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Sixth Sunday of Easter

Sixth Sunday of Easter

5 May 2013 – Sixth Sunday of Easter

EASTERTIME: As Eastertide unfolds, we feel the power and influence of the Spirit growing. This is the Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead, and the Spirit who brings the Church to birth at Pentecost. As we journey towards Pentecost – the climax of the Easter Season – we should be considering the presence of the Spirit in the Church today: the reconciler of disputes, the solver of problems, true inspiration for the family of God on our journey to the New Jerusalem! From this side, Pentecost is about promise: the Lord at the Last Supper promises that He and the Father will be “at home” with all who keep his words – and it is the Advocate, the Holy Spirit who will remind us of these and all his words. We believe that all Scripture is “inspired” – the word of the Spirit – so as we listen or proclaim this Sunday let us look for the fulfillment of the promise made by the Lord.


FIRST COMMUNION: There will be no preparation for First Communion this coming Saturday, 11 May. 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. The children come to Mass on 19 May for the presentation of their crosses at 10.30am.


PARISH MEETING: It was so good and encouraging to see near 80 people at the parish meeting on Tuesday to reflect upon the findings of the recent surveys. From those who were there and taking into consideration the valuable expertise of people in the parish, FrC will draw together a working part in the next week or so and take the surveys forward offering the whole parish proposals and options of how we develop what we have. That working party, working closely with FrC, will report back to the parish at regular intervals so that you are get abreast of what is happening and how things are taking shape. They will also work closely with diocesan property office and liaise with Trustees. They will hopefully focus our minds on what we might have to consider as well as help us focus on how we begin to raise serious money for what we do next. Watch this space.


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.


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.


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 to preside 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. Michael’s body will be received into Church on Monday evening at 5.30pm. 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.


PRIMARY SCHOOL VACANCY: School Cleaner required for St Bernadette Primary School, 10 hours per week, 2 hours per day (3:30-5:30) Salary:  BG1 £2, 892 pro rata. Please contact the school on 0117 377 2373 for further information.


REFLECTING ON VATICAN II: Gavin D’Costa continues his series at the Cathedral exploring the documents of the Council on Thursday 16 May from 7.30pm in the Apostle Room. It’s a superb opportunity to tap into these documents and explore the Church the Council is calling us to be. Do go along if you can. Refreshments from 7pm.


NEXT SUNDAY: Fr Michael English is here for Saturday and Fr Alan is here for Mass at 10.30am. FrC at the Cathedral with the diaconal students who are at Emmaus House for their residential weekend’s formation.


SECOND COLLECTION:  Next Sunday (World Communications Day) is to support the work of the Catholic Communications Office of the Bishops’ Conference, working with the media in proclaiming the gospel.

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