January 28, 2018

   In the gospel today, we hear that Jesus impressed his listeners, because ‘he taught them with authority’ (Mark 1.22).  This was the authority not of power but of love.  It was the authority not of force but of integrity.  The nature of the man shone through him, and was a sign that here and now God was doing a wonderful thing.  This authority that shone through him would lead those who followed him to see the world in a new light.

     This is the clue to the exorcism which immediately follows.  There is a common sense point here:  Jesus must time carefully the revelation that he is the long-awaited Messiah, the Holy One from God and of God.  This is too important and too sensitive a matter to be left to the ravings of a stranger.  There is also a deeper point here, for the people noted that he could overcome even ‘unclean spirits’ (1.27).  Many such exorcisms would follow over the next three years, and it is a sign that Jesus comes not only to preach and to...

January 28, 2018

Bible Study Group

Fr Terry would like to organise a Bible Study group on The Grange estate during Lent. If you live there and would like to attend, do let him know. It would be a weekly evening meeting. Also let him know if you would like to host the meeting in your flat.

Today: INCENSED Youth Group

Meet us in the community room (Fr Terry’s house) after 10 am Mass this Sunday (28th) for our Emoji Faith Project.  New joiners welcome, ages 10+. 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 bring 6 or more hard-boiled eggs to church next Sunday, 4th February. Contact: finchleyeastcat@rcdow.org.uk  The collection for next month will be on 4th March.

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday this year is on 14th February. There will be Mass with imposition of ashes at 10 am and 7 pm – please note the slightly earlier time than usual for the evening Mass.

Funeral – Annette O’Gorma...

January 22, 2018

The second reading today is from St Paul's first letter to the Corinthians (7.29-31) is seems rather gloomy at first glance. In fact, you wonder how we can possibly say, ‘Thanks be to God' after it.


Let's understand the context. Paul was convinced that end of time was imminent, and so was the return of the triumphant Christ. So he was advising people prepare to hear the last trumpet, prepare for the end of all things on earth, prepare to meet the Lord. Later on St Paul came to realise that the Second Coming was not imminent: that God wanted to give humankind time to grow and multiply and for the Church to spread.


So what is the message of this reading for today? If we take St Paul too literally, then we will be left with a rather apprehensive, strained anticipation of doom. To me this is the opposite of Christ's message. Jesus came to set us free from fear, came to encourage us to build up the kingdom, which would shape society in such a way that God's love would be plainly seen.


I thi...

January 22, 2018

Wedding

Ask God’s blessing on Nelson Cardoz and Reba D’Souza who were married here yesterday (Saturday 20th January).

Funeral – Annette O’Gorman

Annette O’Gorman sadly passed away last week.  Her funeral will be held here at St Mary’s on Monday 29th January at 11.30 am, followed by a committal at Marylebone Crematorium.  May she rest in peace.

Funeral: Agnes Lauder

The funeral of the late Agnes Lauder will be Monday 21st January at 1.15 pm at Islington Crematorium. May she rest in peace.

Break-in Outcome

Congratulations to the Metropolitan Police who swiftly identified the culprit with the aid of footage from our CCTV cameras. He pleaded guilty and was fined £200. As he was out on licence from prison he was sent back to prison for having violated the terms of his licence.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Churches Together in Finchley invites you to the annual service of the week of prayer for Christian unity. It will be at St Mary-at-Finchley N3 on Hendon Lane (the Anglican church near S...

January 14, 2018

There is a bluntness about our second reading today (1 Cor. 6.13-15, 17-20) that comes as rather a shock to our easy-going age. I can imagine many people around us thinking that it is hopelessly unrealistic. However, remember two things. First, recall that this advice is given in the 1st century AD in the middle of the Roman Empire. Now that empire was a hard and sometimes cruel affair. If you were a slave you were open to exploitation of the worst sort. This advice, this bracing call to sexual discipline from St Paul, ran counter to a good deal of the customs of his day. Second, remember that Christianity grew and grew and grew. Its growth was so rapid that it rattled the authorities. Clearly this challenging sexual ethic did not put off converts. Rather the opposite. Many people were looking for a proper discipline that would structure their life. Many people, it turned out, esteemed the high family values that Christianity encouraged. So perhaps the advice is not as unrealistic as i...

January 14, 2018

First Communion 2018

We welcome 31 children who are joining our First Communion group 2018 and starting their preparation for the Sacrament this Sunday (today January 14th).  Please keep the children in your prayers.

Peace Sunday

Our opening prayer asks God to bestow peace on our times. We heartily say: ‘Amen!’ Today is Peace Sunday each year. It is reflected in our bidding prayers. We are also encouraged to assist the work Pax Christi. Rather than have another collection Fr Terry has sent them a donation of £150 on behalf of the parish.

Senior Citizens’ Lunch – 28th January 2018

The senior citizens lunch will be on Sunday 28th January, starting 1pm in the parish centre. Music will be provided by Billy Faughnan & Michael O' Hare. Please put your name down on list in the church porch.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Churches Together in Finchley invites you to the annual service of the week of prayer for Christian unity. It will be at St Mary-at-Finchley N3 on Hendon Lane (the Anglican chur...

January 8, 2018

The glory of the Lord is rising on you. That is what we hear from the prophet Isaiah.  Can it mean us?  We doubt that we could receive such a great honour. Yet I think of the vast multitudes of people across the earth who, deep down show a quiet glory. People who love their families. People who strive to make a living or shape a career. People who yearn for education, for dignity, for freedom. People who hope and dream and pray. Because to be human is also to wonder sometimes whether there is ‘more’ to life. I think too of the older people, who are quietly aware that the curtain of death draws nearer and who wonder what lies beyond that curtain. All of us in different ways are seekers. On us, God’s glory shines.

     Epiphany is that moment when suddenly the present world looks different. Outwardly, the world seems unchanged. Two people can look at it and not see the same picture. To some, it is the familiar world of striving and getting and spending and worrying. To others it is t...

January 8, 2018

First Communion 2018

Our First Communion children start their preparation at 9 am on Sunday 14th January in the parish centre.  Wishing them and all their families a blessed Christmas.

RCIA

Are you not Catholic and wondering whether to take the step of joining the Catholic Church? Or are you an adult and wanting to be confirmed? If so let Fr Terry know.

Senior Citizens’ Lunch – 28th January 2018

The senior citizens lunch will be on Sunday 28th January, starting 1pm in the parish centre. Music will be provided by Billy Faughnan & Michael O' Hare. Please put your name down on list in the church porch.

Supporting Local Refugees: Eggs Please!

Our donated hard-boiled eggs have made a big difference, many thanks for your generous support in aid of local refugees throughout 2017.  Eggs welcomed  today, Sunday, 7th January 2018.  Contact: finchleyeastcat@rcdow.org.uk

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