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Fourteenth Sunday of the Year

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Fourteenth Sunday of the Year

8 July 2012 – Fourteenth Sunday of the Year (B)

THIS SUNDAY: A prophet’s job is to open people’s eyes to the reality of their situation, pointing out to them the things they would rather forget or ignore. A prophet is a sort of “national con­science”, always awake to situations of injus­tice and always speaking out about them. A prophet is commissioned to do this by God, who sends the prophet on his mission. Jesus is just such a prophet, teaching and preaching about the Kingdom of God and the best way to live. Despite the welcome his message has received elsewhere, when he comes to his hometown he is faced with rejection such that “he was amazed at their lack of faith.” It is curious in that they seem to accept his wisdom, and his miracles, but because he grew up among them they cannot accept him as a teacher from God. We should remember that it is often hardest to stand up for the truth among those who know us well.

PETER’S PENCE: Thank you for your contribution to Peter’s Pence last weekend.  We are sending a total of £187.15 towards our diocesan offering to the Holy Father.

ANNUAL PRIESTS’ RETREAT: Twenty five of the priests of our diocese are on their annual retreat this coming week. Bishop and our priests are at Oscott College. Do keep them in your prayers over this week as they promise also to remember the people and parishes of our diocese in their.

TUESDAY CAFÉ: Our parish series spread over eight weeks continues this week. Exploring the person of Jesus, we continue this Tuesday, 10 July, as we reflect upon Jesus as the Vine. 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. The last in this series takes place on 17 July. Posters and details are available from the narthex. Even if you haven’t had chance to take part so far, do feel that you can come along even at this stage.

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.

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.

YEAR OF FAITH: This coming October, at the Holy Father’s initiative, we embark upon a momentous journey of celebration as we recall the opening of the Second Vatican Council fifty years ago. The Holy Father seeks to draw us into deeper discovery of the One who lies at the centre of our faith, and draw us into deeper love with the One who gives life purpose and meaning. Our parish will mark this year’s journey with an exploration of our creed, with moments of prayer, retreat, and reflection, with a pilgrimage, and chance to explore once again the thoughts and reflections of the Council through looking at those important documents. This Year is for all who seek to understand their faith and to deepen it. The series on the creed takes place on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm until 9.00pm – 25 Sep, 23 Oct, 20 Nov, 06 Dec, 22 Jan 2013, 19 Feb, 19 Mar, 23 Apr, 21 May, 18 Jun, 16 Jul, 10 Sep, 08 Oct. Put those dates in your diaries, now.

PERMANENT DIACONATE FORMATION: From September, the students on their journey of discernment towards the permanent diaconate will be coming to St B’s for their Saturday formation sessions. The context of the parish community will allow them to develop some of the skills we would look for in those who minister as deacons. Fr Christopher, who directs the formation programme, will see them preside at Morning Prayer, serve at Mass, read, distribute Communion from the chalice, and one of the students near to ordination will also give the homily after the readings. As a parish community we can be a real part of their formation by supporting them in our prayer. FrC will give you plenty of notice when they are coming each time. Do remember to pray for them as well as praying for vocations, too.

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 cliftondiocese.com

CONFIRMATION PREPARATION: In readiness for the celebration of the sacrament of Confirmation with Bishop Declan after Christmas, the autumn months will be used for that period of prayer, reflection, formation and preparation. FrC is inviting those in Year 8 and above – who would like to put themselves forward – to start thinking about getting in touch with FrC in the next week or so. More details to follow.

AMPLIUS COMMUNITY CHOIR: Next Saturday, 14th July at 7.30, there  will be a Victorian Music Hall evening with the Amplius Community Choir in the Meadow Hall, Bridge Farm School.  A jolly evening of song and verse in the Victorian Style.  Admission free – retiring collection in aid of the Street Children of Honduras.  Details on the notice in the Narthex.

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