Peace is in short supply. The war in Ukraine, the killing in Israel of Shireen Abu Akleh and the gun massacre in the City of Buffalo in the USA. There is a peace that is an enforced or imposed peace. It can be a negotiated agreement or an armed truce, like the Pax Romana. It is a peace that is policed in order to keep order and prevent lawless behaviour. This is not the peace Jesus offers his disciples.
The peace Jesus gives wells up inside a person. It enables us to be peacemakers. This peace is the fruit of daily work to see that justice is done. Within that gift of peace, people need to listen to each other, to consider the reasons for the other side's view. This peace carries with it a sense of wholeness, healing, and completeness. It opens up the possibility of true communion with Our Father, with God. It is not to be mistaken for tranquillity which is external. It is a Peace which passes understanding. It is essentially internal. The Peace of Jesus is a gift given to those who love his word and keep it. ( John 14:15-16). To all those who thirst for justice, walk humbly with God and seek to love and follow the Lord it is a gift worth seeking.
Mgr Jim Curry
Shireen Abu Akleh RIP
The Killing of the respected Palestinian journalist in Israel, Shireen Abu Akleh, a Melkite Catholic - Christian is shocking. Our Friends of the Holy Land group asks you to continue to pray for a Just Peace in Palestine-Israel. Our Holy Land. Below is a link to an article on the website of a sister charity: 'Embrace the Middle East.' it is worth reading
On 14 May at Bayswater then 30 May at Kensington, professional musician, Cheslav Singh, will perform a piano recital to raise money for Ukraine.
Online Organ Concert: Timothy Macklin and David Bednall - Friday 20 May 2022
MUSIC FOR MARY AND EASTERTIDE
The next concert in our Grand Organ Inauguration Festival will be by Timothy Macklin and David Bednall, on Friday 20 May 2022 at 19h30.
Please note this is an online concert.
The concert is non-ticketed and will be available on the Parish Website at 19h30.
It will remain to view afterwards for those who cannot watch at the time.
Timothy Macklin and David Bednall play the third concert in the 2022 Grand Organ Inauguration Festival at Our Lady of Victories, Kensington. The two parts to this concert are available in two videos, linked below.
Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 625: J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Erstanden ist der heilige Christ: BWV 628: J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Liebster Jesu, Wir Sind Hier BWV 731: J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Offrande à Marie: IV.Regina pacis: Jean Langlais (1907-1991)
Chant de Paix: Jean Langlais (1907-1991)
Adagio in E: Frank Bridge (1879-1941)
Toccata Nu La Oss Takke Gud: Egil Hovland (1924-2013)
Incantation pour un Jour Saint: Jean Langlais (1907-1991)
Mariales: Incantation - Pastorale - Antienne - Hymne - Danse: Naji Hakim (born 1955)
Toccata on All For Jesus: Malcolm Archer (born 1952)
Meditation on Pange lingua: Richard Jeffrey-Gray (born 1966)
Fanfare-Postlude on Hyfrydol: David Bednall (born 1979)
Chorale Prelude on 'Solothurn': Sarah MacDonald (born 1968)
Celebration: Cecilia McDowell (born 1951)
The new Grand Organ (IV/53) at Our Lady of Victories is by Anton SKRABL, and was completed in 2022. It is built and voiced in the French Symphonic style. The design process was overseen by Timothy Macklin, assisted by David Bednall, in collaboration with SKRABL.
Please click on the button below for following the concert
We have worked with our colleagues in the Parish Support Team towards procedures for processing the Gift Aid from contactless donations trough the Dona provider.
When signing a Gift Aid declaration on the device, you also will be asked if you would like your previous contactless donations to be Gift Aided as well.
Further, as entering a Gift Aid declaration on the device can take a couple of minutes, we want to help reduce the amount of time you may spend on the device, and reduce the queue for it. Leaflets have been created and placed at the back of the church and on the notice board. These contain a QR code that will enable you to use your smartphone to make your Gift Aid declaration. You can also access the Dona portal and leave your donation by simply scanning the underneath QR code:
You can also donate securely by debit or credit card by clicking on the button created at the section end.
WEEKLY MASS SCHEDULE:
Monday to Friday - 10.00 am
Saturday - 6.00 pm
Sunday - 9.00 am, 10.30 am, 12.00 pm and 6.00 pm.
ALL OUR MASSES WILL BE LIVE-STREAMED FROM OURWEBSITE.
Each Wednesday, soon after mass, there will be the possibility to spend some time in prayer in front of the most blessed sacrament, immediately after mass. During that time a priest will be available to hear your confession. Adoration will finish at noon with the prayer of the Angelus.
Confessions are also available every Saturday from 5 pm to 5.45 pm.
BLESSING OF HOUSES:
For anyone who would like to have the house blessed, Fr Marco we will available to arrange it. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
CERTIFICATE OF CATHOLIC PRACTICE:
For anyone who should require a certificate of Catholic practice, please send an email to email@example.com
Please do keep an eye on the website: www.ourladyofvictories.net which will be updated on a weekly basis.
To all who are travelling at this time, stay safe and travel well.