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Synod Talk: There has been some interest in the talk I gave in Rugby and the only date available before Christmas seems to be Monday 30 November, so I will share my thoughts on the subject in the Fisher-More Hall at 7.30pm that evening. All welcome.

THE SYNOD: Last Thursday I gave a talk at the Sacred Heart parish in Rugby (where I first gave a mission in 1973) on my initial response to the outcome of the Synod on the Family. If there is sufficient interest in our two parishes, I will be happy to share my thoughts with you one evening. Let me know.

PARISH AWAKENING—A full report of the day will be made available for everyone and distributed on the First Sunday of Advent. As a result of all the feedback, most of which was wonderfully positive, we have many imaginative ideas as to how we can fan the flame lit on the day and further the missionary spirit of both parishes. After you have had time to digest the report, we will explore how best to further the process.

NOVEMBER: After a somewhat hectic couple of weeks, I enter November hoping that we can use this special month as a time for reflection……

The Holy Souls: Throughout this month we join the whole Church in praying for those who have gone before us. As is the custom we invite you to record the names of those whom you wish to place before the Lord during this time.

Fr Barrie O’Toole was due to have eye surgery on his retina last Friday and we had anticipated that he would be out of action again for a while. However, the operation has been postponed and he just wants to carry on until he is called again by the hospital. We assure him of our prayers and hope that when this episode is over it will complete a remarkable recovery after all he has been through.

‘AWAKENING’ FOLLOW UP: The feedback on the workshops was altogether so positive that I am wondering whether we should consider running them again as a series for both parishes in the New Year, so that more people can benefit from all the richness of the presentations. In the meantime I will be grateful if any readers or ministers of Holy Communion, who were unable to attend my workshop, obtain a copy of the notes I prepared. They are available in the sacristy of both churches and I think are self-explanatory.

Comings and Goings. We seem to be coping with this very challenging spell, but I continue to crave your patience and good will. This weekend I will be celebrating a wedding and four other Masses as well as baptisms in both churches, before heading to Aberdeen on Monday morning for the ordination of Peter Morris. Undoubtedly any homilies will be brief and hopefully to the point!

Ordination of Peter Morris. Please do pray for Peter and his family. It will be a wonderful blessing for the Redemptorists to have a young priest in the Province and I will extend the congratulations and good wishes of both parishes to him.

THE AWAKENING DAY: Countless people have asked me about my impressions of last Saturday. I can only say that I felt quietly content at the end of the day. I sensed that something very special had taken place and I think it would be a mistake to try and process it all too quickly. The spirit that pervaded the assembly was manifestly one of good will and openness. I think we can truly say it was the Spirit of God. Together I hope we can continue to explore ways of building on the solid foundations laid last weekend. Watch this space for the conclusions we can draw from the discussions and workshops.

Golden Jubilee. Fr Andrew and I would like to thank you for all the messages and expressions of good will that marked our special day last Friday. We had a memorable celebration.

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