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Pentecost

27 May 2012 – Pentecost Sunday

 

SUNDAY: We arrive at the fiftieth day   the completion of the Easter Season, and the completion of the Paschal Mystery: the Lord has died, is risen, has ascended to heaven and now gives birth to his Church, by sending the Spirit upon the apostles. This feast of the gift of the Spirit is so significant for us, because it marks the handing on of Jesus’ ministry to the Church   in the Church we are guaranteed the presence of the Lord, in his sacra¬ments, in his ministers, in the Blessed Sacrament and in his Celebrated Word. It also marks the fulfilment of our thoughts about baptism throughout this season: the gift of the Spirit which we receive in Confirmation is the `seal’ of our baptism, guaranteeing and confirm¬ing all that baptism achieves.

FIRST COMMUNION 2012: With great joy on this beautiful feast of Pentecost, we welcome most especially this Sunday the children who are celebrating First Communion. This is wonderful climax to their hard work of preparation… and yet a nourishing stop as they continue their journey of faith. Do keep them in your prayers and do offer their families our parish’s support and encouragement. Let’s set them an example so s to encourage them to live out their faith within this community of believers. We pray for and congratulate: Divya Rajesh, Calum Chilcott, Tommy Holland, Billy Jackson, Megan Sanders, Evie Nathasingh, Kieran Parsons, Tore Popek, Maisie Sanders, Joshua Sims, Callum Witts, Archie Daniels, Georgina Cox, Shane Parry, William Bennett, Joseph Bennett, Isabelle O’Toole, Graziella Bennett, Dario Vecchio, and Lila Ibrahim.

TUESDAY CAFÉ: Our parish series spread over eight weeks got off to a very encouraging and gentle start. Titled ‘Who are you looking for? I am he.’ this course, exploring the person of Jesus, continues this coming Tuesday, as we reflect upon Jesus as the Bread of Life. We meet after Mass at about 10.15am for a short little input and then leaving time for conversation around the table to explore the theme a little further. The sessions are open to everyone so do come along and to bring friends with you. We meet then on 12 June, 19 June, 26 June, 3 July, 10 July, and 17 July. Posters and details are available from the narthex.

DIOCESAN FAMILY DAY: Taking place at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College on Saturday 30 June, this fantastic opportunity to gather together as a diocesan family comes at the invitation of Bishop Declan. There is plenty for all the family from the young to the very young at heart. There are some superb speakers and workshop facilitators to nurture your faith, deepen your prayer, or allow you to explore particular things of interest. All you need do is sign up for the day giving details of the workshops you want to take part in. The day starts with registration from 9.15am. Poster and handouts in the narthex. IT’S FREE… so do go along and support them day if you can. Pick up a leaflet and have a browse.

DIAMOND JUBILEE ‘RED, WHITE AND BLUE’ SOCIAL: If you are not tootling off for half term over the diamond jubilee weekend, then come along to our parish social on Saturday 2 June at 7.15pm. There will be a tasty jubilee supper and chance to raise a glass, too. There will also be a couple of games of bingo with our fantastic bingo caller making a return visit. Great fun for all the family. The dress code is, of course, red, white and blue! You can pop your name on the list in the narthex this weekend. We do need a couple more tables filled to get us going, too. We’ll also draw the big prizes of the 200 Club that evening, too. Details on the notice board.

GIFT AID AND TAX RECLAIM: Following changes to the tax thresholds in April 2012 please would you check to make sure that you will pay enough tax in 2012/2013 to cover your gift aid declaration. If you have any queries or would like further details please contact David Lavelle (01275 836779) the parish gift aid secretary. Last financial year’s giving totaled just around £9500… and all because we reclaim the tax you’ve already paid.

DO YOU HAVE EXPERTISE IN PERSONNEL AND RECRUITMENT? Can you help our primary school? You may be aware that, our excellent school leadership teams are supported by individuals who volunteer their time to act as Governors, ensuring the good Governance of the schools. At present, due to the retirement of a Foundation Governor, we are seeking an individual from our parish community with Personnel and Recruitment expertise to join the board of Governors at our Primary School. It only involves a few hours per term and, although it is unpaid it can be very rewarding. If you can help, please call Father Christopher on 01275 833699 or Paul Harper, Vice Chair of Governors on 07768 952212 for a confidential discussion.

GLASTONBURY PILGRIMAGE: This year’s pilgrimage is on Sunday 8 July. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Declan at 3.30 pm in the Abbey grounds. Poster and full programme for the day on the notice board.

DO YOU ENJOY SINGING? It would be great if we could for some sort of music group or choir at St. Bernadette’s to help lead and enhance the singing. The first practice will be Friday 15th June, at 7.45pm. The main aim of the choir will be to support the liturgy at some of our Sunday morning Masses. Please come and share your talents and time, especially if you have previous experience of choral singing or can read music.

LYDIA O’KEEFFE: We remember in our prayers Lydia, who died just before the weekend. We pray that God will bring her safely home to be with him. We remember Lydia’s family and her friends, too. May she rest in peace.

200 CLUB NEWS: Congratulation to Chris Mills who picks up the £25 monthly prize draw for May.

JOURNEY IN FAITH: Pentecost allows us to think about who we draw into deeper friendship with the Lord. Do you know of people who may like to think about becoming a Catholic? What can you do to ask them?

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