April 30, 2017

The ransom that was paid to free you … was not paid in silver or gold, but in the precious blood … of Christ (1 Peter 1.18-19)

Sometimes religious language is difficult. It does not come easily to people today. Younger people, who want everything instantly (think Wikipedia) are particularly impatient. So what are we to make of this language of ransom from our second reading, which is taken from the first letter of Peter?

Well, strangely enough, the terrible evil of ransom has begun to stalk our world once more. Pirates off the coast of Somalia even in the last month have resumed their attempts to hijack ships and hold their crews to ransom. Until the world’s navies mounted a campaign a few years ago, this used to be very lucrative. Ransom is still a reality in several countries in Latin America, where families will hear that their loved one has been kidnapped and a terrible fate awaits unless a ransom is paid. It is one of the many forms of extortion practised by Islamic State. So, if we...

April 30, 2017

Bank Holiday Monday 1st May 2017 – Mass Time Change

Please note that on Monday 1st May, because of the Bank Holiday, the Mass will be at 12 noon.

Building works in the parish grounds: Take care

Work has now begun on the parish centre lawn and path. Please note that until further notice the pathway between the church and the presbytery is closed. Please access the parish centre via the path to the left of the church. 

Priests Training Fund Second Collection – Next Weekend 6th/7th May

Next weekend (6th/7th May) is Good Shepherd Sunday, the day we pray for vocations, especially vocations to the priesthood.  The annual collection for the Priest Training Fund will take place at all Masses next weekend.  The Fund helps pay for training seminarians and further studies.

Cake Sale

Next weekend our confirmation group would like your support for their cake sale in aid of Mary’s Meals after the 10 am Mass. Delicious eats guaranteed!

Rosary Devotion to Our Lady for the Month of May – The Legion of Mar...

April 23, 2017

I once mentioned to a farmer’s wife how the resurrection was a challenge to our faith.  Christian teaching about resurrection teaches us that death becomes new life in which we are completely transformed, including our bodies.  What that could mean was beyond our understanding, I said, and I did not know how to speak about it.  She listened and then chuckled.  No, she said, she did not find it hard to believe at all.  Every spring she and her husband ploughed bare fields and scattered seed.  Who could believe that these tiny things would become a field of waving corn?  And so, she said, she had no trouble in believing in a wonderful transformation of the body in which we would live in a new and eternal way in God’s presence, through the work of Christ.  If humble corn seed could change in that way, surely God could do even greater things with us who were made in his image.

She was right, of course, and I found it a very helpful analogy.  And as I thoug...

April 23, 2017

Building works in the parish grounds: Take care

Work has now begun on the parish centre lawn and path. Please note that until further notice the pathway between the church and the presbytery is closed. Please access the parish centre via the path to the left of the church. 

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.

Next INCENSED Youth Group (ages 10 - 18)

Join us on 30th April at 11 am in the community room (Father Terry’s house). Our topic this month: Islam, we have a few questions! With guest speakers Ambreen Majid and Mehreen Baig from BAFTA nominated TV show ‘Muslims like us’. New people always welcome, ages 10+. Sandra, finchleyeastcat@rcdow.org.uk

SVP Quiz Night – Saturday 6th May at 7.15 pm

The SVP will be holding a Quiz Night (please note the amended start time of 7.15 pm) with a sausage and mash dinner (vegetarian option available) in the parish centre.  Please...

April 10, 2017

After El Alamein, the first significant victory for the Allies in World War II, Churchill said:  ‘This is not the beginning of the end.  But it is the end of the beginning.’  He meant that from that point onwards, the tide would turn.  I always think of that when we come to Palm Sunday.  This is the event that marks the end of what Jesus has begun, his earthly ministry.  Because of the adulation that greets his entry into Jerusalem, the authorities will be alarmed, and they will begin decisive action against him. 

Jesus, who knew what was in anyone’s heart, understood this perfectly well.  We get no hint of him being impressed by the acclaim of the crowds.  We know know that from this point onwards everything will accelerate towards that moving last supper with his companions, leading to betrayal and execution.  The whole life of Jesus is the great initiative of God reaching out to us. God does this through being among us as one of us.  But the apparent def...

April 10, 2017

HOLY WEEK SERVICES

These are all on a card on the table by the church door. Please do take one home with you and take others if a friend or neighbour might welcome the information.

PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES If you have signed up for a weekly envelope the new season’s boxes are now available. Do take yours home.

Easter Envelopes

 It has come to our attention that some of the boxes have two envelopes for Easter. Normally we just have one in the box. Use just one of the envelopes and discard the other. It doesn't matter which one. Fr Terry says: thank you, you are always generous.

WE NEED READERS for the THREE HOLY DAYS

Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil

The sign up sheets are available on the table by the font. Feel free to sign up if you want to give reading a trial run.

WE NEED FEET for the footwashing on Maundy Thursday

Don’t be shy! Help us to deepen our understanding of what Jesus did at the last supper by signing up to allow a foot to be washed.

Good Friday Ecumenical Walk of Wit...

April 1, 2017

A few years ago I read a statement by a man who is strongly opposed to religion. He said: 'I don't know why people still believe in God. If your car breaks down you take it to a garage, not to a priest.' Well, yes of course. If my car breaks down I take it to the garage too, I don't pray over it. But this misses the point. I would love to have been able to ask the critic this question: Do you think that human beings are like a car engine? Is that how you think of yourself and others? As one big machine? Where is your soul? A car engine never fell in love or wrote a poem or dreamed of new possibilities. A car will never belong to the family circle.

We wonderful human beings do all these things and more besides. Yes, we depend on our liver and our heart and other organs, and one day these will fail us. But we are much more than the sum of our parts. We are human beings. We are persons. We have soul. And because of this each of us is precious, each of us unique, and t...

April 1, 2017

A card with the times of Holy Week services is now available. Please take one home. There are plenty, so take some for friends or the housebound also.

Cardinal’s Appeal
The amount raised for the Cardinal’s Appeal was £ 449.48. We thank the anonymous donor of £50 ‘for God’s work’ which we have given to this appeal.

PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES
If you have signed up for a weekly envelope the new season’s boxes are now available. Do take yours home.

Easter Envelopes
It has come to our attention that some of the boxes have two envelopes for Easter. Normally we just have one in the box. Use just one of the envelopes and discard the other. It doesn't matter which although it might be easier to use the Easter Offering one which is a bright colour. And Fr Terry says: thank you, you are always generous at Easter.


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 on 6 April.
There will also be a rehearsal on Good Friday...

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