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.
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 Paul McDermott
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 7.30 pm. https://us04web.zoom.us/j/75311892635?pwd=OC8xaFZZZUx2amt3OFhCd09QWC80dz09
Meeting ID: 711 3775 6138
Confessions can be arranged directly with Fr Paul: 020 8455 1300
Our Confirmation Mass last Sunday was a beautiful and prayerful celebration. Bishop John commented on how joyous an occasion it was. We are grateful to Alvaro and the team of catechists who prepared our young people so well and to the choir, musicians, parents and sponsors who made it such a special occasion. Most of all we congratulate our candidates who received the Sacrament. We pray that they will stay with us and take up their place in our parish community particularly as readers, servers, musicians and helpers. We need them!
This coming week I will be away on retreat at St Buenos in North Wales. Although we won’t be able to have daily Mass from Tuesday to Tuesday, we are glad that Deacon Anthony can exercise his ministry with a service of Word and Communion at 10am on Wednesday and Thursday. Our neighbouring parishes offer daily Mass and you will be welcome to join them if you so wish.
May is the month of Mary and so we commend all our cares to her maternal intercession. May Our Lady help us to be always grateful for God’s gifts we have and grant the prayers for what we need. Amen
Foodbank collection This week's much needed items are: tinned pulses, toilet rolls, deodorant, particularly sprays so they can be shared, oil. Thank you
May Fayre A We raised a total of £1,021.42. Thank you once again to one and all for your giving so generously of your time, treasure and talent.
Raffle Draw: The raffle will be drawn in the hall after the 10.30 Mass on Sunday 29th May. A list of the prize-winners will be subsequently posted at the back of the church..
Repository re-opening: As of this Sunday, we are re-opening the Repository for your religious articles, Mass cards etc
Sunday School: Sunday School is back this weekend
For Parish hall enquiries: 020 8066 3206, 10 a.m. to 1 pm Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Fridays or email to:
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
Today we hear how the disciples had a dispute about what you had to do to belong to the Church. Some said that new converts had to be circumcised and stop eating certain foods or else they could not be counted as belonging to the Christian Church. Others said there were more important things to worry about.
If we were making a checklist of things required to show that we were Christians today, what we put on it? Obviously we would demand that a person believed in God and had been baptised. And then what?
"Of course I go to church. I was at three funerals last year," the woman said. But before you can go to church (even three times!) you need a personal relationship with God, not just knowing God exists but not being able to get through the day without talking to God. So do you pray? Do you ever pray even when you're not asking for help? Is Jesus so central to your life that you can't wait for him to come again, to be fully reunited with him? And do you make a point of finding out what God is trying to say to you by reading the Bible?
Is your life just like everyone else's or do you live in the kingdom of God? What's your attitude to material possessions, money, success, or status? A good guide to this will be whether or not you ever fast, (not just from food and drink but from something that otherwise would give you pleasure), for God's sake.
Would you say you are a generous Christian? Do you freely give your time for others and would you call yourself an active member of the parish, joining in with things and helping where you can?
Are you the sort of person who is not embarrassed to spread the word? Do you really yearn for others to have faith in Jesus and how do you play your part in bringing them to it? Have you ever encouraged anyone to come with you to church?
And, of course, there's the acid test. Is your life so enriched by your faith in Jesus that when you come to church you just can't help joining in heartily with all the prayers, songs and hymns that thank God and for making us his sons and daughters?