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Fourth Sunday of Lent

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Fourth Sunday of Lent

10 March 2013 – Fourth Sunday of Lent

 

THIS SUNDAY: As today we hear the familiar parable of the Prodigal Son (or the Forgiving Father), the message is Reconciliation – the making new of relationships, the healing of past wrongs and the opening of ourselves to the “new creation”. This is just as the Is­raelites opened themselves to the New Cre­ation of the Promised Land, when under Joshua they ended their sojourn in the wilderness after forty years of hardship, and began to eat of the produce of the country. It is all God’s work: it is God who calls us back, and God who welcomes us into the Promised Land of his mercy when we re­turn. So today, let us think not so much of sin and offences, as the new creation God offers us, if we but turn back to him and embrace him as our Father. 

 

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.

 

MASS IN ITALIAN: The formal celebration of the inauguration of the Italian Consular Agency takes place in our Parish Hall next Sunday evening (17th). Mass will be celebrated in Italian at 6pm with a small reception in the hall afterwards. This is a great ministry of outreach to the Italian communities in Bristol and the South West, supporting them in their culture and identity, strengthening the bonds of communion, too.

 

LENTEN SOUP: Following our wonderfully supported Fast Day soup lunch this last Friday, 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 (16 March) from 8.45am. 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.

 

THE TRIDUUM THROUGH THE LENS OF THE PASSOVER: A study day, run by our diocesan department of Adult Education is taking place here at St Bernadette’s next Saturday from 10.30am until 3.30pm. Martyn and Fiona Furman will explore and reflect upon the Three Holy Days shaped by the Jewish celebration of the Passover – a great prep for Holy Week. Refreshments from 10am. The day is open to all who are interested.

 

PASSOVER: Following on from the diocesan day here next Saturday, Martyn will be with us in our parish in the evening to help us journey through the Passover celebration and ritual so as to 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 to 40. The Passover celebration meal will begin at around 7.15pm and doors open from 7pm. It is important that you sign up for the evening, so pop your name on the list on the board. Cost is £5 per head. All are welcome! An evening even for the youngsters.

 

SCHOOLS OF PRAYER: This wonderful series continues this week coming to the school of Mount Carmel. 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. Fr John Udris leads this coming week’s session.

 

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’s 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 ascension and the Christ who sits at God’s right hand.

 

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.

 

HOLY WEEK TIMETABLES will be available next weekend for you to take away and start planning your diary.

 

EASTER FLOWERS: The retiring collection for the flowers for this coming Easter Season will be taken next Sunday (17th). Please give as generously as you can.

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