Tonight’s 7.30 pm Mass will be a Requiem. In a Requiem Mass we pray for the souls of those who have died. We give thanks for their life and offer the sacrifice of Calvary for them through the signs of bread and wine. We pray that God will make them ready to experience the life of heaven and welcome them into his presence.
Our Thursday evening Mass is always preceded by a Holy Hour from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm. Our Holy Hour is a opportunity for silent prayer with the Lord. We expose the Blessed Sacrament (the bread of the Mass which has become the Body of Christ), so all may see Christ’s presence among us. You do not have to attend for the whole hour. You can come and go, or perhaps arrive a little early for Mass in order to spend some quiet time with the Lord.
Our liturgies tonight at St Benet’s offer wonderful opportunities to pray for your departed loved ones, for those who have recently died and those who anniversary of death falls around this time, for those who have departed this life as a result of warfare or violence recently, and for those who have nobody else left on earth to pray for them or remember them.