News for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th April 2021: The Fourth Sunday of Easter “Good Shepherd Sunday”

The Fourth Sunday of Easter is now often referred to as “Good Shepherd Sunday” alluding to the Gospel Reading which this year commences with Jesus saying: “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep.” We don't need to be living in a rural community to understand the analogy of Jesus as the shepherd, and his disciples (us) as the flock of sheep that follow him. However, Jesus does not say: “I am like a good shepherd”, but “I am the good shepherd”. Avid readers of John's Gospel will know that Jesus makes several “I am” statements: “I am the bread of life”, “I am the light of the world” and in today's Gospel, he explains how he is the good shepherd. “I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep.”

Our Annual Parochial Church Meetings will be taking place immediately after the Parish Mass on Sunday 23rd May, Pentecost Sunday. These are the meetings at which we elect our Churchwardens and Members of the Parochial Church Council (PCC), and approve the Annual Report and Accounts for the previous year. I am pleased to include the Annual Report in this week's circulation for your perusal. It has been approved by the PCC and the originals have been signed by Father Edward and Ken Elliott. They are now subject to Independent Examination and approval of those on the Electoral Roll at the Annual Meeting. More details next month about the election of Churchwardens and PCC Members.

The First Mass of Sunday takes place as usual at 6.00pm on Saturday 24th April. Parish Mass is at 10.30am on Sunday 25th April.

And of course, as this bulletin is being sent out on Friday 23rd April, may I wish you all a Happy Saint George's Day!

David Griffiths