If you look at the Mass times page you'll see that we now include details of the Mass intentions for the week.

ImageThursday is All Saints' Day and a Holy Day of Obligation - which means we're meant to go to Mass. There are services at Our Lady at 8am, 10am and 7.30pm.

Friday is All Souls' and, while not a Day of Obligation, many people want to pray for their dead. There are Masses at 8am, 10am and 7.30pm.

The churches in central London all say Masses through the day, with services particularly concentrated around lunch time and in the early evening, so finding a service you can attend should not really be a problem.

If you can't understand how, 40 years and 6 million terminations later, the Abortion Act can still exist in an essentially umodified fashion, then follow the money .

The shrillness of Dr Richard Dawkins or Christopher Hitchens might suggest that atheists have little grasp of philosophy and less of history, but at least Theodore Dalrymple can honestly appreciate what he he doesn't believe in.

The thinness of the new atheism is evident in its approach to our civilization, which until recently was religious to its core. To regret religion is, in fact, to regret our civilization and its monuments, its achievements, and its legacy. And in my own view, the absence of religious faith, provided that such faith is not murderously intolerant, can have a deleterious effect upon human character and personality. If you empty the world of purpose, make it one of brute fact alone, you empty it (for many people, at any rate) of reasons for gratitude, and a sense of gratitude is necessary for both happiness and decency. For what can soon, and all too easily, replace gratitude is a sense of entitlement. Without gratitude, it is hard to appreciate, or be satisfied with, what you have: and life will become an existential shopping spree that no product satisfies.

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One of the important features of the faith is the conviction that we are not alone: the Church is one body and contained within it are all those who have departed this life. I know how important it is for many people in the parish that they remember and honour family members who have died; one only has to look at the newsletter to see the many Masses said for the departed.

November is quickly approaching - the month in particular when we commemorate the Holy Souls - and if anyone would like to add their loved ones to the calendar please contact me including the name and dates of the person to be included.


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