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The Most Holy Trinity

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The Most Holy Trinity

 

TRINITY SUNDAY: This Sunday is all about the “Divine Community” – in other words, the way in which our God is in himself a communion of love: Father, Son and Spirit, distinct yet perfectly united – three persons, one God.  We hear of the perfect union between Father and Son, revealed in the mysterious poem of the First Reading, where the Son is “Wisdom” joining the Father in the act of creation. This union bears fruit in the Spirit, who pours this perfect love into our hearts, so that we may imitate the “Communion of Love” by living together and hoping for our place within the Divine Community.

VESPERS FOR TRINITY SUNDAY: In the post Pentecost season, this Sunday we celebrate the mystery of who God is Father, Son, and Spirit – the Holy Trinity. There will be Vespers at 4pm this Sunday. Fr Gerardo Fabrizio from Birmingham will be presiding.

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.

FIRST COMMUNION: We keep the children preparing for FHC 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 it’s only round the corner, it would be good if our parish was represented.

GLASTONBURY PILGRIMAGE: The bishop is inviting our diocesan community to join him at this annual procession and pilgrimage on Sunday 14 July. In this Year of Faith, we reflect upon Mary as model of discipleship. The Rosary procession around the Abbey ruins begins at 2.15pm and Mas celebrated at 3.30pm. It is always a rich and reflective gathering each year. Do go along and take part if you can. There’s plenty fo details on cliftondiocese.com

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.

FIRST FRIDAY SOUP LUNCH: The next of our monthly First Friday soup lunches takes place on Friday 7 June following our monthly exposition of the Blessed Sacrament following the morning Mass. Come to our simple but wholesome soup lunch on that first Friday in the parish hall starting at 12.15pm. Soups, breads, cheeses and fruit to enjoy whilst raising money for our Outreach projects.

CAFOD CYCLE CREAM TEA – Wednesday 19 June. Delicious cream tea and cakes in the parish hall on Wednesday 19 June starting at 3pm in aid of CAFOD. Fred Uttley from Salford diocese is cycling around all 22 dioceses of England and Wales and will be passing St. Bernadette’s Church on the afternoon of 19 June. Fred is a 67 year old schools’ volunteer and will be cycling 1000 miles between Catholic cathedrals to raise money for CAFOD. Come and cheer Fred on his way, or ride with him down to Frome and beyond. Details are on the notice board in the Narthex.

PRIESTS RETIREMENT FUND: Each year our diocesan community seeks to support our retired priests through this second collection. Our gift is our way of contributing to their support and their livelihood in the retirement years. So many of them continue to contribute to the life of diocese through their support to so many of our parishes in supplying at weekends. So many of them have clocked up over fifty years of priestly ministry and are still going strong. Do pick up one of the reports from the PRF and also make use of the special envelopes for your offering next weekend. If you are a tax payer, please make sure you complete the details on the reverse.

PARISH FUNDRAISING SOCIAL: One of the first fundraising events for our parish’s maintenance project will be hosted by the Italian Consular Agency. A delicious meal for a Sunday lunchtime on 7 JULY at 1.30pm. Admission is by pre-paid ticket at a cost of £10 per head. If you would like to come along (50 seats available), then please see FrC or Maria Amesbury. As the invitation is also being given to the Italian community in Bristol, it will be a case of first come, first served. The money raised from this lunchtime social will kick start out building project fund and all the profits will go to St Bernadette’s. Do come along if you can.

PARISH FORUM GROUP meets next on Wednesday June 5 at 7.45pm in the presbytery.

 

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