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19 May 2013 – Pentecost

EASTERTIME: We arrive at the fiftieth day ‑ the completion of the Easter Season, and the completion of the Paschal Mystery: the Lord has died, is risen, has ascended to heaven and now gives birth to his Church, by sending the Spirit upon the apostles. This feast of the gift of the Spirit is so significant for us, because it marks the handing on of Jesus’ ministry to the Church ‑ in the Church we are guaranteed the presence of the Lord, in his sacra­ments, in his ministers, in the Blessed Sacrament and in his Celebrated Word. It also marks the fulfilment of our thoughts about baptism throughout this season: the gift of the Spirit which we receive in Confirmation is the `seal’ of our baptism, guaranteeing and confirm­ing all that baptism achieves.


MASS THIS SUNDAY: In celebration of this great feast of Pentecost, our Sunday Mass will reflect some of the diversity of language spoken in our own parish. The flags you see in the narthex remind us of the some twenty nationalities that help make up our parish community, and the readings at Mass will be read in Spanish, Malayalam Polish, and Italian, with a little French, too. The Liturgy booklets for today’s Mass will give you some translations, too. We celebrate our cultural diversity, yet we celebrate the unity that our faith brings us, a faith that draws us from diversity into unity of life and love.


VESPERS FOR PENTECOST: This Sunday at 4.00pm. Do come if you can – a beautiful way to end Eastertime.


FIRST COMMUNION: We welcome the children preparing for First Communion this Sunday as their final celebration Mass gifts them with the cross as a reminder of our discipleship and our desire to follow Christ. We keep them very much in our prayers during the time leading up to First Communion that they may know Christ’s love and his goodness at all times. The children continue their preparation for First Communion on Saturday 8 June at 8.45am. The parents come for their final session on Tuesday 4 June at 7pm in the hall.


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. The format of the day can be found in the narthex as is the poster. David Wells is giving the keynote for the adults and there is plenty for everyone.  All that is needed is that you get in touch with the Adult Education office, just to let them know which of the workshops you want to take part in. There is no charge; just bring a packed lunch with you. The Bishop joins us for the day and will celebrate Mass at 4.00pm. As its only round the corner, it would be good if our parish was represented.


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.


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.


THIS IS OUR FAITH: Our journey through the creed as part of our celebration of the Year of Faith continues as we explore ‘I believe in the Holy Spirit’, on Tuesday 21 May. Fr Michael Healy will be with us at 7.30pm (refreshments from 7pm). This has been a good series thus far… do come along if you can.


TRINITY SUNDAY: In the post Pentecost season, next Sunday we celebrate the mystery of who God is as father, Son, and Spirit – the Holy Trinity. There will be Vespers at 4pm next Sunday. The following Sunday is, of course, Corpus Christi.


BUILDING PROJECT: Fr Christopher has drawn together six or seven of those who came along to the parish meeting a couple of weeks ago to start exploring the options open to us and to start thinking about how we move forward with our buildings and the concerns raised. John Reilly, David Morley, Theresa D’Arcy, Nick Tapscott, Alyson Lampard, Alan Ford bring their skills and their professions with them to the table. They will be charged in keep you informed as to their progress and outline what decisions we might have to make as a parish community. They meet on Friday 31 May for an initial meeting. Keep an eye on the notice boards.


ELECTRICS: The electricians have been in over the last two weeks just to make safe some of the issues raised by their exploration. Just the essential stuff has been done to keep us open for the time being, and keep us safe.

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