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Fr. Stan writes . . .

Thank you to all who joined in our annual All Souls Mass at Macquarie Park Cemetery last Saturday. This long-standing parish tradition is a most beautiful way to commemorate our departed loved ones during this month of November. Of course, we continue to pray at all Masses in our parish for all those mentioned in our November Mass Envelopes.

I will be away from the parish for the following two weekends as I’ll be conducting a retreat for priests in Ontario, Canada. I humbly ask you to pray for me during this time and for the priests who will be attending the retreat. Thank you.

We should pray for the dead throughout the year, especially on the anniversary of their death, but in this Month of the Holy Souls, we should devote some time every day to prayer for the dead. We should start with those closest to us—our mother and father, for instance—but we should also offer prayers for all the souls, and especially for those most forsaken. The Second Book of Maccabees provides the principal Scriptural support for the venerable tradition of praying for the dead. It is also one of the seven spiritual works of mercy prescribed by the Church, so during the month of November it is especially recommended that the faithful remember in prayer the souls of those who have gone before us.

“It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that     they may be loosed from sins.” (2 Mac. 12: 46)

CONGRATULATIONS to Leo & Bernadette Driessen as they celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary.

We wish you many blessings, happiness and joy as you celebrate these 50 wonderful years together – well done!