The Reality of God

Now let me see. I can have hair transplants to cover my baldness, and dental veneers to make my teeth white and straight. Liposuction can take care of the spare tire tummy and botox can whisk away the wrinkles. Ah yes. But will I be a different person? We live in an age of appearances when an enormous amount of thought goes into making a good impression. How little thought we give to our soul, to that place where we are present to ourselves and present to God. As we are reminded in the first reading today, the people of the world look on outward appearances, but God looks inwardly at the heart (1 Sam. 16.7). And doesn’t this influence our outward appearance, the face we present to the

Fourth Sunday of Lent (Year A)

PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES If you have signed up for a weekly envelope the new season’s boxes are now available. Do take yours home. Passion Choir Ahoy all you singers! We need you at the Good Friday and Easter Vigil services. Rehearsals led by Helen Tierney at 8 pm Thurs 30 March & 6 April. There will also be a rehearsal on Good Friday itself. Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School N12 0JP – Class Teacher Vacancy The Governors of Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School (Bow Lane, Finchley) are looking for a Class Teacher to start September 2017. If you are interested, please contact the school office (Joanne Whitby) on 0208 346 1681 or office@olol.barnetmail.net for an application pack or to arrange

The Samaritan Woman

The woman we hear of today in the gospel (John 4.5-42) seems to me to be an admirable woman. We don’t know her name. She is a nameless woman. She is simply: ‘The Samaritan woman.’ This is a reminder of how women have so often been overlooked in history, taken for granted. Always there, enabling others, making life possible, holding families together. Quietly getting on with the job in hand. She is a person of resilience. Take the fact, on the surface scandalous, that she has partnered five men in succession. But is this scandal? In the world of that time, it was difficult for a woman to survive own her own, especially if there were children to be fed. So in this case, we may surmise that a

Third Sunday of Lent (Year A)

Christian Meditation Group There is a Christian Meditation Group in Nazareth House, 162 East End Road, every Tuesday morning at 10.30 am – after the 10 am Mass. Passion Choir Ahoy all you singers! We need you to help deepen our spirit of worship at the Good Friday and Easter Vigil services. Our 10 am organist Helen Tierney has kindly agreed to lead the choir. Rehearsals will be held at 8 pm on each of the following Thursdays: Thurs 23rd March, 30th March and 6th April. There will also be a rehearsal arranged on Good Friday itself. Do lend us your voices. LENT A yearly season of spiritual renewal Monday soup and scripture Each Monday to 3rd April inclusive, a soup lunch will be provided by Fr

Second Sunday of Lent (Year A)

Passion Choir Ahoy all you singers! We need you to help deepen our spirit of worship at the Good Friday and Easter Vigil services. Our 10 am organist Helen Tierney has kindly agreed to lead the choir. Rehearsals will be held at 8 pm on each of the following Thursdays: Thurs 23rd March, 30th March and 6th April. There will also be a rehearsal arranged on Good Friday itself. Do lend us your voices. LENT A yearly season of spiritual renewal Monday soup and scripture Each Monday to 3rd April inclusive, a soup lunch will be provided by Fr Terry in the presbytery at 12.30 pm and we will discuss the following Sunday readings. Thursday Group Sandra Lipner says: Join us every Thursday in Lent for a c

Transfiguration

Eternity is usually hidden from us. But imagine if the curtain drew back and we glimpsed eternity, what would our reaction be? I would guess that we would feel a real mixture of emotions: fear, awe, wonder, joy. In the Transfiguration (Mt 17.1-9) the three disciples with Jesus show all these emotions, because, when the light starts shining from his face, it is clear to them that the veil has been lifted and they are standing before eternity. They are overwhelmed and confused. Peter even starts gabbling about putting up tents. Seconds later they are on their knees in confusion. Their fear and confusion is understandable. From the perspective of this life it is almost impossible to mak

Out of Eden

Today’s world likes immediacy. Instant messages. Immediate information. Wikipedia summaries. So we find it hard to stay with a text that has different layers, that speaks to us in images and metaphors. The first reading today from Genesis (2.7-9, 3.1-7) is one of those texts. It is difficult – but rich in meaning. This is not history like an account of the battle of Waterloo in 1815. But it is the truth about the human race, about who and what we are and how we have developed. The account given here is a story, but one that conveys the truth of human nature wonderfully. Notice first of all that we are from the soil and yet have a God-given breath of life. What does this tell us? It tells us

Newsletter First Sunday of Lent (Year A)

LENT A yearly season of spiritual renewal 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 Sandra Lipner says: Join us every Thursday in Lent for a child-friendly Mass at 10 am and a short Lenten reflection in the community room afterwards. Toys and tea provided. All welcome, especially parents/carers with babies and toddlers. Contact: Sandra. Friday stations of the cross, after the 10 am Mass There is also a Lenten Quiz (see parish website) and a Film Evening (see below). CAFOD LENT FAST DAY – Friday 10th March 2017 Please take an envelope

Lenten Challenge: Old Testament Award

Welcome to Lent 2017 at St Mary’s. During Lent we spend time with God and learn more about Him. Here is a challenge for you that is going to take you deeper into your faith. Every Sunday in church, we hear stories from the Bible. During children’s liturgy, we hear stories about the life of Jesus and we also know many Old Testament stories. We know who Adam and Eve were, we have heard the story of Noah and the flood many times. We know about Abraham, Sarah and Isaac. About Joseph and his multi-coloured coat. How Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt. And how Jonah got swallowed by a fish. But do you know who Cain and Abel were? What names Isaac gave to his twin boys? Whom Esther married? Why

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