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Second Sunday of Lent

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Second Sunday of Lent

24 February 2013 – Second Sunday of Lent (C)

THIS SUNDAY: Every year, on the Second Sunday of Lent, we hear about the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain top. Why? Jesus revealed his glory to the three apostles in order to strengthen them for the journey ahead – the journey to Jerusalem, Gethse¬mane and Golgotha. The same vision is today offered to us, to strengthen us in our Lenten Journey of Faith. Last week we heard about tempta¬tion: this week we are driven onwards by a vision of glory that will be ours – the goal of our lives of faith and all that we do as Christians. The transfiguration represents the final destination of our lives, if we are faithful in resisting temptation and living each day as faithful members of Jesus Christ. In our journey of renewal and new commit¬ment through Lent, we are spurred on and encouraged by today’s vision to see why the effort is worth it.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Each Sunday of Lent we trace that familiar journey of the fourteen Stations, walking with the Lord to his cross. 4.00pm each Sunday followed by Exposition and Benediction.

RETIRING COLLECTION: Following on from Friday’s Fast day, the retiring collection is our Lenten outreach to those who hunger in our world and fast each and every day because they have so little. One of the characteristics of Lent is, of course, almsgiving, and this collection gives us opportunity to reach out through giving and through going without ourselves so that others may ‘have something’. You are always so generous to CAFOD, so please give as generously as you can this Lent.

LENTEN SOUP: Following our wonderfully supported Fast Day soup lunch this last Friday, the other Christian churches are having Lent lunches, too. Wednesday 27 February at Christchurch; Tuesday 5 March at the United Reformed Church; Saturday 23 March at St Nicholas Church By supporting these lunches you are helping agencies working to feed the hungry of the world. All the lunches start at 12 noon. Our second soup lunch will take place on Palm Sunday – Sunday 24 March at 12noon. All are most welcome.

FIRST COMMUNION: Session 3 for the children takes place in the hall Saturday (2 March) from 8.45am.

EXPLORING THE COUNCIL: The fantastic series exploring the documents and the vision of the Council continues on Thursday 14 March at the Cathedral (Apostle Room) with refreshments at 7.00pm. Gavin D’Costa will lead us in thought and reflection around Lumen Gentium: The Church in relationship with the other Christian Churches and those of other faiths. Well worth going along to if you can.

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: This wonderful series got off to a good start last Wednesday and continues this week coming to the school of St Benedict. If you want an opportunity to deepen your prayer during this Lenten Season, then the Sisters at Brownshill, near Stroud, are hosting us across the Wednesdays of Lent delving into some of the great examples and teachers of prayer. 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. Look at the nuns’ website for clear directions. Evenings begin with refreshments at 7.00pm and the reflection at 7.30pm.

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.

WOMENS’ WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: This year, the service will take place at St Nicholas’ Church, Whitchurch Village on Friday 1 March at 11.00am. All are welcome.

QUIZ NIGHT: Make a note of the date in your diaries – Saturday 9 March. There will be more details in next weekend’s newsletter. This should a fantastic social gathering – don’t forget to grab your ticket!

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND – NOVEMBER: There are few places left and 75 people have signed up so far. If you want to join Bishop Declan at the end of this Year of Faith, then have a word with FrC or contact his diocesan office this week on  0117 902 5595.

DIOCESAN MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR PETRINE MINISTRY OF POPE BENEDICT XVI: As the Holy Father steps down from the position of Bishop of Rome and Successor of St Peter effective 28 February at 8pm (this Thursday), Bishop Declan is inviting our diocesan family to join him at the Cathedral on that day – Thursday 28 Feb – at 11.30am. He will celebrate Mass in thanksgiving for the ministry of Pope Benedict to which all are parish communities are welcome to come along to. It would be good to see our own parish well represented as usual. We keep Pope Benedict in our prayers, we pray for the Church throughout the world and also those who are charged with electing his successor when the time comes.  Do pick up one of the prayer cards as you leave Church today.

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