OCTOBER IS THE MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY
On 7 October, we celebrate a well-loved memorial in honour of the Rosary, and according to a long-standing tradition, the entire month of October is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary. In the Rosary, with its sequence of prayers and mysteries, we contemplate the Gospel in company with the Blessed Virgin Mary. As Pope Saint John Paul II wrote in 2002, “the Rosary . . . is a prayer loved by countless Saints and encouraged by the Magisterium. Simple yet profound, it still remains, at the dawn of the third millennium, a prayer of great significance, destined to bring forth a harvest of holiness . . . With the Rosary, the Christian people sits at the school of Mary and is led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and to experience the depth of his love. Through the Rosary the faithful receive an abundant grace, as though from the very hands of the Mother of the Redeemer” (Rosarium Virginis Mariae, 1).
Please pray for the sick and homebound of our parish community and all those who are in need of our prayers especially: Elizabeth Bain, Marie Bartlett, Mary Belston, Michael Brien, Harry Carter, Joan Chapman, Philomena Echlin, Mavis Francis, Mary Gilburt, May Gregory, Natalie Johnston, Lucie Le Cheminant, Jean Lobb, Sue McHale, Julia Morley, Tony Obeysekere, Mary Porter, Olive Roch, Peggy Ryan, Mo Sansom, Pat Sinclair, Peter Trafford and Liz Watling.
For those who have died, especially Patrick Ford RIP and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
PRAYING WITH THE POPE IN OCTOBER This month Pope Francis has declared an additional, urgent intention.
The Holy Father asks all the faithful for a greater effort in our personal and community prayer. He invites us to pray every day the Holy Rosary with the intention that the Virgin Mary help the Church in these times of crisis, and to pray each day to St. Michael the Archangel that he defends us against the attacks of the Devil.
BOOK OF INTERCESSORY PRAYER In each of our churches, near the Lady Altar, is placed a book in which we are invited to write any intentions we may have. Each week the parish will pray for the intentions recorded in these books.
READINGS FOR SUNDAY - YEAR B
Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time– Is 53:10-11; Hb 4:14-16; Mk 10:35-45. Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time– Jer 31:7-9; Hb 5:1-6; Mk 10:46-52.
SECOND COLLECTION Today is World Mission Sunday. There will be a collection after all Masses for Missio, the Holy Father’s official charity for overseas mission to continue their work at the service of the poor.
KNIGHTS OF ST COLUMBA The Knights will be making an appeal for new members after each of the Sunday masses this weekend. There will be Knights at the back of church after Mass, to take the names of any men interested in joining. A raffle in support of the church appeal account will take place after 1100 Mass.
POLISH MASS Father Joe and organisers invite all Polish people to Mass at Sacred Heart Church, Shanklin on Sunday 21 October, 1700. Please note that the best place for car parking is at Shanklin station.
ST MARY’S CHURCH CLOSURE Please note that St Mary’s will be closed on Monday 22 October for health & safety reasons while works are being carried out.
PARISH OFFICE With immediate effect the Parish Office opening times are Monday, Wednesday, Friday 0900-1300.
FUNERALS The funeral Mass of the late Patrick Ford is on Monday 22 October at St Michael’s, Bembridge, 1100.
PARISH QUIZ NIGHT An opportunity to build community, Saturday 27 October 1915 in St Therese Hall, Presentation House. Tickets £5 per person including fish & chip supper. Tea & coffee will be provided. Bring your own bottle.
BEMBRIDGE CHURCHES TOGETHER AUTUMN BAZAAR St Michael’s will once again be running a stall for CAFOD on Saturday 10 November. Donations of bric-a-brac to sell and items suitable for raffle prizes would be greatly appreciated. If you would like any further information, you may telephone Patrick Maher on 01983 873048.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2019 Registration forms for the preparation course for First Holy Communion 2019 are now available. Eligible children should be in Primary school year 3 and above. Closing date for applications is Monday 5 November 2018. The form can be downloaded HERE
PRIVATE TUITION Experienced Graduate Teacher offers one hour a week tuition in Maths or Physics in exchange for a donation payed straight to the church. Contact Peter Reffold 01983 609655 or the Parish Office.
FOUNDATION MASS (F) A Foundation Mass is one that is set up to be said annually for a period of 25 years. The minimum endowment is currently £100. If you would like to set up a Foundation Mass, now or in the future, or would like more information, please speak with Fr Steven.
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