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Safety at Mass

It is important to book a place if you wish to come to Mass on Sunday or on a major feast day.  You can do that simply via the Events page.  When we reach the building’s safe capacity, it will not be possible to admit anyone else into the church.

While the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays remains suspended, you can instead attend one of the other Masses during the week where there is currently spare capacity each day.  For the time being, you do not need to book to come to an ordinary weekday Mass but, if you have the NHS Covid-19 app on your phone, you can use it to check in when you enter the church.

In order to maintain the safety of everyone in the church, we need more volunteers to guide people and to ensure that the church is cleaned after each Mass.  That will be especially important for the Christmas Masses.  If you are able to help, please complete a Volunteer Form, or leave a message indicating how you would like to be involved.

More information can be found on the Mass Guidelines page.

Advent and Christmas

There will not be the traditional services for Advent in the church this year, but we will have the usual schedule of Masses on Sundays and weekdays.  There will be no Advent Reconciliation Service this year, but there will be the opportunity for Confession every Saturday morning before Christmas.

Masses for Christmas, the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, will be at the times given below.  It will be essential to book for each of these Masses.  Bookings will open by the middle of December.  Anyone who turns up without booking will not be able to enter the church if the safe capacity has been reached.  While the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days remains suspended, you have the option of attending Mass on another day during the Christmas Octave.

  • Christmas Vigil Mass – Christmas Eve (Thursday 24th December), 6:00pm
  • Christmas Midnight Mass – Christmas Eve, 12:00 midnight
  • Christmas Day Masses (Friday 25th December) – 9:30am & 11:30am  (No evening Mass)

There will be no morning Mass on Christmas Eve, but the Masses will be at the usual times on the other days, before and after Christmas.

Sacraments

Confirmation

The Confirmations of young people that were due to take place during the summer term were rescheduled for November, but have had to be postponed again until the New Year.  No plans have yet been made for starting a new course.

First Holy Communion

We are not yet able to schedule a new preparation course for First Holy Communion.  More information about that will be provided as soon as possible in the New Year.

Baptism

There is a limit of six people at Baptism ceremonies that take place outside Mass.  Parents who have not yet attended a preparation session will have to wait until the rules of social distancing permit such a gathering.

Reconciliation

There is the opportunity for Confession on Saturday mornings.  There will not be an Advent Reconciliation Service this year.

Centenary

The parish of Finchley Church End celebrated its Centenary in 2019.  You can read about the celebrations in an article which appeared in the December 2019 issue of the Westminster Record.

A souvenir book was produced to mark the Parish Centenary.  Copies are available on request.  There is no charge but a donation towards costs would be appreciated.

Catholic Newspapers

We are not stocking newspapers at the church for the time being, but you can subscribe for a personal copy of The Catholic Universe, The Tablet, or The Catholic Herald (which is now published once a month).  Subscriptions enable you to read each newspaper online or, for an additional fee, you can also receive a printed copy through the post.  The Catholic Universe is offering a free trial digital subscription until January 2021; to sign up, enter your details at https://thecatholicuniverse.com/subscription-trial/.