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St. Mary Magdalen's
Catholic Church
Willesden Green
London NW10
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Monday, October 02, 2006

Today we publish the final accounts for our Building Appeal – see the green insert. As predicted the results are extremely positive. We made just twenty one pounds more than the figure requested by Fr Tony Dwyer in 2002! Because costs have been a little less than expected we have over £9,000 available to sort out the Church lights if necessary (as explained on the insert) and to put towards future building work!

We have ‘shored up’ our great Church – ensured its witness and its use for the present and for a future generation. It is a fruit of the material and spiritual generosity of the parishioners here. We all owe a particular debt of gratitude to Martin Doyle who has overseen the accounts for these last five years, with his calm & clarity - a great weight off various parish priests’ shoulders!

May it all bear fruit in our living and loving.


Extract from the Holy Father's address to Muslim representatives at Cologne on 20.08.05We must seek paths of reconciliation and learn to live with respect for each other's identity. The defence of religious freedom, in this sense, is a permanent imperative, and respect for minorities is a clear sign of true civilization. In this regard, it is always right to recall what the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council said about relations with Muslims:

The Church looks upon Muslims with respect. They worship the one God living and subsistent, merciful and almighty, creator of heaven and earth, who has spoken to humanity and to whose decrees, even the hidden ones, they seek to submit themselves whole-heartedly, just as Abraham, to whom the Islamic faith readily relates itself, submitted to God … the Council urges all parties that, forgetting past things, they train themselves towards sincere mutual understanding and together maintain and promote social justice and moral values as well as peace and freedom for all people (Declaration Nostra Aetate, n. 3).

For us, these words of the Second Vatican Council remain the Magna Carta of the dialogue with you, dear Muslim friends... Christians and Muslims, we must face together the many challenges of our time. There is no room for apathy and disengagement, and even less for partiality and sectarianism. We must not yield to fear or pessimism. Rather, we must cultivate optimism and hope. Interreligious and intercultural dialogue between Christians and Muslims cannot be reduced to an optional extra. It is in fact a vital necessity, on which in large measure our future depends.'

posted by Sinead Reekie at 10:38 am