A regular schedule of Masses has begun again. In order to maintain social distancing, the number of people in the church at any given time is limited to 50. (That figure may only be exceeded when a household group sits together.) Entry is via the main church door, up the front steps, with the side door for exit only. Toilets are not in use for the moment. Seating and aisles have been marked out to ensure safe distancing for all those using the church. The use of face coverings in the church is mandatory from 8th August. For more information about the revised arrangements for Mass, see the Mass Guidelines page.
Mass attendance figures on Sunday have been getting close to our capacity, so it is recommended that you book a place for Sunday Mass each week, using the booking facility on the Parish Events page. That will also enable us, if necessary, to provide you with information from the NHS Test and Trace service. Your details will not be used for any other purpose, and will be deleted 21 days after the Mass for which you book. When you book, you can choose not to have your details shared with the Test and Trace service.
We are in need of more volunteers to wipe the seating after each Mass, and to act as stewards at the Sunday Masses. If you are able to help, please complete the Volunteer Form and return it as indicated on the form.
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Churches are now able to open for public worship again, and we hope it won’t be too long before we can start making plans for those who have been waiting to receive Sacraments. It will not be possible to begin sacramental courses for 2021 until we are able to complete the programmes for this year.
The Confirmations of young people due to take place during the summer term had to be postponed. As the number of postponed Confirmation ceremonies around the Diocese has grown, it may not be possible to have a Bishop to administer Confirmation at St Philip’s this year, but we still hope to arrange the Confirmation of our young people during the autumn term. More information will be made available as soon as possible.
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 in the coming months.
First Holy Communion
It was not possible to have our First Holy Communions as planned in June. We hope that the children will be able to complete their preparation in the autumn term, and then receive their First Holy Communion in October or November, but we will probably have to wait until all the children have returned to school before we can make any detailed plans. 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.
It is now possible to arrange Baptism ceremonies once again. A maximum of 30 people can attend the ceremony, including parents and godparents, and the rules of social distancing will need to be applied between household groups. The use of face coverings will also be necessary for the time being.
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.
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.