On 15 September, the Church observes a memorial honouring Mary as Our Lady of Sorrows. “And a sword will pierce your own soul, too,” Simeon told Mary when she presented the child Jesus in the Temple forty days after his birth (Luke 2:35). That prophecy was fulfilled when Mary stood at the foot of her son’s Cross, sharing his bitter suffering. During this month of September, we honour Mary under the title of Our Lady of Sorrows. This month, let us bring to Mary all our sorrows, knowing that she understands what it is to suffer. This month is a good time to draw closer to Mary by meditating on the great hymns to the Mother of Sorrows, Stabat mater, or “At the Cross her Station Keeping.” In this beautiful prayer, we ask for the grace to feel with Mary, to share her sorrow:Holy Mother! pierce me through, in my heart each wound renew of my Saviour crucified: let me share with thee his pain, who for all my sins was slain, who for me in torments died.


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, Patrick Ford, 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 Roe Duddigan 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.


HOLY FATHER’S PRAYER INTENTION In his prayer intention for the month of September 2018, Pope Francis invites us to prayer for young people in Africa that they may have access to education and work in their own countries.


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-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time– Is 50:5-9; Jam 2:14-18; Mk 8:27-35. Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time– Wis 2:12.17-20; Jam 3:16-4:3; Mk 9:30-37.


WELCOME I am very grateful to Fr Ken Rimini who is covering the Sunday Masses, while I am away.


SECOND COLLECTION There will be a retiring collection at all masses this weekend for Home Mission Sunday.


FUNERAL The funeral service of the late Rose Duddigan is on Monday 24 September at IoW Crematorium, 1415.


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.


COFFEE TIME Refreshments are served after every 1100 Sunday Mass in St Therese Hall. Please come along and share in the conversation.


SUNDAY TEA & COFFEE The refreshment team are urgently looking for more volunteers to help with the tea and coffee after Sunday Mass at St Mary’s. If you can help please speak to Ann Doran or contact the Parish Office.


ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY The SVP is helping someone to move into unfurnished accommodation. If anyone has a single-sized wardrobe they are able donate, please telephone David Cooper on 01983 567391. Thank you.


ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY DISASTER FUND – KERALA FLOODS The parish SVP has sent £500 to the SVP in India for use solely in the reconstruction of lives in Kerala which has been affected by some of the worst monsoon rains in over a century. Over one million people have been displaced and over four-hundred lives lost. There are 3,900 active SVP groups in Kerala. Many thanks to all who have given their help and support in any way.


MUSIC AT ST MARY’S My thanks to Leo Boucher who has offered his services as an organist at St Mary’s until a new director of music is appointed.


ST MARY’S CRYPT Please note that the crypt and shop are now closed. Following refurbishment, the crypt will open again around Easter. I am grateful to all the volunteers for their on-going time and support.


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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