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Thirty first Sunday of the Year

Thirty first Sunday of the Year

30 October 2011 – Thirty first Sunday of the Year (A)


THIS SUNDAY: The more responsibility we have for the flock of God, the more is demanded of us. But for all God’s people, there is the need for constant vigilance, to be on guard against hypocrisy and complacency, the two greatest threats to our living God’s way and not our own, self-serving way. This is a prelude to the end: for the next three weeks we will think about the end of the world and the judgement that awaits. This Sunday’s readings should begin to encourage us not to fear and dread that day, but to look forward to it, by putting our lives in order and living as the Lord showed us.

VESPERS AND THE ROSARY: To end this beautiful month of the Holy Rosary, there will be Vespers and Devotions this Sunday – 30 October – at 4.00pm. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to pray together as families and as a parish community, entrusting ourselves, through the psalms, through the Rosary, to the gentle Lord who keeps us close to him.

NEW ALTAR MISSALS: The new missals have arrived and are just awaiting inscription with the donors/intentions put into them. Once these have been done, the new missals will be placed in the Lady Chapel for those of you who want to, to see them. The Sunday Missals should arrive in the next two or three weeks in readiness for Advent. Watch this space.

FIFTY YEARS ON – VATICAN II: The next date for your diary is Tuesday 6 December, 7.30pm in our cathedral when Fr James Hanvey SJ will explore Lumen Gentium and Gaudium et Spes, inviting us to think about being the Church in the contemporary world.

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 this 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. The preparation for First Confession will take place during Advent (December) and then First Communion preparation will begin in January. It is so important that children are ‘registered’ for this year’s programme at that November meeting and don’t miss out and have to wait a year.

FEAST OF ALL SAINTS AND ALL SOULS: This 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. This 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. The list of Masses for the month of November can be found on the notice board. If you want to allocate a Mass for a particular intention then please print the name of the intention on the sheet – one intention per Mass, only, please. If you would kindly pop the name on an envelope and give it to FrC that would help enormously. Keep an eye on the newsletter for the intention during the week… just in case there are changes to the time of Mass.

BLESSING OF GRAVES: There will be a Blessing of graves on All Souls’ Day (this Wednesday) at Whitchurch cemetery at 2.00pm. If you have loved ones buried there, do join FrC for that short blessing. If you have a jam jar with a little night light, maybe bring that along with you.

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

FIRST FRIDAY PRAYER AND SOUP LUNCH: This Friday there will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after the morning Mass until midday. A hearty, simple soup lunch will be served in the hall from 12.15pm. All are welcome and your offerings go to support those in need both at home and overseas.

LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR: The Little Sisters are with us again next weekend – 5/6 November – making an appeal for their most valuable work at St Joseph’s. Also, you might like to make note of the Bingo night on Saturday 26 November (7.30pm) to raise money for the Little Sisters. A hearty supper for a £5 and bingo cards available to buy on the night. Pop you name on the list in the narthex if you would like a seat!

CHRISTMAS MASSES: There seems to be some interest in us having a Vigil Mass of Christmas – focused on our families and our children – at 6.00pm on Christmas Eve. We will have this in addition to our midnight Mass and Masses on Christmas Day. There will be cards printed for you to hand around, inviting your neighbours to join us for Christmas this year. This offers us chance to bring folk back to Church for Christmas.

PARISH FORUM GROUP meets in the presbytery on Thursday 10 November at 7.00pm.

HOLY SOULS CEMETERY MASS: Next Saturday (5 November) at 11.00am in the cemetery chapel.

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