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4th Sunday in Ordinary Time 29.01.2023


Sun 29th Jan

8.30 am Angela and Ellen Murphy, intns

10 am A private intention

12 noon Jane Ikwueke, RIP

Mon 30th Jan Feria

10 am Brian Lynch, RIP

Tues 31st Jan St John Bosco, Priest

10am Peggy Flanagan, RIP

Weds 1st Feb NO MASS

Thurs 2nd Feb The Presentation of The Lord

10am People of the Parish

Fri 3rd Feb St Laurence, Dunstan and Theodore, Archbishops of Canterbury

10 am Monica Fitzsimons, RIP

Sat 4th Feb 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

5pm Vincent McNally, RIP

Saturday 10 am – 11am; 4.30pm – 5pm: Confessions and Exposition

Your Prayers:

Let us keep in our prayers: Agnes Day, 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, Betty Murray, Jane Ikwueke, Gail Yates,Ronald Kinsella, Maureen O Sullivan, Patrick Reilly, Ann Gourdarznia, Nina Cole, Lorenzo Marcantuono, Pat McMahon, Michael Walsh Esther Ampomah Arhin, Peter McHugh, Marguerite Kyunga, Kathleen Molloy, Maria Pini, Madeleine Melling, Jenifer Danvers, Sr Theresa, and Patricia Caddle whose anniversaries occur at this time or have died recently. May they Rest in Peace.


The offertory collection for week ending 22nd January £ 789.80. Many thanks. Please do not forget, that arranging a standing order is the easiest way to support St Mary’s

A St Mary’s Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2023

Fr Peter writes: “For those who have signed up – I have booking forms for you to fill.”

St Mary’s Special Commemorative Calendars

Fr Peter writes: “I am going to do a “Lord Sugar” and reduce our wonderful calendars from £7:50 to £6 – all monies go towards the parish.”

Holocaust Memorial Day – Sunday 29 January 2023

This will take place at the Rickett Quadrangle, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, Hendon NW4 4BT at 2 pm. Please be seated by 1.45 pm. This is a commemorative service to remember the victims of genocide. Entry is free – Tube: Hendon Central, Buses – 143, 113, 83, 183, 186 and 326. Disabled parking facilities and access. For more information call: 0208 359 2652 or email or visit

Adult Ceili Classes

Adult Ceili Classes on Thursdays from 7.15 pm to 8.15 pm in The Woodside Park Club, Southover, N12 7JG. Fun, fitness and craic guaranteed. Please contact Fiona if interested on 07985 415421.

Nursery and Primary School 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 or primary school application forms. Please make sure you have completed address and dates of birth before coming to see me.”

SVP Senior Citizen’s Lunch – Sunday 5th February

The senior citizens' lunch will be on Sunday 5th February, starting at 1pm in the parish centre. Music will be provided by Billy Faughnan & Michael O' Hare. Please put your name down on the list in the church porch.

Auschwitz and Us

The mass murder of about 6 million Jews in the Holocaust was an act of unparalleled evil that still haunts Western nations. Auschwitz, the biggest of the extermination camps, has become a symbol for the whole genocidal process. Could we have stopped it? On Sunday 5th February at 7 pm Fr Terry will give an illustrated talk in the hall on the question, Why did the Allies not bomb Auschwitz? After time for discussion we will conclude with prayers and readings taken from Holocaust Memorial Day.

Cathedral Mass for the Sick – Our Lady of Lourdes Feast:

The annual Cathedral Mass with anointing of the sick takes place on Saturday 11th February at 2:30pm. If you would like to join Fr Peter and attend this special Mass please sign the list at the back of the church.

If you are a “flaming” young person…

Join Holly and Deacon Dom and come to “Flame”…

“Flame” is a Catholic youth mega event that takes place in one of England's iconic arenas in the shadow of Wembley Stadium. Taking place on Saturday, 4 March 2023 at the OVO Arena, Wembley, Flame is the largest Catholic gathering of young people in England and Wales. Flame is open to everyone aged school Year 9 (usually 14 years old) through to University age. If you would like to be part of this amazing event – just watch this space or contact Holly or Deacon Dom to find out more.

Calling all ex Our Lady of Lourdes School Families:

Fr Peter writes “OLOL is our parish school and while they have a statue of Our Lady on the outside of their main building, they do not have one inside.I have found a statue for £125 and will present it to the school at their Feast Day Mass on Friday 10th February at 10am (everyone is invited). If you or your child attended OLOL and would like to donate towards the cost of the statue, either write a cheque to WRCDT – St Mary’s, East Finchley or drop some cash through the presbytery letterbox in an envelope labelled OLOL statue. Many grateful thanks.”

Sr Theresa McAnelly RIP

Sr Theresa’s Requiem Mass will on Tuesday at 1:30pm at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Romsey. You can view the Mass by clicking onto the link

The readings this weekend might be saying this….

Zephaniah 2:3, 3:12-13

  • In the First Reading, Zephaniah announces that the humble of the earth will find shelter on the Day of the Lord.

  • The prophet Zephaniah preached at a time of great turmoil.

  • This reading asserts that the humble and lowly are the hope for the future.

1 Corinthians 1:26-31

  • In 1 Corinthians, Paul tries to convince the Corinthians that their significance comes from God, and that their power is the power of the cross.

  • The Corinthians, who accepted the Gospel eagerly, then began to try to outdo each other in importance, even in their Christian faith.

  • Paul challenges the Christian community to rely, not on human power, but on God alone.

Matthew 5:1-12a

  • Today’s Gospel begins the Sermon on the Mount, a collection of Jesus’ sayings describing the qualities of his followers.

  • The way righteousness is described in today’s reading is through a traditional Hebrew form called Beatitude. Beatitudes simply declare that someone is happy or blest.

  • The list in Matthew’s Gospel is surprising, however. The poor and suffering were not ordinarily described as happy.

What do you think?


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