Welcome to the Cathedral Church of Saints Peter & Paul, Clifton.
The Cathedral is currently undergoing renovation work to the roof, and unfortunately this means that at times the building has to be closed to the public for reasons of safety. Saturday and Sunday Masses are still held in the Cathedral, but if you are planning to visit the Cathedral at any other time, please telephone Cathedral House (0117 9738411) beforehand to confirm that the building is open. Morning Mass from Monday to Friday is held in the James Room in Cathedral House.
Please note that all Masses on Tuesday 1st November (All Saints' Day) and Wednesday 2nd November (All Souls' Day) are in the Cathedral. Weekday morning Masses for the rest of the week are in the James Room in Cathedral House as usual.
Sunday 30th October 2016
Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
Wisdom 11:22 - 12:2; 2 Thessalonians 1:11 - 2:2; Luke 19: 1-10
This week marks the beginning of November and the Solemnity of All Saints (on Tuesday). Saints are strange things. They’re not all dead, of course. We pass lots of saints on our way to work or when out doing the shopping. Saints are not perfect people. They’re sinful people who are trying to be better. Millions of them are alive today.
Then there are those who have died. Not just St Peter, St Francis or St Bernadette… but the saintly old man or woman who used to live next door to you, the teacher who taught you when you were young, or maybe even a parent or grandparent? They may not have been canonised but it doesn’t mean that they are not saints.
The wonderful thing about the feast of All Saints is that it puts today in touch with yesterday. In a joyful way it provides the link between those of us who are still on our way and those who have reached their goal. In our celebration and worship we link arms with saints of every shape, age and size, joining in a communion which unites all heaven and earth.
It’s natural, too, that we should look to people just like ourselves for encouragement. The fact that Mother Teresa was so ordinary helped her saintly work to become so extraordinary. The ancient Preface prayer of this feast recognises this when it speaks about our communion with all the saints as inspiration and strength for us, hastening on our pilgrimage of faith, eager to meet them.
As we look to the example of those who have gone before us we are inspired to imitate them. And the Solemnity of All Saints offers us the hope that one day, when every tear has been wiped away, we will see them again face to face in a joy that knows no end.
Scripture Reflections (below) © Peter J Harrison 2016