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Our Lady Mother Of The Saviour Rc Church

1st of November 2014

The commercial presence of Hallowe’en imposes itself on society more and more each year, such that its origin in being the eve of All Saints’ Day and thus the first of three days in the early Christian church that were known as Allhallowtide, is all but lost from view. It is, of course, the time of the liturgical year when we remember the dead. All Saints’ Day, which will actually be celebrated on Sunday 2 November this year in the Catholic Church, commemorates all those whom we believe have obtained the beatific vision in heaven, not just those publicly identified as Saints, but the countless numbers of good men and women who, over the centuries, have died in the grace of God. The following day, All Souls’ Day, is set aside by the Church to remember with joy and gratitude all those of our loved ones who have gone before us. In keeping with the whole nation we will also, on Sunday 9 November, commemorate the many men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice at times of war. One of the most commonly recited and comforting Catholic prayers for the dead is this: “Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen”.

Fr Floribert, settling down to his new place as our Parish Priest, is progressing the ‘Growing in Faith’ initiative that is being introduced across all the parishes of the Diocese of Westminster.

The parish barbecue event was well attended, and blessed with glorious weather – much better than we would have enjoyed on the original date we had planned in June. Not only was Fr Terry able to join us from his retirement home in Dublin, but Fr Jan Bak, who has served our church well over a number of years at different intervals, was also able to attend. During the period between Fr Terry’s retirement and convalescence and the arrival of Fr Floribert, our Masses were said by Fr Bernard Finan and Fr Noel Keane, and they also came along, enjoying a great afternoon and some very entertaining Irish dancing by a very young troupe of parish children. It was also an opportunity for many of us to meet Fr Floribert socially. The parish has, since its creation, been continuously supported by the Salvatorian Order. In turn the Parish wishes to continue its support, spiritual and financial, to the Salvatorian missions in Tanzania. Fr Terry is hoping to go there very soon, but his uncertain health requires us to look for new ways to maintain our relationships into the future.

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