MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS NO PUBLIC MASS
Sun 14th June 10 am People of the Parish
Mon 15th June Feria 10 am McDermott family
Tues 16th June St Richard of Chichester, Bishop 10 am May Brennan, intentions
Weds 17th June Feria 10 am Kerrigan family
Thurs 18th June Feria 10 am Day family
Fri 19th June The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus 10 am Michael Day
Sat 20th June The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary 10 am Patrick O’Brien
Please pray for the sick and those who care for them, today especially for the frail elderly and for those who work as carers.
An alternative way to give your offertory collection: Our new “Just Giving Money Page” operated by Virgin. The link is http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/StMaryFinchleyEast A big thank you to everyone who has contributed and who continue to do so.
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. 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.
Being St Mary’s Parish - Staying in touch - Registration & Parish Census: Fr Peter writes: It is very important that I am able to keep in touch with you. The shepherd needs his flock. Please update your parish details using the parish census sheet and return to me hand delivered via a volunteer who can come to the presbytery. It is so important that we stay in touch with each other. I will endeavour to send out a weekly newsletter to those without computers. If you are receiving post from us but have an e mail address, please let us know your e mail address. I will also use the live streamed Masses to convey notices.
UK Mutual Aid We connect volunteers to those needing assistance while self-isolating during covid19.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.
St Mary’s can open for Prayer:
Fr Peter writes: St Mary’s can now open for prayer – on Tuesday: 11am – 1pm and Thursday: 6:30pm to 7:30pm. It is so important that you follow the guidelines listed below. Due to social distancing – the guidelines stipulate that St Mary’s can only contain 50 or so people at any one time:
- if you feel unwell – you must not visit St Mary’s.
- if the church reaches its maximum number, the stewards will ask you to wait outside until those inside leave.
- everyone must use alcohol hand gel when entering and leaving St Mary’s,
- all toilets must remain closed,
- social distancing means every other pew is closed and only end seats are available for use,
- after leaving a pew, the seat will be cleaned before someone else sits there.
- there is only one direction of flow – so you enter via the main doors and must leave the church by the side exits,
- statues must not be touched.
- please do not leave any personal belongings – this includes novena prayers.
- Stewards will be in church while it is open for prayer.
- Mass will continue to be said without parishioners present.
As referred to, the church still needs “stewards” while these measures are in place – and due to Covid 19 diocesan requirements – the church can only be open, if stewards are present. Stewards must be in good health and ideally under 70 years of age. They would be required to direct people into church, ensure social distance guidelines are respected and clean a pew seat once someone has left. The more stewards we have, the more times the church can be left open. If you can help, please let me know.
Mass on the Radio from Westminster Cathedral: On Sunday 14th June, the Sunday Worship Programme, which airs at 8.10am on BBC Radio 4, will broadcast Mass celebrated by the Cardinal in Westminster Cathedral.
Who is watching? Fr Peter writes: “Although the Sunday 10am Mass has had the odd glitch, it has been streamed effectively for almost 12 weeks. Very occasionally I have had lovely emails from people outside St Mary’s who have watched one or two Masses. Recently I was told that someone was watching from the Philippines, yesterday I had an email from Uganda. I know a gentleman from New York tunes in. These honorary parishioners reflect the wonderful diversity of our parish. Let us pray, that in time we are all able to return to St Mary’s church – but in the mean-time let us acknowledge that we are the community of St Mary’s wherever we are. We are representatives of this wonderful parish where ever we are watching from.