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Eleventh Sunday of the Year

Eleventh Sunday of the Year

17 June 2012 – Eleventh Sunday of the Year

THIS SUNDAY: In today’s Gospel the Lord teaches by means of parables – and Saint Mark actually explains to us some of the rationale behind this form of teaching. Parables have explanations. In other words, there is a message that we have to understand from them. Jesus privately makes sure that his disciples understand the real message of the parable, and we must do our best today to ensure that we grasp the true message behind today’s story. The image is a simple one, which is also present in the First Reading: the idea of growth. A cedar, a mustard bush, the crop of corn, these are the images used today. Behind all of them there is the idea that it is not human beings who make trees grow, but God: the same is true of the Kingdom of God – its growth comes from God, not from human effort. We will cooperate with God, as a farmer does in the planting, watering and nourishing of the crop, but in the end the growth itself is mysterious and unpredictable. It demands that we trust the one who “stunts tall trees and makes low ones grow.”


TUESDAY CAFÉ: Our parish series spread over eight weeks continues this week. Exploring the person of Jesus, we continue this Tuesday, 19 June, as we reflect upon Jesus as the Good Shepherd. 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 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. The pilgrimage is an important event in our diocesan calendar, drawing our diocesan community together in this beautiful and ancient shrine. A great day out for all the family, too.


PRIESTS RETIREMENT FUND: Thank you for your generous support for our retired priests through last weekend’s retiring collection. You kindly raised £648.32 as our gift to the fund. Thank you.


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 the Ministry of Lector and Acolyte during that Mass as they approach ordination – Friday 29 June, 7pm. We welcome them to St Bernadette’s. There is a reception in the hall afterwards so please do come on in. There will be Mass in school at 10.00am that day, too.


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: Bishop Declan has invited us to participate in the Congress with a time of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament this Sunday, 17 June, as the Congress comes to a close. There will be Exposition and Vespers at 4.00pm. Do come along if you can.


FIRST COMMUNION PHOTOGRAPHS: The CDs with this year’s photographs on have been sent into school with some of the parents. If you have yet to collect yours, please get in touch with FrC. Please remember, also, that your contribution towards the cost of the photographer is also due in. Money can either be given to FrC or popped through the presbytery letterbox, clearly marked with child’s name.


CATECHISTS SYMPOSIUM 2012: This year’s Symposium takes place on Saturday 21 July at St. Joseph’s College, Swindon. The focus of day centres on nurturing and supporting our catechists as well as offering chance for a sharing of ideas and methods. All those who look after catechesis in our parishes are encouraged to take part in the day. The day is also open to anyone who is interested in the work of catechesis and handing on faith to others. Details can be found on the notice board and on


REACHING OUT TO NON-CHURCHGOING CATHOLICS: On Saturday next, 23rd June, a resource day for parishes at St. Illtyd’s Catholic High School, Cardiff. See poster in narthex for more details.


JOB VACANCY: IT and Facilities Support Officer. Temporary position to cover maternity leave – £12 per hour. Located in Alexander House, Bristol. For more information telephone 0117 902 5592 or email the Property Services Office of the diocese on


PARISH FORUM GROUP meets this coming Thursday at 7.00pm in the presbytery.

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