News for Sunday 16th October: Twenty-ninth Sunday In Ordinary Time

News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th October 2022: The Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear friends,

According to the old saying, we should work as if everything depended upon us, but pray as if everything depended upon God. In this Sunday's Gospel, we will hear how Jesus 'told his disciples a parable about the need to pray continually and never lose heart'.

One of the very exciting things about the beginning of a new chapter in the life of a parish is that new ideas, from fresh perspectives, will, naturally, begin to bubble up – as hopefully you will see over the coming weeks. I myself have enjoyed hearing about your ideas for our future, at the same time as I have attempted carefully to discern in my own heart and mind those next steps which God is calling us to take together. But what the parable and the maxim remind us is that nothing can or should take place without prayer. I would therefore like to ask and encourage you to renew your commitment to prayer, praying particularly for God's guidance in our parish, as we move into the future. God has rather an alarming habit of taking us at our word: if we ask Him to bless us with new ideas and fresh perspectives, we shouldn't be so surprised when He does! And we should ourselves be prepared to put our hand to the plough, and to work together to make these dreams a reality.

Please pray, and please continue to share with me the fruits of your prayers, as we ask God to reveal to us our unique and particular part in making His Kingdom come.

Many thanks to all those who contributed towards 75kg of Harvest donations which were given to Harrow Food Bank.

Two areas of special focus for us, it seems to me, are our co-operation with our brother and sister Christians, and the full inclusion of our young people in the life of our parish and of the Church. There are several events featured in the diary dates now appearing on the Notice Sheet which I would encourage you to support. Regrettably, the Re-dedication of the bells at Evensong which was due to take place at St Andrew, Kingsbury on Sunday has been postponed.

For our young people and their families, I am proposing a social event next month: I would like to take our young people bowling, and have suggested three possible dates (9, 11 or 12 November) when this might take place. Please would our young people and our families sign up on the sheet at the back of church, indicating on which dates they are available, and I will choose the date and time which suits the most number of people.

Finally, don't forget to issue your own invitations to family, friends and neighbours to join us on St Leonard's Day, Sunday, 6 November, at 6pm – for Mass, fireworks and a party… and, if you've already invited one friend, why not collect another poster from the church on Sunday, and go on to invite one more?!

With the assurance of my love and prayers,

Fr Richard.