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

NOVEMBER SAINTS OF THE MONTH

Message from the Parish Priest

The Parish of 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)

RECENT AND FORTHCOMING EVENTS

A TIME TO REMEMBER

Friday 24th November at 7.30pm
A special time to remember our departed faithful and loved family members, our friends and those who died with no one to pray for them. After Mass there will be Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and an opportunity to bring forward a Remembrance Cross which you can plant in front of the altar where they will remain overnight.

Please join us as we come to the end of this month of prayer and devotion for the repose of the Holy Souls in Purgatory |PRINT OFF...|

Statement on Abortion by Catholic Bishops of England - Executive Summary

This statement, published by the Catholic Bishops of England, Wales and Scotland, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 UK Abortion Act, is addressed not only to Catholics of our countries, but more broadly to all people who seek to uphold the dignity of human life and protect the unborn child. Over the last fifty years, the bishops of our countries, along with many other people, have spoken consistently in favour of the intrinsic value of human life and both the good of the child in the womb and the good of the mother. This anniversary provides an opportunity to lament the loss of life due to abortion and seek a change of minds and hearts about the good of the child in the womb and the care of mothers who are pregnant. Print off the Statement

LOVE SAY IT WITH YOUR LIFE

Autumn Faith Sharing 2017 Print off the Booklet
‘Love in Action’ these three simple words convey and express what the Church is called to be. This has always been the case. Pope Francis, since the beginning of his Papacy, has urged us to rediscover our essential mission to the world. To look around us, to see the need and then put our faith into action.

Our autumn Faith Sharing will follow this Catholic Social Teaching with the hope that it can be absorbed in reflection, discussion and prayer. The Faith Sharing will begin on the 8th October and continue for six weeks towards the World Day of the Poor on 19th November 2017.
Commitment weekend - 30th/1st October
Your opportunity to sign up for a group
Group Leaders Meeting - 7.45pm 2/10/2017
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Please try and give time and consider joining one of our Faith Sharing Groups. You will enjoy! Print off the Booklet


Prayers for Cardinal Murphy O'Connor
His Eminence, Cardinal Murphy O'Connor, the retired Archbishop of Westminster has passed on at the age of 85. We request all parishioners to offer prayers for his soul and those of the faithful departed.
God be with your soul, our dearly beloved Cardinal
- Church of Mary Mother of God, Ponders End

CafodCollection for Harvest Fast Day offerings for CAFOD Sunday, 8th October 2017
The 27th Sunday in Ordinary Times - 8th October 2017 - is Harvest Fast Day. There will be second collection in all the Masses to support two charities namely: CAFOD and the Manna day centre.

Clothes Collection for Mary’s Meals 21st/22nd October The parish is requesting that parishioners bring along clothes for charity (new or in good condition). The donations will help raise money in support of Mary's Meals.

Recent Parish Barbeque on Sunday 9th July 2017. This took place after the 11am Mass in the church garden. The get-togehter was well attended. See photos of the event

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 Autumn 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 on the Information Pack below.
Information Pack and Registration Form
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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...
ENTIRE LEAFLET
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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.

News and Recent Events

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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 NOV. 2017

Popes & Video Section

Holy Father's Intentions for NOV. 2017

Christians in Asia: That Christians in Asia, bearing witness to the Gospel in word and deed, may promote dialogue, peace, and mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions.

Pope Francis has decided to keep one monthly prayer intention. He is no longer proposing an urgent prayer intention. However, on every Sunday on which he gives an Angelus Address, he asks for prayers for specific people and situations that are of deep concern to him.

Further information may be found at Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network.

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