The gospel today (Matthew 13.24-43) brings together parables with an agricultural theme. Parables like these tell us that Jesus had a keen eye for the sights of the countryside. We can imagine him walking the paths of Galilee, observing the work of the farmers. When he tries to convey to his hearers his divine teachings, he illustrates them by talking about seeds, harvest, birds, weeds – word pictures that were familiar to them from their own world.
Take for example the well-known story we hear today about darnel and wheat. Darnel was a grass-like weed. If harvested along with the wheat then it was poisonous and could result in vomiting. Those who were listening to Jesus would have imagined the scene at once, and would have understood the necessity of getting rid of the weeds. But there was a danger here – in the early stages of darnel growth it looks, apparently, remarkably like wheat, and so if you pull it up too early, you risk losing some of your wheat crop along wi...
There will be no parish newsletter next weekend or in August. If you are travelling during the holiday period, God bless you and bring you back to us refreshed.
Parish Office – Closed on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th
Please note that the Parish Office will be closed on Monday 24th July and Tuesday 25th July. It will re open on Thursday 27th July. Apologies for any inconvenience caused
Solemnity of the Assumption 15th August
This beautiful feast is a holy day of obligation. We will have Mass for the solemnity on Tuesday 15th August at 10 am and 7.30 pm.
Reader and Minister Rotas for the summer
Our usual rota are suspended for the height of the summer due to the number of people away. We therefore appeal to readers and ministers who know they will be around to go to the sacristy and sign up for any of the five weekends listed.
Barnet Seniors’ Insider Magazine
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The process of giving birth may be natural – but it often requires our best efforts, our full co-operation. We need to remember this when we hear the readings today. St Paul gives us the image of the whole universe constantly coming into being, ‘groaning in one great act of giving birth’ (Rom. 8.22). What a beautiful image. All around us, and even within us, the world is coming into being. The process is under way and nothing can stop it. Yet we must be midwives, do what we can to help the process along.
This comes through powerfully in Jesus’s parable of the seeds (Matt. 13.1-23). A sprouting, growing seed that becomes a flourishing plant is doing what comes naturally. Yet a helping hand on the way can make it more fruitful. The same is true of human beings. We grow, we develop, we unfold. But of course, just as with seeds, there may be obstacles that thwart this process of growth. The natural development of a human being, like the n...
Our usual rotas are suspended for the height of the summer due to the number of people away. We therefore appeal to readers and ministers who know they will be around to go to the sacristy and sign up for any of the five weekends listed.
Christelle Naim – RIP
There will be a Funeral Mass for Christele Naim here at St Mary’s on Monday 17th July at 11 am, then on to Marylebone Crematorium at 12 noon. Those who attend the 10 am Mass may remember that Christelle often helped with taking the collection. May she rest in peace.
Carmelina Bianchi – RIP
There will be a Funeral Mass for Carmelina Bianchi here at St Mary’s on Wednesday 19th July at 11.30 am, with Fr Carlo Bonelli officiating. May she rest in peace.
Armando Fernandes de Sousa RIP
There will be a Funeral Mass for Armando Fernandes de Sousa here at St Mary’s on Thursday 20th July at 11.15 am. May he rest in peace. Fr Kevin Ryan will be officiating.
When we have a wedding in church the whole neighbourhood seems interested. As the couple come out, people in the 263 bus are always interested. Passers-by on the pavement often pause for a look. Drivers of cars going past sometimes toot their horns in approval and encouragement. Everybody looks happy. At the most obvious level, we are happy for the couple, for the love they bring to each other and for the life they are about to launch together. But actually, I think that there is more going on than that.
Every wedding is an act of trust. The couple are declaring to the world that love gives them the confidence to move into the future. And each of us feels touched by that faith, each of us, in some way feels the world is a better place. You see, we are surrounded by so many negative things. The economy is deteriorating. Schools are dumbing down. Health care is a problem. Crime is terrible. The doom-mongers and nay-sayer...
Ask God’s blessing on Emily Charlotte Selvachandran who was baptised here yesterday (Saturday 8th July).
Christelle Naim – RIP
At the beginning of the week we received the sad news that one of our parishioners, Christelle Naim, had passed away. There will be a Funeral Mass for her here at St Mary’s on Monday 17th July at 11 am, then on to Marylebone Crematorium at 12 noon. May she rest in peace.
Second Collection for Peter’s Pence – The amount collected was £475.34. Many thanks.
Inclusive Mass and St Mary’s Got Talent – Thank You
Many thanks to all children and young people who were involved in our inclusive Mass and talent show last Sunday! You read, prayed and sang beautifully. Congratulations to Erin and Evie O’Gorman, Niamh Mooney, Benedict Lipner, Michael Horby and Milly and Nathan Etwi-Yeboah for winning vouchers in our big prize draw. Last but not least a big thank you to everyone who took part in our St Mary’s Quizzes.
The gospel today (Mt. 10.37-42) has not lost its shock value, no matter how many times we hear it. The parallel passage in Luke 14.26 is even stronger: there Jesus is shown as using the word hate: ‘If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother … he cannot be my disciple.’ I have to be honest: I struggle to make sense of these passages. Yet the very fact that they are there in the gospels shows us the honesty of the early Church. The first Christians loved their parents, their spouses, their children, as much as Christians do today. They could easily have chosen to forget this passage. Yet its inclusion shows their desire to keep the words of the Lord, even if they were hard sayings. So what can we say?
The first point I would make is that sometimes Jesus proceeds by hyperbole. That is, he uses exaggeration to make a point. An example would be Matt. 5.30, where he says, ‘If your hand offends you, cut it off.’ Now, imagine someone who is a shoplifter or a thief in some...
St Peter’s Pence – Second Collection after all Masses
A collection for Peter’s Pence, which assists the Pope in his charitable relief work throughout the world, will be taken after all Masses this weekend (1st/2nd July). It isn’t used for Vatican administration!
Young People’s Summer Outing
We look forward to an afternoon of climbing at The Castle Climbing Centre on Monday, 31st July. Please note that booking is now closed.
Inclusive Mass and St Mary’s Got Talent
We look forward to welcoming our friends from St Joseph’s Faith Group at 10 am Mass today. Many thanks to all readers, actors and singers for getting involved!
We invite you to join us in the parish centre after Mass for our annual talent show St Mary’s Got Talent and the prize draw for our St Mary’s Quizzes from 11:15 am. Sandra,firstname.lastname@example.org
Fr Terry sez: Occasionally things are given to me for bazaar etc which might bring a better price on eBay. Is there anyone who is an authorized seller who would like...