HONOURING SUNDAY As people begin returning to more regular patterns of parish life and following the first face to face meeting of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales in Leeds, the bishops have issued the following statement about the importance of honouring Sunday: www.cbcew.org.uk/bishops-statement-honouring-Sunday. It is also available to read on the notice board in Church.
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY is a national opportunity to remember the service and sacrifice of all those that have defended our freedoms and protected our way of life. We remember the Armed Forces, and their families, from Britain and the Commonwealth, the vital role played by the emergency services and those that have lost their lives as a result of conflict or terrorism. We pray for repose of the souls of all the Fallen this Sunday and pray for the peace of the world. Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord…
SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS is the beautiful celebration of all those who have died and gone to heaven. We believe that all people in heaven are saints. This includes all saints, not just those who are known to us (those canonized by the Church). A saint may be a mother, father aunt, uncle or friend. We, the faithful on earth, celebrate their triumph and seek to learn from their example in what it means to live holy lives. We also ask them to pray for us as we journey through the Christian life. The word, “Halloween” comes from the vigil of All Hallows Day, now known as All Saints Day. On Tuesday, All Souls Day, we remember and pray for those who have died who are in purgatory. Souls in purgatory are being purified in order to enter heaven. On both days we pray for ourselves, that the Lord may help us to become pure of heart now, purified by the trials we endure for Christ now, holy now and saints in the life to come.
PREPARING FOR SYNOD For the first time, the Synod Office in Rome has produced a comprehensive process which encompasses the stated aim of the Holy Father that the Church in today’s world should have a vision of missionary communion orientated to evangelisation. Pope Francis has highlighted the importance of ‘mutual listening’ and this will be at the heart of the synodal process throughout the Church. The process begins in the Local Church and then moves to the level of the Bishops’ Conference. From there, discernment takes place in the Regional Area – for England and Wales, it will be steered by the European Council of Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) – before moving to the Universal Church with the final Synod Gathering of Bishops in 2023, sub et cum Petro. Pope Francis invites us to participate in a world-wide Synod – every person in the Church is invited to respond. So that we can fully understand what Pope Francis is asking the diocese is offering information sessions to give everyone an opportunity to find out more and so be able to fully engage with the process. If you would like to participate in one of the online Teams sessions, please let us know at email@example.com, so that we can send you an invite. If you plan to attend one of the sessions around the diocese, please also let us know so that we have an idea of numbers. Our local session is on 6th November, 10am -12noon: St John’s Centre, Trowbridge www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/trowbridge-synod-information-sessions-tickets-190920838367