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Friday 4th November: The Communion of Saints

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Scripture

“If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together” – 1 Corinthians12:26

Reflection

The Church is larger and more alive than we think. Among her members are the living and the dead, individuals known and unknown, great saints and inconspicuous persons. We can help one another even beyond the grave. We can call on our patrons and favourite saints, but also our departed relatives and friends whom we believe are already with God.

As he was dying, St Dominic (founder of the Dominicans) said, “Do not weep, for I shall be more useful to you after my death, and I shall help you more effectively than during my life”.

Prayer

Lord, help us to follow in the footsteps of the saints, who have shown us how to serve the Kingdom of God right here on earth. Help us to remember those who are already with you in heaven and help us to pray for those who are still waiting to be with you. May we all be together with you one day in the Communion of Saints.

As we have observed All Saints Day and All Souls Day, let us remember that God unites all his followers, living and dead, in the communion of saints.

Amen.

Our Father who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

All holy men and women pray for us.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Thursday 3rd November: What is a Saint?

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and if the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Reflection

What is a Saint?

The word ‘saint’ means ‘holy’. And holy means something, or someone, that is dedicated to God.

The Catholic Church believes that saints are ordinary and typical human beings who made it into heaven. In the broader sense, everyone who’s now in heaven is technically a saint. Saints are human beings who lived holy lives in obedience to God’s will and are now in heaven for eternity.

Saints aren’t born saints. Saints are born sinners in the state of original sin and were sinners throughout their lives. Saints are ordinary people. They weren’t born with a halo around their head, and they didn’t glow in the dark. What separated them from those who weren’t given the title is that saints never gave up and never stopped trying to be and do better.

Instead of seeing or portraying saints as superheroes, the Church wants to present them as just heroes — ordinary people who made it to heaven. The idea is that if they could do it, so can you.

Prayer

Father, we come to you just as we are right now.

Remind us of the saints when we are faced with the choice to do right or wrong. We can cry out to you to help us in those moments, and to trust you. Thank you for being faithful to listen to your children and to provide for us. Thank you for your plan in our lives, God. We trust that plan. More than anything, we want to love you.

We make this prayer in Jesus’ name.

Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

All holy men and women pray for us.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Wednesday 2nd November: All Souls Day

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Reflection

While the theme of this school week is All Saints, which the Church celebrated yesterday (All Saints Day), today is the companion day, All Souls Day.

While All Saints Day celebrates those people who have died in faith that we raise up as models for our lives, All Souls Day celebrates all who have died.

God cherishes each of us and joins in our sadness when we lose someone that we love. We remember that Christ rose from the dead and conquered death. As people of faith, we believe that all can join with Christ in heaven. Today, we have the opportunity to remember and pray for all who have died, their families, as well as those people in our own lives who have gone on to eternal rest.

There will be a Book of Remembrance in St Joseph’s Room throughout November. Please feel free to write the names of any loved ones who have died. These names will then prayed for at every Mass during November.

Prayer

Let’s spend a moment remembering those we know who have died…

Father of all, we pray to you for those we love, but see no longer: Grant them your peace; let light perpetual shine upon them; and in your loving wisdom and almighty power, work in them the good purpose of your perfect will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Amen.

Our Father who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us.

All holy men and women pray for us.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Tuesday 1st November: All Saints Day

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

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Reflection

Today’s feastday of ‘All Saints’ isn’t about those who are publicly named as saints – each of those has their own feastday. Instead, on the Feast of ‘All Saints’ we think of many ordinary good people who walked with God in their daily lives, and who are now dead. Today is their feastday – the unmentioned saints – who now live in God’s presence.

In the early Church, “saint” was a name for a person whom today we would call a “committed Christian”. In the Bible – after the four gospels – we can find the word “saint” over 60 times. Each refer- ence concerns living people who seek to follow Jesus. For example, Paul writes to some Christians:

“If any of the saints are in need, you must share with them.”, and;

“To all of you in Rome whom God loves greatly, all of you called to be saints: may God our Father send you peace.”

This feastday of ‘All Saints’ also reminds us of our own potential, of what (hope- fully) we are in the process of becom- ing. A Christian living 150 years after Jesus, wrote:

“The glory of God is a person living fully.”

Paul writes to a group of “saints” – committed Christians – in the Greek city of Ephesus. He starts off that letter with the words:

“To the saints
who are faithful to Christ…”

We’ll make our prayer today from other words in that same letter.

Prayer

When I think of the greatness of God’s plan,
I fall on my knees
before God the Father.

From his great wealth
may he give us power through his Spirit that we may grow strong within. Through faith, may we discover that Christ has made his home within each of us.

Then, with our roots and foundations firmly built on God’s love,
may we, with all of his saints, grasp just how wide and long and high and deep
is Christ’s love. Yes, may we come to experience for ourselves
the love of Christ so that we may be filled completely with God himself.

This prayer we ask of God
who can accomplish far more
than we could ever ask for or imagine. Amen.

Our Father who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

All holy men and women pray for us.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Thursday 5th November: Role Models

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Reflection

The Saints are people who have allowed God to have his own way with them, who have allowed God to influence and transform their lives. They are examples of what it means to follow Jesus. They are role models for anyone who wants to follow Jesus. We are all in the same family. We are all called to be disciples of Jesus, and to do what God wants us to do. The Saints were and are real people.

Some of the saints have become famous: not for the sake of being famous, like some people these days who seek fame. They have become famous because they have tried to live as God wants them to live. But there are lots of other saints too whose names have been lost, or people whose lives are unknown to others. When St Terese of Lisieux died her sister nuns said, ’What can we find to say about Terese?’ And then they found her diaries which revealed some of the amazing things she thought and did, her amazing faith and life she led. We may not be or become famous but we are all called to follow Jesus, like all the saints who have gone before us. They are our brothers and sisters in the Faith. And we thank God for them: whether they are famous or not!

Prayer

Lord Jesus, you invite everyone to follow you. Thank you for all the saints who have shown us how to live as you want us to live.

Amen.