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.