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Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time 12th September 2021


Sun 12th Sept

8.30 amPatrick Van Der Vorst, intentions

10 amVincent Harrison, anniversary

12 noonPeople of the Parish

Mon 13th Sept​St John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor

10 am​Agnes Fitzsimons, RIP


Tues 14th Sept

10 am​Funeral Mass of Assunta Weston, RIP

Weds 15th Sept​NO MASS

Thurs 16th Sept​​SS Cornelius, Pope and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs

7 pm​​​Tom Slevin, RIP


Fri 17th Sept ​Feria

10 am​Donato Merola, RIP

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Sat 18th Sept​​25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

5 pm ​​​Eugenio Goncalves, 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

Parish “In Council”:

Fr Peter writes: “As we emerge from the pandemic we have a chance to rebuild our parish. A “parish in council” is a single meeting open to all parishioners where you can ask questions and suggest ideas about future activities, formation classes or meetings that you would like to see happen at St Mary’s. If you do make a suggestion, please be ready to help if your idea is adopted. The caveat is “please get involved.” It is not an opportunity to be unduly critical, but constructive – a good “building” term!

Agenda for Parish “In Council”

Opening Prayer

An introduction

A financial update

News on the “Wall”

Other Renovation Projects in the Pipeline

Covid Regulations in Church

Catechesis Update

Church Building - 70th Anniversary

Some ideas

Your ideas

We shall meet in the Church at 7pm and our meeting will last no longer than 8:15pm (windows and doors will be open – please wear masks). The first 8 agenda points will be dealt with fairly quickly to leave plenty of time for “ideas”.

The Parish “In Council” will not be streamed.

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 Danusia Szczepanik, Baby Boley, Susie Owens, Camilla Canepa, Fr Edward Ndahinda, John Skehan, Antony Fernando, Margarita de Vega, Frances Barry, Martin Brennan, Pat O’Shea, Victoria Adedoyin, Maurilio Vargas Panduro, Geny Vargas Panduro Helen Vargas Panduro, ArthurPalmer, Noel Ryan, Donato Merola, Aurora Lobo - Buckland, Larry Tuohy and Monica Thomson who have all died recently. May they Rest in Peace. We remember their families and all those bereaved. We continue to pray for those around the world battling the coronavirus.

Monica Thomson RIP

Monica’s Requiem Mass will be at 12noon on Monday 20th September at St Mary’s. All family and friends are welcome to attend. May she rest in peace.

Finchley War Memorial:

Fr Peter writes: “If you would like to attend the dedication ceremony of the new Finchley War Memorial situate in the grounds of Finchley Memorial Hospital at 3pm on Sunday 26th September please let me know. I shall be attending along with local faith leaders and ministers.”

An additional time for Confessions & Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament:

From Saturday 25th September Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions will be available on Saturday’s from 10-11am and 4:30pm to 5pm: an ideal chance to spend time with Jesus and gain forgiveness.With the help of an electric fan, the confessional will be available.

Offertory Collection

Fr Peter writes: “The offertory collection in church for week ending 29th Aug was- £707.44.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.

A Request from the Foodbank:

As you may already know, in early October the government is planning to cut Universal Credit by £20 a week. This will leave 6 million families £1,040 worse off a year. For many, this money is the difference between keeping afloat and falling into serious poverty. You and the Foodbank have supported hundreds of families during the pandemic (and before) to get by on low incomes. This cut could mean even more people are in need of our help to avoid going hungry. Please write to Mike Freer (our local MP) to ask him to stop this cut.

First Holy Communion Celebrations:

Fr Peter writes: “This year’s First Holy Communions will be celebrated at the 10am and 12noon Mass on Sunday 19th September. Their Mass of thanksgiving will at 10am on Sunday 26th September. On these weekends you may like to attend the 5pm Mass on Saturday or 8:30am Mass on Sunday.

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.”

CAFOD Emergency Afghanistan Appeal:

Fr Peter writes: “the complicated situation in Afghanistan continues and CAFOD has just launched an emergency appeal to support refuges and humanitarian projects which remain in the country. The easiest way to donate to CAFOD and its emergency appeal is to follow the link:

Otherwise, please hand in your donation at Mass in an envelope titled “CAFOD EMERGENCY APPEAL / AFGHANISTAN”.

Cardinal Vaughan Open Evenings

Please note that there is no need to book for these events. Year 7 Open Evenings - Tuesday 14th and Thursday 23rd September 2021. The Head will speak at 4.30pm and at 6.00pm. The last tour of the school will take place at 6.15pm. Year 12 Open Evenings - Thursday 7th and Tuesday 12th October 2021 at 5.00pm. The Head will speak at 5.00pm. The last tour of the school will take place at 6.00pm.

Finchley Catholic High School Secondary Transfer Evening

Open evening for Finchley Catholic: Tuesday 14th September 2021 5.30-8.30 pm. Guided tours are available from 6-8 pm. Headteacher’s talk at 5.30 pm, 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm (Admission by ticket only, available on the night). Open mornings: Wednesday 29th September and Tuesday 5th October – by appointment only. For further information, please visit

Bishop Douglass School

OPEN EVENING for secondary school transfer to BD on Wednesday 15th September from 5.30 pm- 7.30 pm.Headteacher’s Speech at 6.00pm & 6.30pm


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