The Milk of Human Kindness
Recently a parishioner made their most generous Easter offering cheque out to "Fr Kevin Jordan and Fr Ben Woodley". It's lovely that you know how well your priests get on together but we haven't yet opened a joint bank account. However we are one in another sense - Fr Ben is about to celebrate his first year as a priest and it is 365 days since I took up this appointment.
What a year it has been (certainly the strangest of my 21 varied years and a challenging one for Fr Ben to adapt to the Ordained life) with two thirds of it spent rejoicing in your warm welcome and obvious love for God, His Church and your parish, and one third of it occupied by developing new ways of maintaining that mutual spiritual and practical support.
Yet to paraphrase Dickens, "It was the worst of times, it was the best of times" for this pandemic has prompted an extraordinary outpouring of the fruits of the Kingdom of God from your hearts. Three examples of this come immediately to mind: the eagerness you have shown to return to the Sacraments and the Lord you clearly love; people of all ages, many of whom are vulnerable themselves, caring for others in a similar situation (and us too) with shopping, meals, simple human contact, and so on; the overwhelming generosity of so many of you in setting up standing orders, making BACS payments, and using the Virgin Money Giving button which allows us to continue assisting those in desperate need.
And in these times of easing restrictions, there is also the small but dedicated group of utterly wonderful stewards and cleaners without whom we could not legally open at all for our usual Mass schedule and times of private prayer detailed here: Church Opening Times Yesterday our Prime Minister said he hoped we would be closer to normal by Christmas. Can you help us to stay open until then? Please think about offering just one evening a week to clean the church (which is so well-organised that it takes only 20 minutes) and contact Claudia via Volunteers or directly Parish Email or call 020 7286 3214 (option 2).
As normal, you can book a Mass for any intention at the parish office or by clicking here: Mass Intentions Slightly less normal for a Catholic church there is no collection at Mass but you can give on your way out of the church or electronically via a BACS payment
Account Name: WRCDT St Johns Wood
Sort Code 40 05 20,
Account Number 71026135.
or by using this Virgin Money Giving link
or by setting up a Standing Order and Gift Aid which would be great if you go away or if we go back into lockdown. May God reward you for your generosity in whatever way you support us.
The newsletter above is the last one until September but our public Facebook Page will continue to be updated regularly and we will stream Mass there and here on Sundays at 10:30am.
Whatever else you do over the coming weeks, please remain vigilant and follow the guidelines for your own protection - things are getting better (even West Ham are almost certainly safe for next season) but the virus is still out there and we Catholics aren't immune.
And so we wish you all a wonderful summer whether you're staying here or travelling - just a break from the monotony of recent months will be good for us all. Indeed, Fr Lorenzo will be here for the next few weekends while your priests go home for a holiday - but as I mentioned above, not together, obvs.
Thank you for all that you give to God, to us and to others known and unknown to you in many different ways. May God bless you and your loved ones.
Fr Kevin & Fr Ben
Ps 144:8-9, 15-18. R 16
Rm 8:35, 37-39
Music at Our Lady
Daily Service Times
Sunday Mass: 6:00pm (Saturday), 9:00am, 10:30am, 12:00 Noon, 6:00pm
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 10:00am