Newsletter November 2020

St Paulinus' RC Church, The Avenue, Guisborough TS14 8DN | Parish Priest Fr Philip Cunnah
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St. Paulinus is a Faith based Caring Community that is open and welcoming to all.

... can you name this month's mystery saint, pictured here...? His feast day is 4th November


CONTENTS:
can you help
Thank you from the seafarers!
Cafod
where are we now
all souls
for all the saints
calendar
mystery saint - answer


Can you help?

We would welcome more volunteers to help stewarding our times of private prayer.
If you feel this is a way you can contribute to the Parish, please let us know either by talking to Fr Phil or by using the parish website or Facebook page to contact us.
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Thank you from the seafarers!

Peter Brannigan, Tees Port Chaplain for Stella Maris (the Apostleship of the Sea), with some of the warm coats, gloves, toiletries, chocolates,and beautifully knitted hats donated by our parish.On behalf of the Seafarers,thank you! https://www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk/
stella maris

With winter now upon us (and the high seas) warm coats etc are still needed. They do not need to be new, but clean. Please contact either Bernard or Michelle Clarke via the web site or at Church.
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Cafod

Despite the pandemic limiting our activities, the Parish was still able to raise £120 plus the on-line donations that are now available at https://cafod.org.uk/donations/
cafod
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Where Are We Now?

Like me, do you feel that one of the saddest consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic is our inability to meet as a Parish Family; to share fellowship; to have a sense of belonging to a loving and caring community? As a community we have, over many years, shared our Faith Journey by Praying together, Working together, and Playing together.

Sadly, at this time, we cannot enjoy being together socially but we can continue to be united in prayer. We can also consider, in a Covid-19 safe environment, working together. Our parish SVP conference is in the process of moving into abeyance but this does not mean that the caring work, which the SVP Society is noted for, is to cease in our parish. No! It means that we have greater freedom to be involved in so many different ways both to the needs of our local community and to those of the wider community, at home and abroad.

Now is the time that we can begin, anew, to take up the challenge to ‘love your neighbour as yourself’; now is the time to be ‘Good Neighbours’.

Guisborough is blessed in having Churches Together in Guisborough(CTiG), where all the Christian denominations in our town work together to give a united witness of ‘The Good News’ that Jesus was born, died and rose again out of the love, which God, Our Father, has for each one of us. Out of CTiG was born ‘The Bridge’, which has attempted, for nearly 20 years, to reach out to and serve our local community in a wide variety of projects. Unfortunately, again, many of these projects have had to be put on hold. However, the Food Bank, FoodStop, is still in operation, being open Monday to Friday to help individuals and families, who are struggling. (Happily, at this point in time, we are well stocked so are not asking for you to resume your generous donations.) What is needed, however, is a volunteer to serve as a Bridge Trustee.

*The Bridge Constitution allows for 2 members of each denomination to serve as a trustee but at the moment we have only one person from our parish in this role.

You might not want this reminder but, Christmas is Coming and we are looking to be involved in the CAUSE hampers appeal again. It would be good if people could start to look out for treats and gifts, which could be used in our hampers. (The response from you over the last 2 years has been amazing!)

We were blessed, and are truly grateful for, over 20 years of faithful and loving service from Fr Michael. We wish him a long, happy and healthy retirement.

Now we have been blessed by the appointment of Fr Philip as our new Parish Priest. Even with all the present restrictions and the problems, which they bring, now is an ideal time for ‘a new beginning’, a ‘renewal’ of our commitment to love and serve each other.

It is intended that, once Fr Phil is settled in his new home and living amongst us, we hold a meeting, possibly 'virtually', to explore the challenges and possibilities which lie ahead.

May God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

*Please contact Maureen McLean on 07835132120 if you are interested or would like more information. http://www.guisborough-bridge.org.uk
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All Souls

What do we mean when we say we will have a mass said for someone who has died? Writing to his nephew, a non-catholic, on the death of his mother, St John Henry Newman wrote, "If then, as you rightly remind me, I said mass for your dear mother, it was to entreat the Lover of souls that, in His own way and in His own time, He would remove all distance which lay between the Sovereign Good and her, His creature.”

