News for Sunday 27th October 2019: The humble shall be exalted.

It is with great sadness that I inform you that Susan Tye Smith lost her battle with cancer last Saturday and has been called to Our Father’s House. I am sure that your prayers for her safe delivery would have been so much appreciated; fortified by the sacraments as she received the Last Rites from Fr Edward and Fr Matthew just a few days before her passing. Susan’s body will be received into St Mary’s Church at 5.00pm on Wednesday 6th November and her Requiem Mass will be held at 11.00am on Thursday 7th November. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

On Sunday, the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Good News in Luke’s Gospel relates another of Jesus’ parables as he describes two visitors to the temple. The Pharisee and the tax collector. It is the latter who prays: “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” and returns home at rights with God. We should all be aware of our failings and willing to confess these. In this coming week, two very special dates in the liturgical calendar that we should make a special effort to support. For the Feast of All Saints there will be a Vigil Mass at 7.00pm on Thursday 31st October (All Hallows Eve) and the 9.30am Mass on Friday morning will have some appropriate hymns. The Commemoration of All The Faithful Departed (or All Souls Day) takes place on Saturday 2nd November with Mass at 10.30am. 

Tomorrow, Saturday 26th October, Stanmore Choral Society are holding a “Come & Sing!” at St. Mary’s from 10.00am – 3.00pm inviting anyone who would like to try some choral classics for £15.00 for the Workshop. These will then be presented at a concert at 3.15pm – 4.00pm (audience entry to concert £5.00). Meanwhile preparations for our Caribbean Evening on Saturday 9th November are moving on a-pace. Tickets £20 (include a meal, drink, dancing and tremendous fun!) Please see our web-site for more information.

David Griffiths