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 week's news letter

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This Sunday's Reflection

16 February 2020              Sixth Sunday of the Year A

 SURFACE RELIGION

In our society, if you don’t break the law then no one can touch you. You can’t be imprisoned, fined or given some other punishment. That’s because you’ve done nothing wrong. So you won’t get a criminal record. But neither will you get a public medal of honour. You have to do something worthwhile to be awarded an honour. Simply obeying the law doesn’t make you a good citizen.

Similarly with our religion, it’s not enough to keep the rules. We have to have that something extra; we have to have a loving relationship with God, a relationship that shows itself in the way we live our lives.

Jesus criticises the religious leaders for doing just enough to comply with the religious law while their hearts are in a different place. Minimalism is not the same as virtue. And so he points out that a “how far can I go?” mentality is unacceptable to God. I may not kill someone but if I harbour anger against them then I am guilty of sin. I may not commit adultery but if I lust after someone then I’ve already shown that I’m trying to bend the rules. And how can we approach God in worship when we are at odds with others at home or in the community? It’s simply hypocrisy, says Jesus.

How alive is my faith? Do I give my all or do I simply keep the rules? Is coming to church on a Sunday the sum total of my contribution to the local Christian community? Do I rather resent the rules and regulations that my faith places upon me? Do I think that they put me at a disadvantage compared with friends who have no faith or do I see them as a God-given way of getting the most out of life? Do I see God’s law as restrictive or as life-enhancing? Does it kerb my liberty or is it a charter for human freedom?

Christians believe that God’s law brings life whereas acting contrary to it only results in a destructive existence. Today’s scripture is even blunter; it tells us that we have a choice between life and death: choosing to ignore the wisdom of God means opting for a pattern of life that is ultimately unfulfilling and life-depriving.

Ecclesiasticus (a preacher) reminds us that if we wish we can keep God’s commandments for it is within our power to do so. You have life and death before you, he says, and whichever you like better will be given to you.

Life and death on both sides of the grave. That’s quite a choice!

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Parish Notices

16 February 2020   Sixth 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.

Pancake Night is on Tuesday 25 February at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall. It 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.

Bible Study: The next bible study session is at 8pm on Wednesday 19th February in the parish room on the topic of the Book of Exodus. All welcome.

READ OF THE MONTH for February is Words of Wisdom from the Church Fathers by Jimmy Akin. A short summary can be found in the newsletter. The booklet is available on the window sill near the CTS stand for £1 each during February.

 

Upcoming Events

Monday: Baptism session 1

First of two sessions for parents in preparation for their child’s baptism

7:30 pm Parish hall

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

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