Important Announcements

Easing Lockdown Guidelines

As the rules for coming out of the lockdown are being relaxed across the country, so we are allowed to ease some of the restrictions in church. From this weekend we will revert to distributing Holy Communion at its rightful time. We will follow the pattern of coming for Communion that has been set this past year, only returning to your places after receiving before the Concluding Rite.

We will still use the side doors to exit the church at the end of mass. The minister distributing Communion is allowed to say ‘The Body of Christ’ to each communicant again. The communicant is encouraged to respond ‘Amen’. The presentation of gifts at the offertory time may take place again. However, we must continue to exercise caution, the virus has not gone away!

Continue to wear masks, (unless you have a medical reason not to), keep a safe distance from others outside your ‘bubble’ and sanitise your hands on entering and leaving the church and before coming to receive Holy Communion. We are obliged to continue to take details of those entering the church for track and trace purposes. To that end I once again thank our volunteer stewards who have been so generous with their time and energy over the last year.

Volunteer for CAFOD

CAFOD is looking for volunteers with public speaking skills to promote our work in Parishes and Schools.

Please email tsheen@cafod.org.uk  for further details.

Jackie Sheils

After 37 years as parish secretary here at St. Albans, Jackie has offered her notice to retire at the end of October this year. There can be very few parish secretaries who have given such dedicated service over such a long period. We all owe her a great debt of gratitude, not least the four parish priests she has worked for during that period.

Personally, I shall be eternally grateful for the depth of knowledge of parish events and people who run them that she has shared along with her pastoral awareness and sensitivities. There will be an opportunity for a more formal marking of her retirement in the Autumn. In the meantime, let us hold her in our prayers as she prepares for a new phase in her life.

Fr Dermot

Live Online Services

All weekend masses are being live streamed. Special events, such as funerals, will also be live streamed on request.

Access via our You Tube channel – visit our channel here

Then click the video marked ‘LIVE NOW‘, usually at the top of the page

Please also visit the channel for recordings of services


Parish Newsletter

(17 October 2021)

Mass time changes

Thank you to those of you who participated in our poll regarding the Sunday mass times. 74 households responded. Of those the majority were for keeping the 9.00 and 11.00 masses.

A significant minority wished for a later mass than 9.00 for the ‘family mass’ when the children’s liturgy of the word resumes, but earlier than 11.00! There were suggestions of 10.00 and 12.00 or 8.00 and 10.00, for that purpose. In the interest of keeping the mass as accessible to as many as possible I have gone with 9.30 and 11.30, as suggested by several families with small children. The family mass (with liturgy of the word when it is deemed safe to resume) will be at 9.30. These times will begin from Sunday, October 17th, and will be reviewed in summer 2022.

Confirmation 2021-2022

Application forms now available from the church porch or download here:

St Alban’s Parent & Toddler Group

We intend to restart the playgroup on Monday October 11th, running from 10.30am – 12noon on Mondays. Please click here for more information.

Return of faith sharing groups

The booklets will be sold after weekend Masses at £3 each. For more information or to join a Group call Chris Wood on 0208 368 3536

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies

The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) provides parish catechists with knowledge and understanding of theology and the Catholic faith. You can learn the course in person, by distance learning or online – details below:

Centres (in person learning)

Life-Light Home Study Courses (distance learning)
01844 351 514

CCRS Online (online learning)
0151 291 3055

First Holy Communion 2021-2022

Our First Holy Communion preparation course for children in Year 3 and above who attend Catholic Schools will begin on Saturday 27th November 2021.

The Foundation Course in preparation for the First Holy Communion course for children who attend non-Catholic schools (as well as unbaptised children) in Year 3 and above began on Saturday 18th September.

You should complete the application form (editable Word format) (PDF format here) and is also in the church porch. Please return it by Sunday 7th November 2021 by email or by posting the completed form through the Presbytery door.

Let Us Dream

In his new publication, Let us Dream, Pope Francis offers a deeply personal and passionate reflection on the Covid crises in his own life and insightful observations on the present Covid crisis as he looks and sees what is going on around the world.

Please click here here to access it.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

The Catechists have prepared a virtual liturgy service for use by families with young children.  This is the edition for Sunday 17 October

Powerpoint format:

PDF format:

How to become a Catholic

Would you like to know more about the Catholic Church and its Teachings? Perhaps you might be thinking of becoming a Catholic and want to know how?

Our church has a group for adults which meets every Wednesday evening at 8.00pm in the Presbytery. Why not come along to find out more? In the meantime, just phone us on 020 8446 0224 or email us at finchleynorth@rcdow.org.uk the parish to let us know you’re interested and if you wish, we can put you in touch with someone who can tell you what to expect and answer your questions.

You will be made very welcome.

Sunday Services Recordings

Permission to stream music in our live stream services obtained from One License A735471

Foodbank at St Barnabas in North Finchley

This is now open to everyone in need on Mondays 12.30pm to 2.00pm

Having started the Finchley Foodbank over 6 years ago with St Marys N2, we decided to branch out and start a new midweek foodbank at St Barnabas, to help meet the current need.

No vouchers required – we work on a basis of trust and dignity

Donations of tins, jars and packets of food received on Saturdays 10am to 12noon or by arrangement.

St Barnabas Church, 913 High Road, North Finchley, London N12 8QJ

Donate to the Church

Please visit the Donate to our Parish page if you are in a position to support the church financially at this time.

St Alban’s Centering Prayer Group

Every 4th Sunday of the month in 2021 and 2022.

Due to Covid 19 we are now running as a virtual Zoom group on the same dates and times until further notice.  Please email Carole O’Reilly coreilly396@btinternet.com for more information as to how to join.

2021 dates:

24th Oct; 28th Nov

2022 dates:

23rd Jan; 27th Feb; 27th Mar; 24th Apr; 22ndMay; 26th Jun; 24th Jul; 28th Aug; 25th Sep; 23rd Oct; 27th Nov.

From: 16.00-17.30hrs

Especially welcome in these fragile times

Contact Information

Our postal address is 51 Nether Street, Finchley, N12 7NN. It is located 200 yards from Tally Ho Corner.

You can contact us on 020 8446 0224.

Our email address is finchleynorth@rcdow.org.uk

We’re keen to hear from you, so please feel free to contact us.