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

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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

8 December 2019             Second Sunday of Advent Year A

 DOES IT BITE?

A pet-shop owner was explaining recently that small children have no fear whatsoever of snakes, lizards or any other reptiles. Fear is something they learn from adults. Parents are regularly heard, he said, telling their small children to come away from "that horrible thing" and look at the puppies instead.

Advent is a time when we learn the lesson of the pet-shop. We are given a vision of what God intended the world to be and we are reminded that it is up to us to co-operate with God's grace to share in his work of building up once more a kingdom in which lions and calves, wolves and lambs have no fear of each other.

When the bible comes to explain this phenomenon it points to the early days when the created world was at harmony, to the days of paradise when men and women enjoyed fully the life that God had created them for. It was our own greed and disobedience of God that caused us to become creators, but creators of sin, conflict, division and misery. We were born into such a world, but we have all co-operated in keeping it far from perfect by the way we behave.

So Advent invites us to act and to change things. John the Baptist plunged into the Jordan those who wanted to change themselves and to transform the world. He preached a baptism for those who were ready to repent, to smooth out the rocky paths of their lives and prepare for the coming of the promised Messiah, Jesus the Christ.

That's why Advent is about waiting for the coming of our redeemer, but not about waiting idly as if for a bus to come. It's a time when at our liturgy we celebrate the mystery of God's coming among us to show us how to live and be fulfilled, how to create a world where fear and hatred, sin and division have no permanent hold.

When we gather together to hear God's word and to share the food of life at the table of the Lord, we ask that the Holy Spirit may embolden us to take practical steps towards repentance and reconciliation.

Advent not only teaches us that life can be better; it gives us the means to make it so.

The wolf lives with the lamb; the panther lies down with the kid, calf and lion cub feed together with a little boy to lead them.                                                                         (Isaiah 11:6)

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Parish Notices

8 December 2019      2nd Sunday of Advent Year A

 

Monday is the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady. Mass at 10am.

Thursday: Funeral for Fernande Williams at 12noon.

General Election: There is a message from the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales regarding the election this coming Thursday. Copies can be found in the porch.

Christmas Service Cards are now available. Parishioners may like to take an extra card for any Catholic they know who may not be practising their faith. Be discreet, but a reminder may bring someone back to Mass this Christmas.

Young Adults Meeting: The next meeting will be next Sunday 15th December at 4pm in the parish hall. For more information see the note in the newsletter.

Our Annual Carol Service will take place next Sunday at 7.30pm and Hot Punch and Mince Pies will be served in the hall afterwards. Everyone Welcome.

A Children’s Christmas Party will be held in the Parish Hall on Sunday 22nd December after the 10:30am Mass. Parents are asked to bring a present for each child for Santa’s sack. Each family is also requested to bring a dish to share. Please see the poster and food list in the Porch and Sunday School for more details.

Christmas Cheer The meeting to pack the Christmas bags is at 7pm on Tuesday 10th at the Anglican Church behind Sainsbury’s – Deacon Anthony is looking for at least two parishioners to volunteer to help. Hot coffee, croissants etc. will be handed out to passing passengers at Golders Green tube station on Tuesday 17th and Wed 18th from 7am to 9am. If you could come and help, please let Deacon Anthony know – anthonyclark@rcdow.org.uk

Next Saturday 14 December: 4-6pm, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, ending with a simple Benediction at 6pm. During that period Confessions will be heard by Fr Kevin Ryan.

 

Upcoming Events

Monday: Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady

As 8 December falls on a Sunday this year, the feast has been transferred to Monday 9 December. Mass at 10am

10:00 am Church

Saturday: Health & Safety group

A small group meets to plan the maintenance of our buildings

11:15 am Presbytery

Saturday: Advent Prayer

4-6pm, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, ending with a simple Benediction at 6pm. During that period Confessions will be heard by Fr Kevin Ryan.

4:00 pm 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