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St. Mary Magdalen's
Catholic Church
Willesden Green
London NW10
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Monday, June 22, 2009
14/06/2009
FR NIMAL PONWEERA TO PLOUGH A NEW FIELD

We have recently had formal confirmation that, very sadly, after four years here, Fr Nimal, having enjoyed a holiday in his native Sri Lanka, will now not be returning to our parish. He has been having problems with his visa, our diocese has released him from his roles here, and his Archbishop we believe is giving him a new mission. It is particularly sad that we won’t be able personally to thank him for his warmth and committed work among us, not least with the sick, and to wish him well for the future. We will have a retiring collection for him next weekend. We will of course forward on any cards etc. Please pray for him and his new work

Novena to St Lawrence – for last nine days before Ordination
Novenas (derived from the Latin novem, meaning nine) – are an ancient tradition of praying over a period of nine days. This practice originated from the fact that at his ascension Jesus told his apostles to wait in Jerusalem and then he would send the Holy Spirit. They all stayed together in Jerusalem praying and nine days later, at Pentecost, they received the Holy Spirit.

We are offering a novena of prayers to St Lawrence, during these last nine days before Michael Jarmulowicz’s ordination, (which takes place of the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of the Mary, the day after the Year of the Priest begins, the Feast of the Sacred Heart, the 150th anniversary of the death of the Cure of Ars). Our intention will be that the parish may gain great fruit through Michael’s “conformation to Christ the Servant. Particularly during his first year, the Year of the Priest, may his service of priests and people be blessed with joy and peace, through St Lawrence’s intercession.
St Lawrence was one of the seven deacons of the Church of Rome who was martyred during the persecution of the Emperor Valerian on the 10th of August 258, four days after Pope Sixtus II. St Lawrence was asked by the emperor to bring the riches of the Church to him; his response was to bring the poor of Rome

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