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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time 30.10.2022



Sun 30th Oct

8.30 am​​​ Tom Sullivan, RIP​​

10 am  Mary Durkan, intentions​

12 noon  Jack Cronin, RIP


Mon 31st Oct         ​Feria

10 am   Jonny Cronin, RIP​


Tues 1st Nov    All Saints

10am  All Saints

7.30 pm​ People of the Parish​

Weds 2nd Nov  ​Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed

10 am​ All Souls


Thurs 3rd Nov        ​Feria

10am​ Peter Sartori, RIP

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​Fri 4th Nov​           ​



Sat 5th Nov   32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

5 pm  Giovanni Negrotti, anniversary


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 23rd October - £ 985.95.  Many thanks. Please do not forget, that 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.  


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”.


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.


Circles of Life talks:

Beginning on Tuesday 8th November there will be four separate evenings exploring a different “circle of life” either preparing us for the year ahead, for Christmas or for eternity!  Each evening will either be presented by Holly, John Colby, Fr Peter or Deacon Dom. They hope to be informative, fun and prayerful.

The first presentation will explore the month of the Holy Souls and will take place in the Canon More O’Ferrell Hall (in the Parish Centre) on Tuesday 8th November at 7:30pm.

The second talk will be at 7:30pm on Tuesday 15th November and will look at the “liturgical cycle” – the beginning and end of a Church year and the colours and traditions of each season within that period.

On Tuesday 22nd November at 7:30pm it will be an opportunity to use your craft skills as you make an advent wreath and learn its significance and symbolism.

Finally, on Tuesday 6th December at 7:30pm, over some mulled wine and the odd mince pie there will be a presentation on the Advent “O” Antiphons. All are very welcome – let us learn, share and pray together.

Sick and Retired Priests – Second Collection 5th and 6th November

The second collection next week will be for the sick and retired priests of our Diocese. Most priests offer their resignation at 75, but many continue to serve in our schools, hospitals, hospices and parishes.  By supporting the Sick and Retired Priests’ Fund, you can help cover essential costs and give them peace of mind that in the event of an emergency, their needs will be met.

This is our chance to say thank you to our sick and retired priests who have given so much.  You will find a donation envelope at the back of the church today.  Please take one home, and bring it back next weekend with your donation.  Please continue to pray for the well being of all our clergy: active, retired and ill.  You can donate online at - the envelopes and posters feature a QR Code that you can scan with a phone camera to give online.



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



Freedom from Torture North London Supporters Group Photography Competition:

A Place to Call Home.

Running until December 12th.  Categories for adults and young people. Details and how to enter here:  A place to call home - Photography Competition –( It’s very easy to enter and requires a small donation. A selection of entries will be included in our digital gallery. Three winners in each age group, as judged by the photographers Kolbassia Haoussou, Yousif Al Shewaili and Aisha Olamide.  “A place to call home” - will be displayed in a gallery space in London in the New Year.  And there are prizes! If you are unable, or don't want, to submit a photograph but you do want to be involved you can give a direct donation on this site:  FfT NorthLondonSupportersGroup is fundraising for Freedom from Torture (


The Fudge Pop up Shop!

A Big Thank you to Lisa and her family for making fudge and brownies to help us start our 70th/125thcelebrations. There is more to come!


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