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The Baptism of The Lord 09.01.2022


Sun 9th Jan

8.30 am People of the Parish

10 am Nancy O’Shaughnessy, anniversary

12 noon Marina Mitti, RIP

Mon 10th Jan Feria

10 am Christine Pavlou, RIP

Tues 11th Jan Feria

10 am Peter Sartori, RIP

Weds 12th Jan NO MASS

Thurs 13th Jan Feria

10 am Christine Pavlou, RIP

Fri 14th Jan Feria

10 am Tom Lohan, RIP

Sat 15th Jan 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

5 pm Angela and Eamonn Doherty, intentions

10am – 11am; 4:30pm – 5pm: Confessions and Exposition

Your Prayers:

Let us keep in our prayers: Frank Kilbride, Kathleen Lancaster, John O’Shea, Rekha, Bina, Gale Yates, Jose Luis Pérez, Alice, Michael O Boy, Lilian Murphy, Karina McKiernan and Izabela Lissowska – all unwell at this time. We also pray for Fr Dominic Byrne, Peter Sartori, Arthur Palmer, Noel Ryan, Donato Merola, Aurora Lobo–Buckland, Larry Tuohy, Elizabeth O’Sullivan, Monica Thomson, Christine Pavlou, Tom Lohan, Dennis Lennane, Vincenzo Gagliardi, Verna Duffy and Susan Wren who have all died recently. May they Rest in Peace.

Verna Duffy RIP

Verna died peacefully at Nazareth House before Christmas. Her requiem Mass will be at St Mary’s on Thursday at 10am. All Verna’s friends are very welcome to attend.

Bishop John Sherrington – Visit to St Mary’s next Sunday

Bishop John Sherrington will be celebrating the 10am Mass next Sunday - 16th January. We look forward to welcoming him.

Confirmations at St Mary’s:

Bishop John will confer the Sacrament of Confirmation on 18 of our young adults at the 5pm Mass on Saturday 12th February. If this is your normal Sunday Mass, you may like to choose another on the weekend of the 12th/13th February. Let us keep the confirmation candidates, their families, their sponsors and their catechists in our prayers over the next month.

Offertory Collection

Fr Peter writes: “The ordinary offertory collection in church for week ending 2nd January - £ 989.76. All contributions, every penny, is 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.

Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School Applications for Reception and Nursery

Applications are invited for the Reception Class for September 2022 - this is for children born between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018. The deadline to return this to the school office is 15th January 2022. 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 2022. This is for children born between 1st April 2019 and 31st March 2020. The deadline to return this to the school office is 31st January 2022. Please contact the office or visit the school website for an application pack.

Nursery and Primary School Application Forms:

Fr Peter writes: “If your child needs their Catholic Certificates of Practice” stamped and signed, please attend one of the Sunday Masses with your child, bringing their nursery or primary school application forms. Please make sure you have completed address and dates of birth before coming to see me.”

Save the Date!

On Sunday 15th May 2022, Cardinal Vincent Nichols is coming to St Mary’s to celebrate a special Mass in commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the blessing of the church foundation stone. Please reserve the date in your diary.


Fr Peter writes: “Nothing happens at St Mary’s without the support and hard work of volunteers. If you have a skill (a singer, a musician, have an eye for decoration etc) please let me know and I can add you to the list of wonderful people who provide St Mary’s with terrific practical support.

With the advent of Wall repairs I am looking for a parishioner who has experience completing and submitting grant applications.”

Thank you…

Fr Peter writes “Thank you to everyone who helped dismantle the Christmas decorations in church on Friday. A big “thank you” to everyone who helped over the Christmas period. I believe we managed to celebrate Christ’s birth prayerfully with joy and dignity against the back drop of a pandemic. We should be proud of our achievement and our community. We have much to do in 2022. As well as beginning to celebrate 70 years of our present church, we have to fix the “Wall”, invest more in prayer and liturgy, organise a few parish trips, devise some formation events and meet together safely for social occasions. As we discern, work together and act, let us continue to pray for each other.”

The Synodal Process at St Mary’s:

This weekend gives you a chance to answer 6 questions the Holy Father is requesting the Catholic world responds to before the end of January. The questions are about your experience of the Church. Every answer is a good answer, there are no wrong answers. You have 3 ways to respond..

1. Fill out the attached questionnaire and return to Fr Peter next weekend or deliver through the presbytery letterbox.

2. Use the “post it notes” on the radiators and attach your answers to the 6 questions on the concrete pillars inside the church.

3. Stay behind after Sunday’s 10am Mass and join other parishioners who wish to discuss the questions and contribute their answers.

Answers to last week’s St Mary’s New Year Quiz:

1. What is the name of the first Parish Priest of St Mary’s?

Fr Edward Daniell: 1898 - 1899

2. What date will Cardinal Nichols visit St Mary’s in 2022?

Cardinal Nicholls will visit St Mary’s on Saturday 15th May.

3. How many sides does the baptismal font have and why?

It has 8 sides. The eighth side symbolises the day of Resurrection.

4. Which St Mary’s parish priest is responsible for naming the local secondary school – Bishop Douglass?

Canon More–O’Ferrall (PP 1956 – 1983)

5. Can a man receive all seven sacraments?

Yes! If he marries and is widowed and then ordained a priest.

6. Which year was the original church destroyed..1940, 1942, 1946?

The original church on Chapel Street was bombed on the 11th November 1940.

7. Name the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.

8. In “lockdown” children’s liturgy was zoomed before or after the 10am Mass?

Holly and her children zoomed Children’s liturgy before the 10am Mass

9. What is the design carved on the front of the altar?

Made of Bath stone and consecrated by Cardinal Hume in 1987, the altar shows the cross being glorified by the resurrection. The altar contains the relics of St Edward the Confessor taken from the original church.

10. What does “Synodal” mean? Is it ‘to journey’, ‘to listen’ or ‘to clean out nasal passages’?

“Synod” comes from the word caravan – so it means to “journey.”

11. How many parish priests have there been before Fr Peter at St Mary’s?

Fr Peter is the 14th Parish Priest of St Mary’s.

12. Is one of the titles attributed to Our Lady “Queen of Creation”?

Not really, in the Litany of Loreto she is called “Mother of the Creator”.


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