MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS
NO PUBLIC MASS
Sun 26th April
10 am People of the Parish
Mon 27th April Easter Feria
10 am Father Bernard Crowe, RIP
Tues 28th April Easter Feria
10 am Monsignor Anthony Stark, RIP
Weds 29th April St Catherine of Siena, Patron of Europe
10 am Teresa Ponzini, intentions
Thurs 30th April Easter Feria
10 am Kathleen Walsh, RIP
Fri 1st May St Joseph the Worker
10 am Marie Horan, RIP
Sat 2nd May St Anasthasius, Bishop and Doctor
10 am Kathleen Molloy, RIP
Please pray for the sick and those who care for them, today especially for the frail elderly and for those who work as carers.
Baptisms, Sacrament of Marriage and Funerals.
Fr Peter writes: Sadly baptisms and the Sacrament of Matrimony will be deferred until such time that the public health advice is that congregations can gather safely. Funerals will now take place at the graveside or at a crematorium, subject to the conditions laid down by the cemetery or crematorium authorities. Mass will be celebrated in memoriam when we are allowed to gather. We must keep in prayerful solidarity those who are grieving the loss of a loved one at this difficult time and offer as much support as we can.
Saturday Evening & Sunday Mass Intentions:
Fr Peter writes: As public Masses cannot be celebrated at this time, it is generally no longer appropriate for priests to celebrate Mass more than once a day, including on Sundays. This will mean that all Saturday evening and Sunday Masses which were to be celebrated for a special intention will now not be celebrated. Instead I will celebrate one Sunday Mass at 10am for the “People of the Parish”. If you have arranged for an intention for a Sunday Mass, I will defer this to the first available weekday Mass. I totally understand your disappointment, and if you would prefer to send your Mass intention to a missionary or enclosed community, let me know and I will arrange a refund.
How to see St Mary’s 10am Daily Mass.
Fr Peter writes: With the excellent assistance of Peter (a talented young man in the parish) and Holly you will be able to see me celebrate a daily 10am Mass in the Church via www.saintmarys.online Please let others know of this website -every day at 10am. We are working on the sound quality – hopefully will improve – but please turn up your volumes or wear headphones.
Fr Peter writes: In light of the uncertainty over the Coronavirus, it is understandable that we want to ensure our kitchen cupboards are well stocked. However, we must not forget that this can leave foodbanks struggling. Hundreds of people rely on generous donations from our parishioners. If possible, our foodbank would be grateful if you could spare: a carton of UHT milk, a tin of meat, fish, fruit, custard, rice pudding, vegetables, or tomatoes, aA packet of pasta, pulses cereal, tea, biscuits or soap. If you able to spare any of these items please ask a neighbour to hand them in either to Fr Peter at the presbytery or leave them outside his door and ring the doorbell. I want to thank St Barnabas Church who have worked alongside St Mary’s in the running and establishment of Finchley Foodbank. Due to the present crises, Helen and her team are now setting up a new midweek Foodbank in North Finchley, and while we will miss her – we wish her and St Barnabas every blessing in their new adventure.
UK Mutual Aid
We connect volunteers to those needing assistance while self-isolating during covid-19.To request help leave us a message: 020 31 377 488. We have volunteers in Barnet. We are good at Picking up Shopping • Sending Post or providing useful information • or just a friendly chat.
Carmel Bates RIP:
Carmel died peacefully on April 20th in South London. We extend our sympathy and prayers to her family. May she rest in peace.
Do not forget…
Fr Peter writes: Even though you cannot come to church, I can still light a candle for your intentions. If you would like me to place a lighted candle underneath the statue of the Sacred Heart, Our Lady or St Anthony, please give me a call, or leave a message, and I will do so before the daily 10am Mass.
May is the month of Our Lady:
Fr Peter writes: I had set aside the first weekend in May to be the parish feast day. It looks like we will still be in lockdown during much of May, but I think we can still celebrate our extraordinary parish. So, soon, I am going to send you some amazing photographs taken when St Mary’s was being built. They might look a bit grainy – but they will enable you to see the arch over the altar being constructed, the concrete pillars in position without walls and roof – and even a glimpse of the old church and presbytery.
Every Thursday at 7pm:
Every Thursday at 7pm the Cardinal and Bishops around the country will be celebrating Mass for the frontline workers in the NHS, care homes and those working in the community. I will also celebrate Mass at 7pm. We are all invited to pray at this time for those wonderful brave medical staff. At 8pm we will then join the rest of the community offering a round of applause for the NHS.