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7th Sunday of Easter – 29th May 2022


Sun 29th May

8.30 am - Siobhan Lynch, RIP

10 am - Anne Carey, RIP

12 noon - Michael Quigley, RIP

Mon 30th May - Easter Feria

People of the Parish

Tues 31st May - The Visitation of The Blessed Virgin Mary

10 am - For all those who prayed for Noel Kiely, RIP

Weds 1st June


Thurs 2nd June - Easter Feria

10am -Holy Souls

Fri 3rd June - St Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs

10am - Peter Sartori, RIP

Sat 4th June - Pentecost Sunday

10am – 11am - Confessions and Exposition.

4:30pm – 5pm - Confessions and Exposition

5 pm - Sadie Blain, RIP

Your Prayers:

Let us keep in our prayers: Eric Nicholas Darwent, Therese Kemp, Frank Kilbride, 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: Gino Tomei, James Meally, Hugh Daniel Doherty, Peter Sartori, Noel Ryan, Donato Merola, Aurora Lobo–Buckland, Elizabeth O’Sullivan, Christine Pavlou, Tom Lohan, Siobhan Lynch, Dennis Lennane, Susan Wren, Geraldine Day, Catherine Kelly, Josephine Okuyiga, Erlinda McAviney, Betty Murray, William Comey and Jane Ikwueke whose anniversaries occur at this time or have died recently. May they Rest in Peace.

Jane Ikwueke RIP

Jane died peacefully last week. She was a great supporter of St Mary’s. Her Requiem Mass will take place at St Mary’s on Friday 24th June at 12 noon. May she rest in peace.


The offertory collection for week ending 22nd May was £1120.37 . Many thanks. Please do not forget, that arranging a standing order is the easiest way to support St Mary’s.

Lectio Divina:

The St Mary’s “Lectio Divina” zoom will resume on 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”.

Altar Servers – “Ahoy there me Hearties!”

Past and present altar servers are invited to an “adventure afternoon” on Sunday 26th June. Please keep the date. There will be more details and a sign up sheet over the next few weekends. The adventure will be on the high seas and Fr Peter might have to walk the plank.

“Mensa Christi” at St Mary’s:

Fr Peter: “As promised, beginning in June, there will be a chance to gather together to learn about, deepen and discuss our faith and what it means to be a Catholic. We will do this with food! Hence “Mensa Christi” – the table of the Lord. There might be something you have always wanted to ask, but there has never been the right time or place to do so. This now is your chance! The first talk and discussion will include a tour of St Mary’s church with an opportunity to look closer at features common to all Catholic churches. Have you ever wanted to turn the red light on above the confessional? Look closer at the altar? Discover the relics of Edward the Confessor. Ask about the origins of the priests vestments. The tour of St Mary’s followed by food and more discussion will happen at 7:15pm on Tuesday 7th June. To help us cater, either email or put your name on the sign up sheet in the porch.

Seniors Lunch and Dance

A reminder that St Mary's SVP group will be hosting the annual Seniors lunch and dance at 1pm on Sunday at Our Lady of Lourdes school, Bow Road. Billy Faughnan and Michael O'Hare will provide the music! Let us keep our wonderful Seniors and our brilliant SVP group in our prayers this Sunday.

Take a “Royal Selfie” and Help the Foodbank

In the small hall is a lifesize cardboard cut out of the Queen! To celebrate her majesty’s Platinum Jubilee and to raise money for the Foodbank, take a selfie with the Queen and donate £1 to the Foodbank. The hall will be open after all Masses this weekend (and next) and by Royal Appointment..... after the 10am Mass on Monday.

Communications Sunday:

Next Sunday there will be second collection for Communications Sunday. This money goes towards the work of the Bishop’s Conference to inform about the latest intiatives of the Catholic church in its support and care of the vulnerable and its promotion of Catholic values.

Save The Date – “Let Us Dream – the Sequel”

Fr Peter writes: “Last year we enjoyed three different presentations inspired by Pope Francis and his book “Let Us Dream”. This year there will be another three talks seeking to help us think and pray about the church of the future. Please save the evenings of Tuesday 19th July, Wednesady 20th July and Thursday 21st July to “Let Us Dream”.

Finchley Foodbank and the Parish Centre:

Fr Peter writes: First of all I want to thank everybody who has continued to support the foodbank during and since the pandemic. Your contributions of food and donations of money have been invaluable. The foodbank, on average, supports 400 clients every Saturday. This number often peaks to 450 during school holidays.

For those who need this assistance, we remain committed to ensure food is available every Saturday.

Secondly, as Chair of the Foodbank, I want to thank this marvellous parish for lending the large hall in the parish centre to help this important provision. Along with community partners it shows the wonderful pastoral outreach of this generous church. Over the next few months the Foodbank is going to attempt to change some of its procedures and this will hopefully mean that St Mary’s will regain use of the large hall. Understandably this will take some re-organisation.

Finally, the Foodbank is hosting a stand at the Finchley Festival in Cherry Tree Woods on 19th June. It would be great to see parishioners visit the stall. Once again, thank you for your continued support.”

St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School

-Part Time Teacher of Art and Full or Part Time Teacher of RE - Vacancies

The Governors are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and well-qualified part time

Teacher of Art. The closing date is Friday 17th June 2022 at midday.

-The Governors are also seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and well-qualified teacher of Religious Education. The closing date is Wednesday 8th June 2022 at midday.Application packs are available on the school website – . Please send completed forms to applications@st- . For more information, contact the school on 0208 446 2256.

Our Lady of Lourdes School, Bow Lane N12

Admissions to 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

A thought or two from Pope Francis about next weekend’s Feast of Pentecost...

“The Holy Spirit reminds us; reminds us of all that Jesus said. The Holy Spirit is the living memory of the Church, and reminds us, helps us understand the words of the Lord. This remembrance in the Spirit and by virtue of the Spirit . . . is an essential aspect of Christ’s presence within us and within his Church. The Spirit of truth and charity reminds us of all that Christ said and helps us enter ever more fully into the meaning of his words. We all have this experience: one moment, in any situation, there is an idea and then another connects with a passage from Scripture. . . . It is the Spirit who leads us to take this path: the path of the living memory of the Church. And he asks us for a response: the more generous our response, the more Jesus’ words become life within us, becoming attitudes, choices, actions, testimony. In essence the Spirit reminds us of the commandment of love and calls us to live it.

A Christian without memory is not a true Christian but only halfway there: a man or woman, a prisoner of the moment, who doesn’t know how to treasure his or her history, doesn’t know how to read it and live it as salvation history. With the help of the Holy Spirit, however, we are able to interpret interior inspirations and life events in light of Jesus’ words. And thus within us grows the knowledge of memory, knowledge of the heart, which is a gift of the Spirit. May the Holy Spirit rekindle the Christian memory within all of us! And there, that day with the apostles, was Our Lady of Memory, who from the beginning meditated on all those things in her heart. Mary, our Mother, was there. May she help us on this path of memory.”


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