28th St Simon and St Jude Apostles
1st November All Saints Day
2nd November All Souls Day
Labour day recognises the fight and success of an 8-hour working day. We pray for all those forced to work more that an 8-hour day.
From the beginning Labour Day parades were often used to draw attention to other political or economic issues – in this case urging the government to complete a controversial regional transport project. Work on the Otago Central Railway had begun in 1879, but progress was slow. The line would not reach Cromwell until 1921.
All Saints and All Souls
This week we celebrate two significant days in the Church’s Liturgical Year. The Feast of All Saints is celebrated on 1st November to honour all the saints known and unknown. This is followed on the 2nd November by the Feast of All Souls. On this special day in the Liturgical Year we pray for those who have died, that they ‘may rest in peace’. Perhaps you might like to visit your Parish church with your family members, light a candle and spend some time in prayer. Or take time out at home and have a special prayer time to remember those in your family who have died.
CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME
(George Monbiot - The Guardian): “We have been encouraged, by advertising, marketing (etc) …. to seek ever more for ourselves … The reality is that one person’s luxury is another person’s deprivation: the rich, … intrude into the physical and ecological space needed by others … However, there is enough physical and ecological space for everyone to enjoy public luxury: magnificent public parks and swimming pools, rich cultural life that fills the void consumerism seeks, and fails, to fill. We can have a great quality of life and remain with ecological limits, but we have to give up the notion that we will achieve it on our own, through private accumulation. We can achieve it together, through the pooling of wealth; (we can) boil this philosophy down to one phrase: “Private Sufficiency, Public Luxury”. www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/
Te noho tahi me te aroha – Living our lives with love.
'We set forth our petitions before God, not in order to make known to Him our needs and desires, but rather so that we ourselves may realize that in these things it is necessary to turn to God for help.'
Tua Misiloi Co DRS