The Beatitudes

Bible scholars draw parallels between Jesus on the hillside near Lake Galilee, and Moses a thousand years before him on Mt Sinai. Moses gives the people the Law, summarised by the Ten Commandments. Jesus gives his people the Sermon the Mount, summarised by the Beatitudes. This is not the only parallel between Jesus and the history of the ancient People of God. Just as there were 12 tribes of Israel, so there were 12 disciples. Jesus is leading a movement, creating a people who would answer his challenge to be light, to be leaven, to be salt for the world. Jesus intends those who answer his call to be a creative presence for love. This new people is to be found among all races and class

Newsletter Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Refugees in London – Eggs Please For a small but significant way to support the local drop-in for refugees organized by NNLS, please bring 6+ hard-boiled eggs to church on Sunday, 5th February and leave them in the crates in the foyer of our church. Contact: Sandra, finchleyeastcat@rcdow.org.uk. Senior Citizens Lunch – Sunday 29th January 2017 Just a reminder that the Senior Citizens Lunch will start at 1.30 pm. Many thanks. Food Bank Report Thank you, parishioners of St Mary’s, for your continued support of the Food Bank. Bags of food are regularly left by the Sacred Heart statue and there are occasional donations of money. Here are some statistics Saturday 17th December we had our lar

Unity in Christ

Today’s second reading (1 Cor. 1.10-13, 17) says that even among the first Christians there was division and disagreement. This passage speaks to our divided times in the West. On the day that I write this I read in the newspaper that the incoming U.S. president has the lowest approval ratings of any newly elected president. In fact, 44% said they disapproved of him. Here in the U.K. the fault lines revealed by the Brexit vote are still there. Across Europe there is debate, some of it bitter, on the issues of our day. St Paul reminds us that the Good News of Jesus Christ is always with us, even at times of division. But he goes on to say that the crucifixion of Christ cannot be expressed in

Newsletter 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year A)

NB The usual Benediction is cancelled this coming Thursday 26th Jan. Refugees in London – Eggs Please For a small but significant way to support the local drop-in for refugees organized by NNLSS, please bring 6+ hard-boiled eggs to church on Sunday, 5th February and leave them in the crates in the foyer of our church. Contact: Sandra, finchleyeastcat@rcdow.org.uk. Senior Citizens Lunch One of the highlights of the year for our seniors is always the lunch organised by the SVP. Good food, good company, good music – who could resist? This year’s event will be on Sunday 29th January. If you would like to attend, please put your name down in the list in the church porch. Many thanks to Bill

Walking in Faith

If you listen to the critics of religion you would think that having faith is something for the simple-minded. In fact, much of life in general depends upon a walking in faith. We launch on careers without any guarantee of success. People fall in love and hope that their love will be met with love. They have children, which must be among the biggest blank cheques of all. In many ways, big and small, we move into the future and to do so we have to have faith that one way or another, things will work out. God is the one who is always there, and with this knowledge we can go ahead, day by day, into the future, even when humanly speaking there seems little to hope for. We find this faith r

Newsletter Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Senior Citizens Lunch One of the highlights of the year for our seniors is always the lunch organised by the SVP. Good food, good company, good music – who could resist? This year’s event will be on Sunday 29th January. If you would like to attend, please put your name down in the list in the church porch. Red Boxes If you have a red box please bring it in and leave it in the sacristy. Please make sure that your name is on the bottom so that you can be told how much your collection contributed to the work of the Association for the Propagation of the Faith. Our APF representatives, Anthony and Lin Schofield, would be glad if you could bring in your boxes as soon as possible. Once they have

Epiphany

When I was training to be a journalist, the editor told our little group of trainees that if the editorial failed to appear, the readers probably would not notice. But, he went on, if the horoscope was omitted, hordes of appalled readers would be complaining. Similarly, 2000 years ago, people believed in astrology. The movement of the stars was thought to reflect the disposition of different powers in the heavens. From reading the stars it was thought that we might understand what powers were dominant, what influences were in the ascendant, and how these would influence events on earth. It would lead people to ‘read’ their future in the stars. As Christians we do not believe in strange cosmi

Newsletter Epiphany (Year A)

Meeting for parents of first holy communion children CALLING ALL PARENTS OF FIRST COMMUNION CHILDREN Remember to be at the meeting this coming Monday 9th January at 8 pm in the Parish Centre. We will introduce the outline of the course and discuss how you can accompany your child during the 12 weeks of their first communion preparation. We will also hand out the children’s textbooks and would like to ask you to bring £20 with you to go towards the cost of running the course, as well as a photocopy of your child’s baptismal certificate, if you haven’t given us this already. Senior Citizens Lunch One of the highlights of the year for our seniors is always the lunch organised by the SVP. Good

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