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Twenty Eighth Sunday of the Year

Twenty Eighth Sunday of the Year

9 October 2011 – Twenty Eighth Sunday of the Year


THIS SUNDAY: The Church’s year is drawing to a close: in a few weeks we will be thinking very clearly about the end of time – but here we have a preview. The parable of the banquet is a link between the Gospels of recent weeks (which have as their theme: ‘Just who is going to be saved?’) and the looking forward to the end times which will follow. The big danger is complacency: we are baptised, we go to Church, we’ve got our invites to the wedding. But when the big day comes, will we be ready for it? Or will our thoughts be on the other things of life? Jesus speaks of himself as the Bridegroom, and today points out to the chosen people that they are in danger of missing the celebration. Our faith is that the Bridegroom will come again; let us be careful that the same parable is not addressed to us.

WELCOME to Mass this coming Saturday morning (15 October), those in formation for the permanent diaconate in our diocese. They will be here for one of their formation days, and will join us for Mass and Morning Prayer this coming Saturday. We keep them, of course, in our prayers.

NEW TRANSLATION OF THE ROMAN MISSAL: Keep using the Mass cards that are available. It is good to hear our community growing in its familiarity with the new texts. We persevere… together.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS: Our ministers of Holy Communion come together for their annual formation session On Wednesday 12 October at 7.30pm – after the evening Mass. We only come together once in the year so please do make a note in your diaries.

FIFTY YEARS ON – VATICAN II: Beginning this October our diocese is hosting a series of seven talks/lectures inviting us to re-engage with the teachings and the documents of the Second Vatican Council which began October 1962. Starting on Tuesday 18 October, Bishop Declan opens the series. The talks take place at the Cathedral and start at 7.30pm. Have a look at the Adult Education and Evangelisation newsletter on the narthex notice board. There is also a poster on the board giving full details of dates and the details of our most competent speakers.  If you want to read ahead of the Bishop’s opening talk, have a look at or you may find some copies of the Vatican II texts and study guides in the narthex.

A CONCERT FOR CAFOD this Saturday 8th October at 7.30pm in the church there will be a musical evening and refreshments for the refugee camp in Kenya.  Please try and support this social event which is for a good cause.

ST BRENDAN’S SIXTH FORM COLLEGE: Do have a look at the information poster in the narthex -15 October, 19 October and 20 October. Contact details for the college are on the poster.

CAFOD HARVEST FAST DAY: Each year as we celebrate the abundance of God’s gift of creation, we enter into solidarity with those who ‘fast’ each and every day through hunger. Our gift to them through our second collection this weekend is our way of sharing from the many good things we have.  You can put the envelopes handed out last weekend in the second collection, please.

THE MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY: Do make something of this month dedicated to the Holy Rosary. It may be that you take up the challenge of a decade a day during this month, maybe praying for vocations. Each weekday Mass will end with a decade, bringing our parish to the intercession of our Blessed Lady.

FIRST COMMUNION 2012 – PARENTS’ MEETING: Once again, we begin to think about preparation for First Communion. Parents of children in Year 3 of primary school who are considering putting their children forward for preparation beginning in January are invited to meet with Fr Christopher in the Church on Thursday 3 November at 7.00pm. This will be a short meeting outlining the programme for both children and, this year, for parents as well. The application forms as well as complete list of dates for the preparation programme will be available on that evening. If you need to get in touch with FrC before then, please do give him a call.

FEAST OF ALL SAINTS: Tuesday 1 November is a holyday of obligation. There will be two Masses that day – 10.00am with our children in school and then 7.30pm in the evening in Church. The Wednesday, 2 November is the commemoration of All Souls. There will be two Masses that day, also: 9.30am and 7.00pm. It’s not a holyday of obligation, but it is an important celebration nevertheless. There will be a Blessing of graves on All Souls’ Day at Whitchurch cemetery at 2.00pm. If you have loved ones buried there, do join FrC for that short blessing.  The list of Masses for the month on November will be placed on the notice board during this week for you to allot Mass intentions during the month of the Holy Souls.

MASS OF WELCOME: As last year, we will welcome the children who have started at the primary school along with their families on Sunday 6 November at 10.30am. It’s an important celebration to enable us to foster those necessary links with our parish school.

FIRST FRIDAY SOUP LUNCH: The first of our first Friday soup lunches went off very well. It was good to see people calling in for this simple, hearty lunch. Thank you to those who worked hard to provide us with lunch… most especially the range of tasty soups. You raised £130 which will be added to our CAFOD Harvest gift.

PARISH BAZAAR: We didn’t organise a bazaar this year, but we could arrange for one in the spring, sometime after Easter (maybe May). Have a think, and if you’d be interested in helping out with the bazaar, then FrC will be calling on your enthusiasm and your help once again. It’ll give us plenty of time to start thinking about the stalls we want, and how we draw in the ‘stuff’ we need to fill the stalls again. Watch this space!

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