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November 2021

All Saints

Feast of All Saints is celebrated this year on October 30th/31st (Saturday evening and Sunday)

We invite you to bring a bottle of ordinary tap water which will be blessed during the Masses. Then take it home to bless your homes and the members of your family.

The original meaning of this Feast is one of Light and Blessing.

All Souls

The feast of All Souls is Tuesday November 2nd. Public Mass will be celebrated at 10.00am and 7.30pm

A special Mass of Remembrance and Consolation will be celebrated on Saturday November 6th at 6.00pm.

On Sunday November 7th at St. Clements Church there is a special ecumenical service of SERVICE OF REFLECTION, THANKSGIVING AND HOPE at 4.00pm

Blessing of Graves at Fairlight

On Sunday November 28th at 3.00pm the blessing of graves at Fairlight will take place

November Lists for the Holy Souls

Names of Loved ones who have died may be inscribed in the Lists for the Holy Souls for remembrance at Masses during the month of November. Lists will be available at the church from Saturday October 30th

Polish Masses

Polish Mass for the Feast of All Saints will be celebrated on Sunday October 31st at 6.00pm. The usual monthly Polish Mass will be celebrated on Sunday November 7th.

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SERVICE OF REFLECTION, THANKSGIVING AND HOPE – November 7th

A SERVICE OF REFLECTION, THANKSGIVING AND HOPE
THE BOROUGH CHURCH OF ST. CLEMENT, HASTINGS OLD TOWN
SUNDAY, 7th NOVEMBER AT 4 P.M.

Twenty months into the pandemic, it seems appropriate to reflect on our borough’s experience, to give thanks for the sometimes unexpected blessings that have arisen and to look for signs of hope for the future. Much of the reflection will relate to those of our number who have died or have become seriously ill as a result of Covid-19.

We shall hear from key workers and the sermon will be given by the Bishop of Lewes.

Please join the Vice Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex and the Mayor of Hastings in marking this extraordinary time in our Borough’s history.

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Confirmation Programme 2021-2022

This year it has been agreed that the parishes of St Mary Star of the Sea, Hastings and The Good Shepherd will join together for both the preparation and Confirmation. The preparation sessions will be held at St Mary Star of the Sea Church on the first Wednesday of the month from 6pm until 7.30pm and will include a time of prayer, meditation & Adoration. The first session is on Wednesday, 3rd November and your Catechists will be Deacon Duncan Brown and Liz Fitch.  

We look forward to meeting you all during the preparation and if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Many blessings,

Fr Míċeál                                             FrEamonn  

    Parish of The Good Shepherd

    St Mary Star of the Sea Parish                    

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Diocesan Grandparents Week 2021

Pope Francis on Grandparents

I had the great blessing of growing up in a family in which faith was lived in a simple, practical way. However it was my paternal grandmother in particular who influenced my journey of faith. She was a woman who explained to us, who talked to us about Jesus, who taught us the Catechism. I always remember that on the evening of Good Friday she would take us to the candle-light procession, and at the end of this procession “the dead Christ” would arrive and our grandmother would make us — the children — kneel down and she would say to us: “Look, he is dead, but tomorrow he will rise”. This was how I received my first Christian proclamation, from this very woman, from my grandmother! This is really beautiful! The first proclamation at home, in the family! And this makes me think of the love of so many mothers and grandmothers in the transmission of faith. They are the ones who pass on the faith.2013

The future – and this is not an exaggeration – will be in the dialogue between young and old. If grandparents do not dialogue with grandchildren, there will be no future. 2019

“Children and the elderly build the future of peoples: children because they lead history forward, the elderly because they transmit the experience and wisdom of their lives” (Aparaceida No. 447)

Like the Holy Family of Nazareth, every family is part of the history of a people; it cannot exist without the generations who have gone before it. Therefore, today we have grandparents and children. The children learn from their grandparents, from the previous generation 2013

In a special way, old age is a time of grace, in which the Lord renews his call to us: he calls us to safeguard and transmit the faith, he calls us to pray, especially to intercede; he calls us to be close to those in need…. The elderly, grandparents have the ability to understand the most difficult of situations: a great ability! And when they pray for these situations, their prayer is strong; it is powerful! ( Meeting with the elderly 2014)

“Do not cast me off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength is spent” (Ps 71,9). This is the plea of the elderly, who fear being forgotten and rejected. Just as God asks us to be his means of hearing the cry of the poor, so too he wants us to hear the cry of the elderly. This represents a challenge to families and communities, since “the Church cannot and does not want to conform to a mentality of impatience, and much less of indifference and contempt, towards old age. We must reawaken the collective sense of gratitude, of appreciation, of hospitality, which makes the elderly feel like a living part of the community. Our elderly are men and women, fathers and mothers, who came before us on our own road, in our own house, in our daily battle for a worthy life”. Indeed, “how I would like a Church that challenges the throw-away culture by the overflowing joy of a new embrace between young and old!” Amoris Laetitia 191

If we journey together, young and old, we can be firmly rooted in the present, and from here, revisit the past and look to the future. To revisit the past in order to learn from history and heal old wounds that at times still trouble us. To look to the future in order to nourish our enthusiasm, cause dreams to emerge, awaken prophecies and enable hope to blossom. Together, we can learn from one another, warm hearts, inspire minds with the light of the Gospel, and lend new strength to our hands.Christus Vivit 199

“The Holy Spirit … arouses thoughts and words of wisdom in the elderly today: their voice is precious because it sings the praises of God and guards the roots of peoples. They remind us that old age is a gift and that grandparents are the link between generations, to transmit to young people an experience of life and faith,” Pope Francis said in the library of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace Jan. 31.

Diocesan Prayer for Grandparents

Loving father, we pray for all grandparents

Help them to reflect your unconditional love in their relationship with their families.

Grant them the gifts of wisdom and patience to enable them to  support their families and be there to encourage, advise and inspire, in their turn, their children’s children.

May they be for their Grandchildren a safe refuge of consistency, offering witness to all of a life  which is inspired  by Gospel values, enriched by prayer and fuelled by  the hope of the  eternal kingdom.

Grandparents’ Groups: 

Within the Diocese we have several active grandparent groups who gather to pray for their grandchildren and to share the highs and lows of this stage of life. Remember when you joined toddler groups when your children were young, to find likeminded people and unlimited support ? It’s a bit like that, chat over issues such as how to help your Grandchildren without upsetting your own children…or their spouse !! How to pass on your faith and find strength in praying about it all together.

If you are interested in joining or creating a group in you parish please do contact Katherine Bergin at Katherine.bergin@abdiocese.org.uk