March 26, 2018

   All those shouted acclamations, all that waving of palms, all the hosannas - what did it amount to?  Jesus was not going to be taken in by a burst of street popularity.  We read in the gospel according to John:  'Jesus would not entrust himself to them, because he new all people … Jesus knew what was in everyone' (2.24-25).  He knew that the crowd which yelled praises one day could turn on him the next.

Jesus does not use the surge in popularity to build up a power base.  Although he cleanses the Temple, he also counsels his listeners to give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, to God what belongs to God (Mark 12.13-17).  Instead, Jesus uses the time remaining to him to build up the disciples.  He continues to teach them.  He shares a Passover meal with them, and gives them the beginnings of the eucharist.  Jesus encourages them and gives them a source of communion with himself which will be for all time.

Teaching, encouragement, communion -...

March 26, 2018

Please see special card for all details of Holy Week services

Pray for the sick esp. Eddie Caddle, Carmel Bates, Cathy Walker, Finola Hickey, Bridget O’Donnell, Kelly-Marie O’Donnell, Simon O’Donnell, Pat Gleeson and Mary Myles.

Parish Collection: Last week’s collection was £867.67.  Many thanks.

HOLY WEEK SERVICES

A card is available at the back of the church with the times of Holy Week services. 

Opportunity for confession before Easter

On Monday 26th March we will have exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 8 pm until at least 9 pm. During this period Fr Leo Edgar of the Dominicans will be available in the confessional, and Fr Terry will be available by the Sacred Heart statue. A chance for confession in quiet and prayerfulness.

Easter Sunday Envelopes

It has come to our attention that some of the boxes have two envelopes for Easter Sunday.  Normally, we just have one in the box.  Use just one of the envelopes and discard the other.  It doesn’t matter which one. 

Funeral

We hea...

March 18, 2018

     In two of today's readings you will find a theme of loneliness. The Letter to the Hebrews reminds us of the lonely suffering of Jesus, as he confronted his fears and turned them into prayer, 'aloud and in silent tears' (Heb. 5.7). In the gospel (John 12.20-33) Jesus himself speaks of the grain of wheat which seemingly dies and falls alone to the ground, yet becoming in the process the source of a whole new cycle of life.

     Jesus weeping silently is not the usual picture we have of him, but it is a haunting and powerful image. It brings home to us that Jesus, too, like the rest of us, had to live by faith. He had to leave the familiar world of Galilee and bring his message to the sceptical metropolis. He had to work with the disciples, and wonder whether they would be strong enough to carry his message forward. He had to preach and teach in the open air, with spies and agents provocateurs all around, treading a narrow line between challenging the system and working with...

March 18, 2018

Pray for the sick esp. Eddie Caddle, John & Carmel Bates, Cathy Walker, Finola Hickey, Bridget O’Donnell, Kelly-Marie O’Donnell, Simon O’Donnell, Pat Gleeson and Mary Myles.

Parish Collection: Last week’s collection was  £1074.89.  Many thanks.

Baptism

Ask God’s blessing on Robert Leonardo Chew who was baptised here yesterday Saturday 17th March.

Legion of Mary – ACIES – Sunday 18th March 2018

The Legion of Mary, St Mary’s writes: On Sunday 18th March at 3 pm, the Annual Consecration to Our Lady will take place here at St Mary’s.  This will be followed by refreshments in the parish centre.  All are welcome.

Special opportunities for confession before Easter

1. On Saturday 24th March, Fr Tony Convery from Golders Green will be in the confessional from 4.30-5.50 pm. He will also celebrate the Vigil Mass at 6 pm.

2. On Monday 26th March we will have exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 8 pm until at least 9 pm. During this period Fr Leo Edgar of the Dominicans will be available in the...

March 10, 2018

The theme of darkness and light occurs several times in the gospel according to John, including today's gospel reading (John. 3.14-21).  We live of course in a very different world.  We have the intense light of halogen lamps.  In Jesus' day they had the guttering light of an oil lamp.  And yet, not so much has changed.  All it takes is a power cut for us to feel at a loss.  We blunder around in rooms that suddenly seem strange and unfamiliar. 

Life sometimes has the same effect.  It is possible for us to find ourselves completely disorientated, bewildered, not knowing where to turn.  It is like the light suddenly disappearing.  Sometimes this happens because of our own faults and frailties.  Sometimes it happens because of others who behave badly.  However it happens, we need help.  Above all, we need light to show us the way.

To be a Christian does not mean that you will never lose the way, or, as they say today, 'lose the plot'....

March 10, 2018

Parish Collection: Last week’s collection was  £1379.90.  Many thanks.

CAFOD Collection – The amount raised was £1603.42.  Many thanks for your generosity.

St Patrick’s Day

On Saturday 17th March we will have Mass at 10 am to remember St Patrick, with blessing and distribution of shamrock after the Mass.

Legion of Mary – ACIES – Sunday 18th March 2018

The Legion of Mary, St Mary’s writes: On Sunday 18th March at 3 pm, the Annual Consecration to Our Lady will take place here at St Mary’s.  This will be followed by refreshments in the parish centre.  All are welcome.

Special opportunities for confession before Easter

1. On Saturday 24th March, Fr Tony Convery from Golders Green will be in the confessional from 4.30-5.50 pm. He will also celebrate the Vigil Mass at 6 pm.

2. On Monday 26th March we will have exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 8 pm until at least 9 pm. During this period Fr Leo Edgar of the Dominicans will be available in the confessional, and Fr Terry will be availab...

March 4, 2018

   Is it wrong to build beautiful churches?  Is it a mistake to create lovely sanctuaries for the worship of God?  Sometimes you hear this criticism, with the implication that it is a waste of money.  Yet nobody seems to find it odd that vast sums are spent on shopping malls.  Cathedrals are cheap by comparison.  And, for that matter, why do people lavish money on their homes to make them as beautiful and as comfortable as they can?  They want their homes to be a place where they can be at peace, where they can leave the tensions of the world behind for a time, where they can build up their family life.  All those things could be said of churches as well.  On top of that, we could say that it is a natural desire to bring to God the best that we can.  No wonder we want to create a beautiful and prayerful house of God, where the dignity of the building leads us deeper into communion with God who is not confined to any space or time but who is always with us....

March 4, 2018

Today: INCENSED Youth Group Coffee Morning

Our youth group are serving teas and coffees in the parish centre after 10 am Mass today.  Please come along and help them raise money for the Catholic young people’s charity MillionMinutes which works in Catholic parishes and local communities to empower them to support young people at risk of falling through the gaps. Contact: Sandra, finchleyeastcat@rcdow.org.uk

First Communion Parents

Please remember to come to the meeting tomorrow evening (Monday 5th March) at 8 pm in the parish centre.

First Communion First Reconciliation

And please remember also that first communion children will be making their first confession this coming Saturday 10th March at 11 am. Fr Carlo Bonelli will be assisting Fr Terry.

St Patrick’s Day

On Saturday 17th March we will have Mass at 10 am to remember St Patrick, with blessing and distribution of shamrock after the Mass.

Special opportunities for confession before Easter

1. On Saturday 24th March, Fr Tony Convery from Gol...

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