First Sunday of Advent (Year B) 29th November 2020
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS
Sun 29th Nov
10 am Mary and Eamonn Rodgers, anniversary
Mon 30th Nov St Andrew, Apostle, Patron of Scotland
7pm Holy Souls
Tues 1st Dec Advent feria
10 am People of the Parish
Weds 2nd Dec NO MASS
Thurs 3rd Dec St Francis Xavier, Priest
7pm Jean and Pauline Murphy, intentions
Fri 4th Dec Advent feria
10 am Mary Cronin, RIP
Sat 5th Dec
5pm Lorna White, RIP
Please pray for the sick and those who care for them, especially for the frail elderly and for those
who work as carers.
Resuming Attendance at Mass at St Mary’s As we are coming out of the second lockdown this week, we will be able to resume coming to Mass from Thursday 3rd December. Please note the following: • You do not need to book your attendance for Mass at St Mary’s • However – you must give to the steward your name and telephone number written on a piece of paper. You will need to provide this at every mass you attend. • First come and First Served – those who come early are certain of a seat –if you arrive just before Mass, St Mary’s could be full to capacity (60 at each sitting) and you will have to attend another service in the week. • Remember – any Mass will serve as a Sunday! •You must wear a face mask at all Masses • Please do not come to Mass if you are in the vulnerable category and shielding at home. • Please do not come to Mass if you are feeling unwell. • Please remember to alcohol gel your hands when you enter and leave the church. • You must leave two seats empty between you or your family group and the next parishioner. • Offertory money can now be deposited in the basket as you enter the porch. The 10am Sunday Mass will continue to be streamed live on www.saintmarys.online If you are watching from home and are able to access our Just Giving Money Page so you can be part of the offertory collection, I would be very grateful: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/StMaryFinchleyEast Please see below for the Mass times: Monday 7 pm Tuesday 10 am Wednesday NO MASS Thursday 7 pm Friday 10 am Saturday 5pm Sunday 10am – ALSO STREAMED 11.30am PRIVATE PRAYER: The last opportunity for private prayer will be this Sunday 29th November from 11am-12noon. If you are aware of any parishioners who are not likely to be on e-mail, please pass this and any future communications on to them, if you can, as we will not be posting out any information. Of course, we will put this and future important information up on the notice boards outside the church.
Government Consultation on Faith Engagement
The Bishop has asked all clergy, religious and lay faithful to engage in this important consultation on the way Government engages with faith communities. The link to the online submission is: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/independent-faith-engagement-review-call-for-evidence. This call for evidence aims to collect views to underpin the Faith Engagement Review. This call for evidence opened on 13th November and will run for a period of 4 weeks closing at 11:45pm on 11 December 2020.
The Catholic Union with Catholic Voices are organising a webinar on “How the Government should engage with faith groups” on Wednesday 2nd December at 7 pm – link and registration:
Nellie Adams RIP
Nellie Adams, a well known parishioner of St Mary’s recently passed away. Her funeral was held at St Mary’s last Wednesday. Let us keep her and her family and friends in our prayers – may she rest in peace.
First Holy Communions 2021:
Registration for First Holy Communion is now closed and we are assessing how to proceed with the preparation for this Sacrament during COVID. Holly will be in touch with all those who have registered with more details soon.
If you would be interested in preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation in 2021 and are in Year 8 or above, please email Holly for a registration form: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Sunday, Holly and co will stream the children’s liturgy at 9 am via www.saintmarys.online
Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School N12 – Reception and Nursery Applications
Applications for Reception and Nursery Applications are invited for the Reception Class for September 2021 – this is for children born between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017. The deadline to return this to the school office is 15th January 2021. The forms are available to download on the school website. Please also be advised that you must also complete a CAF (Common Application Form) from Barnet - the on-line system is already open. Applications are invited for the Nursery for the Academic Year starting September 2021. This is for children born between 1st April 2018 and 31st March 2019. The deadline to return this to the school office is 31st January 2021. Please contact the office or visit the school website for an application pack.
History Teacher (Part time) Required in Finchley Catholic High School for February 2021
Finchley Catholic are looking for a part time History teacher, three days a week, who is able to motivate and enthuse young people. Candidates wishing to visit the school are welcome to do so by appointment by calling 020 8445 0105. An application form can be downloaded from www.finchleycatholic.org.uk and should be returned with a letter of application of no more than two sides of A4 to the Headteacher, Niamh Arnull, to email@example.com email address no later than midday on Monday 14th December.
A huge thank you to all those who have agreed to continue stewarding the Masses for us. Without you, at this time, it would not be possible to have public Mass.
Being St Mary’s Parish - Staying in touch - Registration & Parish Census:
Father Peter says: It is very important that I am able to keep in touch with you. The shepherd needs his flock. Please update your parish details using the parish census sheet and return it via the presbytery letterbox. It is so important that we stay in touch with each other. Notices will also be given via the streamed Masses.
The return of the Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Father Terry will be available for Reconciliation for 10 minutes following all weekend Masses. This will be in the confessional and you will be asked to clean all surfaces when you leave. Please remember to wear a mask and use the hand sanitiser.
Rise up and Build:
This weekend marks the end of our challenge to beat Nehemiah and raise the funds to restore our boundary wall in 52 days. You will remember that Nehemiah, in the Old Testament encouraged every pocket of Jewish society to come together and “Rise up and Build” the derelict walls of Jerusalem in 52 days.
We have two ways that you can support this campaign over this weekend:
Firstly there is still time to buy-a-brick at www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/thewall
Secondly you can watch, support and enjoy our 70’s Big Night In live on Saturday night, 28th November 6.30-7.15pm at www.saintmarys.online
Please encourage friends and family to watch, it will be lots of fun with familiar faces past and present. Text WALL to 70970 to donate £5.