Dedicated to the glory of God and in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, the first St Mary’s Church in East Finchley was built towards the end of the nineteenth century on the corner of the High Road and Chapel Street. It was demolished by a landmine which exploded nearby on the night of Friday, 15 November, 1940. Since the old site was considered too small for a new church, it was decided to build the new church on the grounds of the old presbytery at 279 High Road. Work started in 1951. The Foundation Stone was laid by His Eminence, Cardinal Bernard Griffin, on 18 May 1952.
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The parish priest is Fr Terry Tastard.