Second Sunday of Advent (Year B) 6th December 2020
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS
Sun 6th Dec
10 am (also streamed) Lorna White, RIP
11.30 am Kathleen Molloy, 1st anniversary
Mon 7th Dec St Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor
7pm Maurice Smith, anniversary
Tues 8th Dec The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
10 am People of the Parish
Weds 9th Dec NO MASS
Thurs 10th Dec Advent Feria
7pm Edward McGovern
Fri 11th Dec Advent Feria
10 am Louis Michaelides, RIP
Sat 12th Dec Advent Feria
5pm Jane Ikwueke, thanksgiving
Please pray for the sick and those who care for them, especially for the frail elderly and for those
who work as carers.
Attending Mass at St Mary’s • 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 10 am – ALSO STREAMED 11.30am . 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.
Mass Attendance over Christmas at St Mary’s
This week we will be announcing our Christmas Mass timetable. Due to the pandemic and the reduced capacity of St Mary’s, it will be necessary to book for all the Masses over the Christmas Octave. Details of how to do this will be included in the Christmas Mass booklet – we will e mail this out next week and it will also be available to collect when you exit the church after Mass. If you know of anybody at home not on e mail, please take a booklet with you and put it through their door.
Michael Gordon RIP
Michael Gordon, a well known parishioner of St Mary’s recently passed away. His funeral was held at St Mary’s last Wednesday. Let us keep him and his family and friends in our prayers – may he rest in peace.
If you have any Red Boxes at home, please bring these to the presbytery during office hours only – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 9.30 am and 1 pm. We respectfully request that the Red Boxes are not left in the church. This is in compliance with COVID 19 procedures. We thank you for your cooperation.
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.
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:
There is still time to buy-a-brick at www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/thewall
A huge thank you to all those who tuned in and joined in with the “1970’s Disco Big Night In” on Saturday night. It was great fun and very entertaining. A really enjoyable way to raise some much needed funds for our wall campaign.
If you missed it or were unable to watch it live don’t worry! It is available to view all this week at www.saintmarys.online – just click the Disco picture to watch the show. Don’t miss your chance to see some fantastic original 1970’s photos of our own parishioners and priests, BBC’s George Alagiah’s special message and of course some 1970’s classic Disco tunes performed by a selection of daring St Mary’s parishioners! You can still donate by texting WALL to 70970 to give £5
The winners of the "St Mary's 70s Disco - Big Night In" are the fabulous DISCO DIVAS - Caylie and Holly Bradnum. Congratulations!
The runners up are the scintillating PHONEY M. - The Grahams. Congratulations! We are still receiving donations so watch this space for the final total raised.
SOCIALLY DISTANCED CAROL-SINGING
If you are interested in joining other parishioners and getting involved with socially distanced outdoor carol-singing with some fund-raising for the Foodbank in the run-up to Christmas please contact HELEN TIERNEY on email@example.com
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.