NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH OF THE HOLY SOULS IN PURGATORY
THE THIRTY - SECOND WEEK OF ORDINARY TIME
Saturday 6th November– Saturday 13th November 2021
In this Sunday’s Gospel, Our Lord calls our attention to a poor widow’s great generosity in which she gave all from the little that she had. In her own small way, she gives a sign of Our Lord’s own self -giving in which He gave all for God the Father and his Most Precious Blood was given for love of human beings who had rejected Him and nailed him to a cross. In the Lord’s total self-giving the sacraments were given to us and the church was born.
As followers of Jesus we are called to follow the poor widow’s example. This does not just mean how much money you give to the poor or to the support of your church, but how much of ourselves we give in our time, our talents and experience for the service of others. This of course is not always easy. It often means doing things we don’t like and which are not convenient, but are for the benefit of others. It means doing what we don’t always feel like doing for people we don’t always like, but we do it because it is ‘right and just so to do’. These are the good works which are the mark of a catholic. For to look after merely our own, to say ‘charity begins and ends at home’ does not fulfil the command of Christ who tells us, ‘Love your enemies. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Do not even tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even the gentiles do the same? Be perfect therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect’ (Matthew 5: 46 -47).
Following this precept of the Lord, in this month of Holy Souls, it is right to pray for the eternal rest, joy and heavenly rewards not only for those we loved, but for those we didn’t, and in praying for Holy Souls in general, to remember those who perhaps were little loved in this life and have no-one to pray for them.
We will offer another requiem mass for the Holy Souls in purgatory this coming Saturday morning. May the divine assistance remain with them always.
NOVEMBER HOLY SOULS DATES:
1. All Souls Day + 10.00 a.m. and + 7.00 p.m.
2. + Parish Solemn Requiem Mass offered for Holy Souls on Remembrance Sunday. Sunday 14th November, 11.00 a.m.
3. + Requiem Mass for Deceased Clergy of Bexley will be at St. Stephen’s, Welling at 12.00 noon on Tuesday 23rd November.
4. November Requiems for Holy Souls: Saturday 13th 10.00 a.m., Saturday 27th 10.00 a.m.
5. Memorial Service with the Litany of the Sacred Heart and Benediction, followed by refreshments. Feast of Christ the King, Sunday 21st November 3.30 p.m.
6. Blessing of Graves. (Those who visit a cemetery between 1st and 8th November and pray for the faithful departed, may obtain a plenary indulgence, applicable to the holy souls, and at other times a partial indulgence)
Below are the times I have received:
Kemnal Park, Saturday 6th November (time not known)
Sidcup Sunday 7th November at 2.30 p.m.
Hillview Sunday 7th November at 1.30 p.m.
Plumstead Sunday 14th November at 1.30 p.m.
Woolwich Sunday 14th November at 2.30 p.m.
COFFEE MORNING to support HCPT*: Sunday 7th November from 10.00 a.m.
· Hot Breakfast Rolls
· Homemade Cakes & Bakes
· Stall with nic-nacs/ bric –a-brac
Message from Tony Brooke: Since the mid 1970’s the Catholic Fellowship have taken sick and disabled pilgrims to Lourdes using the excellent services of HCPT. We plan to restart our pilgrimages post COVID, and are back on the fundraising campaign. On Sunday 7th November we will be holding a Coffee morning after Mass and dearly ask for your company in the hall to enjoy some excellent food, a cuppa, and a chat. Maybe we can entice you to purchase a treasure from our bric-a-brac selection. And if you can’t make it perhaps you could spare a prayer for the success of next year’s extravaganza.
(* HCPT = ‘THE HOSANNA HOUSE AND CHILDREN’S PILGRIMAGE TRUST’)
There is currently a particular need for
· Long Life milk
· Long Life juice
· Tins of Rice Pudding
· Toilet Paper
The container for donations is in the Church Porch and is taken to Bexleyheath food bank on Monday mornings.
St. Thomas More Catholic Primary School Admissions.
