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Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time 10th October 2021


Sun 10th Oct

8.30 amSister Barbara McLoughlin, intentions

10 amPeople of the Parish

12 noon​Eilish McCarney, RIP

Mon 11th Oct​ - Feria

10 amJoe O’Reilly


Tues 12th Oct​ - Feria

10 amGoziem Onuchukwu, thanksgiving

Weds 13th Oct


Thurs 14th Oct​​ - Feria

7 pm​​​Merola Family, intentions


Fri 15th Oct ​- St Teresa of Jesus, Virgin & Doctor

10 amMalcolm McCarthy, RIP ​​​​​​​

Sat 16th Oct​​ - 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

5 pm ​​​Noel Patrick Ryan, RIP

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: Kathleen Lancaster, Denis Leenane, John O’Shea, Rekha, Bina, Gale Yates, Jose Luis Pérez, Alice, Michael O Boy, Lilian Murphy, Karina McKiernan Father Robert Plourde and Izabela Lissowska – all unwell at this time. We also pray for Sinead Gunawardana, Maria Zanelli, Patrick Kamara, Arthur Palmer, Noel Ryan, Donato Merola, Aurora Lobo – Buckland, Larry Tuohy and Monica Thomson who have all died recently. May they Rest in Peace.

Offertory Collection

Fr Peter writes: “The offertory collection in church for week ending 3rd Oct 2021 £686.04. 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. Other offertory figures for August 2021 :Virgin Money Giving: £522.10, Gift Aid via Virgin Money Giving: £ 137.50, On line donations: £170.00, Standing Orders: £ 2983.00.

Secondary School Transfer 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 secondary school transfer forms. Please make sure you have completed address and dates of birth before coming to see me.”

Registration for First Holy Communion 2021/22

Registration for the next round of First Holy Communion preparation classes is now open. If your child in in Year 3 or above and you would like them to prepare to make their First Holy Communion next year, please email Holly for an application form. Classes will be on Sunday mornings in term time.

St Mary’s Senior Citizens Monday Club:

After the 10 am Mass on Mondays, the senior citizens of the parish are invited to enjoy some refreshments in the hall. Tea & coffee will be provided and cakes are very welcome!

Calling all Altar Servers…

If you have previously been an altar server and would like to continue, we will be holding a refresher session to remind ourselves how to serve on Thursday 21st October at 6pm. Fr Peter will introduce a new system……… including bowling!

November Holy Souls Envelopes:

Holy Soul envelopes and headed paper to list those who have died are now available in Church.

COP26 and St Mary’s young people

World leaders will be travelling to Glasgow in November for the UN Climate Change Conference COP26. To support this call to prayer and action we are proposing a walk from St. Mary’s to Westminster Cathedral for our young people after the 10am Mass on Sunday 7th November, while the COP26 conference is running. Along the way we’ll stop for lunch, have further breaks, chat and reflect on the environment and ways we can be betterstewards of our planet. At some point we will need to encourage Fr Peter to keep walking. When we reach the Cathedral we will light candles and pray for all world leaders attending COP26. The Confirmation group, “Incensed group” and anyone of secondary school age is invited, there will be a sign-up sheet in the porch. We will also need a few adults to volunteer to accompany us, please email Holly if you would like to help.

St Mary’s SVP invites you to a Parish Social Evening

The SVP are trying to raise funds to help families who are in need this Christmas as well as arranging a fun evening for parishioners. Date Saturday 23rd October at 6pm in the Parish Hall. Cost £15 per person, this includes hot supper [Lasagne/veggie option] icecream/chocolates/popcorn and soft drinks]. You may bring your own alcohol. This will be followed by a film: Fisherman’s Friends. It is approx. 107 mins in length and is suitable for persons aged 12 Plus. Numbers are restricted to 42, tickets will be sold before and after Masses on Saturday and Sunday 9/10th and 16/17th October or through one of the SVP members, Michael, Fintan, Nicola or Jean.

Harvest Festival Collection for the Foodbank:

Fr Peter writes: “Next weekend we will have a special Harvest Festival Collection for our wonderful Foodbank. Our main celebration will be at the 10am Sunday Mass. Our harvest collection essentially requires three items: UHT milk, tea and washing tablets/capsules. All other “in date” tinned or dry food donations will also be gratefully received.”

Sunday 31st October (Feast of All Saints):

Fr Peter writes: “I am going to celebrate a special 12 noon Mass for children baptised since and including 2019on the Feast of All Saints. These little gifts from God could be future Saints!

Little Amal:

Little Amal, a 3.5m puppet of a refugee girl, is walking from the border of Turkey / Syria to Manchester, 8000km, in search of her mother. On her journey she will visit Westminster Cathedral on Monday 25thOctober at 2pm, where she will be welcomed by Cardinal Vincent. You are invited to join Cardinal Vincent for this Welcome Liturgy and to learn more about migrants and refugees. It is during half term week, an opportunity for families to come together. Further information about Little Amal’s journey is available at Please be seated by 1.45pm.

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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