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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) 7th November 2021


Sun 7th Nov

8.30 am​ Tommy Smith, RIP

10 am​ People of the Parish

12 noon ​A private intention

Mon 8th NovFeria

10 amHoly Souls


Tues 9th NovThe Dedication of The Lateran Basilica

10 am​​​ Nora Hynes, RIP

Weds 10th Nov


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

10 am​​​ Funeral Mass for Elizabeth O’Sullivan

2 pm​​​ Cemetery Mass at St Pancras Cemetery

7 pm​​​ Holy Souls


Fri 12th Nov ​St Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr

10 amBarnachea Family, Thanksgiving

Sat 13th Nov​​ 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

10am – 11am; Confessions and Exposition

4:30pm – 5pm: Confessions and Exposition

5 pm ​​​Edward Reeks, RIP

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

Please do not forget, Sunday Obligation resumes 27th/ 28th November

Your Prayers:

Let us keep in our prayers: Kathleen Lancaster, Denis Leenane, John O’Shea, Rekha, Bina, Gale Yates, Jose Luis Pérez, Alice, Michael O Boy, Lilian Murphy, Karina McKiernan Father Robert Plourde and Izabela Lissowska – all unwell at this time. We also pray for Sr. Angela, , Arthur Palmer, Noel Ryan, Donato Merola, Aurora Lobo –Buckland, Larry Tuohy, Elizabeth O’Sullivan and Monica Thomson who have all died recently. May they Rest in Peace.

Collection for Sick and Retired Priests – This Weekend

The second collection this weekend 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 at posters feature a ‘QR Code’ that you can scan with a phone camera to give online, reducing the risks to everyone of handling cash. Thank you in advance for your kindness.

Donations for our Christmas Fair

Thank you very much to those who remembered to bring donations for the Christmas Fair. For most, there are only two more Masses before our Fair on the 28th November to bring along your much needed donations. We particularly need baskets (for items donated to make up hampers); bottles and chocolates for the Tombola; home-baked fruit cakes/long-life bakes; plants/seeds for a plant stall and prizes for the raffle. We’re looking for a children’s face painter! Thank you. There will be a Christmas Fair planning meeting in the big hall today, 7 Nov, after the 10 am Mass. All are welcome. If you can help us there are sign up sheets at the church entrance. Thank you. Email:

Calling all Carol Singers for our Christmas Fair

Please join Claire and Liz today Sunday 7 November AFTER THE 10 AM Mass In the blue hall for our first Christmas carol singing rehearsal.

Raffle Tickets

Look out for raffle ticket after Mass (tickets cost £1 each). Cash prizes and more!

Finchley Catholic High Sixth Form Open Evening

Finchley Catholic High School will be holding their Sixth Form Open Evening on Thursday 11th November 2021 from 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm. Talks at 5.30 pm and 6.30 pm. Should you require further information, please contact the Sixth Form Administrator on 0208 445 0105, ext 261 or e mail or visit the school website.

St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School Open Day for Reception Class 2022

Prospective pupils due to start Reception Class in September 2022 are warmly welcome to go along to the school’s open day on Wednesday 17th November 2021 at 9am, 1.30 pm or 7 pm. Please call the school office for further information on 0208 346 8826.

Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School Applications for Reception and Nursery

Applications are invited for the Reception Class for September 2022 - this is for children born between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018. The deadline to return this to the school office is 15th January 2022. The forms are available to download on the school website. Please also be advised that you must also complete a CAF (Common Application Form) from Barnet - the on-line system is already open.

Applications are invited for the Nursery for the Academic Year starting September 2022. This is for children born between 1st April 2019 and 31st March 2020. The deadline to return this to the school office is 31st January 2022. Please contact the office or visit the school website for an application pack.

The Synodal Church:

Fr Peter writes: “Included in last week’s newsletter was an information sheet provided by the diocese to prepare us for the “Synodal Pathway”. I still have some left if you did not receive one. We will have a meeting (much like the Parish “In Council”) at 7:30pm on Monday 22nd November to discuss the questions highlighted on the information sheet. A multiple choice questionnaire will also be available as well as a meeting for our senior citizens and young adults. More details to follow.”

November Holy Souls Envelopes & Cemetery Mass:

Fr Peter writes: Holy Soul envelopes and headed paper to list those who have died are still available in Church. On Thursday 11th November at 2pm I will celebrate Mass in the cemetery chapel for all those buried or interred at St Pancras Cemetery (across the road from the church). At 2:30pm on Sunday 14th November I will place a St Mary’s Poppy Wreath at the War Memorial in Finchley Memorial Hospital – all are welcome to join me.

. Offertory Collection

Fr Peter writes: “The offertory collection in church for week ending 31st Oct 2021 - £ 668.50. All contributions, every penny, is greatly received and I am very grateful for your continued support at this difficult time. Please do not forget, that arranging a standing order is the easiest way to support St Mary’s.


You may have already heard that Virgin Money Giving – the online donation platform used throughout the diocese – is to close in November 2021. While the diocese is working towards alternative online donation systems, we thought it wise to make everyone aware of what this situation means for St Mary’s East Finchley.

What does this mean for you?

During the pandemic, on line giving has become increasingly important for many parishes. At St Mary’s, we are fortunate to receive many one-off donations online. Some people have also generously set up recurring monthly donations via Virgin Money Giving to support the parish during COVID-19. From 30th November, these monthly donations will be cancelled automatically by Virgin Money Giving.

If you are someone who makes an occasional or regular donation online, you may now be wondering how you can continue supporting the parish. The Diocese will be setting up new online giving tools but this will take a little time to arrange. But before that happens, it is worth remembering that the best way to support the parish is by standing order.

Giving by Standing Order

Regular giving is the financial bedrock of the parish. It also costs the parish less to manage than online giving so your money goes further. If you would like to support the parish, we would ask you to consider setting up a regular donation in this way. If you would like to know more about standing orders, please contact Yvonne Merola, Parish Administrator on 0208 883 4234. Naturally, we will be happy to help you with this process.

Thank You

I also want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has continued supporting St Mary’s during the pandemic. Thank you for your ongoing support of our parish at this difficult time. I pray that you keep well and your faith remains strong.

Fr Peter.

Please do not forget, Sunday Obligation resumes 27th/ 28th November


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