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Third Sunday of Lent

Third Sunday of Lent

3 March 2013 – Third Sunday of Lent (C)


THIS SUNDAY: “The man who thinks he is safe must be careful he does not fall.” This is the theme of this Sunday: it underlines the need for repentance, which is the focus of our Lenten journey in Year C. Jesus, in the Gospel, uses two recent events in order to illustrate his point about sin and repentance – there is a price to be paid for sin, but there is a way of avoiding it: if we repent, we will have salva­tion and a new and real freedom. This idea is emphasised in the parable, where we see a tree not being condemned immediately, but given a chance to change and produce fruit. So are we. This links in with the two other readings, which also talk about escape – the escape of Israel from Egypt. This is to be a warning for us, as Saint Paul says: if we are Christians, we must live as Christians, and be aware of the need to watch our lives and the direction they are taking.


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.


LENTEN SOUP: Following our wonderfully supported Fast Day soup lunch this last Friday, 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 4 for the children takes place in the hall Saturday (9 March) from 8.45am. The third session for parents takes place this coming Tuesday (5 March) at 7.00pm in the Hall. The next celebration mass for the children with the presentation of the scriptures takes place on Sunday 17 March at 10.30am.


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 it 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 is still time to sign up and reserve your space but 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 continues this week coming to the school of St Francis. 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.


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.


BERNIE MIFSUD RIP: Bernie died this last weekend and so we keep her and her family in our prayers. Her funeral will take place here on Tuesday 12 March at 2.30pm. May she rest in peace.


THIS IS OUR FAITH: Fr Healy’s input which had to be put off because of the heavy snow is rescheduled for Tuesday 12 March at 7.30pm. Do come along to continue this series if you can. We then continue the following Tuesday, 19 March – again at 7.30pm – looking at the resurrection.


HOLY WEEK READERS: Fr Christopher is inviting all those reading during Holy Week to join him from 7pm until 8pm on Friday 22 March in the Church. Have a look at the list on the notice board.


TAIZE PRAYER IN HOLY WEEK: In preparation for the three Great Days of Holy Week, there will be chance to gather in simple prayer and attentiveness to the scriptures around the music and chant of Taize. Wednesday 27 March at 7pm.


CAFOD FAST COLLECTION: Thank you for your kindness and your generosity to CAFOD and the world’s hungry through the £316.20 you collected last week. That is being sent off to CAFOD this week.

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