October 2017 at Holy Innocents'
This month at Holy Innocents'
We are marking this "month of the Rosary" in various ways.
Members of our Filipino community got us started on Sunday 1 October, by leading the recitation of the Rosary before offering a communal meal.
On Saturday 7 October, we held an evening of prayer to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary and to pray for our Parish Annual Meeting the next day.
Each Thursday during October, we will be praying the Rosary in the church, immediately after the 10 am Mass.
On Saturday 14 October, people from the parish will be meeting at Orpington Station at 12.45 pm to travel up to London, to take part in the Rosary procession from Westminster Cathedra To Brompton Oratory.
On Sunday 15 October, we will be showing "The 13th Day", a film about the Fatima apparitions, after the 6 pm Mass.
And on Tuesday 31 October, after the evening vigil Mass of All Saints, our Filipino community will help us to end the month as we began it, by leading the Rosary and sharing fellowship together afterwards.
You would be very welcome at any of the above events. Contact Anne Scripture, Parish Coordinator for Prayer and Formation, for more information.
On 13 May 1917, Our Lady appeared to three young shepherds, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta, in the fields of Fatima in Portugal.Over the following months, she appeared to them five more times. For her final apparition, on 13 October 1917, the children were accompanied by tens of thousands of spectators, who saw the "Miracle of the Sun" – the sun bursting through dark clouds and appearing as a soft, spinning silver disc in the sky.
The Catholic Church has recognised the Fatima apparitions as authentic. Every year, many Catholics go on pilgrimage to Fatima; and this year, Pope Francis went there in May to canonise - declare as saints - Francisco and Jacinta.
Why we honour Mary
As Catholics, we hold Mary in very high regard. We have Marian devotions, statues and feast days. We dedicate May and October to her. We pray the Rosary. Many of our parishes are named after her. We go on pilgrimages to places like Walsingham, Lourdes and Fatima where she appeared.
If you are not a Catholic, you might find this difficult to understand. Why do we give such a place of honour to someone who is, after all, only a fellow human being?
The main reason, according to the Church's teaching, is that Our Lady is one model of what it means to be a disciple Jesus. Two of the things that the Gospels record her saying sum this up: "Be it done unto me according to thy word," in response to the angel's news that she was to be God-bearer; and "Do whatever he tells you," at the wedding feast at Cana. There, as always, Our Lady points us to Jesus.
Watch what Pope Francis said about Our Lady recently.