The next open morning for parents considering sending children to our catholic primary school is on Wednesday 10th November and following then on Monday 10th January. For more detail look at the website and video on the school website: www.stm.bexley.sch.uk/admissions/admissions
Christ the King Catholic Sixth Forms OPEN EVENTS
· CTK Aquinas in Brockley, offers extensive A level choice for high achieving students who gain top GCSE grades: Saturday 6th November 2021 9.30 – 1.00. For bookings: ctaquinas.ac.uk/events
· CTK St Mary’s in Sidcup offers A level equivalent vocational programmes, including T levels: Saturday 13th November 2021 9.30 – 1.00. For bookings: ctkstmarys.ac.uk/events
· CTK Emmanuel in Blackheath offers a wide range of high quality A level and vocational courses : Saturday 20th November 2021 9.30 – 1.00. For bookings: ctkemmanuel.ac./events
First Holy Communion 2022
Applications are now open. Closing date for applications is on Sunday 14th November. Classes will take place on a Saturday morning at 10.30 a.m. in the Hall from Saturday 8th January 2022.
First Communion Catechists are still needed. Please contact me if you can serve the children of your parish in this way.
Sunday Children’s Liturgy in the Hall
Hopefully this will resume at 9.00 a.m. on Sunday 14th November. Helpers still needed. Please contact me or Fiona Martyres.
Deaths For all our brothers and sisters who ate the Body of Christ, the bread of Life, that they may be raised up on the Last Day. (Drawn from the intercession of the Funeral Mass)
Please pray for the souls of:
Raymond Frank Hawkins who died on Thursday 30th September, aged 91. Funeral Requiem on Friday 12th November at 10.00 a.m. with Vigil Mass at 7.00 p.m. on Thursday 11th November with the Knights of St Columba.
MASSES AND INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK: THE THIRTY – SECOND WEEK OF ORDINARY TIME
Psalter week 4 Ferial cycle 1 at mass.
Saturday 6th November THE THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (B)
6.00 p.m. Confessions
+ 6.30 p.m. MASS [said] Deceased Members of the D’Souza and D’ Lima Families R.I.P.
Sunday 7th November
8.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary
+ 9.00 a.m. SUNG MASS. Deceased Members of the de Silva Family R.I.P.
10.00 a.m. Coffee morning for HCPT in Parish Hall.
+ 11.00 a.m. SOLEMN LATIN MASS [with English Readings] Mr. Iyiegbu W.B.
7.30 p.m. Social Evening in Hall.
Monday 8th November St. Willibrord, bishop.
9.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary
+ 10.00 a.m. Adelina de Cunha R.I.P.
Tuesday 9th November The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, feast.
9.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary
+ 10.00 a.m. Pat McNully R.I.P (month’s mind, died in Tyrone, Ireland, age 77).
Wednesday 10th November St. Leo the Great, pope & doctor of the church, memorial.
The Daily Rosary at home.
NO PUBLIC MASS TODAY (+ Janet Mc Gavin W.B.)
Thursday 11th November St. Martin of Tours, bishop, memorial.
9.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary
+ 10.00 a.m. Ferdie Rodrigues R.I.P.
2.00 p.m. Thursday Lunch Club Afternoon Tea
+ 7.00 p.m. Reception into Church & Funeral Vigil Requiem for Ray Hawkins with the Knights of St. Columba.
Friday 12th November St. Josaphat, bishop & martyr, memorial.
9.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary
+ 10.00 a.m. Funeral Requiem for Ray Hawkins followed by committal at Eltham.
6.00 p.m. choir practice
Saturday 13th November St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, religious.
9.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary & Confessions
+ 10.00 a.m. [Latin] November Requiem. Holy Souls.
11.30 a.m. Baptism
[+ 6.30 p.m. THE THIRTY – THIRD SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME Jacob & Helen Fernandes R.I.P.)
NOVEMBER PRAYER FOR HOLY SOULS
In your hands, O Lord, we humbly entrust our brothers and sisters. In this life you embraced them with your tender love; deliver them now from every evil and bid them eternal rest. The old order has passed away: welcome them into paradise, where there will be no sorrow, no weeping or pain, but fullness of peace and joy with your Son and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.