subscribe: Posts | Comments

The Assumption and The Twenty First Week of the Year

The Assumption and The Twenty First Week of the Year

14 August & 21 August 2011

You get two week’s worth of newsletter in one during the holiday period. ‘Normal service’ will be resumed at the end of August. Happy holidays!


THE ASSUMPTION:  This great feast is a twin to the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord. Then, if you recall, the preface of the Mass contained these words: “Christ is the beginning, the head of the Church; where he has gone, we hope to follow.” Today we celebrate the first of us to do just that, as we remember Mary following our Lord into heaven. She is the first to follow him – but not the last: this feast should help open our eyes to our final destination, heaven. So this feast pushes us right back to Easter, to thoughts of death and resurrection: it is the second reading which underlines all this. It talks of the “gradual” resurrection of the dead: Christ first, then “those who belong to him”.  Of these, the first is Mary, she who was without stain of original sin, she who was “most blessed of all women.” In her, today, we see the fulfilment of the vision of the first reading: the end of death and the victory of life in Christ.

TWENTY FIRST SUNDAY OF THE YEAR: There is a very simple theme to this Sunday’s readings: it is the principle of authority in the community of the Church: we are introduced to the idea that God gives authority to someone in the first reading, where Shebna is dismissed by God and replaced. This is a prelude to the Gospel story of Peter being given authority: not because he is powerful or wise in the world’s sense, but because he was able to profess his faith in the one sent by the Father. This is the principle of all authority in the Church: it is to spring only from God and our faith in God, professed by our way of life and rooted only in Christ, for ‘to him all authority, in heaven and on earth, has been given.’

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.

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: From the start of September we begin to familiarise ourselves with the texts of the new translation to the Roman Missal. A long time in the arriving, we have until Advent to ‘get used’ to these texts that the English speaking world will all be using. The new missal will be available from Advent, so we have the interim texts so as to allow us to prepare. mass cards will be used each week to ease us into these new prayers that we pray and we listen to. 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. It seems that the CTS are printing initial copies of both Sunday and Weekday missals (although the weekday includes the Sunday readings and texts as well – so don’t order both, just the complete weekday). £18 for the Sunday missal and £45 for the weekday Missal. The parish does receive a discount on top of that. They are printed to the same high quality spec as the altar missals. If you would like to order one, please add your name to the list in the narthex.

At three key moments in the Mass we are greeted, “The Lord be with you”, and from September we will reply “And with your spirit.” This greeting is very different from saying “Good morning.” It occurs at three significant moments in the Mass – at the beginning, when we gather as the Body of Christ; at the Gospel, when Christ speaks to us; and at the Eucharistic Prayer, when bread and wine become his Body and Blood*. It is all about the presence of Jesus Christ with us! The words will feel unfamiliar, but they take us back to the world of Saint Paul and the early church and at the same time bring us closer to others in the church today – in Italy they say, “E con il tuo spirito” or in France they say “Et avec vôtre esprit”. Every time we use these words, we are reminding ourselves – and our priest – that it is Christ who is present for us, with us and in us, and that we welcome his presence as one family, with many languages, throughout the world.

THE NEW MISSAL: Thanks for the donations received so far. There’s still time if you want to add your donation, most especially if in memory of someone. The donors’ names will be inscribed in the front plate of the missal when they arrive.

FATHER LASZLO KASZA will be celebrating Mass each day whilst FrC is away. Do welcome him and look after him. Do make sure you keep an eye on the newsletter for times of Mass during the week.

CLOW TRAINING: Sr Jackie Brain is leading a formation morning on 24 September at Christ the King from 10.00am – 12.30pm. Open to all those who are engaged with Children’s Liturgy, it should be a great opportunity for resources and ideas. FrC has more information.

Leave a Reply