September 24, 2017

Is God ever far away?  I ask that question because the first reading (Isa. 55.6-9) encourages us to seek God while he is near. But God is always near. The French theologian and mystic Teilhard de Chardin muses that God is as close as the next word on our lips, the next stroke of the worker’s pick-axe, the next stitch from the sewer’s needle. We have only to turn to God and God is there. Yet sometimes God can seem far away. This might be caused by some desolation that we have to pass through; sometimes, very differently, God seems far away because our self-centredness has obscured him. Either way, there is a journey to be made, in faith, until once more we realise the closeness of God.  So it does, after all, make sense to ‘seek the Lord while he is still to be found’. To know God when he seems close is to be given the faith and grace that we will need when he seems far away. At such times we need to take comfort from the realisation that although God may seem far away, in reality he is...

September 24, 2017

Pray for the sick esp. Eddie Caddle, John & Carmel Bates, Cathy Walker, Finola Hickey, Kelly-Marie O’Donnell, Simon O’Donnell, Pat Gleeson, Annette O’Gorman and Mary Myles.

Parish Collection: Last week’s was £ 937.61.  Many thanks.

St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School – Teaching Assistant Vacancy

St. Theresa's Catholic Primary School in Finchley are looking to appoint a Level 2 Experienced Teaching Assistant.  Please see the school website: http://www.st-theresas.barnet.sch.uk for further details.

International Mass – Sunday 1st October 2017

Join us for an international Mass at 12 noon and a tasty diverse lunch in the parish centre afterwards.  Please bring a dish to share and remember those in need by bringing donations for Finchley Foodbank on that day. Sign up sheets can be found at the back of the church.

24th September   Choir rehearsal with Liz after 10 am Mass (large hall)

Contact: Sandra finchleyeastcat@rcdow.org.uk

Pictures for International Mass

As part of our internati...

September 17, 2017

Forgiveness is something that all of us have to deal with from time to time. We may need forgiveness from others whom we have wronged, or we come to God and ask that he will pardon us. Sometimes we are the ones who are asked to extend forgiveness to others. Forgiveness does not always come readily. Sometimes it is a struggle.

   The message of mercy was absolutely central to the life of Jesus. It was something that he taught, but also something that he lived. It was his word even on the cross. Throughout his whole active ministry, he spoke a message from the Father. The message was this:  because God loves us, we are forgiven. In today’s gospel (Matt 18.21-35) the sum mentioned as owing is 10,000 talents. Biblical scholars differ in estimating its worth in today’s currency, but all agree that it was a stupendous sum. What the king forgives is not something negligible:  it reflects outstanding generosity. Jesus also makes it clear that the king would have been within his rights to exact...

September 17, 2017

International Mass – Sunday 1st October 2017

Our parish community has members from many different cultures and languages, something to celebrate!  On Sunday 1st October, please join us for an international Mass at 12 noon and a tasty diverse lunch in the parish centre afterwards.  Please remember those in need by bringing donations for Finchley Foodbank on that day.

Preparation for International Mass

17th September                   Meeting for singers and musicians (parish centre)

24th September                   Choir rehearsal (large hall)

All meetings take place in the parish centre after 10 am Mass.  Contact: Sandra finchleyeastcat@rcdow.org.uk

Pictures for International Mass

As part of our international Mass we would like to display photographs of the churches people of our parish attended before they joined St Mar...

September 11, 2017

Sponsorship opportunity

The O’Brien family have supported us in many ways, with the three boys (Mikey, Shane and Scott) and their sister (Shannon) as regular altar servers.  Their mum Bernadette will be walking with Shannon, Mikey and Shane to raise funds for Cancer research on Sat 23rd Sept. They are on the Shine half marathon night walk (13.5 miles) and would welcome sponsorship. You can do so through this link:

https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/bernadettes-fundraising-page-112

or through Bernadette’s link on the parish Facebook page.

September 11, 2017

‘Give us true freedom.’  That is what we ask God in today’s opening prayer.  What is true freedom?  We can think of it as freedom from and freedom for.

Freedom from seeks freedom from the chains that bind us.  Selfishness, anger, resentment, impulsiveness, aggression.  These and other weaknesses are real factors in life.  They bind us and limit us.  We call it sin.  Jesus came to encourage us to break free from sin.  The fact that it is a lifetime journey does not make it any less real.  He gives us hope and courage, and helps us to see that we do not have to stay as we are.  He gives us grace to help us in our weakness.  His whole life, death and resurrection, are a message teaching us that if we love God and follow him in Christ, then sin cannot cut us off from God and each day is a new beginning.  Today’s gospel (Matt. 18.15-20) may seem negative, but if you look at it again you will see that it is about freedom from.  In particular, there is a passage that the Church has a...

September 11, 2017

International Mass Preparation

We look forward to our annual international Mass and lunch at 12 noon on 1st October and invite everyone to join in.  We are looking for people who would like to pray, read, sing, help with lunch, offer face painting, decorate the hall, set up, tidy up and are always interested in new ideas.

10th September                        Meeting for all interested in praying, reading and helping with lunch

17th September                        Meeting for singers and musicians

24th September                        Choir rehearsal (large hall)

All meetings take place in the parish centre after 10 am Mass.  Contact: Sandra finchleyeastcat@rcdow.or...

September 3, 2017

    Jeremiah did not want to be a prophet. It was not a comfortable vocation. You had to be prepared to speak the truth that people did not want to hear. You sometimes had to undertake dramatic ways of acting out your message.  You might even have to confront the king if he was acting oppressively or exploiting his position. This explains our first reading today (Jer. 20.7-9) in which the prophet admits his reluctance to stand out from the crowd by preaching repentance and calling on people to turn back to God.  He says:  I will be making a fool of myself, no one will heed me. Then he says:  but I have to do this, it is so strong within me. 

     Is that really so different to you and me?  We live in a culture which is strangely dismissive of its historic Christian faith, which has done so much to shape this country in ways that have been a blessing to it.  We live in a time of spiritual fashions when it is unfashionable to be Chris...

September 3, 2017

Funeral Mass for Michael Clancey

On Friday 8th September at 11.30 am, there will be a Funeral Mass for Michael Clancey here at St Mary’s followed by interment at St Pancras Cemetary.  May he rest in peace. Amen.

Barry Evans RIP

Barry passed away at home with the family around him on Thursday 31st August. May he rest in peace. Funeral details will be announced.

International Mass Preparation

We look forward to our annual international Mass and lunch at 12 noon on 1st October and invite everyone to join in.  We are looking for people who would like to pray, read, sing, help with lunch, offer face painting, decorate the hall, set up, tidy up and are always interested in new ideas.

10th September                   Meeting for all interested in praying, reading and helping

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