Lent began this year on 26th February on Ash Wednesday. And as always we all received ashes on our foreheads with the words “Repent and believe in the gospel!”. That word “Repent, A key word in Lent, “Stop what you’re doing and do the opposite!!’ “Change Direction”; “Turn around and go the other way;” is getting us to focus on God. Focus on what is important. Focus on prayer, the members of our community that need us, need our help, our support, our love. Focus on them, to enable them to achieve the fullness of life that God has intended for them. That’s what living the Christian life is all about
This strange time of staying at home, being in isolation to stop the spreading of this virus, is also a time in our country and all over the world, where we are seeing Doctors, nurses, medical staff, care workers, support staff, key workers and so many volunteers, caring for those with Coronavirus Covid 19. Caring for those in isolation, those most vulnerable and at risk at this time. They are ensuring that as a community, through caring and supporting each other, we will bring back to full health and full life those who most need it, those who are sick. We also remember and pray for those who haven’t made it. May they rest in peace.
Today, 5th Sunday of Lent, we begin the final countdown of our Lenten journey towards Holy Week. That most sacred of weeks which begins with the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on a donkey.
Devastatingly, today and for nearly a week, your Church, our Church, our place of worship and locus of our community at prayer and thanksgiving, like all churches, is closed. Our shared life of coming together in person as a Catholic Community to Break Bread in the Eucharist cannot happen. But the life of prayer of Ealing Abbey still goes on. The Eucharistic celebration of the Mass is still celebrated every day. We, the monks of Ealing Abbey, continue our life of prayer together for you, with you in spirit and on your behalf.
We continue our rhythm of daily prayer starting with Matins at 6am, Mass at 7am, Lauds at 7.35am, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers throughout the day & ending with Compline at 8pm.
You, our parishioners, our wider community of faith, our benefactors, are with us always at this time. We offer up our prayers to the Lord for you all: your cares, your concerns, your worries, your fears and needs. Our rhythm of prayer is our Christian witness, our mission rooted in the Benedictine charism of prayer, care and hospitality.
As we enter into this final stage of our Lenten journey in these strange, uncertain and difficult times, we ask the Lord to be with us and make us stronger. We ask Him to make us stronger, more prayerful people, putting Christ and the vulnerable at the centre of our Christian lives.
May the Lord bless you all, give you his protection and care and keep you safe and healthy now and always. Amen.
Ambrose McCambridge OSB
Parish Priest, Ealing Abbey Sunday, 29th March 2020
With ongoing CONCERNS OVER THE CORONAVIRUS !
PLEASE USE THE HAND SANITISERS PROVIDED AROUND THE ABBEY AND PARISH PREMISES !!!
The Parish Lunch on 29th March has been CANCELLED
NHS ADVICE ON THE BEST WAY TO STOP THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS
Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds (eg. sing HAPPY BIRTHDAY’ twice, to yourself while washing) and whenever you:
- get home or into work
- blow your nose, sneeze or cough
- eat or handle food
It’s important to use soap and water or a hand sanitiser.
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Registration is now open for applicants. Please complete the form online on the
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QUIZ NIGHT IN THE BENET CLUB
On Saturday 2 May 2020 7.30pm – 8pm start
Fish & Chips Supper
Don’t miss out on a Great Evening
Teams of 4/5 or 6. Tickets £10p.p.
PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM
England’s Historic National Shrine of Our Lady, dating back to A.D. 1060
Monday to Friday 10-14 August 2020: the cost of 4 nights’ stay, bed & breakfast with evening meal will be approx. £200. Limited number of places, so please apply a.s.a.p. to the parish office: also apply to the office for more information.
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This Liturgy took place on Wednesday 3rd April 2019. If any one would like THE SERVICE booklet – LITURGY for SUICIDE, please contact Krysia Carr on 02088622167 (where you can leave a message), or email firstname.lastname@example.org