Pastoral Notes 29th October, 2017

ALL SAINTS & ALL SOULS
At this time of year many collect an envelope to lay by the altar through November, with names of deceased family and friends. Please note the times of Masses on Wednesday and Thursday, All Saints being a special holyday. Pope John XXIII (died 1963) kept a spiritual diary from his early teens and into his studies for the priesthood, recalling a saint who taught him that we are not to copy the outer actions of the saints, but their spirit! We may not be living in total poverty like St Francis of Assisi, but we may grow to see all creatures as gifts from God, as the saint did.
As we remember the faithful departed, we may see them also as part of the Church and ask their prayers, as we pray for them as they come before God.