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Third Sunday of Advent (Year C ) 16th December 2018

Third Sunday of Advent (Year C ) 16th December 2018


Sat 15th Dec

6 pm Vigil Mass Sean & Margaret Byrne, intentions

Sun 16th Dec

8.30 am People of the Parish

10 am Patrick Giblin, anniversary

12 noon Lily Murphy, intentions

Mon 17th Dec

10 am Funeral Mass of Maurice Lane

Tue 18th Dec

10 am Funeral Mass of Noel Kilduff

7.30 pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Wed 19th Dec

10 am Agnes and Richard Ikueke, RIP

Thurs 20th Dec

10 am Jim Ruddy, intentions

Fri 21st Dec

10 am Kitty Ryan, intentions

Sat 22nd Dec

10 am Sylvia Barnachea and family, intentions

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

Parish Collection: Last week’s collection raised £ 1002.25. Many thanks.


Maurice ‘Mossie’ Lane RIP

The funeral of the late Maurice Lane will be on Monday 17th December at 10 am followed by committal at Islington Crematorium.

Noel Kilduff RIP

The funeral of the late Noel Kilduff will be on Tuesday 18th December at 10 am followed by interment at East Finchley cemetery.

May they rest in peace.


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.

Evening Confession in Preparation for Christmas

On Tuesday 18th December we will have exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 7.30-8.30 pm. It will be a meditative and prayerful occasion. 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 until everyone has had the opportunity for the sacrament.

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! This week’s theme is “peace”.

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.

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.

Applications for Reception and Nursery at Our Lady of Lourdes School

Applications are invited for the Reception Class for September 2019 – this is for children born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015. The deadline to return this to the school office is 15th January 2019. Applications are invited for the Nursery for the Academic Year starting September 2019. This is for children born between 1st April 2016 and 31st March 2017. The deadline to return this to the school office is 30th January 2019. The forms are available to download on the school website – .

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


Are you an expert at Photoshop? Would you be willing to do a one-off project for the parish? We need to envisage various placements of a statue of Our Lady in the church grounds. You could help us to do this. There is several hours of work involved as you will have to use an existing picture of the statue and scale it accurately to fit each location. Contact Fr Terry with any offers.

Yvonne Merola

After four and a half years as parish secretary Yvonne Merola steps down from her post at the end of this month. Fr Terry says: I am so sorry to see Yvonne go from the parish office (thankfully she continues as a parishioner and reader). She was the first person to take up the newly created post and worked enormously hard to put the parish office on an efficient footing. She had to start from scratch. In addition to everything else she has been consistently thoughtful, always considerate of the feeling of others, seeking what would be best for the parish. We wish her well as she goes on to a full-time appointment elsewhere. We will be advertising the vacancy shortly.

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.

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