News for Sunday 29th August 2021: Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th August 2021: The Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

If there is something that signals the end of summer, it's not the late summer Bank Holiday on Monday that many of us may be looking forward to; the children returning to their schools, colleges and universities; nor the ripening fruit and evidence of harvesting in our countryside; but the arrival of the Christmas decorations and paraphernalia that have started appearing in the garden centres and some of the supermarkets! Admittedly, “meteorological autumn” starts this week on 1st September; although “astronomical autumn” doesn't start until 22nd September, when the tilt of the Earth on its axis, combined with our planet's rotation and its orbit around the Sun provides a day on which the hours of daylight and nightime are equal (the autumn equinox). Christmas may still be several months away, but there are changes coming (as we are well aware from Father Edward's announcement a fortnight ago).

Our lives are beset with changes. Not all of them for the better. We have had a multitude to cope with over the past 18 months just trying to keep ourselves and others safe. Our scripture readings this Sunday allude to changes – but not changes that have been initiated by God! In the Good News of Mark's Gospel, Jesus teaches that “Nothing that goes into a man from outside can make him unclean; it is the things that come out of a man that make him unclean. For it is from within, from men's hearts, that evil intentions emerge.” Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with the people of Afghanistan at this time, and that the intentions of their Taliban oppressors may be changed from evil to good.

First Mass of Sunday is on Saturday 28th August at 6.00pm. Parish Mass on Sunday at 10.30am. Jim Haines' Funeral takes place this coming Thursday, 2nd September at 11.00am. Details on the Pew Sheet. All are welcome to attend. Just an extra reminder that Bishop Jonathan will be with us on Sunday 5th September for our Patronal Festival – and to change the lives of those being Baptised and Confirmed when they receive those sacraments.

David Griffiths