Fr Edward’s 8th Letter

From: Father Edward
To: The Faithful at St Mary’s Kenton.

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time October 2011

A huge thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make the open day a week last Saturday and then the 75th anniversary Patronal Festival last Sunday such great successes.

We think that over a hundred people visited the church on Saturday and of those some 35 had never been inside the doors. The exhibition of photos and memorabilia recording the life and history of St Mary’s is fascinating. Hard work in preparing the Church certainly drew the attention of people passing by on the Kenton Road….as did face painting and selling lovely cakes etc.

Then it was straight in to the Bishop of London’s visit to celebrate our Patronal Festival. Bishop Richard spoke to almost everyone in the large congregation. His powerful and challenging sermon is on our web site. People kept commenting on the atmosphere in church over the weekend. All those prayers and masses over 75 years – not to mention candles and incense! have soaked the place and at times it feels the veil between heaven and earth is very thin. The redecoration can only add to the beauty of holiness.

It was lovely that Fred and Keith were honoured for their contribution which between then spanned 85 years. It was also fitting and clearly welcomed that Trish and Ken were honoured for their work especially during the Vacancy.

St Mary’s has been and is blessed with people willing to work for the Lord in his Church and outside of it.

In view of all that has been going on and with plenty more ahead we decided not to go ahead with the harvest supper this year. Harvest Mass this Sunday will be our chance to support the desperate need in the horn of Africa. Harvest is also a time to think about the harvest of souls. During Mass Mia Rebecca, daughter of Emma and Mark will be baptised. There are two more baptisms coming up so we are certainly adding to the numbers.

Saturday 15th at 6pm sees the consecration of St Panteleimon Church, which will be very significant for Fr Anastasias and his people. After huge works a wonderful Basilica has been created, and the links we share make it very personal and moving for us as well.

On Sunday 16th at 6pm there will be Pontifical Vespers and Benediction led by our own Bishop Peter. The choir of Quainton Hall School will be leading the singing. It will be good to welcome them.

The 40 hours of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament will start at 7.30pm on Thursday 20 October and end with a Pontifical Mass at Midday on Saturday 22 October. Bishop Robert Ladds will be the principal celebrant and this will end our 40 hours devotion as well as being an October devotion to Our Lady. We will be joined by members of The Guild of The Servants of The Sanctuary and The Society of Mary. Volunteers will be needed to ensure there are a group of people in church at all times during the 40 hours. It will be a thanksgiving for the blessings of the 75 years and a rededication to the work ahead as we celebrate the Love of God for Kenton.

On Saturday 29th at 6pm the first mass of Sunday ( 31st in Ordinary Time) will be offered in Latin, the Novus Ordo from which we get the English translation we are using these days. There is something very special about Latin, which has been the official language of the Church for many centuries. Standing alongside fellow Christians in Rome, Lourdes or Fatima and praying in a common tongue is very moving.

Please don’t forget to text your friends and ask them to text a donation to St Mary’s. Text SMVK11£4 to 70070. You can donate from £1 to £10 by changing the amount after the £sign. Also gift aid so we get more.

All of the above are in addition to the regular round of worship that goes on in St Mary’s as it has for 75 years.

Let us open our hearts and minds to the Holy Spirit and see what He would have us do.

Let us pray for each other,
Yours devotedly

Fr Edward