Fr Edward’s 5th Letter

From Fr Edward Lewis
To The Faithful at St Mary’s.
August 2011

Dear Friends,

August used to be a time when things quietened down a little. Well this August has not been like that at all.

As you will see redecoration work has commenced at the Cure D’Ars Chapel and once that is complete, the Blessed Sacrament Chapel will be redecorated. These re-decorations will be in memory of former Head Server Clive Nowell, who left some £20,000 to St Marys. [May he rest in peace] We hope the chapels will be completed well before the Church open Day on 24th September followed by The Bishop of London’s visit on 25th.  [Photos of ‘men at work’ in the Cure D’Ars can be viewed in the Gallery.]

To re-decorate the whole church will cost about £100,000. It is work crying out to be done. If anyone has that sum (or even part of it) spare then please let us know !

This 75th Anniversary is a time to make St Mary’s even more beautiful so people will feel attracted to come and see what goes on here….and hopefully stay.

There is the 75th Anniversary Raffle[please see Alan Anyon for your tickets], there are postcards of the church, A new History of The Church [thanks to Trish] and ‘A tour of St Mary’s’ booklet which are, or soon will be available.

The new automated bell system is now up and ringing. The hour is rung between 9am and 10pm and the Angelus each and every day at 9am, Midday and 6pm. People are already asking what the bells signify and commenting on how lovely it is to hear the hours rung out. We are witnessing in the Kenton Road and beyond.

Margaret Shand will celebrate her 90th birthday on 4th September with a lunch after Mass. Please speak to Margaret so she can have a good idea of numbers. With the No 1 Catering Agency involved we can be sure of a feast. Typically Margaret has asked that instead of presents, people give a [gift aided] donation to St Mary’s. Thank you Margaret.

That weekend on Saturday 3rd the PCC [between 10am and 3pm at the latest] has a day of reflection and forward thinking led by Fr Alan Brown Ob.CR. Fr Alan will preach on the Sunday and ‘report back’ to the congregation from the PCC day.

Cynthia Yorke is home from hospital which is great news. She and Gilbert thank everyone for prayers, cards and visits. Please keep the prayers going.

Ivan Cowans goes into hospital this week. Please keep him and Gloria & Family in your prayers.

Let us know the names of any relations or friends who are in the front line emergency services. We are praying for them every day.

This comes with thanks for you all and my prayers,

Yours devotedly
Fr Edward