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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 06.11.2022



Sun 6th Nov

8.30 am​​​ Gail Yates, RIP​​​

10 am ​​Lily MCarrick, RIP​

12 noon People of the Parish


Mon 7th Nov         ​Feria

10 am  Holy Souls​


Tues 8th Nov             ​Feria

10am For the intentions of the SVP

Weds 9th Nov          ​


Thurs 10th Nov St Leo the Great, Pope & Doctor

10am​ Funeral Mass for Lorenzo Marcantuono

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​Fri 11th Nov​  St Martin of Tours, Bishop

10 am    ​Bridie Mockler, RIP


Sat 12th Nov    33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

5 pm  ​Teresa McGovern, anniversary


10am – 11am; 4:30pm – 5pm: Confessions and Exposition.



Your Prayers:

Let us keep in our prayers: Christna Cahill, Eric Nicholas Darwent,  Therese Kemp, 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:: 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, Pat McMahon, Michael Walsh and Esther AmpomahArhin, whose anniversaries occur at this time or have died recently. May they Rest in Peace.


The offertory collection for week ending 30th October - £725.17.  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. 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.

* This weekend, 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.


The Marble Register of Parish Priests:

The marble tablet which features the names of St Mary’s Parish Priests in the porch has finally been updated, but is not finished. Paintwork which highlights the names has to settle and be sanded down in a months’ time. How many Parish Priests have there been? A.20; B.14; C.18


                           Our Christmas Fair needs you - Sunday 27 Nov    Huge thanks to those who remembered to bring donations for the Christmas Fair. Please help us to make it a success as there are now only two more weekends left to bring donations before the fair on 27 Nov.

Please take home a flyer as a reminder of what to donate.

We particularly need bottles and chocolate for the Tombola; home-baked fruit cakes; and prizes for the raffle. Thank you.

Please look out for raffle ticket sellers. 1st prize £100; 2nd prize £75; 3rd prize £50 and other prizes. 

If you can help us there are sign-up sheets at the church entrance. Thank you.


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.


Calling all Carol singers for our Christmas Fair

Please join Helen Tierney on Sunday 20 Nov after the 10am mass in the blue hall for our Christmas carol singing rehearsal.


Race for Glory- Calling all Ninja Warriors!!

If you are a young St Mary’s parishioner, aged 10+, you are invited to join us on the afternoon of Sunday 20th November for the chance to test your Ninja skills on Watfords own Ninja Warrior Adventure Park and find out more about how we can Race for Glory!! If you’d like to join us, sign up on the sheet at the back of the church or email Holly at This activity will cost £5 

(if the cost is difficult please let us know, we don’t want it to be a barrier and can help if needed)

Sick and Retired Priests – Second Collection This Weekend

This weekend’s second collection is for the Sick and Retired Priests’ Fund.  Please give generously and help ensure our sick and older priests are financially supported, having given us a lifetime of dedicated service.  They have baptised us, welcomed us into the church, and offered comfort and prayer at times of sorrow.  Now we have a chance to give back and ensure they have peace of mind during their senior years, when they may be facing failing health and declining mobility.  Please give generously using the envelopes in the church.  You can also donate online at - the envelopes and posters feature a ‘QR Code’ that you can scan with a phone camera to give online.  Thank you in advance for your kindness.



Finchley Catholic High School – Staff Vacancies

Catering Manager required asap.  Closing date is noon on Wednesday 30th November.

Librarian and Learning Mentor role.  Closing date is noon on Friday 11th November.  Interviews will be held as applications are received.

Candidates wishing to visit the school are welcome to do so by appointment.  Please call 0208 445 0105.

Application forms can be downloaded from the website and should be returned to the Headteacher Niamh Arnull to


Circles of Life talks:

Beginning on Tuesday 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.  


Confirmations 2023

Meeting for Confirmation candidates and parents on Thursday 17th November 7:30pm in the small hall


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