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
There are three Sunday Masses each week at 9am, 10.30am and 6pm.
We have resumed weekday Masses at 10am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Wednesday there is a Communion Service at 10am.
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
19/26 September 2021
24th / 25th Sundays in Ordinary Time Year B
Administrator: we interviewed for this post recently and it’s a pleasure to announce that Kasonde Konie will be taking up the role in November.
The foodbank collection continues on Sunday 8am-6pm. Items requested this weekend: tinned meats such as chilli con carne, corned beef, Bento Frey’s pies, chicken curry etc., tinned soups, particularly meat ones, honey, & soaps.
Sunday School lessons (except Confirmation) have resumed. The Confirmation course will start on Sunday 26th September.
Favourite Hymns 2 The zoom meeting of Favourite Hymns 2 is on Thursday 23rd Sept starting at 8pm on Zoom. Login is 826 7537 1130 Passcode: 177635 and the direct link is
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82675371130?pwd=QXoyM0FNOTJzWXFEdXpVU1hRbnZjZz09 Do send the first line of your favourite hymn to Deacon Anthony – email email@example.com
First Communion Parents meeting Monday 20 September in the parish hall at 7.30pm.
Autumn Fast Day takes place on Friday 1 October and there will be a collection for CAFOD on Sunday 3 October. If you are using the envelopes provided, please remember to fill in the attached Gift Aid form if you are a taxpayer
Young Adults: The Sunday evening Mass is attended by a number of young(ish) Catholics and we wonder if we could involve them more in the liturgy of that Mass, especially on the first Sunday of the month. We’ll try on 3 October!
Confirmation Parents meeting Monday 27 September in the parish hall at 7.30pm.
Virgin Money Giving: parishioners may have seen the news that Virgin will be closing down this service in November. We plan to offer an alternative when this happens.
With a Father’s Love: This autumn the diocese offers a faith sharing resource specially produced for the Year of Saint Joseph, and takes us on a journey of discovery through the Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis, Patris Corde. This booklet is for use by individuals and small groups and available at £3 each soon in the porch.
Keep safe and well.
For Parish hall enquiries: 020 8066 3206, 10 a.m. to 1 pm Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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
19 September 2021 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B
THE MADNESS OF BEING A CHRISTIAN
Billy, aged four, and his brother Tommy, aged six, were arguing about who was going to get the first pancake that their grandmother was making at the stove. She took the opportunity to teach them a lesson, telling them that Jesus would let his brother have the first pancake. Tommy turned to Billy and said, “Ok, Billy. Go on then, you be Jesus.”
Self-preservation seems to lead to selfishness, just as the instinct for survival tends to make us want to be the “alpha male”. Even in the Garden of Eden it had already started when Adam and Eve were convinced that eating the fruit of the forbidden tree would make them just as good as God. No longer would they be in second place.
Yet Jesus tells us that being first in the kingdom of heaven means being last on this earth. It’s the paradox at the heart of Christianity that says to get the most out of life you must give up your life, to rule people you must be their servant, and to be first you must make yourself last.
There’s no doubt that such an attitude goes against the grain. We seem to be programmed to want to be at the front of the queue. Adverts in magazines and on television pamper to the fact that we “deserve” this or that, that we should adopt a me-first approach to getting what we want in our no-win no-fee society. Knowing your rights and getting everything you’re entitled to has become the norm. It’s a dog-eat-dog world and you’re worth it.
Nothing could point more clearly to the fact that Christianity is not a socially comfortable religious position to adopt. To follow Jesus means to stand out as a sign of contradiction to the views that our society takes as normal and normative. That’s why Christianity is not merely a question of “being nice”. It’s a choice to forego many of the values and attitudes that are prized by most of our fellow citizens. It’s an option to set aside a self-serving approach to what we can get out of life, and instead to live life in a way that puts others first. Is this madness? Billy and Tommy clearly think so. Most people would think so. But Christians wouldn’t.
If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself the last of all and the servant of all.