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CATHOLIC CHURCH OF MARY
MOTHER OF GOD, PONDERS END (WESTMINSTER DIOCESE)

Welcome to Church of Mary, Mother of God

Welcome to Roman Catholic Church of Mary, Mother of God. As a parish we are part of Enfield Deanery in the Archdiocese of Westminster, London UK. Here you will find information about us including the times for Masses and Services as well as the contact details of the Parish Team.
YEAR OF MERCY MASSES & SERVICES NEWSLETTER NEW PARISH GROUPS PARISH DIARY
DOOR OF MERCY- 8 SEP
Cedric' Recent Trip
PILGRIMAGES IN 2016
CHIKA ON WYD

Message from the Parish Priest

The Parish of St Mary, Mother of God presents this site to you as a means of really getting to know about our Parish Family here in Ponders End, Enfield. For newcomers, it is a way of offering a welcome. For our 'regulars', it is intended as a source of information. For those we rarely have contact with, it comes with the hope that it might move them to become more involved with the active life of our Parish Community. It would be wonderful if we could all work together to build a friendly, loving community with the Lord at the heart of it. This, of course, is an on-going process and requires the openness and hardworking collaboration of everyone concerned.
Revd. Fr. John Shewring (Parish Priest)

BECOME A PARISHIONER

We welcome anyone considering being part of our community. Whether you have just moved into the area or have been worshiping with us for some time now and would like to be registered as a parishioner, please print off the registration form below:
Parish Registration Form
Parish Registration Form, Click HERE.

PILGRIMAGES in 2016

9 DAY PILGRIMAGE TO OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE, MEXICO - 2016

Pilgrimage to Mexico “The Holy Year of Mercy”
“A journey of a lifetime”

17 - 25 October 2016
Spiritual Director: Fr John Shewring
Cost:£1,527 for 9 days/7 nights (Depart London Heathrow)
It is essential to book your flights early (the later you book the higher the cost) For details please contact AST or Fr John Deposits of £250 must be paid by 15th March 2016 A professional local guide will accompany you throughout your pilgrimage. Daily Mass will be arranged.

Pilgrimage to Mexico
Information Pack, CLICK HERE

Pilgrimage to Mexico
Application Pack, CLICK HERE

DIVINE MERCY PILGRIMAGE TO AYLESFORD - BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY, 29TH AUGUST 2016
Coach leaves the parish at 8.00am.
On arrival, there will be Confessions, Holy Mass, Prayers, Devotion and Veneration of the Image of the Divine Mercy
Coach returns by 6.00pm
Bring your packed lunch or Picnic.
Cost: £15 per seat.
Please put your name down on the sheet in the Church Porch


10 DAY (9 NIGHT) PILGRIMAGE TO OUR LADY OF FATIMA, Santiago de Compostela, Burgos and Lourdes
11TH - 20TH MAY 2017
Join the Spiritual Leader, our parish priest, Fr John Shewring
on a pilgrimage to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Apparitions in Fatima, Portugal. Pilgrims will also be visiting Santiago de Compostela, Burgos and Lourdes in France.
COST: From £1,439.00. Please book early to secure your place.
Contact Rev Fr John on 020 8804 2149 for additional information.

Recent and Forthcoming Events

DOOR OF MERCY
Pope Francis wishes all our people to experience the grace of this Jubilee through the Indulgence he grants to those making a pilgrimage to a Holy Door of Mercy. The principal Holy Door for the Diocese will be in the Cathedral during the Jubilee Year.

PARISHES AROUND ENFIELD WITH HOLY DOOR OF MERCY: Do you know that Our Lady of Mount Carmel & St. George's Parish in Enfield (EN2 6DS) and Our Lady of Immaculate Conception & St Joseph's Parish in Waltham Cross (EN8 7DP) both have a Holy Door? Consider making a pilgrimage to these parishes during this Jubilee year in order to meet the requirements for a plenary indulgence.

REMEMBER IN ORDER TO GAIN ANY INDULGENCE YOU MUST BE IN A GRACE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. Please endeavour to go for Sacramental confession before and/or during a visit to designated Holy doors.

Holy Door

The Corporal Works of Mercy are as follows:
•To feed the hungry;
•To give drink to the thirsty;
•To clothe the naked;
•To harbour the harbourless;
•To visit the sick;
•To ransom the captive;
•To bury the dead.

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THE HOLY YEAR OF MERCY
Year of Mercy Prayer'
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The Spiritual Works of Mercy are:
•To instruct the ignorant;
•To counsel the doubtful;
•To admonish sinners;
•To bear wrongs patiently;
•To forgive offences willingly;
•To comfort the afflicted;
•To pray for the living and the dead.

Indulgences
Indulgences, CLICK HERE


Deanery
Door of Mercy Poster, CLICK HERE

Marriage Preparation Course - Spring 2015
Marriage Preparation Course - Spring 2015
Parish Marriage Preparation Course, Autumn 2016 Click HERE.

CEDRIC'S TRIP TO TANZANIA
Our journey started here in England, when we all met at St Ignatius College in Enfield after 6 months of preparation and fundraising. We each had to contribute £1000 to the general fund from our fundraising which took care of all expenses, donations, equipment, etc. to our projects in Tanzania, which we all managed to do... and saying our goodbyes to our families before we departed for Gatwick Read More... or See Parish Gallery.

