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3rd Sunday of Lent (Year B) 7th March 2021


Sun 7th March - 3rd Sunday of Lent

10 am​​​ - The Casey family, intentions

11.30am​ - Marie Gilgan, intentions

Mon 8th March - Lent Feria

12.30 pm​​ - Requiem Mass for Rebecca Hinds, RIP

7pm ​​- People of the Parish


Tues 9th Mar​​ch - Lent Feria

9.30 am​ - Requiem Mass for Maura Rowland McNamara, RIP

Weds 10th Mar​ch - NO MASS

Thurs 11th Mar​​ch - Lent Feria

7pm​ - Conal Byrne, intentions


Fri 12th March -Lent Feria

10 am - Michael Gillespie, RIP

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Sat 13th Mar​ - 4th Sunday of Lent

5pm - ​Dave and Liz Gardner, intentions

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

Streamed Masses for this week:

Sunday, 10am Mass, and Friday 10am Mass will be streamed for those shielding at home. You can access the streaming service via

The return of Children’s Liturgy:

Holly and her assistants will stream Children’s liturgy this Sunday at 9am via

You might be considering returning to attend Mass at St Mary’s:

Fr Peter writes “It is so lovely to see people slowly return to Mass at St Mary’s. We are fortunate that our sacristans and stewards enable the church to be clean and with our windows open, we can provide good ventilation. If you are considering attending in person, please remember every day is a Sunday, arrive with your name and address written on a piece of paper to give to a steward and come warmly dressed.


Fr Peter writes: “Thank you to everyone who has either increased their standing orders or arranged for one to replace their “loose plate Sunday offering”. Other ways to financially St Mary’s during the pandemic are on the back page of the newsletter. Please remember that I do not want those of you struggling at this time to feel under obligation to help, only those who might be able to increase their donations. Many many thanks.”

Foodbank Request:

The Foodbank would be grateful to receive extra supplies of UHT milk. Please drop your UHT milk deliveries in at the presbytery during office hours.

A Special Streamed Mass on Tuesday 23rd March:

Fr Peter writes: “The 23rd of March will be the anniversary of the first lockdown and the instigation of rules limiting the number of people allowed to attend a funeral. At 7:30pm on Tuesday 23rd March, I will celebrate astreamed Mass remembering all those who have died in the past year and will pray for those who have been bereaved. If you have a loved one who has died since 23rd March 2020 and you want them remembered, please email or hand in their name to me at the presbytery.”

Celebrity Priest Lent Talk:

Back by popular demand, another episode of “The Celebrity Priest” will be streamed on Tuesday at 7:30pm via

When Saint Pope John Paul II visited England in 1982, this priest (before he was ordained) went to Wembley Stadium to turn his back on the Pope. The third episode of our lent reflections will focus on Prayer.

Lent Prayers:

Fr Peter writes: “I have re-introduced the practice of placing the names of those we wish to pray for during Lent on the wooden panels behind the tabernacle. Please email or hand in to the presbytery the names of those you wish to be remembered.”

Your Prayers:

Let us keep in our prayers: Michael O Boy, Lilian Murphy, and Danusia Lissowski – all unwell at this time.

We continue our prayers for all healthcare professionals, care home workers, those working in the community and all those with the coronavirus.

Sadly there will be a number of funerals in St Mary’s over the next few weeks. Please remember these special people in your prayers and pray for their families.

Monday 8th March: 12:30pm: Requiem Mass for Rebecca Hinds RIP

Tuesday 9th March: 9:30am: Requiem Mass for Maura Rowland McNamara RIP.

Monday 15th March: 10am: Requiem Mass for John Joseph Ryan RIP

Friday 19th March: 10am: Requiem Mass for Edward Reeks RIP

Due to Covid regulations only those invited by the deceased’s family are allowed to attend, but all Requiem Masses will be streamed via with the family’s prior agreement.

St Patrick’s Day Mass:

Fr Peter will celebrate a St Patrick’s Day Mass in church at 10am on Wednesday 17th March. Please wear something green.

Let us remember: Hands, Face, Space and Ventilation

Nearly Spring Dress Code – come dressed as if it was an outside Mass.


Continue with effective hand hygiene; hand washing or sanitising facilities.


Face coverings should be worn at all Masses to cover nose and mouth.


2 m remains the government guidance for social distancing;

People who do not live together should maintain 2 m socially distanced from each other.


All windows and doors must remain open

Ways to financially support St. Mary’s:


You can donate by credit or debit card via our Diocesan website:

If asked to add a reference, please use ‘Collection’.



If you would like to donate on a regular monthly basis, please consider setting up a standing order via your bank. Contact the parish office on 0208 883 4234 or finchleyeast@rcdow, to obtain a form.



You can arrange a bank transfer, either online or in person at the bank. Please instruct your bank to use the following as a reference:

Your surname and your initials, followed by the word “Collection”

e.g. Smith J. – Collection

St Mary’s bank account details are as follows:

Account Name: ​WRCDT – Finchley East

Sort Code:​​40-05-20

Account Number:​71265733




A Just Giving page has been set up for St. Mary’s. You can donate by going to the following link and clicking on “Make a donation”:



Cheques should be made out to “WRCDT – Finchley East” and can be posted to the parish office at: 279 High Road, East Finchley, N2 8HG

-or dropped through the presbytery letterbox with a note saying “Offertory Collection”


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