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Eighteenth Sunday of the Year

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Eighteenth Sunday of the Year

31 July 2011 – Eighteenth Sunday of the Year

 

THIS SUNDAY:  Divine providence is a wonderful thing: God is so generous with his creation (it is human greed that denies some their rightful share). The Kingdom of God is the time and place when this vision will be fully realised, when all who wish may ‘come to the water’, when all who are hungry may ‘eat as much as they want’, when what is left over is still enough for all the twelve tribes of Israel. Our contemplation of the kingdom of God, through the parables and miracles of Jesus, should stir us up to build this kingdom here and now. The miracle of Divine providence is allowed to work when human greed and selfishness give way to the power of the Spirit working within us, and we share all we have with those in need. Our hearts are set on the kingdom of God, where there is corn and wine and milk in abundance.

CAFOD ~THE CLERGY REVIEW: All the tickets have been reserved for those who have indicated they would like them. Linda and Gordon will need to collect the money for the tickets, please. If you do not intend to make use of the tickets you have asked for, please let Linda or Gordon know as there are others waiting for any cancellations.

SUMMER CREAM TEA: Thank you for your support last Sunday with the afternoon tea in the hall. £190 was raised in that couple of hours. Thanks to those who worked so hard in providing the tea, and thanks to those who came along for the afternoon. That money will be added to our retiring collection for CAFOD.

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 is also be a poster on the board giving full details

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. Change is always challenging. Over the past 37 years we have become very familiar with the words of the Mass – both priests and people alike. Our familiarity with the words means that we will all probably join in without needing to look at Missals and mass sheets. Come September, when the words change, we will all be scrabbling for sheets and guides again! It is inevitable that we will make mistakes – both priests and people will find themselves slipping into the “old words” every now and again. It would be very easy for us to get a little frustrated with this change. Nevertheless we can take change two ways: as something to resent and complain about, or as an opportunity to think about what we are doing. Let’s do our best to accept these changes as an invitation to stop and think about the words we use, and how they touch our minds and hearts.

THE NEW MISSAL: With the new translation comes a new edition of the missal. The Altar one costs £230 and the smaller presider’s missal costs £115. If you would like to contribute towards the cost of the new missal, most especially in memory of someone who has gone before us in faith, please do let FrC have your donation and, if given in memory, make sure you write the name clearly. The donors’ names will be inscribed in the front plate of the missal when they arrive.

FATHER LASZLO KASZA from Romania and who is studying in Rome, is with us again this summer for most of the month of August. He will be supplying for FrC whilst he is away on holiday in the middle of August. We give Fr Laszlo a warm Whitchurch welcome and hope he enjoys being with us once again.

DIOCESAN WEBSITE: Don’t forget to keep up to date with what’s happening in our diocese via cliftondiocese.com – there’s plenty of news and info.

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