April 29, 2018

          Jesus says that he is the vine, we are the branches.  It is a powerful metaphor, that is to say, it is an image that invites us to explore deeper realms of meaning.

     It speaks to me first of all of life.  We think of the sap, the juice of life, coursing through a vast vine, from its gnarled trunk to its new, green tendrils.  This is us.  The life within us is Christ himself.  There is no place where our life ends and his begins.  The life-force of the Saviour flows gently throughout his people, like the sap of the vine.  This includes the most important elements of our life: our work, our recreation, our loves, even our struggles and disappointments.  Christ is with us in these things, inviting us to be fruitful, gently encouraging us, his grace prompting us always towards that which is good.

     Remember that in the scriptures that Jesus knew, the vine was a symbol of prosperity...

April 29, 2018

Baptism ask God’s blessing on Chloë Abigail Warnakulasuriya who was baptised Saturday 28th April.

Looking ahead: The solemnity of the Ascension this year is on Thursday 10th May, a holy day of obligation, with Masses at 10 am and 7.30 pm.

Parish Meet & Greet

This has been postponed until there is fair weather later in the year.

Supporting 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 on Sunday, 6th May.  Contact: finchleyeastcat@rcdow.org.uk

Priest Training Fund – Special Collection

Thank you for your generosity to the Priest Training Fund collection last weekend which came to £888.51.  It is not too late to make a donation if you wish.  Envelopes are available at the back of the church.  Please continue to pray for vocations to the priesthood.  For more information, or to make a donation, visit www.rcdow.org.uk/donations

First Holy Communion 2018

We look forward to...

April 22, 2018

     In today's gospel reading (John 10.11-18) Jesus speaks of himself as the Good Shepherd.  How appropriate, then, that the Church invites us today to think about vocation.  Everybody is called to Christian living.  When we were baptised, the priest anointed our heads with holy oil and said, 'God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ … now anoints you with the chrism of salvation.  As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet and King, so may you live always as a member of his body, sharing everlasting life.'  Each of us is commissioned to go into the world and make a difference.

   We do not do this alone.  By our baptism we are able to draw upon the life of Christ, who promised that he would be within our lives like a spring of water that was always flowing, bringing refreshment, cleansing, and life itself.  Through Christ we also share his work of helping others in our world to know and love God.  This is the priestly calling of each person, to bring...

April 22, 2018

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 came to £941.43.  Many thanks.

Parish Meet & Greet

There will be a special chance to have a cup of tea and meet fellow parishioners and the parish team next Sunday 29th April, outside church after all Masses.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Priest Training Fund – Special Collection – This Weekend  21st/22nd April

Today is Good Shepherd Sunday, the day we pray for priests and for vocations to the priesthood.  Today’s second collection will support the Priest Training Fund.  This fund pays for the priestly formation of men for the Catholic priesthood.  There are currently 45 men studying at Allen Hall seminary, 28 of whom are for our own Diocese, and last year eight men ordained to the priesthood to serve as our future priests. Your gift ensures we can provide training for these me...

April 16, 2018

     I sometimes wonder if there is an element of playfulness in the resurrection appearances of Jesus. Certainly there seems to be a touch of humour in the story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus. Trudging along they are talking earnestly to the stranger about the events that brought Jesus to death on the cross.  They then go on to tell him that some women of their company found the tomb of Jesus to be empty. But all the time, as we know, it is he to whom they are talking as they walk along the road.  Then he vanishes, only to reappear as we hear in the gospel today (Luke 24.35-48) when the travellers to Emmaus meet with the others to tell them the astonishing truth that they have met the risen Lord. The excited pair barely have time to tell their story when, to the further amazement of the company, the risen Lord is there among them.

     The underlying message is a profound one.  It is that there is a hidden, eternal reality, and it is all around us.  Th...

April 16, 2018

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.

Baptism

Ask God’s blessing on William John Fernandes who was baptised here yesterday – Saturday 14th April 2018.

               

Parish Collection: Last week’s collection came to £1161.70.  Many thanks.

Holy Week and Easter

Many thanks to all who have helped us celebrate Holy Week and Easter so worthily in the parish – our sacristans, altar servers, choir and organists, readers, Eucharistic ministers, stewards, collectors and money counters, flower arrangers, cleaners, catechists and many others.  Special thanks to Sandra Lipner for the Family Stations of the Cross, and her work with the altar servers.  It was a wonderful example of our working together to worship and witness to the crucified and Risen Lord.  It was encouraging to all of us to see so many wor...

April 10, 2018

The other day I had a routine blood test. The phlebotomists who take the blood are very skilled. In truth, you hardly feel a thing. I am well used to it, and I don’t have a problem with needles. Even so, I found myself tensing and counting the phials of blood as they filled up. Two … three … four … did it really need that many, I wondered, wishing that the whole affair would be over as soon as possible. Pathetic, I know, but a perfectly human reaction. Generally we are queasy when it comes to blood and uneasy about piercing the body.

Think of this when we read the gospel this Sunday. The risen Christ shows his hands to Thomas and invites Thomas to run a finger over the holes made by the nails. It gets even more startling: Christ invites Thomas to put his hand into the gash in his side that was made by the Roman soldier’s spear (John 20.27). Thomas, to our relief, does not take up the invitation. The witness of his eyes is enough. His response is ‘My Lord and my God’, which we can imagin...

April 10, 2018

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.

Funerals

John Bates

The Funeral Mass for John Bates will be here on Tuesday 10th April at 10 am, followed by cremation at Islington Crematorium.

John Harrington

The Funeral Mass for John Harrington will be here on Tuesday 10th April at 7 pm, followed by repatriation of his body to Ireland.

Easter Collection: The collection last Sunday came to £2680. The Easter and Christmas collections form a large part of the priest’s salary. Fr Terry is most grateful for your generosity.

Holy Places Collection – The amount collected for Holy Places was £423.18.  This helps sustain the Christian presence in Israel and Palestine, where Christians have been emigrating for lack of hope for the future. They thank you for your concern which will enable a future for them.

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April 4, 2018

30 children and their families came out on Easter Monday for our annual young people's Easter afternoon. They went on a picture hunt around the car park and parish gardens to find that Jesus promises EVERLASTING LIFE at Easter and honed their skateboarding skills with the team from Skates & Ladders. After a rainy start even the sun was smiling at the end!

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