Confession: Saturday 10.30 am and 5.30 pm
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction: Thursday 10.30 am,
Saturday at 5.30 pm
Pray for the sick esp. Eddie Caddle, Carmel Bates, Cathy Walker, Finola Hickey, Bridget O’Donnell, Kelly-Marie O’Donnell, Simon O’Donnell, Pat Gleeson and Mary Myles.
Parish Collection: Last week’s collection came to £992.98. Many thanks.
Ask God’s blessing on Nicole Natasha Chester and Tyler Tinotenda Chester who were baptised Saturday 5th May and Sophia Maria Dvoracova who will be baptised today Sunday 6th May at the 12.00 Mass.
Solemnity of the Ascension
This is on Thursday 10th May, a Holy Day of Obligation, with Masses at 10 am and 7.30 pm.
Assistance to Fr Terry
Fr Terry is very grateful that he will now have regular assistance on Sunday mornings from Fr Lawrence. Fr Lawrence is a Jesuit priest, and also an accredited adult psychotherapist, which is his current primary pastoral work. He was ordained in Edinburgh. His parish pastoral experience includes Wimbledon, Sydney (Australia) and Cambridge (Massachusetts). He has also been chaplain in a hospital (New York), school (Wimbledon) and refugee camp (Thai-Burmese border). His first Mass with us will be the 8.30 am on Sunday 13th May. He will alternate between the 8.30 and the 12. Once a month when he will be the celebrant at the 10 am Family Mass.
The flowers at the statue of Our Lady this week have been given in memory of Sister Sheila Whelan.
Tessa Cleary RIP
Mrs Cleary was a leading member of the parish some years ago, and especially active in catechetics and youth work. She was well known to many parishioners. She died on Tuesday 24th April. Her funeral was at St Philip’s Finchley Central on Friday 4th May. May she rest in peace.
Mass Times for Bank Holiday Mondays in May
Mass times for Bank Holidays this May will be at 12 noon on Monday 7th May 2018 and at 12 noon on Monday 28th May 2018.
First Holy Communion 2018
We look forward to celebrating the Sacrament of First Holy Communion with 29 children and their families at 10 am and 12 noon on Sunday 13th May. Please be aware that the church will be busier than usual on this day and make arrangements accordingly. There will be a parish reception with a celebratory cake and drinks in the parish centre on Sunday 20th May after 10 am Mass to which everyone is warmly invited.
St Mary’s Open Choir
The next rehearsal with Liz is this Sunday 6th May, at 11 am to practise the hymns for our First Holy Communion Masses on 13th May. All welcome, no previous experience necessary, all ages. Sandra, email@example.com
Rosary Devotion to Our Lady for the Month of May
The Rosary will be said in homes and in church.
Tuesday 8th May Nancy Shaughnessey at 40 Bedford Road at 4 pm.
Wednesday 9th May In church after 10 am Mass.
Thursday 10th May Eileen Sweeney at 36 Lankaster Gardens at 4 pm.
Friday 11th May Agnes Day at 54 Squires Lane at 3 pm.
All are welcome.
British London 10K 15th July call for runners
If you are age 16 or more then the Aysanew Kassa Trust [a small charity supporting children through their education in Ethiopia including 73 Blind children] has a couple of spare places with their small team running for the 7th year on 15th July. If you have never run before we will help to get you fit and support you on the day. If you would like to join them and raise a few £s for these really poor children in Ethiopia then please contact Pietro Servini 0770668742, Daniel Servini 0208 4448741 or Jean Bailey 0208 8838722.
Supporting Local Refugees: Eggs Please!
Many thanks for your support for the local drop-in centre for refugees and asylum seekers. One of our volunteers will take your donations of hard-boiled eggs to the centre today Sunday, 6th May. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adoremus – National Eucharistic Congress
The largest gathering of Catholics in England since the 2010 papal visit takes place in Liverpool this September. We unite in worship of Our Lord truly present in the Blessed Sacrament, with the aim of promoting Eucharistic Adoration, where so many people have experienced the love and presence of Jesus.
You are invited to Liverpool on Saturday, 8 and/or Sunday, 9 September. Saturday, in the Echo Arena, is the highlight of the Congress. Bishop Robert Barron, known to millions on social Media, will address the Congress; Cardinal Nichols will give a reflection and lead us in Adoration and Benediction. (There is a fee of £40 for the Saturday to cover the costs of the Congress.) On the Sunday there are Masses in the Metropolitan Cathedral and a large outdoor Blessed Sacrament procession. Many other events and a Youth Congress will supplement the official programme.
You may wish to stay in Liverpool overnight. Although it will be a long day, the Saturday programme is planned to permit people to travel for the day. While coaches are cheaper, trains are much quicker – cheaper train tickets (subject to availability) go on sale 12 weeks before travel. For a booking form, please contact email@example.com or 07738 183829. Tickets are available through the Diocese until 31 May.
Mass for Migrants – Monday 7th May at 11 am
London area dioceses are holding the Annual Mass for Migrants on Monday 7th May 2018. This year it is being hosted by the Archdiocese of Southwark with Archbishop Peter Smith as the main celebrant, 11 am at St George’s Cathedral, Lambeth Road, London SE1. Banner Procession commences at 10.45 am. St George’s Cathedral is a short walk from Waterloo or Lambeth North Station.
CAFOD – Combatting Malnutrition
Tony Sheen of CAFOD Volunteer Centre writes: Thank you for your support to the CAFOD Lent Fast Day appeal. Donations to CAFOD until 12 May will be doubled by the UK Government. We have planned a £5 million programme to combat malnutrition – and with it we hope to reach 245,000 people. But we need the full amount of match funding to make it happen. You can help us reach the full amount needed for the crucial programme. We still have some way to go yet! To donate please go to cafod.org.uk/lent.
Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, West Grinstead
Pilgrimage with the Consolata Fathers to the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, West Grinstead on Saturday 23rd June 2018. Coach leaves St Mary Magdalen’s Church, Athenaeum Road, Whetstone N20 9AE at 9 am sharp. Returns 6/6.30 pm.
Cost £22 per person – includes travel by coach, teas, coffees, soft drinks. Please bring your own picnic foods. How to book: Cheques should be dated 1st May 2018 payable to Consolata Fathers. Post cheque with details to: Consolata Fathers, 3 Salisbury Ave, London N3 3AJ. Cheques will not be banked until 1st May 2018. For further details about the pilgrimage contact Stella Devlin on 0208 445 3099.
St Michael’s Catholic Grammar – Open Evening for Admissions 2019
This will be held on Thursday 28th June 2018 in two sessions – 3.30-5 pm and 7-9 pm. The Headteacher will address prospective parents at 5 pm, 7 pm and 9 pm. The Supplementary Information Forms are available to download from the School’s website, from March, www.st-michaels.barnet.sch.uk and should be returned to St Michael’s no later than Tuesday 10th July 2018. You should arrange to make an appointment to have your forms completed by Father Terry prior to 10th July. Should you have any questions, please e mail Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Finchley Catholic High School – 16th Annual Golf Day
Eve Stefanicki, Finchley Catholic High School writes: Finchley Catholic High School is pleased to announce details of the 16th Annual Golf Day. Date: 15th June 2018. Venue: South Hertfordshire Golf Club. Price: £65 per head, including dinner. The Golf Day is one of the biggest fund raising events of the school calendar. This year, proceeds will go towards upgrading our sports and PE facilities. The day includes a variety of individual and team tournaments, followed by a 3-course Presentation Dinner, quiz, raffle and auction. We welcome individual golfers, teams and group bookings. For more information, contact Eve Stefanicki on email@example.com