News for Sunday 13th September: The Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Sunday 13th September 2020: The Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Last Sunday, we held our Annual Meeting of Parishioners and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting immediately after the Parish Mass. I am sure you will be as pleased as we are that Ken Elliott and Winslow Maloney were re-elected as Churchwardens. At the Annual Parochial Church Meeting, two representatives of St Mary's were elected to serve on Harrow Deanery Synod. They are Leila Bullard and Johnette Clarke. The following were elected onto the Parochial Church Council: Saku Ahluwalia, Luke Anand, Janet Cameron, Gloria Cowans, Patricia Edwards, Erma Fernandes, David Griffiths, Angela Haines, Bernadette Labastide, Cynthia Yorke and Jean Williams. Congratulations to all and thank you so much for offering to take on these responsibilities.

It was lovely to celebrate Margaret Shand's 99th Birthday, with the naming of the Church Hall, “Lady Margaret Hall”, in her honour. A good job too – as within a few days, we had been given tighter restrictions by the Government to reduce the spread of Coronavirus. The new restrictions are coming in on Holy Cross Day, Monday 14 September. Here is an extract:

3.10 Can I pray in a place of worship?

Yes, places of worship will stay open for services and communal prayer in line with current guidance.

Places of worship can stay open for services for more than 6 people. However individual groups of more than one household or support bubble must not exceed 6 people.

You should limit your social interaction in these venues to the group you are attending with.

Strict adherence to social distancing is strongly advised and a distance of 2 metres (or 1 metre with additional COVID-19 Secure measures in place) should be kept from people you do not live with wherever possible.

This will unfortunately mean NO party after our Patronal Festival on 20th September, and NO party after Fr Mike's First Mass on Sunday 27th September.

This wekend, the First Mass of Sunday will be celebrated at 6.00pm on Saturday 12th September. There are generally less people on a Saturday evening, so do please come if you are concerned about larger gatherings. The Parish Mass on Sunday is at 10.30am. There is a theme of “forgiveness” running through our readings on Sunday. Unfortunately, it is never easy to admit that we are wrong and to ask the people or person we have wronged for their forgiveness. If it was easy, then the confessional in church would be buzzing with activity. To tell God that we have done something wrong, to admit that we have sinned, is perhaps one of our biggest challenges. Yet our church is not a museum for saints, but a hospital for sinners. Somewhere we come for healing. Come this weekend and join with all of us as we say “sorry” for the times that we have put ourselves first and neglected our duty to God and those we have offended by our actions or omissions.

David Griffiths