Welcome to Roman Catholic Church of Mary, Mother of God. We are part of Enfield Deanery in the Archdiocese of Westminster, London UK.For most of us, the Ponders End parish is the place where we experience God’s loving presence in a whole variety of ways. It is also a community of people in which we grow, our whole life long, in faith, hope and love. And it is the home base, from which we are sent out as disciples of Jesus and his Gospel into the world around us.
We want to be dependent on each other for the well-being of the whole. For as with the human body which is unity, although it has many parts – all the parts of the body, though many, still making up one single body- so it is with Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:12 & 27).
How do we achieve this?
We share the task among us. Priests and people together are involved in a continual process of formation-for-mission. Prayer, Scripture-study, celebrating the sacraments and reaching out to the needs of society, all have their part to play. The task embraces family life, religious education in schools, ongoing catechesis, ecumenical dialogue and the whole gamut of parish activities which are listed on the website.
How do you fit into all of this?
There is still a tendency to think that lay people are the Church to help priests. On the contrary, priests exist to help lay people to live their own unique vocations in the world. Very little good is achieved by ceremonies, however beautiful, or societies, however flourishing, if they are not directed towards encouraging people to reach their full maturity in their Christian vocation. To that end, your pastoral team – priest and catechetical coordinator – are dedicated to making this vision a reality.
Pope Francis is the 266th Bishop of Rome. Francis was elected to the papacy on March 13, 2013.He was ordained to the priesthood almost a decade later, in December 1969. Prior to coming to Rome, Bergoglio served several roles as bishop in Argentina, including Metropolitan Archbishop. He was made a cardinal in 2001 by Pope John Paul II, and held several administrative positions within the Roman Curia, the central governing body of the Catholic Church.
Pray for us
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.