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 Emeritus Benedict XVI is the 265th and former pope of the Catholic Church, having served from 2005 to 2013.Ordained as a priest in 1951 in his native Bavaria, Ratzinger established himself as a highly regarded university theologian by the late 1950s and was appointed a full professor in 1958. After a long career as an academic, serving as a professor of theology at several German universities.
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.