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Seventeenth Sunday of the Year

Seventeenth Sunday of the Year

29 July 2012 – Seventeenth Sunday of the Year

THIS SUNDAY: For the next five weeks we take our leave of Saint Mark’s Gospel (since it is not long enough to fill the year) and read Chapter Six of Saint John’s Gospel. This is the famous “Eucharistic Discourse” and begins with the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand. A line of the Psalm gives the meaning of today’s readings: “The eyes of all creatures look to you (O God) and you give them their food in due time.” Our God is the God who provides for his people; the prosperity and fruitfulness of our earth and the mysterious cycles of nature ensures that all have what they need   and have some left over. The actions of Elisha and Jesus are in a sense prophetic: many would say that there is not enough food in this world to go round, just as the two sets of disciples complain that there is not enough for the hundred or the five thousand. But the prophetic action states that this is not true: God provides what is needed. This might prompt us to think about the unfair and unequal distribution of the fruits of the earth: the miracle is a sign of the Kingdom of God   what God wants the world to be like. Perhaps we should take the message of the miracle to heart this Sunday and think about the multitude that still sits in hunger in our world today.

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. It would be great if we could set up a parish group to journey with these people into the life of our community from September.

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 here at St B’s on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm until 9.00pm – 25 Sep, 23 Oct, 20 Nov, 4 Dec, 22 Jan 2013, 19 Feb, 19 Mar, 23 Apr, 21 May, 18 Jun, 16 Jul, 10 Sep, 8 Oct. Put those dates in your diaries, now. The poster giving the focuses of each of those weeks can be found on the notice board. The Bishop is inviting our diocese to come together at the start of the Year of Faith for a celebration of Evening Prayer on Sunday 14 October at 4.00pm. Cardinal Danneels also visits our diocese for the last in the series, Opening the Windows, looking at the ongoing agenda of the Council on Wednesday 17 October at 7.30pm in the Cathedral. This talk follows Professor Tina Beattie’s talk on the place of Mary in the Council. This is taking place on Tuesday 18 September at 7.30pm, also. Do put these dates in your diaries – it’ll be good to see our parish taking place in this superb opportunities. The Year of Faith diocesan programme is available in the narthex.

PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND: Bishop Declan is seeking to lead a pilgrimage to the Holy land next year – 30 October – 7 November 2013. Initial details are available from the narthex table. Interested? Have a word with FrC for more information.

CONFIRMATION PREPARATION: The Bishop will be here at St Bernadette’s for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation on Tuesday 12 February (sorry, the bishop’s office asked to change the date this week). This gives us a good period of time to journey with those who wish to put themselves forward to take part in the preparation programme. The first session will take place on Wednesday 19 September… with the time to be confirmed… but it will probably be from around 5.30pm, giving our young people time to get home from school.

FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION 2013: It may seem an age away, but parents of those children who will seeking to prepare for First Communion next summer will be asked to make contact soon into the new school year. The programme will be put together which will involve parents during this next year. There will be some formation session for parents to take part in as a way of deepening their own faith and helping them to accompany their children in preparation for these sacraments of encounter. Details will be available on our parish website over the summer and soon into school when the children start back.

RECOMMISSIONING OF EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS: The annual re-commissioning of our Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will take place over the weekend of 22/23 September and those who serve our community in this way will be commissioned for another year’s service.

TABLE TOP SALE: Saturday 18 August in support of ‘Headway’, Frenchay Hospital. 11am – 3pm. Please do come along and support them in our hall.

LECTIO DIVINA: Starting in September to accompany the beginning of the Year of Faith, there will be a short introduction to Lectio Divina, this prayerful reading of the scriptures, at St James’ Priory (by the bus station) beginning 11 September. Titled Listening to God’s Word, this seven session (11.ix, 25.ix, 9.x, 23.x, 6.xi, 20.xi, 27.xi) opportunity draws us deeper into prayer around the Word of God. It’s open to all. Have a look at the poster and think about taking part in it. Starts at 7.00pm and ends at 8.30pm – convenient for the bus, too.

CONGRATULATIONS and welcome to Belinda Rose who was baptised here at St Bernadette’s last Sunday.

200 CLUB NEWS: Congratulations to Teresa Endolls who picks us the July 200 Club £25 monthly cheque.

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