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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time 11.09.2022


Sun 11th Sept

8.30 am​​​ People of the Parish​​​

10 am H.M. Queen Elizabeth II RIP

12 noon Vince Harrison and Nancy Harrison, anniv.


Mon 12th Sept  Feria

10 am Mary Cronin, intentions



Tues 13th Sept St John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor

10am  Holy Souls

Weds 14th Sept          ​



Thurs 15th Sept  Our Lady of Sorrows

10am​ Mary Whitney, intentions

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​Fri 16th Sept  SS Cornelius Pope and Cyprian, Bishops, ​​​​​Martyrs

10 am James Meally, RIP


Sat 17th Sept  25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

5 pm ​Holy Souls


10am – 11am; 4:30pm – 5pm: Confessions and Exposition.


Your Prayers:

Let us keep in our prayers: Eric Nicholas Darwent,  Therese Kemp, Frank Kilbride, John O’Shea, Rekha, Bina, Jose Luis Pérez, Alice, Michael O Boy, Lilian Murphy, Karina McKiernan, Izabela Lissowska and Florida Regina Karawgodage – all unwell at this time. We also pray for:: HM.Queen Elizabeth, Larry Hughes, Gino Tomei, James Meally, Peter Sartori, Noel Ryan, Donato Merola, Aurora Lobo–Buckland, Christine Pavlou, Tom Lohan, Siobhan Lynch, Dennis Lennane, Susan Wren, Geraldine Day, Catherine Kelly, Josephine Okuyiga, Erlinda McAviney, Betty Murray, William Comey, Jane Ikwueke, Gail Yates, Monica O Donnell, Eamonn Clifford, Ronald Kinsella, Maureen O Sullivan, Patrick Reilly and Pat McMahon whose anniversaries occur at this time or have died recently. May they Rest in Peace.


Statement by Cardinal Vincent on the Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

“On 21 April 1947, on her twenty-first birthday, Princess Elizabeth said, ‘I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service.’ Now, seventy-five years later, we are heartbroken in our loss at her death, and so full of admiration for the unfailing way in which she fulfilled that declaration. At this time, we pray for the repose of the soul of Her Majesty. We do so with confidence, because the Christian faith marked every day of her life and activity.

In her Millennium Christmas message, she said, ‘To many of us, our beliefs are of fundamental importance. Forme the teachings of Christ and my own personal accountability before God provide a framework in which I try to lead my life. I, like so many of you, have drawn great comfort in difficult times from Christ’s words and example.’ Our prayer is that she is now received into the merciful presence of God, there to be reunited with her beloved Prince Philip. This is the promise of our faith, and our deep consolation. May she now rest in peace. Wepray for His Majesty the King, as he assumes his new office even as he mourns his mother.”


Home Mission Sunday – Second Collection

Next weekend at all Masses there will be a second collection for Home Mission Sunday.


Volunteers Needed…

1. Children’s liturgy at the 10am Mass on Sunday: If you are a teacher, a retired teacher or used to working with children, it would be great if you could help Holly with children’s liturgy. The more involved – the easier the effort. You must have a DBS, or be prepared to let the parish apply for one. Please see Fr Peter or Holly.  

2. Monday morning counters: If you are good with figures (money – not body shapes) and can spare a Monday morning, there are vacancies to join our collection money counter team. Ideally, this would suit a home manager who can spare the odd Monday morning, or a retiree good at sudoku. Please see Fr Peter.

Larry Hughes RIP

Very sadly and unexpectedly Larry died on Monday. He was just 61. Larry was brought up in Finchley before moving to Whetstone. Let us keep his wife Susan and their family in our prayers. Larry is the brother in law of Fr Michael O’Boy and also a great friend of Fr Mehal Lowry. Funeral details to follow. May he rest in peace.




• If your child is in Year 3 or above and you feel they are ready, you are invited to register them to prepare for and make their First Reconciliation and First Communion.

