Because we are situated within the City of Westminster this Sunday is kept as the Solemnity of Saint Edward the Confessor, King of England from 1042-1066. He was renowned as a gentle father of his people, having a special care for the poor. He re-founded and endowed Westminster Abbey where he is buried behind the high altar. It is fitting that on the day we remember one great Englishmen, another should be canonised. We join in spirit with the thousands gathered in Rome (including a contingent from our own parish) as Blessed John Henry Newman is raised to the altar and named a saint. All three Masses on Monday will be offered in his honour and to ask his intercession.
Those who have enrolled in the new sacramental programmes will be contacted over the next ten days to be given more details of their programmes the dates of their initial meetings.
Last weekend’s collection for CAFOD’s Harvest Fast Day raised £3,852. A sincere “thank you” to those who responded so generously. If there are still donations to be made they can put in one of the envelopes at the back of church and placed in the collection bags at the offertory.
Another opportunity to help the needy comes this weekend with MARY’S MEALS inviting your for support for their “RAGS to RICHES” appeal. Please bring your unwanted clothing and bedding (but please not duvets or pillows) in black sacks and place them in the baptistery at the back of the church – which will remain open throughout the weekend until the sacks are taken away early on Monday morning. Through “Mary’s Meals” three of these sacks will feed a child one good meal every school day for a whole year – at present the charity works in twenty-one of the least advantaged countries and they promise that 93p of every £ raised will go directly to those in need.
October is the Month of the Holy Rosary and the rosary will be prayed each weekday after the 6pm Mass.
The Saint Vincent de Paul Society are making a last bid for support before their next major fund-raiser which will be the 20th Souper Ball next Saturday 19th October at the Lansdowne Club in Mayfair. There are just 20 tickets left at £100 for the reception, dinner and dance. Young (and old) are welcome to come for dancing only after the dinner for £40 – payable on the night. See notices at the back of church for more details or speak with an SVP member after Mass.
Saint Francis Ramblers invite you to join them on their walk on Sunday 20th October. Meet Tonbridge station (train due at 10.09 having departed Charing Cross at 9.15). Distance 9 miles: finishing at Sevenoaks. Call Paul on 07847 282626 for more details or see http://www.stfracnisramblers.ukwalkers.com
Last weekend’s giving: £3,111