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The Epiphany of the Lord (Year A) 5th January 2020


Sat 4th Jan Christmas feria

6.00 pm Vigil Patrick Mackessy, RIP

Sun 5th Jan The Epiphany of the Lord

8.30 am People of the Parish

10 am Nancy O’Shaughnessy, RIP

12 noon Mai & Eamon Malone and deceased members

Mon 6th Jan Christmas feria

10 am Berne Reapy, intentions for recovery

Tues 7th Jan Christmas feria

10 am Holy Souls

Weds 8th Jan Christmas feria

10 am Jozsef Mak, 3rd anniversary

Thurs 9th Jan Christmas feria

10 am Nancy O’Shaughnessy, anniversary

Fri 10th Jan Christmas feria

10 am Agnes O’Boy, RIP

Sat 11th Jan Christmas feria

10 am Mr and Mrs Ruddy and family

Confession: Saturday 10.30 am and 5.30 pm

Exposition & Benediction: Thurs. 10.30-10.45 am & Sat. 5.30-5.55 pm

Please pray for the sick and those who care for them, today especially for the frail elderly and for those who work as carers.

Parish Collection: Last week’s collection came to £ 788.10– Thank you.

Fr Peter writes….

“A big thank you to all those who have made Christmas and the New Year so special. There are so many to mention: church cleaners, those who collate and fold the newsletters, angelic choirs and organists, servers, first communion children, readers, Eucharistic ministers, those who have decorated the church, counters and offertory collectors, wonderful sacristans and of course Yvonne, Holly and Peter.

I also want to thank all those who have given me cards and gifts. I feel genuinely overwhelmed and so grateful to be part of this wonderful parish”.

Housebound Parishioners….

Fr Peter writes: Please let me know if you are aware of any housebound neighbours or friends who might appreciate a visit. Please get their permission before providing me with their name, address and telephone number. Please reassure them, that before a visit I will always call them.

The Reconciliation/ Confessional Room.

Fr Peter writes: In November St Mary’s was audited by the diocese (who inspected our financial records, the security of our buildings and our safeguarding measures). We have been awarded a proposed 91% compliance score – which is excellent, and is due to the hard work of Fr Terry, Yvonne, Emir, and Peter. The auditors have recommended that our reconciliation room has a clear dividing wall between the priest and penitent (rather than a screen), and so alterations to our confessional will begin in the next few weeks.

Answer’s to last weeks “decade quiz….”

2013, 2015-16, 2010, 2015, 2014, 2015, 2010, 2019, 2019, 2016. These answers can also serve as future lottery numbers.

Annual Holocaust Multi-Faith Memorial Day Service

London Borough of Barnet are holding their Annual Holocaust Multi-Faith Memorial Day Service in the Quadrangle at Middlesex University in the Burroughs NW4 4BT on Sunday 26th January 2020 at 2.30 pm.

“Missio” Red Boxes

Anthony Schofield, Missio representative writes: The total for the last red box collection, as of 3rd December 2019 was £480.34. On behalf of “Missio”, might I thank all our box holders and I look forward to more boxes being returned at the next collection, which you will be notified of around May 2020.

St Mary’s Sponsored “Anxiety Workshop for Children.”

A St Mary’s mum has organised a much needed “Anxiety Workshop” for parents who cannot access support if their child is suffering from anxiety. This “pop up” workshop is being facilitated by Jo Holden a Mental Health Trainer with “ccsConnectEd.” The workshop will take place in the parish hall on Tuesday 28th January from 7pm to 8:30pm. To book please email: Donations are welcome on attendance.

Senior Citizens lunch

The annual parish Senior Citizens lunch will be hosted in the Parish Hall on Sunday, January 26th at 1pm. Billy Faughnan and Michael O 'Hare have kindly signed up to provide music for the event. If you would like to join us please sign your name on the sheet in the porch.

Altar Servers:

If you’ve not done so already, please collect your Christmas chocolates from the sacristy – otherwise Fr Peter will have to eat them.

New Parishioners:

If you have joined the parish in or since 2019 please come to a New Parishioner Party in the Presbytery on Tuesday 25th February at 8pm. Pancakes and wine will be provided. Please sign the sheet in the porch if you are a new parishioner and wish to attend.

Our Lady of Lourdes, N12 - Applications for Reception & Nursery Sept 2020

Our Lady of Lourdes, Bow Lane is now accepting applications for Reception and Nursery for September 2020. If your child was born between 1/9/15 and 31/8/16 please apply for Reception. The deadline is 15th January 2020. If your child was born between 1/4/17 and 31/3/18 please apply for Nursery. The deadline is 31st January 2020. Application forms are on the school website or from the school office on 0208 3461681. We welcome applications from non-Catholic children.

Reception School Forms:

Parents of Catholic children who need to have their reception class school forms signed by the parish priest need to present themselves to Fr Peter after the Saturday evening and Sunday Masses. Please have the child’s name, address and date of birth filled in, and bring applications for all the Catholic schools you have chosen.

Gift Aid

A big “thank you” to everyone who “gift aids” offertory donations or money given to appeals. Due to gift aid a few thousand pounds is added towards the upkeep of St Mary’s. It is all so simple and effective, if you would like to “gift aid” – please see Fr Peter.

Parish Council:

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Tuesday 21st January at 8pm in the presbytery.

Bishop Douglass School – Administrator Vacancy

Bishop Douglass School is looking for a good administrator with people skills, strong communication skills and a robust ‘can do’ attitude to work in the Student Services office starting in January 2020. You will join a small, caring and friendly team providing a full range of support services to the school.The position could be full time or term time hours to suit. Please send in a letter of application with an accompanying CV to Mrs Saleem at A competitive rate of pay will be offered for the right candidate. Bishop Douglass Catholic School is committed to safer recruitment practice and safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The successful candidate will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and other relevant employment checks.

In case you are admitted to hospital........

In light of data protection please indicate on entering hospital that your details are to be passed to the RC Chaplain. Also state that you would like the RC Chaplain to visit you.

For those couples wishing to get married it is important that you notify Fr Peter at least 6 months before your wedding date.

If you would like your child to be baptised please contact

Fr Peter.

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