News for The Holy Family

News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th December 2020: The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

We hope that you managed to celebrate Christmas yesterday, despite the many restrictions and changes to our “usual” pattern of events to which we may have been accustomed. If you listened to the Christmas Message from Her Majesty The Queen, you will have heard her saying that what many people want “for Christmas is a simple hug or a squeeze of the hand” – but “even on the darkest nights there is hope in the new dawn”. Christmas is the celebration of Christ, the “light of the world” who comes to bring light in the darkness.

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Her Majesty also acknowledged how important our family is, particularly in these dark times: and the church acknoweldges the importance of The Holy Family. But whether we were able to celebrate Christmas in the company of our families, or perhaps just able to contact them on the telephone or by video call, our families are so important to us. For some, our family is not just our blood-relatives, but also our wider “family” – our church family or close friends who mean so much to us. We pray that as we mark the last weekend of 2020, that our 'families' will be with us as we embark upon the new dawn of 2021, and we pray for them as we give thanks for the gift of The Holy Family.

The First Mass of Sunday is tonight (Saturday 26th December) at 6.00pm. Parish Mass is at 10.30am on Sunday 27th December. Please see the Poster of Christmas Services for details of worship this week, noting Friday 1st January, New Year's Day, with a 12.00pm Mass of Mary, The Holy Mother of God.

May God Bless you and your Family at this time.

David Griffiths