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Twenty Fourth Sunday of the Year

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Twenty Fourth Sunday of the Year

16 September 2012 – Twenty fourth Sunday of the Year (B)

 

THIS SUNDAY: As we follow through the Gospel of Saint Mark we come to an important turning point this week: after the preaching, the miracles and the journey so far, Simon Peter publicly recognises Jesus as the Messiah. But there is an important point, which is brought out by the choice of first reading today: this Messiah is a king who is destined to be rejected and killed. Jesus knows this very well, and rebukes Peter when he tries to lead him on a different path. From this point on, Saint Mark’s Gospel leads to the cross: Jesus himself accepts his own cross, and reminds all his followers that the cross is a part of following him.  If we are considering the question “Who is Jesus?”, these scripture passages give us a deep insight into the mission of salvation that he accepts for us.

HOME MISSION SUNDAY: This Sunday we pray for the work of evangelisation in our own country. We pray for our catechists and all engaged in handing on faith in the home, in the parish and in our diocese. There is a retiring collection for the work of the Home Mission desk of our Bishops’ Conference, working to promote the Gospel and support diocesan departments and communities through their initiatives and resources.

THE YEAR OF FAITH: In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the Catechism, Pope Benedict has invited the whole Church to embark upon a Year of Faith in which we re-discover the beauty of that friendship with Jesus that has been passed onto us. It is a Year in which we can explore the great treasure of our faith, deepen our prayer and our awareness of the presence of God, and grow in confidence in the faith we profess. It’s a Year that invites us, also, to reflect upon how we allow our faith to invite us to engage with our world and our society with the message of the Gospel. There is much we can do – on a parish level, a personal level, and a diocesan level to grow in love and wonder of the God who reveals himself to us through the relationship of faith. This Year maybe a chance for you to think about your life of prayer, or to find out more about your faith and seek answers, or it maybe about you seeking to get involved in something along the ‘outreach’ lines, seeking to bring Christ into the lives of others.

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.

OPENING THE YEAR OF FAITH – VESPERS: Evening Prayer at the Cathedral with our bishop on Sunday 14 October at 4.00pm.

OPENING THE WINDOWS: The lecture that was due to take place on Tuesday 18 September at our Cathedral – 7.30pm has been cancelled. Do make a note of that, please. 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.

IMAGES OF THE COUNCIL: Starting this weekend and continuing until 19 October, our Cathedral is hosting a superb exhibition of images from the period of the Second Vatican Council. Drawing on the archive of David Lees (LIFE Magazine) these beautiful, colourful images help flesh out this momentous period in the life of the Church. The Cathedral is open all day and the exhibition is free… and well worth a visit.

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) – and they are open to all: 12 Dec, 20 Feb, 24 April, 12 June, 24 July. Great opportunities to journey through the Year of Faith.

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 if you are coming along… having let FrC know first.

PARISH FUNDRAISING: Draw Tickets for the New Year Draw are available from the narthex. Each envelope contains £5’s worth of tickets. It may seem some time away yet, but 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. Please do your best to make it fruitful. Money and stubs returned to the presbytery, please, in 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… following Exposition. CAFOD envelopes for the Harvest Collection on 7 October will be given out at the end of this month.

RECOMMISSIONING OF EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS: The annual re-commissioning of our Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will take place over next weekend 22/23 September. EM’s simply come forward after the homily at whichever Mass they come to. Recollection hour for all Eucharistic Ministers takes place on Tuesday 30 October, 7-8pm.

VOLUNTEERS: FrC needs willing hands to help look after the Traidcraft stall and Repository. It would be good if we could have the shop open each weekend and if there were a willing group of helpers to give Ann, Gordon and Siobhan a hand, it would share the load. There is a list in the narthex, so just sign up and he’ll be in touch.

OCTOBER DEVOTIONS: Sunday 7 October at 4.00pm. We’ll start this month of the Rosary off with our prayer.

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