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Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time 3rd October 2021


Sun 3rd Oct

8.30 amBen Lavelle, 1st anniversary

10 amTeresa Harrison, anniversary

12 noon ​Phillipa Knox, anniversary

Mon 4th Oct​ - St Francis of Assisi

10 amDonato Merola, RIP


Tues 5th Oct​ - Feria

10 amFallon and Gleed families, intentions

Weds 6th Oct


Thurs 7th Oct​​ - Our Lady of the Rosary

7 pm​​​ Tony Martin, RIP


Fri 8th Oct ​- Feria

10 amPeople of the Parish ​​​​​​​

Sat 9th Oct​​ - 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

5 pm ​​​Jane Elford, 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. We remember their families and all those bereaved. We continue to pray for those around the world battling the coronavirus.

Offertory Collection

Fr Peter writes: “The offertory collection in church for week ending 26th Sept - £803.37 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.

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

From this weekend 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.

Some Dates for your Diary:

Sunday 17th October:

St Mary’s Harvest Celebration and Food collection for

Finchley Foodbank

Saturday 23rd October

SVP Film & Supper Night in the Parish Hall at 6pm

Sunday 31st October (Feast of All Saints):

Special 12 noon Mass for children baptised since and including 2019.

Sunday 7th November:

Young people Cop 26 walk from St Mary’s to Westminster Cathedral.

Thursday 11th November:

2pm Mass for Holy Souls at St Mary’s Cemetery chapel.

Sunday 14th November:

10am Remembrance Sunday Mass

2:30pm St Mary’s Poppy Wreath to be placed at the war memorial outside Finchley Memorial Hospital.

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:

Starting this Monday, after the 10am Mass, 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!

COP26 and St Mary’s young people

World leaders will be travelling to Glasgow in November for the UN Climate Change Conference COP26. This meeting is the most important meeting of its kind since the Paris Agreement was adopted in 2015. Pope Francis will be attending and speaking at the conference, describing it as a “critical moment” and warning of the urgency of environmental sustainability, its impact on poverty, and the importance of global cooperation. Pope Francis has called on us all to pray for and about this meeting and has urged everyone to play their part in safeguarding the future of the planet: “We must decide what kind of world we want to leave to future generations. We must choose to live differently; we must choose life.”

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. This film is based on a true story set in Cornwall. 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

November Holy Souls Envelopes:

Holy Soul envelopes and headed paper to list those who have died will be available in the church from next weekend.


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