Let us pray for the faithful departed
November is dedicated to the faithful departed, particularly those who have died but have not yet achieved their heavenly goal. The recent Sunday Mass readings have reminded us that our entry into heaven depends upon the earthly life we have lived and our relationship with God and His Church. Once we have died we cannot pray for ourselves, and so rely on those who are left behind. It is so important for us to pray for the departed: it may be your prayers or mine, or the Masses we offer during November, that enable another soul to enter into the joy and glory of the Kingdom of the Lord. This is the reason that the Eucharistic Prayer has a mention of the departed every time the Mass is offered: we need to help those who have died, just as we ourselves shall need the help of those on earth to achieve our own eternal happiness after our own death. As is Catholic custom, there are envelopes at the back of the church, along with intention sheets for the Masses we shall offer during November for the faithful departed in Purgatory. Please return your list and donation as soon as possible. Praying for the dead is one of the Spiritual Works of Mercy, and as Pope Francis reminds us often, mercy is a ministry which all Catholics are called to exercise daily.
Fr Alan Robinson
Second Collection Next Week
Next Sunday, the Holy Father invites all Catholics to contribute to a special collection for Missio, his official charity for overseas mission. Your support on World Mission Sunday will help brave missionaries in proclaiming the Gospel of peace in South Sudan and around the world. Please join in this special day that unites Catholics all over the world in prayer, celebration and care for the mission of the Church. You will be able to Gift Aid all the donations using envelopes provided by Missio. Thank you.
Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament
The next Mass is 6.30pm on Thursday 2nd November – All Souls’ Day and we will be joined by Bishop Robert Byrne, CO, Auxiliary in Birmingham who will be celebrating a Pontifical Solemn Mass and preaching for us. So, when are YOU going to join? Every month a Mass will be offered for the intentions of the members. The confraternity meets on a monthly basis for Mass, Adoration and Benediction, adoring Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. Leaflets containing application forms are available at the back of the church, or you can join online at www.blessedsacramentsodality.wordpress.com
Tomorrow, the work on taking up the floor and digging trenches for the main heating pipes begins….. so, I’m sorry, but it means more noise and dust. This involves digging a trench across the church to house the new main pipework. I’m told there will be times of EXTREME NOISE. The new boilers for the house and church will be installed over the next couple of weeks. During this phase of work, the new cables will be laid for the new sound system and induction loop. We now have our temporary heating in place. It may not be marvellous but it will help to take the chill off the air. Put on a good coat or jumper if you feel the cold. J
If you would like to help us with this work, please have a word with me after Mass, telephone or send me an email: we always need people to help us in many ways, and not only financially.
October –Month of the Holy Rosary
October is the month traditionally dedicated to praying the Holy Rosary much more earnestly. A plenary indulgence may be gained by reciting five decades of the Rosary in church, as a family at home, or in general whenever several persons have gathered for a good purpose. In other circumstances a partial indulgence may be gained. Pray your Rosary this October – and draw yourself and your family closer to Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Our Blessed Lady.