Welcome to the website of the Roman Catholic Church of St Alban, Finchley (North).
Our postal address is 51 Nether Street, Finchley, N12 7NN. It is located 200 yards from Tally Ho Corner.
LIVE ONLINE SERVICES
All masses will be 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
***PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO OUR CHANNEL BY CLICKING THE RED ‘SUBSCRIBE’ BUTTON AT THE TOP RIGHT OF THE CHANNEL PAGE. THAT WAY YOU’LL ALWAYS BE NOTIFIED WHEN A SERVICE IS ABOUT TO BEGIN. IT WILL ALSO HELP US BOOST THE VISIBILITY OF OUR SERVICES ONLINE***
Face coverings will be mandatory in places of worship from Saturday 8th August. All those who attend churches must wear face coverings unless they are exempt from doing so. This is for the good of all who gather in the church for mass as it is an enclosed public space where there are people from differing households who they do not normally meet. Priests in the sanctuary, providing they are sufficiently distant (two meters or more) from the congregation do not need to wear a face covering except when distributing Holy Communion. Readers may remove their face coverings while reading.
PUBLIC MASSES BEGIN AGAIN
From Monday July 6th, public Masses will be celebrated in our church. However, a number of points need to be understood in relation to this returning to public Masses in church:
• The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended.
• Any person who is shielding should NOT attend public Mass.
• Likewise, anybody displaying symptoms of cold or flu, including high temperature, a new continues cough or a loss or change of your sense of smell or taste should NOT attend public Mass.
• In order to assist the Government’s ‘track and trace’ plans, we have to record contact details for all those who come to mass and retain them for 21 days.
During the pandemic, we limit Mass to the essentials in order to avoid spending an undue length of time in an enclosed building. Therefore:
• There will be no music or congregational singing.
• The Mass will resemble the normal weekday Mass in ritual and length.
• There will be no Mass books or prayer aids of any kind. If you need such an aid, feel free to use an electronic device. (Keep it on silent).
In this church of St. Alban, we will have one Mass each day. As a rule, these will be:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 9.30am
Wednesday at 7pm
Saturday at 6pm
Sunday at 10am
The weekday Mass times are subject to change if, for instance, we have a funeral. Each week the Mass times will be published on our website and church noticeboard. Please check the times if you plan coming to a weekday Mass.
I would encourage those who can to attend a Mass in the week, leaving the limited spaces available at weekends to those who can only come on those days.
Distancing will remain at two metres. No more than two people from separate households can be accommodated on a single bench. In the side aisles this reduces to one person per bench. Our total capacity in the church will be 38. This may increase if households of two or more arrive for Mass.
Those coming for Mass should arrive 15/20 minutes before Mass is due to begin to allow stewards time to allocate seats.
For anyone entering the church for Mass:
1. You must use hand sanitiser when you enter and leave the church.
2. Travel in one direction through the church. Follow the arrows. Nobody leaves by the entrance door. Leave by either of the two EXIT doors towards the front of the church, left and right hand sides.
3. Holy Communion will be distributed after the final blessing. There will be NO words spoken between the priest and communicant at this stage. There will be a collective ‘The Body of Christ’, ‘Amen’ spoken before distribution of Communion.
4. Those coming to receive Holy Communion will take hand sanitiser from the steward as they come forward. Make sure this has been rubbed into the hands thoroughly and dry, before receiving Communion in the hand. There will be a table between the priest and communicant at this point to ensure reasonable distance between the two.
5. Then leave the church by one of the side exits. There will be a collection basket at both exits. Those of you who can may wish to consider cashless donation methods, (e.g. direct debit)
Do not stop in the exit area as this will cause congestion. Move well away from the doors promptly.
6. The one Reader at each Mass will be on the sanctuary throughout. They will use sanitiser before and after coming to the lectern.
7. The priest will wash hands thoroughly before and after Mass, use sanitiser going to and from the lectern, and before and after distributing Holy Communion.
This experience is new for all of us. It will seem strange at first, but is necessary for us to play our part in slowing down the spread of the virus. Please be patient. We have not introduced a ticketing system at this stage in the hope it will not be necessary. As the Sunday Mass is not obligatory, those who can attend Mass in the week should do so in order to allow full access to others over the weekends.
We will continue to livestream our Sunday Mass and some events, like funerals, on request. This service is essential and appreciated by many who are shielding.
We continue to accept requests for Mass Intentions.
I am extremely grateful to those in our parish who have helped to develop our guidelines on the back of the government guidelines to the bishops of England and Wales.
I also acknowledge those who have helped reconfigure our church to meet these needs.
I am grateful to the volunteers who are acting as stewards at Mass throughout this pandemic. If you think you can help, it is not too late to join as a steward. This could go on for some time.
I also record my gratitude to those ministers of Word and music who assisted at our livestreamed Sunday Masses to date.
Finally, please keep in your prayers all those who are struggling at this time to serve God and the community. May the intercession of St. Alban see us emerge stronger and wiser.
CHURCHES REOPENING FOR COLLECTIVE WORSHIP FROM 4 JULY
Please take a look at this new video from the Cardinal about churches reopening for services.
Now that we are reopen for public masses in St. Albans, we will have ONE mass each day, including Sunday. For each of these masses we need four volunteers to act as stewards. We could still do with more volunteers to supplement the ones we have. Clear instructions will be given to all volunteers, with clearly defined roles. Please email or telephone Fr. Dermot if you can help – contact details below.
Please take a look at the seating plan for mass re-opening:
INTERESTED IN LEARNING ABOUT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH OR THINKING OF BECOMING 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?
St Alban’s Church, North Finchley has a group for adults which meets every Wednesday evening starting in September. Why not come along to find out more? Just phone or email the parish to let us know you’re coming 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.
There is a useful App which is available free during the shutdown, ‘Magnificat’. If you want to look it up on your App store, it’s the ‘English version’ we want.
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 2pm
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”.
VIDEO UPDATES FROM CARDINAL VINCENT
Please keep in touch with the You Tube channel of the Catholic Church of England & Wales. The cardinal is posting new video regularly.
Clare has kindly produced a virtual “liturgy service for use by families with young children”. In the absence of mass for the foreseeable time, families may find this service useful to use at home with their children. This is the edition for Sunday 19 July
This will be the final publication until September – we hope you have a good summer break
Services behind closed doors will be continuing at a range of churches in the region, so please join us for these – full schedule here.
ST ALBAN’S CENTERING PRAYER GROUP
Every 4th Sunday of the month in 2020 – the next is on Sunday 26th July – virtually – see below:
26th July; 23rd August; 27th September; 25th October; 22nd November.
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 email@example.com for more information as to how to join. More information here.
Especially welcome in these fragile times
You can contact us on 020 8446 0224.
Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re keen to hear from you, so please feel free to contact us.
The parish office is currently closed for the duration as staff are self-isolating, but Father Dermot can be contacted at the presbytery on the email above.