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.-www.bit.ly/videostedwardgg
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
This edition will be the last for a few weeks as I shall be away. I was due to go to Canada and then on to Seattle and Portland in the US but my plans have changed due to new entry requirements in Canada so I will be away from Monday 1st August until Friday 19th August in Devon and Donegal instead! Pray that the rain in Donegal takes a holiday too!
Fr Tom will be covering the parish until his departure on 16th August so please look after him. Fr Tom will respond to any urgent matters that may arise and the office will remain open as usual. While I am away the church will be closed on weekdays after the morning Mass and there will not be a Mass on 16th, 17th & 19th August.
From 3rd to 5th September the relics of St Bernadette of Lourdes will be coming to Westminster Cathedral www.westminstercathedral.org.uk and you are invited to attend the services and times of veneration. Please see the posters in the porch or check the cathedral website. We pray that the visit of St Bernadette’s relics will bring healing and reconciliation to many.
May the Lord bless us and keeps us safe especially if we are travelling and may the Spirit of God anoint us with his healing peace. Amen.
Foodbank: This week was busy and a third of the people supported were children. With the summer holidays starting this week any support, you can give is very much needed. This week’s much needed items are cereal, toilet rolls, tinned vegetables, cooking sauces, empty egg boxes for 12 eggs Thank you
You are invited to visit Westminster Cathedral on the weekend of 3-5 September for a very special once in a lifetime event -the veneration of the relics of St Bernadette. A Service of Anointing of the Sick will take place on Saturday 3 September at 2.30pm. This is the only liturgical event to which admission will be by ticket only. The Cathedral website will provide the most up-to-date information for all those planning to visit us during the weekend. Through the intercession of St Bernadette, may many graces be given to all who come and venerate her relics, including healing, conversion and the wonderful discovery of vocation. Come and experience the miracle of Lourdes !
Have a Blessed week and happy, healthy Summer!
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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
FOUND A PENNY LOST A POUND
The preacher in today's reading summed it all up: "Vanity of vanities! All is vanity!" The Hebrew word for vanity means "emptiness" or a mere "breath of air", something that is insubstantial, here today and gone tomorrow. What the preacher is trying to get across is that there is no point in getting involved with working, earning and enjoying possessions if at the same time we miss out on the real happiness of life.
A young man once found a £20 note on the pavement. From that time on he never lifted his eyes from the ground when walking. In the course of 40 years he accumulated 29,516 buttons, 54,172 pins, 7 pennies, a bent back and a miserly disposition. At the same time, he lost the glories of the sunlight, the smiles of friends, the songs of birds, the beauties of flowers, trees, blue skies and all that is worth living for in life: the opportunity to serve his fellow men and women, to spread happiness and to walk with God.
Most of us have to work in order to live. But we don't have to join the rat race. We need money to buy food and clothes but if we don't enjoy what we are doing then we live unfulfilled lives. Nothing that we possess actually belongs to us; it passes to the next generation.
Jesus tells us that our life is not made secure by what we own but by our relationship with God and others, particularly with our families. We can become distracted by what the world considers important – money, power, status – and if we are distracted, then our toil and work is like the breath of wind here one minute, gone the next.
It is only through God that my toil, my work, my
enjoyment of life can have meaning and purpose. It is in that relationship with God that I can be free to work, free to use the fruits of my labour to serve God and the people around me. In that relationship with God I can be free to love and care, free from the bonds of greed to enjoy life, to discover the beauty of relationships with those who care for me as I am, and the thrill of knowing that when this life is ended, I will be given eternal wealth.