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Trinity Sunday

Trinity Sunday

3 June 2012 – Trinity Sunday

THIS SUNDAY: When the Church celebrates the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, it is an attempt to sum¬marise the whole mystery of our God into one day. This is not just a “theological feast” ` but a feast which should speak to us of this simple fact of faith: the Father loves us, has revealed that love in his Son, and has called into a relationship sustained by the Spirit. It is our joy that, as baptised members of the Church, we can somehow share in that divine life and love which is the Trinity – becoming children of God. God has chosen us, and we are his own people, just as he chose the people of Israel long ago. The mystery of the Trinity is not meant to make this more difficult   on the contrary it is to clarify and summarise all that our faith is about: that we are children   with the Son, in the power of the Spirit   of the one Father.

FIRST COMMUNION 2012: Congratulations to the youngsters of our parish who celebrated First Communion last Sunday. It was a beautiful celebration and one which, hopefully, will remain in their memories for some time to come. We continue to keep them in our prayers: 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 takes a ‘half term’ break this week. Exploring the person of Jesus, we continue on Tuesday 12 June, as we reflect upon Jesus as Light of the World. 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 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.

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.

JOURNEY IN FAITH: Are there people you know who may be interested in the faith we profess and the faith we live? Are there people you know who come to Mass and yet are not, maybe, Catholic? Are there people you know who may just need a little encouragement to deepen their faith, their understanding of the Lord, and deepen their relationship with him? If so, then maybe now is the time to sow that seed and invite them to take a step deeper into communion and friendship. As a parish are part of that proclamation of the Gospel that our world needs to hear and, maybe, through us, the Lord is drawing others into the family of his Church.

THE EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS 2012: A Eucharistic Congress is an international gathering of the Church from around the world which aims to: promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Catholic Church, help improve our understanding and celebration of the liturgy, and draw attention to the social dimension of the Eucharist. Taking place in Dublin from 10 – 17 June, people from across our world will be gathering together centred around the Eucharist. Bishop Declan has invited us to participate in the Congress with a time of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament on Sunday 10 June and Sunday 17 June. There will be Exposition and Vespers at 4.00pm. Do come along if you can to both or to either.

HEALING MASS FOR THE FEAST OF THE SACRED HEART: This great Feast of God’s tender loving and humanity occurs during the Eucharistic Congress in Dublin. You are invited to celebrate the Eucharist that is a sacred meeting with the Broken Heart of Christ in the Broken Bread – an encounter that heals our brokenness. Come and celebrate the One who loves you beyond the breaking of His Heart by drinking from the fountain of healing and salvation that flows from Jesus’ Heart. Our God is vulnerable to our pain and yearns that we come to Him with all that wearies and hurts us and find peace and wholeness in Him, find the very source of Love’s freedom in Him. Come and bring your friends to St Nicholas of Tolentino Church, Lawford’s Gate, Bristol BS5 0RE on Friday 15th June at 7.30pm for this very special Healing Mass. Car parking in school and Dunstan Centre)

FIRST FRIDAY EXPOSITION: We will return to our First Friday Exposition beginning July. There will, though, be a morning of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament on Friday 15 June – the Feast of the Sacred Heart. The church will be open all morning and there will be benediction at midday. Please make space in your diaries if you can.

ANNIE EVA CARTER RIP: Evan died just before last weekend and her funeral takes place at South Bristol Crematorium on Monday 11 June at 1.30pm. May she rest in peace.

PRIESTS RETIREMENT FUND: Annual Collection will be taken next weekend instead of this weekend.Do please take home with you the letter from Canon Finley and the Gift Aid envelope for your donation most especially if you are a tax payer.

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