Welcome to the webpage of the Roman Catholic Church of Mary, Mother of God, Ponders End. Here you will find information about us including Mass times and Parish contacts.

Our postal address is 192 Nags Head Road, Ponders End, Enfield, Middlesex EN3 7AR.

You can contact us on 020 8804 2149.

Our email address is pondersend@rcdow.org.uk.

We’re keen to hear from you, so please feel free to contact us!


From Saturday 4th July 2020 there will be live streaming of our parish services, The link is:



Click on the links below for more information;

Online Mass Schedule

Parish Boundaries

Parish History

Safeguarding in our Parishes

Sermons by Fr John Shewring

Westminster Record Newspaper

Sacrament of Confirmation 2021

First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation 2021

First Holy Communion and Reconciliation 2021 - Home Learning Letter from Father John

Parish Newsletter for the Third Sunday of Easter- Sunday 14th April 2024 

Services for Holy Week and Easter 2022

Pastoral Letter for Lent from Cardinal Vincent 27.2.2022

Information on the Synodal Pathway 2021-23

Share Your Thoughts Synodal Pathway

RCIA 2021

Pastoral Letter for Pentecost Sunday 2021

Children's Pastoral Letter for Pentecost 2021

Our Call to Stewardship Week 1

Our Parish Our Responsibility Week 2


Services for Advent and Christmas 2021

Advent and Christmas 2021 Letter






Letters from Fr John;

Pastoral Letter for the 4th Sunday of Lent Laetare Sunday 22nd March 2020

Letter from Father John 4th Sunday of Lent 22nd March 2020

Churches to close with immediate effect 23rd March 2020

Letter from Father John Palm Sunday and Holy Week 2020

Letter from Father John 4th May 2020

Letter from Father John Ascension 2020

Letter from Father John 5th June 2020

Corpus Christi Newsletter

12th Sunday of the Year Newsletter

Opening of Church for Services- Letter from Father John 24th June 2020

Letter from Father John 2nd July 

Special Newsletter 5 15th Sunday of the Year (Sunday 12th July 2020)

First Holy Communion 2020 Families- Return to Mass letter

A People Who Hope in Christ

Novena to the Holy Spirit

Letter from Father John - Church Opening Times from Thursday 5th November 2020

Statement on the Four-Week National Lockdown in England and a Call to Prayer, 4th November 2020

Letter from Cardinal Vincent Nichols Archbishop of Westminster 5th November 2020

What is Alpha?

Do you have questions about the Christian Faith no one has ever really answered? Have you wondered whether Christianity is relevant to your life? Have you ever thought, ‘There must be more to life than this?’

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, typically run over eleven weeks. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone is welcome.

What to expect

Alpha runs in cafes, churches, universities, homes —you name it. No two Alphas look the same, but they generally have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.

First there’s a meal

Whether it’s a group of friends gathered around a kitchen table, or a quick catch-up over coffee and cake, food has a way of bringing people together. It’s no different at Alpha. We start with a meal because it’s a great way to encourage community and get to know each other.

Then there’s a talk

The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. Generally thirty minutes long, they are played as a video. They explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions such as Who is Jesus? and How can we have faith?

Followed by a discussion

Probably the most important part of any Alpha: the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic, and simply discuss it in a small group. There’s no obligation to say anything. And there’s nothing you can’t say. It’s an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment.

Click on the links below for more information!

https://player.vimeo.com/video/181494383​  (Alpha Trailer​ - just click on the link) 
https://player.vimeo.com/video/256741841 (Just click on the link for a 2 minute Alpha teaser!) 

https://player.vimeo.com/video/223135477  (Just click on the link for a 1 minute Alpha Invitation video!)


https://run.alpha.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2021/08/Alpha-Adam_Final_16.9-1.mp4​  (Just click on the link for another Alpha Invitation video (30 seconds long)!)


