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Twenty Second Sunday of the Year

Twenty Second Sunday of the Year

THIS SUNDAY: A quick glance at last week’s Gospel reveals the interesting development of the story: last week, we heard Peter proclaiming that Jesus was the Messiah, and being given authority as a result. This week, Peter gets it wrong: he is rebuked by the Lord because he does not understand who the Messiah is. The Messiah is the one who will give everything for his people – even his own life. To be a follower of Jesus demands an understanding and acceptance of this fact, and a willingness to take up the cross as Jesus did. Our introduction to this is the prophet Jeremiah – also persecuted for doing and saying what was right. Have a look at the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, where this twinning of Jeremiah and prophecy of persecution also appears.

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’s to Paris, Chartres and Lisieux to complete the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. Leaving on 2nd September (this coming Friday), 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. Last chance to support him this weekend!

PAPAL VISIT – 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.

ONE YEAR ON EXHIBITION: There is a photographic exhibition of some of the stunning images of the papal visit 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 and you can get free parking at Asda behind the gallery. Entrance to the gallery is 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 next Sunday we begin to familiarise ourselves with and use 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 part of the English speaking world is already 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. We’ll also start to get to grips with the music affected by the new translation, too.

WEEKDAY AND SUNDAY MISSALS: An order has been placed for those who popped their names on the list. The CTS have offered us 25% discount on each Missal. The Sunday ones will be produced in time for Advent and the Weekday ones just after Christmas – the printers, as you can imagine – are working overtime. They are printed to the same high quality spec as the altar missals. There’s still time to order one if you have a word with FrC.

THE NEW MISSAL DONATIONS: 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 list of names in whose memories the Missals will be inscribed are on the notice board – please check the spelling in case of typos!

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. Please get in touch with Sr Joanna in Filwood Broadway if you intend to go along by 12 September. You can contact Sr Joanna on 0117 966 4854.

FRIDAY FASTING: Tied in with marking the first anniversary of the Holy Father’s visit last September, our bishops are inviting us to take up, once again, the practice of Friday fasting and abstinence beginning 16 September. They are inviting us re-establish the discipline of not eating meat on a Friday as a sign of penance, giving Fridays back that characteristic of penance so that just as each Sunday gives us a glimpse of Easter, so each Friday give us a glimpse and a reminder of Good Friday. More next week.

MARY THERESA ALLWARD RIP: Mary (Mary Puddy’s daughter) died this last week and her requiem mass will be celebrated on Thursday 8 September at 11.00am. May she rest in peace.

WEDNESDAY COFFEE CLUB: For a number of reasons, the Wednesday Coffee Club will come to an end at the end of September. It has been a tremendous social outlet for so many over the last couple of years and we offer our appreciation for those who have so generously given their time to keep it going. We also thank them for the kindness that has led them to be generous to our parish funds across those years, too.

LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR FUNDRAISING EVENING: the Little Sisters will be with us on Saturday 26 November for a Bingo evening and supper to help them raise some funds for their home. It’s a little way away at the moment, but put the date in your diaries, please.

JAMS AND PRESERVES on sale in the narthex this weekend.

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