4th November, Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends,

       In Jesus’ time there were many statues, images and rules in the great cities; none more so than Jerusalem.  In their own country, the Jews were mixing with merchants and travellers from east and west.  It would not be wrong to say that the eastern Mediterranean area was the hub for commercial activity at that time with many learned scholars from many cultures also.  So the question posed to Jesus was not an attempt to embarrass him but to inform the scribe where his (Jesus) true priorities lay.  His answer was twofold from Deuteronomy 6:4 and Leviticus 19:18.

 

Put very simply, think of families. How in good conscience can we say these words of the Lord’s Prayer “…forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us…” if we do not speak to one another for whatever reason?

 

Kerala Appeal: Thank you for your support, it now exceeds £1000. Any orange envelopes out there please?

 

Finally: “Jack, if you won the Lottery, would you still love me?”

“Of course I would Mary, but I would miss you” he replied.

 

Thank you & God Bless you all,

Fr John

Help required in the Parish

Last week’s response was good – thank you.  But we need more.  The areas that could do with your time are:

1)      Children Crèche: Sun 10:30 only

2)      Proclaim volunteers needed to operate the presentation screens at the 6.00pm and 10.30am masses.

Respond via the envelope on the porch table with your name and contact number or email.

 

Events this Week:

November 5-10th          Meditation in words and music to mark 100th Anniversary of WW1 Armistice. See the “Armistice Pilgrimage” notice in the porch.

November 7th               Bishop Richard explains the Deanery Plan at St. Dunstan’s, Woking. Open to all. See the blue sign-up sheet in the porch.

November 11th             Remembrance Sunday. Prayers at St. Peter’s Cemetery at 3pm

 

Events to Plan for by Date:

November 17th             Day of Reflection with Bishop Richard for Eucharistic Ministers at Weybridge Church from 11am-4pm. This event is now fully booked.

November 25th             World Youth Day 10:30am Mass. Come dressed up in something that makes a statement. I would like as many children as possible to join in the music. Please sign the list at the back of the church.

 

Calling all who are not afraid of IT:

An opportunity has presented itself for people of any age to operate the church screens during the 6pm Mass on Saturday and 10.30am Mass on Sundays. Develop an additional skill for free; training and support will be given. Ask what is involved etc. We operate a rota system that is flexible so that nobody feels it is a burden. Call the office or email Helen at the office.


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