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Eighteenth Sunday of the Year

Eighteenth Sunday of the Year

5 August 2012 – Eighteenth Sunday of the Year

THIS SUNDAY: We continue reading from John 6: this is the aftermath of the miracle, and we see the beginnings of a misunderstanding that will develop over the next four weeks. People have seen the miracle, but not the message: they have seen the sign, but not what it points towards. The bread that was given is a sign of the Bread of Life, which is the teaching, the words and the very person of Jesus, as the revelation of the Father. His mission is to draw people back to his Father, to found a New Covenant or relationship. As the weeks go by, we will see that the people’s hunger is simply for spectacle and miracle, not for the much harder teaching of living nourished by God’s word and the presence of his only Son. For us, the People of the New Covenant, these passages must make us think of how we receive the Lord in the Eucharist. Are we nour­ished by his presence, so that all the hunger and thirst of our lives is answered by the One who is the Bread of Life?


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 11 October 2012 – 24 November 2013: Have a glance at what’s on the notice board.


OPENING THE WINDOWS: The penultimate lecture in this fantastic series exploring the Second Vatican Council, takes place on Tuesday 18 September at our Cathedral – 7.30pm. Professor Tina Beattie will be reflecting upon Mary’s place in the Council’s vision of the Church as the Mother of the pilgrim people of God.  On Wednesday 17 October at 7.30pm in the Cathedral, Cardinal Godfried Danneels will give the final lecture in the series…and this should be well worth going along to. FrC will arrange transport from St Bernadette’s to the Cathedral to maximise on the opportunity. Put the dates in your diary.


THIS IS OUR FAITH: You’ll see posters in the narthex detailing this simple course taking us through the Year of Faith in our parish. The series on the creed, hosted here at St B’s on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm until 9.00pm – aims at enabling us to understand our faith a little more and help us to grow in confidence in being able to articulate what we believe.  Put those dates in your diaries, now. The poster giving the focuses of each of those weeks can be found on the notice board.


VESPERS – YEAR OF FAITH: 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.


EXPLORING THE DOCUMENTS OF VATICAN II: Professor Gavin D’Costa will be leading five sessions at the Cathedral exploring what happened at Vatican II and four key documents produced by the Council.  Thursday evenings – 22 Nov, 17 Jan, 14 Mar, 16 May, 11 Jul at 7.30pm in the Apostle Room at the Cathedral. We will follow that up in our parish with a Café-style reflection both upon the documents and Gavin’s input. If you want to take part in those then come along on Wednesday evenings: 12 Dec, 20 Feb, 24 April, 12 June, 24 July. Great opportunities to journey through the Year of Faith.


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.


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 opportunity (11 Sept, 25 Sept,  9 Oct, 23 Oct, 6 Nov, 20 Nov, 27 Nov) 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 buses, too.


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 here at St Bernadette’s. Please do come along and support them in our hall.

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