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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

FEBRUARY 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)

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

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

MASS IN HONOUR OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES (Westminster Cathedral)
With Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick Saturday 11th February 2017
Time: 2.00pm

His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols is inviting the sick and infirm to come to the Cathedral and participate in this celebration. The Sacrament of the Sick will be administered during the Mass by the Bishops and Priests. If any parishioner who is sick, infirm or confined to a wheelchair would like to attend then please let Fr John know as soon as possible. We will arrange transport from the church to the Cathedral. A coach will leave the church at about 11.30am and we should be back in the parish at 5.30pm. Toilet facilities are available in the Cathedral. Please join Fr John for this Mass which has become a very special celebration.

A Day with Mary in our Parish - Saturday 4th March 2017

The parish will celebrate 'A Day with Mary' on the First Saturday in March 2017. The day will start at 9.30am. There will be various Devotions, Confessions, Benediction, Recitation of the Holy Rosary and Spiritual Talks. There will also be opportunities for lunch and other occasional breaks.Please join us on this special day...




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
Parish Registration Form, Click HERE.

RECENT EVENTS

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.


Booking Form Print Off Booking Form     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:
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 FEB. 2017

Popes & Video Section

Holy Father's Intentions for FEB. 2017

Prayer Intention - Pope's Prayer Intention - Comfort for the Afflicted: That all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our communities.

Urgent Intention - Coming Soon
Further information can be found at Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network.

Benediction Songs and Flowers of the Rarerest

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