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 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

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Please also visit the channel for recordings of services

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PARISH NEWSLETTER

Newsletter for 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2021 (25 July 2021)

An archive of previous newsletters is available here.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2021-2022

In our Parish, baptised children attending non-Catholic schools (as well as unbaptised children), need to register for a Foundation Course in the Catholic Faith, before they can be admitted to First Holy Communion preparation.

This Foundation Course is for children in Year 3 and above and takes place on Saturday mornings at 10am, beginning on 18th September 2021. If your child attends a non-Catholic school (or has never been baptised), you should complete the application form (editable Word format) (PDF format here) and is also in the church porch and return it by 5th September 2021 by email or by posting the completed application form through the presbytery door.

FORTHCOMING TALKS: St Mary’s ‘Let us dream’

Three talks, over 3 consecutive evenings at St Mary’s Church. Pope Francis has said ‘Calamities such as the pandemic can be a “threshold” experience, dividing one era from another’.

“This is a moment to dream big,” he writes, “to rethink our priorities – what we value, what we want, what we seek – and commit to act in our daily life on what we have dreamed of.”

As we emerge from so much sadness, let us use these talks to inform, encourage and strengthen us for the future:

Tuesday 20 July 2021, at 7.30pm – AUSTEN IVEREIGH – Catholic Broadcaster, Author and Journalist

Wednesday 21 July 2021, at 7.30pm – JOHN COLBY – Director of Caritas Westminster

Thursday 22 July 2021, at 7.30pm – PATRICK VAN DER VORST – Former director and auctioneer at Sotheby’s, Dragon’s Den entrepreneur, author of daily Catholic blog: www.christian.art

Please click here for more information

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.

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

CAFOD APPEAL & MASS FOR INDIA

As coronavirus brings devastation across India, CAFOD is working with experienced local Church agency, Caritas India, to provide vital support to poor and marginalised communities. Donations to CAFOD’s Coronavirus Appeal will help Caritas India distribute PPE kits to frontline health workers, promote COVID & vaccine awareness campaigns, and set up safely run isolation & quarantine centres. You can donate online here: cafod.org.uk/give.  Please keep praying for the people of India and all those affected by the pandemic.

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 11 July, the last until September 2021.

Powerpoint format:
15th Sunday in ordinary time, Year B

PDF format:
15th Sunday in ordinary time, Year B

LONDON JESUIT CENTRE

The London Jesuit Centre offers:

  • Brian Purfield’s Introduction to the Bible begins on 21 June.  He is offering morning or evening classes.  Booking opened.

We are also delighted to announce that, following the easing of lockdown restrictions, the Heythrop Library, one of the largest specialist theology and philosophy libraries in Europe, is now open Mondays to Thursdays.

For those engaged in spiritual direction, retreat leading, and pastoral ministry, we offer:

Healthy Spiritual Direction and Understanding Spiritual Abuse with Dr Lisa Oakley on 21 May.

Psychological Issues in Spiritual Direction with Dr Roger Dawson SJ on 8 June.

Consolation and desolation with Fr Paul Nicholson SJ on 19 June.

Scripture passages for use in spiritual direction and retreats with Brian Purfield on 8 July.

You can book online for each event via our website: www.londonjesuitcentre.org

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 at 8.00pm in the Presbytery beginning on Wednesday 15th September. Why not come along to find out more? In the meantime, just phone or email 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

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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.

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. More information here.

2021 dates:

27th Jun; 25th Jul; 22nd Aug; 26th Sep; 24th Oct; 28th Nov.
From: 16.00-17.30hrs

Especially welcome in these fragile times

CONTACT INFORMATION

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.

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.