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Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year C ) 23rd December 2018

Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year C ) 23rd December 2018


Sat 22nd Dec

6 pm Vigil Mass Veronica Filippin, anniversary

Sun 23rd Dec

8.30 am People of the Parish

10 am Mary Marshall, intentions

12 noon A private intention

Mon 24th Dec

NB no morning Mass

6 pm John McGrory, anniversary

10 pm For the People of the Parish

Tue 25th Dec Christmas Day

10 am For the People of the Parish

12 noon For the People of the Parish

Wed 26th Dec St Stephen

12 noon John Corrigan, RIP

Thurs 27th Dec St John the Evangelist

12 noon Ikweke family, special intentions and thanksgiving

Fri 28th Dec Holy Innocents

12 noon Rita Doran, RIP

Sat 29th Dec St Thomas Beckett

10 am Tom and Lucia McGrath, intentions

No confession Saturday 29th December except by request

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, Finola Hickey, Bridget O’Donnell, Kelly-Marie O’Donnell, Simon O’Donnell, and Mary Myles.


Card with Service Times

A card is available on the tables inside the church door. The card contains the times of our Christmas services through until 1st January. Please take one home with you. If you have a neighbour or friend in the area you think might appreciate one, feel free to take more.

Reflection on Christmas

To get ready for Christmas, you are invited to join us for an advent-themed, creative reflection each Sunday of Advent after 10 am Mass in the parish hall. All ages welcome!

Crisis at Christmas: Singers wanted

It is always great to have St Mary's parishioners join the carol-singers at Crisis at Christmas. We sing on 23rd Dec from 5-6pm at the opening of the North London Day Care Centre in Westminster Kingsway College in Grays Inn Road .All over 18 singers welcome and no rehearsal necessary. Just email Helen Tierney for details

Eucharistic Minister and Reader Rotas

As usual, there are no set rotas for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. If you can, please volunteer to serve at or to read on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses. There is a sign up sheet in the sacristy. Many thanks.

Alone over Christmas?

If you are a parishioner expecting to be alone over Christmas, do let Father Terry know, as he is hoping to have an open table.

Christmas Fair and Raffle results

Thanks to the untiring efforts of Helen Doran and her team of elves, the Christmas Fair raised just over £3,300 clear of expenses. A tremendous result – although we also ought to count the wonderful atmosphere of people enjoying being together in a friendly setting. The winners of the raffle are as follows:

1 Cash Prize £100 ticket 181 Emma Chreastowsi

2 Cash Prize £75 ticket 1259 Rachel Winton

3 Cash Prize £50 ticket 702 Mary King

4 M & S Voucher £50 ticket 920 Heenan family

5 Balvenic Single Malt Whisky ticket 835 Chris Day

6 Courvoisier Cognac ticket 171 Tim McCarthy

7 Glen Marnoch Single Malk Whisky ticket 230 Susan Brennan

8 Baileys ticket 801 John Day (Agnes)

Parish Administrator: Vacancy

There is a vacancy for a part-time Parish Administrator here at St Mary's East Finchley, in succession to Mrs Yvonne Merola. For more details see the notice board in the porch or the diocesan jobs website


We heard with regret on Tuesday 18th of the death of Agnes O’Boy. Her funeral Mass will be here on Friday 4th January at 12 midday and will be celebrated by her son, Fr Michael O’Boy. May she rest in peace.

Breakfast Club Supervisor Vacancy – Our Lady of Lourdes School N12

Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School is looking for a Breakfast Club Supervisor to start asap. Hours: Monday to Friday 7.30am - 9am term time only. Salary: Barnet Broadband Scale 7 (£19,635 Full Time Equivalent). Please contact the school on 020 8346 1681 or for an application pack.

Inquirers about the Catholic faith

If you are not a Catholic, but interested do let Fr Terry know, as we may begin an inquirers class known as the RCIA. Also, if you are already an adult Catholic but not confirmed, this course might suit you. Written contact details would be helpful.

Food Bank

A big thank-you to parishioners who have donated food or money over the last year to the Finchley Food Bank which is based here at St Mary's. Last Saturday 15th December we had probably the busiest day in the three years since we opened. Food aid was provided for 53 adults and 24 children.

Ordination of Julian Davies to diaconate

Julian Davies was in residence with Fr Terry for a few months before going on to Allen Hall the diocesan seminary. He will be ordained deacon on Saturday 26th June at Five Precious Wounds church, Stonebridge, Brentfield Rd NW10 8ER. The ordination will be at 12 midday. He has extended an open invitation to parishioners.

Lockerbie plaque

Last Friday 21st December was the 30th anniversary of the downing of Pan Am flight 103, killing all 259 passengers and crew and 11 Lockerbie residents. The refurbishment of the large hall was assisted by a donation in memory of Geraldine Murphy, one of the crew members on board. Immediately after the 10 am Mass today Fr Terry will go to the hall to bless a plaque in her memory. You are welcome to join him in the prayers.

Charities Trust

We are grateful to the parishioner who donates monthly via the Charities Trust, but we would be grateful if you would identify yourself. We need to know your name in order to allocate your donation correctly. This is a technical issue.

Teaching Assistant Vacancy – Bishop Douglass School

Bishop Douglass School require a teaching assistant to support children with additional needs on Monday and Tuesdays, core hours are from 8.30 am until 4.15 pm. A good standard of education is required and a willingness to work as part of a cohesive team. If you are interested, please submit a brief letter of application and CV to the PA, Mrs Saleem at

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