October brings for us two events that really need our support.
The Parish Fall Festival on Sunday 8th is a very joyful and happy event for all of us to enjoy and support. The organization committee is working very hard to make the event a success, but it will only be so if you turn up with your family and friends in good numbers. So PLEASE spread the word. It is also a great opportunity to help out. There are plenty of opportunities to help; please sign up on the notice board at the back of SLdM Church or talk to Patty at the Rectory.
The second event of importance on the weekend of 13/15th October is the 100th anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Blessed Mother at Fatima. Mary appeared to three young children over a period of a few months and at her last appearance she told them that she was, “Our Lady of the Rosary”, and that we needed to pray earnestly for the forgiveness and conversion of sinners. There will be an evening of celebration in English on Friday 13th, the actual date, and on Sunday afternoon a rosary procession in Spanish followed by the 3pm Mass. This would be an opportunity to bring your children to take part as Our Lady appeared to children, whom she thought were so important to receive this message of prayer and praying for forgiveness. Having been a pilgrimage church for the whole of the Year of Mercy, we can continue our spiritual commitment to being instruments of mercy in the hand of God by honoring our Blessed Mother this way.
May God bless you, your families, and the week ahead,
Fr Aidan Peter