Though Our Church buildings are closed The Church continues to be Alive and Active
When the financial crisis of 2008 broke, I remember quoting the REM song it’s the end of the world as we know it. Well it remains to be seen how we will be changed by this pandemic. One thing is for sure, we are all in this for the long haul. For the moment our present is changed. We all need to find out how to live differently during this time. We have to establish new routines for ourselves, households and communities. We can learn a lot from monasteries. A monastery is a place set apart. Monks and Nuns have a rhythm of life, secrets worth knowing. Some insights they offer are : Keep it simple, have a routine, eat and talk together, (when you can) and know when to keep silence; give each other space . If you live alone make a point of eating/praying at a set time. Make it a habit not a chore. Contact someone at a regular time/day by e mail. face time, telephone call.
All suffering tests our faith. This pandemic is no different. All suffering also asks us to make choices and to ask ourselves important questions.
What is essential?
What can I live without?
Who or what matters to me?
Without sugar coating this crisis it does present an opportunity, to see what can we do better. As individuals, communities and as Christians. Can we keep faith with God, with each other, with our future? In the Gospel of Sunday we see Jesus weeping at the death of his friend Lazarus. God in Jesus Christ has entered in to the suffering of every human life. God is with us in that suffering. Faith also promises the resurrection, new life.
This winter, this crisis ,will pass. Spring will again visit the garden of our hearts.
We will see seeds grow, blossom, and bear fruit.
Then our sorrow will turn to joy, a joy no one can take away. Our Lady of Victories, Our Lady of Walsingham/Pray for us
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Dear Parishioners, Friends and Visitors,
Due to Covid-19 Pandemic the Bishops of England and Wales have decreed that there will be no public celebration of Mass or the Sacraments for the time being. The Church is now closed to the public in order to comply with the public health directives of the government. This decision has been taken for the common good of our community and with particular concern for those at risk.
The life of prayer of the Church does not cease. The priests of the Parish will continue to celebrate Mass with the relevant intention without a congregation on Sundays and weekdays. We will continue to pray the Prayer of the Church at the appointed hours. We will be praying for and with you.
What can I do? Stay connected
1. You can make a spiritual communion at the time you would have been at Mass.
2. If you can, visit the Church on Sunday for a time of personal prayer. Keep Sunday Special.
3. Pray together as a family/household or as an individual at the time you would have normally attended Mass. The Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...
4. Read the Bible readings appointed for the day.( see: Catholic online-daily readings )
5. Choose a particular time of day to Pray every day with you family/household or on your own .Morning, evening /before meals, before going to sleep.
6. Pray for:
For the World and all in need
Those affected by Covid 19
For the healthcare professionals working to care for all affected.
For those researching a vaccine.
For those who have died and all who mourn for them.
For the Governments of the Nations.
You can join in Sunday and weekday online streaming of Mass
Search for :
¨ walsingham.org.uk The National Shrine of Walsingham, Mass live at Noon every day
¨ www. rcdow.org.uk Westminster diocese
¨ www.cbcew.org.uk Catholic bishops of England & Wales
¨ Daily Mass with Word on Fire:- website or You tube
¨ Daily TV Mass
¨ Catholic on line. For the daily Mass readings
Look at our website https://www.ourladyofvictories.net/
If you need to contact a Priest or need any help, let us know by contacting: Kensington1@rcdow.org.uk
Also available on the BBC:
BBC radio 4 LW the daily service every day at 9.45am
BBC radio 3 DAB/FM Choral Evensong/Vespers Wednesday at 15.30 or Sundays at 15.00 & available on BBCsounds /online.
Like Jesus we are called to go up the mountain this Lent, not a specific place, but a particular experience of the season.
As we journey through Lent and climb the mountain that leads to Easter, think about your own Spiritual journey. What state is your life in right now? What is going on that reflects the paschal mystery (that is the life death and resurrection of Jesus Christ)?
How will the disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving (care of the poor) help you on your journey? In his seminal work the Great Lent Alexander Schmeman refers to Lent as the time of bright sadness and writes of a different form of sadness than most of us are used to. He states that as we make the first step into the bright sadness of Lent, we see far, far away the destination. Easter. It is the destination of our journey that sustains us. The night may be dark and long, but along the way a mysterious and radiant dawn waits.