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Twenty Sixth Sunday of the Year

Twenty Sixth Sunday of the Year

30 September 2012 – Twenty Sixth Sunday of the Year

THIS SUNDAY: There is a peculiar type of pettiness that will not allow someone to do what others do (even if – or perhaps especially if – they are good at it) because they aren’t part of the group, or club, or circle. Unless you wear the uniform, the badge or tie, you can’t share in the work. When this is applied to doing good or following the Lord, it seems even more petty than ever: if someone does a good thing, does it matter that she or he is not a Catholic? The words of the Lord, “Anyone who is not against us is for us,” should be taken to heart this Sunday. Let us recognise anyone who helps the poor, serves peace and justice, does what the Lord Jesus wants as our co-worker, whatever the ‘label’ they work under.

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 (beginning in just over a week’s time) 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. Pick up one of the diocesan newsletters and see if there’s something that attracts you.

THIS IS OUR FAITH: Our little series for the Year of Faith got off to a great start this last Tuesday. The next session takes place on 23 October – I believe in God, the Father almighty – creator. Do come along if you can.

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

OPENING THE WINDOWS: 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. If you would like to make use of a lift, pop your name on the notice board. Put the date in your diary.

IMAGES OF THE COUNCIL: A superb exhibition of images from the period of the Second Vatican Council from now until 19 October at the Cathedral. 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 next session for our young people journey towards Confirmation is Wednesday 10 October, 5.30pm in the Hall.

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.

FIRST FRIDAY EXPOSITION: This Friday, Mass is followed by Exposition until midday and followed by lunch in the hall.

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 are attached this weekend.

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 (next Sunday). We’ll start this month of the Rosary off with our prayer.

DIOCESAN PASTORAL COUNCIL: The DPC is a gathering of representatives of all the deanery pastoral councils from across the diocese. Each October, the Bishop opens up the invitation for the people of our diocese to come together. On October 13 at St Bede’s, Lawrence Weston, the invitation is given to all parish councils and those interested in reflecting upon the Vatican Council and its invitation to be the Church in the modern world. Prof Gavin D’Costa will be speaking and opening up the documents for us. 9.30am start. Do think about going along and representing our parish community.

BUILDINGS SURVEY: A thorough and comprehensive survey was carried out on our buildings during this last week and now we wait for the report which will give us some indication or where we need to begin to prioritise our plans for improving the facilities we have. The surveyors have taken samples from the roof (finding no insulation at all up there!) and have explored Church, hall, and presbytery. A services survey is also due to take place in the next couple of weeks. Watch this space.

FR HARDING: We keep Fr Harding in our prayers at this time. Fr Harding had a nasty fall whilst leaving Bath station last Sunday and has broken his neck at the front. There is no nerve or spinal cord damage, luckily. He has had a anxious week and is due to be moved to Frenchay where they will hopefully deal with the break and, fingers crossed, help him on the road to a good recovery. Please do keep him in your prayers and maybe resist visiting at the moment until his family let us know that it is Ok to do so.

MASS IN THE HALL: Once it starts to get cold enough to begin putting the heating on, the Mass during the week will move into the hall; it’s easier to heat and a little cosier, too, for the numbers we welcome. We’ll move a week on Monday.

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