Welcome to our parish

I hope our website will give you some idea of our parish life. We are a very mixed community of Catholics from numerous cultural and ethnic backgrounds, seeking to ‘live a life worthy of the calling we have received’. (Ephesians 4:1)

Any queries, please contact one of the Parish Team.

St Edward the Confessor Catholic Church

Serving the Golders Green area for more than 100 years

‘Come and see’ (John 1:39)

If you would like to know more about how we worship and pray, how we pass on our faith, how we support each other in friendship, how we look after the resources entrusted to us, how we reach out to the wider world. please come along to a Parish Council meeting. For more details contact Kasonde Konie (Parish Council Coordinator)

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  Mass Times

SUNDAY 9am, 10.30am, 12.15pm, 6pm
MONDAY TO SATURDAY 10am

SATURDAYS 10am and 6:30pm (Sunday vigil)
HOLY DAYS Vigil 7pm Day 10am and 7pm


  Other Services

CONFESSIONS
SATURDAYS 10.30am-11.00am, 5.30pm-6.00pm and on request.

DEVOTIONS
SATURDAYS Rosary after 10am Mass
SATURDAYS DURING LENT AND ADVENT Watching before the Blessed Sacrament 5pm-6pm
SATURDAY
Divine Mercy Chaplet and Adoration of the Blessed
Sacrament (holy hour) 3pm

  Contacts

Fr Tony Convery Parish Priest
Rev Anthony Clark  Deacon
Mary Whittle Jones Music Coordinator
Alvaro Scrivano Chief Catechist
Kasonde Konie Parish Council Coordinator
Marie Cooney Parish Secretary
All can be contacted on
Tel: 020 8455 1300

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St Edward the Confessor Roman Catholic church
700 Finchley Road , Golders Green.
London NW11 7NE
Tel/Fax: 020 8455 1300
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This Sunday's Reflection

23 July 2017                                                      16th Sunday Year A

SEED OR WEED?

Today's parable is not about evil people getting their comeuppance at the end of time like the darnel (weeds) in the field. It's about ensuring that the genuine wheat is allowed to grow, mature and come to harvest.

Jesus is speaking about the sovereignty of God. It is God who made the field, who created the seed and who sowed it in the ground so that it could yield a harvest. And as the weeds come up and start to affect the crop we are tempted to go and cut them up and burn them. Yet God tells us not to bother. Wait until harvest time, then it will be easier to see where the healthy wheat is.

If God really is sovereign, then nothing can frustrate his plans. No disaster, no war, no political machinations, no new order or accepted wisdom. God can sit and watch as all sorts of make-believe theories come in and out of fashion because he is a patient God. And our natural questioning of why God allows this and that to happen is a symptom of our desire to weed things out now rather than wait for the harvest.

So it's tempting to look around us today and try to pin the label of "weed" onto all sorts of people and situations in our world and even in the Church. The truth, of course, is that we do not ever know the real motives and understanding behind any other person's actions.

And the truth is that the script is still being written on every creature created by God. In God's hand even a weed can come to blossom. God is in no hurry, and this works in our favour since there is always time for us to change. We have to presume that God allows us time to change, otherwise we have been created and doomed to be permanent weeds with no chance of ever being fruitful.

Is this parable, then, a way of Jesus telling us to be wary of the weeds that surround us? Possibly. But it's much more about making sure that we allow God's fertile Spirit to work in us to produce a harvest of good. Let's forget for the moment about putting tags and labels on other people and concentrate on being fruitful ourselves. For in our heart of hearts we know that our own wheat is not devoid of weeds. And if we're honest we have to take refuge in the fact that heaven is not full of good people. It's full of people who were given enough time to repent and be forgiven.

Disposing of such great strength, you are mild in judgement and you govern us with great lenience, for you have only to will, and your power is there.                  (Wisdom 12: 18)

Parish Council Report

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Parish Notices

23 July 2017         16th Sunday Year A

 

 First Holy Communion and Confirmation: registration forms for these two sacraments for next year are now available in the porch and should be returned by 10th September.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham: Cardinal Vincent will be leading a pilgrimage to Walsingham on Saturday 7th October. If there is sufficient interest, we will organise a coach for this. Please speak to Fr Tony or Deacon Anthony.

READ OF THE MONTH for July is A Brief History of English Catholicism: by Fr Nicholas Schofield. A short summary can be found in the newsletter.

This booklet will be available on the window sill near the CTS stand for £1 each during July.

Upcoming Events

Sunday: Foodbank

Parishioners are encouraged to bring along imperishable goods to any Mass to help the Food bank at St Mary’s, East Finchley

9:00 am Church

Tuesday: The Assumption of Our Lady

The Feast of the Assumption is a Holyday of Obligation. Masses Monday 7pm Vigil, Tuesday 10am and 7pm.

9:00 am Church

Saturday: Visiting group

12:00 pm Parish hall

Saturday: Altar Servers practice

The altar servers meet to practise on the second Saturday of the month at 4pm in the church

4:00 pm Church

Welcome to our parish website

ste-fr-tony-370x370I am very pleased to welcome you to our parish and I hope our website will give you some idea of our life and activities.

We are a very mixed community of Catholics from numerous cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Some of our parishioners have lived here for many years, others have joined us more recently from other parts of the world, indeed from every continent.

Golders Green itself is home to a large Jewish community, and we have a close and growing relationship with our local synagogue.

It is also a multi-faith area and our parish is very involved in Churches Together and Inter Faith Groups.

You are very welcome to join us at any of our Masses and services. If you are here for the first time do come and introduce yourself to either myself, the parish priest (I am usually in the porch before and after each Sunday Mass so that parishioners can make easy contact with me), or the parish Deacon who is present at the Saturday evening, and Sunday morning Masses. We will be delighted to meet you. Our coffee morning in the hall after the 10.30 am Sunday Mass, provides a great opportunity for you to meet other parishioners.

If you are new to the parish, you may like to register your details by way of our parish registration form.

May God bless you.

Fr Tony Convery
Parish Priest