You might like to watch the previous week's films. Just click on the links:

Week 1: Is there more to life than this?   https://player.vimeo.com/video/184825483

Week 2: Who is Jesus? https://player.vimeo.com/video/184825484​ 

Week 3: Why did Jesus die? https://player.vimeo.com/video/250767723​ 

Week 4: How can I have faith? https://player.vimeo.com/video/250771916

Week 5: Why and How should I Pray?  https://player.vimeo.com/video/250771919​ ​​

Week 6: Why and How should I read the Bible?     https://player.vimeo.com/video/184825488

Week 7: How does God Guide Us? https://player.vimeo.com/video/250771931​ 

Week 8: How can I resist Evil?  https://player.vimeo.com/video/250771966  

Week 9: Why and How should I tell Others?   https://player.vimeo.com/video/184825498​ ​ ​

Week 10: Does God heal today? https://player.vimeo.com/video/184825500​ 

Week 11: What about the Church?  https://player.vimeo.com/video/250771976


Alpha Saturday Retreat Materials:


'Introduction to Weekend': https://player.vimeo.com/video/184825491


'Who is the Holy Spirit?': https://player.vimeo.com/video/184825492


'What does the Holy Spirit do?':  https://player.vimeo.com/video/184825493


'How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?': https://player.vimeo.com/video/184825495​ ​


Extra Film:  https://player.vimeo.com/video/250771942​(How can I make the most of the Rest of My Life?)​



What is Alpha?

Alpha is an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith, in a friendly, open and informal environment.

Alpha at Mary, Mother of God is not so much a course, but an experience!  Gathering once a week over a ten week period, each Alpha brings together people from every walk of life. 

No matter where Alpha takes place, the format is the same. We eat together, we listen to a talk and then we gather together in small groups for discussion. Over 29 million people across the globe have done Alpha.

Who is Alpha for?

Alpha is for everyone and anyone. The beauty of Alpha is that there are no questions that are too hostile, too silly, or too simple. Alpha has no prerequisites whatsoever. We come together with one another as we are, free to be ourselves.  

How can I take part?

Alpha begins on Monday 20th September 2021 at 7.30pm in the parish hall.

To book your place:

 Phone 020 8804 2149 (Parish House) or

E-mail pondersend@rcdow.org.uk.

                       (This helps us to know how much food we will need to prepare)

              Or come along on the evening. 



What is Sycamore?


The Sycamore course is an informal course about the Christian faith and its relevance to life today presented through a series of films and discussions. It gives people space to meet others, share ideas, explore their beliefs, and think about questions that really matter.

Each Sycamore session involves a short film and time for discussion. There is no pressure and no commitment. People can be themselves without any fear of being judged. There is a real sense of community, a spirit of friendship, some great conversation and delicious food. Everyone is welcome!

Each film and discussion looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation.







Please join us we follow this course weekly from the week of the 24th April 2022.


What is the Sycamore Holy Spirit Pathway?

What does it mean to live our Christian faith through the power of the Holy Spirit? How does the Holy Spirit work through the Church and through the sacraments? How does he call us to a particular vocation, send us out on mission, and help us to live our faith in the family and in society?

This course is recommended for the Season of Eastertide when we enter more deeply into the sacraments and the implications of Christian faith in the world.


Each Sycamore session involves a short film and time for reflection on some key questions.

The focus of these sessions is on the Holy Spirit working through the Church and the Sacraments (Films 13, 14 and 15), and on the vocation and mission of the Christian in the world (Films 16, 17 and 18).


(WEEK 1 – 24th April) THE COMMUNITY OF THE CHURCH [“Film 13” in Series: click here to view]

Why do we need the Church? The special place of the Catholic Church. Being Catholic today.


(WEEK 2 – 1st May) THE SACRAMENTS OF BAPTISM AND CONFIRMATION [“Film 14” in Series: click here to view]

The power of the sacraments and the liturgy. How baptism can change your life. Confirmation and the gift of the Holy Spirit.


(WEEK 3- 8th May) THE HOLY EUCHARIST [“Film 15” in Series: click here to view]

The meaning of the Mass. The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.


(WEEK 4 – 15th May) FORGIVENESS, HEALING AND MISSION [“Film 16” in Series: click here to view]

Forgiveness and the Sacrament of Confession. Healing and the Sacrament of the Sick. Christian mission and the call to share our faith.


 (WEEK 5 – 22nd May) THE CHRISTIAN VOCATIONS [“Film 17” in Series: click here to view]

The meaning of vocation. Marriage and family life. Ordination and consecrated life.


(WEEK 6 – 29th May) THE SOCIAL TEACHING OF THE CHURCH [“Film 18” in Series: click here to view]

The dignity of the human person and the right to life. Christian teaching about family and society. Speaking the truth and following conscience.






Key documents about the New Evangelisation

Key ingredients of Sycamore

Sycamore Sessions

What is a Sycamore Pathway?

What is evangelisation?