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Fourteenth Sunday of the Year

Fourteenth Sunday of the Year

3 July 2011 – Fourteenth Sunday of the Year (A)

THIS SUNDAY: After the joyous Easter cycle leading us into the many feasts that have drawn us through the month of June, we return to Ordinary Time and this fourteenth Sunday of the Year. Today’s Gospel in an answer to a very simple question: who is this Jesus we follow? What is he like? He tells us himself: he is gentle, and humble of heart. There is a simplicity about this Gospel which speaks very clearly to tired hearts. Indeed, it is often the case that we overlook the simplicity of the Gospel message – which is why it is valuable to be as children, constantly wondering and marvelling at the beauty and fascination of Jesus. How much God must love us: the message of salvation is so easy to receive, the promise is so welcome. This is a Sunday to wallow in the wonder of a God who is ‘kind and full of compassion.’

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.

A BIG ITALIAN THANK YOU: Those who came along to Mass last Tuesday were so appreciative of the fact that Mass was celebrated in Italian…just for them. Thank you to those of you who came along. FrC  particularly is grateful to Fr Gerardo Fabrizio for celebrating the Mass. Cardinal de Paolis hopes to be with us after the summer, so watch this space.

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.

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. It would be good if St Bs was represented. Cadge a lift if you know of someone who is going along.

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.

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.

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 you can.

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. There will be a video presentation and an opportunity to find out more about the pilgrimage. If you are unable to come to the meeting but are interested, please feel to contact either Maria on 07871205182 or Caroline on  07979353599.

meets this coming Thursday at 7.00pm in the presbytery.

There is another chance to pick up this engaging course dipping into deepening our understanding of the scriptures in the autumn. Sacred Heart, Westbury-on-Trym and Chipping Sodbury are hosting the course in November onwards. There is a poster in the narthex for you to peruse and consider. More details later.

In celebration of the first anniversary of the visit of the Holy Father this September, Ann Widdecombe is coming to St John’s, Bath, to reflect upon the impact and legacy on the historic visit of Pope Benedict last September. Wednesday 21 September at 7.30pm. Pop the dates in your diaries and go along… it should be a most interesting evening!

Beginning this October our diocese is hosting a series of seven talks/lectures inviting us to re-engage with the teachings and the documents of the Second Vatican Council which began October 1962. Starting on Tuesday 18 October, Bishop Declan opens the series. The talks take place at the Cathedral and start at 7.30pm. Have a look at the Adult Education and Evangelisation newsletter on the narthex notice board.


THANK YOU: Peter and Judith Vickery wish to thank the parish family for keeping them and Philip in your prayers over the last month or so. He is now at home and on the road to a good recovery.

for readers, ministers of communion, servers, welcomers, and musicians in the narthex.

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