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Ffith Sunday of Easter (Year B) 2nd May 2021


Sun 2nd May

8.30 am​​​ - Holy Souls

10 am​​​ - Paddy O’Neill, RIP​​

11.30 am​ - Julia and Michael Baylon, intentions

Mon 3rd May​ ​- St Philip and St James, Apostles

10 am​​​ - Mary Webb, RIP​​

Tues 4th May​​ - The English Martyrs

10 am​​​ - Bob White, RIP

Weds 5th May​ - NO MASS

Thurs 6th May​​ - Easter Feria

7 pm​​​ - People of the Parish


Fri 7th May ​- Easter Feria

10 am​ - Requiem Mass of Martin Brennan, RIP

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Sat 8th May​​ - 6th Sunday of Easter

5 pm ​- Ann and Seamus Dunne, 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.

Your Prayers:

Let us keep in our prayers: Alice, Michael O Boy, Lilian Murphy, Arthur Palmer, Karina McKiernan Father Robert Plourde and Danusia Lissowski – all unwell at this time.

We also pray for Frances Barry, Martin Brennan, Pat O’Shea, Victoria Adedoyin, Maurilio Vargas Panduro, Geny Vargas Panduro and Helen Vargas Panduro who have all died recently. May they Rest in Peace. We remember their families and all those bereaved. We also pray for those in India and around the world battling the coronavirus

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

Martin Brennan RIP

Martin’s Requiem Mass will be celebrated at St Mary’s on Friday at 10am. Due to Covid regulations and the rule of 30, only Martin’s family will be in attendance. However the Mass will be streamed via Let us keep Martin and his family in our prayers.

Still uncertain about returning to Church?

Fr Peter writes: “As vaccines roll out and infection rates plummet you might feel this is the right time to return to St Mary’s for Mass. Do not worry if you are uncertain about responses or anxious your children will make a noise. I have asbestos ears and I am never distracted by children having a charismatic moment. More importantly, St Mary’s is your home, and I would be delighted to see you. If you cannot remember a response, God is not going to mind, God just wants to feed you. The 8:30am Mass on Sunday has a few spaces spare as does the 11:30am, so come along and let God listen to your burdens and nourish you with grace and strength.”

First Communion 2021

Please check your inboxes or spam boxes for information about this years Holy Communion Preparation classes. These take a break this weekend for the bank holiday aN2 resume next weekend. Contact Holly for more information

Streamed Masses for this week:

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

Priests Training Fund

Thank you for your generosity regarding the Priest Training Fund. It is not too late to make a donation as envelopes are still available or you might like to make an online donation via

Mass on Bank Holiday Monday

Please note, due to the Bank Holiday, Mass on Monday 3rd May will be at 10 am and not at 7pm.

Small Hall Bookings

Details about hiring the Canon More O’Farrell Hall in the parish centre can be found via our website

St Mary’s Roadmap to Pentecost Part 2

Fr Peter writes: “St Mary’s has its own Roadmap to ease us out of Lockdown….

1. Sunday 8:30am Mass has been re- introduced for 1st Holy Communion families. Classes begin after Mass.

2. From now until Pentecost (weekend of 23rd May) myself or Holly will zoom or meet with 7 groups within the parish as we reform St Mary’s ready for June and the final thawing of lockdown restrictions. The groups are: the SVP, Parish Council, the Incensed Group, Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Servers and Musicians. Seven groups to represent the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit…. imparted at Pentecost.

3. We will attempt to celebrate Pentecost in true St Mary’s style with something special using the small hall and the terraced gardens.

4. Next Saturday I will introduce a more formal slot for confessions – 4:30pm (before Mass) and 5:30pm (after Mass). If the weather is good, I will hear confessions in my garden (behind the presbytery), if raining I will use the small hall in the parish centre. Eventually (hopefully in late June) we will return to use the confessionals in church.

5. Very soon, the misselletes will return, apportioned for each Sunday Mass and not to be shared.

The Wall:

Fr Peter writes: “Repairs to the wall will begin on 7th June and should take 6 weeks. During this time the builders will need to use part of the car park which is adjacent to the wall. As a result there will be fewer spaces. I would prefer if those who can walk to church can do so from 7th June leaving the remaining car park spaces for those with mobility issues.

The Stations of the Resurrection:

Fr Peter writes: “The Stations of the Resurrection are now in place to be prayed as we get nearer to Pentecost. They can be found around the outside of the church. The first station – “the descent into hell” – can be found outside my front door (!!!). Using Fr Terry’s book (‘The Way to Life’ – available in the sacristy), or the New Testament follow each station as they recount each resurrection appearance, Pentecost and the beginning of the early church.

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”



Many of you already contribute via the weekly numbered envelopes system. If you would like to contribute this way, and are not already doing so, please let the office know and we can arrange for you to receive a boxed set of envelopes with your own allocated number.


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