News for Sunday 13th November: Remembrance Sunday

News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th Novtember 2022: Remembrance Sunday

Dear friends,

This week's newsletter comes with a great big thank you to all whose hard work and commitment made our celebration of St Leonard's Day, last Sunday evening, such a roaring success: grateful thanks in particular to the “No. 1 Catering Agency” and to all who brought or served food and drink at the party afterwards, as well as to servers, sidesmen and musicians. The evening was truly St Mary's at our best – and our many guests and visitors were duly impressed by the warmth of the welcome, and the quality of the hospitality on offer!

Thank you similarly to those who came with a friend – and to those who extended an invitation to someone, even if the person asked was unable on this occasion to join us. There is no more effective a means of outreach than by personal invitation – and we should not allow ourselves to become discouraged if it takes a number of invitations before a friend or family member is ready to say yes.

With that in mind, why not invite someone to come to Mass this weekend, for Remembrance Sunday? This is an important date in civic and national life as well as in the Church's calendar – and the recognition of this by those who do not usually come to church makes it an ideal occasion to reach out and ask someone to share this day with us.

Please note that, in order to start with the Act of Remembrance at 11am, this coming Sunday's Mass will begin later than usual, at 10.55am: weather permitting, we will gather at this time in the memorial garden, before then processing into church for Mass.

There are a host of exciting events on this week's pew sheet: please do read the “Dates for your Diary” section carefully. These include an invitation from Bishop Jonathan to the laypeople of the Fulham family to join him at a Congress on Saturday, 19 November at St Andrew Holborn; and tickets are now available for our own Parish Christmas meal, in the Hall on Saturday, 17 December at 7pm.

At the heart of Remembrance Sunday is our gratitude to those whose contributions gave us the life we enjoy today: what therefore could we do for others, to share with them Christ's invitation to the blessings of eternal life?

With my love and prayers,

Fr Richard