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All Saints Parish Newsletter


Dear Friends,
This is the most wonderful time of the year… and I encourage you to drop everything and come to church. We are in the midst of a fantastic season and festival where we celebrate the Saints, where we give thanks for the departed and take to heart the hope of the Resurrection and promise of new life in Christ. For some, this season of All Saints is a time where perception most strongly pointing to truth. For others, we are guided by the witness of generations past and even present. But for all of us, it is a time of great thanksgiving. What better season than this to contemplate how we can be true to our Christian Vocation and share in a life with the Saints in the worship of Almighty God. Lives which have been lived in hope and knowledge of Christ. Lives, now at rest in him who is Alpha and Omega, from who all things come. 
On the Eve of All Saints, we sang the hymn, Joy and Triumph everlasting (229 NEH). Part of V.4 reads…
There the Saints, whose memories old, we in faithful hymns uphold,
Have forgot their bitter story In the joy of Jesu’s glory.
For the saints, however they have achieved that crown of glory, by comparison of living in the light of Christ, they have no doubt forgotten the bitter story which surrounded so many in their faith, their trying to do the right thing in following Christ. So this season invites and demands that we pick up the mantle from those of old, from our parents and grand-parents and bring to our generation something of the promise and hope of Christ. 
We very much hope that you can join us over the coming days, For All Souls and for Festival Sunday.   If you are unable, please be assured that prayer is being offered for everyone associated with All Saints Margaret Street, for the suffering and the well, for the living and the departed.  
Yours with the Saints and in Christ,
Fr. John
Please pray for those being Confirmed from this Congregation at St. Paul’s Cathedral this Saturday 5pm (all welcome). Jenny Ward, Kojo Boafo, Florence Boafo.
Please pray for Reg Barnett, Dennis Davis, Christopher Ryan, Joan Cook, Malala Yousufzai, Peggy Leeman, Fr. David Jowitt, Moe, Julia, Michael Harris, Linda Orme, Mary Barnet, Sian Evans, Jackie Ferriter, Joshua Levy, Audrey Patterson, Celia Shore, Michael Sullivan, Rachel Clayton, Heather Walker, Graham Hawkes, Richard Tann, Brian Sparkes, John Rogers, Mason Jacobson
Barbara Laws, Marguerite Crill, Anne Hamburger, David Day, Timothy Montgomery, Timothy Harding, Andrew Tillyard, Lise Cribbin, Finola Robinson
The Recently Departed: Nigel Bailey, Christopher Rawll, Rosemarie Roberts, Betty Mills, Duncan Pingriff, Sibyl Webster at the anniversary of their death: Harold Wilson, Gilbert Pickering, Jack Fallon, Rosemary Crawley, Helen Gordon St. Aubyn, Curtis Burk, Daphne Gordon, Terrance Duggan, Glyn Thomas, Philip Gould, Constance Peters, Dudley Sholte, Arnold Fryer
Sunday 4 Nov: Festival Sunday. At High Mass: Dedication of framed photograph of Bishop Ambrose Weekes.
Wednesday 7 Nov: 6:30pm Mass of Thanksgiving for the life of Sr. Jean Margaret ASSP at All Saints
ANGLICAN CATHOLIC FUTURE: “The Christian Pilgrimage” St. Matthew’s, Westminster
Thursday 8th November   7pm – Led by Prebendary Alan Moses and the Revd. Nicola Stanley , Vicar of All Hallows Twickenham
One o’clock talks on the Church Building:
On Sunday’s at 1pm for 10mins there will be a series of talks given by Fr. Alan and Fr. John. 
11th November – The Baptistry. 18th November – The Nave. 25th November – The Pulpit. 2nd December – The Jesse Window.   9th December – The North Wall, The Old Testament. 16th December – The North Wall – The Nativity. Please come along prior to lunch for 10 minutes and hear an historical and theological perspective on our church building.
Penny Mordaunt MP, (Portsmouth North) and friend to All Saints Margaret Street is arranging for the Parish a Tour of Parliament on 16th November 2012. A maximum number of 60 people can attend, so please book your place with Fr. John Pritchard as soon as possible.   The Tour Starts at 9:55am and will last 75mins. The Tours are free, but I am suggesting that we all make a £10 donation towards Phase IV – Restoration Appeal for All Saints Margaret Street. Please send Cheques to All Saints c/o Dennis Davis or Fr John Pritchard made payable to "All Saints PCC Restoration Appeal". Details of where to meet will follow.  ONLY 6 Places left. Please book as soon as possible.
VOCATIONS DAY   Saturday 17th November – ST. MATTHEW’S WESTMINSTER    10.30AM-4PM
A day for men and women considering ordination. Led by Fr. Tim Sledge Vicar of Romsey Abbey.
If you are interested, please contact the Vicar or email
Saturday 24 Nov: 12 noon. Requiem Mass for Teresa Butler at All Saints
There will be two courses running at All Saints Margaret Street this year.
DAYTIME ADVENT COURSE – Fr. Alan will lead a four week day-time course meeting at 11am on Thursday’s 29th November, 6th, 13th & 20th December at the Vicarage. This will be book based on Rowan William’s latest book, “The Lion’s World – A journey into the heart of Narnia.   
EVENING ADVENT COURSE Fr. John will lead a four-week evening course, meeting at 7:00pm on Wednesday’s 28th November, 5th, 12th & 19th December at No.6 Margaret Street. This course will look at The Patriarchs, The Prophets, St John the Baptist and Our Lady each one will be explored through one of the following: Opera, Film (popcorn will be provided), prose and poetry. Please indicate to Fr. Alan and Fr. John if you wish to attend.
Dr. Christopher Rawll – Christopher was for many years a devoted servant of All Saints and of the Church in London. Here at All Saints, he was at various times, server, sub-deacon, churchwarden, and archivist. In the diocese he served on Bishop’s Council, was lay chair of the Deanery Synod and Warden of Readers.
He died peacefully on18th October. There will be requiem mass for him here at All Saints on Saturday 1st December.
Congratulations to Aiden Hargreaves-Smith
In addition to his role as Registrar of the Diocese in Europe, Aiden has recently been appointed Registrar of the Diocese of Chelmsford. He will be sworn in on Saturday, 19th January 2013 at Chelmsford Cathedral by the Bishop of Chelmsford, who will preside at the Eucharist. The service will start at 12.00 noon, and will be followed by a Reception. Everyone associated with All Saints’ is warmly invited to attend. It would be helpful if those intending to be present could ‘RSVP’ to Melanie Tucker on or 020 7593 0353, not least to ensure that the wine does not run out (a reputational risk which Aiden would never be prepared to take!).