Parish News – 3rd April

We pray:

    • for all the people of Ukraine and Russia
    • for an end to the bombing and violence
    • that the peace talks will be fruitful
    • thanking God for all those helping refugees and bringing pressure to end the war
    • for an end to all wars and division and the coming of God’s kingdom of Peace, Justice and Reconciliation.

DEC charities, which include CAFOD, and their local partners are in Ukraine and in neighbouring countries providing food, water, shelter and medical assistance. CAN YOU HELP? Donate online or using the wall safe at the back of church.

Lent 2022

Here is our page of ideas and suggestions for ways to Keep Lent Holy by Praying, Fasting and Giving.

Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal – HEAT or EAT? Help those facing this choice. Price rises mean many families face an impossible choice: HEAT or EAT? The Church is responding, with thousands of people putting their faith into action by serving those in need. Cardinal Nichols has expressed his gratitude to everyone who supports the Appeal, with whatever they can afford. Each person’s unique contribution will bring hope and light into the lives of people across our Diocese. A gift this Lent made online or using the wall safe at the back of church will help fund initiatives in parishes, schools and charities in the Diocese. Please be generous.

Our Family Room activity takes Sunday’s Gospel story as it’s theme – Second chances

CAFOD Walk against Hunger You can still support Irena and Fr Patrick on CAFOD’s Walk Against Hunger Lent challenge here.
Thank you.

Easter 2022

While retaining some covid precautions, we are pleased this year to be able fully to celebrate our Easter Liturgies with the distribution and blessing of palms on Palm Sunday, the Washing of the Feet on Maundy Thursday, Veneration of the Cross on Good Friday and with no restrictions on numbers attending. The full programme for Holy Week and Easter Week, including many opportunities for the sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession), can be found here with the main celebrations being:

    • Palm Sunday, 10th April – Masses – 6:30pm (Saturday), 9:45am Sung Mass, 11:15am Family Mass, 7pm
    • Maundy Thursday, 14th April – Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7:30pm
    • Good Friday, 15th April – Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion – 3pm
    • Holy Saturday, 16th April – Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter – 8pm
    • Easter Day, 17th April Masses9:45am Sung Mass & 11:15am Family Mass

See separate notice regarding Family Stations of the Cross on Good Friday at 10:30am.


Church opening: For the present, the church will only be open for Masses. Please continue to observe voluntarily the wearing of face coverings and sanitising hands.

Sunday Masses are at 6:30pm (Saturday), 9:45am and 11:15am (livestreamed), 7pm.

Sunday Scripture readings
Notes on the Sunday Scripture readings
Find other livestreamed Masses in the diocese.

Weekday Masses are at 9am Monday to Friday after Morning Prayer at 8:45am unless there is a funeral or other special Mass at another time.
Peter Jodoin RIP: The funeral and committal of Peter Jodoin RIP will take place on Tuesday 5 April at 12:30 pm at Islington & Camden Cemetery & Crematorium, High Road, Finchley.
Joe Tracey RIP: The funeral of Joe Tracey will take place at St Peter’s on Wednesday 13th April at 10am followed by committal at Islington Crematorium. Please pray for Joe’s family.
Teresa McGrath RIP: The funeral of Teresa McGrath will take place at St Peter’s on Tuesday 19th April at 11am followed by burial at East Finchley.

Holy Hour: Friday 8th April, 7-8pm on Zoom email parish for link.

Confession: The Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession is available on Saturday evening from 6-6:20pm. See additional times during Holy Week.


Legion of Mary: Next meeting Sunday 3rd April at 3:30pm in the Parish Rooms.
Padre Pio: Meets on the first Sunday of the month in church after the 7pm Mass.  The next meeting is Sunday 3rd April.
Life Ascending Group: Meets fortnightly from 10-12 in the parish Rooms.  The next meeting is Tuesday 5th April.
Thursdays Together: Every Thursday lunchtime 11am – 1:30pm in the church hall at Holy Trinity, Granville Road. A chance to meet your neighbours and chat over light refreshments.

First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion – optional parents evening – Parents of children preparing for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion are invited to a parents evening on Tuesday 5 April, 7:30-8:30pm in the Parish Rooms to meet fellow parents, have an opportunity to ask questions – either your own, or the ones your children have asked! – and receive support from our catechist team. Refreshments will be provided.

Other News:

New Altar Servers Anyone interested in becoming an Altar Server, please speak to Fr Sean. Rehearsal at 2pm in church on Saturday 23rd April.

Family Stations of the Cross – We will be holding a special Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, 15 April, at 10:30am. We invite all our families with children – especially those currently preparing for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion – to join us. Parents of children interested in participating as a reader during this service, please speak with Father Sean or contact Lizzie (0787 286 7203).

The Passage, a Catholic charity working with homeless people is raising funds through the Big Give, a matched giving scheme. Every £1 donated online before noon on Tuesday 19 April makes £2 and £2.25 if you are a taxpayer through Gift Aid. Please visit: to support the campaign. The Passage is very grateful for your support. For questions about the campaign or assistance making a donation please ring 020 7592 1856.

2022 Planned Giving Envelopes and Gift Aid: The new boxes of envelopes that come into use next weekend can be collected by current donors (Pink boxes) from the front of church from this weekend. If you did not collect your envelopes last year (Yellow boxes), they are also available if you wish to resume using them. Please leave your details on the form next to the envelopes if you wish to join the scheme. Standing Order / Gift Aid forms are also available.

