8th Sunday in Ordinary Time 27.02.2022
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS
Sun 27th Feb
8.30 am Edward Doran, 2nd anniversary
10 am Michele and Domenica De Palma, RIP
12 noon Sharon Byrne, 2nd anniversary
Mon 28th Feb Feria
10 am Dennis Lennane, RIP
Tues 1st Mar St David, Bishop, Patron of Wales
10 am Julia and Michael Baylon, intentions
Weds 2nd Mar Ash Wednesday
10 am Giuseppe Nicastro, 1st anniversary
7.30 pm For Peace in Ukraine
Thurs 3rd Mar Lent Feria
10 am Peter Sartori, RIP
Fri 4th Mar Lent Feria
10 am Paulina Da Silva, intentions
Sat 5th Mar 1st Sunday of Lent
5 pm Frederick Law, 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 and Albertina Alves who have all died recently. May they Rest in Peace.
Fr Peter writes:
As the invasion of Ukraine continues we must keep in our prayers all those caught within this tragic malaise. We must pray for the people of Ukraine, those who are offering their lives to protect their country, world government leaders who are having to impose sanctions and the Russian people who oppose the decision of their president. We must also pray for the countries of Poland, Slovakia, Romania and Hungary as they shelter Ukrainian refugees. Let us also remember the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in the UK under the care of Bishop Kenneth Nowakowski.
Pope Francis has asked that we see Ash Wednesday as a Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Ukraine. He says, ‘Jesus taught us that the diabolical senselessness of violence is answered with God’s weapons of prayer and fasting.’
Fr Peter writes: “The ordinary offertory collection in church for week ending 20th February £489.79. 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.
Save the Date!
On Sunday 15th May 2022, Cardinal Vincent Nichols is coming to St Mary’s to celebrate a special Mass in commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the blessing of the church foundation stone. Please reserve the date in your diary.
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”.
Fr Peter writes: “Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and there will be two Masses at 10am and 7:30pm. As transmission of Covid is airborne we can return to receiving ashes on our foreheads. However, if you would prefer ash was sprinkled on your forehead, rather than being marked with an ash cross, please wait at the back of the ashes queue on Wednesday”.
Lent Loyalty Card
Fr Peter writes: “This year I am going to introduce the “St Mary’s Lent Loyalty Card” which details a number of tasks to complete before Holy Week. If you do eight then you will be rewarded with a special jar of Resurrection. Loyalty Cards will be available from Ash Wednesday. Why not accept the challenge?”
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. There will be an additional Stations of the Cross meditation at 7:30pm on Friday 11th March linked with CAFOD’s Family Fast Day. A further Friday evening Stations of the Cross will be announced in next week’s newsletter. Our outside Stations of the Cross will also be available for those who would like to follow this important spiritual exercise by themselves”
CAFOD’s Family Fast Day:
Friday 11th March is CAFOD Family Fast Day. You are invited to abstain from a meal on Friday 11th March and attend Stations of the Cross at 7:30pm followed by a soup and roll supper in the small hall. If you would like to help prepare the soup – please email Fr Peter.
Reading The Bible: A Taster in Studying Scripture
Fr Peter writes: “As part of our Lent journey, John Coleby has kindly agreed to present three 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 8th March, 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 either be the church or the small hall.”
Fr Peter writes: “Next Saturday (5th March) our First Holy Communion children and their families will be celebrating the sacrament of Reconciliation. At 11am. Please keep them in your prayers.
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.”