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Twelfth Sunday of the Year

Twelfth Sunday of the Year


23 June 2013

THIS SUNDAY: Out of a seemingly innocent question comes the dark shadow of the cross: Jesus must teach his disciples that to be the “Anointed One”, “the Christ”, means to follow the path of sacrifice to the very end. He is not a King who comes with armies, but a King who comes with truth and humility, prepared to die for that truth about God’s Kingdom. But the mourning is always to be seen in the light of Easter – “being raised on the third day”, when “a fountain will be opened”, the fountain of Baptism and eternal life in the death and resurrection of the Lord.

FIRST COMMUNION: Congratulations to the twenty-six children from our parish who celebrated First Communion this Saturday. As we welcome them to the Table of the Lord, so we pray that the life they receive in the Eucharist is a life they live out in their daily lives: Congratulations to – 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, Kacper Bureta, Helena Costa, and Eva Borrallo~Barragan. They join us this Sunday in celebration with their parish family and to receive their certificates.

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

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 – and 29 have been taken already), 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. There is a list on the narthex notice board for those of you who would like to reserve a ticket or two, and you can collect them before the Sunday lunch itself.

CELEBRATING OUR CATHEDRAL: Our Cathedral celebrates its fortieth anniversary this month and the Bishop is inviting our diocesan community to join him at Mass next Saturday, 29 June, at 11.00am in the Cathedral. We gather at the mother church of our diocese with our shepherd to celebrate what it is that gathers us together in faith. If you can go along and represent St Bernadette’s, please do.

CATHEDRAL ANNIVERSARY MUSIC FESTIVAL: Taking place from 22 – 30 June, this fantastic music festival is one of the ways our cathedral is celebrating its fortieth anniversary. Details can be found on as well as how to book tickets. Some of the events are free… and it is a most worthwhile programme.

WE WELCOME Fr Alvaro Izurieta y Sea to our parish for July and August. Fr Alvaro is a priest studying in Rome at the Pontifical Academy – the College that trains priests for the diplomatic corps of the Vatican. Fr Alvaro is an Argentinean who visits us here in England to study English over the summer and he will be celebrating Mass in the parish too. Please do make him welcome and feel very much at home.

NEXT SUNDAY: As part of us taking the recent building reports forward, you will find next Saturday/Sunday that you will be asked to consider how our redevelopment might take shape and FrC would ask you at this stage (in preparation) to consider a vision for our parish in this part of the city and this part of the diocese. There will be more information coming your way next weekend, but maybe now is the time to ponder on the sort of parish we need to be and therefore what facilities might we need to live out that vision.

EXPLORING THE COUNCIL’S DOCUMENTS: The last session with Gavin D’Costa takes place in the Apostle Room of the Cathedral on Thursday 11 July with refreshments from 7.00pm. The session begins at 7.30pm. The series has been terrific so far; do go along to this final one if you can.

THIS IS OUR FAITH: EXPLORING THE CREED: We continue exploring the Creed through Catechesis on Tuesday 16 July at 7.30pm in our parish Hall. Deacon Paul White will be with us to explore The communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins. Do come along if you can.

DIACONAL FORMATION: There will be a celebration of the Ministry of Acolyte on Friday 19 July here at St Bernadette’s during which two of the students in formation will receive the ministry of acolyte.

FEAST OF SS PETER AND PAUL: The transferred feast is celebrated next Sunday. The retiring collection for Peter’s Pence will be taken after both Masses.


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