According to Pope Francis, God has a weakness for the humble ones, and their prayers open God’s heart wide:
In this Holy Year of Mercy, we turn to the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. Jesus contrasts the arrogant self-righteousness of the Pharisee’s prayer with the tax collector’s humble recognition of his sinfulness and need for the Lord’s mercy. True prayer is born of a heart which repents of its faults and failings, yet pleads for the grace to live the great commandment of love of God and neighbour. The proud disdain of the Pharisee for the sinner at his side prevents him from being righteous in God’s sight. To pray well, we need to look into our own hearts and there, in humble silence, let the Lord speak to us. The honesty and humility which God asks of us is the necessary condition for our receiving his mercy.
Questions to ponder: Is the Pharisee saying the prayer to God or to himself? If you were in God’s place, which kind of prayer would you answer first?
' You are invited to complete your own November List to be inserted into our Annual Book of Remembrance.
' A Mass in honour of those of our parish who died on the battlefields of World War One will take place on Sunday 30 October at the 9 am Mass.
' The Solemnity of All Saints (A Holy Day) Masses on Monday at 7 pm then on Tuesday at 9.30 and 10.30 am
' Commemoration of All Souls Masses on Wednesday 2 November at 9 am and 7 pm
' The last of our Novena gatherings for the Year of Mercy on Friday 4 November will take the form of a healing service at 12 noon followed by soup lunch. The theme will be Comfort the Sorrowful, and Pray for the Dead.
' Our Annual Service for Deceased Parishioners is scheduled for Thursday 10 November at 7 pm.
' A short Act of Remembrance will be held outside the old St Mary Street church at 10.55 on Remembrance Day 11 November (Sir Thomas Boteler School extend an invitation to parishioners to attend their Remembrance Service at 10.30 am)
' Remembrance Sunday falls on the weekend 12/13 November. We will hold our usual acts of remembrance at each Mass.
All who died recently, all the faithful departed and all those living with or recovering from illness or undergoing medical treatment including: Vera Allen, Marc Bailey, Mary Birks, Margaret Boyer, Ken Boyes, Amanda Bradbury, Vera Bradbury, Archie Brocklehurst, Beryl Cooke, Ethan Connolly, Catherine Coyne, Margaret Cripps, Josie & John Daintith, John Daniels, Nadine Davies, Monica Dixon, Jimmy Evans, Laurie Finn, Pat Fisher, Fred Gatley, Larry Gilfedder, Maureen Gingell, Teresa Glover, Jamie Graham, Joan Grant, Mary Hayes, Tom Hopkins, Mary Howard, Graham Hutson, Joan Johnson, Lilly Kelly, Wendy Kirkpatrick, Fulvia Large, Caroline Leigh, Esther Lloyd Jones, Renaldo Marcella, Bernadette MacConkey, Abigail McNicholas, Eileen Moyse, James O’Hara, May O’Rourke, Mary Pajak, Charles Pendry, Margaret Pickup, Eileen & Tony Potter, Fionuala Price, David Prince, Margaret Quinn, Christine Rowe, Shelley Scott, Darcie Sharp, Fred Simpson, Margaret Smith, Tom & Hazel Sudell, Michael Swift, Howard Tomlinson, Pam Traynor, Pamela Verdon, Cecily Waite, Ben Watson, Mary Weavers, Ann Weiss, Graham Wilkes, John Williams & Colin Wright.