November is the month of the Holy Souls. It began in splendid style with the feast of All Saints on Friday. All Souls’ Day was yesterday (Saturday) when the church prays for all the faithful departed. Throughout this month we continue to pray for those who have died, especially our loved ones and those we have known. Significant dates are as follows, in date order:

Thursday 7 November at 5.30pm in Westminster Cathedral—the Diocesan Mass for the Deceased Clergy, celebrated by Cardinal Nichols with the bishops and priests.
Friday 8 November at 7.30pm our own special Requiem Mass here at Our Lady of Lourdes for the deceased members of our parish, families and friends.
Sunday 10 November, 9.45am here—our Remembrance Sunday Mass for those who died in war, including the Church Parade of our uniformed groups.
Tuesday 12 November, 12.30pm—Deanery Mass for Deceased Members of the Enfield Deanery, celebrated in Our Lady of Mount Carmel & St George Church, Enfield Town by Fr David, Fr Andrew and the deanery priests. Everyone is welcome at all of these special celebrations.

Friday, 1st November, is All Saints Day and is a Holy Day of Obligation.  There will be Mass at 8 am, 10 am and 7.30 pm.  Saturday, 2nd November is All Souls Day.  There will be Mass at 10 am.  Our special Mass for the Deceased Members of the Parish will be on Friday, 8th November at 7.30 pm.

Well done and congratulations to all the children and their families who were officially enrolled in the First Holy Communion programme last Sunday at the 11.15 am Mass. Let us please keep them in our prayers during this important journey of formation. Today (Sunday) I am in Rome for the canonisation of Cardinal John Henry Newman. Please do look out for reports on the TV, radio and social media. I promise to pray for the whole parish at the tomb of the apostle Peter. This weekend we welcome back Fr Johnson who has been on retreat in Ars, France. We also welcome Fr Tom Thomas who is helping with celebrating Masses while I am away.

On Friday evening, Fr Andrew and I attended ‘The Summit’ event at Westminster Cathedral, along with several young members of our parish. It was a great celebration. ‘The Summit’ is an event organised jointly between Westminster Youth Ministry and local parishes. On Friday 22 November at 7pm our own Deanery of Enfield is organising and hosting a special Enfield ‘Summit’. It will take place at St Monica’s Church, Palmers Green, for young parishioners aged between 13 and 18. Please speak to one of the priests for more details. This weekend, we welcome members of the Bethlehem Nativity Group supporting the Christian community there. Finally, thank you to everyone who attended our lovely Mass on Saturday morning in thanksgiving to God for the canonisation of St John Henry Newman. I remembered you all during my pilgrimage in Rome last weekend at the canonisation event in St Peter’s Square. May John Henry Newman pray for us, and may God bless you all.

Prayer by Pope Francis for October—Month of Mission
Heavenly Father, when your only begotten Son Jesus Christ rose from the dead, he commissioned his followers to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’ and you remind us that through baptism we are made sharers in the mission of the Church. Empower us by the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be courageous and zealous in bearing witness to the Gospel, so that the mission entrusted to the Church, which is still very far from completion, may find new and efficacious expressions that bring life and light to the world. Help us make it possible for all peoples to experience the saving love and mercy of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever.


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