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All Saints October31st. 2010


Some ordinary people get public recognition after they have died. How many times have you passed something like the “Ethel Wormwood College of Carpentry”, the “Sydney Tap School of Dancing” or the “Ivor Payne Memorial Hospital”? Usually they are people who devoted themselves wholeheartedly to their cause and were rewarded by having places named after them. But for every one of them, there are millions that go unrecognised.

Today’s feast of All Saints is a bit like that. Today we honour not only all the famous men and women who witnessed by their faith to the love of God, but also the countless numbers whose faith is known to God alone.

But today’s feast doesn’t just look backwards. It’s an invitation to us today to recognise that God has made saints out of us by our baptism. God has marked us with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit. God has claimed us for himself and called us to live in a kingdom where his values rule, where the Beatitudes are the order of the day.

A modern saint is a person whose life has not been sold out to the prevailing mood or opinion. Yours is the kingdom of God, Jesus says. So even if you are poor, hungry, bereaved or under threat, your identity can never be shaken because God has set a seal on you that cannot be broken.

At the same time, if your faith is a hobby rather than a vital part of your life, if your main preoccupation is with improving your social status, with getting a better income or building up your reputation, then Jesus has only one word for you: “Woe”. If you feel you have made it, then you’re probably suffering from self-sufficiency and if this is the case you won’t need God and your life will probably reflect this.

So today is a day for rejoicing. It’s a day for thanking God for giving us the chance of living the life of the Beatitudes, a life that is centred on God and whose identity cannot be set off course by even the harshest pains and struggles; a life we share with so many others here on earth who are called to be saints; and a life we hope to enjoy fully in heaven with those heroes and heroines in faith who now share complete happiness with God.


November is traditionally the month in which the Church remembers those who have died and gone before us marked with the sign of faith. In this month we pray especially for our family and friends who were inspirations to us and who trusted in the fulfilment of Christ’s promises of eternal life.

“It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.” II Maccabees 12:46

V. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.

V. May they rest in peace. R. Amen.

V. May all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. R. Amen

O God, Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant to the souls of your servants departed full remission of all their sins, that, through the help of our devout supplications, they may obtain the pardon which they have always desired. Who live and reign, world with out end. Amen.


Victory to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!

(Apocalypse 7: 10)


Our faith teaches us that God has reserved the vision of his glory for those who remain constant to him here on earth. As we celebrate those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith, we pray that one day we too may join in the praise of the saints in heaven.

Saints are sinners who keep on going. (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Woes are promised today to all of us who are well off, respected, and secure, not simply because we have such security and respect, but because it inevitably binds us, with an almost irresistible power, to this age and the culture of how things are.

The Beatitudes are promised to all of us today, not simply because we are lacking, or are mourning, but because the very fact of our lacks and sorrows may turn us away from things as they are, toward the Kingdom of God for which we pray. (Roger Haugen)


All Saints

31st. 5.30 




Private Int.

Prayer Meeting

Mon 1st. 12.10 Funeral Mass 

Peter McLean


All Souls

2nd. 12md 


Funeral Mass 

Kathleen Corrigan

Mass of all Souls

Wed 3rd. 9.15. Graham Boden
Thurs 4th. 7.15. Magda Harvey
Fri 5th. 9.15 Philip & Evelyn Powell
32nd. Sun 


7th. 5.30 



Leo Shore 


Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

William Halpen, Philomena Moore, Margaret Randles, Michael Collins, Teresa McLean, Joan Lee, Ann Ferguson, Denis Welch, Josie Cohen, Peter Williamson, Kathy Smith, Marjorie Hoey, Mrs H McCormack, Esther Roche, Fay Challoner, Sheila Stockley, Joan & Charles Reynolds, Mollie Dowling, Kath Holland, Sheila Clayson, Mary Bryden, Owen & Josie Toohey,  Betty Kennedy,  Helen Worth, Christopher Hadfield, Ivan Gregory, Vincent Sarson, Kath Bassett , Pat Ronan, Christopher & Raymond McNally , Mark Harrison & Genevieve Foster. Those in the parish who do not wish their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers

Money Matters-Thank you

Sunday Offering £640 27p

120 Club Winner No 73 Mrs McCormack £20

& No 12 A McLean £10

We offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of Kathleen Corrigan and Peter McLean who have died lately their funeral masses will be on Monday and Tuesday of next week as detailed above. May they rest in the peace of Christ their friend and Saviour.

There is to be a day of recollection for readers and Eucharistic Ministers at St Werburgh’s on 28th/11 from 2-4.40pm.As part of this Fr Peter Philips will give a talk on the life of Blessed John Henry Newman.

On the feast of Christ the King (November 21st) we are fortunate to have the Pilgrim Troupe coming to present ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. Our Emeritus Bishop Brian will be attending and will address us about how his love of the Arts has helped his understanding of The Kingdom. This is a wonderful presentation with great images and music which was given for the first time last year at St Michael’s to great acclaim. I hope we will have a full church. It will be just an hour long and will be followed by refreshments. No charge but a retiring collection for CAFOD.

The saints are those countless people we see not only in our churches but on every street corner all around us who make it easier for us to believe in God. (Jenny Walshe)

On Tuesday 2nd at 7pm. we will have our annual All Souls Mass during which we remember all our dead and in particular all those who have been buried from our parish over the past twelve months. The memorial books will be on display for the whole of the month of November. If you have any more names for the November list, please pass them in this weekend. Thanks.

On Saturday November 6th at 2.30pm, Upton Hall School Mass will be celebrated at the metropolitan Cathedral in Liverpool. They will commemorate 160 years since the foundation of the school and welcome everyone associated with either Upton Hall or Holt Hill Convent and in particular members of the present school and community

Earlier this year, someone very kindly loaned us a computer which is still in use in the office. Unfortunately, I have forgotten who it was and I would like him to make himself known to me again. He was one of the parents of a baby to be baptized and went out of his way to help us.

Gather us in

There has been a very good response to the invitation to the series of 3 evenings aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of the mass in preparation for the new translation of the Missal. The 3 sessions are offered in 2 different venues:

7pm on Wednesday 3rd, 10th & 17th at St Mary’s Catholic college Wallasey.

7pm on Thursday 4th, 11th & 18th November at St John Plessington College.

If you haven’t already made known your intention to go to these meetings then please let Joan Hannam (our parish link) know as the organizers wish to have an idea of numbers. Flyers still available from Joan.

We turn to God for help when our foundations are shaking, only to learn that it is God who is shaking them. (Charles C West)

Keep looking at the books! Think of perhaps buying one for someone you know who is no longer able to get to a Christian bookshop……Any money raised will go to defray boiler expenses but more importantly they may help you or someone else understand our story better..

A reminder that this week’s meeting is on THURSDAY 4th NOVEMBER in the Parish Centre from 6.00 to 7.30 as usual

There will be no Children’s Liturgy this Sunday because of half-term. We start again next Sunday, 7th November at 10.00 Mass, and look forward to seeing you all then

Pope Benedict’s prayer intentions for November
General: That victims of drugs or of other dependence may, thanks to the support of the Christian community, find in the power of our Saving God strength for a radical life-change.
Missionary: That the Churches of Latin America may move ahead with the continent-wide mission proposed by their bishops, making it part of the universal missionary task of the People of God.