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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
PILGRIMAGES IN 2016
PROCLAIM 15 ACTIVITIES
CROWNED STATUE (2016)
VISITING A HOLY DOOR

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)

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

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM - WEDNESDAY 11th MAY 2016
Programme
Coach leaves the Parish by 7am to arrive 10am
Stations of the Cross
Confessions
Holy Mass
Lunch Break (Picnic)
Way of Mercy (By the Holy Father) and Holy Door
Walk the Holy Mile
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction
Completing the requirements for gaining Plenary Indulgence
COST: £20 per seat.
PLEASE PUT DOWN YOUR NAME ON THE NOTICE IN THE CHURCH PORCH

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM - SATURDAY 9TH JULY 2016
Join Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop
of Westminster Diocese on a pilgrimage
to "England's Nazareth" during this holy year.
There will be procession with the statue of
Our Lady of Walsingham and Benediction.
Travel is by Coach. Please bring your Lunch pack (Picnic)

More details to come in the coming weeks.

Forthcoming Parish 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.

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


CROWNED STATUE EVENT IN HONOUR OF OUR LADY ON SUNDAY 8TH MAY 2016
FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR DETAILS


Marriage Preparation Course - Spring 2015

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

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, the Parish is organising 3 sessions of Holy Hour Adoration on the following dates:
Sunday, 8th May 2016 at 4.15pm
Sunday, 12th June 2016 at 4.15pm
Sunday, 3rd July 2016 at 4.15pm

PROCLAIM 15 GROUP SESSIONS
The small prayer group sessions continue on Saturday, 7th May 2016 at 2.30pm.

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...

CROWNED STATUE CELEBRATION IN HONOUR OF OUR LADY - SUNDAY 8TH MAY 2016

Crowned Statue of Our Lady

(Programme of Event)
The annual celebration takes place on Sunday, 8th May 2016 at the 11.am Mass.
Before the Mass begins, there shall be an assembly in the garden at 10.45am for devotion in honour of Our Lady.
Parishioners will then process into the Church with the Crowned Statue of Our Lady.
SEE PARISH DIARY for Further details

New and Upcoming 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

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

SAINTS OF THE MONTH OF MAY. 2016

Popes & Videos Section

Holy Father's Intentions for MAY. 2016

Universal: Small Farmers
That small farmers may receive a just reward for their precious labour.
Evangelization: African Christians
That Christians in Africa may give witness to love and faith in Jesus Christ amid political-religious conflicts.

Benediction Songs plus Luciano Pavarotti and Eric Clapton

Catholic News, Prayers & Meditation

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