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St. Mary Magdalen's
Catholic Church
Willesden Green
London NW10
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Monday, April 11, 2011
Fifth Sunday in Lent Year A 10 April 2011 BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 2ND MAY – WINE, CAKE AND FILM EVENING A LARGE SCREEN SHOWING OF “POPE JOHN PAUL II: THE
TO CELEBRATE THE BEATIFICATION OF POPE JOHN PAUL THE GREAT
AND THE ROYAL WEDDING

"It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your heart your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.”

"Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch" – Pope John Paul II

On Sunday 1st May, Pope Benedict XVI will beatify his predecessor on the Seat of St Peter, Pope John Paul II. This ceremony formally recognises the late Pope’s heroic virtue and the miracle which occurred at his intercession, and is the next formal step in the process of becoming a saint.

In this parish we will celebrate this historic event on the evening of Monday 2nd May (May Day Bank Holiday) with a screening of the film “Pope John Paul II: The Movie”, which charts the Pope’s life from his youth in war-torn Poland to his death which moved and transfixed the world.

Pope Benedict said of this film: "Watching this film has renewed in me a sense of profound gratitude to God for having given the Church and the world a Pope of such an exalted human and spiritual nature."

In its review, the secular “Washington Post” said: “The movie is honestly and actually about something... It's the ability to instill joy in human hearts, and the film not only celebrates it but, in its finest moments, even possesses it."

Our celebration will begin at 7.00pm with wine (with which we will also toast the happy royal couple!), coffee and cake, followed by the movie at 7.30pm. The cost will be £3, with all profits going to the work of the Maryvale Institute, which has supported many catechists in this parish.

posted by Sinead Reekie at 10:06 am