REDEMPTORIST SPECIAL COLLECTION TODAY:
As mentioned last week Fr Michael Brehl (the Redemptorist General) has asked the whole Congregation to have a special collection for our General Fund, which he uses to respond to crisis situations across the world. Since we have celebrated our 285th Birthday this month we thought this was the appropriate time to make the collection, which will be after the Masses today. As always we are immensely grateful for whatever help you are able to give.
Furthermore, we thank you for all the support over the years and especially for our confrères in Zimbabwe. At this critical time for the people of that country, we ask you to continue to pray for them.
The Feast of Christ the King will complete the liturgical year next weekend. We hope and pray that the Embrace event at the Cathedral next Saturday will be its usual vibrant success and encourage many young people to become more and more committed to their Christian faith. Meanwhile, to all our young people, I simply say: please take note of all the initiatives being taken on your behalf and respond as and when you can.
Registration for Embrace closes on the 22nd November at 3pm. If you would like to register please go to http://www.embrace-liverpool.org.uk/index.php/registration/
This is a free event.
To learn more about the speakers click here
RYM will have a stall, so if you go why not stop tosay hello to Natasha and Anita
THE HOLY SOULS: Please forgive me for not reminding you that last Thursday was All Souls’ Day, but I am sure you will have remembered. Throughout the month of November one Mass each day will be celebrated by a member of the Redemptorist Community for all those whom you wish to be remembered and whose names you have placed in your November Lists.
Over the next few weeks we will try to collate your responses.
Hopefully, by Christmas we will have a clearer idea of what practical steps we need to take. Meanwhile, I can only reiterate my delight in the many encouraging comments I am receiving not only from the parishioners of Bishop Eton and St Mary’s, but from as far away as a London parish.
THE PASTORAL AREA:
Fr Charles and I joined the other clergy from the pastoral area for an overnight meeting last week. In accordance with Archbishop Malcolm’s letter and my own ‘Open Letter’, we all want to have as wide a conversation with you as possible. Please do feel free to offer suggestions as to how we can effectively achieve this. In the meantime our efforts to pray together each month will continue. Please note that the next occasion will be on November 1, the Solemnity of All Saints. This time there will be a concelebration of Mass at 7.00pm in Hope University chapel and it will be the only evening Mass in the pastoral area for the Feast, which of course is a holiday of obligation.
The Open Letter: I am trying to ensure that the letter has as wide a distribution as possible by sending it out through the schools (apologies to you if you now have a shelf full of them!). However, I am encouraged by the feed-back so far and hope that it will lead to renewal in many aspects of our parish life.
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