October 29, 2017

    In today's second reading St Paul rejoices over how the people of Salonika, when they were converted, 'broke with idolatry … and became servants of the real, living God' (1 Thess. 1.9). Idolatry is a word with a decidedly antiquated ring to it. We do not have to worry about that sort of thing in our own age or in our own lives. Or do we?

     If we think of idolatry as bowing to statues and calling them gods, then of course not. Perhaps, however, we miss the point if we think like this. At the heart of idolatry is adoration. We look on what we have made or acquired and we adore it. Or we look on someone who is successful or attractive, and we adore that success, or we envy their attractability. And if we think of it in those terms, then perhaps our age has its own temptations to idolatry. For example, we live in a culture in which we idolise the stars of sport and of screen.  More seriously, there are people who make gods out of their nations by becoming extreme nationalis...

October 29, 2017

TELEPHONE PROBLEMS

The parish landline is down and will take some time to fix. There is a temporary mobile number: 07934 817 966. To add to the confusion, this temporary number is likely to change again.  Apologies all round.

ALL SAINTS

Each year on the 1st November we remember the many holy men and women of the world who have inspired each generation, and who pray for us in heaven. It is a holy day of obligation.  Mass will be at 10 am and 7.30 pm.

All Souls

Each year on the 2nd November we remember our dear departed loved ones. It is not a holy day of obligation, but many people like to come to church on that day as they recall those who have gone before us. Mass will be at 10 am and 7.30 pm.

November remembrance

Each year throughout the month of November we offer Masses for the holy souls, and we bring up a book of remembrance at each Mass. Sheets for those to be remembered are now available, and envelopes. You can put them in the collection or drop them through the presbytery letterbox.

Fu...

October 23, 2017

     The state of the world is rarely a matter for peace of mind.  Advances in one area seem to bring setbacks in another.  We rejoiced when the Arab seemed to empower people calling for democracy and freedom.  Yet Egypt has lapsed back into military dictatorship, Libya is sundered by faction fighting and Syria is exhausted by insurrection and oppression.  There is an uncertainty about our times, a sense of grappling with new issues, of asking questions without answers.  We wonder where it will all end, and we feel uneasy. 

   At such times we must remember that God is our Creator. Our Creator not only though calling into life everything that exists, but in the sense of the presence of the Holy Spirit, active in our world, working with human frailties, inspiring and challenging, judging and confronting. This does not guarantee that our world will be free from disaster brought on by human arrogance, nor does it mean that hatred will always be...

October 23, 2017

TELEPHONE PROBLEMS

The parish landline is down and will take some time to fix. There is a temporary mobile number: 07934 817 966. To add to the confusion, this temporary number is likely to change again.  Apologies all round.

Baptism

Ask God’s blessing on Edward William Menezes Cutts who was baptised here yesterday (Saturday 21st October) and on Henry Paul Ritchie baptised last week.

October – Month of the Holy Rosary

The Rosary this week will be said in homes and in church as follows:

Tuesday 24th October        Elizabeth Haile 10 Old Farm Rd at 4 pm

Wednesday 25th October  In Church after 10 am Mass.

Thursday 26th October      Eileen Sweeney 36 Lankaster Gardens at 4 pm

Friday 27th October            Agnes Day 54 Squires Lane at 3 pm              

All are welcome.

Christmas Fair Saturday 25th November , 12 noon - 3 pm

Please joi...

October 8, 2017

Sometimes people have something valuable and do not realise it. Only when they lost it, do they realise what they had.  It is one of the most chastening experiences in life. Bereavement can be like that.  There is someone you loved, and who was always there, and now is gone. There are things you would have wanted to say, wanted to do, but it is too late. The same applies to all lost relationships, even friendship.  Quite simply, there are people we take for granted. This sense of losing what we had taken for granted applies even at the material level. Part of the financial shock of the world today is that we are waking up to something we had assumed. We had assumed that the good times would always be there. Now that the good times are grinding to a halt, people remember the material blessings they enjoyed and wonder why they did not use them more wisely. Many things have been taken for granted.

All this can be true at the level of faith also. Our Catholic faith tells us that G...

October 8, 2017

ALPHA COURSE

Peter Kraushar writes: starts here at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 10 October.  Do you feel you know everything about your faith? Do you know people who have lapsed or who have never had faith? Everyone, whatever their faith or lack of it, seems to enjoy it and many benefit.. A simple evening - a meal, some worship, a DVD and finally discussion in small groups. Please register with Peter Kraushar 020 8883 4736, peterkrau@aol.com, 2 Lauradale Road N2 9LU   

October – Month of the Holy Rosary

The Rosary this week will be said in homes and in church as follows:

Tuesday 10th October                        May Brennan 11a Lankaster Gardens at 4 pm.

Wednesday 11th October                  In Church after 10 am Mass.

Thursday 12th October                      Audrey Kao 40 Q...

October 1, 2017

     I want to do the will of God. Of course I do. And yet, I have always found it difficult to say exactly what God’s will is. Some things are clear, of course, like the ten commandments, or the commandment to love neighbour. But in the daily decisions that we face, how do we know whether this or that is God’s will. And how do we apply God’s will to the political and economic decisions that we face as citizens? From time to time I have met people who have said confidently:  ‘God says X’ or ‘God says Y’ or ‘God wants us to do Z’.  Often these people have come from very conservative backgrounds.  Sometimes they have linked the will of God to contemporary social  issues.  When I hear someone say something like this, I marvel at their certainty.  It is so easy to confuse our will with God’s will, using God to justify whatever we want to do.

     So how are we to know the will of God?  The responsorial psalm (Ps. 24) begins by asking God to show...

October 1, 2017

We welcome Fr John O’Brien of the Holy Spirit Fathers who will be in residence for a week. He will be taking services while Fr Terry is on retreat. Please note that there will be no Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament or Benediction on Thursday morning 5th October.

International Mass – Sunday 1st October 2017

Join us today for an international Mass at 12 noon and a tasty diverse lunch in the parish centre afterwards. 

ALPHA COURSE

Peter Kraushar writes: This starts here at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 10 October. The new DVDs are spectacular - filmed in Jerusalem, Vancouver, New York, etc. Do you feel you know everything about your faith? Do you know people who have lapsed or who have never had faith? Everyone, whatever their faith or lack of it,  seems to enjoy it and many benefit.. A simple evening - a meal, some worship, a DVD and finally discussion in small groups. Please register with Peter Kraushar 020 8883 4736, peterkrau@aol.com, 2 Lauradale Road N2 9LU   

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