Gift Aid – If you have previously made a Gift Aid Declaration but no longer pay tax or do not pay enough tax to cover your Gift Aid, you must let us know – drop a note in at the Presbytery or email

The Dignity of Work. The job market can be a minefield, particularly for those for whom English is not their first language, or who might not be aware of the options available to them. The free online ‘Stepping Stones’ programme will help you learn how to accompany people into dignified employment, with full training and support to become a Dignified Work Champion in your parish or outreach project. More information, video and registration here.  Starting after Easter, the deadline for applications is 15th April.

Responding to the crisis caused by the war in Ukraine – Westminster diocese parishioners have responded generously to the needs of refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine by providing goods and financial donations. As people turn their minds to hosting Ukrainian refugees who come to the UK, Caritas Westminster is providing guidance.

Soup Run Appeal: Our Soup run is short of sweetcorn and tuna at present. If you would like to volunteer as a sandwich-maker, distributor or driver, contact Kit for more info by email on or call 07507 138582. Enquiries are welcomed from Duke of Edinburgh volunteers. At the moment however we have 2 DoE young people helping so would be unable to take anyone for the next few weeks.

Food Bank donations: You can find details about the times when you can donate to Holy Trinity and other local foodbanks here.

Annual Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Matrimony: The Cardinal is inviting to this Mass at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday 14th May 2022 at 3pm, all couples in the Diocese, who are celebrating their 5th 10th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th (and every year over 60) wedding anniversary of Catholic marriage in 2022. If you are celebrating an anniversary, please give Fr Sean the following details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email).

Holy Land Pilgrimage: After an absence of a year, the Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land will take place once more this year. Led by Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Fr John Farrell OP, it will take place from 21st to 29th November. Walking in the footsteps of Christ and offering hope to Christian communities in the Holy Land, pilgrims will return ready for mission. Price £1,825 per person (based on two people sharing a room). For more information see poster. Contact Gill Didino at Tangney Tours on 01732 886666 for booking forms and further information.

Diocese of Westminster Lourdes Pilgrimage 2022 – Cardinal Vincent will be leading the annual diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes from 22nd to 29th July for details and to book call 01732 886666 or visit Tangney Tours website.

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The LJC term 3 programme is also now open for registration.

The Helpers of God’s Precious Infants reach out in love and compassion to pregnant mothers who are in crisis and to those who have suffered the effects of abortion. The next Rosary Procession Vigil will be held on Saturday 9th April at St. Mellitus Church, Tollington Park, starting with Mass at 10am, with a rosary procession to the BPAS Clinic in Upper Tollington park, returning at approx. 12:30pm for Benediction.


    • Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School – Headteacher Vacancy: Interested candidates can find more information on their website. Closing date for applications is Tuesday 19 April and interviews will take place on Monday 25 April. If you wish to visit the school please contact the School Office to arrange a suitable time.
    • Finchley Catholic High School are seeking to appoint a dynamic and exceptionally skilled Catholic Deputy Headteacher. Visit their website for more information and application details. The deadline for applications is 12:00 on Monday 25 April 2022.
    • St Thomas More Catholic School a mixed, independent Academy within the Cardinal Hume Academies Trust is seeking to appoint Teaching Assistants to commence as soon as possible. Post holders will work within our SEN Department to support a range of students with a variety of special educational needs. See job advert.
    • St Anne’s Catholic High School is recruiting a Human Resources and Premises Manager as well as Teaching Assistants, to support our students to become the best versions of themselves. For further information visit our website or contact the Headteacher via
    • The London Jesuit Centre has two employment opportunities, including a Facilities Manager. You can also find the job descriptions here.

For a Synodal Church: – Our parish input from the Synod Listening events last year was fed in to the Diocese and, at a meeting in February, the collected findings were presented, and further discussion took place. You will find the summary findings, the Cardinal’s reflection and homily from the day here on the diocese’s website.

The London Jesuit Centre has made available a series of 5 videos looking at some of the history of Synodality in the Catholic Church and also explaining what Pope Francis means by a Church that is more synodal.

From the diocese:

Please pray for:

Those who are ill: Christian Overal, Antonio Neto, Zintra Sansom, Brenda Buzec, Amy Gordon, Annette Donivar, Margaret Bradley, Caroline Hilton, Karin Summers, Graham Summers, Joan Summers, Helen Kozlowski, Don Brewis, Roman Cholij, Adeline Oyekoya, Mary Wallace, Bruna Moia, Sister Pia, Margaret Whelan, Kitty Madden, Clare Bruce, Brendan Whelan, Claire Marchand, Mike Coombes, Mira Lidstone, Gemma Francis, Richard Simon, Noah Purcell–Chandler, Safina Malik, Nathalie Renford, Jackie Loivette, Michael Reid, Carmel Palao, Wendy Fairhurst, Ann Elizabeth Bennett, Joseph Lunn, Tom Shiels, Mrs Breda Cassidy, John O’Shea, Michael Hurley, Iris Roberts, Enid Samaru, Emilie Alcaraz, Kim McKenna, Ann Kozlowski-Hunt.

Those who have recently died:   Teresa McGrath, Joe Tracey, Fr Kevin McDevitt, Peter Jodoin RIP.


For information about Sunday Mass Offerings, especially if you are not attending Mass here regularly, please look at this page.

Gift Aid your contactless donation

Scan the QRF code with your phone to register your contactless payment card for Gift Aid to the Parish. It will ask for your name, house number and postcode, an email address and a minimum donation of £1. Qualifying donations on the system at church will then automatically be treated as Gift Aided. Thank you.