News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September 2020: The Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Of course, there's nothing “ordinary” about these times that we are going through. Indeed, one might describe them as quite “extraordinary”. So what does the church mean whan it refers to “Ordinary Time”? It is the part of the Christian Liturgical Year that falls outside of the major festival seasons: Advent, Christmastide, Lent and Eastertide and it is generally split into two parts. One part between Christmastide and Lent, and the other between the end of Eastertide and the start of Advent. That's where we are now and on Sunday, we celebrate the twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. This Sunday is certainly not going to be an “ordinary” Sunday, as we will be welcoming Fr Mike Still as a newly ordained priest and we will rejoice as he celebrates his First Mass at the Altar of St. Mary's. What a perfect joy this will be for us all – and long overdue (as it should have taken place back in June … but as we know, things haven't quite gone according to plan this year!) Fr Mike's First Mass will be at 10.30am on Sunday 27th September. Alleluia!
Fr Mike's Ordination to the Priesthood will be “live-streamed” from St Andrew's Holborn at 11.00am on Saturday 26th September. You will need to login to Facebook to watch it, so you will need to create a Facebook account (if you haven't one already). Please use this link:
The Ordinations will be also put onto the Bishop of Fulham's YouTube account to be viewed after the event. If enough people subscribe to this account, then it will be possible for other events to be live-streamed on YouTube in future. The link is here:
Don't forget that you can attend the First Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm on Saturday 26th September. Looking at the Pew Sheet there are some delightful celebrations during the week ahead, including Michaelmas on Tuesday (or more accurately the Feast of St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael the Archangels); Wednesday's Mass of St. Jerome; Thursday celebrating St Therese of the Child Jesus and The Holy Guardian Angels on Friday. Do try and come during the week. The masses are certainly quieter and more intimate, and give plenty of opportunity to pray, reflect and give thanks for all the ordinary and extraordinary events that are happening at this time.