Enough

I am alone in thinking that the amount we throw away seems to grow and grow? It used to be enough to take out the rubbish bags a couple of times a week. Now it’s more like three or even four times a week. Partly, of course, it is the growth of packaging. Some purchases, even simple groceries, are so securely packed that you have to hack your way into them. But I also wonder at the bottles, papers and date-expired food that (to my dismay) I find myself putting in the bin. It's a potent symbol to me of how we live in a world of plenty, because what we are throwing away is paid for by us, consumes valuable resources in its manufacturing or growth, and yet is deemed by us to be dispensable. Unfo

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS Sat 28th July 6 pm Vigil Mass Seán Conlon, intentions Sun 29th July 8.30 am Kate Broadfoot, RIP 10 am People of the Parish 12 noon Pat Gleeson, RIP Mon 30th July 10 am Mossy King, RIP Tue 31st July St Ignatius Loyola 10 am William O’Boy, RIP Wed 1st Aug St Alphonsus Liguori 10 am Patricia Godfrey, RIP Thurs 2nd Aug 10 am Marie Bloom, intentions Fri 3rd Aug 10 am

Written on the Heart

Every society has strengths and weaknesses. Across the world, millions of people live in peasant societies. They grow their own food, they live in small communities, they probably barter rather than spend cash, of which they have little. Societies like this are closely-knit. That is their strength. However, in a peasant society, time is circular. The rhythm of the year is unchanging. Peasants do not expect things to be different for their children or their grandchildren. Life is a repetition. At the time of Jesus, the land of Palestine was in the middle of a period of rapid change. It was shifting from a peasant society to one in which more and more people lived in towns. This brou

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS Sat 21st July 6 pm Vigil Mass John Harrington, RIP Sun 22nd July 8.30 am Kate Bradfoot, RIP 10 am Len Willcox, RIP 12 noon Comfort Clement, RIP Mon 23rd July St Bridget of Sweden, Patron of Europe 10 am Michael Horan, RIP Tue 24th July 10 am William Cotter, RIP Wed 25th July St James, Apostle 10 am Pat Leonard, 4th anniversary Thurs 26th July Ss Joachim & Anne, parents of BVM 10 am

Reaching Out

No one likes to be vulnerable. We build careful systems to ensure that we are not vulnerable. We take out insurance. As nations, we devise social security schemes. Or we invest in security for our homes and offices; nations recruit and train armies and police forces. Vulnerability is bad. Part of the effect of the economic downturn of our times is the fear it brings, fear especially of unemployment. Suddenly we all feel vulnerable. In the gospel today (Mark 6.7-13) Jesus gives us a different perspective about vulnerability. He sends out his little band of disciples to do his work of preaching and healing. He tells them to go without extra clothes or spare money. They are to depend on the

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

Confession: Saturday 10.30 am and 5.30 pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction: Thursday 10.30 am, Saturday at 5.30 pm Pray for the sick esp. Eddie Caddle, Carmel Bates, Cathy Walker, Finola Hickey, Bridget O’Donnell, Kelly-Marie O’Donnell, Simon O’Donnell, and Mary Myles. Parish Collection: Last week’s collection came to £ 1,120.19. Many thanks. Funeral The funeral of Dennis O’Sullivan of Leicester Road will be held on Tuesday 17th July at 12 noon. Afterwards he will be laid to rest at St Pancras Cemetery alongside his late wife Monica who died in 1993. You may remember him attending the 12 noon Mass on a Sunday. May he rest in peace. Holy Hour Nazareth House There is daily

Leap of Faith

We live in an age of false news and scams. I have read in the last month that children at school are being taught to distinguish between true and false news. Since most of them get their news from the internet and not from newspapers or television, it is indeed imperative that they can discern what is true and what is false or at the very least misleading. Mind you, once or twice I myself have read something in the newspapers and said to myself, ‘That’s outrageous’ or ‘That’s impossible!’ before noticing that the date is 1st April. As for scams, well, if you have email you have almost certainly received an email promising a wonderful sum of money for you, if only you will first let the sende

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

Confession: Saturday 10.30 am and 5.30 pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction: Thursday 10.30 am, Saturday at 5.30 pm Pray for the sick esp. Eddie Caddle, Carmel Bates, Cathy Walker, Finola Hickey, Bridget O’Donnell, Kelly-Marie O’Donnell, Simon O’Donnell, and Mary Myles. Parish Collection: Last week’s collection came to £ 1215.40. Many thanks. Baptism Ask God’s blessing on Harvey Donal Lyons-Sheehy, baptised here yesterday (7th July). Food Bank Response Fr Terry says: Thank you for a wonderful response to the appeal for food donations last weekend. Many bags have already been handed in and I know that more will be coming this weekend. Schools and community groups have also

A Plea for Finchley Foodbank

Dear Parishioners I write this on Saturday of this weekend, 30th June. A plea for help for the Food Bank The cupboard is nearly empty! I made an appeal to you for contributions of food two or three weeks ago, but alas it was a meagre haul. I realise that shopping in this heat is exhausting. And we always seem to have one appeal or another on the go. But still: here are the statistics. Today at the food bank, we gave food aid to help support: 47 adults and 22 children We have been going for two and a half years, and demand has been slowly rising this year, for reasons that are not clear to us. One factor seems to be that social workers and other care professionals now know about it us and ref

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

Confession: Saturday 10.30 am and 5.30 pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction: Thursday 10.30 am, Saturday at 5.30 pm Pray for the sick esp. Eddie Caddle, Carmel Bates, Cathy Walker, Finola Hickey, Bridget O’Donnell, Kelly-Marie O’Donnell, Simon O’Donnell, and Mary Myles. Parish Collection: Last week’s collection came to £ 1160.09.Many thanks. This Sunday there is a second collection for Peter’s Pence. Sandra Lipner Sandra will be stepping down from her post as Director of Christian Education and Youth with effect from the 1st September. During her four years in post she has brought a vitality and warmth to her role in nurturing the faith formation of our young people. We ow

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