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St. Mary Magdalen's
Catholic Church
Willesden Green
London NW10
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Monday, June 12, 2006
BUILDING ON FIRM FOUNDATIONS- Sat 24th June 6:30 pm
BUILDING ON FIRM FOUNDATIONS- Sat 24th June 6:30 pm

In two weekend’s time Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor will be here to celebrate the centenary of the foundation of our parish. He will preach on the text “You are Peter (which mean ‘Rock’) and on this rock I will build my Church”.

This is the same text on which the brother of Cardinal Vaughan, a Jesuit priest Bernard Vaughan, preached at the June 21st Mass 1906 at which the foundation stone of the Linacre Road Church was laid by Lord Edmund Talbot, a prominent lay Catholic, second son of the Duke of Norfolk. That stone was indeed the foundation of a fruitful family of God down the ten decades since. We pray that our recent work upon and for our Church, both the Peter Avenue building and the Willesden Green community, may through our sacramental celebrations, bear fruit in faithfulness, charity and joy over the decades to come.

What God has done and what he can do in the future through us is a cause for celebration. Upon the rock of Peter he has built a family and an institution that has survived and developed over two thousand years whilst other empires have come and gone. From the Willesden Rock of 1906 a spring sprouted forth in which we are all now swimming in. We have a responsibility and power delegated by God to make this flow down a further century.
One pound tickets for the 8p.m. international food reception following this grand 6:30 pm liturgy can be obtained today and next week after Masses and from Clergy House. Ticketing is necessary to enable the party’s organization. Various faces from the past will be taking part in this evening. We do hope many can make this time of founding building up the Body of Christ here in Willesden Green.

posted by Sinead Reekie at 12:31 pm