Don't Worry

Worry is natural to the human condition. Parents worry about their children. Workers worry about their jobs. We all worry about money. Many people are worried by their health. Then there is the broader scene to worry about: the turmoil of the world, the state of the economy, the endemic violence that we see nightly on the news. In short, sometimes we seem born to worry. So when Jesus advises us not to worry (Matt. 6.24-34) it can seem a little daunting. In fact, we might then start worrying about whether we are worrying. I looked up the origin of the word worry in a big dictionary. I was fascinated to learn that it comes from an Old English word meaning to throttle or strangle. How true. We

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

LENT A yearly season of spiritual renewal Ash Wednesday, 1st March: Mass with imposition of ashes at 10 am and 7.30 pm Monday soup and scripture Each Monday from 6th March to 3rd April inclusive, a soup lunch will be provided by Fr Terry in the presbytery and we will discuss the following Sunday readings. Thursday Group Join us every Thursday in Lent after 10 am Mass for a time of reflection and prayer using The Little Book of Lent (materials provided). All welcome, especially parents/carers with babies, toddlers and young children. Meet in the community room (Father Terry's house) after Mass. Contact: Sandra. Friday stations of the cross, after the 10 am Mass There is also a Lenten Quiz

Love Your Enemy

Today’s gospel (Mt 5.38-48) is counter-intuitive, that is to say, it goes against our instincts. It flies in the face of what we would normally consider to be common sense. Offer no resistance to the wicked man, says Jesus. Turn the other cheek. Give more than you are due to give. And then – the most difficult of all perhaps – love your enemy. When Jesus speaks to us like this the words are a shock. Is this what a wise parent would advise their children to do? Would you not be more likely to say, Stand up for yourself. Get even with anyone who hurts you. Give no more than you have to. Don’t get soft-hearted towards your enemy. This is the way of the world, and this is the way that we

Newsletter Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

LENT A yearly season of spiritual renewal Ash Wednesday, 1st March: Mass with imposition of ashes at 10 am and 7.30 pm Monday soup and scripture Each Monday from 6th March to 3rd April inclusive, a soup lunch will be provided by Fr Terry in the presbytery and we will discuss the following Sunday readings. Thursday Group Join us every Thursday in Lent after 10 am Mass for a time of reflection and prayer using The Little Book of Lent (materials provided). All welcome, especially parents/carers with babies, toddlers and young children. Meet in the community room (Father Terry's house) after Mass. Contact: Sandra. There is also a Lenten Quiz and a Film Evening (see below). Lenten Film Evening –

People of Conscience

Just about the first thing that medical students learn is the bone structure of the body. Hence those marvellous pictures we have all seen of skeletons in the flats of medical students. Indeed, students of a certain era used to learn a kind chant in which the articulations of the various bones was reeled out. It seems a logical place to start. After all, without our bone structure, where would we be? It allows us to stand upright, to walk, to turn. It grows with us as children, allowing us to expand. Our first reading talks about commandments, and Jesus does too (Eccles. 15.15-20; Mt 5.17-37) The commandments of God are like the bones of the Christian community. They give us an all-i

Newsletter Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

The phone line was down recently and is now fixed. Apologies to anyone who was trying to get through and who could not do so. Refugee Drop-In - Thank You Thank you for your donations of hard-boiled eggs last weekend. We were able to take 140 eggs to the drop-in for refugees in East Finchley. A big thank you also from the team at the centre! Next date for your diaries: 7th May. Mass for Bereaved Parents – 11th March 2017, Westminster Cathedral On Saturday 11th March at 2.30 pm at Westminster Cathedral a Mass for bereaved parents will be celebrated by Bishop Paul McAleenan. During Mass, after the homily, parents will be invited to write the name of their deceased child on a card and the cards

Salt of the Earth

Salt is a marvellous ingredient. Judiciously used, it enhances the other flavours. You can taste a stew or soup without salt and find it bland. A touch of salt and hey presto! It brings out the flavours of the other ingredients. So when Jesus uses the image of salt to describe Christians, it symbolises bringing out what is best in the world we serve. Think of another of Jesus’s culinary images, the table of the feast in the great kingdom. All are invited to that table. As enablers, it is the role of Christian men and women to try and make the company at that table as inclusive as possible. The able-bodied and disabled; the poor and the rich; the respectable and those not so respectable; ev

Newsletter Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Pilgrimage to Fatima 14th-20th September 2017 There is a special pilgrimage to Fatima being organised for the centenary year of the apparitions. The pilgrimage will include Santiago de Compostella and will be led by Fr Luis Tomas of the Consolata Mission House here in Finchley. Four nights in Fatima, two nights in Santiago de Compostella. Cost: £679. Further details: Tony O’Byrne 0208 361 1300. SPUC Our recent second collection for SPUC came to £350.24. Many thanks for your generosity. First Holy Communion Course Takes a Break There will be no First Holy Communion classes on 12th and 19th February because of half term. Next session: 26th February – usual time and place. Next INCENSED Youth

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