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Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi

2 June 2013 – Feast of Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI: The Eucharist is not an invention of the Church: it is a part of God’s plan of salvation from the very beginning: it is prefigured in the Old Testament, seen today in the food offerings of Melchizedek, priest king of Jerusalem associated with Abraham, choose bread and wine as the offerings. It is also revealed by the prophetic action of Jesus, in feeding the multitude, before he feeds the Church with the gift that is transmitted through the centuries. The Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Christ, is our communication with the Father, in the Spirit: it is the real presence in the Church’s here and now of the eternal God; it is Covenant, Memorial and Promise, Meal and Sacrifice, the heartbeat of the Family of Believers.


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 this Feast of Corpus Christi (2 June). Here in St Bernadette’s, there will be a Holy Hour from 3pm this Sunday afternoon and 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. This is a simple opportunity for us to come before the Lord in the stillness of our Church, bringing ourselves as gift to the Lord who gifts us with himself.

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 this weekend. If you are a tax payer, please make sure you complete the details on the reverse.


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. Sinead Monks,  Joshua Hazelwood-Richings, Fiona Harris, Antoni Ciszyk, Kian O’Regan, Alan Mielczarek, Jessica Kirwan, Oliver Hynes, William Hynes, Danny Ryan, Lottie Bowen, Ross Ambrose, Kuba Komada,  Liam Ambrose, Alisha Chinnock, Frank Wise,  Finnian Jones,  Jake Collins, Carmelo Merlino, Isabelle Tapscott, Ellen Lowson, India McMahon, Eleanor Critten, Helena Costa, and Eva Borrallo Barragan. 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.


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 and the town begins at 2.15pm and Mass 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 of details on


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.


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.


EXPLORING THE COUNCIL: Our own little series exploring the documents of the Second Vatican Council in this fiftieth anniversary years continues on Wednesday 12 June at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall. Do come along if you can.


CELEBRATING OUR CATHEDRAL: Our Cathedral celebrates its fortieth anniversary at the end of this month and the Bishop is inviting our diocesan community to join him at Mass on Saturday 29 June at 11.00am. If you can go along and represent St Bernadette’s, please do.

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