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5th Sunday of Lent 03.04.2022


Sun 3rd Apr

8.30 am​​ ​Sister Felicity, RIP

10 am ​Peter Sartori, RIP

12 noon People of the Parish

Mon 4th Apr ​Lent Feria

10 amEllen and Maureen Robinson, intentions


Tues 5th AprLent Feria

10 amShirley Bates, RIP

Weds 6th Apr


Thurs 7th Apr Lent Feria

10 amMario Zanelli, RIP

7 pmLent Reconciliation Service


Fri 8th Apr Lent Feria

10 amHoly Souls

Sat 9th AprPalm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

5 pm​​​ Melanie Sarthal, intentions

10am – 11am; 4:30pm – 5pm: Confessions and Exposition

Your Prayers:

Let us keep in our prayers: Siobhan Lynch, Therese Kemp, Frank Kilbride, Kathleen Lancaster, John O’Shea, Rekha, Bina, Gale Yates, Jose Luis Pérez, Alice, Michael O Boy, Lilian Murphy, Karina McKiernan, Izabela Lissowska and Florida Regina Karawgodage – all unwell at this time. We also pray for Shirley Bates, 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 Dayand Josephine Okuyiga who have all died recently. May they Rest in Peace.


Fr Peter writes: “The ordinary offertory collection in church for week ending 27th March - £808.71. Allcontributions, 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.

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 7thApril.

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 third talk is 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.”

Lectio Divina:

The St Mary’s “Lectio Divina” zoom is every Monday from 7:30pm – 8:30pm. “Lectio” involves reading, reflecting and discussing the gospel passage used each Sunday at Mass. Please email Fr Peter if you want to be part of the “Lectio Zoom Team”.

Planned Giving Envelopes

Planned Giving Envelopes starting 10th April 2022 are available for collection from the porch. Please do not use these envelopes until 10th April 2022. Many thanks for your contributions 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.

Next Weekend is “Palm Sunday”:

For those attending next Sunday’s 10am Mass we will begin in the hall and listen to the Palm Sunday Gospel and then process to the church to hear the Passion reading. Palm leaves will be provided, but children are invited to bring branches from their gardens, or with permission from a care-taker, to take similar from their local park. Like the disciples, we will welcome the Messiah with “Hosannas” and branches of celebration.

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”

Your Prayers during Holy Week:

Fr Peter writes: “Holy Week is a precious few days when we are brought into the heart of God’s love. It is an ideal time to pray for the needs of the world and for friends and family. At the back of the church is a special letter box. Please post into the box the names of those you wish to be placed on the altar during Holy Week……that we may pray for them all during this remarkable week of forgiveness and resurrection.”

“Holy Week Pack” for Families:

Fr Peter writes: “Holly’s ‘Children’s Stations of the Cross’ have received so much positive feedback, that we are in the middle of devising something similar for Holy Week. We will have more details next week, but can reveal that “Family Holy Week Packs” will be available after all Palm Sunday Masses.”

Jars of Resurrection:

Fr Peter writes: “How are your Lent Loyalty Cards? Are you completing tasks? You still have quite a bit of time. Do not forget the opportunity to take advantage of confession at 7pm on Thursday 7th April. If you are on the way to achieving the required 8 tasks, please write your Christian name on the sheet in the porch so we can order you a “jar of Resurrection”. Jars will be given out on Easter Sunday (anonymously – so do not worry)!

Help Needed: Hot Cross Buns!

Fr Peter writes: “After the Family Stations of the Cross at 11am on Good Friday, it would be great to gather in the hall for hot cross buns and coffee. If you would like to help organise these refreshments either email Holly: or myself. Donations of home made hot cross buns would be wonderful!!!

Offertory Collection:

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.”

Reminder to Parents:

Fr Peter writes: “Mass can be a busy reflective time. Please do not worry if your pre-school child has a charismatic moment, everyone understands, and parents of whatever age child will be sympathetic to your plight. I have asbestos ears and rarely hear a child when they have an inner compulsion to yell. Do not worry! Also, please, all parents, always accompany your child to the bathroom in the porch. Many 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.

The Streaming Service:

Fr Peter writes: “The streaming service for the 10am Mass on Sunday was a very quick response to the pandemic. It has been assiduously repaired and maintained by young Peter Murphy and Holly. However, in the last few weeks, the iPhone which operates the streaming service has been failing and interruptions have been constant. It needs a complete overhaul and an investment of funds. For the remainder of March and April, the streaming service will be turned off while repairs and new equipment is sought.”

St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School – Vacancies

Exam Invigilators/Cover Supervisors/Admin Assistant

Exam Invigilators and Cover Supervisors are required as soon as possible to work on a flexible basis. Closing date Tuesday 19th April at midday – interviews that week. A post for an Administrative Assistant to work in the school office has also arisen. The closing date for this position is Monday 18th April – interviews that week. Support Staff application forms and Job Descriptions are available on the school website. Please send completed applications to week. For further information please contact the school on 0208 446 2256.

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


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