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Thirty Second Sunday of the Year

Thirty Second Sunday of the Year

6 November 2011 – Thirty Second Sunday of the Year (A)


THIS SUNDAY: “Watch early for wisdom”: wise words, and ones that the foolish bridesmaids of the Gospel should have taken to heart. This is the ultimate in ‘putting off till tomorrow…’, since the reading is about the end of time, when the Son of Man will come again. Then there will be no tomorrow. If a thing is worth doing, it’s worth doing today. Quite often we contemplate the end of time with anxiety and fear: this is not what God wants. Look at the Psalm, where we hear of desperate longing, a thirst for the Lord, that cannot wait. We should not just wait for the Lord with patient endurance, but with impatient longing: what could we desire more than the coming of the Lord, the rising of the dead and an eternity of joy and glory?

MASS OF WELCOME: As last year, we will welcome the children who have started at the primary school along with their families this Sunday at 10.30am. It’s an important celebration to enable us to foster those necessary links with our parish school and encourage those new starters in their journey of learning.

FIFTY YEARS ON – VATICAN II: The next date for your diary is Tuesday 6 December, 7.30pm in our cathedral when Fr James Hanvey SJ will explore Lumen Gentium and Gaudium et Spes, inviting us to think about being the Church in the contemporary world.

FIRST COMMUNION 2012: It was good to see so many parents come along to the initial information evening for First Communion preparation. Applications need to be in this weekend and preparation for First Confession begins later this month. The complete list of preparation sessions, celebration Masses, and parents’ sessions can be found on the notice board. If you missed the details and the meeting for whatever reason you will need to contact FrC this week, please.

FIRST FRIDAY SOUP LUNCH: Thank you to those who made the delicious soups for Friday’s lunch and thank you to those who came along to support the lunch, too. You raised £97 for our outreach projects – thank you, one and all. The next First Friday soup lunch takes place on Friday 2 December, following Exposition, at 12.15pm. All are most welcome.

LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR: The Little Sisters are with us this weekend – 5/6 November – making an appeal for their most valuable work at St Joseph’s. The Sisters work so hard to look after the residents in their care and rely on the kindness and generosity of parishes to help them. Please do give as generously as you can. Also, you might like to make note of the Bingo night on Saturday 26 November (7.30pm) to raise money for the Little Sisters. A hearty supper for £5 and bingo cards will be available to buy on the night. Pop your name on the list in the narthex if you would like a seat… and bring your friends with you!

NEW ALTAR MISSALS: The new missals have arrived and are just awaiting inscription with the donors/intentions put into them. Once these have been done, the new missals will be placed in the Lady Chapel for those of you who want to, to see them. The Sunday Missals should arrive in the next two or three weeks in readiness for Advent. Watch this space.

PARISH FORUM GROUP meets in the presbytery on Thursday 10 November at 7.00pm.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: Next Sunday, we commemorate those who have lost their lives in conflict across the twentieth century and during this century, too. We will observe a period of silence as part of the Bidding Prayers at the 10.30am Mass next Sunday bringing the dead into our prayer.

VESPERS FOR CHRIST THE KING: The last Sunday of the Church’s year falls on Sunday 20 November. There will be Vespers (4.00pm) for the feast of Christ the King as we draw the liturgical year to a close. It is also National Youth Sunday, a Sunday where we pray for the young people of our Church and also where we are asked to support our diocesan youth service through the retiring collection. More details next weekend.

ADVENT: In two week’s time we begin a new year in the life of the Church, and the season of preparation for Christmas. There will be Vespers on the first three Sundays of Advent, and our Family Crib Service on Sunday 18 December. There will be little reflection books for Advent, allowing you to journey through the scriptures of the season each and every day. There will be details of the opportunities for Confession during Advent, and details of the ways in which we can use Advent as a season of prayer, too.

CHRISTMAS MASSES: Due to a very positive response over the last couple of weeks, there will be a Vigil Mass of Christmas at 6.00pm, Mass at midnight (12.00am), and on Christmas morning at 8.30am and 10.30am. There will be some beautiful cards available in a week or so giving details of the week’s build up to Christmas so that you can ‘invite’ folk to join us for Christmas this year. The cards give clear times of the celebrations at St Bernadette’s and allow you to encourage those who may not normally be with us at the weekend to come back and join us at this special time of year.

CONGRATULATIONS to Elizabeth Margaret Roberts who was baptised here last weekend. We welcome her into our parish family and congratulate her parents and family, also.

OUR RETIRED PRIESTS: We are fortunate to be welcoming some of our retired priests back to St Bernadette’s for their annual mass and lunch with the Bishop on Wednesday 23 November. Mass will be celebrated late morning with Bishop Declan, so watch this space for full details next week, and come along and help make these priests welcome.

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