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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Open House Weekend London

We welcome all to visit our Grade II listed church as we participate in the Open House London Weekend for the first time.

Saturday 17 September
All are invited to visit the Church 11am – 5pm
Guided tours will take place at 11 am and 2 pm for 20 people at a time on a first come basis.
Complimentary tea and cakes will be served through the day in the Church Hall accessed from the Church
Last entry 4.30pm.

Sunday 18 September
All are invited to visit the Church 2 – 5pm
Guided tours will take place at 2 pm and 3.30 pm for 20 people at a time on a first come basis
Complimentary tea and cakes will be served through the day in the Church Hall accessed from the Church.
Last entry 4.30pm

  Mass Times

SUNDAY 9am, 10.30am, 12.15pm, 6pm
MONDAY TO SATURDAY 10am
THURSDAYS 10am and 7pm (followed by novena (subject to change – please check newsletter)
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
THURSDAYS Benediction and novena after 7pm Mass. (subject to change – please check newsletter)
SATURDAYS Rosary after 10am Mass
SATURDAYS DURING LENT AND ADVENT Watching before the Blessed Sacrament 5pm-6pm
NEW SATURDAYS DURING THE YEAR OF MERCY
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

P1647P164721 August 2016                                   21st Sunday of the Year C  

HEAVEN AND HELL

Some modern people don't believe in hell. They say that it's an old-fashioned way of frightening people into behaving in a moral manner. If God is so loving, they argue, then no one will be allowed to miss out on heaven.

Of course, this is not what Jesus says in today's gospel. He says "there will be weeping and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves turned outside".

Hell is not a place. It doesn't have a floor and walls, or even a fire. Hell is the never-ending state of pain and frustration after death at realising that we were given the chance of eternal happiness that comes from choosing God, but that we chose not to accept it and now it is beyond our grasp.

If God were to ignore our life choices and simply "smooth things over" when we die, then we would have been made fools of during our life. Life, rather than being a drama, would have been reduced to a divine farce in which we thought we had freewill but in reality were just playing a part in some predetermined global heavenly extravaganza. God has too much respect for us to toy with us like that.

And so Jesus warns his audience today about becoming complacent, about thinking that they are guaranteed a place in the kingdom of God because of their nationality, their ancestors, or their religious practice. And just as Isaiah had done centuries earlier, he angers them by saying that heaven will be full of "riffraff" while some of them will be excluded. For God has no favourites. People of high standing in society and the Church will find themselves at the foot of the pile, and vice versa.

And what about you and me? Have we joined the throng of people who never give heaven and hell a second thought? Do we automatically think that we have some sort of season ticket for religion that will see us through at the eleventh hour? Or are we acting on Jesus' words and trying to enter by the narrow door?

 

There are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last.

(Luke 13:30)

Parish Council Report

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Parish Notices

    • 21 August 2016                 21st Sunday Year C     First Holy Communion and Confirmation: registration forms for these two sacraments are now available in the porch and should be returned by 11th September.

      Open House London Weekend: we will be participating for the first time this year in the Open House Weekend when our Church will be open to visitors on Saturday 17 September from 11am-5pm and Sunday 18 September from 2-5pm.We will need volunteers to help as Stewards and Welcomers in the church and also with the refreshments in the Hall. If you would like to help please sign up on the poster in the porch.

      READ OF THE MONTH for August is: The Jesus Prayer by Bishop Kallistos Ware. This booklet will be available on the window sill near the CTS stand for £1 each during August.

      Thursday Evening Mass: cancelled during the month of August.

      Friday: Funeral for Brendan Gerard Doyle at 12noon. Brendan’s body will be brought into the church on Thursday at 5pm.

      Further thoughts about enriching our attendance at Mass

      Over the last three weekends we have been asking everyone to reflect on how we can make our celebration of Mass more dignified and fitting. We mentioned the reception of Holy Communion, our general participation in the responses and singing at Mass, and last week the use of mobile phones. Thank you for being careful about this.

      There are a few other things we might do well to remember:

      -      blessing ourselves with holy water as we enter and leave the church

      -      genuflecting to the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, again as we enter and leave the church

      -      only lighting candles before and after Mass and NOT while Mass is going on

      -      no food or chewing gum (sorry, it does happen!)

       

      Thank you for attending to these thoughts over the last few weeks. We’ll gather them together in an information sheet as a reminder next weekend.

 

 

Upcoming Events

Thursday: RCIA Introductory Evening

An Introductory Evening in the Parish Hall for those interested in learning more about the Catholic faith or preparation for Adult Confirmation

8:00 pm Parish hall

Monday: Parish trip to Rome and Palazzola

Our group of parishioners will depart for the Eternal City on Monday 5 September, returning on Friday 16 September.

10:00 am Church

Welcome to our parish website

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

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.