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Fifth Sunday of Easter

Fifth Sunday of Easter

28 April 2013 – Fifth Sunday of Easter

EASTERTIME: We are now closer to Ascension and Pentecost than Easter, but we are still in the Easter Season. The readings this Sunday begin to move us along too, as once more we hear the Lord at the Last Supper preparing his disciples for his departure: he does this by giving them a rule to live by, a new commandment. This commandment, “love one another”, is to be the guiding light of the community of believers after Pentecost (check the first reading for the Second Sunday of Easter) – it is the risen Lord’s parting gift to his Church.


FIRST COMMUNION: The preparation for First Communion continues this coming Saturday – 4 May – at 8.45am.  Parents meet again on Tuesday May 7at 7pm in the hall. As well as the input for this session, we will be looking at some of the practical arrangements for First Communion weekend. Please make sure you have the date in your diaries.


PARISH MEETING: We need to come together as a parish family to reflect upon the findings of the recent surveys on the Church. The buildings survey has left us with much to ponder and the electrical testing that took place last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday demands of us a more urgent and immediate response. Whilst we are able to use the Church, we need to face the reality that it is only short term and that we have to explore possibilities for our future. In the light of this, FrC would like to hold an evening to which all our parish community is invited. We can also 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 diocesan trustees have also considered these reports at their meeting on Thursday and so we can fee that in too. Please make room in your diaries to come along; we get together in meeting so infrequently and this is such an important opportunity for us to do so.


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.


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.


BAPTISMAL PREPARATION: The diocesan department of adult education is hosting a formation session aimed at preparing parents for the baptism of their children. Taking place this coming Wednesday evening at St John’s in Bath, FrC is looking for someone to go along and represent our parish with a view to establishing so good solid formation and catechesis for families who seek baptism for their children. Do, please, have a word with him this weekend and he will give you more details.


MAY – THE MONTH OF MARY: Traditionally, this month is given over to Mary, the Mother of God. Each weekday as we move to the Lady Chapel, we will recite a decade of the Rosary with the specific intention of prayer for vocations this month and keeping our Holy Father in our prayers. This month is a wonderful opportunity to pray the rosary as a family, maybe just taking one decade at a time, reflecting upon the mystery of God’s love for us and the maternal care of his Mother.


EXPOSITION AND SOUP LUNCH FRIDAY: This coming Friday is the first Friday of the month. There will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament following the morning Mass. The church will remain open all morning allowing you to come and go for what time you can give. Benediction will take place at 12noon followed by a simple soup lunch in the hall to raise a little money for some of our outreach projects. Please do come along if you can – spending time with the Lord and reaching out towards those less fortunate than ourselves.


SERVICE OF UNITY: The church communities in this part of Bristol are coming together for their service of Christian Unity on Friday 17 May. Bishop Declan will be with us and he will also preach. The other church communities are invited and it would be so good to have a strong representation from our own parish not only to welcome the bishop but to welcome our fellow, neighbouring Christians, too. We begin at 7.30pm here in the Church. There will be refreshments afterwards. Please do come along, and invite others along with you.


MICHAEL CONWAY RIP: we keep Michael in our prayers at this time and, of course, his wife and family. Michael’s funeral takes place on Tuesday 7 May at 12.30pm before burial at Whitchurch cemetery. May he rest in peace.


YEAR OF FAITH AND CORPUS CHRISTI: The Holy Father is inviting the Church across the world to enter into a time of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament on the Feast of Corpus Christi (2 June). Here in St Bernadette’s, there will be a Holy Hour from 3pm concluding with Vespers and benediction at 4pm. Please make space in your diary for this as we come together with parish communities across the church and the world gathered in love and in prayer.


THE WAY WE WELCOME: Clifton is hosting a Conference along with the four diocese on the south coast to explore the RCIA thirty years on from the initial summer schools. If this is something that interests you and you might like to go along, have a word with FrC and he will give you booking details. It would be good to have someone from our parish go along. Details on the notice board.

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