Westminster Diocese and our Parish
Our parish is part of the Diocese of Westminster. The diocese covers all the London Boroughs North of the River Thames. It also incorporates Hertfordshire and parts of Surrey.
The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster who resides over the Diocese, has been created a Cardinal by Pope Francis. On Saturday 22nd February, Archbishop Vincent Nichols along with 18 other prelates, received the ring, scarlet zucchetto and biretta from the Holy Father in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. He has been designated the titular church of St. Alphonsus Liguori located on the Via Merulana on the Esquiline Hill of Rome.
St Philip the Apostle (Finchley Church End)
St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School is in the parish of St Philip the Apostle, Finchley Central. The school has strong links with the local Church and works closely with its parish priest, Father John Dermody. All year groups attend mass at the church and Father John is a regular visitor to our school. Father John leads school-based services of Reconciliation during the seasons of Advent and Lent.
Year 3 children take part in the First Holy Communion Programme run by the parish.
Church of St Alban (North Finchley)
The parish of Finchley is situated in the Barnet Deanery. It was founded in 1903 with the church being built in 1909. The Church was consecrated in February 1995. St Theresa’s Catholic Primary have strong links with the parish. Father Dermot O’Neil visits the school to held deliver reconciliation during lent. Many of the Year 3 children also take part in the Churches First Holy Communion Programme.
St Edward the Confessor (Golder’s Green)
A number of the children also attend mass at St Edward the Confessor in Golders Green. The church is a very mixed community of Catholics from numerous cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Some of the parishioners have lived here for many years, others have joined us more recently from other parts of the world, indeed from every continent. Every year we have children from Year 3 who make their Holy Communion at the church and Father Tony Convery has visited the school in the past to help with reconciliation during the lead up to the children’s Holy Communion.
St Theresa’s Catholic Primary is also in the Parish of St Mary’s Church in Finchley.
The Parish is one of more than two hundred parishes of the Archdiocese of Westminster. As in most of these parishes, the parishioners reflect the extremely rich cultural diversity that makes London such a lively and exciting city. Their religious faith is of the greatest importance to us. We seek to share this faith and to bring to the celebration of the Church’s liturgy a spirit of thankfulness and joy.
All our people are most warmly invited to participate in the spiritual and social life of our parish.