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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time 09.10.2022


Sun 9th Oct

8.30 am​​​ Thomas and Rebecca, wedding thanksgiving​

10 am  Maria and Antonio Russo, thanksgiving to St ​​​​Anthony​

12 noon Teresa Harrison, anniversary


Mon 10th Oct         ​Feria

10 am   Holy Souls​


Tues 11th Oct             ​Feria

10am  Michael O’Donnell, RIP​

Weds 12th Oct          ​



Thurs 13th Oct        ​St Edward the Confessor

10am​ Michael Baylon and family, intentions

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​Fri 14th Oct​           ​Feria

10 am    Patrick Lohan, RIP


Sat 15th Oct    29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

5 pm   Maureen Ward, 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, 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, Nina Cole and Pat McMahon whoseanniversaries occur at this time or have died recently. May they Rest in Peace.



The offertory collection for week ending 3rd October - £ 700.47. Many thanks. Please do not forget, that arranging a standing order is the easiest way to support St Mary’s.



*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 you already 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 will close registration very soon and arrange a home visit. You must be a regular attendee at a weekend Mass to be accepted onto the First Communion & Confirmation Courses.


Lectio Divina:

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


Finchley Foodbank Harvest Day Mass:

We have an opportunity to thank God for the gifts we gain from creation which feed and nourish us. The 10am Mass on Sunday 16th October will be a special Harvest celebration, and the other Masses that weekend will provide a chance for us to collect harvest produce for the Foodbank. UHT milk, preserved and tinned produce is ideal and must be “in date”. The Foodbank currently supports an average client population of 430 from across Barnet. If we each were able to bring a tin or pint of UHT milk to the harvest weekend it would be a wonderful contribution to the work of the foodbank.



CAFOD Harvest Fast Day – Second Collection

This weekend there will be a second collection for CAFOD. This time of year, we are encouraged to abstain from a Friday meal and donate its value to CAFOD using one of their Harvest Fast Day envelopes. After all Masses this weekend you can purchase some beautiful handmade Christmas cards with money going to CAFOD.


November – Month of the Holy Souls.

In November we commemorate and pray for the “Holy Souls”, those we know and those we do not know who have died. Next weekend you will find a Holy Souls envelope and blank sheet for you to complete and return to church. Names of those who have died will be placed on the sanctuary during November and masses for the Holy Souls will be celebrated during this special month.

* On the Feast of All Souls (Wednesday 2nd November) at 10am, Fr Peter will celebrate Mass and bless candles which you are invited to take to the graves of loved ones.

* This year, Fr Peter will take a candle to the grave of Canon More-O’Farrell (responsible for building the parish centre and priests house) who is buried in East Finchley cemetery. You are welcome to join him once he has decided on a time and date.

* Fr Peter will place a St Mary’s poppy wreath at 2pm on Sunday 13th November at the War Memorial in the grounds of Finchley Memorial Hospital to acknowledge the sacrifice of those who have died in war and conflict.All are welcome to join him.

* Fr Peter is organising the “St Pancras cemetery Mass” and will hopefully have a date and time ready for next weekend’s newsletter.

* For those who would like to learn more about the month of the Holy Souls, there will be a talk and discussion at 7:30pm on Tuesday 8th November in the small hall.


Have you a Room?

A Catholic working at Finchley Catholic High School is looking to temporarily rent a room in East Finchley. They would prefer to be within a Catholic household. If you have a room to spare please email Fr Peter.



It is evident that due to the pandemic some of our Catholic children do not know some foundational prayers such as the “Our Father”, the “Hail Mary” and the “Glory Be”. There are lots of helpful guides to assist parents in teaching these important prayers. Please ask Holly or Fr Peter. Or, begin the routine of saying one of these prayers in the morning as children get ready, when they see you next after school and before they go to bed. The “Our Father” is a perfect morning prayer, the “Hail Mary” as the family reunites and the “Glory Be” to praise God for a day lived. The pandemic must not “lockdown” our rich tradition of prayer which has always been handed from one generation to the next.

Secondary Transfer Forms

If you need a Certificate of Catholic Practice (or similar for other church schools) in support of your year 6 child’s application for secondary school transfer, please approach Fr Peter after one of the Sunday Masses. Please note, on certificates and forms you must complete your child’s details.  Father Peter will not be available to sign forms from 24th to 29th October 2022. You and your child must have returned to regular Sunday practice for Fr Peter to validate any certificates or transfer forms. Many thanks.


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). 


St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School – Finance Administrator Vacancy

The Governors are seeking to appoint a Finance Administrator to provide a range of financial support services for the school under the direction of the Senior Finance Administrator.  Duties are wide-ranging.  Experience in a financial role is desirable. Monday-Friday 8am to 4.15 pm (4 pm on Friday).  Application forms are available on the school website – please send completed forms to Closing date is Tuesday 18th October 2022 – early applications are encouraged as they may call to interview before this closing date.  School telephone number is 0208 446 2256>



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