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Third Sunday of Easter

Third Sunday of Easter

14 April 2013


EASTERTIME: The rest of the world has settled “back to normal” after Easter holidays now, but we continue to dwell on the resurrection of Jesus and the growth of the Church. Today’s Gospel, which many people consider the most beautiful of the resurrection stories, has many themes: the failed fishing trip, the inability of Peter to recognise the risen Jesus, the miracle of the 153 fish and the simple, powerful reassuring words of Jesus to his confused disciples: “Come and have breakfast.” We can all find ourselves a place in this Gospel story, as we continue to wonder at the resurrection.


FIRST COMMUNION: The preparation for First Communion continues this coming Saturday – 20 April – at 8.45am.


THIS IS OUR FAITH: We continue our journey through the Creed on 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.


EXPLORING VATICAN II: Our own little parish series continues on Wednesday 24 April at 7.30pm in the hall. This series focuses on the key documents of the Council and seeks deepening our understanding of what the Council calls us to be as the Church today. Do come along if you can.


OFFERTORY ENVELOPES: New sets of envelopes have now started 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 sometime to get you signed up.


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.


GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY: The Fourth Sunday of Easter – next Sunday – is always given a particular focus of vocations. We keep the intention of praying for vocations to the priesthood, praying for those on that journey of discernment and those who are in formation. We ask the Lord to send labourers into the harvest and to give courage to those whom he calls so that they might respond to his with generosity and with trust. The retiring collection is taken for the Clergy Training Fund. The special envelopes can be used for your offering this year. Please do be as generous as you can to this important collection.


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 this coming 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 it’s 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: This weekend in the Narthex after Mass there are. Cakes on sale in the hope of raising some much needed funds in support of the Julian Trust, looking after those who find themselves homeless and on the streets. What monies we raise from this weekend’s sale goes in support of them. Thank you to all our bakers and makers.


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: All the places have been taken for the pilgrimage to the Holy Land. There are 95 pilgrims accompanying the bishop on the trip this coming autumn.


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 Easter garden comes down after next weekend.


THE ROLE OF THE CATECHIST: Dr Petroc Willey from the Maryvale Institute in the Archdiocese of Birmingham, is visiting our diocese to facilitate a day’s formation for our priests. In the evening of Wednesday 24 April at 7.15pm, Petroc is leading an evening session for catechists and all who are involved in faith formation, sacramental preparation, RCIA, Journey in Faith, and catechesis to explore Catechesis and the New Evangelisation. Pope Benedict invited the Church to reflect upon the treasure of faith handed on to us by the Apostles and to explore how we confidently proclaim that faith, live that faith and a deepened relationship with Christ, and how we truly evangelise hand on that faith to others in the 21st Century. Taking place at St John’s Parish Hall, South Parade, Bath, the evening is open to all who are interested in the ministry of handing on faith to others. This is a wonderful opportunity in this Year of Faith to take up the challenge of the New Evangelisation. Do come if you can… and you can always bring someone with you.


NEXT SUNDAY: We welcome Fr George Batten, one of our retired priests in the diocese, who will celebrating Mass for us next weekend. Do make Fr George welcome in the warm way you always do.

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