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Second Sunday (Year C ) 20th January 2019

Second Sunday (Year C ) 20th January 2019


Sat 19th Jan

6 pm Vigil Mass May Brennan, intns

Sun 20th Jan

8.30 am People of the parish

10 am Agnes O’Boy and Nancy O’Boy, RIP

12 noon Intentions of the donor

Mon 21st Jan

11 am Funeral Mass of Christine Cunningham

Tue 22nd Jan

10 am Sister Avis, intns

Wed 23rd Jan

10 am Mary Cronin, intns

Thurs 24th Jan St Francis de Sales, bishop

10 am Patricia Campbell, RIP

Fri 25th Jan Conversion of St Paul the Apostle

10 am Gerry Mullan, intns

Sat 26th Jan

10 am Maria and Lio Luis, intns

Confession Saturday 10-10.30 am and 5.30-5.50 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.

Collection last Sunday was £1122.


Ask God’s blessing on Stephanie Opare and El-Nathan Lemuel Opare, who were baptised here yesterday Saturday 19th January.

Cancellation of Mass

The 10 am Mass on Monday 21st January has been cancelled.

First Holy Communion

The children’s preparation sessions are now under way, beginning at 9 am in the parish centre, after which they attend the 10 am Mass together.

Senior Citizens Lunch

The senior citizens will be on Sunday 27th January at 1pm. Last chance to sign up! If you would like to attend, put your name down in the list in the church porch. Many thanks to Billy Faughnan and Michael O' Hare for kindly providing the live music.

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 The closing date has been extended to 15th February (apologies that this was mistakenly given as 1st February in last week’s newsletter).


We will receive the body of Christine Cunningham into the church at 5 pm on Sunday 20th January. The funeral itself will be on Monday 21st January at 11 am, followed by burial at St Pancras Cemetery.

The funeral of Joan Parnell-Raw will be at Islington Burial Chapel on Thursday 24th January at 11.30 am. Mrs Parnell-Raw was lately of Cirencester, previously of Islington.

The funeral of Ann (Nancy) O’Shaughnessy will be on Tuesday 29th January at 11.30 am. Fr Michael O’Doherty will be the celebrant.

10 am Choir

The next Masses with our choir at the 10 am Mass will be:

Sunday 3rd February & Sunday 3rd May

There will be a rehearsal the week before in the large hall immediately after the 10 am Mass. Please don’t be shy about volunteering to sing. All are welcome.

New rotas for readers and eucharistic ministers:

3rd March - 23rd June

The existing rotas end on Sunday 24th February, but various administrative issues require the next set of rotas to be produced by the end of January. If you know you are unable to serve at a particular mass or, on the other hand, you wish to serve at a particular mass, please write a brief note with the relevant details and put the note in an envelope clearly marked 'Rotas: March to June' through the presbytery letterbox by Monday 21st January. The new rotas will cover Palm Sunday, but not Easter Sunday (April 21st) for which (along with Maundy Thursday and Good Friday) there will be special blank rotas to fill in. The rotas will be emailed out in the usual way. Please check the rotas in advance to see when you are scheduled to serve.

Red Boxes

The red box scheme raises funds the Church in developing countries through the Association for the Propagation of the Faith. In the last round some boxes were not put out for collection, others were put out but not collected. These are all now on display in the church porch. Do have a look to see if yours is there.

Growing in Faith

Last month and this month will see the final pledges fulfilled by those parishioners who signed up for the Growing in Faith appeal by Cardinal Nichols five years ago. Over 140 members of the parish made pledges, and together you have given £145,500 over the five year period. This is a tremendous achievement. 80% of the money has gone to diocesan purposes: care of sick and retired priests, training of new ones, and assistance to people in need. The other 20% went to the parish and helped us to establish a part-time post for a director of sacramental education and youth work. Thank you, parishioners, for your generosity in this appeal which has enabled so many good things to happen both locally and across the diocese.

Concert with Alexander Armstrong

Alexander Armstrong will be performing at a fundraising concert in aid of SVPVinnie Packs for the homeless alongside renowned soprano Miranda Heldt, actor Alex Macqueen and the Choir with No Name on Monday 4th February at 7 pm at Farm St Church, Mayfair. Tickets costing £30 are available by typing Vinnie Packs in the Looking For section on the Eventbrite website The SVP wold be very grateful for your support.

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