Sandra Lipner

Who were the great-grandparents of King David? Why is Solomon famous? Who was the short man who climbed a tree to see Jesus? Who said “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof”? Can you receive the sacraments in any order? Who administers the sacrament of Matrimony?

The parish of St Mary’s East Finchley has been abuzz with questions like these since Lent as parishioners were invited to take three quizzes about the Old and New Testaments, as well as the sacraments. Young and old were able to take part online or on paper, and parents commented happily how keen their children were to read their bibles at home.

The initiative was intended to provide faith education beyond the first communion and confirmation classrooms with an element of fun: every quiz carried two book prizes and a chance to be given a St Mary’s Award. Those who completed all three quizzes were entered into a big prize draw. The winners of this were Niamh Mooney, Erin and Evie O’Gorman, Milly and Nathan Etwi-Yeboah and Michael Horby. Their names were announced at the inclusive Mass and talent show this month celebrating the end of the summer term. Judges at the show included members of this year’s confirmation group.

Many thanks to all who were involved and happy holidays!

Sandra Lipner is the Director of Christian Education at St Mary’s East Finchley