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Seventeenth Sunday of the Year

Seventeenth Sunday of the Year

24 July 2011 – Seventeenth Sunday of the Year (A)

THIS SUNDAY:  What a gift it is, to be able to recognise the true value of things, and choose those which will last forever and bring us true happiness! Solomon, renowned for wisdom, is able to make the right choices when offered the chance to have anything he wants. What would we choose? The parable in the Gospel tells us that, in a sense, the choice is already before us: we can see the kingdom of heaven waiting for us: it is of greater value than anything else, and so all our hearts should be set on it. Nothing should stand in our way.

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 and these have now all been taken. Gordon and Linda will be collecting the monies for these reserved tickets so please ensure you have only reserved tickets that you require as they all need to be paid for. Coach details will also be listed shortly. Several of our Clifton Priests are taking part and performing for our entertainment and to raise funds for CAFOD.

SUMMER CREAM TEA: To welcome in the summer holidays and to support CAFOD’s drought appeal in East Africa, there will be a cream tea this Sunday afternoon – 24 July – from 3.00pm to 5.00pm. £3 per place and you are contributing to support so many people hungry, thirsty and displaced from their homeland at this time. There will also be a stall selling home-made marmalades, jams and preserves also in aid of the CAFOD East Africa Appeal. Do come along; bring the family and your friends with you – the more, the merrier.

FIRST-STAGE-LAST BIKE RIDE: Following on from bike rides in 2007 across Spain and in 2009 through France, Gordon Hodgson intends to cycle from St. Bernadette to Paris, Chartres and Lisieux to complete the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. Leaving on 2nd September, Gordon hopes to raise as much sponsorship money as possible for our Outreach projects. Sponsorship forms are available and your support and generosity would be appreciated.

THE DIARY OF GOD: 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 and booking forms will follow later.

ONE YEAR ON: 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 date in your diaries and go along. It is set to be a most informative, reflective and interesting evening. There will also be a photographic exhibition of some of the stunning images from the papal photographer, Marcin Mazur, at the Grant Bradley Gallery from 3 September to 1 October, Bedminster Parade – Monday to Saturday 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. The gallery are hosting the exhibition for us. It’s a wonderful setting to pop into. Its free and there’s a wonderful café there, too.

FIFTY YEARS ON – VATICAN II: 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. There will also be a poster on the board giving full details of the series next week.

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 month of August, the newsletter will begin to prepare us for some of these linguistic changes that will touch us all when we come to Mass week by week and day by day. The new translation timetable suggests that we begin to make use of some of the texts this coming September so that we have a chance to ease in the changes bit by bit. FrC will make available Mass cards detailing the new texts for the Mass. If you would like to order a new Missal – either Sunday or weekday – then you will be able to place an order through the Parish. At present there are no details of publication dates or prices, so it is a case of watch this space for the moment. The readings will remain the same texts but the texts of the Mass itself will change. There are also some new CTS simple prayer books in the narthex. Back when Mass was first celebrated in English in the 1970s, the first translation of the Latin Missal was done in rather a hurry—many people have commented in the intervening years that it is not a very faithful translation, and that some phrases have lost a lot of their poetry and scriptural links. A good example of this is the response “Et cum spiritu tuo”, which our current translation gives as “And also with you”. Starting in September, we will all be using the new translation “And with your spirit”, which is much closer to the original Latin, and closer too to other modern language translations in the Church. We will see many similar examples in the New Translation, where we will discover richer meanings and phrases – recovering words and images that we have not yet used in English, but are truly part of the Mass.

PARISH MAGAZINE: The summer edition of the magazine is out in the narthex. You are most welcome to pick up a copy. They are free and if you want to make a contribution towards printing costs, then please feel free to pop something in with the newspaper money. The magazine is packed with some wonderful articles from parishioners. When you’ve read it, why not pass it on to someone else.

ROTAS: The rotas for August onwards are available from the narthex as well as online at our parish website.

DIOCESAN WEBSITE: Don’t forget to keep up to date with what’s happening in our diocese via

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