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The Feast of Corpus Christi

10 June 2012 – The Feast of Corpus Christi

SUNDAY: The key to today’s readings is the word “Covenant”. A Covenant is a solemn and bind¬ing agreement between two parties, which es¬tablishes the way in which each party will behave towards the other. It establishes rights and duties, and forges a new relationship be¬tween two people or groups of people. In the Ancient World, a Covenant was always sealed with a sacrifice and a meal: the sacrifice brought divine blessing on the covenant, and the meal sealed the relationship between the participants. In the Covenant that God forged with his people in the Old Testament, it was expressed very simply: God said, “You will be my people, and I will be your God.” God would remain faithful to the people, and they were to remain faithful to God (this is where the command¬ments come in). This Covenant was sealed in its greatest form on Mount Sinai, as we hear in the first reading. When the Old Covenant had been broken beyond repair, God sent his only Son to estab¬lish a New Covenant: the sacrifice and meal of this New Covenant is Calvary and the Last Supper, where Christ is both priest and victim and altar. When we eat and drink this sacred meal at every Mass we are renewed in the New Covenant and the relationship with God, be¬cause Calvary and the Upper Room are present once more and the New Covenant is sealed for us anew.

TUESDAY CAFÉ: Our parish series spread over eight weeks resumes this week. Exploring the person of Jesus, we continue this 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 the day if you can – it should be worthwhile. 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.

PRIESTS RETIREMENT FUND: The annual Collection in support of our retired priests is taken this weekend. You will have picked up the information letter last week. This fund goes in support of the priests who have given so much over their ‘active’ years… many who continue to give and to serve. Please do support them as generously as you can. Gift Aid envelopes are available from the narthex if you are a tax payer.

200 CLUB WINNERS: Congratulations to Ann Robins (£200), Delphine Street (£100), and Mr T O’Connor (£50). Thank you to all who supported the Bangers, Mash, and Bingo evening, and those who gave of their time. We raised £492 for our parish funds. Thank you one and all.

SS PETER AND PAUL: For the celebration of the Holyday we welcome Monsignor Jeremy Rigden, one of our Vicar Generals, who will be celebrating Mass with us and some of the students on their journey towards the permanent diaconate. Some of the students will be receiving Ministry of Lector and Acolyte during that Mass as they approach ordination – Friday 29 June, 7pm. We welcome them to St Bernadette’s.

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 this weekend (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. 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.

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