CHIKA ON WORLD YOUTH DAY
I recently spent two weeks as the parish's representative at World Youth day in Krakow, Poland. When I was asked to go to Poland for World Youth day, I had no idea what to expect from it, so I went with an open mind and heart. The first week was spent in Lodz, with a Catholic community called the Chemin Neuf. This time spent with them was centred around reconciliation and mercy, as well as the works of St Pope John Paul II and St Faustina, whose apparitions of Jesus Christ gave us the devotions to the Divine Mercy. Read More... or See Parish Gallery.

HOLY DOOR & WAY OF MERCY At Westminster Cathedral
Thursday 8th September 2016
Solemnity of Our Lady’s Birthday
Our last trip to Westminster Cathedral to follow the Way of Mercy and gain the Indulgence that is being offered by the Church was very successful. This will probably be the last opportunity for us to visit the Cathedral for this Devotion given to the Church by our Holy Father, Pope Francis, in this Year of Mercy. Please do try and come.
We will arrive for the 1.05pm Mass and there will be the opportunity for Confession before or after Mass and then we will make the Way of Mercy and fulfil all the necessary conditions for gaining the Plenary Indulgence.


COST PER SEAT: £10.00
CONDITIONS FOR OBTAINING THE PLENARY INDULGENCE

Sacramental Confession
Participation in the Holy Mass and Eucharist Communion
Praying for Holy Father’s intention
Reciting the Creed and Our Father

BISHOP ROBERT BARRON'S TOP 10 RESOURCES FOR THE YEAR OF MERCY
Bishop BaronBishop Robert Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and the host of CATHOLICISM, a groundbreaking, award-winning documentary about the Catholic Faith. He was ordained an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on September 8, 2015

PROCLAIM 15 - OUR PARISH ACTIVITIES

Holy Door PROCLAIM 15 ACTIVITIES IN 2016
As part of the ongoing response to the Holy Father's Evangelisation initiative,
PROCLAIM 15 CORE GROUP SESSION
MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER 2016 at 7.30pm.

On 19th March 2016, we introduced Proclaim 15 to the parish with Holy Mass and Lenten Supper. Holy Door We had a guest from the Diocese (Deacon Anthony Duran) who preached the sermon during the Inaugural Mass and Lenten Supper. Visit the Parish Gallery to see photographs of the Inaugural Mass

PROCLAIM 15 GROUP MEETINGS FOR THIS MONTH
Please SEE PARISH DIARY for Further details,
Follow the link below to learn more about the Holy Father's initiative.

PROCLAIM 15
Additional Information on Proclaim 15 Click HERE...

New Parish Groups

The parish is calling on parishioners to consider joining the following newly formed(revived) societies in our Church:
Legion of Mary1. Legion of Mary Society
The Legion of Mary is an Association of Catholics who, with the sanction of the Church and under the powerful leadership of Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of all Graces (who is fair as the moon, bright as the sun, and — to Satan and his legionaries — terrible as an army set in battle array), have formed themselves into a Legion for service in the warfare which is perpetually waged by the Church against the world and its evil powers. Read more about the Legion of Mary Society
THE LEGION OF MARY MEETS EVERY SUNDAY IN THE PARISH HALL AT 4PM

2. St Vincent de Paul Society
SVPThe St Vincent de Paul Society (or as it is often known - the SVP) is an international Christian voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and deprivation by providing practical assistance to those in need – irrespective of ideology, faith, ethnicity, age or gender. The Society is a lay organisation initially formed in Paris in 1833 by Blessed Frédéric Ozanam and his companions, and active in England & Wales since 1844. Placed under the Patronage of St Vincent de Paul, it is inspired by his thinking and works. It seeks, in the spirit of justice and charity, to help those who are suffering poverty in whatever form. Read more about St Vincent de Paul Society
THE SOCIETY OF ST VINCENT MEETS EVERY FIRST WEDNESDAY OF MONTH IN THE PARISH HALL AT 7.30PM

TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THESE NEW GROUPS, PLEASE CONTACT REV FR JOHN on 020 8804 2149.

2. BIBLE & FAITH SHARING GROUP MEETS IN THE PARISH HALL. DETAILS CAN BE FOUND ON THE NEWSLETTER

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SAINTS OF THE MONTH OF AUG. 2016

Popes & Videos Section

Holy Father's Intentions for AUG. 2016

This month, Pope Francis will be praying for the elderly, as well as young people just starting off in their vocations.

The Apostleship of Prayer announced the intentions chosen by the Pope for June.

The Holy Father’s universal prayer intention for June is: “That the aged, marginalised, and those who have no-one may find, even within the huge cities of the world, opportunities for encounter and solidarity.”

His intention for evangelisation is: “That seminarians and men and women entering religious life may have mentors who live the joy of the Gospel and prepare them wisely for their mission.” - Pope’s June Prayer Intentions Span Old and Young Posted by ZENIT Staff on 31 May, 2016

Benediction Songs and Flowers of the Rarerest

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