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The Communion of Saints

‘for all the saints’ – and how many of them are there? Countless, not just the ones who get official recognition...

We celebrate All Saints' Day to remember all the countless faithful disciples of Christ who now and forever bask in the glorious, loving presence the Almighty Holy One.

The Communion of Saints: an organic whole (Matthew 13:31), which embraces in the bonds of charity (Matthew 22:39) all the children of God (Matthew 19:28; Luke 20:36) on earth and in heaven (Matthew 6:20), the angels themselves joining in that fraternity of souls (Luke 15:10).

The parables of the kingdom (Matthew 13) show us its continuity, which links together the kingdom in our midst and the kingdom to come. This communion is called by St. John a fellowship with one another ("a fellowship with us"--1 John 1:3) because it is a fellowship with the Father, and with his Son, and compared by him to the organic and vital union of the vine and its branches (John 15).

St. Paul repeatedly speaks of the one body whose head is Christ (Colossians 1:18), whose energizing principle is charity (Ephesians 4:16), whose members are the saints, not only of this world, but also of the world to come (Ephesians 1:20; Hebrews 12:22). In that communion there is no loss of individuality, yet such an interdependence that the saints are "members one of another" (Romans 12:5), not only sharing the same blessings (1 Corinthians 12:13) and exchanging good offices (1 Corinthians 12:25) and prayers (Ephesians 6:18), but also partaking of the same corporate life, for "the whole body . . . by what every joint supplieth . . . maketh increase . . . unto the edifying of itself in charity" (Ephesians 4:16).

As St. Teresa of Avila said so beautifully, "Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks [with] compassion on this world. Yours are feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours."

The world needs saints! Our hurting world needs Christians who are committed to being the very body of Christ on earth — saints.

Saints spend their lives loving God by loving all others — especially those who are suffering in body and/or soul. Imagine if every person who professes to be a Christian - one-third of the world's population - decided with the power of the Holy Spirit to be the body of Christ, and decided to think, feel, pray, speak and act as Christ did when he walked the earth.

Pope John Paul I — that saintly smiling pope — said, "If all the sons and daughters of the church would know how to be tireless missionaries of the Gospel, a new flowering of holiness and renewal would spring up in this world that thirsts for love and for truth."

Through the intercession and example of the saints, may we be given the faith, love and courage to imitate their holiness.

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us" - Hebrews 12:1

"We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ." 1 John 1:3
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CALENDAR - November 2020

Sun 1 All Saints - Solemnity
Mon 2 All Souls
Tue 3 Saint Martin de Porres, Religious or Saint Winifride, Virgin
Wed 4 Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop
Thu 5
Fri 6
Sat 7 Saint Willibrord, Bishop and Missionary or Saturday memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sun 8 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 9 Dedication of the Lateran Basilica - Feast
Tue 10 Saint Leo the Great, Pope, Doctor
Wed 11 Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop
Thu 12 Saint Josaphat, Bishop, Martyr
Fri 13
Sat 14 Saturday memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sun 15 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon 16 Saint Margaret of Scotland or Saint Gertrude, Virgin or Saint Edmund of Abingdon, Bishop
Tue 17 Saint Hilda of Whitby, Abbess
Wed 18 Dedication of the Basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles
Thu 19
Fri 20
Sat 21 The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sun 22 Christ the King
Mon 23 Saint Clement I, Pope, Martyr or Saint Columbanus, Abbot and Missionary
Tue 24 Saints Andrew Dũng-Lạc and his Companions, Martyrs
Wed 25 Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin, Martyr
Thu 26
Fri 27
Sat 28 Saturday memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sun 29 1st Sunday of Advent
Mon 30 Saint Andrew, Apostle - Feast
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Mystery Saint: St Charles Borromeo
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