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Sixth Sunday of Easter (Year B) 9th May 2021


Sun 9th May

8.30 am​​​ - Holy Souls

10 am​​​ - Felix Randles, RIP​​

11.30 am​ - Kevin Gillespie, RIP

Mon 10th May​ ​Easter Feria

7 pm​​​ - Edward Reeks, RIP​​​

Tues 11th May​​ Easter Feria

10 am​​​ - Nancy O’Shaughnessy, RIP

Weds 12th May


Thurs 13th May​​ The Ascension of the Lord

7 pm​​​ - People of the Parish


Fri 14th MaySt Matthias, Apostle

10 am​ - Tara Barrett, RIP

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Sat 15th May​​ 7th Sunday of Easter

5 pm - Philip McGovern, anniversary

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: 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 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 around the world battling the coronavirus

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

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

First Communion classes resume this week, please keep the fourteen children preparing and their families in your prayers.

Parents please check your inboxes or spam boxes for information.

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

Small Hall Bookings

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


Fr Peter writes: “Confessions are on Saturday at 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”.

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. Thanks to Holly for the wonderful artwork.

Feast of the Ascension:

On Thursday we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension. There will be a streamed Mass (without parishioners) at 10am for our parish school: Our Lady of Lourdes. Our parish Mass will be at the usual time of 7pm (with parishioners).


Fr Peter writes: “Pentecost celebrations occur on the weekend of 23rd May. The SVP have kindly agreed to host a tea and cake party after the Saturday 5pm and Sunday 10am and 11:30am Masses. We can use the presbyterygarden and the gardens around the small hall to sit and chat. I will put out two gazebos to provide shelter if it is too sunny….or raining. I am very happy to receive any home-made cakes to sell for the SVP.”


Fr Hastings writes: “In the line of duty I have definately decided to move the two commercial bins to the other side of the garage nearer the presbytery. On Monday an alleged OCG dumped rubble in the orange bin and I had to report it to the police. Both bins will now remain locked.”

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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