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

Parish Hall Manager: Sylwia Grulkowska goldersgreenhall@rcdow.org.uk

All enquiries about the parish hall should be sent to this email address. Please do not phone the parish landline.

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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 February 2020               Seventh Sunday of the Year A

 GET YOUR OWN BACK?

One of the most misquoted phrases from the bible is “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”. People use it to justify revenge. They think that it means you can get your own back on those who do wrong to you. What they don’t understand is that this phrase in the Old Testament was used to ensure that people did not retaliate wildly against each other. It was intended to set the limits, to stop people looking for a payback that was out of proportion to the offence. So if someone cheats you out of your car, you shouldn’t try and have their home taken away from them. If someone defrauds you of a thousand pounds you shouldn’t try and sue them for a million. Our response should be proportionate. This is not a response favoured by the “no-win-no-fee” lawyers!

Christianity invites us always to be more generous in our response than we need to be. A Roman soldier could demand by law that a Jew must carry his load for approximately one mile. Carry it two, says Jesus. You must forgive your enemies, says the law. Don’t just forgive them, says Jesus: love them and pray for them.

Of course, Christians are mocked for following this teaching of Jesus. It doesn’t rank among the streetwise skills. In fact it runs contrary to a society that prizes assertion, aggressiveness and getting a “piece of the action”. But there’s one obvious ingredient missing from the commonly agreed way of behaving: God. When it comes to loving your enemies, the idea that Christianity is simply nothing more than good manners breaks down. For the teaching of Jesus is not only revolutionary but also subversive. It challenges society’s commonly accepted ideas about how we should deal with those who break the law, those who threaten our security or those who offer us the chance of making a fortune at the expense of others. This is because if we model ourselves on God then we are signing up to values that put others first, especially the weak and vulnerable. And if God, who created us in his own image of goodness and holiness, chooses not to obliterate us when we deface his image in our world, then how can we possibly claim vengeance for the paltry complaints that we have against others?

Anyone can love those who are good to them. It takes a special kind of person to be able to love their enemies. And it’s the minimum requirement for a Christian.

 

You must therefore be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:48)

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Parish Notices

23 February 2020   Seventh Sunday of the Year A

 

Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Matrimony: On Saturday 30th May 2020 at 3pm, Archbishop Vincent Nichols will celebrate this Mass at Westminster Cathedral and wants to invite all couples in the diocese who are celebrating their 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th and 60th (and every year over 60) wedding anniversary of Catholic marriage in 2020. There is a form at the back of the church for couples who qualify and would like to be invited to this Mass. This must be returned by 10th March.

Food bank next weekend – For March they have requested cartons of juices, UHT milk, tins of fruits, vegetables and meat, tinned meats, corned beef and pies, tinned vegetables and tomatoes, coffee, sugar, custard/ rice puddings, and size 5 & 6 nappies.

Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Masses will be at 10am and 7pm with the giving of ashes. Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence.

On Fridays throughout Lent there will Stations of the Cross at 7pm.

Notice for EU citizens: if you wish to continue living in the UK, you are required by the government to apply through its Settlement Scheme to continue living, working and accessing services here. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2021. A letter about this from Bishop Paul McAleenan can be found in the porch and details of the application process can be found in the newsletter.

 

Upcoming Events

Tuesday: Baptism session 2

Second of two sessions for parents to prepare for their child’s baptism

7:30 pm Parish hall

Shrove Tuesday: Pancake party

This is a free ticketed event and tickets are available from Jyoti. Attendees are requested to bring fillers for the pancakes. See poster in the porch and hall. List for fillers is only in the hall to avoid duplication.

7:30 pm Parish hall

Ash Wednesday

Masses on Ash Wednesday, with the giving of ashes, will be at 10am and 7pm

10:00 am Church

Friday: Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross will be celebrated every Friday during Lent at 7pm

7:00 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