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Pastoral Message for Pentecost

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has recorded this Pastoral Message for the Solemnity of Pentecost, which falls this year on Sunday 31st May.

The Cardinal invites us all to engage in a time of prayer for the Vigil of Pentecost this Saturday evening (30th May), in our homes and each in our own way.  Resources will be made available on the diocesan website which can be used to focus that prayer.

You can join Pope Francis on the Vatican YouTube channel as he prays the Rosary at the Lourdes Grotto in the Vatican Gardens at 4:30pm (BST) on Saturday evening.

Re-opening churches

Representatives of different religious groups met with members of HM Government on 15th May to discuss the re-opening of places of worship.  The process of resuming church activities is expected to start by July.  The discussions will continue, but you can read the press release that was issued after the first meeting of the new taskforce.  There will need to be careful planning and preparation to ensure that we are ready to gather safely to pray and to celebrate the Sacraments once again.

St Michael’s School applications

St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School are continuing with their admissions timetable for girls wishing to start at the School in September 2021 but, because of the current social distancing restrictions, they have amended the arrangements for getting a Certificate of Catholic Practice.  For more information, visit the School website.  Please share this information with parents of girls who are currently in Year 5, who might be considering applying to St Michael’s.

Sacraments

For the time being, the church has to remain closed, so we are unable to come together to celebrate the Sacraments.  Those who have been preparing to receive Sacraments for the first time will also have to be patient until the present restrictions are lifted.  We remain united in prayer despite our physical separation.

Confirmation

The Bishops have announced that the Confirmations of young people scheduled for June will have to be postponed.  We will be looking for a date later in the year when the Bishop will come to administer the Sacrament.

The adults who were due to be confirmed at the Easter Vigil will also have to wait until later in the year.  We will arrange a mutually convenient date when we are able to gather for liturgies once again.

First Holy Communion

It will not be possible to have our First Holy Communions as planned in the middle of June.  We hope that the children will be able to complete their preparation at the beginning of the autumn term in September, and then receive their First Holy Communion in October or November.  It is possible that they will receive the Sacrament in small groups at Sunday Masses spread over several weeks, rather than as a single group.  Details will be worked out when possible.

Baptism

Baptisms will not be taking place as scheduled for the time being.  New dates will be arranged as soon as possible.

Message from the Archbishops

The Catholic Archbishops of England and Wales have issued a message of support and encouragement as we all face the effects of being separated from each other and from the Sacraments.  Their message also offers hope as we explore together the ways in which, with God’s help, we might begin to emerge from the present restrictions, and share our support for each other in more familiar ways.

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.