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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time 23.10.2022



Sun 23rd Oct

8.30 am​​​ Carmela Pignataro, 20th anniversary​

10 am  Malcolm McCarthy, RIP​

12 noon  Cornelius McGlynn, 3rd anniversary


Mon 24th Oct Feria

10 am  Tom Shaw, RIP​


Tues 25th Oct    Feria

10am   Mossy King, anniversary​

Weds 26th Oct          ​



Thurs 27th Oct        ​Feria

10am​ Sister Theresa, intentions

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​Fri 28th Oct​  SS Simon and Jude, Apostles

10 am    ​People of the Parish


Sat 29th Oct   31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

5 pm                          ​Jack Cronin, 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, Lorenzo Marcantuono and Pat McMahon whose anniversaries occur at this time or have died recently. May they Rest in Peace.


The offertory collection for week ending 16th October - £789.69. Many thanks. Please do not forget arranging a standing order is the easiest way to support St Mary’s.


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 with the names of those you wish to pray for. Please put the completed sheet into the envelope 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 after the 12 noon Mass on Sunday 6th November 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 very welcome to join Fr Peter.

*  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.

* The “St Pancras Cemetery Mass” will be on Thursday 17th November at 2pm in the Burial Chapel. All are welcome and candles will be available to place on graves.

* 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.


St Mary’s Allotment News:

The strip of land behind the church is being prepared for cultivation in the spring. Grateful thanks to everyone involved. If you would like to help please email Fr Peter.



St Mary’s Christmas Fete - 2022

Our Christmas Fair will take place on Sunday 27 Nov 11am to 3pm. Something for everyone - carol singing, hot food and beverages. Lots of stalls - home-bakes; tombola; arts and crafts; books; jewellery and much more. We’ve even secured a visit from Santa!   Please take home a flyer and stick on your fridge as a reminder of what to donate. Thank you. If you can help us there are sign-up sheets at the church entrance.  Next planning meeting is this weekend after the 10am mass in the blue hall. All are welcome.


Lectio Divina:

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


Latest News on the Wall….

Fr Peter writes - I know lots of you will have wondered what has been happening with the wall. It seems like a “start stop” project. The difficulty has been assessing the pressure of the car park. So! The latest news….. as of last week….. after seeking the estimates and advice of four building contractors, the Diocese has taken further guidance and re-evaluated the structural engineers report and decided repairs can only be achieved by constructing an inner concrete fence behind the wall and then repairing the brickwork. Previous possibilities had been lowering shale cages behind the wall and then making repairs. This concrete work is understandably limited to specialist builders who will have the expertise to stop the car park slipping into the High Road while the fence is created. Ironically all contractors with this specialist skill are involved in the Hs2 project helping to build the new rail link between London and the North West. In the mean-time, while we wait for a specialist company to become available, the diocese is sending a surveyor to check the wall every month.


70th/125th Anniversary of St Mary’s:

Earlier this year we celebrated 70 years since the foundation stone of the present church had been blessed…………next year we celebrate 70 years since the church was opened and 125 years since the parish of St Mary’s was established. Double celebrations! In the next couple of weeks, you will hear about some fun events to help commemorate this marvellous year. It could be a Zumba, a quiz, a pilgrimage, a calendar!

It will be a fun and holy year nonetheless. Watch this 70th/125th space for more details.

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 is not 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).


Over 55's Information Fayre: a date for your diaries

Next week, on Friday October 28th, Mike Freer MP has arranged the "Over 55s advice and information Fayre", taking place from 10am to 12noon at St Pauls Church, Long Lane N3 2PU.  Over 55's, their families, and carers in the local area are invited to attend a free event which shares information and advice about the local services, support and activities available in Barnet.  In 2019, the Fayre brought together over thirty local and national organisations, including charities, social clubs, the Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade and local authority services.  So far this year, they have had confirmation from the following organisations, which is by no means exhaustive: Age UK Barnet; Barclays Bank; Barnet Homes; Cadent; Centrica; Community Barnet; Dementia Club UK; E.ON; Finchley Charities; Finchley Victoria Bowling & Croquet Club; Five Bells Computer Club; Jewish Living; London Fire Brigade; Opening Doors; RNIB; Smart Energy; Thames Water; U3A and Yoga for All.   Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available to all visitors.


CAFOD Card Stall:

Grateful thanks to everyone who bought one of the beautiful handmade cards for CAFOD. The stall raised £180. Well done everyone involved.


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