Thoughts from the presbytery – 1 November

November is a special time to pray for the dead.  The month begins with All Saints’ Day when we remember those ‘superheroes” who have lived the Gospel Beatitudes in an extraordinary way.  We pray on All Souls’ Day for those who await purification from any stain of sin in order to experience the perfection of Heaven.  The Communion of Saints is a wonderful truth that the Catholic faith treasures.  As the pilgrim people, we are in communion with those who have died.

Many people like to have Mass celebrated for those who have died.  For the most part, Mass offerings I receive are sent to priests in Timor Leste who rely on the money for survival.  Another option is to send Mass offerings to ‘Aid of the Church in need’.  Each year, over 40,000 priests – ten percent of the world’s priests – are supported by 1.5 million Mass offerings.  Forms can be found next to the bulletins.

As Debbie Valencic, the co-ordinator of the Book Fair, mentions in this bulletin, it has been extraordinary to see so many parishioners and members of YRAR involved in preparing for this years Book Fair.  Thanks and congratulations!

Sr. Adina, a Dominican from Timor Leste, will visit our communities next weekend.

I will be on retreat at St. Clement’s, Galong, 18th – 22nd November.

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