November 26, 2017

The ancient Hebrew people had a very strong sense of the king as the one who determined the health of the nation.  If the king was corrupt and cruel then the nation would suffer at his hands, and officials beneath him would be corrupt themselves.  If the king fulfilled his role in dispensing justice and in protecting the widow and the orphan, then the nation as a whole would benefit.  Not only would the vulnerable be protected but the administration would be conducted with integrity.  Everyone would benefit.  We do not have to look to ancient kingdoms to find that same truth in our own times.  Those who run big corporations today carry enormous power and influence.  If they run their businesses fairly then the managers beneath them take their cue from this and the whole institution is the better for it.

When we celebrate Christ the King we have to remember that he is the one who guarantees the integrity of the Church. Christ is very much a present king, who...

November 26, 2017

First Holy Communion 2018

We look forward to meeting all parents on Monday 4th December at 8 pm in the parish centre.  Please bring a photocopy of your child’s baptism certificate and the course contribution of £20 with you.  Many thanks.  Registration is now closed.

New Altar Servers

Please make a note of our second training session with Father Terry at 11 am on Saturday 2nd December, in church.  Looking forward to seeing all new servers and any server with questions for Father Terry at this brief meeting.  Contact: Sandra, finchleyeastcat@rcdow.org.uk

Supporting Local Refugees: Eggs Please!

Please help us support the local drop-in centre for destitute refugees and asylum seekers by bringing 6 or more hard-boiled eggs to church next Sunday 3rd December.  Contact: finchleyeastcat@rcdow.org.uk

Canon Louis Thomas RIP

Canon Louis Thomas passed away peacefully earlier this week.  He was 100 years old and well-known to us. The Funeral Mass will be at St Philip’s, Gravel Hill, N3 on...

November 19, 2017

Our families need to be the centre of sharing the faith.

November 19, 2017

Baptism: Ask God’s blessing on Charles and Montgomery Denning baptised Saturday 18th November and Phoebe Anne D’Souza Sunday 19th November. Phoebe will be baptised during the 8.30 am Mass.

First Holy Communion 2018

Registration is now closed. We look forward to meeting all parents on Monday 4th December at 8 pm in the parish centre.  Please bring a photocopy of your child’s baptism certificate and the course contribution of £20 with you.  Many thanks.

Today: INCENSED Youth Group

Meet us in the large hall after 10 am Mass this Sunday (19th) and help us make Christmas decorations for sale at the Advent Fair. This year we are raising funds to twin our toilets in support of the charity Toilet Twinning (https://www.toilettwinning.org/). New joiners welcome, ages 10+. Contact: Sandra, finchleyeastcat@rcdow.org.uk.

St Mary’s Open Choir

Our next rehearsal with Liz is this Sunday 19th November, at 11 am to practise Advent hymns and Christmas carols for our Advent Fair on 25th November.  All welc...

November 10, 2017

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November 10, 2017

    Do you know anybody named Sophie? Ask her if she knows what her name means. It means wisdom. The Greek word for wisdom is Sophia, and it is a feminine noun.

   Our first reading today (Wisdom 6.12-16) sings the praises of wisdom. To understand and appreciate fully these beautiful words, we need to know something of the context. The Book of Wisdom was written around the time of Jesus, perhaps a little earlier. It shows the influence of Greek philosophy. Even today we know the names of Greek philosophers like Aristotle or Plato. Imagine, then, what it was like a few centuries after their death.  Their influence was powerful all around the eastern Mediterranean. Greek philosophy was found even in Jewish thought – hence the Book of Wisdom, written by Jewish sages who studied the world and sought to understand it.

   They looked at the world and could see that the whole world of nature seemed to operate according to its own laws. How, they wondered, had this come to be...

November 10, 2017

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.

Sick and Retired Priests – Collection After All Masses This Weekend 11th/12th November

There are currently more than 80 retired and ill priests being supported by the Sick and Retired Priests Fund. Many priests stand down from active ministry in their 70s but continue to support the church with the sacraments as long as they can. This important fund is helped by those who have contributed via the Growing in Faith scheme – but it also relies on this annual collection to ensure that all our priests are cared for in sickness and old age. Donation envelopes are available which you can use for gift aid if you wish.

Deadline: First Holy Communion 2018

The deadline for First Holy Communion application...

November 5, 2017

Well, you could take it all literally.  You would not, for example, be able to introduce someone to your father, saying 'This is my father' because it is written, 'Call no one on earth your father.'  You would even have to stop calling him Dad - because that is simply a time-honoured affectionate way of saying 'Father'.  In the same way, teachers would not be able to put down 'teacher' on any application form that asked their occupation, for it is written, 'you must not allow yourselves to be called teachers'.  Nor could you even call anyone Mister, Monsieur in French or Senor in Spanish - for these are just ways of saying Master, and we have just heard, 'you have only one Master'.

If you interpret the bible literally, then that is the literal meaning of the gospel that we have just heard.  And I have to say, that if you take it that way, then you are trivializing it and avoiding its challenge.  What Jesus is saying is that words have meanings - and if we use words, then...

November 5, 2017

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The landline is back working as usual: 0208 883 4234..

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.

Funerals

The Funeral Mass for Neville Reinhardt, the uncle of Debbie Lissowski, will be on Thursday 9th November at 12 noon.

There will be a funeral service for Susan Ermelli on Wednesday 8th November at Marylebone Crematorium at 12 noon.

The Funeral Mass for Carmela Nicastro will be on Friday 10th November at 12 noon.

May they rest in peace.

Sick and Retired Priests – Collection Next Weekend 11th/12th November

There are currently more than 80 retired and ill priests being supported by the Sick and Retired Priests Fund. Many priests stand down from active ministry in their 70s but continue to support the church with the...

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