Message from Fr Bill – 30th Sunday Ordinary Time
Dear friends at St. Aelred’s,
It is great to be back in the parish after my fortnight off. I come back refreshed and renewed if to lots of work to catch up on. We have lots to work on over the coming months and lots of paused activities returning.
One of the main and urgent things is preparing for the Synod and appointing two parish representatives to coordinate and collect the parish responses. If anyone feels they would like to do this please let me know. There is a Parish Representatives Synod Preparation Day early in November to help and guide you with this. Could I ask you all to keep the process in your prayers, saying the Prayer for the Synod below, possibly daily.
We have just had a Health and Safety Audit this week so I await the results for that but generally the Diocesan representative seemed quite happy with everything we had in place.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION-today is the day for our first group of First Holy Communion children, Sunday 24th October at 2.00pm. A second date will be announced soon for the remaining children. Please keep them all in your prayers. A big thank you to the music group for providing music for this celebration.
ST AELRED’S SCHOOL-are holding an open morning, Wednesday 10th November 9.30-11.30am for prospective parents to see the wonderful things we do, see us in action, as well as meet our Head teacher, Mrs Uylett.
MONTH OF THE HOLY SOULS: November is traditionally the month for remembering our deceased friends and relatives. Holy Mass will be offered for them throughout the month. Envelopes for your intentions and offerings are now available at the rear of the church next to the normal Mass Envelopes.
ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION PRAYER-My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
Sun 24th Oct 9:30am Mass 30th Sunday Ordinary Time
2:00pm Mass First Holy Communion
Mon 25th 9:00 Mass Feria
Tues 26th 9:00 Mass Feria
Wed 27th 9:00 Mass Feria
Thurs 28th 9:00 Mass Ss Simon & Jude
Fri 29th 9:00 Mass Feria
Sat 30th 10:00 Mass Feria
6:00pm Mass All Saints Day
Sun 31st 9:30 Mass All Saints Day
Mon 1st 9:00 Mass Feria
Special Intentions: Padre Pio, Thanksgiving, Intention.
RIP-Brenda Ogiela, Gordon Hare, Noel Smith.
A prayer for the Synod
We stand before You, Holy Spirit,
as we gather together in Your name.
With You alone to guide us,
make Yourself at home in our hearts;
Teach us the way we must go
and how we are to pursue it.
We are weak and sinful;
do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path
nor partiality influence our actions.
Let us find in You our unity
so that we may journey together to eternal life
and not stray from the way of truth
and what is right.
All this we ask of You,
who are at work in every place and time,
in the communion of the Father and the Son,
forever and ever. Amen.
QUICK NOTES-Tuesday Lunch Club restarts this week, 26th October running through to Christmas. 12noon in the Centre following Mass. Parish Coffee Mornings restart next Sunday 31st October. We have our first Parish Healing Service also on 31st October at 4pm in the Centre – see poster in Church and Centre, everyone very welcome.
TUESDAY LUNCH CLUB-If you would like to cook or help set tables and serve, please email Pat on the SVP email email@example.com or call her on the SVP mobile: 07340011619. She will then give you the agreed Covid – safe procedures for helping and the Lunch club dates. You don’t have to be a member of the SVP to help, just a pair of willing hands.
COFFEE MORNING-Return of the Coffee Morning. York SPUC will be hosting the first coffee morning on Sunday 31st October. We don’t do cakes but we will have a great raffle.
TALK BY SALLY AXWORTHY, M.B.E.-Ambassador to the Holy See, 2014-2019. ” My Five Years as the British Ambassador to the Holy See, Peripheries and Pilgrimages”. Monday 15th November, 7:00 p.m. at the Bar Convent, Blossom Street, York. All welcome, there is no charge for this event, but please contact Sarah Sheils on 07855288851 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a seat.
ST AELRED’S SCHOOL-a huge thank you to our families for coming along to our Harvest liturgy: Supporting Go Green for CAFOD with over £200 raised as well as lots of items donated for our local food bank. Your support and generosity is fantastic and much appreciated. Thank you to SVP for supporting our Mini Vinnies by collecting all of the food bank donations – your continued support is priceless! Our School council have also continued to take a lead on sustainability in school, which this week has seen our Year 6 reps talking through their work, Switch off fortnight as well as Walk to school week.
ST JOHN OF BEVERLEY-You are warmly invited to join us for Mass on the very special occasion to mark the 1,300th anniversary of the death of St John of Beverley celebrated by the Bishop of Middlesbrough, the Rt Rev Terence Patrick Drainey, at Beverley Minster, Sunday October 24th, 2pm. Advance booking is not required.
