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St Edward the Confessor Catholic Church


The Roman Catholic community of the Suburb and environs is within the parish of St Edward the Confessor at the junction of Hoop Lane and Finchley Road. New worshippers and visitors receive a warm welcome.

History

The Mission of St Edward the Confessor was opened on Christmas Day 1909 when two Masses were said by Father Bendon, the First Parish Priest in what is now the parish office in the Presbytery, and 50 people were present. Mass was said on each Sunday at 8 and 10 after that first Christmas morning, and Fr Bendon moved into the new house on January 22nd 1910. It was soon evident that the temporary Chapel would be too small and many of the congregation heard Mass, weather permitting, on the grass outside the Presbytery, or even kneeling on the stairs leading up to the first floor of the house. 

A larger building was soon decided upon, and St Edward’s Hall was built in 1911 to accommodate 300 people at a cost of £1,000. The late Father Bendon promised to start the new Church when the sum of £2,000 was in the Bank. This was achieved towards the end of 1913, and on March 25th 1914 His Eminence the late Cardinal Bourne laid the foundation stone, and despite wartime delays the Church was opened on the Feast of St Edward the Confessor, October 13th 1915, by Cardinal Bourne. A detailed history with photographs can be found at stedwardgg.uk/history-of-our-parish.

Clergy, times of Mass and other Services

The Parish Priest is Father Tony Convery. Times of Mass and other Services can be found at stedwardgg.uk with full details of the numerous activities including the following regarding outreach:
“The Outreach Group is a subcommittee of the monthly Parish Council. Its role is to oversee our service ministries, parish pastoral care and evangelisation efforts, and it reaches out to parishioners and other groups within the parish (sometimes outside too) with a view to increasing and improving relationships within our parish and our community. We organise visits to parishioners who would like to be visited and we provide support to those in need.”

 

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On Christmas day, 50 people attended the first two masses of St Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, led by Father Bendon, the first Parish Priest, in what is now the parish office in Presbytery.

The parish was established and Father Bendon moved into the new house.

After issues with the small size, Saint Edward’s Hall was built to be larger and accommodate 300 people for £1,000.

The late Father Bendon’s promise of building a new Church with £2,000 in the bank finally was achieved.

The first foundation stone of the St Edward the Confessor Catholic Church.

Despite wartime delays, construction ended and the Church opened on the Feast of St Edward the Confessor by Cardinal Bourne.

The church was consecrated on the Feast of St Edward once the church had been cleared of its debt by Bishop Butt.

The memorial window over the High Altar was installed by Canon Thornton and the Parishioners in thanks for the safe deliverance of the Church during the Blitz

In 1960 an arson attack destroyed the sacristy and caused smoke damage to parts of St Edward's

The congregation of St Edward's celebrated the milestone of a hundred years since the completion of the church building.