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St. Mary Magdalen's
Catholic Church
Willesden Green
London NW10
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Saturday, May 08, 2010
COLLECTION FOR “WEEF” FUND, TRAINING SEMINARIANS FOR THE PRIESTHOOD
NEXT WEEKEND
COLLECTION FOR “WEEF” FUND, TRAINING SEMINARIANS FOR THE PRIESTHOOD

Martin Plunkett, who was with us for three years as a youth worker, will be back at the Sunday Masses (not Sat 6:30) to explain a bit about this appeal. He is now in his second year of training, and has recently received the “ministry” of Reader. This is to be formally instituted to minister at the lectern, that is to read during the Liturgy of the Word at Mass. It is a traditional step towards becoming a priest. The next step, next year, is to become an “Acolyte”, to minister at the altar, that is as a server during the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

About a year after that Martin would then be formally called by God through the Bishop to become a priest by becoming a “candidate”. About a year after that he would, God-willing, be ordained a Deacon, and take his vows of celibacy and obedience and respect towards the Bishop. A year later he would become a priest!

It costs 50p a day to prepare someone for priesthood.

LOURDES PILGRIMAGE – DEADLINE APPROACHING
Also next weekend is the deadline for giving saying that you would like to join our parish group on the diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes – cost £595 including Eurostar trip.

The theme for 2010 is, 'With Bernadette, Let us make the sign of the Cross' - nothing less than an invitation to enter into the life of the Trinity itself, by following the way of Christ.

Lourdes is ‘a place apart’. Without doubt a place of prayer but also of peace and consolation, where the pilgrim can pour out their troubles, worries, anxieties in wordless conversation with Our Lady. A place, in the first instance of Our Lady, quietly showing the way to her Son.

Lourdes is situated in the foothills of the Pyrenees in S W France. The story begins with a young girl, Bernadette Soubirous, the eldest of nine children. In 1858, Our Lady first appeared to Bernadette in the cave of Massabielle on February 11th of that year. She was to appear a further 17 times. Each year the Sanctuary chooses a theme to help us focus on the Lourdes message and what it can mean for our lives.

posted by Sinead Reekie at 12:40 pm