News for Sunday 5th June: Pentecost Sunday

News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June 2022: Pentecost Sunday

We all like a good celebration – and this weekend we are treated to two Bank Holidays to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen's Accession to the throne. There are too many “firsts” to list them all here, but she is certainly the first (and will probably be the only) British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. She has been a constant in our lives and many of us have never known another monarch. She has been an example of Christian service, dedicating her life at her Coronation “to maintain the Laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel”. Do please come and join in with our Platinum Jubilee Tea Party on Friday 3rd June from 2.00pm – 6.00pm. Bring your family and friends and make it a day to remember.

Of course, the Church has another reason to celebrate this weekend as we celebrate Pentecost Sunday: the “Birthday of the Church”. Our First Reading on Sunday, from the Acts of the Apostles describes the moment that the Apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit. “somethings appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire”. We recreate that vision by coming to church at Pentecost wearing red or brightly coloured clothing, likes tongues of fire. We too have been filled with the Holy Spirit at our Confirmation; and at each Pentecost we are reminded of the moving of the Spirit that freed those first Disciples from their fear and sent them out to proclaim the Gospel. May we feel the power of the Spirit in us to take the Good News of God's Kingdom into our local communities. In the Good News of the Gospel according to John, Jesus says: “If you love me you will keep my commandments. I shall ask the Father and he will give you another Advocate to be with you forever.”

Whilst we celebrate, there are others who are less fortunate. The continued fighting and inevitable casualties of the war in The Ukraine is a daily reminder on our television screens and in the media; but there are stories equally as unjust that do not receive widespread coverage. Such as Mohrad Tarbaz who is featured this month as ACAT Harrow's person in need of our prayers.

The first Mass of Sunday is on Saturday 4th June at 6.00pm. Parish Mass is on Sunday 5th June at 10.30am. Remember to wear your red clothing to remind us all of the coming of the Holy Spirit – not just at that first Pentecost Sunday, but an Advocate who is with us forever.
“Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful people and kindle in them the fire of your love.”

David Griffiths