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.
MASSES & SERVICES
NEW PARISH GROUPS
MARCH SAINTS OF THE MONTH
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
CURRENT AND FORTHCOMING EVENTS
HOW TO GO TO CONFESSION:
• Examine your conscience - that is, reflect on what sins you have committed.
• When you meet the priest, begin by making the sign of the cross.
• You may say, “Bless me Father for I have sinned” if you wish.
• Tell the priest how long it is since your last confession - if you remember. If you can’t remember, say that to the priest too. Remember he is not there to judge you, but to bring the healing Sacrament of Reconciliation to you.
• List the sins you have committed - be honest and clear - there is no need to tell the whole story behind the sin either however.
• Penance - the priest will suggest something for you to do or say as a response to God’s mercy.
• The priest will then ask you to pray the Act of Contrition (Act of Sorrow).
• The priest will then give you absolution, to which you respond “Amen”.
• The priest will then likely say something like “God has freed you from your sin. Go in Peace.”
To which you can respond: “Thanks be to God.”
• Don’t forget to do your penance! READ More...
Print Off the LEAFLET (Four page document)
Marriage Preparation Course 2017
If you are getting married in the Catholic Church sometime in the future you will have to attend a Marriage preparation Course. Our parish will be offering such a course in the Spring of 2017 and we are inviting people to register for it as soon as possible. It will be run over two sessions led by a small team of parishioners. The dates are listed below
Wednesday 22nd March 2017 7.00pm – 9.30pm A Mission to Love
Saturday 25th March 2017 9.30am – 5.00pm Various Topics
Print Off Information Pack and Registration Form
Thanksgiving Mass for Matrimony - Saturday 3rd June 2017
His Eminence, Cardinal Vincent Nichols is once again inviting to Westminster Cathedral, all Catholic Couples whose marriage Anniversaries are the 10th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th and 60th+ to join in a joyful Thanksgiving Mass.
Please contact Rev Fr John by 24th March 2017 if you would like to attend. Call 020 8804 2149.
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, Click HERE.
News and Recent Events
A Day with Mary at Ponders End, Saturday 4th March 2017
The parish celebrated 'A Day with Mary' on the First Saturday in March 2017. The day began at 9.30am. There were various Devotional prayers, Confessions, Holy Mass, Benediction, Recitation of the Holy Rosary and Spiritual Talks. There was also time for lunch and other occasional breaks.We thank all those who made the special day a success through their prayers and participation.
MASS IN HONOUR OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES (Westminster Cathedral)
With Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick Saturday 11th February 2017
His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols invited the sick and infirm to the Cathedral for this celebration. The Sacrament of the Sick was administered during the Mass by the Bishops and Priests.
The sick, infirm and those confined to a wheelchair attended the Mass. Fr John led the Ponders End delegates to the Cathedral.
A coach left the church at about 11.30am and returned to the parish at about 5.30pm.
Please join Fr John in future for this Mass which has become a very special celebration every year.
Altar Servers Mass at Ponders End (26 Dec. 2016)
On the 26th of December 2016, the Guild of Altar Servers of our parish together with their parents and guardians celebrated Mass commemorating the feast day of their Patron, St Stephen. Some of the new servers were installed while three of the senior servers were each awarded a silver medal in recognition for a 10 year altar service in Ponder End.
Click to view Gallery photos for the Altar Servers Mass (Dec. 2016)..
PILGRIMAGES in 2017
CENTENARY PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA WITH LOURDES AND GARABANDAL 6th to 15th October 2017 (9 nights / 10 days)
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 Lourdes in France and Garbandal.
COST: £1,495 for 9 nights accommodation. Please book early to secure your place.
Quick Contact: Rev Fr John on 020 8804 2149.
Print Off Booking Form
Print Off Itinerary
REASONS TO MAKE THIS PILGRIMAGE
This could be a pilgrimage of a life-time. We will arrive in Lourdes to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Then we travel to Garabandal where Our Lady appeared over 2000 times to four young girls during the 1960’s. We then journey on to Fatima and stop on the way to celebrate Mass at Loyola where St Ignatius was born. At Fatima we will join in the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary which ended on 13th October 1917.
Because of the centenary the costs at Fatima have risen and cost will be £1,495 for 9 nights accommodation and because of the number of pilgrims wanting to go to Fatima we must have bookings registered before the end of February—but final payment does not have to be made until the end of August 2017. This will be a wonderful pilgrimage so please try and join us as we travel with Our Lady.
New Parish Groups
The parish is calling on parishioners to consider joining the following newly formed(revived) societies in our Church:
1. Legion of Mary Society
The Legion of Mary is a worldwide association of Catholics who have formed themselves into a body to be of service to the church. Mary the Immaculate is the model and through her its members seek to present Christ to everyone.
The objective is the spiritual formation of all confirmed members of the church through prayer and the lay apostolic work to realize their vocation to holiness.
Our parish Praesidium (this is what a parish Legion of Mary group is known as) is called Our Lady Seat of Wisdom. We meet each Sunday at 4pm in the Parish Hall. You are most welcome to join us.
The legion holds a weekly meeting, which begins with the invocation of the Holy Spirit followed by the recitation of the Rosary, spiritual readings, talks and a discussion...
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
The 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