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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Christmas 2017 Services

• Sunday 17th December
3rd Sunday of Advent. (Saturday) 6.30pm Vigil Mass;
9am Mass; 10.30am Mass; 12.15pm Mass; 6pm Mass
7.30pm Carol Service ALL ARE WELCOME

• Sunday 24th December
4th Sunday of Advent (Saturday) 6.30pm Vigil Mass;
9am Mass; 10.30am Mass; 12.15pm Mass

• Christmas Eve Services
6pm Children’s Mass; 11.30pm
Carols followed by Midnight Mass

• Monday 25th December Christmas Day
9am Mass; 10.30am Mass; 12.15pm Mass No evening Mass

• Tuesday 26th – Saturday 30th December
10am Mass

• Sunday 31st December Feast of the Holy Family
(Saturday) 6.30pm Vigil Mass;
9am Mass; 10.30am Mass; 12.15pm Mass
3pm Family Service (not a Mass) with the blessing of children.
6pm Mass

• Monday 1st January Solemnity of Mary,
the Holy Mother of God
10am Mass

  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

10 December 2017                      2nd Sunday of Advent Year B

OUR GOD WHO COMES

As we look around the world today we can sometimes be forced to the conclusion that things are not as God intended them to be. We are living through a period when terrorism has grabbed the headlines with stories of daily bloodshed. And we are caught up in a seemingly intractable situation of war in Iraq.

The Jewish people were deported to Iraq about 2,600 years ago. They were forced out of Israel to Babylon, not very far from Baghdad. Even second and third generations longed for their homeland, for their God and for their Temple in Jerusalem.

Today we hear Isaiah trying to bring comfort to these desperate people. He tells them that God will not abandon them in exile forever. A leader will come and take them back home. He quotes God promising them that their time of slavery is over. But they must take action themselves and prepare a straight road for God to travel through as he helps them. They must have a change of heart and mind.

And the same message is repeated to us during this Advent. Isaiah tells us that, whatever our troubles and woes, God will never let us wallow permanently in a cheerless condition. God is not absent even when it is hard to see his presence. And the main thing that God wants us to receive is forgiveness, that collective pardon for our sins as a nation and our faults as individuals.

Advent proclaims the power of God. For those who accept the promises of Jesus it is not a lone uphill struggle. For those who genuinely acknowledge their shortcomings, and do their best to change, God's Spirit can make all things possible. Advent is an encouragement: our God is with us and comes each day in such a way that we can overcome whatever is thrown in our path.

So the challenge of Advent is twofold. It's a challenge for us to examine our lives, to make God's paths straight. And it's also a challenge to see the presence of God in all the situations of our life and world, both good and bad. John the Baptist was able to see this presence in Jesus, the Lamb of God. Can we see God's Advent presence? And where are we looking?

Speak to the heart of Jerusalem and call to her that her time of service is ended and her sin is atoned for.                                                             (Isaiah 40: 2)

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Parish Notices

10 December 2017    2nd Sunday of Advent Year B

 On the next two Saturdays, 16 and 23 December, we will have a period of watching before the Blessed Sacrament 4.30pm-6pm and during that period Confessions will be heard by a guest confessor. Next Saturday our guest confessor will be Fr Terry Tastard.

Our Annual Carol Service will take place next Sunday 17th December at 7.30pm and Hot Punch and Mince Pies will be served in the hall after the Service.

There will be a Christmas Coffee Morning after the 10.30am Mass in the Hall next Sunday morning. More details in the newsletter.

Christmas Service Cards are now available. Parishioners may like to take an extra card for any Catholic they know who may not be practising their faith. Be discreet, but a reminder may bring someone back to Mass this Christmas.

Would you like to help to spread some Christian cheer at Golders Green Tube Station? Local Christians will be at the tube station to greet travellers in the morning on Tuesday 18th or Wednesday 19th December 7-9am. See the note in the newsletter.

 

Upcoming Events

Thursday: RCIA

Session for any adults interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith or wishing to be Confirmed.

8:00 pm Parish Hall

Saturday: Period of Reflection with the Sacrament of Reconciliation

A period of watching before the Blessed Sacrament 4.30 – 6pm and during that period Confessions will be heard by a guest confessor. Next Saturday our guest confessor will be Fr Terry Tastard.

4:30 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