Zacchaeus

The story of Zacchaeus climbing the tree because he wants to catch a glimpse of Jesus is an example of the gentle humour of the gospels (Luke 19.1-10). Zacchaeus, we are meant to understand, is an important man and well-known in the community. He is rich, powerful, and much disliked because of his work as a tax-gatherer on behalf of the Roman administration. It seems that he has also been putting extra fees on top of what he was allowed to charge. He would be the kind of man who would be touchy, who would stand upon his dignity. Yet when he hears that Jesus is coming he scrambles up a tree like the local youths, agog to see Jesus. He sets his dignity aside. Why? Was Zacchaeus just what t

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

NOVEMBER REMEMBRANCE By ancient custom each year we offer Masses for the holy souls, and we bring up a book of remembrance at each Mass. Sheets for those to be remembered are now available. Please let us have the names by 2nd November. All Saints’ Day – Tuesday 1st Nov and All Souls Day – Wednesday 2nd Nov On All Saints’ Day – Tuesday 1st November, we will have an additional Mass in the evening at 7.30 pm. All Saints Day is a holy day of obligation. Similarly, on All Souls’ Day, on Wednesday 2nd November, we will have an additional Mass in the evening at 7.30 pm. This is not a holy day of obligation but many people like to attend Mass to remember their departed loved ones. Annual Cemetery

He Who Heals

We spend so much time and thought trying to impress others. To impress them with our clothes, with our good taste, with our intelligence or wittiness, with good looks, whatever. We love to have some sense of controlling our image. This is why people pay extra for good clothes, or seek out new fashions, or have teeth whitening, or know all about the latest trends. What would impress God? ‘The Lord is no respecter of personages’ we read today from Ecclesiasticus (35.12-14, 16-19). God treats all people equally because he sees through them all and looks into the heart. How refreshing. And yet, at the same time a little frightening. It is refreshing because we do not have to make a good

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

NOVEMBER REMEMBRANCE By ancient custom each year we offer Masses for the holy souls, and we bring up a book of remembrance at each Mass. Sheets for those to be remembered are now available. Please let us have the names by 2nd November. IMPORTANT – GRASSY AREA OUTSIDE PARISH HALLS Please note that you must not let your children play on the steps or the strip of lawn immediately behind the church. If they play on the lawn above the steps please make sure that there is at least one parent present at all times. Confirmation Enrolment We are now enrolling young people aged 13+ (Year 8+) for preparation for Confirmation in 2017. Forms are available from Father Terry or Sandra (finchleyeastcat@rcd

Our Children Pray

Prayers written by children of our parish as part of our inclusive Mass this weekend. Many thanks to all who took part and read, sang, acted, prayed and played during and after the Mass. Dear Lord, Please watch over the Syrian refugees, and I pray that you will watch over them and keep them safe. I also pray that you will watch over my family, keep them safe and guide them through the hard choices in life. Amen Ciara, 11 Dear Lord, Please watch over my mum and family and watch over the Syrian refugees that they are okay. I pray that I will have a good life with my friends and family. guide me and my family and friends. Amen Blathnaid ,8 Dear God, Please bless my family and friends. Please bl

Prayer

It always sad when people use the name of God to justify war. It seems that for centuries people have been justifying war by saying that God is on their side. I believe that in the last war, the belt of a German soldier carried the words on the buckle Gott mit uns – God with us. Bearing this in mind, I read Exodus 17.8-13 with mixed feelings. Moses with his arms being held up so that he can continue interceding for his people is a beautiful image of prayer. At the same time, it is intercession for a military victory and the end result is victory for Moses’s people and defeat for their enemies. Perhaps we can return to the thought of God with us. It does not mean that God blesses everyt

Grace

First story: The teacher had prepared a wonderful lesson that he was sure would interest the students. But when he got to the classroom he s

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

SVP There will be a brief appeal at the end of each Mass from the SVP for volunteers to help their good work. Also put in your diaries now the date for the SVP quiz, Saturday 12th November. More details of the quiz later. First Holy Communion 2017 We are now enrolling children of families attending Mass at St Mary’s regularly for preparation for First Holy Communion in 2017. Children must be at least 8 or in Year 3 at school. Sessions will be held in the parish centre on Sundays from 9-10 am and the children go on to attend the 10 am Mass immediately afterwards. The programme will be under the direction of Sandra Lipner – finchleyeastcat@rcdow.org.uk Forms are available from her or from

People of Faith (Luke 17.5 - 10)

When the disciples ask Jesus to increase their faith (Luke 17.5) they speak for us all. Everybody feels that they do not have enough faith. I have great sympathy with the father of the epileptic child who, asked by Jesus if he believed in him, cried out: ‘I do believe. Help me to overcome my unbelief’ (Mark 9.24). We are people of faith, but often we are also people of questioning, of doubts and uncertainties. But let us remember this. Faith does not require the absence of doubt. Faith is shown in commitment, in the ability to give as generously as we can to God. Doubts come and go, but faith is the ability to set our course and stick to it. Marriage is an act of faith. Young people s

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Please pray for the sick esp. Sister Sheila, John & Carmel Bates, Annetta Pellegrinelli, Finola Hickey and Kelly-Marie O’Donnell. Baptism: Ask God’s blessing on Charles Silva De Sousa who will be baptised here Saturday 1st October. First Holy Communion 2017 We are now enrolling children of families attending Mass at St Mary’s regularly for preparation for First Holy Communion in 2017. Children must be at least 8 or in Year 3 at school. Sessions will be held in the parish centre on Sundays from 9-10 am and the children go on to attend the 10 am Mass immediately afterwards. The programme will be under the direction of Sandra Lipner – finchleyeastcat@rcdow.org.uk Forms are available from he

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