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)
Welcome to our parish website
I 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.
Diocesan Safeguarding Notice: Please click here to see details of the Diocese's safeguarding policy.
May God bless you.
Fr Tony Convery
Weekday Masses at 10am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Please note that Fr Paul's day off is Thursday so there will be no service in church that day. Also, to allow Deacon Anthony some time and space to rest for a while, communion services will not be taking place.
Each weekday we are offering a daily broadcast with prayer and a gospel reflection.
The broadcast of the Sunday Mass will be available from Saturday evening. These can all be found on our YouTube channel.
A rosary group meets on Tuesday each week at 7pm. https://us04web.zoom.us/j/75311892635?pwd=OC8xaFZZZUx2amt3OFhCd09QWC80dz09
Meeting ID: 711 3775 6138
Confessions can be arranged directly with Fr Tony: 020 8455 1300
The Foodbank collection: This weekend’s requested and much needed items are: tinned tomatoes, washing tablets/capsules, crackers, crispbreads rice cakes and deodorant, sprays preferred as they can be shared
Funeral of Tony Padman RIP Tony’s funeral is at 11:00 am on Tuesday 8th February. Fr Mehall Lowry is the Celebrant. Please remember Tony in your prayers
Dr Kate Charles RIP Please also remember in your prayers, Dr Kate Charles, who died recently.
Sycamore Session on The Gift of Faith at 8pm on Wednesday 2nd February. Part of RCIA but all welcome. Zoom details Meeting ID: 893 0027 0920 Passcode: 393449
Covid Island Disc. Our castaway this week is Jeannine Addinall. 8pm on Thursday 3rd February. Zoom details Meeting ID: 893 0027 0920 Passcode:393449 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89300270920?pwd=NWVRMmdJWEFzbTJSRDZoaGVjc0pNdz09
From Fr Paul - Dear Parishioners, I am delighted to have begun my ministry among you as your new Parish Priest and I look forward to getting to meet you and finding out all about the parish in the coming weeks. St Edward’s has a long tradition of collaboration between clergy and people and I am sure that will continue as we look to the future with confidence. Our path to COVID recovery will give us opportunities to discern the way ahead and involve many more in the mission of the parish. Please keep me in your prayers. May St Edward the Confessor pray for us. Amen.
Do take care, and enjoy the week ahead!
For Parish hall enquiries: 020 8066 3206, 10 a.m. to 1 pm Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Fridays or email to:
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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
It's not really fair to speak of Jeremiah as the "prophet of doom". True, he did have some pretty devastating messages for the Jewish people and he warned that if they did not live up to their side of the bargain with God then things would only get worse.
He was a man of strong convictions who lived through some of the most harassing periods of Old Testament history. So perhaps he could be forgiven for coming down in a heavy way. Not that he was the sort of person you'd invite to your party. He refused to go to festivities because he thought things were too disastrous to be partying. He never married because he thought his children wouldn't survive. His townspeople plotted against his life. He was put in the Temple stocks for prophesying that the city would be destroyed. And he was put on trial for blasphemy. He didn't want to be a prophet but took his calling seriously, realising he had a duty to tell the world what he thought God wanted it to hear.
When we baptise people we make them prophets. I'm one and so are you. This means that in our daily lives we have to tell others what we think God wants them to know.
This task isn't just for bishops, priests, deacons and other worthies. It's what we agree to every time we answer "Amen" at Communion, what we proclaim every time we say the Creed. It's what being a Christian means.
Of course, it's easier to keep a low profile, to pretend that we're not quite sure about some aspects of our faith, to leave it to others. Yet God has given us a role in the never-ending drama of revealing his love to the world. Prophets don't exist to bring bad news but to be living proof of God's love for those he has created. You and I are surrounded by God's care and as prophets we're here to let others see that this love makes a difference in our lives. A relationship with God is not a private affair, so I mustn't be fooled into keeping quiet about (politics and) religion out of a misplaced sense of decency. If we never talk about God, people will never come to know him.
And today Jeremiah gives us some very comforting words from God if we're feeling a bit inadequate. He says, "They will fight against you but shall not overcome you, for I am with you to deliver you." So what are we waiting for?