28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) 11th October 2020

MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS

Sun 11th Oct

10 am People of the Parish

11.30 am Mary Morrissey, RIP


Mon 12th Oct Feria

7pm Brendan Corcoran, RIP

Tues 13th Oct St Edward the Confessor

10 am Goziem Omuchukwu, thanksgiving

Weds 14th Oct NO MASS

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Thurs 15th Oct St Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor

7pm Tom Lohan and family, intentions

Fri 16th Oct Feria

10 am Kate Keleko, birthday thanksgiving

Sat 17th Oct St Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

5pm Ena McLearnen and Angela Geoghegan, intentions


Please pray for the sick and those who care for them, today especially for the frail elderly and for those who work as carers.


Our Wall Campaign has begun!

As you know, the wall separating the car park from the High Road is splitting and leaning. Repairs are due to begin in November, and will cost £30k. So far we have raised £5000.

Using the Book of Nehemiah from the Old Testament as inspiration we are going to try and raise our £25,000 in 52 days! Nehemiah was an exiled Jew serving the King of Persia. When he heard about the lamentable state of Jerusalem and its temple, he prayed and was inspired to rebuild the nation’s capital in 52 days. With the slogan “Rise up and Build” he encouraged every aspect of Jewish society (families, priests, businesses and farmers) to pick up building materials and restore Jerusalem’s temple and city walls.

We have one wall to restore, and all of us can help! Our challenge is to raise and restore our wall in 52 days. There are a numbers of ways in which you can help, and these are detailed in the accompanying leaflet. Every week, we will publish the amount raised, bricks bought, winners of our special “split the pot” lottery (that will be every fortnight) and latest updates getting you ready for the Halloween Walk or the Saturday Night Extravaganza!!


Together Lets Rise Up and Build!!!!


Our Parish Finances:

Some of our offertory amounts for last month: 6th September :£ 944.53;

13th September : £ 755.89 Our average offertory collection before the pandemic was £1000 per week. Your offertory collection contributes towards the running of the presbytery, church, parish centre and non-clergy salaries. The parish priest’s salary comes from baptisms, weddings, funerals and Easter & Christmas collections – all of which you are very generous.


Fr Peter

Father Peter’s operation took place as planned on Wednesday. He is very grateful for all the support and would really appreciate your continued prayers as he begins the recovery phase.


Secondary School Transfer Forms:

If you were unable to have your child’s form signed by Fr Peter, please post them through the presbytery letterbox with details of their baptism and First Holy Communion. The completed forms will be ready to collect from the porch after Mass.


First Holy Communions 2021:

Registration is currently open for anyone in Year 3 or above who would like to prepare to make their First Holy Communion in May 2021. Please email Holly for a registration form finchleyeastcat@rcdow.org.uk


Sunday at 10am:

This Sunday, the 10am Mass will be streamed for those shielding at home. If you are able to access our Just Giving Money Page so you can be part of the offertory collection, I would be very grateful. You can access the streaming service via www.saintmarys.online


Also this Sunday!

As of Sunday, Holly and co will stream children’s liturgy at 9am, also via www.saintmarys.online


Holy Souls Envelopes:

As we approach the month of November I have left in the church Holy Souls envelopes. This year (due to the coronavirus) please use your own paper to write the names of loved ones safe in God’s Kingdom, place them in the envelope and post through the presbytery letterbox. These names will be displayed on the sanctuary and prayed for during November – the month of Holy Souls.


Stewards:

I hope as you arrive for Mass you remember to thank our wonderful stewards. They are keeping us all safe from the virus by cleaning the church after each Mass. It would be very helpful to have a few more – the duties include welcoming and seating parishioners and after Mass helping to clean pews. Please email finchleyeast@rcdow.org.uk if you would like to join the present gallant crew.


Childhood Mental Health Needs – Pop Up Workshop

We will be hosting another Zoom workshop this Thursday 15th October from 8-9 pm on Understanding and Managing Childrens’ Emotions in the New Normal. Our guest speakers will be Emilia Dowling (Chartered Clinical Psychologist & Family Therapist) and Dr Judith Trowell (Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist). To book and receive meeting details, please e mail childhoodmentalhealthneeds@gmail.com Specific questions? Please e mail them in advance.


Our Wall Campaign has begun!

As you know, the wall separating the car park from the High Road is splitting and leaning. Repairs are due to begin in November, and will cost £30k. So far we have raised £5000.

Using the Book of Nehemiah from the Old Testament as inspiration we are going to try and raise our £25,000 in 52 days! Nehemiah was an exiled Jew serving the King of Persia. When he heard about the lamentable state of Jerusalem and its temple, he prayed and was inspired to rebuild the nation’s capital in 52 days. With the slogan “Rise up and Build” he encouraged every aspect of Jewish society (families, priests, businesses and farmers) to pick up building materials and restore Jerusalem’s temple and city walls.

We have one wall to restore, and all of us can help! Our challenge is to raise and restore our wall in 52 days. There are a numbers of ways in which you can help, and these are detailed in the accompanying leaflet. Every week, we will publish the amount raised, bricks bought, winners of our special “split the pot” lottery (that will be every fortnight) and latest updates getting you ready for the Halloween Walk or the Saturday Night Extravaganza!!


Together Lets Rise Up and Build!!!!


Attending Mass at St Mary’s

• You do not need to book your attendance for Mass at St Mary’s

• However – you must give to the steward your name and telephone number written on a piece of paper. You will need to provide this at every mass you attend.

• First come and First Served – those who come early are certain of a seat –if you arrive just before Mass, St Mary’s could be full to capacity (60 at each sitting) and you will have to attend another service in the week.

• Remember – any Mass will serve as a Sunday I have tried to give as many alternative Mass times during the week to spread out our normal Sunday congregation. Monday evening at 7pm has plenty of space.

You must wear a face mask at all Masses

• Please do not come to Mass if you are in the vulnerable category and shielding at home.

• Please do not come to Mass if you are feeling unwell.

• Please remember to alcohol gel your hands when you enter and leave the church.

• You must leave two seats empty between you or your family group and the next parishioner.

• Offertory money can now be deposited in the basket as you enter the porch.

Baptisms, Sacrament of Marriage and Funerals.

Baptisms can now be organised attendees are limited to 6 (this includes the baby or child). Weddings: the maximum number permitted to attend is 15. For weddings, a simple nuptial mass may be celebrated.

Funerals: the maximum number permitted to attend is 30. A simple requiem mass may be celebrated.

The return of the Sacrament of Reconciliation:

You can now return to the Sacrament of Confession with certain safeguards: Please do not come to confession if you are feeling unwell or shielding at home. Fr Terry will be available to hear confessions after each Mass Due to social distancing and ventilation, he will either hear confessions in the presbytery garden or, if it is raining, in church. Due to above practicalities, all confessions will be face to face.

Being St Mary’s Parish - Staying in touch - Registration & Parish Census:

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.


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