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

9 December 2018                   Second Sunday of Advent Year C

THE DAY OF CHRIST

“Wait till your father gets back” is a dire threat that has rung in the ears of many a naughty child. What will happen when the other parent returns home? Will it all end in tears?

Some Christians talk about Advent and the Day of Christ as if it were like a looming menace that hangs over the Church and the world. Their prayers and hymns are full of apocalyptic references to the end of times and their preaching is geared to frightening people into moral change in order to stave off a vengeful judgement.

If we buy into this way of thinking it’s easy to end up either terrified or presuming that we’re on the side of the good and everyone else is “going to get it” when Christ comes again. So we either shrivel as Christians or we have a sense of smugness about what is going to happen at the second coming. We’ll be alright but they’ll get it in the neck…

If Advent is a season of joy then it’s because we are waiting for our God to come not to condemn us but to set us free. Christ will come as a liberator not a dogcatcher. If Jesus reveals the type of God that we have, then why should we be afraid when he comes to take us to that same God?

Our Advent liturgy encourages us to be joyful in our celebration. We can hardly sing “Come, Lord Jesus” if we think we are ushering in an execution! But at the same time we are not Christian Cheshire cats or professing Polyannas whose worship is removed from real life.

Celebrating the joy of Advent only takes place authentically when we are doing all in our power to make God’s kingdom a reality in our lives. That’s why St Paul today urges the Philippians to keep trying to become pure and blameless in preparation for the Day of Christ.Joyful active preparation for the Day of Christ produces genuine worship. Anything else is Advent idolatry.

Jerusalem, take off your dress of sorrow and distress, put on the beauty of the glory of God for ever.                                                                                                          (Baruch 5: 1)

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Parish Notices

9 December 2018      Second Sunday of Advent Year C

 

Our Annual Carol Service will take place next Sunday at 7.30pm and Hot Punch and Mince Pies will be served in the hall afterwards. Everyone Welcome

A Children’s Christmas Party will be held in the Parish Hall on Sunday 23rd December from 11:30am to 4pm (after the 10:30am Mass). Parents are asked to bring a present for each child for Santa’s sack. Each family is also requested to bring a dish to share. There will be lots of games with prizes, music, food and Santa’s presents. Please see poster and food list in the Porch and Sunday School for more details.

Christmas Cheer: The packing of Christmas packs is on Wednesday 12th December at 7.30pm at St Albans Anglican church, Golders Green. Christmas Cheer itself, handing out coffee and packs, is at Golders Green Tube station 7am to 9am Tuesday and Wednesday 18th and 19th Dec. Volunteers welcome at all events.

Christmas service cards are available in the porch.

Morning Masses only: The International Liberty Association campaigns on behalf of Iranian Christians who are persecuted for their faith. They will be at the Masses this Sunday morning with a petition that parishioners may want to support.

Next Saturday 15 December   4-6pm, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, ending with a simple Benediction at 6pm. During that period Confessions will be heard by Fr Noel Travers.

 

Upcoming Events

Saturday: Advent Prayer

4-6pm, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, ending with a simple Benediction at 6pm. During that period Confessions will be heard by Fr Noel Travers.

4:00 pm Church

Christmas Cheer at Golders Green

The packing of Christmas packs is on Wednesday 12th December at 7.30pm at St Albans Anglican church, Golders Green. Christmas Cheer itself, handing out coffee and packs, is at Golders Green Tube station 7am to 9am Tuesday and Wednesday 18th and 19th Dec. Volunteers welcome at all events.

7:00 am Golders Green Station

Sunday: Parish Christmas Children’s Party

A Children’s Christmas Party will be held in the Parish Hall on Sunday 23rd December from 11:30am to 4pm (after the 10:30am Mass). Parents are asked to bring a present for each child for Santa’s sack. Each family is also requested to bring a dish to share. There will be lots of games with prizes, music, food and Santa’s presents. Please see poster and food list in the Porch and Sunday School for more details.

11:30 am Parish Hall

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