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)
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
SATURDAYS 10.30am-11.00am, 5.30pm-6.00pm and on request.
SATURDAYS Rosary after 10am Mass
SATURDAYS DURING LENT AND ADVENT Watching before the Blessed Sacrament 5pm-6pm
Divine Mercy Chaplet and Adoration of the Blessed
Sacrament (holy hour) 3pm
Fr Tony Convery Parish Priest
Rev Anthony Clark Deacon
Mary Whittle Jones Music Coordinator
Alvaro Scrivano Chief Catechist
Kasonde Konie Parish Council Coordinator & Parish Hall Manager
Marie Cooney Parish Secretary
All can be contacted on
Tel: 020 8455 1300
Parish Hall Manager: Kasonde Konie: email@example.com
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
9 August 2020 19th Sunday Year A
TAKING THE RISK
Just imagine having an appointment with God. Elijah had one. He was told to go and stand on a mountain and God would pass by. How would he know it was God? Surely it would be obvious; you’d hardly be able to miss God’s arrival! So when the mighty wind blew up a gale, this must be God. Not quite! Then a rumbling earthquake. No such luck! Finally a huge crackling fire. Still nothing! Surely this gentle breeze can’t be God? But it was, and Elijah covered his face with his cloak.
It’s amazing what creatures of habit we allow ourselves to become. We get into a rut and feel quite comfortable there. And this is never as true as with the way we relate to God. We tend to pigeonhole God to fit into our way of thinking and we’re slow to see God at work when it doesn’t seem to fit our pattern. Maybe that’s why religious people are often caricatured as narrow-minded and blinkered, as conservatives who don’t want things to change.
But, as Elijah found out, God is not predictable. God is not inviting us to a boring routine of religion, but to an adventure in faith, a challenge to the way we live. And just as Elijah presumed he knew what God would be like, so too we have grown used to not expecting God to ask much of us.
In today’s gospel Peter thought Jesus was just a ghost and he demanded proof before accepting that it was really his Master on the sea. But in order to find out, Peter had to take the terrifying step of trying to walk on water. Only if he was prepared to trust in something bigger than himself could he stay afloat.
If our religion becomes as comfortable as an old pair of favourite slippers then we can be sure we’re missing out on God’s challenge to us. Faith is dynamic and God’s call is vibrant and energetic. God always asks us to take that step into uncertainty, to go beyond where we’d naturally settle down, and if we stay within our own comfort zone then we’re not where God is asking us to go.
Our liturgy today invites us to look around and see whether we’re not missing out on a much bigger adventure than we’re used to. We may find it a challenge but that’s what God’s put us here for!
When Elijah heard the sound of the gentle breeze, he covered his face with his cloak.
(I Kings 19:13)
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9 August 2020 19th Sunday Year A
Sunday 9 August 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time A
12noon Thanksgiving (Bertha Karikari)
Monday 10 August 10am
Tuesday 11 August
Thursday 13 August 10am Charles Sagayam RIP
Friday 14 August
St Maximilian Kolbe
Sunday Masses: We will continue with two Masses on Sunday at 10am and 12noon until the situation is clearer. Please arrive at the church 15 minutes before the start of the Mass. Remember: there are NO toilet facilities. Face coverings are now mandatory at church services so parishioners are asked to observe this ruling.
We need more stewards to help at the Sunday morning Masses, Please see either myself or David Lawrence if you can help.
The weekday Mass on Mondays and Thursdays only will be open to the parish. The church will be open from 9am and the Mass will be at 10am. The church will be closed after the Mass. Remember: NO toilet facilities.
The Foodbank collection will continue on Sunday at the usual time, 8am to 1pm. The items requested are as follows cereals; tins of soups; tins of sardines and mackerel; bottles of squash; liquid soap; bars of soaps – please NO ALCOHOL.
Registration for First Communion and Confirmation: parents and young people who want to enrol for next year’s sacramental programmes should email Alvaro: his email address can be found in the newsletter and on the website.
Saturday Evening Prayer: on Saturday evenings you are invited to join Deacon Anthony leading the church’s Evening Prayer on Zoom at 6pm. The Zoom details are in the newsletter.
Lebanon appeal: On 4 August two explosions ripped through Lebanon's capital, Beirut, killing over 100 people and leaving more than 4,000 injured. Rescue workers are still searching for many more missing people. You can support CAFOD’s appeal by following this link: https://cafod.org.uk/donations/one-off?_Amount=25&_Appeal=121949
Do take care, and enjoy the week ahead.
We will have to restrict numbers to 60. Please arrive at the church 15 minutes before the start of the Mass. Remember: there are NO toilet facilities.10:00 am Church
We will have to restrict numbers to 60. Please arrive at the church 15 minutes before the start of the Mass. Remember: there are NO toilet facilities.12:00 pm Church
The weekday Masses on Mondays and Thursdays are open to the parish. The church will be open from 9am and the Mass will be at 10am. The church will be closed after the Mass. Remember: there are no NO toilet facilities.10:00 am Church
Welcome to our parish website
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