News for Sunday 1st May; The Month of Mary

News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May 2022: The Third Sunday of Easter

This Sunday is May Day – the 1st of May. Have you ever wondered why aircraft or ships in distress use the term “May Day, May Day” when they are in trouble? The answer is nothing to do with May Day at all, but instead two words from the French language “m'aider” (pronounced just like may-day) which means “help me”. A fun fact to share with your family and friends. Another fun fact is that May is the month of Mary – and that is significant for us, belonging to a church dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin.

Perhaps it is appropriate that in this season of Eastertide, we devote a whole month in honour of the Mother of Our Lord; one of the few who witnessed the suffering and humiliation he endured during his trial; who met him on his way to Calvary; and who stayed with the beloved disciple at the foot of the cross as Jesus died. She was the one who bore him in her womb for nine months; who gave birth to him in the stable in Bethlehem; who nurtured Jesus for the first thirty years of his life; and who was with him at the end. Just as Mary was the perfect mother to Jesus, she is our mother too and the Mother of the Church. How fitting that we can spend a month giving thanks for Mary.

Traditionally, the Rosary would be said every day during the month of May. You can join in with the Rosary on a Tuesday evening at 6.00pm. We also acknowledge Our Lady by saying or singing The Angelus three times a day – every day throughout the year (although during Eastertide, we often sing the Regina Coeli instead). You can hear the church bell ringing to remind the local community to pray The Angelus at 9.00am, 12 noon and at 6.00pm.

Churches dedicated to Mary often celebrate a 'May Devotion' during the month; and the National Pilgrimage to The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham takes place THIS weekend (usually on the later May Spring Bank Holiday) with Mass at 12 noon on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May in the grounds of Walsingham Abbey.

The first Mass of Sunday is on Saturday 30th April at 6.00pm. Parish Mass is on Sunday 1st May at 10.30am. Both of these are opportunities to give thanks for Mary, and for her “Yes” to God's invitation.:
“Pray for us, Holy Mother of God”
“That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ”

David Griffiths