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Fourth Sunday of the Year

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Fourth Sunday of the Year

Fourth Sunday of the Year – 3 February 2013

THIS SUNDAY: Last week, when Jesus spoke in the synagogue, his words pleased the crowd – as we hear at the beginning of today’s Gospel. How quickly the mood changes! This story shows very clearly that Jesus was not a “crowd-pleaser” – he wasn’t interested in saying the right things to be popular or accepted. He was interested in the truth – which is the basic definition of a prophet – whatever the personal cost. So today, when Jesus points out that salvation is not just for the Jews, or even just the people of Nazareth, they reject the message and the messenger. Just like Jeremiah, when he was called to be a prophet (first reading), Jesus has to confront the land: they will fight with him, but not overcome him.

 

CONFIRMATION: The final session of preparation takes place this coming Friday, 8 February at 5.00pm in the Church for rehearsal. The bishop is visiting St Bernadette’s for Confirmation on Tuesday 12 February for Mass at 7.00pm. Please do keep the thirty candidates in your prayers: Austin Lovell, Ciara Humphries, Regan Brennan, Ellie May Burge, Faustyna Sikora, Des Talbot, Oliver Tatar, Liya John, Brennan Daly, Millie Hewlett, Niamh Phillips, James Dunsford, Olivia Nicholls, Hanna Lowson, Niamh McGillan, Reece Foley, Harry Jenkins, Samuel Payne, Siobhan McAndrew, Franky Craig, Luke Tatar, Thomas Ryan, Ana Mae Marchant, Lauren Parry, Orla Baber, Ewa Ozuch, Harry Hennessey, Brandon Kirwan, Millie Ryan, and Jack Harding. It is good that we have such a vibrant group of youngsters putting themselves forward for Confirmation.

 

CELEBRATION OF MARRIAGE: Once again the bishop is inviting all married couples to join him for the annual celebration of Marriage in the Cathedral next Saturday, 9 February at 12.00noon. If you are celebrating a significant anniversary in 2013, please let FrC know to ensure you receive your personal invitation. It is always a wonderful celebration so please do consider going along – it is open to everyone.

 

FIRST COMMUNION: Session 2 for the children takes place in the hall Saturday (23 Feb) from 8.45am. Session 2 for the parents takes place this coming Tuesday, 5 February, at 7.00pm in the hall.

 

THIS IS OUR FAITH: The snow meant we had to postpone Fr Healy’s talk as part of our series. Watch this space for the re-scheduled date. Fr Healy will give us a new date this week.

 

EXPLORING THE COUNCIL: We’ve been shadowing the cathedral series of talks and so we follow the session on Dei Verbum here at St Bernadette’s on Wednesday 20 February at 7.30pm in the hall. This is a great opportunity for us, as a parish community, to engage with the documents. You can find them at the same diocesan web link or on the Vatican website.

 

LITURGY GROUP MEETING: Re-scheduled meeting on Tuesday 5 February at 7.30pm in the presbytery.

 

PASSOVER: Martyn Furman is coming to lead a day in the diocese on the Easter Triduum and the Passover on Saturday 16 March and will be with us in our parish in the evening to help us journey through the Passover celebration and deepen our understanding of what we celebrate not only through Holy Week but each Sunday Eucharist. We will do this within the context of a delicious meal, appropriate for the evening. There will be time to sign up and reserve your space as numbers will be limited and spaces open, eventually, beyond our parish. The reflection day takes place from around 10.30 until mid afternoon, and then the Passover celebration meal will begin at around 7.15pm. It is important that you sign up for the evening, so keep an eye on the board for the list.

 

MASS OF ANOINTING OF THE SICK: On Sunday 10 February at 3pm there will be a celebration of Mass during which those who are sick and housebound will also have the chance for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. If you can help with transport for that day, please get in touch with Gordon or Linda Hodgson. This is an important celebration of the Sacrament that we don’t often experience and it is important that we celebrate it as a community, joining in prayer with those who ask God’s grace and his abundance. Please put the date in your diaries now. There will be refreshments in the hall afterwards. All are most welcome to this celebration.

 

ASH WEDNESDAY: The start of our season of Lent begins on Wednesday 13 February. There will be to two Masses that day with the distribution of ashes – 9.30am & 7pm. Do try and come along to one of those Masses if you can… just to kick start your Lent this year in a reflective way. Details of Lent programme next weekend.

 

LENTEN SOUP LUNCH – CAFOD FAST DAY: At the start of the Lenten season there will be a simple soup lunch taking place on CAFOD Lenten Fast Day. Put a note of the date in your diary at this stage: 22 February.

 

LENTEN WALK WITH ME: Look out for the little reflection books for each day of Lent. They should be here in a week or so.

 

PARISH FORUM GROUP meets on Wednesday 6 February at 7.45pm.

 

LOBBYING YOUR MP: As you know from the news, the time is approaching when MPs will be voting to change the law on marriage and same-sex partnerships. Our bishops are inviting us to get in touch with our MP as part of an opposition to same-sex marriage legislation. Postcards have been produced for each and every parish and we are asked to collect one and send it to our MP as soon as possible. The MP for the Bristol South consistuency is Rt Hon Dawn Primarolo. It is important that, as a Church, we stand up for marriage, we stand up for the family as the foundation of our society, and we stand up for what is good. Pick up your postcard from the narthex.

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