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Pentecost Sunday

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Pentecost Sunday

12 June 2011 – Pentecost Sunday (A)

THIS SUNDAY: We arrive at the fiftieth day – the completion of the Easter Season, and the completion of the Paschal Mystery: the Lord has died, is risen, has ascended to heaven and now gives birth to his Church, by sending the Spirit upon the apostles. This feast of the gift of the Spirit is so significant for us, because it marks the handing on of Jesus’ ministry to the Church – in the Church we are guaranteed the presence of the Lord, in his sacraments, in his ministers, in the Blessed Sacrament and in his Celebrated Word. It also marks the fulfilment of our thoughts about baptism throughout this season: the gift of the Spirit which we receive in Confirmation is the ‘seal’ of our baptism, guaranteeing and confirming all that baptism achieves.

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 12 noon 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 this Wednesday 15 June at 3.45pm in the school. 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: As you know, the English speaking world receives a new translation of the Missal from the autumn of this year. From September, we will begin to use and familiarise ourselves with these new texts. The Mass remains the same, but the words we use and the some of the words we hear will alter. Over the last month we have been exploring something of the new translation. The last of the Thursday session – this coming Thursday – 16 June (7.00pm) – will give us an opportunity to celebrate Mass using the new translation so that we can see how the language shapes the whole of the Liturgy. There will be no morning Mass this 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 on Monday 18 July (7.00pm) here in St Bernadette’s as we host an evening for some of our parish musicians and singers, this side of Bristol. There is also a day in St Dunstan’s on Saturday 18 June. This translation will touch each one of us and this is an important opportunity for us to grasp with generosity and openness.

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 this coming 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 14 June beginning at 7.30pm.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Corpus Christi is celebrated on 26 June. Our period of prayer before the Blessed sacrament will begin on Wednesday 29 June – the Feast of SS Peter and Paul. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed after the Mass and will remain upon the altar throughout the day. On the Thursday and Friday, the timetable will follow that of the Wednesday. There will be sung Vespers on the Feast of the sacred Heart, ending our Triduum of prayer. 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. You can sign up in the Narthex. Please give what time you can.

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.

PRIESTS’ RETIREMENT FUND: This annual collection in support of our retired priests will take place next Sunday. Your kindness through this collection goes to help maintain our retired priests, supporting them in the years where so many of them are still supplying in parishes well beyond the age of 75.  They have given the diocese so much (and continue to do so in retirement); this is our opportunity to show our appreciation for their commitment and ministry over so many years. Please pick up one of the letters and offertory envelopes as you leave today in readiness for next weekend.

APF – MISSION: Members are invited to join our Mission Mass at Clifton Cathedral on Sunday 19th June at 11am.  This year is a celebration of 75 years of APF/Mill Hill. Many thanks to all who support the missions in this way.

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. The Cardinal will be celebrating Mass on Tuesday 28 June in Italian – so a great way to practise. An invitation is being extended to the Italian community in Bristol and Bath, but it would be good if there were a healthy representation from St Bernadette’s to make the cardinal welcome. Cardinal de Paolis is a member of the Scalabrini community – a missionary family that were founded to care for the Italian community abroad. Do pass the word around.

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.

CAFOD ~ ACT BIG, THINK SMALL CAMPAIGN: Join CAFOD’s campaign to call on the UK government to transform lives and put the people behind small businesses at the heart of UK aid and policy making. Please see the poster and sign a postcard in the Narthex to Andrew Mitchell MP, the Minister for International Development. He is a good man who needs our support.

YEAR THREE
join us for Mass this coming Friday. We make them most welcome!

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