is this Sunday, 20th October. It will be a special day to pray for the poor parishes all over the world and to help them financially. There will be a second collection this weekend.
Please pray for the peaceful repose of the soul of Franci Faluyi who died recently.
Bible verse to remember:
The Lord will guard you from evil, he will guard your soul. The Lord will guard your going and coming both now and for ever [Psalm 212:8].
Dear Jesus, help me
to spread your fragrance everywhere I go;Flood my soul with your spirit and life;Penetrate and possess my whole being so completelyThat all my life may be only a radiance of yours;Shine through me and be so in meThat everyone with whom I come into contactMay feel your presence within me.Let them look up and see no longer me—but only Jesus.Amen.[St. John Henry Cardinal Newman]
Gospel Stewardship Reflection:
If we want to know what Jesus’ parable is about in today’s Gospel, it seems that we don’t need to work too hard because Saint Luke tell us right at the beginning: “Jesus told his disciples a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.” This parable has often been used to bring comfort to us about our prayer life. But could there be a more challenging message for those who take stewardship seriously? Widows were the poorest and most vulnerable of people in Jesus’ time. Oppressive legal and economic structures were the norm. Jesus embraced with great compassion the poor and the marginalized. Could it be that we are also encouraged to pray persistently for the poor, the weak and the vulnerable as we hear their cry for justice? And that we must not lose heart that we can effect change in their lives? [from Ossie Folkes].
Remembering Blessed John Henry Newman:
Between Sunday 6th and Sunday 27th October 2019, St George's Cathedral in Southwark will be displaying a relic of Blessed John Henry Newman, who was canonised in Rome on Sunday 13th October 2019. In addition, a Mass will be celebrated in honour of Newman's canonisation by Archbishop John Wilson on Sunday 27th October at 11.30 am.
We have got a new Parish Secretary:
Josepha Flahive is our new parish secretary. She was one of nine applicants who applied for this job, and was interviewed and chosen by Sarah Wood [HR Advisor of our Diocese]. She will begin her job on 1st November this year. Josepha has worked for almost 40 years for e.surv Chartered Surveyors (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) as a Health & Safety Co-ordinator and RICS Contact Officer. We wish her all the best.
All Saints Day choir practice:
We will be practising the music to celebrate the occasion on 24th and 31st October at 7.30pm, in the church. Please come and join us.
Pray for the sick:
Let us pray for the sick including Mariam Philomin, Charlie Hyam, Rose Calver, Agatha Lewis, Elizabeth Goba, Florence Nosgobie, Gala Lobo and Ann Whitington.
Harin Karunakaran and Mary Sepamalai celebrated their wedding here at Holy Cross on Saturday 19th October. As they became one in Christ, we pray for their happiness and more joy and blessings.
On behalf of CAFOD and the people of Uganda, we thank you for your kind generosity and prayers. In total we raised £517.00.