4 January 2015 - St Philip The Apostle, Finchley Church End

St. Philip the Apostle, Finchley Church End
Priests House, Gravel Hill, London N3 3RJ
Tel: (020) 8346 2459
E-mail: [email protected] @StPhilFinchley
Service Times this week
Sunday Masses: Saturday: 6:30pm
Sunday: 8:30am
10:00am (Sung)
12 noon (Family)
Mass in Polish:
6:30pm (Sunday).
Weekday Masses: 10:00am (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat)
Evening Mass: No weekday evening Masses this week
Saturday 10:30-10:55am; 5:45-6:15pm.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Sat. 10:30-11am.
Christmas Collection: envelopes £1340.30;
Loose: £2055.06; total: £3395.96.
Last Sunday’s Collection: envelopes: £918.95;
loose: £475.98; total: £1394.93.
Thank you. [WRCDT Reg. Charity no. 233699]
Epiphany of the Lord – Page 49
Dear Parishioners,
Today’s Solemnity of the Epiphany celebrates the
revelation of our Saviour to the nations. The wise men
used their particular gifts to recognise a sign that
prompted them to search for the new-born King. The
effort that they made led them to their reward. God
provides each of us with the means to recognise the signs
of his presence. It is up to each one of us to find our own
particular ‘star’ and to follow it in the direction where God
leads us and for which he offers us his grace.
May I take this opportunity of thanking you for all
of your Christmas cards, gifts and good wishes, which
have been very much appreciated.
May God bless you, and all those who are dear to
you, in the coming year,
Fr John Dermody.
Crib Offerings – Offerings placed in the candle stand
next to the crib will be donated to the Catholic Children’s
Society (Westminster) which provides services for children
and families from underprivileged backgrounds in the
diocese. For more information about their work, visit
www.cathchild.org.uk. Please place money for candles in
one of the boxes elsewhere in the church.
Funeral, Catherine Sebastian R.I.P. – The 10 a.m. Mass
this Monday (5th January) is the Funeral Mass for
Catherine Sebastian. May she rest in peace.
Synod on the Family – In his Pastoral Letter last week,
Cardinal Vincent introduced a period of ‘spiritual
discernment’ in preparation for the Synod in October. You
can access the reflection document issued by the
Bishops, find out how to respond to it, and read the
Cardinal’s letter online, using the following link:
Divine Mercy devotion at St Philip’s takes place on the
first Sunday of every month at 3pm.
White Flower Appeal – Next Sunday (11th January) we
have the annual collection for the Society for the
Protection of Unborn Children.
Night Shelter – Many thanks to all those who have
helped with the Night Shelter project. The guests asked
for a particular word of thanks for the Confirmation
candidates who provided gifts for them before Christmas
which they found both thoughtful and useful. This coming
Friday will be our last session before a new group of
venues takes over. If you have prepared meals, or had
any other expenses in relation to the Shelter, please let us
have the details so that you can be reimbursed.
Confirmation 2015 – The Confirmation group have their next
session on Saturday (10th January) at 4:45pm. This year’s
Confirmation Mass will be on Sunday 26th April at 3pm. The
Sacrament is to be administered by Canon Colin Davies who
has been appointed Episcopal Vicar for this part of London.
First Holy Communion 2015 – There is a meeting on
Thursday (8th January) at 7:30pm in the Parish Centre for the
parents of children preparing for First Holy Communion. The
children have another workshop on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Thanksgiving Mass for the Sacrament of Matrimony,
Saturday 23rd May, 3pm, at Westminster Cathedral. Cardinal
Vincent will be inviting to this celebration couples who are
celebrating during 2015 the 10th, 25th, 30th, 40th or 50th
anniversary of their marriage, and any couples married 60
years or more. If you would like to attend, please let us have
your names, the date of your wedding, your full postal address
and email address or phone number.
Planned Giving envelopes – The purpose of Planned Giving
envelopes is that you should give a regular amount to the
parish each week. Each envelope is dated for that purpose.
If you find that you are using out-of-date envelopes, please
see if there is a fresh supply waiting for you on the table in the
main porch. If you would like to start using envelopes for your
weekly offering, please complete one of the pledge cards. If
you are a tax-payer and have not yet made a Gift Aid
declaration, please complete one of the forms on the table.
