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Second Sunday of Easter

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Second Sunday of Easter

7 April 2013 – Second Sunday of Easter

EASTERTIME: After the joys and exuberance of Easter Sunday and Easter Week, we settle down into the longest Season in the Church’s Year – Eastertide. This period of fifty days is a time of sustained gladness, which comes through reading and reflecting on the Scriptures which describe the risen life of Jesus – not just his appearances to the disciples after the Resurrection, but the teachings from his ministry which reveal the risen life he now possesses. We also spend time hearing about how the Resurrection made a difference: how the timid and frightened disciples were able to leave Jerusalem and proclaim a message of life over death to the whole world, as we read through the book of the Acts of the Apostles. On this second Sunday, we continue to track through “real time”, by hearing what happened in Jerusalem on the Sunday after the Resurrection. with the Lord appearing to Thomas – strengthening his faith, and strengthening ours as we listen to the account. The Easter Garden over in the Lady Chapel focuses our attention upon the empty tomb. We are invited, like Mary of Magdala and the disciples, to run from the tomb with the news of Christ’s resurrection. Do go and pay a visit to the Easter Garden, most especially if you are here with your families and your children.

FIRST COMMUNION: We resume our preparation this coming Saturday – 13 April – at 8.45am. Parents meet on this coming Tuesday – 9 April – at 7pm for their fourth session in the Hall. Please make a note in your diaries.

THIS IS OUR FAITH: We continue our journey through the Creed this coming Tuesday, 23 April – again at 7.30pm – looking at Christ coming to judge the living and the dead. Jane Critten will be leading this session for us. Refreshments from 7pm.

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES: New sets start this weekend so if you’ve yet to collect yours from the narthex, please make sure you do so this weekend. If you are not on the Gift Aid scheme and are a UK tax payer, please have a word with Dave Lavelle before you leave Mass this weekend.

PARISH MEETING: In the light of the recent buildings and utilities survey, FrC would like to hold an evening to which all our parish community are invited. We can explore the findings of the reports as well as have a glance at our financial situation, too. We’ll meet on Tuesday 30 April at 7pm in our hall. Please do come along. The property committee of the diocesan trustees are meeting here this week to ‘explore’ the Church for themselves and guide us in the ways we may need to move forward from here.

FORUM GROUP meets on Wednesday 10 April at 7.45pm in the presbytery.

ACT JUSTLY, LOVE TENDERLY, WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD: As part of our continuing journey through the Year of Faith, the diocesan department of Adult Education is hosting a day at St Brendan’s on Saturday 20 April from 10am looking at the Church’s social teaching and the Church’s sexual teaching as explored in John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. Two fantastic speakers are facilitating the day – well worth going along to… and it’s free and its open to everyone. See poster on the board in the narthex.

DIOCESAN FAMILY DAY: Taking place at St Brendan’s, Brislington, on Saturday 6 July, this gathering of our diocesan family is set to be another fantastic occasion. Put the date in your diary and set it aside to come along. There’s something for all the family… for the young and the young at heart. More details to come.

CAKES AND PRESERVE STALL FOR PARISH OUTREACH: Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 April in the Narthex after Mass. Cakes wanted. Would you consider baking a cake for the stall? For more info contact 01275 832794. Get in touch with them this week if you can help out… and look out for the delicious cakes next weekend.

PENTECOST MASS: This celebration of the fiftieth day of the Easter Season will see us celebrating the diversity of language that makes up our parish family – Sunday 19 May at 10.30am. The readings and intercessions at Mass will reflect the languages spoken in our parish. It’s also the day when our First Communion children gather once again to receive the gift of the cross at their final celebration Mass before First Communion.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND: There are two or three spaces up for grabs: 30 October – 7 November … but they need to be taken pretty soon. If you want more information, have a look at the diocesan website, or contact Richard Williams on 0117 902 5595.

THE EASTER GARDEN: Do go over to the Lady Chapel, most especially if you are at Mass with your children and your family. The empty tomb reminds us that Christ is not to be found among the dead, but he is living among us. Maybe light a candle as you pay a visit to the Garden; thank God for the love of those close you, the love of family and friends, and thank God for his love, too.

THE ANNUNCIATION: Because the usual date for this beautiful feast (25 March) fell within Holy Week, the Annunciation is transferred to the first available day outside of the Easter octave. This Monday we celebrate the Word becoming Flesh in the womb of Our Lady as she offers her consent to the Lord who calls her.

THANK YOU: A huge thank you needs to go to all those lovely people who worked so hard behind the scenes to get us through Holy Week in such splendid fashion and bring us to the beauty of Easter. The flower ladies have come up trumps again and there have been people working to get the place clean and tidy, provide us with clean linens, provide a welcome for folk, get up to take the collection, looked after the musical side of the liturgy, prepare fires and candles, booklets and sheets with everything we need, as well as creating a worthy space for the drama of Holy Week to be celebrated in our midst. We have had a bevy of readers and Eucharistic ministers who have put themselves at the parish’s disposal, and our servers, once again, have done us proud. Yet these people give of their time, their talents and their efforts not just this week but throughout the year. We thank them for the gentle, quiet, and uncomplicated way they serve our parish and give of themselves so generously. Thank you. Fr Christopher also thanks you for your very generous Easter offering and thanks you all for the generous way you employ your talents for the good of the ‘family’.

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