News for Sunday 14th August: the Feast of The Assumption

News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Sunday 14th August 2022: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

This Sunday, we celebrate The Feast of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. As a church dedicated to Mary, we are always excited when we can take time to show our appreciation and devotion to Our Lady in one of the Marian Festivals, and few can be as significant as The Feast of The Assumption when we acknowledge her bodily ascent to heaven at the end of her earthly life. We are therefore delighted that our Vicar designate, Fr Richard Norman, has offered this reflection:

The many Feasts of Our Lady punctuate the turning of the seasons and the passage of the year – and give rise, of course, to a special affection in the hearts of those who share with us the privilege of worshipping in parishes dedicated in Our Lady's honour.

Our summer celebration of the Mother of the Lord is this Sunday's Solemnity of the Assumption, in which are confirmed those of God's promises about which Our Lady sang in her Magnificat: 'My soul glorifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour… [Who] puts forth his arm in strength… and raises the lowly.'

At her Assumption, humble Mary is raised by the power of God's arm, to rejoice in His presence forever. She who models for us the perfect pattern of discipleship reminds us of our pilgrim journey's end – at home in the arms of the Lord, in the reality of the resurrection of the body, and in the life of the world to come.

Surely the Assumption is powerful proof that those who, with Mary, stand in the shadow of the Cross will one day stand also in the light of Christ's Resurrection. Our own trials and troubles, though painful and difficult to endure, can become the pilgrim path by which we journey more intimately with Jesus. Mary's steadfastness in suffering was but the preface to her everlasting glory and joy.

So may we, whenever sunshine turns to shadow, follow ever more confidently the light of Christ. For '[the Lord] protects Israel, his servant, remembering his mercy, the mercy promised… to Abraham and his sons for ever.'

Fr Richard Norman

Thank you, Father. We look forward with eager anticipation to 23rd September – not just for the Vigil Mass of Our Lady of Walsingham at 7.00pm – but our pleasure to welcome you to Saint Mary the Virgin, Kenton as our eighth Vicar.

With just six weeks to go until Fr Richard's Induction and Collation, plans are already well underway with a host of invited guests, clergy and lay – together with our own congregation. As is the Kenton custom, we shall be hosting a reception and party afterwards. You will appreciate that this is quite an undertaking – but we are confident that everything will be safe in the hands of Gloria and the “No.1 Catering Agency” (those volunteers who work tirelessly to produce the most amazing spreads!) Needless to say, there will be a considerable number of guests attending; so rather than ask for contributions of food, it would be most helpful if monetary contributions could be given instead. In this way, Gloria and her team can purchase the range of commodities required, in the appropriate proportions. Contributions can be given direct to Gloria, or to the Churchwardens.

Regrettably, due to clergy holidays, there will be no Mass on Thursday or Saturday this week. Parish Mass for The Feast of The Assumption will be at 10.30am on Sunday 14th August. There are some minor changes to services in the week ahead, but we hope that our regular pattern of Interregnum services will be resumed from Saturday 20th August.

“Victory and power and empire for ever have been won by our God, and all authority for his Christ.”

David Griffiths