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Twenty Sixth Sunday of the Year

Twenty Sixth Sunday of the Year

25 September 2011 – Twenty Sixth Sunday of the Year (A)


THIS SUNDAY: “Once a sinner, always a sinner.” That seems to be the attitude of the self-righteous in the first reading and the Gospel; they object that God is unjust, because he gives sinners another chance. But God tells them quite clearly that such attitudes are the real injustice – to allow prejudice and hardness of heart to come between repentance and forgiveness. The words of Christ in the Gospel must have struck a chill into the hard hearts of the so-called righteous chief priests – even today they can make us stop and think: “Prostitutes are making their way into the kingdom of God before you.” All our outward show matters little, if it does not correspond with what is deep in our hearts; all our words are meaningless, if they do not correspond with the way we live our lives.

NEW TRANSLATION OF THE ROMAN MISSAL: Keep using the Mass cards that are available. It is good to hear our community growing in its familiarity with the new texts. We persevere… together.

ONE YEAR ON EXHIBITION: The stunning images of the papal visit from the papal photographer, Marcin Mazur, are still on display at the Grant Bradley Gallery, Bedminster Parade – Monday to Saturday 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. 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. Exhibition runs until this coming Saturday.

FRIDAY PENANCE AND THE FIRST FRIDAYS OF THE MONTH: Tied in with our Friday witness and penance, each first Friday the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed after the morning Mass until midday giving those who want to the chance to spend a little time in Church, and also allowing us to keep our Church open a little longer than usual. Do make use of this valuable opportunity to deepen prayer before the Lord. This will be followed (each first Friday at 12.15pm) with a very simple soup lunch (homemade soups with bread and cheese) to allow us to tap into that spirit of penance as well as in solidarity with the hungry of our world. Your donations will go to support projects that look after the hungry, the thirsty, and homeless in our own city. We begin on Friday 7 October – CAFOD harvest fast day.

THE DIARY OF GOD: This simple and uncomplicated series delving into the Scriptures is being hosted by Sacred Heart, Westbury-on-Trym, and St Paul’s, Yate. Both courses begin in November and run over eight sessions. There is a poster in the narthex giving you full details. If you want a booking form, do ask FrC.

READERS PREPARATION EVENING: Our readers are invited along to their annual get-together on Tuesday 4 October at 7.00pm here in the Church and the hall. The new translation to the Missal gives us an opportunity to reflect, once again, upon the ministry of reading in Church. All are readers are asked to come along for this hour together.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS: Our ministers of Holy Communion come together for their annual formation session On Wednesday 12 October at 7.30pm – after the evening Mass. We only come together once in the year so please do make a note in your diaries.

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. Ahead of the Bishop’s talk there will be chance to explore the first of the documents, Dei Verbum, on Thursday 6 October, at 7.00pm in the Church. Just come along. The document and study sheet are available from

A CONCERT FOR CAFOD on Saturday 8th October at 7.30pm in the church there will be a musical evening and refreshments for the refugee camp in Kenya.  Please try and support this social event which is for a good cause.

SECONDARY SCHOOL OPEN EVENINGS: Our Secondary School is holding its annual Open Days on Thursday 29th September and Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th October for parents of children in year 5 and year 6, who will transfer to secondary school in 2012.  Full details of timings available from the school.

ST BRENDAN’S SIXTH FORM COLLEGE: Do have a look at the information poster in the narthex -15 October, 19 October and 20 October. Contact details for the college are on the poster.

RELICS AND ROSES: Its two years since the relics of St Therese came to Bristol. There is a beautiful and moving documentary of the visit being screened at St Theresa’s, Filton, on Wednesday, 5 October. The producer, Michael Whyte, will be there to set the film in its proper context. It’s free. Mass in the Church at 7.00pm and film afterwards in the parish hall. Poster in the narthex.

CAFOD HARVEST FAST DAY: Envelopes will be handed out next weekend in readiness for the annual Harvest Fast Day – Friday 7 October. Each year as we celebrate the abundance of God’s gift of creation, we enter into solidarity with those who ‘fast’ each and every day through hunger. Our gift to them is our way of sharing from the many good things we have.

TRAIDCRAFT STALL: If you can help ‘man’ the stall, most especially after Mass on Saturday evening, please have a word with Ann Kerrigan this weekend.

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