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Third Sunday (Year C ) 27th January 2019

Third Sunday (Year C ) 27th January 2019


Sat 26th Jan

6 pm Vigil Mass Angela Brennan, intentions

Sun 27th Jan

8.30 am Bruno Acuti, 30th anniversary

10 am Annette O’Gorman, 1st anniversary

12 noon Kitty Smith, RIP

Mon 28th Jan St Thomas Aquinas

10 am Agnes O’Boy, RIP

Tue 29th Jan

10 am Agnes O’Boy, RIP

11.30 am Funeral Mass of Nancy O’Shaughnessy

Wed 30th Jan

10 am Tom Lobo, RIP

Thurs 31st Jan St John Bosco

10 am Patrick Hanafin, intentions

Fri 1st Feb

10 am Agnes O’Boy, RIP

Sat 2nd Feb The Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas)

10 am Agnes O’Boy, RIP

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.

Local support for refugees: Eggs please

Please help us support the local drop-in centre for destitute refugees and asylum seekers by bringing 6 or more hard-boiled eggs to church on Sunday, 3rdFebruary. Many thanks for your help!

First Holy Communion

The children’s preparation sessions are now under way, and we are unable to register any more children. A total of 29 children are preparing to receive Christ in the eucharist. Do ask God’s blessing on them and on their parents and catechists.

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.


The funeral of Ann (Nancy) O’Shaughnessy will take place on Tuesday 29th January in the church at 11.30 with the committal at Islington Crematorium, N2 at 1.15pm. Her family writes: Everyone is welcome to come back to the church hall afterwards. Family flowers only please. Should anyone wish to make a donation, collection boxes for Cherry Lodge Cancer Care will be available at the service.

Alternatively, visit

We also announce sadly the death of Joseph Brohan, husband of Vicky. His funeral will be here on Tuesday 5th February at 10 am followed by committal at Marylebone Crematorium.

May they rest in peace.

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 TODAY 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. 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.

Blessing of the throats

The blessing of the throats normally takes place on the feast of St Blaise on the 3rd February. However, this year that his a Sunday, so the blessing will be transferred to the following day, Monday 4th February.

Our Lady of Lourdes nursery

Our Lady of Lourdes, Bow Lane, N12 is still accepting applications for Nursery for September 2019 and offers both 15 and 30 hours free childcare. If your child was born between 1st April 2016 and 31st March 2017 please see the website for an application form or contact the school office on 0208 346 1681.

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