Last month I told you of the changes in leadership proposed for St Cyprian’s. These are still being processed and I will let you have further news as it becomes available. These things do not happen overnight, but the process is on-going.
Whilst this process continues we must mobilise ourselves and get on with the task of being church in our small corner. We must arm ourselves for the battle to win souls; we are not a church for our own good. Our mission is to lead people to Christ. That's how we will be able to make a difference, and it's the driving force behind everything we do.
Now we as we enter March, we enter also the season of Lent, Our Ash Wednesday Mass is on 1st March at 7.30pm
Lent is a great time to get our spiritual acts together; a time for reflection and introspection in order to take stock of our spiritual journey; a time to determine to grow as a Christian. What it is not is a time to concentrate on ‘giving up things’, that’s just self-indulgence and not a Christian virtue!
I would invite you this Lent to do something different; to look at how you might be particularly generous. How might you share your time, talents or treasure in new and vital ways? If this interests you, please have a look at: https://www.40acts.org.uk
The invitation on this website is to “change the world this Lent: one day at a time, one act at a time. It is known as “Take the 40acts Challenge” and asks all who sign up to do a caring and generous act each day of Lent.
I encourage you to plan to make Lent a particularly vital time in your walk with Christ. Allow your faith to challenge the way you live, act and reveal how you are a steward of the resources that God has given you.
During Lent we shall add a study group to our programme. We are doing this in conjunction with our friends at St Paul’s Rossmore Road. The group is entitled “I believe… but do I?” we shall examine statements that we recite weekly in the creed and attempt to determine what they mean for us in our day-to-day life. The first group will meet on Tuesday 7th March at 7.30pm in my flat at 21 Mordern House, Harewood Ave, NW1 6NR. Please let me know if you intend joining us!
Our local churches in a collaboration led by Fr Michael Redman have produced a book of daily readings for Lent, simply entitled ‘Lent with St Matthew’. It contains thoughts and reflections from members of our local churches and is well worth the investment of £1.50. Copies are available at the back of the church.
On Saturday 25 March, at 12.00pm our sister church is observing the Feast of the Annunciation with High Mass & Procession. Preacher: The Rev’d Canon Leanne Roberts (Southwark Cathedral). I hope that some of us will make the effort to support our sister church as they celebrate their patronal festival. The Church of the Annunciation is in Bryanston Street behind Marble Arch.
On the Services page of our website and below you will find details of the Holy Week and Easter services; please enter them in your diary now so that we can derive the maximum benefit of journeying with our Lord Jesus through this time.
March 19th Annual Parochial Church Meeting after Mass. A meeting for all members of the Church Electoral Roll to receive the annual reports of the church, to approve the accounts and elect officers to serve the church.
Saturday 25th March at 12:00PM The Annunciation of Our Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary. This the Patronal Festival of our sister church at Marble Arch. They do so much to support us, I really hope there will be a goodly number in attendance to support them!
Sunday March 26th, Mothering Sunday. On this Sunday, the midpoint in Lent we shall hold the first of our Family Masses. It would be great to have a full church for this (Clocks go forward). 10.30am.
Sunday 9th, April Palm Sunday Mass. We begin our journey through Holy Week, Our Lord’s passion and death. 10.30am.
Holy Week Monday – Wednesday 10th – 12th Said Mass with reflection on the Passion 6pm
13th April, Maundy Thursday, Sung Mass of the Last Supper with foot washing 7.30pm
14th April, Good Friday Liturgy of the Day 12 noon. Stations of the Cross 7pm
Sunday 16th April Easter Day. We celebrate the Glorious Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ! Celebration Mass of the resurrection is at 10.30am.
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