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Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi

26 June 2012 – The Feast of Corpus Christi

THIS SUNDAY:  The Eucharist – the Body and Blood of Christ – is a mystery with so many layers and a depth that takes more than a lifetime to penetrate. It is not just a “thing” that we receive – however reverently – it is a person, a relationship, a belonging, and a transformation that we consume, that becomes part of us: “Receive what you are – the Body of Christ”. The readings invite us to reflect on how our celebration of the Eucharist brings Christ’s words to our reality: “…who eats my flesh and drink my blood lives in me and I live in him.” The people of the Old Testament had God living in their midst, walking with them on their journey, feeding and nourishing them with the gift of manna from heaven. Jesus walks with us, not looking on from afar, journeying “in communion” with us – living within us, as we eat and drink the gifts he extends from the Last Supper. And as Saint Paul reminds us, our communion with the One Christ is also a communion with each other – God lives in us as the Church, as we become His Body.


FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION: We congratulate 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, Isobella Khan, and Liam Monks as they celebrate their First Communion this weekend. We keep them all in our prayers.


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. 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 Deanery evening looking at the new translation on Tuesday 5 July beginning at 7.00pm in St Dunstan’s, Keynsham, building upon the four catechetical sessions we have had here during the Easter season.


OUR VISITOR FROM ROME: Cardinal Velasio de Paolis, the Prefect of Economic Affaires of the Holy See, makes his three-day visit to our parish this week. The Cardinal will be celebrating Mass on Tuesday 28 June in Italian – so a great way to practise – and the full texts will be laid out in the liturgy booklets… so don’t feel you will get lost! An invitation is extended to the Italian communities 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. Please do come along to this Mass – it does fulfil the obligation for the Holyday, too, and a wonderful chance to introduce yourself to the Cardinal. Bring your friends and family – all are welcome.


ROOTED IN CHRIST: This fantastic series draws to a close as we move to the final session on July 5. Fr Christopher leads the final session looking at The Last Things – a vision of the life to come. If you would like to go and might need a lift, just ask FrC. Holy Family, Patchway, Tuesday 5 July beginning at 7.30pm.

TRIDUUM OF PRAYER BEFORE THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: 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 at 6.00pm. 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 – this is a wonderful opportunity for each of us to spend time with the Lord in this way.


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: Thank you for your generosity to the PRF last weekend. Your kindness raised £610 (enhanced, of course, by Gift Aid) which is a fantastic amount. Thank you.

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.

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.


PETERS’ PENCE: This second collection taken around the Feast of SS Peter and Paul is our gift to the Holy Father. Peter’s Pence is the Church’s global outreach to the many diocese’s, religious institutions, hospitals and schools as well as many disasters that the Holy father can respond to on our behalf. Peter’s Pence allows him to show compassion, charity and concern to those in need around the world. You are always so kind to the world’s poor – please respond as generously as youcan.

PILGRIMAGE TO PUGLIA:  : If anyone is interested in joining the pilgrimage (12th – 19th September) to  Ruvo di Puglia – San Giovanni Rotondo – Bari – Castel del Monte – Trani – Matera, you are invited come to a meeting at St Bernadette’s, Wells Rd, on Monday 4th July at 7.00pm. If you are unable to come to the meeting but are interested, please feel to contact either Maria on 07871205182 or Caroline on  07979353599.

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