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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time 25.09.2022


Sun 25th Sept

8.30 am​​​ People of the Parish​​​

10 am  William (Bill) Handley, RIP

12 noon  Anthony Sweeney, RIP and deceased family members


Mon 26th Sept  Feria

10 am ​Jimmy Callaghan, RIP


Tues 27th Sept  St Vincent de Paul, Priest

10am  John Murphy and Danny O’Shea, intentions

Weds 28st Sept          ​



Thurs 29th Sept  SS Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels

10am​ Holy Souls

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​Fri 30th Sept   St Jerome, Priest and Doctor

10 am Tommy Holmes, RIP


Sat 1st Oct 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

5 pm   Joe Lohan, RIP


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, Ann Gourdarznia and Pat McMahon whoseanniversaries occur at this time or have died recently. May they Rest in Peace.


The offertory collection for week ending 18th September is: £ 644.70. Many thanks. Please do not forget, that arranging a standing order is the easiest way to support St Mary’s.

Home Mission Sunday – Second Collection

The amount raised for Home Mission Sunday was £232.08.  Many thanks for your generosity.

Larry Hughes RIP

Larry will be received at the church (St Mary Magdalen, Athenaeum Road, Whetstone, N20 9AE) on *Tuesday 27th of September at 6.30pm* for a short evening service. There will be teas and coffees in the church hall afterwards. The funeral service will be the following day - *Wednesday 28th September* at 11am also at St Mary Magdalen. The wake will follow from *1pm at The Claddagh Ring Pub* , 10 Church Rd, London, NW4 4EA. There is parking available behind the pub at Fuller Street car park and surrounding roads (accessed via Sunnyside Gardens) - permits will be handed out by Claddagh staff on arrival.  Family flowers only. If you would like to donate in his memory to the British Heart Foundation, Larry’s family have set up the following JustGiving page:


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.



• 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


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.


Last Sunday’s Raft Building and Race.

We survived!!! It was a wonderful afternoon, and a big thank you to all those young parishioners who attended. We made three rafts and then rowed across the shark infested, “Loch Ness Monster holiday destination” of theWelsh Harp Reservoir in West Hendon. A big thank you to Holly and the instructors. Our next escapade for Young Parishioners (10+) will be Sunday 20th November. Please keep an eye on the newsletter. The next adventure will not be “water based” but may involve some “Bear Grylls” skills!


Lectio Divina:

The St Mary’s “Lectio Divina” zoom will resume on Monday from 7:30pm – 8:30pm. Please email Fr Peter if you want to be part of the “Lectio Zoom Team”.


Finchley Foodbank Pilot – Can you help?

We need some parish volunteers to trial the new Foodbank system in the hall. It will only be for an hour on Sunday 2nd October from 2-3pm. Your observation on how we hope to distribute food using a new system will be invaluable. Please email Fr Peter or ask to see Anna.

No Teas and Coffees after Monday Mass for 2 weeks

Bishop Douglass School will be holding retreats in our parish hall over several days.  Due to this, there will be no teas and coffees after the Monday Mass on Monday 26th September and Monday 3rd October.  Normal service will resume on Monday 10th October.


Loreto College, St Albans – Open Evening for Secondary Transfer 2023

The Open Evening for prospective pupils applying to Loreto College will take place on Tuesday 27th September 2022 from 6pm to 9 pm.  Please use the entrance in Upper Lattimore Road. Guided tours will be organized from 6pm to 7.45 pm.  Mrs. Maire Lynch, Headteacher will address parents at 6.15 pm, 7.15pm and 8.15 pm.  Tours during the school day will take place between 3rd-14th October (by appointment only from 28th September onwards by calling 01727 856206). Please note there are no parking facilities at the school and parking locally is restricted.  Public car parks at the Civic Centre and The Maltings.  


Our Lady of Lourdes Nursery and Primary School – Nursery Applications

Our Lady of Lourdes school in Bow Lane, N12 are still accepting applications to our Nursery from September 2022.  If your child was born between 1st April 2019 and 31st March 2020 please apply.  All information can be found on the school website


St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School

St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School (East End Road, N3 2TD) is a happy and successful school in Finchley. It has been serving the community for over 50 years, and still has places available for the new 2022-23 school year. Please contact the school office for further information (email:; tel: (020) 8346 8826). 


Head Teacher of our Parish School is Running the London Marathon!

Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School is proud to be taking part in the world's biggest Marathon. Over 35 children from OLOL will run the 2022 TCS Mini London Marathon on 1st Oct and the Executive Head, Barbara Costa, will run the London Marathon on 2nd Oct. Together they are fundraising for the Catholic Children's Society and would appreciate any donations to CCS which will bring hope and change to many children and families. Thank you, from all of us at OLOL


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