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Fifth Sunday of the Year

Fifth Sunday of the Year

10 February 2013 – Fifth Sunday of the Year (C)


THIS SUNDAY: We hear the call of another prophet this week – Isaiah. This introduces the Gospel, where we see Jesus calling his first disciples to follow him. Notice that the initiative is Jesus’ there is no application process or interview procedure! Notice also the way that Jesus calls his disciples in this account – not with words, but with a miracle that is also a parable. It is, in a way, a miraculous “job description”: if the disciple trusts completely in the one who calls, then the result will be truly amazing – a huge catch of men and women hungry for God. Simon’s simple words “if you say so” give us an example of Christian discipleship: we should leave our own concerns behind, and simply follow the Lord with great trust.

MASS OF ANOINTING OF THE SICK: This 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. The Sacrament of the Sick is for those who are sick, who suffer pain and from disease, for those who are ill or those who are weak. It is not really for those who just ‘have a cough’ or a headache, or a cold. There will be refreshments in the hall afterwards. All are most welcome to this celebration.

CONFIRMATION: 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. Do come and join these youngsters as they profess their faith before our own apostle.

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.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Each Sunday of Lent we trace that familiar journey of the fourteen Stations, walking with the Lord to his cross. If you can come along, then it would be good to have you join that journey. 4.00pm followed by Exposition and Benediction.

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. CAFOD collection boxes are available from the narthex if you would like one for Lent – hand it back on Holy Thursday.

FIRST COMMUNION: Session 2 for the children takes place in the hall Saturday (23 Feb) from 8.45am.

THIS IS OUR FAITH: The next session in our Year of Faith series – he descended into hell – takes place in the hall on Tuesday 19 February at 7.30pm. Fr Healy’s cancelled session will now take place on Tuesday 12 March.

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.

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. Cost is £5 per head – sign up from this weekend. All are welcome!

SCHOOLS OF PRAYER: if you want an opportunity to deepen your prayer during this Lenten Season, then the Sisters at Brownshill, near Stroud, are hosting a series across the Wednesdays of Lent delving into some of the great examples and teachers of prayer. Starting on 20 February, they journey with us through the prayer of St Benedict, St Francis, Carmel, and Pope Benedict to draw us into deeper relationship with the Lord. The evenings are open to everyone and the details are on the notice board. They are most welcoming so do go along if you can.

LENTEN DAY OF PRAYER: Saturday 9 March from 10.00am until 3.00pm, this day will draw upon reflection around the parable of the prodigal son as a way of calling us back to the Father. Caroline Price is leading this day at Brownshill and the venue offers that wonderful opportunity for stillness and for quiet. Details on the notice board or via the diocesan website.

LENTEN WALK WITH ME: These simply reflection books for each day of the Lenten Season are available from the narthex. They cost £1. Do pick one up and keep with close to you throughout these forty days.

QUIZ NIGHT: Make a note of the date in your diaries – Saturday 9 March. More details next week.

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