• Young people in Year 9 or above, would you like to prepare to get Confirmed in 2023?  

• Are you an adult who would like to know more about the Catholic faith or become a Catholic? Are youalready a baptised Catholic but have never completed your formation and would like to make your First Communion or  Confirmation? If so, you would be very welcome to join our RCIA group.


To register an interest in any of these groups, email


The offertory collection for the recent weeks are as follows: Week ending 28th August was: £ 744.72 Week ending 4th September was: £ 867.83 Many thanks. Please do not forget, that arranging a standing order is the easiest way to support St Mary’s.


St Mary’s SVP Social evening Saturday 1St October at 6pm

The SVP are again hosting a social evening to help to raise funds for its activities helping individuals and families in need. A hot supper will be served [meat lasagne or vegetarian option] at 6pm followed by a wonderful film AMAZING GRACE, the story of William Wilberforce and how he manoeuvres his way through parliament to end the British transatlantic slave trade. Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Albert Finney, Michael Gambon Tickets will be sold before and after the weekend masses 17/18th and 24/25th September by SVP members Michael, Fintan, Joan, Nicola and Jean

Price £15 per person includes supper, soft drinks and sweets. Bring your own alcohol.



Saturday 17th Sept at 5pm and Sunday 18th Sept at 8:30am, 10am and 12noon

Teas and coffees after every Mass to welcome everyone back from the Summer break, including our new Deacon, the Reverend Domagoj. Come along and say hello!

City of London clocks

Do you know how many clocks are around the City of London? The Aysanew Kassa Trust are raising funds for their work supporting the education of the children of Azezo, Ethiopia and are offering a fun afternoon on Saturday 17th September walking the streets of the City to find the clocks! So, a great exercise after your holidays. You will be met in Fleet Street [you can start anytime between 11.30am and 12.30]and given your pictures of clocks and off you go with your instructions. We will then meet at a hostelry between 3pm and 4pm. The winner will be awarded a prize. Each adult participating will pay a donation to the charity of £30. For more information and to book a place contact Jean Bailey 07484889062 or Pietro Servini 07706608742 website

New rotas for Readers and Eucharistic Ministers

The present rota ends on Sunday 25rh September and new schedules for the period from 2nd October 2022 to 22nd January 2023 will be drawn up very soon. If you aware of any dates you are unable to serve, please inform Yvonne the Parish Administrator by Wednesday 14th September.


WHAT? -Raft building and racing extravaganza

WHEN? -Sunday 18th September, 3-6pm

WHERE? -Phoenix Outdoor Centre, Welsh Harp Reservoir, NW9

HOW MUCH? - £5 (if this is difficult don’t let it stop you, we can help)

All parish young people, aged 10+, are invited to join us for an afternoon of raft building and racing. It will be a great chance to get together, meet old friends, make new friends, get to know our new Deacon and get Fr Peter wet! Whichever Mass you usually attend, whether you’re new to the parish or have been here your whole life, we’d love to see as many of you as can come. So that we can let Phoenix know numbers, IF YOU’D LIKE TO COME, PLEASE ….. email Holly at or put your name on the sign-up sheet in the PORCH by Wednesday 14th September.


Fr Peter writes: “As promised, I have arranged for Deacon Patrick Van Der Vorst to give his talk postponed in July and for Dr Bridie Stringer to return to continue her presentation on “Women in the Church”. Dr Bridie will present on Saturday 8th October. As her subject area needs discussion and debate, I have arranged that she comes for the whole day. I will give a start and finish time next weekend. Deacon Patrick is in the midst of his seminary studies in Rome, but will add to our enjoyment of Advent by coming to talk to us on “The Eucharist and Art” on Monday 19th December at 7:30pm. I am sure he will relate it to Christmas, and we can retire into the hall for mince pies and mulled wine after his presentation.

Bishop Douglas Catholic School Open Evening: 14th September 5:30pm – 7pm.


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