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The Confirmations of young people that were due to take place last summer were rescheduled for November, but had to be postponed again. The Confirmation ceremonies have now been arranged for two Sunday afternoons, 18th and 25th April. Bishop John Sherrington has kindly agreed to preside at both of those celebrations. There are no plans yet for a new Confirmation course.
First Holy Communion
We expect to start a new preparation course for First Holy Communion in the autumn term. In order to assess demand for places, we invite parents of children who are currently in Year 2 or Year 3, and who would like to take part in that course, to complete an application form. Forms are available at the back of the church, or you can download a copy. Please complete the form, and return it by the end of May, either by sending it or delivering it to the Priests House, or you can email a scanned copy.
It is expected that Baptisms will be able to resume from 17th May, with the attendance of up to 30 people. Preparation sessions should also be possible after that date. Parents have to attend one of those sessions before arranging the date for their child’s Baptism. A Baptism Application must be completed before attending the preparation session.
There is the opportunity for Confession on Saturday mornings. They are held in the Weekday Chapel, entrance near the side door of the church. Please remain in the church, at a social distance from others, while waiting.
A case of the South African variant of the Covid-19 virus has been detected within our parish boundaries. Those living in parts of Ballards Lane and some of the adjoining streets have been visited and offered tests. Others who live or work in the central part of the N3 postcode area, or who use the shops in Ballards Lane, are also urged to have a test. A mobile testing unit has been set up in the car park of Finchley Central station. You can also pick up a test kit at other locations, to do the test yourself at home. For more information, visit the Barnet Council website.
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. 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.
A memorial Mass will be taking place, here at St Philip’s, on Monday 26th April at 12 noon, to mark the first anniversary of the death of Tony Hewson, who died last year shortly after his 100th birthday. If you would like to attend the Mass, please book a place using the online booking service.
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.