“It is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” observes the writer of Maccabees in the Old Testament (2 Maccabees 12:45-46; quoted in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 958). Intercession on behalf of those who have died is a cherished tenet of our Catholic faith, springing from our belief in the resurrection of the body and the commemoration of the saints. ‘Though separated from the living, the dead are still at one with the community of believers on earth and benefit from their prayer and intercession’ (Order of Christian Funerals, 6). Trusting in God’s mercy, we continue to pray for them, knowing that this spiritual bond with our brothers and sisters who have died can never be broken. In the month of November, we pray in a special way for those who have died – those who are known to us, and those who are unknown.”


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, 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 Michael Brien RIP & Harry Carter RIP and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time. Please remember to pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


THE BOOK OF THE NAMES OF THE DEAD The tradition of the Book of the Names of the Dead comes from the ancient Necrologies (“Lists of the Dead”) that were kept in monasteries and other religious houses. The Book stands as a roll call for heaven of those who have passed from this world and who, we pray, are among the great throng surrounding the throne of the Lamb. The practice of having a parish book of the dead – a parish necrology – is a powerful expression of our Christian faith regarding death. Our faith teaches that our death is our entrance into the great banquet feast of the Lamb. So just as a saint’s feast day is determined by the date of their death, so we remember our loved ones and the day they are birthed into the new and eternal life of the kingdom. 

Throughout this month the book is placed near the Sacred Heart Chapel.  Look through the names that are recorded in it and pray for them. Perhaps you might like to add someone’s name and date of death, so that others, who come after, can pray for them too.


HOLY FATHER’S PRAYER INTENTION In his prayer intention for the month of November 2018, Pope Francis invites us to pray In Service of Peace: That the language of love and dialogue may always prevail over the language of conflict.


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  Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time– 1Kg 17:10-16; Hb 9:24-28; Mk 12:38-44. Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time– Dan 12:1-3; Hb 10:11-14,18; Mk 13:24-32.


CEMETERY VISITS Fr Steven will be visiting the local cemeteries of the parish during November. Ryde Cemetery, Saturday 17 November, 1400.


ST MARY’S CHRISTMAS REPOSITORY  Christmas Cards, Calendars and Diaries will be on sale from this weekend; prices are reasonable and there are a wide variety of quality goods.


FUNERALS The funeral Mass of the late Mike Brien is on Friday 16 November, St Mary’s Church, 0930. The funeral Mass of the late Henry (Harry) Carter is on Wednesday 28 November, St Mary's Church, 1130.


FRIDAY EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT Please note that due to the funeral on Friday 16 November there will be no Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament this morning.


DIRECTOR OF MUSIC – ST MARY’S CHURCH The Parish is seeking to appoint an experienced musician with vision and enthusiasm toundertake this challenging role based at St Mary’s RC Church, Ryde. Full details, job description, experience, qualifications and personal attributes for the role and an application form are available on the Diocesan Web Site ( Applications close Friday 16 November.


MASS FOR PRESENTATION SISTERS & NANO NAGLE The first Foundation Mass for the Presentation Sisters and their founder Nano Nagle will be celebrated on Wednesday 21 November, St Mary’s, 1200 followed by refreshments in St Therese Hall. This year is the Tercentenary of Nano Nagle’s birth and the Foundation Mass has been instituted to be celebrated annually to remember the Presentation Sisters, pupils, teachers, friends and associates and all who have been touched by the charism of Nano Nagle (1718-1784). All welcome.


DAY OF RECOLLECTION (EF) ‘THE GLORIES OF MARY AND OUR INTERIOR LIFE.’  Tuesday 27 November at St Mary’s, 1030-1600, given by Father Seth Phipps, FSSP.


DISCIPLE WANTED The successful candidate will be poor. Rich applicants must sell all they have and give to the poor. Position entails travel at a moment’s notice with duties determined by locations and population. Contact a Mr. Peter, Apostle.


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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