Baptism Preparation – The next session for parents will be
on Thursday 22nd January at 8pm.
Ecumenical Pilgrim Prayer this month at the Quakers in
Alexandra Grove, N12, on Wednesday 7th January at 8pm.
Everyone is welcome.
Helpers of God’s Precious Infants – Processional Prayer
Vigil, Saturday 10th January, Our Lady of the Rosary Church,
6 Knowle Close, Brixton Road, SW9. Mass at 9am, followed
by procession to Marie Stopes Brixton Centre, returning for
shared lunch. See poster or www.hgpi.co.uk.
If you are admitted to hospital, and you would like to see a
Catholic Chaplain, data protection rules require you to tell the
hospital staff, firstly, that you wish your details to be passed to
the RC Chaplain and, secondly, that you would like the RC
Chaplain to visit you.
Polish Services – Information is available on the Polishlanguage website www.finchleyparish.co.uk, or e-mail
[email protected] or phone (020) 8371 0189.
There is a Lost Property Box under the table in the main
porch. Have you checked it recently?
Altar Servers – We are in need of altar servers, especially for
the 8:30 Sunday Mass. Any boy or girl who has made their
First Holy Communion can join the team. Fill in the details on
one of the white forms in the rack in the main porch.
The SVP are distributing 10,000 Vinnie Packs containing cold
weather essentials to the homeless this winter. They would be
grateful if you could sponsor packs at a suggested donation of
£3 per pack. Donations can be sent to Vinnie Packs, PO Box
72264, London SW1P 9EZ with cheques made out to SVP or
go to virginmoneygiving.com and type "Vinnie Packs" into the
sponsor a friend box. If you have a query, please email
[email protected] Thank you for your support.
If you have a Missio Red Box that needs emptying, please
bring it to the Priests House. Emptied boxes are available in
the repository. Please ensure your box is marked with your
name and contact details.
St Philip’s has been designated a Fair Trade parish. Where
possible, all tea and coffee should carry the Fair Trade logo.
Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single
adult Catholics of all ages meet, either one to one or
through social events. Tel. 0161 941 3498, visit
[email protected]
Homeless Action in Barnet (HAB) – The monthly
collection of food, clothes and toiletries for the homeless
takes place on the last weekend of every month. Please
place your offerings in one of the boxes provided as you
enter the church.
Currently, HAB need men’s
socks/underpants, coffee, fruit, veg, soap, razors/shave
Follow Me – Have you missed the opportunity of
receiving Sacraments at the time your contemporaries
were receiving them? Do you know of others who have
come to regret not keeping up with Sacraments? Our
Follow Me course may be what you need. For more
information, speak to Fr John or Ify (07950 099735) or
Sylvia ((020) 8346 0472).
Irish dancing lessons for children at St Mary’s RC Hall,
East Finchley. Adult ceili classes also available. Call
Fiona 07985 415 421 or email [email protected]
Volunteering for overseas work? Need more cash for
expenses? The Catenian Associations Bursary Fund
offers grants to Catholics aged 16-24 for projects that
have a clear benefit for others as well as widening life
Visit www.thecatenians.com (click on
Bursary) for more information, or contact Bill Lethorn –
(020) 8349 9691 or [email protected]
Gift Aid – If you are a tax-payer and make regular
contributions to the parish, by numbered envelope or bank
standing order, we can reclaim the tax you have paid. All
you have to do is complete a Gift Aid Declaration which
you will find on the table in the main porch. The general
rule is that you can currently make payments to charities
under Gift Aid up to a total of four times the amount of tax
you pay each year, and that can include Income Tax paid
on earnings, pensions or savings income, as well as
Capital Gains Tax. Gift Aid declarations remain valid
indefinitely, until they are cancelled.
Parish Registration – Have you registered with the
Parish? Have you changed your address since you
registered? It is helpful, if you need any kind of reference,
if you are already on our parish database. If you need to
register, or update your details, or are not sure, please
complete a pink registration form available in the main
porch. (Make a note on the top of the form if you are
updating details.)