News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July 2022: The Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
It doesn't seem possible, but we are half-way through the year already! Where has the time gone? Perhaps it has something to do with the whole Covid pandemic, when we seemed to lose all sense of time. Nobody knew which day it was during “lockdown” as each day seemed to be the same as each other and merge from one into the next. Thankfully, much of that “sameness” has gone. We can at least get out and about, and that includes being able to get to church and attend Mass. Like many of us, you might have felt that sense of deprivation when we were prevented from attending Mass at the height of the pandemic. An imposition upon our freedom – yet one which many fellow Christians face every day in countries where our faith is prohibited and Christian worship is forbidden (with very strict penalties if the laws are ignored). The persecution of Christians did not end with Saul's conversion on the road to Damascus!
Yesterday (29th June) we celebrated the Feast of the two Apostles, Saint Peter and Saint Paul. That is why this time is often referred to as “Petertide” and is one of the two occasions in the year when it is customary for the Ordination of new Deacons and Priests to take place. Please keep those who are to be Ordained in your prayers as they prepare for the start of their new Ministry. Deacons play a very important part in the Mass; not least, inviting everyone to share a sign of peace. It's something that we have tended to avoid during the Covid pandemic and yet in the Good News of Luke's Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples: “Whatever house you go into, let your first words be, ' Peace to this house!' And if a man of peace lives there, your peace will go and rest on him; if not, it will come back to you.” Let us not lose sight of how important it is to extend our peace to one another. We don't have to shake hands or embrace, but offering one another the sign of peace is the first step towards spreading God's peace to the world.
The first Mass of Sunday is on Saturday 2nd July at 6.00pm. This will be in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, as Stanmore Choral Society have their Summer Jazz Concert at 7.00pm! Parish Mass is on Sunday 3rd July at 10.30am. Both of these are opportunities to exchange the sign of peace with our fellow worshippers.
Peace be with you!