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Twenty Second Sunday of the Year

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Twenty Second Sunday of the Year

THIS SUNDAY: We now return to Saint Mark, for the rest of the year. The Gospel brings out one of the central problems of all religion: the way in which peripheral laws and customs gradually take over the more fundamental command¬ments, and the way in which “externalism” and a concern with superficialities gradually suffocates a true “internal” faith which is lived out. Here we see the angry Jesus: he calls them “hypocrites”, as he condemns their “worthless worship”. He teaches a central truth: it is what comes from within that determines whether we are clean or unclean, good or evil. The com¬mandments of God, which Moses puts before the people with such great pride, become the source of justice when they are given a place in the heart. When other rules and regulations about how to wash and what to eat displace them, then they are stifled and justice is practised no longer.

THIS IS OUR FAITH: You’ll see posters in the narthex of this simple course taking us through the Year of Faith in our parish. The series on the creed, hosted here at St B’s monthly on Tuesday evenings beginning 25 Sept 7.30pm – 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. Do encourage someone to come along with you.

VESPERS – OPENING THE YEAR OF FAITH: Evening Prayer at the Cathedral on Sunday 14 October at 4.00pm.
 
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 on 17th to maximise on the opportunity. Put the dates in your diary.

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 (7.30pm): 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? Pick up one of the leaflets from the narthex.

CONFIRMATION PREPARATION: The first session will take place on Wednesday 19 September meeting in the parish hall at 5.30pm, hopefully giving our young people time to get home from school.  The following sessions are: 10 October, 14 November; 5 December; 23 January and 8 February (rehearsal). Do make a note of the dates. Invitations have gone out to First Communion youngsters from 2007/8. If yours doesn’t arrive and you would like to take part, get in touch with FrC by next weekend.

FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION 2013: Details will be available on our parish website over the next week and taken into school also. Keep your eyes open.

FIRST FRIDAY PRAYER: This coming Friday, there will be exposition until Midday. Do make use of this quiet time by popping into Church whilst it is open for the morning. Note the later Mass time as the primary school will be with us for Mass at 10.00am.

PARISH FUNDRAISING: Draw Tickets for the New Year Draw are available from the narthex. Each envelope contains £5’s worth of tickets. Take as many as you can and buy them/sell them over the autumn. This is our only major fundraising event of 2012 as there will be no bazaar, so please do your best to make it fruitful. Money and stubs returned to the presbytery, please, in a clearly marked envelope. Draw – 5 January 2013.

HARVEST CELEBRATION: As we journey into autumn, our parish celebration of harvest takes place on 22/23 September. If you can spare something for the homeless shelter by way of sharing food with those in need, please pop  tins of meat (ham, corned beef, spam, stew, mince, chilli  etc.) tins of fruit; tins of beans; tins of tomatoes and sugar into the box near the Lady Chapel.

CAFOD ‘HARVEST’ LUNCH: 5 October at 12.15pm in the hall. Do come along if you can.

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. Recollection hour for all Eucharistic Ministers takes place on Tuesday 30 October, 7-8pm.

STUDENTS FOR THE DIACONATE: Our diocesan students will be here at St Bernadette’s next Saturday, 8 September, for their day’s formation. They will join us for Morning Prayer and Mass and spend the day using our facilities, here.

MUSIC GROUP MEETS UP AGAIN FROM Friday 14 September at 7.45 in the Church. If you have a voice and enjoy singing come along. You’d be most welcome.

TEAS AND COFFEES: Refreshments in the hall after Mass (10.30am) from this Sunday onwards. Do go into the hall if you can.

CAFÉ BOOK GROUP meets on Tuesday 11 September from 10.15am – 11.15am.

RETIRING COLLECTION NEXT WEEK: The annual collection for the bishop’s charitable fund is taken NEXT weekend. This is our way of supporting, through the bishop, those in need who look to him for help and support.

LECTIO DIVINA: A fantastic opportunity to be formed in the prayerful way of reading the scriptures beginning 11 September at St James’ Priory (next to the bus station). All are welcome. Full details on the notice board.

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