please leave a message at 0207 931 6078.

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.

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 £ 974.35. Many thanks.

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