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Sixth Sunday of Easter

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

29 May 2011 ~ Sixth Sunday of Easter (A)

THIS SUNDAY: By now we are some distance away from Easter, but the season is still permeated with the Easter message: Christ is risen, we are baptised in him. But today a new dimension of the story comes out: Easter is not complete until the risen Lord has returned to the Father and sent the Holy Spirit. So in the Gospel today we begin two weeks of looking forward to the coming of that ‘Spirit of truth’ which sets us apart from the world. This is a Spirit of power, which flows through the life of the Church, enabling its members to ‘proclaim the Christ’ and, dwelling in our hearts, to live in the midst of the world’s slander and accusations.

FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION:
The children begin to countdown the weeks until their First Communion celebrated on the weekend of Corpus Christi. They celebrate First Communion as a group on Saturday 25 June at 12noon and then the St Bernadette’s children come to Mass again on the Sunday to celebrate with our parish community at 10.30am (26 June). Their preparation for First Confession continues on Wednesday 8 June at 3.45pm in the school with First Confession celebrated shortly after that. Do keep the children and their families in your prayers at this important time of their formation and their continuing journey of faith.

NEW TRANSLATION OF THE ROMAN MISSAL: We will continue our reflection and preparation for the new translation of the missal ~ Thursday 2 June and then 16 June. These sessions (an hour each) beginning at 7.00pm will give us an opportunity to reflect upon the Eucharist and the words we pray when we come together for Mass. Please do come along and take part in this catechesis. The final session on the 16 June will give us opportunity to celebrate Mass using the new translation so that we can see how the language of the new translation shapes the whole of the Liturgy. There will be no morning Mass that Thursday (16 June). Of course, some of the music we use at Mass for the Gloria, the Holy, holy, the Memorial Acclamation will be changing. There will be an opportunity to explore some of the new musical settings over the summer. This translation will touch each one of us and this is an important opportunity for us to grasp with generosity and openness. Do come along to whatever you are able to.

ROOTED IN CHRIST:
This fantastic series begins to draw to a close as we move to the final three sessions. Bishop Declan will lead us in reflection and study on the Church as one, holy, catholic and apostolic on Tuesday 14 June. This should be a most interesting session in the light of where we are on our diocesan journey and also in the light of the new translation of the Roman Missal. If you would like to go and might need a life, just ask FrC. Holy Family, Patchway, Tuesday 17 May beginning at 7.30pm.

CONGRATULATIONS
to Grace Young who was baptised here last weekend. We congratulate Grace’s family, too.

CORPUS CHRISTI:
Corpus Christi is celebrated on 26 June. That will launch us into a week of adoration each day before the Blessed Sacrament as we journey towards the Feast of the Sacred Heart on Friday 1 July. FrC will be looking for folk to take up the challenge of giving a little time during those five days to watch before the Blessed Sacrament so that we can ensure the Church is left open for those days of prayer. Watch this space for further details. The 29 June is the sixtieth anniversary of Pope Benedict’s ordination as a priest and so, in union with the whole Catholic community, we keep him in our prayers during that period of prayer and adoration.

CATECHISTS’ SYMPOSIUM:
This gathering of catechists from around our diocese as well as drawing in folk who are interested/involved in handing on faith to others takes place on Saturday 2 July at St Bede’s College, Lawrence Weston. This year’s Symposium will reflect upon how we engage and involve parents in the formation and preparation programmes that their children are taking part in for First Communion and Confirmation. There’s also a chance to look at the RCIA and its celebration in our parishes. It is well worth going along to and taking part in. Full details and application forms are available from the narthex notice board.

QUIZ NIGHT:
An opportunity to get together to work those little grey cells as well as enjoy a Ploughman’s supper ~ Saturday June 4th at 7.30pm in the hall. Tickets cost £5.00 per person. You can bring your own drink. Please write names and numbers on the notice in the narthex so as to help with catering. Make up a team and come along. Look forward to seeing you there! Money raised goes in support of our outreach projects so by coming along and taking part we are also reaching out to those so less fortunate than ourselves. Gordon and Linda have details if you need more info. The big prize 200 Club draw will also take place at the Quiz Night so you could go home with a nice cheque, too!

THE ASCENSION:
We celebrate the transferred feast of the Ascension next Sunday. It is also World Communications Sunday and the retiring collection goes to support the tremendous work of the Catholic Communications Network of the Bishops’ Conference. This is a fantastic arm of the Bishops’ work in promoting the media and using the media to reflect the Gospel, the teaching of the Church, and the valuable work of the Church in our country. They allow our voice to be heard, and our gospel message to be encountered in so many forms of the media. They also actively engage with the media on a day to day basis, representing the Church in so vital and visible a way. Please do give as generously as you can. This coming Thursday (the fortieth day after Easter) we will begin our novena of prayer to the Holy Spirit looking forward towards Pentecost.

PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY:
There is an ecumenical service of prayer leading up to the Feast of Pentecost this coming Friday and will take place at Christ Church, Petherton Road, starting at 7.30 pm.   The speaker will be the Rev Laurie Burn.  It is always good to be able to join our Christian brothers and sisters in prayer. If you can go a represent St B’s, please do go along.

A VISITOR TO ST BERNADETTES:
Our parish may be graced with a three-day visit from Cardinal Velasio de Paolis, the Prefect of Economic Affaires of the Holy See. He looks after the finance and budgets of the workings of the Holy See and is visiting the UK towards the end of June. He has graciously accepted an invitation to come to visit us and will be here for part of our week of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament after Corpus Christi. There will be more details of his visit nearer the time, but this is a great honour for our parish.

GLASTONBURY PILGRIMAGE: Please put a note in your diaries: Sunday 10 July. Full programme and details on the notice board in the narthex. It’s always a great diocesan gathering at the beautiful shrine. Do go along if you can. FrC will find out whether there is a coach from this part of Bristol that we might be able to make good use of. Watch this space.

200 CLUB NEWS:
May £25 Draw ~ Roy Meacham No. 34 Congratulations.

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