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.
FEAST OF ST GERARD MAJELLA: This Monday 16 October we celebrate the Feast of our great saint, Gerard Majella, the patron of mothers and babies. We will mark the occasion with a short service in the church at 3.30pm. There will be medals for all who attend.
Click here for inormation on St Gerard
Click here for Prayers to St Gerard
If you are interested in joining St Gerard's league please speak to Brother Michael.
Last week’s attachment from the Core Team: I have seen a flurry of emails from a number of parishioners who were deeply disturbed by the tone of the guidelines on church etiquette. On reflection I agree that it could have come across as in stark contrast to the tone of my letter, distributed on the same day. I am asking the Core Team to have another look at the concerns and find a more gentle way of presenting them. In the meantime, may I reassure you that the notice will not be placed at the back of the church or on our website.
PARISH LETTER: For some months I have been hinting that I plan to offer you some food for thought in an ‘open letter’. Well it has come to fruition and is available to you this weekend. In the past couple of weeks I launched it at my meetings with the parents of our First Communion children and I look forward to having a conversation with them about it in the coming weeks. Please do take the trouble to read it and talk about it. My sincere hope is that it will provide the springboard for new ideas and new initiatives in both our parishes.
CARDINAL CORMAC MURPHY-O’CONNOR RIP:
As you know the Cardinal’s funeral was last Wednesday in Westminster Cathedral. We give thanks for his life of service to the Church in this country. I have written a short personal tribute, which is on the website. May he rest in peace. please St Julie’s
Funeral of Cardinal Cormac-Murphy O'Connor
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: An invitation to the parents of children in Year Four: please come to an initial meeting in the Fisher More Hall on Monday 18 September, at 8.00pm. I will send a letter through Bishop Eton School, but it is important that those of you who have children at other schools and wish to join the programme, take note of this meeting. The programme itself will not begin until nearer Christmas, but I wish to have an initial discussion with the parents/guardians and the catechists about how we will approach this year’s preparation. It will be part of the wider conversation I am hoping to have with the whole parish.
BE Alive: I have prepared a short reflection in this month’s magazine as a prelude to the more inclusive conversation I want to begin across the parishes this autumn, however Due to the move at St Julie’s there are currently problems with the printers and we are therefore unable to issue September’s edition until next week.
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