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Trinity Sunday

Trinity Sunday

19 June 2011 – The Feast of the Most Holy Trinity


THIS SUNDAY: We begin our Summer ‘Ordinary Time’ by celebrating a strange feast – not of a particular saint or event, but of the awesome paradoxes of our God, the Three-in-One, Father, Son and Spirit: so immeasurably distant, yet so amazingly close, so full of power and so full of love. It is love that is the key to the mystery: the revelation of God, to Moses and in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, shows a perfect love – a perfect unity. In the beginning, in the story of Creation in Genesis, God made man and woman ‘in the image and likeness of God’, to live together as a community of love. So too, the Church is an image of this perfection of community which is Father, Son and Spirit. We, as many members of one Church, strive in our everyday lives to imitate God who is Three and One, perfect unity and perfect love.

FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION: This is the final week of preparation for the children journeying towards First Communion. The children celebration the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time this week and then come together on Saturday for the celebration of First Communion. First Communion is celebrated at 12noon on Saturday. The children return on Sunday for our parish celebration and to receive their certificates. Their run-through for the weekend takes place on Wednesday at 5.00pm here in the Church. We keep them in our prayers this coming week – Rahul Vinoy, Oliver Towe, James Fry, Chloe Jefferies, Fred Durow, Sophie Payne, George Cock, Rosie Pattison, Jessica Critten, Kara Richards, Rory Jones, Millie Gould, Eva Albert, Rory O’Driscoll, Sophie Lowson, Harry McGovern, Aldrich Virata, Achile Tom, Isobella Khan, and Liam Monks.

Thank you to those who came along to the celebration of Mass in the new translation this last Thursday. It was a real prayerful opportunity for us to consider the texts we will be using from September of this year. Of course, as well as the prayers we are so familiar with at present, some of the musical settings we have been using will also change. To get to grips with this there will be a parish evening on Monday 18 July at 7.00pm in the Church to begin to look at new music. Do come along! Its not just for musicians and singers but for all those interested in the way we use music in our liturgy. We may even be joined by some from our neighbouring parishes, too.  There is also a Deanery evening looking at the new translation on Tuesday 5 July beginning at 7.00pm in St Dunstan’s, Keynsham.

The penultimate session in this course takes place on Tuesday (21st) at Holy Family, Patchway. Fr Tom Dubois will be exploring and reflecting upon our faith in Mary and the Communion of Saints. Fr Christopher leads the final session on July 5.

Corpus Christi is celebrated on 26 June (next Sunday). 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. Don’t forget that the Feast of SS Peter and Paul is also a Holyday of Obligation.

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.

This annual collection in support of our retired priests will take place after both Masses this weekend. Your kindness through this collection goes to help maintain and look after 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. If you want full details, pick up one of the info sheets from the narthex. Tax payers, please take the time to fill in the envelope claiming back that extra 25p for every £1 you give.

A VISITOR TO ST BERNADETTES: Next Monday (27th) sees the arrival of Cardinal Velasio de Paolis, the Prefect of Economic Affaires of the Holy See, to our parish. He looks after the finance and budgets of the workings of the Holy See and is visiting the UK. 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 at 6.00pm in Italian. 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 and come along if you can!

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.

CAFOD ~THE CLERGY REVIEW: It’s back and it’s on at the Colston Hall at 7.30pm on Friday 30 September. Twenty £10 seats have been reserved for us. Please see the notice in the Narthex and add your name to the list if you want a ticket. Transport will be arranged nearer the date. Several of our Clifton Priests are taking part and performing for our entertainment and to raise funds for CAFOD. Get those tickets whilst they are available.

THE PARISH AND SAFEGUARDING: The diocesan safeguarding office works hard to ensure that our parish communities are safe and welcoming environments for all those who cross our threshold. Every parish has been reminded, recently, about the need to ensure that all those who have particular contact with children and vulnerable adults complete the necessary CRB forms to enable them to do the work they do. If Gerry Panter asks you to help ensure our parish appropriately complies with diocesan policy, please do cooperate with him. The Safeguarding Office (and our parish) takes safeguarding and child protection seriously. The Church’s national safeguarding policy demands that those who have contact with our children especially, complete what is required. From priest to Eucharistic Minister, youth club worker or catechists – no one is, in fact, exempt.

200 CLUB GRAND DRAW WINNERS: £25 ~ Janet Exon (#174); £25 ~ Rose McGovern (#018); £100 ~ Maureen Irvin (#102); £200 ~ David McGillan (#069). Congratulations to our lucky winners.

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