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St Peter and St Paul

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St Peter and St Paul

30 June 2013 – Solemnity fo SS Peter and Paul

THIS SUNDAY: Peter and Paul are the two great heroes of the Apostolic Age   Peter for leading the first Christian communities and binding them in unity, a role that springs from his profession of faith in Caesarea Philippi, and Paul for travel¬ling throughout the Roman Empire as the Apostle to the Gentiles, ensuring that the Gospel could be heard by all. They both ended up in Rome, the heart of the Empire, where they crowned their lives of witness by shedding their blood for Christ. As the ancient hymn for this feast day (“Decora Lux aeternitatis”) says: “”Rejoice, O Rome, this day; thy walls they once did sign with princely blood, who now their glory share with thee.  What city’s vesture glows with crimson deep as thine? What beauty else has earth that may compare with thee?” In celebrating the death of these apostles and martyrs, we celebrate the triumph of life and death offered fully to God.

PARISH BUILDING PROJECT: As part of us taking the recent building reports forward, you will find that this weekend you will be asked, as you leave Church, to consider how our redevelopment might take shape: do we simply repair and make good, or do we consider leaving something substantial and long-lasting for future generations. Before we put pen to paper, though, we each need 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 over the weeks, 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. Please consider your contribution; you’ll find that members of the working party accompanying this initial stage available to talk with you in the narthex after each Mass. Ask yourself what is our parish community here for? who is it here for? what does our presence here bring to our local community? are we here for ourselves or are we here for others? You can leave your contributions in the box in the narthex.

DIOCESAN FAMILY DAY: Taking place at St Brendan’s, Brislington, NEXT 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 gathering around 10.00am 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 cliftondiocese.com

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 next Sunday –  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 40 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.

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 is 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.

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. We welcome one of our Vicar Generals, Mgr Liam Slattery to that Mass with us.

PETER’S PENCE: The retiring collection for Peter’s Pence will be taken after both Masses. This money is our gift to the Holy Father to enable him to reach out on our behalf to dioceses that struggle, in support of religious communities, healthcare and educational projects around the world as well as allowing him to respond on behalf of the Church to those who are affect, for example, by natural disasters.

CONGRATULATIONS and welcome to Emmeline Grace Love who was baptised here in St Bernadette’s last Saturday. We congratulate Emmeline’s family, too.

CONGRATULATIONS also to our Primary School on obtaining their much deserved GOOD from the recent OFSTED inspection. Congratulations to all the staff and pupils! We keep them in our prayers as they await the Section 48 (RE inspection) before the end of the school year.

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