3rd Sunday of Easter – 1st May 2022
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS
Sun 1st May
8.30 am - Margaret O’Keeffe, RIP
10 am - Mr and Mrs McDermott & McDermott family, RIP
12 noon - Frances Barry, 1st anniversary
Mon 2nd May - St Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor
10 am - Catherine McGinley, intentions
Tues 3rd May - SS Philip and James, Apostles
10 am - Peter Sartori, RIP
Weds 4th May
Thurs 5th May - Easter Feria
10am - Holy Souls
Fri 6th May - Easter Feria
10 am - Funeral Mass of James Meally, RIP
Sat 7th May - 4th Sunday of Easter
5 pm - Philip McGovern, anniversary
10am – 11am; 4:30pm – 5pm: Confessions and Exposition.
Let us keep in our prayers: Eric Nicholas Darwent, Siobhan Lynch, Therese Kemp, Frank Kilbride, Kathleen Lancaster, John O’Shea, Rekha, Bina, Gale Yates, Jose Luis Pérez, Alice, Michael O Boy, Lilian Murphy, KarinaMcKiernan, Izabela Lissowska and Florida Regina Karawgodage – all unwell at this time.
We also pray for:Gino Tomei, James Meally, Shirley Bates, David & Eileen Scott, Hugh Daniel Doherty, Peter Sartori, Noel Ryan, Donato Merola, Aurora Lobo–Buckland, Elizabeth O’Sullivan, Christine Pavlou, Tom Lohan, Dennis Lennane, Susan Wren, Albertina Alves, Jasmine Geddes, Geraldine Day, Catherine Kelly and Josephine Okuyiga who anniversaries occur at this time or have died recently. May they Rest in Peace.
Fr Peter writes: “The offertory collection for week ending 24th April was £938.17. 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.
Fr Peter writes: “If you already use a standing order to pay your offertory money, do not feel compelled to put anything else into the collection bags as they circulate during Mass. The diocese is quite keen that we also look at contactless payment. I would be grateful for your thoughts”.
Good Shepherd Sunday – Priest Training Fund – Second Collection Next Weekend
Next weekend is Good Shepherd Sunday, the day we pray for priests and for vocations to the priesthood. The annual collection for the Priest Training Fund will also take place next weekend. This fund pays for the priestly formation of men for the Catholic priesthood. There are currently 58 men studying at Allen Hall seminary, 17 of whom are from our own Diocese, and two men are studying in Rome, also from our Diocese. Last year 4 men who studied at Allen Hall were ordained to the priesthood to serve as our future priests. The GS fund also supports the ongoing enrichment and formation of our ordained priests. Your generous donation helps ensure we can support these men who are called to be like Christ the Good Shepherd. Donation envelopes are available atthe back of the church. Please take one, read the information, and return next weekend with your donation. Please continue to pray for vocations and for our priests. You can use the QR code to make your donation onlineor visit www.rcdow.org.uk/donations. Thank you for your generosity.
The Jars of Resurrection:
The Jars are ready for collection for those who completed their 8 Lent tasks or had their feet washed by Fr Peter on Maundy Thursday.
It’s not just the Queen who is celebrating 7O years………
…………..on Sunday May 15th at 11am, Cardinal Vincent Nicholls will preside at a special Mass to commemorate 70 years since the blessing of the Foundation Stone of our present church………..you are all invited!
What can I do?
If you or your family have any pictures of St Mary’s being built 70 years ago (like the one above) or of Cardinal Griffin coming to bless the stone and a year later open the church – we would love to see them. Just let Fr Peter know.
Bring food which reflects your culture to share for an “International” themed reception after Mass. Sign up sheets are in the porch or click on the link https://forms.gle/scyPjvQf2vKij2eJ7
and follow the instructions.
First Communion children and those confirmed will be particularly important to help us celebrate.
Seniors Lunch and Dance
St Mary's SVP are pleased to announce that they are arranging a lunch for our parish seniors after 2 years of everyone coping with Covid and its aftermath. Our Lady of Lourdes school have invited us to use their wonderful facilities so it will be held on Sunday 29th May at 1pm. Billy Faughnan and Michael O'Hare will provide us with music to ensure that you all have a great time. Sheets for signing up for it will be in the church porch on the weekends 30th April/1st May, 7th/8th May and 14/15 May.
The Outdoor Stations:
The Outdoor Stations have become the “Stations of the Resurrection” and have slightly changed positioning to reflect the days after the Lord’s Resurrection. The First station is now on the bank at the left-hand side of the church. They will remain in place until Pentecost.
Fr Peter writes: “With a rise in the cost of living, Finchley Foodbank has recently suffered a decrease in donations of both food and money. An appeal is going out asking for donations of “emergency food” supplies – that is: UHT milk, tinned tomatoes, tined meats, pasta, cereals, pasta sauces, baked beans, tea and coffee. If you are doing your supermarket shop and see any of these items in the low-cost range and can afford to donate them, we would be very grateful. Luxury items are great, but products in the “emergency food” range, as listed, are more useful. All donations must be “in date” and unopened”. With grateful thanks.
St Mary’s Parish Hall is a Polling Station!
If you live in the local area you might be casting your vote in St Mary’s Parish Hall. The small hall will be converted into a polling station for May 5th local elections.
St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School
Applications to sit the Entrance Tests for Year 7 Entry in Sept 2023
Applications are now being accepted for girls currently in Year 5 to sit the entrance tests for Year 7 entry to St Michael’s in September 2023. Applications can be made through the online system available on our website https://www.st-michaels.barnet.sch.uk/admissions-2023-24/. Parents should ensure that they read the Admissions Policy prior to making an application and provide the original Certificate of Catholic Practice signed by their Parish Priest by the closing date of 4 pm on Tuesday 5 July 2022.
70 Years ago!
There was a great smog, An American in Paris won an Oscar for Best Film, lots of babies were baptised Elizabeth and in the FA Cup 2nd round Finchley played Crystal Palace – score result next week!