• RachelH

Parish newsletter, 31 October 2020

Saturday

10am: In honour of the Mother of God

5.45-6.15: Sacrament of Mary/Reconciliation

6.30pm: Nobou Yonetani RIP

Feast of All Saints (PMB 184)

8.30am: Deceased members of the Radford family

10am: Intention MM

11.30am: For the parish

Monday: All Souls Day

10am: for the parish

Tuesday

No mass today

Wednesday

9am: Exposition

10am: Deceased members of the Radford family

Thursday

10am Mass: In time of pandemic

Friday

9am: Exposition

10am: Bereavement Mass (St Joseph’s)

Saturday

10am: In honour of the Mother of God

5.45-6.15 Sacrament of Mercy

6.30pm: William Lewis RIP

Sunday

8.30:

10am: Union of Catholic Mothers

11.30: TBA


First reading

Not easy reading. It’s reminding us that all will be well but that we must pass through the Great Tribulation. The sealing of the elect refers to the immunity of the chosen people, the Israelites, to all plagues, would you believe it? Unlike the poor Egyptians! Try reading Revelation. There is such a risk image of heaven with people from all over the place getting in but having to suffer for a bit!


Second reading

Some good news at last! We are God’s children, born to a new life - share in the life of God.


Gospel

Jesus is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life”. In the Beatitudes he tells us how to become saints. St Oscar Romero hungered and thirsted for justice. Maximilian Kolbe offered his life to save another person whom he did not even know. St Vincent de Paul worked for needy people. Our Lady, the Queen of Saints, was entirely dedicated to her Divine Son and liver out all the Beatitudes. While Baptism is the beginning of the Christian life, it is also the gift of a calling to God. For most, it’s living out love in family life, in everyday relationships, looking after children, caring for elderly relatives. For some it’s the priesthood, service of the Kingdom of God in the church. God’s call is always a call to go beyond ourselves in love. St John Henry Cardinal Newman said: “God has created me to do him some definite service. He has committed to me some work which he has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told in the next.” Walking by faith, and led by God’s kindly light, it should be possible for us to become saints.

Reflection

Saints are like windows. Through them the light of God’s wisdom streams into the world, banishing the darkness, and brightening the road for uncertain travellers. Through them the warmth of God’s love radiates through the world, banishing the coldness and warming the hearts of even the most forlorn of his creatures. And through them we catch a glimpse of another world, a world that lies not just beyond the walls of our earthly home but even beyond the stars.

Well done to 30 children that made their first Holy Communion over recent weeks. Many thanks Amy and Helen.


COVID Prayer. I think it would be good to say this prayer together at the end of Mass. Take your own personal copy. bring it to church and take it home with you for obvious reasons. I’m trying to say a mass in the time of a pandemic most weeks. Here is the

Entrance antiphon: Truly the Lord has borne our infirmaries, and he has carried our sorrows.

The Collect: Almighty and eternal God, our refuge in every danger, to whom turn in our distress; in faith we pray look with compassion on the afflicted, grant eternal rest to the dead, comfort to mourners, healing to the sick, strength to healthcare workers, wisdom to our leaders and the courage to reach all in love, so that together we may give glory to your holy name. Through Christ our Lord. Amen


Saturday Mass 10am in honour of Mary the Mother of God and of the church and her key role in our salvation. It is a remembrance of the maternal example and discipleship of Our Lady. She was the only follower of our Lord to hold a vigil in expectation of the Lord’s resurrection on Sunday.


Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament resumes this following week: Wednesday and Friday 9am until Mass time. The Blessed Sacrament is the living fountain of life where we drink in the love of Christ who alone quenches our thirst to be loved. Eucharistic Adoration is the awareness of the real presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Appreciation of the gift of his total presence among us in the Blessed Sacrament. Affirmation of his personal love for us in the Blessed Sacrament. Acknowledgment of our total dependency upon him who is the vine and we the branches, with an attitude of centring our whole life in him and his holy will.


Baptism preparation Please speak to me to make the necessary arrangements. Formerly we met at 9am Saturday mornings.

Catholic? Thinking of becoming a Catholic or haven’t been confirmed? Please make contact ASAP. All things are possible.

Some changes The newsletter is now online and we are going to set up a parish register, which will enable the coordination of parish activities and communication with parishioners. A general parish email is being set up. Fiance systems are being set up to help with the day to day and monthly transactions, reconciliation etc.


Shoe box appeal Only a week to go! Get those boxes filled!

God bless you and keep safe and holy.

Fr Martin

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