St Mary's Christmas Fair on 10th December Needs You!

Christmas Fair, Raffle Tickets and “Last Chance Sunday” Thank you for all your donations. We have a toy stall; craft stall and cookie decoration stall but no one to run them. Can you help? Next Sunday is your last chance to donate bottles; filled jars; chocolates; books; jewellery; nail polish; decorations; etc. Please leave donations in the large bags in the church foyer. Don’t forget to take home a flyer and place in your window to advertise our fair. Look out for Raffle tickets sellers before and after masses. For specific donations such as Mulled wine & mince pies; pots of soup & bread rolls; prizes for the Raffle; etc., please contact Sandra Lipner finchleyeastcat@rcdow.org.uk Helen Dor

Confession Times before Christmas

Confession in preparation for Christmas In place of a penitential service this year we will have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and a visiting priest on Thursday 15th December. The visiting priest is a Dominican, Fr Leo Edgar OP. He and Fr Terry will be available 8-9 pm on that evening (and later if necessary). There will be a prayerful atmosphere, a warm church, occasional background meditative music, and an opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation.

Carols for Caritas on 8th December

CAROLS FOR CARITAS on Thursday, 8th December As part of the work Caritas organises to combat social isolation, we have organised a musical entertainment at FERNBANK NURSING HOME in FINCHLEY WAY N3 and invite any parishioners interested to come along and join in the carol singing for all. NO rehearsal or experience necessary. We will sing well known carols and Christmas songs and you will be given word sheets. Simply arrive by 2pm and we will finish approximately 3.30.Further details from Helen Tierney tierneyhelen@hotmail.com or Sue Day sueday@rcdow.org,uk

First Sunday of Advent (Year A)

Funerals The body of the late Annetta Pellegrinelli who recently passed away will be received into St Philip the Apostle, Gravel Hill, on Monday 28th November at 7.30 pm followed by a funeral Mass on Tuesday 29th November 2016 at 10 am again at St Philip the Apostle. The Burial will be at Willesden Green. The Funeral Mass for Doris Morris will be held at 10 am on Monday 5th December at 10 am here at St Mary’s. She recently celebrated her 100th birthday. Parishioners may remember Fr Tony’s interview with her in St Mary’s Magazine. She and her late husband were wardens at Wilmot Place some time ago. Bernadette Whitaker, mother of Matthew Whitaker, died earlier this week. May they rest in pea

Join Us for #RedWednesday, 23rd November

Remember Persecuted Christians – join us here this Wednesday As part of a nation-wide campaign to remember persecuted Christians in the Middle East, Pakistan and elsewhere, churches are being encouraged to floodlight their churches in red this coming Wednesday 23rd November. Westminster Cathedral and Westminster Abbey are among those taking part. And so is St Mary’s East Finchley! Thanks to the work of Colin Wilshire we will floodlight our church front in red that evening. We will also hold a torchlight vigil on the raised embankment along the road, 6-7 pm, holding a banner saying Remember persecuted Christians. Please come and join us if you can.

Christ the King (Year C)

Nativity Set Exhibition 18th December Many families have a beloved nativity set. Sometimes these show us how to understand the Holy Family in the setting of another country or culture – and remind us that the infant Son of God comes to all people and all places. Do you have a nativity set? Would you like to display it for others to enjoy? If so we welcome you - to set up the nativity set on Saturday 17th December, between 4 and 5 pm. There will be a social atmosphere, with a film shown for small children, and refreshments. - the sets will then be on display on Sunday 18th December, from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm, with visitors encouraged after each Mass. Bring us your nativity set and share the joy

Events, Events

Harold Macmillan, the former prime minister, was once asked by a journalist what the most difficult aspect of his job was. ‘Events, dear boy, events’ he replied. We live in an unpredictable world. This can be a truly frightening thought, and in the gospel today (Luke 21.5-19) Jesus tackles this subject. Reading his words we may reflect on how little the world has changed in 2000 years. There will be, he says, news and rumours about wars and revolutions. There will be persecution of the Church. People will try to read some hidden meaning into these things, and into natural calamities such as famine or earthquakes. Jesus gives us wisdom for these huge movements of history which can so unsettle

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

SVP Quiz Night The SVP Quiz Night will be on Saturday 3rd December at 7.30 in the Parish Centre. A fish and chip supper or vegetarian meal will be provided. Entrance £10, a £5 deposit will be required. Members of the SVP will be outside the church after Masses from mid-November to collect names/deposits. Many thanks. Sick and Retired Priests Collection – This Weekend Today’s second collection is for the annual Sick and Retired Priests Fund of the Diocese of Westminster. The Fund ensures elderly and infirm priests are not alone in their senior years, after a lifetime of service. Your gift helps defray the costs the of their housing, medical, convalescence, and spiritual support needs. Most

Pilgrims All

At first glance today’s gospel (Luke 20.27-38) sounds like the kind of thing that delights theologians and bores everyone else. It is a discussion about levirate marriage, that is, marrying your deceased brother’s widow. But underlying this we find a practical concern. In an age, long before the welfare state, this practice of a man taking his widowed sister-in-law as an extra wife meant that she did not starve. Jesus however takes the whole discussion into a new plain when he replies: ‘God is God not of the dead but of the living: for to him all are in fact alive’ (v 38). What could this mean? Think of how we begin our Easter Vigil each year. Shortly after the ceremony of the new fi

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

SICK AND RETIRED PRIESTS COLLECTION –12th/13th November Next week our parish will take up a collection to help support the basic needs of the sick and retired priests of the Diocese of Westminster. Your generous donation provides for them in their elderly and infirm years. The Sick and Retired Priests Fund helps cover medical, housing, convalescence and personal needs of these priests, often alone and many without personal savings accumulated. Envelopes are available at the back of the church – please take one home and gift aid a donation if possible. Annual Cemetery Mass – Friday 11th November 2016 Please note that the Annual Cemetery Mass will take place at the Islington Burial Chapel a

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