News for Sunday 10th July: The Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July 2022: The Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The “big news” this week is the appointment of a new incumbent – not as Prime Minister, but as the new Vicar of St. Mary the Virgin, Kenton. The Reverend Richard Norman served for six years as the Vicar of St. George's, Bickley in the London Borough of Bromley. Located in the Diocese of Rochester, the Parish is under the Sacramental & Pastoral Care of the Bishop of Richborough. Fr Richard began in Bickley on the day of his twenty-seventh birthday, after a Curacy at St Mary with All Saints, Rotherhide. His Collation and Induction will take place at 7.00pm on Friday 23rd September and we look forward to welcoming you all to the service, and to the party afterwards.

Meanwhile, it's “business as usual” and tomorrow (Friday 8th July) at 7.00pm in Church there is an Open Meeting of the Social Committee to plan our social and fund-raising events for the next 6 months. Do please come and contribute your ideas and suggestions. Social events are so important to provide opportunities to get to know one another, and we have always been known for our hospitality and friendliness, so let's try and get back to where we were before the Covid pandemic struck!

The Good News in the Gospel according to Luke that we will be hearing this weekend is all about hospitality and friendliness, retelling the parable of The Good Samaritan. How can we ignore the question that Jesus asks at the end of the Parable: “Which of these three, do you think, proved himself a neighbour to the man who fell into the bigands' hands?” Do we, all too often, pass by on the other side? Do we regrettably turn our heads in the other direction? Unfortunately, we are often worried about the consequences of our actions, if we intervene and try to help. Just as this month's ACAT Prayer Case Almadreza Djalali has discovered. There will always be risks – but also a great deal of satisfaction when you can see the difference you are making. Baroness Caroline Cox will be speaking at Christ Church Roxeth on Tuesday evening: “The Pain and the Passion: The Privilege of Making a Difference” All are welcome. Jesus commands us: “Go, and do the same yourself.”

As the weather warms up this weekend, it is clear that the summer season has well and truly arrived. Please keep an eye on the Pew Sheet over the coming weeks as there may be changes to the usual Mass times when clergy take their summer holidays. As Mondays, there will be no Mass or devotions on Fridays for the immediate future.

The first Mass of Sunday is on Saturday 9th July at 6.00pm. Parish Mass is on Sunday 10th July at 10.30am.

David Griffiths