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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.
MASSES & SERVICES NEW PARISH GROUPS NEWSLETTERS PARISH DIARY PARISH GALLERY

JANUARY 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 (Parish Priest)

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)..

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
Thursday 22nd March 2017 7.00pm – 9.30pm A Mission to Love
Saturday 25th March 2017 9.30pm – 5.00pm Various Topics

Information Pack and Registration Form
Print Off Information Pack and Registration Form

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 2017

10 DAY (9 NIGHT) PILGRIMAGE TO OUR LADY OF FATIMA, Burgos and Lourdes
IN OCTOBER 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 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.

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 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
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 JAN. 2017

Popes & Video Section

Holy Father's Intentions for JAN. 2017

Prayer Intention - Christian Unity: That all Christians may be faithful to the Lord’s teaching by striving with prayer and fraternal charity to restore ecclesial communion and by collaborating to meet the challenges facing humanity. 

Urgent Intention - Homeless People Affected by the Cold: That in these days of such great cold that we think of all the people living on the streets, affected by the cold and by the indifference of others. We pray for them and ask the Lord to warm the hearts of others to help them.
Further information can be found at Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network.

Benediction Songs and Flowers of the Rarerest

Catholic News, Prayers & Meditation

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Date: 03 Jan 2017
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