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SOLEMNITY OF ALL THE SAINTS Year B 1st November 2015. Month of the Holy Souls.

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST

My Dear People,

Today is the feast of ALL SAINTS.

This feast of All Saints has been kept for as long as we can remember on these shores. This feast reminds us of the doctrine we proclaim every Sunday – "we believe in the Communion of saints" that is the communion of the baptised. We share a common life in Christ if we are here on earth or have died.

The Feast of All Saints (1st November or nearest Sunday) and All Souls (2nd November) has almost been lost in Britain because of the "Halloween" effect.

People have forgotten that Halloween is the Old English for the Eve of the feast of the Hallowed (the made Holy).

All Souls College, Oxford for instance was built by King Henry VII, Henry VIII's dad) to honour and to pray for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory who had died as a result of the War of the Roses – the Houses of Lancaster and the York – the Tudor Dynasty. Even some Churches were dedicated to All Saints and All Souls. All Hallows means All Saints.

Now – that is our destiny too, willed by Christ and made possible by his Paschal Mystery, so it is truly our feast. One day, and for some of us, in not so longer while – we will be one of the "all saints or and/or “all souls". My family will have Mass offered for my soul while they live I hope on my anniversary of death and then I will have to rely on our Mother the Church to pray for me until I reach Heaven if that does not come quickly. Most of us do not leave this world already saints do we? Yet we cannot take the glory of Heaven and the beatific vision with sin damaged souls. Our eyes could not take that brilliant light and glory of the Living God, his sheer beauty. So we become one of the Holy Souls – waiting patiently for the fullness of Redemption. in that place of blessedness but purification. As I have told you before – Purgatory is like a decompression chamber- acclimatizing us to the life of heaven.

We can and must pray for our Dead whom we have loved in life. We can pray for them and they can pray for us. One of the best ways of praying for them is to have Mass offered for them in November and on their anniversary of death and to commend them to God in General when we say the "Eternal Rest give unto them" prayer.

The deepest grave you can dig is that of forgetfulness. Many of the younger generation I have noticed do not ask for their parents to be prayed for in Mass when their anniversaries come about. They should do so out of filial love and respect. Parents, ask your children to do this for you when the time comes as it will, and instruct them that you want a proper Funeral Mass and not just a trip to the Cremation or the Cem!! Write your wishes down and let them know.

We have the opportunity today to take an envelope from the porch of the Church and to enclose in it a list of those names you want to commend to God during the November month of the dead. Many Masses will be offered for all those souls you have mentioned. Their names will be places near the altar where the Sacrifice of the Lord is renewed for the living and the dead each day. So do that as soon as you can and place the envelope in next week's collection or put it in the Presbytery door. If you have no new names to add just put your offering in and many Holy Masses will be offered by your clergy for those souls during November.

The Jesuit Theologian, Karl Rahner wrote about the issue of remaining in touch with those who have died. He says:- "The great and sad mistake of many people, is to imagine that those whom death has taken, leave us. They remain! Where are they? In darkness? Oh no! It is we who are in darkness. We do not see them but they see us. Their eyes, radiant with glory are fixed upon our eyes...Oh the infinite consolation! Though invisible to us, our dead are not absent...they are living near us, transfigured into light, into power, into love." They are in Heaven with God or are on their way to Heaven and now a Holy Soul in purgatory.

God bless you,

Father Tom Connolly


FORTY HOURS DEVOTION. FROM THURSDAY 12TH NOVEMBER TO SUNDAY AT 4PM WE WILL HAVE THE FORTY HOURS OF WATCHING AND PRAYING BEFOE THE BLESSED SACRAMENT EXPOSED. FROM AFTER THE MORNING MASS TO 9PM IN THE EVENING THERE WILL BE PEOPLE ADORING OUR LORD IN THE BLESSED SACRAMENT AND YOUR CANDLES WILL HAVE HE NAMES OF ALL YOUR LOVED ONS WRITTEN ON THEM – THE LIVING AND THE DEAD – THOSE WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE US. THERE IS A ROTA FOR EACH HOUR AND THERE IS A BLANK WHERE YOU NAME SHOULD BE. COME ON NOW – EVERYONE AT MASS TODAY SHOULD AIM TO DO ONE HOUR WITH JESUS CHRIST WATCHING AND PRAYING. IT WILL DO YOU A WORLD OF GOOD AND IS TRULY NEEDED BECAUSE THERE MUST NEVER BE A MOMENT WHEN THE BLESSED SACRAMENT IS LEFT UNATTENDED. SO – CHECK THE ROTA OUT AND PUT YOU NAME DOWN. A FEW NAMES IN EACH SPACE IS OK.

Requiem Mass at St Dunstan’s Church, Moston and St Mary's Chapel, Wardley on November 2nd at 11am for all those buried in these cemeteries.






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