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The limit of our sight

Wednesday sees the beginning of November, month of the Holy Souls.

  • Wednesday 1 November Feast of All Saints, Holyday of Obligation. Mass times inside and on back cover.
  • Thursday 2 November Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls). Mass will be celebrated as usual on Thursdays, at 9.30am at Christ the King, and 7.30pm at St Brigid’s.
  • Saturday 11 November 3 Churches Mass of Memories at Christ the King 10am. Our Bereavement Support Group invite you to come in memory of your loved ones. We remember especially those who have died since last November. Light refreshments to follow.
  • Wednesdays 1, 15 & 29 November “A Time to Remember” at the Cathedral House. The Mostyn Room (former CTS) will be set aside as a quiet space for those who have experienced bereavement. Tea/coffee, a chance to talk, or just to be quiet, reflect, pray…
  • Throughout November Remember that St Brigid’s and St Paul’s churches are always open each day. People pop in to pray or just for peace.
  • Throughout November In each of our 3 Churches there will be a November Book of Remembrance. You are welcome to add the names of those who have been important to you. Regular Masses will be offered for those mentioned in these books.
We give them back to You, O Lord, who first gave them to us;
Yet as You did not lose them in the giving, so we do not lose them by their return... 
For what is yours is ours also, if we belong to You.
Love is undying, and life is unending,
And the boundary of this mortal life is but a horizon,
And the horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.
Lift us up, strong Son of God, that we may see further. 
(Bede Jarrett)

An interesting development

On 3 September Pope Francis issued the document Magnum principium (“The Great Principle”). It shifts responsibility and authority for translations from Latin into modern languages of liturgical texts (e.g. the Missal), to national Conferences of Bishops, and restricts the role of the relevant Vatican department, the Congregation for Divine Worship (CDW). This is a significant step in the Pope’s plan of changing the role of the Roman Curia in the Church, and fostering “shared decision-making between local churches and Rome.”

After Vatican II, there was much discussion about the quality of some translations. In 2001, the CDW’s instruction Liturgiam Authenticam ruled that texts “insofar as possible, must be translated integrally and in the most exact manner, without omissions or additions in terms of their content, and without paraphrases or glosses.” But an alternative view sees translation as “dynamic equivalence”, roughly “sense-for-sense” translation, rather than the more literal word-for-word translation that was now required. Various countries struggled with the new instruction. The CDW tightened its grip on the multi -national International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), created to produce English translations, overruling its proposed revision.

In 2016, Pope Francis formed a commission to review the implementation of Liturgiam Authenticam. He says “some principles handed on since the time of the [Second Vatican] Council should be more clearly reaffirmed and put into practice”. He wants collaboration and trust between the CDW and conferences of bishops, but lays down that the CDW’s role is to ratify the bishop’s approval, not to review the translation itself.

So what will happen? We have the possibility that the 2011 English Missal could be changed, if the Bishops choose to take that route. Will the over-ruled ICEL translation re-emerge? Or something different? Or not? Watch this space…

Fr Matthew

Annual foreign missionary appeal

Next weekend 21st and 22nd we welcome priests from the Comboni Missionaries to our churches for the annual appeal that each year one congregation is allowed to make in each diocese. Please give them a warm welcome and generous support. They request us to pray “for the Comboni Missionaries, especially for those who are at present working in difficult and dangerous conditions. May they be encouraged by our spiritual and material support.” Intercession writers please include this in the Bidding Prayers next week. Meanwhile, here is something about their founder and their work.

Daniel Comboni, born in Limone, Italy, in 1831, knew at an early age that he would be a priest and missionary. His love was Africa, and in 1854, when God called him there, Daniel answered with all his heart and soul. St Daniel devised a Plan not just to bring the Gospel to people who never heard it but also to prepare Africans to evangelize their own people – a revolutionary idea for his time. His motto, Save Africa with Africa, captures the essence of the trust he had in the African peoples.

Named the first Bishop of Central Africa in 1877, St Daniel continued his faithful ministry until, at the age of 50, worn out and plagued by fever, he died, but not before founding the Comboni Missionaries and Missionary Sisters who today carry out their founder’s charism across Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas. St Daniel Comboni was canonized in 2003 and remains an inspiration to all who have a heart for mission.

For 150 years, the Comboni Missionaries have travelled to nearly every corner of the world, sharing the good news of Christ and working to protect the dignity of all people. They are now an international Catholic organization dedicated to ministering to the world’s poorest and most abandoned people, often working in unstable political climates, in the midst of extreme poverty. Despite these challenges, their missionaries are dedicated to their mission of serving God’s people.

Fr Matthew