Dear Friends in christ
We have begun the Month of the Holy Rosary. During October the Church wishes to renew within the hearts of all God’s Faithful People, a love for this prayer. We know that the Holy Rosary is the most versatile of all the vocal prayers since, it can be prayed anytime and anywhere. Through the constant repetition of the words of Scripture - the Our Father and Hail Mary - we reflect simultaneously on the events of the life of Jesus in the Gospels; doing this through the eyes, hands and heart of Mary. Pray the Holy Rosary daily for peace in the Church and in the world; for holiness in Marriage and family life and for all our individual needs. Last weekend Pope Francis asked all Catholics to pray the Rosary during this month and also invoke St Michael the Archangel at the end, with the prayer composed by Pope Leo XIII especially for these turbulent times.
This Monday evening we begin our Journey of Faith. This series is a study of the entire Catholic Faith, and is perfect for those considering becoming Catholics. It provides a complete and faithful summary of the beliefs of the Catholic Church in a personal and understandable way. If you know someone who is interested in the Catholic Faith, then do encourage them to come; they will receive a warm welcome. The intention is that these Monday evenings are for non-Catholics. We will be introducing shortly a separate series of meetings for Catholic adults who are interested in deepening their Faith formation.
We welcome to the Parish this weekend Father Paul Roche CM who is making the annual Mission Appeal on behalf of the Vincentian Community. I encourage you to respond to this with your usual generosity. Our support - in prayer and practical help - is central to our service of the Church, at home and abroad.
May God bless you!
Msgr Kevin Hale