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The month of Holy Souls is upon us beginning with the celebration of All the Saints on the first day of the month, followed by the three Masses for all the departed on the second: All Souls. Throughout the month we remember the departed as the year itself begins its decline into winter and the cessation of growth. The coming of Advent the season of expectation and hope will begin the liturgical year as the month of the dead ends it. In our St Peter's community we begin Advent with a Christingle event for the Children's Society which does such great work for the very young and the adolescent. A service of light begins to light our way to the birth of the Christ child.

Advent is a season of hope of new life for a world which so badly needs regeneration in kindness, selflessness and care for neighbour. The lack of these things amongst the power wielders of this world and the lack of generosity of profiteers constantly brings about conflict in community and between nations. It is poignant that we remember this year the 100th anniversary of the armistice of the Great War-the war to end all wars. Yet greed, carelessness spite and anger, the grasping of power to dominate rather than to serve, continue. The mother of all these is that great sin of pride which puts self first and untouchable, and breaks relationship firstly with our creator and secondly between persons. Christ is the light that shows us the way back to our first innocence, our creation in the image of God. The little child of Bethlehem, the Man of Sorrows of Good Friday and the Risen and Glorified Word of God-the Easter Christ-lead us to the likeness of the creator into which we are called to grow on our life's pilgrimage.

As we remember the dead of our past and near past conflicts, we should be praying for those gifts which enable us to imitate Christ and bring about true and lasting peace.

Fr Michael

"Open the Book" a Bible Society initiative which introduces the young in schools to biblical characters and heroes is proving a great success in our local first school. The team form St Peter's is now presenting, with participation of the children a story once per month. Please pray that this venture will draw children and parents to church.

Every blessing

Fr. Mike

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Our parish is affiliated to The Society of St Wilfred and St Hilda and registered with Forward in Faith; it is also wedded to the Five Guiding Principles of the House of Bishop’s Declaration on Holy Order, trying to maintain the highest possible unity of the Church of England.

Our family Masses have been revised with a new style , whilst keeping the essential elements of the Mass.

Whilst these Masses will hopefully allow the newcomer to appreciate the central role of the Mass in the Christian life, solemn Masses will also be offered on other Sundays.

These Masses will continue to be at 10am.

The 8am Mass will continue to be said.

Evening services on Sundays are also being re-considered under various guises. There is likely to be a form of “healing service” once a month.

The particular service and its time will be advertised in church and in the pages of this website.

A prayer for England:

O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our most gentle Queen and Mother, look down in mercy on England thy Dowry and upon us all who greatly hope and trust in thee. By thee it was that Jesus, our Saviour and our hope, was given to the world; and he has given thee to us that we might hope still more. Plead for us thy children, whom thou didst accept at the foot of the Cross, O Sorrowful Mother. Intercede for our separated brethren that with us in the one true fold they may be united to the One True Shepherd. Pray for us all, dear Mother, that by faith fruitful in good works we may all deserve to see and serve God, together with thee, in our heavenly home. Amen.

The Mission Society of St Wilfred & St Hilda was launched at St. Peter’s Crabbs Cross Redditch by Bishop Jonathan Baker. The Society’s aims and constitution can be read on its own website www.sswsh.com .

We are still fund raising to complete our refurbishments. To help, visit: www.easyfundraising.org.uk  and find St Peter's Crabbs Cross roof fund.