3rd Sunday of Lent 20.03.2022
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS
Sun 20th Mar
8.30 am Eileen Griffin, intentions
10 am Basilia D’Sa, RIP
12 noon People of the Parish
Mon 21st Mar Lent Feria
10 am Marie Bloom, anniversary
Tues 22nd Mar Lent Feria
10 am Funeral Mass for Geraldine Day, RIP
Weds 23rd Mar NO MASS
Thurs 24th Mar Lent Feria
10 am Gino Tomei, intentions
Fri 25th Mar The Annunciation of The Lord
10 am Alessandro Ricci, intentions
Sat 26th Mar 4th Sunday of Lent
5 pm Tom Gardner, RIP
10am – 11am; 4:30pm – 5pm: Confessions and Exposition
Let us keep in our prayers: Frank Kilbride, Kathleen Lancaster, John O’Shea, Rekha, Bina, Gale Yates, Jose Luis Pérez, Alice, Michael O Boy, Lilian Murphy, Karina McKiernan and Izabela Lissowska – all unwell at this time. Please add the Dixon family to your intentions. We also pray for Tony Padman, Hugh Daniel Doherty, Peter Sartori, Arthur Palmer, Noel Ryan, Donato Merola, Aurora Lobo–Buckland, Larry Tuohy, Elizabeth O’Sullivan, Monica Thomson, Christine Pavlou, Tom Lohan, Dennis Lennane, Vincenzo Gagliardi, Verna Duffy, Susan Wren, Albertina Alves, Jasmine Geddes, Geraldine Day and Josephine Okuyiga who have all died recently. May they Rest in Peace.
Fr Peter writes: “The ordinary offertory collection in church for week ending 13th March - £966.25. 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.
Planned Giving Envelopes
The Planned Giving Envelopes starting 10th April 2022 are available for collection from the porch area in the church. Please do not start to use these envelopes until 10th April 2022. Many thanks for your contributions and support.
CAFOD Fast Day – Second Collection
So far, we have raised £ 806.35 for CAFOD as a result of the recent collection. If more donations arrive, the additional amount will be noted in the newsletter. Thank you so much for your generosity and support.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament & Rosary during Lent:
Fr Peter writes “Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament during Lent will be available on Monday and Thursday mornings at 9:30am until the 10am Mass. Adoration is always available every Saturday from 10am to 11am. On Tuesday’s the Rosary will continue to be recited after the 10am Mass.
Stations of the Cross:
Fr Peter writes: “This beautiful meditation will be celebrated every Friday morning in lent after the 10am Mass. The outdoor Stations of the Cross are also available for those who would like to follow this important spiritual exercise by themselves”
Lent Reconciliation Service:
There will be a chance to go to confession with a few visiting priests (and Fr Peter) at 7 pm on Thursday 7th April.
The Church Outside Lights:
Slowly but surely, the outside lights around the church are being repaired. Water has got into the switches, making repairs more difficult. Some lights have been reduced to free up wattage.
Reading The Bible: A Taster in Studying Scripture
Fr Peter writes: “As part of our Lent journey, John Coleby has kindly agreed to present talks on scripture. John is a parishioner and Director of Caritas. The course is for everyone; those unfamiliar with scripture as well as those who read and study the Bible. The dates are: Tuesday 22nd March and Tuesday 5th April. We will gather for a cup of tea at 7:15pm and begin shortly afterwards. The venue will be the small hall.”
St Mary’s SVP invites you to a Parish Social Evening
The SVP are trying to raise funds to help local families who are in need as well as arranging a fun evening for parishioners. Saturday 2nd April at 6pm in the Parish Hall. Cost £15 per person, this includes hot supper [homemade lasagne/veggie option] ice cream/chocolates/popcorn and soft drinks]. Please let us know any special dietary requirements in advance You may bring your own alcohol. This will be followed by a film: “A Hundred Foot Journey”. It is approx. 119 mins in length and is suitable for persons aged 12 Plus. Numbers are restricted to 50 and tickets will be sold before and after Masses on Saturday and Sunday 12/13th and 19/20th March or through one of the SVP members, Michael, Fintan, Nicola, Joan or Jean.
Prayer Workshop: Part One:
Fr Peter writes: “Whichever way we pray, it is always good. I am going to lead one or two workshops on different types of prayer. Please come along at 7:15pm on Thursday 31st March in the small hall to try a “prayer type”. I am not going to tell you which one, as that would spoil the surprise, but rest assured, it will probably be one that you have heard of or are familiar with. We will meet for just over an hour, and finish with a time of prayer. All are welcome.”
Fr Peter writes: “Last week we were able to deliver nine large boxes filled with bandages, painkillers, medical gloves and aprons to a centre in North London who are sending a convoy to the Ukrainian army. Your wonderful contributions will go to help the Ukrainian army and citizens caught in front line positions. Particular thanks to Oakdale Pharmacy who donated supplies and reduced their prices when parishioners visited. We must continue to keep the victims of this tragic war in our prayers.”
Mother’s Day Mass
Next Sunday’s 10 am Mass will be a chance to celebrate all mums and grandmothers in the parish. Everyone is welcome.
Music and Singing at Mass:
Fr Peter writes: “I want to build on the great work done by Helen and Liz regarding Music at Mass. We are so lucky to have these two talented generous and committed musicians! I would now like us to re-start singing the responses at the Sunday 10am Mass so we are prepared for Easter and our May 70th celebration. I also want to uncover some of you who are hidden musicians and singers! If you have a musical talent and would like to serve the parish, please send me an email or sign the list in the porch. To encourage you, I will start singing the doxology very soon. Now, if I can do this (and Otto the dog sings better than I do) – you who are singers and musicians have no excuse but to volunteer!”
Annual Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Matrimony
Westminster Cathedral – Saturday 14th May 2022 at 3 pm
The Cardinal is inviting to this Mass all couples in the Diocese, who are celebrating their 5th, 10th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th (and every year over 60) Wedding Anniversary of Catholic Marriage in 2022. If you are celebrating an anniversary, please give the parish office the following details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and e mail (or telephone number if no e mail). The deadline for giving these details to the parish office is Friday 25th March 2022. Invitations will be sent out by the Diocese closer to the time, either by e mail or by post, if there is no e mail address.
Our Lady of Lourdes Nursery
Our Lady of Lourdes School in Bow Lane, N12 are still accepting applications to our Nursery for 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 http://www.ololbarnetschool.org.uk
Nursery Application Forms:
Fr Peter writes: “If your child needs their Catholic Certificates of Practice” stamped and signed, please attend one of the Sunday Masses with your child, bringing their nursery school application forms. Please make sure you have completed address and dates of birth before coming to see me.”
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.
Clocks go Forward One Hour – NEXT WEEKEND.
Spring is about to sprung!