The When Jesus presents his mission. Not only the world but the Church, (initially) takes offense. The great Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar reflects that the Church consist of people, all of whom wish to escape suffering as much and as long as possible. All philosophies and religions, outside Christianity respond in some way to the desire to avoid suffering. Through stoicism, through the rescue from the cycle of rebirths, or by means of esoteric meditation. In contrast Christ become man in order to suffer. Whoever hinders him is his opponent. Instead of hearing Christ say rejoice that I suffer for you, the one who would hinder him hears, take up your own cross out of love for me and on behalf of your sister and brother. There is no way for salvation except Jesus Christ. Our salvation does not consist in eliminating your I but in sacrificing your I for others. Which cannot take place without some cost and the cross. The scandal of the cross is at the heart of the mystery of God’s love for us manifest in the Life death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our life long task in the light of Gods mercy is that we offer ourselves as a living and holy sacrifice, which constitutes true worship, to Christ the Word of Life. Our lives are a sermon preached to and for the world. That’s a challenge.
Revised provision of Mass during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mass timetable for this weekend 29th/30th August:
Sunday: 9.30 am, 11.00am
Monday – Friday: 10am
From Sunday September 6th our Mass timetable is revised as follows:
Saturday: vigil/anticipated 6.00pm
Sunday: 9.00am, 10.30am, 12.00 noon
Monday – Friday: 10am.
We are limited by the use of the 2 metre rule to 68 persons or households. A Household or family can sit together. It is essential that you register for a place at Mass. You can do this via our microsite: https://parish.rcdow.org.uk/kensington1/events/ With the number of parishioners returning from Holidays we anticipate greater demand for places. We will have to give priority to those who have pre-registered.
If you do not register and simply turn up you may have to wait to see if the number of pre-booked palaces have been exceeded. It may be necessary to ask you to come back later. We ask your patience and cooperation.
There is at current no obligation for the faithful to attend Sunday Mass. You can attend Mass on any weekday. All our Masses are live streamed on the main page of our website.
We will keep the provision of Mass under review so as to provide an opportunity for as many parishioners as possible to attend.
Don’t forget you face covering, if you are able to wear one.
In the Bible we find texts and stories of all kinds and genres. This Sunday is the turn of the horror stories (almost). A group of twelve men, set out to cross the Sea of Galilee one evening in a little boat. As they struggle to make progress against the wind, the night overtakes them enwrapping them in complete darkness. Even the expertise of fishermen seems to be of no use. As time passes the wind becomes fiercer and the waves toss the boat up and down. Then in the middle of the night, out of the dark, the figure of a man appears in the distance and makes its way towards them. Who knows what kind of strange creatures live in the depths of those waters? Who knows if the stories of ghosts and paranormal phenomena are in fact true? They can do nothing other than panic and scream in terror.
When the ghost finally reaches the boat, he speaks to them over the roar or the sea and the wind: “Courage! It's me! Don't be afraid.” It is Jesus! What a relieve! But before anyone can ask him for help, Peter asks to be able to walk on the water as well, leaving everyone else bewildered. Peter doesn’t want the storm to finish, he wants to control it. He is convinced he has the faith, the knowledge, the expertise, the emotional strength to do it… But he doesn’t, and he sinks. So, Jesus takes him by the hand and helps him into the boat, at which moment the wind drops.
Story over? Not quite, because the real storm has just started, but his time deep in the hearts of those men, shaking everything they knew until then. What did just happen? What does this all mean? Why did we fail so badly? Why didn’t we trust in God better? Who is this Jesus of Nazareth who can multiply food, walk on the water and has power over the elements? That is, in fact, the real storm that the Gospel will calm as it unfolds and they learn more about themselves, God and His plan.
This story might not be remembered as the scariest story of all times, after all, but it will certainly be remembered as the story that helps us make sense and expel all the bouts, the shame and the failures that agitate our heart. As we come to acknowledge Jesus as God and saviour and accept that we are mere fragile humans, things start falling into place.
Fr Daniel Herrero Pena
Our condolences to Martin Lucas and family on the death of his mother Terri. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.
Breaking News: When visiting the Church you will now be able to make a donation at our contactless giving point.
The gestures and words are familiar to any Catholic. They are used at every Mass. They were used at the last supper. He took the bread…blessed it…broke it … and gave it to them. The celebration of the Mass, the Eucharist would be nothing but a romantic or aesthetic sensation if we forget that at the heart of it is the self-giving of Jesus. The sacrifice of yourself for others is the single foundation of every Community, Family or Household. Unite yourself with the Lord, then in a fruitful and acceptable offering for the life of the world. Each day at Mass we are nourished at the Lords table and filled with His riches. So be ready to break the bread of your life. The first reading toady contains an invitation, addressed to the exiles in Babylon, to come to the banquet. the banquet stands for the life of love and friendship God wishes to share with his people.
As we enter into August many of you are or hoping to travel. To find rest, refreshment, and healing. The people in the gospel passage today (Matthew 14:13-21), followed Jesus to a lonely place in order to listen to his words to seek healing. I hope you find some solace, rest and refreshment in these strange Covid August days. The invitation of the Lord to come aside and rest, to be refreshed by him in the Eucharist, the Holy Mass is always offered to us.
We would like to thank all those who have sent their condolences, Mass cards and letters of sympathy following the death and funeral of Fr Freddie Jackson. We and Fr Freddie's family have been incredibly touched by your kindness and remembrance of Fr Freddie.
We take this opportunity to extend our condolences to David Ko and his family for the loss his father Michael Ko.