Lifetime Saints and Last-Minute Christians

Is God ever far away? I ask that question because the first reading (Isa. 55.6-9) encourages us to seek God while he is near. But God is always near. The French theologian and mystic Teilhard de Chardin muses that God is as close as the next word on our lips, the next stroke of the worker’s pick-axe, the next stitch from the sewer’s needle. We have only to turn to God and God is there. Yet sometimes God can seem far away. This might be caused by some desolation that we have to pass through; sometimes, very differently, God seems far away because our self-centredness has obscured him. Either way, there is a journey to be made, in faith, until once more we realise the closeness of God. So it

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Pray for the sick esp. Eddie Caddle, John & Carmel Bates, Cathy Walker, Finola Hickey, Kelly-Marie O’Donnell, Simon O’Donnell, Pat Gleeson, Annette O’Gorman and Mary Myles. Parish Collection: Last week’s was £ 937.61. Many thanks. St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School – Teaching Assistant Vacancy St. Theresa's Catholic Primary School in Finchley are looking to appoint a Level 2 Experienced Teaching Assistant. Please see the school website: http://www.st-theresas.barnet.sch.uk for further details. International Mass – Sunday 1st October 2017 Join us for an international Mass at 12 noon and a tasty diverse lunch in the parish centre afterwards. Please bring a dish to share and remember those

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is something that all of us have to deal with from time to time. We may need forgiveness from others whom we have wronged, or we come to God and ask that he will pardon us. Sometimes we are the ones who are asked to extend forgiveness to others. Forgiveness does not always come readily. Sometimes it is a struggle. The message of mercy was absolutely central to the life of Jesus. It was something that he taught, but also something that he lived. It was his word even on the cross. Throughout his whole active ministry, he spoke a message from the Father. The message was this: because God loves us, we are forgiven. In today’s gospel (Matt 18.21-35) the sum mentioned as owing is 10,0

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

International Mass – Sunday 1st October 2017 Our parish community has members from many different cultures and languages, something to celebrate! On Sunday 1st October, please join us for an international Mass at 12 noon and a tasty diverse lunch in the parish centre afterwards. Please remember those in need by bringing donations for Finchley Foodbank on that day. Preparation for International Mass 17th September Meeting for singers and musicians (parish centre) 24th September Choir rehearsal (large hall) All meetings take place in the parish centre after 10 am Mass. Contact: Sandra finchleyeastcat@rcdow.org.uk Pictures for International Mass As part of

Support Cancer Research UK: O'Briens Walk Half Marathon

Sponsorship opportunity The O’Brien family have supported us in many ways, with the three boys (Mikey, Shane and Scott) and their sister (Shannon) as regular altar servers. Their mum Bernadette will be walking with Shannon, Mikey and Shane to raise funds for Cancer research on Sat 23rd Sept. They are on the Shine half marathon night walk (13.5 miles) and would welcome sponsorship. You can do so through this link: https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/bernadettes-fundraising-page-112 or through Bernadette’s link on the parish Facebook page.

True Freedom

‘Give us true freedom.’ That is what we ask God in today’s opening prayer. What is true freedom? We can think of it as freedom from and freedom for. Freedom from seeks freedom from the chains that bind us. Selfishness, anger, resentment, impulsiveness, aggression. These and other weaknesses are real factors in life. They bind us and limit us. We call it sin. Jesus came to encourage us to break free from sin. The fact that it is a lifetime journey does not make it any less real. He gives us hope and courage, and helps us to see that we do not have to stay as we are. He gives us grace to help us in our weakness. His whole life, death and resurrection, are a message teaching us that

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

International Mass Preparation We look forward to our annual international Mass and lunch at 12 noon on 1st October and invite everyone to join in. We are looking for people who would like to pray, read, sing, help with lunch, offer face painting, decorate the hall, set up, tidy up and are always interested in new ideas. 10th September Meeting for all interested in praying, reading and helping with lunch 17th September Meeting for singers and musicians 24th September Choir rehearsal (large hall) All meetings take place in the parish centre after 10 am Mass. Contact: Sandra finchleyeastcat@rcdow.org.uk International Mass –

Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me

Jeremiah did not want to be a prophet. It was not a comfortable vocation. You had to be prepared to speak the truth that people did not want to hear. You sometimes had to undertake dramatic ways of acting out your message. You might even have to confront the king if he was acting oppressively or exploiting his position. This explains our first reading today (Jer. 20.7-9) in which the prophet admits his reluctance to stand out from the crowd by preaching repentance and calling on people to turn back to God. He says: I will be making a fool of myself, no one will heed me. Then he says: but I have to do this, it is so strong within me. Is that really so different to you and me? We live in

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) 3rd September 2017

Funeral Mass for Michael Clancey On Friday 8th September at 11.30 am, there will be a Funeral Mass for Michael Clancey here at St Mary’s followed by interment at St Pancras Cemetary. May he rest in peace. Amen. Barry Evans RIP Barry passed away at home with the family around him on Thursday 31st August. May he rest in peace. Funeral details will be announced. International Mass Preparation We look forward to our annual international Mass and lunch at 12 noon on 1st October and invite everyone to join in. We are looking for people who would like to pray, read, sing, help with lunch, offer face painting, decorate the hall, set up, tidy up and are always interested in new ideas. 10th Septembe

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