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Pentecost Sunday (Year B) 23rd May 2021


Sun 23rd May

8.30 am​​​ - Holy Souls

10 am​​​ - Colin McAleavey-Dunn, RIP​​

11.30 am​ - Margaret Gilgan, anniversary

Mon 24th May -​ ​The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

7 pm​​​ - Colin McAleavey-Dunn, RIP​​​

Tues 25th May​​ - St Bede the Venerable, Priest and Doctor

10 am​​​ - Giuseppe Nicastro, RIP

Weds 26th May


Thurs 27th May​​ - Out Lord Jesus Christ, The Eternal High Priest

7 pm​​​ - Conal Byrne, RIP


Fri 28th May ​- Feria

10 am​ - Tony Moran, RIP

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Sat 29th May​​ - The Most Holy Trinity

5 pm ​- Daphne Ommanney

Please pray for the sick and those who care for them, today especially for the frail elderly and for those who work as carers.

“Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful. And kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you will renew the face of the earth.”

Your Prayers:

Let us keep in our prayers: Jose Luis Pérez, 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 Antony Fernando, Peggy O Donnell, Margarita de Vega, 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 others around the world battling the coronavirus.

We Welcome:

We welcome Mia and Tyler baptised into our Catholic Community of St Mary’s on Saturday.

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.”

Streamed Masses for this week:

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

Some Lockdown News:

As of last week 30 guests are now allowed at Baptisms and Weddings. St Mary’s is also permitted to allow 60 people to attend a funeral in church (in keeping with our covid social distancing capacity). After June 21st, all Masses at St Mary’s will return to their pre-pandemic times.

“The same power that raised Christ from the dead is living in you.”

Romans 8:11

“Whenever the Holy Spirit intervenes, he leaves people astonished. Just think of those

miracles needed to affirm the sanctity of Saints. They are all actions of the Holy Spirit”

St John Paul II

Offertory Collection

Fr Peter writes: The offertory collection is as follows:

Week ending Sunday 16th May 2021 - £ 781.35

Parish Offertory Figures for April 2021:

Virgin Money Giving-£717.42; On Line Donations-£67.67 Standing Orders: £ 2,919.00

Figures for Standing Orders, Virgin Money Giving or on line donations can only be published at the end of the following month. Roughly, our ideal offertory figure for each week pre-pandemic was over £1000. We are not far off that figure, but we do fluctuate. All contributions are 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. Details are on the back of the newsletter.

Confirmation at St Mary’s

Finally, after a long wait, we are going to start the preparation for Confirmation- hooray! If you applied for your child to be part of this group, please keep an eye on your Inbox for details.

RCIA at St Mary’s

Are you or someone you know curious about what is involved in becoming a Catholic? Are you interested in joining the Catholic Church? Were you baptised but never confirmed and now feel you would like to complete your formation? St Mary’s will shortly be re-starting the RCIA group and you would be very welcome to join us. For more information please contact Holly


Fr Peter writes: “Confessions return to Saturday at 4:30pm (before Mass) and 5:30pm (after Mass). I will hear them either in the garden or the small hall (if it is raining).

The Wall:

Fr Peter writes: “Repairs to the wall might begin on 7th June and could take 6 weeks.

I have to use “might”, as the diocesan surveyors and Barnet Council have raised some concerns about the walls foundations. Please keep this project and those involved in your prayers.

“Make me a point of contact, Lord, whereby the Holy Spirit may enter into those I touch, whether by the word I say, the prayer I pray, or the life I live.”


Ways to financially support St. Mary’s:


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 donate by credit or debit card via our Diocesan website:

If asked to add a reference, please use ‘Collection’.



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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