SVP- We ask you to join our mission to tackle poverty in all its forms through a million gestures of kindness, as the need has never been greater. The online application process can be found by going to the website www.svp.org.uk and clicking on the words ‘Get involved’ on the top of the page then click on ‘Become a member’ on the next page. If you would like to know more about St Aelred’s SVP please call us on 07340011619 or email: email@example.com
RAFFLE PRIZES-As parish social activities restart in the Centre, any unwanted gifts would be welcome for Raffle Prizes. Please leave them in the box in church. Thank you.
YORK SPUC-Next meeting Saturday 30th October, St Wilfrid’s Upper Room. 9:30am to about 11am. The newly appointed Northern Branch Development Officer, Terry Graham, will attend. All welcome. Chris Kelly 413621.
TRUE LIFE IN GOD PRAYER GROUP. The prayer group will meet again on Thursday evenings at 7:30. All very welcome. Please call 413621 for information. Leaflets with information about True Life in God can be found at the back of church. For further information, testimonies, and readings please go to https://ww3.tlig.org/en/
UCM NEWS– The next UCM meeting will be 7.30pm, on Tuesday November 2nd, when Kath Stubbs will show us how to make Christmas cards. No need to bring anything but yourselves and everyone is welcome so look forward to seeing you. Shoe Box Appeal. We are planning to fill the Shoe Boxes for the Christmas Appeal. We need to have them ready for transport by early November, so if any Parishioners would like a shoebox they can be collected after Mass or to contribute suitable small gifts, please contact any member of the UCM. A list of suggested items will be available at the back of the Church. You could make a cash donation to help buy some gifts and to cover postage and packing by putting a clearly marked envelope through the presbytery door or in the collection basket. Thank you.
St. Aelred’s Primary School are looking for volunteers to come into school for an hour or two a week to help children with Reading or Maths. Due to Covid, this has not been possible for the past eighteen months, but you will now be more than welcome! Please contact the school on 01904551885 to arrange.
PARISH QUIZ- 7.00pm Wednesday same meeting id 2147102040
MASS ON ZOOM-If you wish to join in at St Aelred’s you need to download the Zoom App and enter meeting id 2147102040, there is a “Waiting Room” in place so do not worry if there is a delay joining. If you wish to join St Aelred’s WhatsApp group I need your mobile number. This has been a source of great encouragement, joy and support for all its members. For general information look at our website, staelreds-york.org.uk Notice Board.
YORK HOSPITAL-The on-call Catholic priest must be accessed through the hospital. Please ask the nursing staff on the ward to do this if a loved one needs anointing. Alternatively, Sue Ellis is the temporary Roman Catholic lay chaplain. If anyone has a relative who would like a visit please contact her on 07748 108253 or the Chaplains’ office number 01904 725579. You can ring either number to inform her about people already in hospital or will be shortly going into hospital. Visits cannot be guaranteed however as it will depend on the advice of the medics.
A PRAYER FOR HELP
Almighty God, in our distress and grief help us to remember that you love us.
We do not understand why this great disaster has happened but help us to trust you.
Loving Lord, for those who have died, give them eternal rest, for those who are bereaved, comfort and console them, for those who are hurt, heal and strengthen them.
Lord God, enable us to help our suffering brothers and sisters in whatever way we can.
Heavenly Father, be with us now and always.
Diana Ng-Sutherland, CAFOD
We pray for all our servicemen and women serving in conflicts abroad especially in this time of increased anxiety for many families.
‘And now, Lord, … help your servants, here at St Aelred’s, to proclaim your message with all fearlessness, by stretching out your hand to heal and to work miracles and marvels through the name of your Holy servant Jesus.
PANDEMIC PRAYER TO OUR LADY
O Mary you shine continuously along our journey as a sign of salvation and hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the Cross were near to the pain of Jesus, keeping firm faith. You, Salvation of the Roman people, know what we need and we trust that you will provide for those needs so that as at Cana of Galilee, joy and celebration may return after this moment of trial. Help us Mother of Divine Love to conform ourselves to the will of the Father and to do what Jesus tells us, He who took our sufferings upon Himself and took up our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. We seek refuge under your protection O Holy Mother of God, do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin. Amen.
ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION PRAYER
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot, at this moment, receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
PRAYER FOR THOSE APPROACHING END OF LIFE AND THEIR FAMILIES
God of strength in weakness and hope in despair, we are yours in life and death. Sustain us for the journey of walking home to you. Give us the gifts and graces you gave those who walked with your Son in his final moments on Earth. Steady our hands, gentle our hearts, sustain our spirits and grant us faith and hope in life eternal.
AN ACT OF CONTRITION
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against You whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.
PRAYER FOR THE UNEMPLOYED
O God, the Creator of all things, you have made us in your own image so that we may find joy in creative work: have mercy on all those who are unemployed, and those who find their work dull.
Help us to build a society where all may have work and find joy in doing it, for the good of our world and the glory of your name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.