‘Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.’ Matthew Chapter 11
This weekend we celebrate the feasts of All Saints (Saturday 1st November) and All Souls (Sunday 2nd November). Scroll down for more information about the feasts.
Thursday 20th November – ‘The Pie Club’
New lunch and activity group in the Pastoral Centre.
Come along for a two course home-cooked meal and a talk about Hampshire Wildlife Trust.
Pies will feature in the meal and custard too!
12.30 for 12.45pm meal, followed by the talk. Finish by 2.30pm.
The Pie Club will meet once a month and aims to provide good food, stimulating company and some activities in between meetings. All welcome. Contact us via website if you have any questions.
Calling all children in YR Y1 and Y2. Junior YouthCat starts again on Sat 22nd Nov 10.00 to 11.15, St Peters Church Pastoral Centre. We hold two sessions a term and this is a great way to help your child prepare for sacraments in Y3/4 and to become familiar with bible stories, prayer and liturgy and their faith. We have a mixture of teaching, craft activities and fun. Doughnuts or fruit are also highlights. All children are very welcome and particularly those not at a catholic primary school. Your child will be comfortable in familiar surroundings and with children they know by the time they start First Holy Communion Programme.
All Souls Day
“The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed”.
Feast Day November 2nd
In the early days of the Church, the names of the faithful departed were posted in Church so that the community would remember them in prayer. St. Odilo, the Abbot of Cluny (d. 1048), decreed for all of the Cluniac monasteries that special prayers be offered and the Office of the Dead sung for all of the souls in Purgatory on Nov. 2, the day after All Saints. The Benedictines and Carthusians adopted that same devotion, and soon Nov. 2 was adopted as the Feast of All Souls for the whole Church.
The Church devotes the month of November to prayer for the faithful departed; we celebrate their sacred memory and remember them both as the faithful departed and the faithful returned to God. Our faith calls on us not only to lament our loss but to celebrate their gain. And to pray for their eternal peace.
Numerous ancient customs associated with All Saints and All Souls have come down through the centuries and are still observed in many countries. Some are of a strictly religious nature, such as the custom of decorating the graves and praying in the cemeteries. This practice is general in all Catholic countries both in Europe and America. On the afternoon of All Saints” Day or in the morning of All Souls the faithful visit each individual grave of relatives and friends. Sometimes the congregation, led by the priest, walks in procession to the cemetery. There they pray for all the holy souls in front of the cemetery chapel, then the priest recites the liturgical prayers for the dead and blesses the graves with holy water. -READ MORE BY CLICKING HERE.