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Sixteenth Sunday of the Year

Sixteenth Sunday of the Year

21 July 2013 – Sixteenth Sunday of the Year

THIS SUNDAY: Sacred Hospitality is our theme: as the letter to the Hebrews says: “remember always to welcome strangers, for by doing this some people have entertained angels without knowing it.” True hospitality lies in two things: first the welcome, encouraging the stranger to enter the house and be at home there: secondly, the gift – not just of food or drink, but of time: listening to the stranger, and giving of ourselves to them. This is what makes hospitality costly, but holy, and a true service of Jesus Christ.


THIS SUNDAY: Fr Alvaro celebrates both Masses this weekend for us. FrC has been sent up to Cheltenham to look after the five Masses in the parishes of St Gregory and St Thomas More whilst Fr Bosco is away convalescing.


APOSTLEHSIP OF THE SEA: Thank you for the £110.75 in support of the port chaplaincies. This will be sent off as our contribution to the work of the AotS.


SCHOOL END OF YEAR MASS: Wednesday 24 July at 10.30am. Put a note in your diaries. We wish our staff and our students a very pleasant summer break and a well earned rest after this busy term.


EXPLORING THE COUNCIL’S DOCUMENTS: Our parish series on the documents concludes on Wednesday 24 July at 7.30pm in the parish hall.


CALLING ALL MUSICIANS: If you play a musical instrument and would like to contribute your talent and a little time to form a music group for Sunday mornings (once a month) then come along to an initial gathering in the Church on Tuesday 23 July at 7pm. Just bring your instruments and your enthusiasm, and we’ll see what we can do in looking at some new, contemporary music that we can use at Mass on a Sunday. If you have a voice, then come along, too. Be good to have some strong leads to help with the singing.


TAIZE MUSIC AND PRAYER: We’ll pick up from where we left off after Easter and hopefully start up a regular opportunity for reflection using the music and prayer of Taize. We’ll meet in the Church for an hour, entering into stillness and silence as we ponder the Word of God in prayer and song on Friday 6 September at 7pm. Do come along if you can, and do pass the word around. If this is something you would like to see as a regular feature of our parish prayer life, then do please come along as you can. Put the date in your diary.


PARISH BUILDING PROJECT: All the response sheets (about 80 of them) that came in over the last couple of weeks have now been taken away and will be digested over the next week so as to be ready for you to look at in summary. Keep an eye on the building project board in the narthex where you should find little updates about where we are progressing. The project working party won’t meet now until September, but news should trickle through via the board.


FOR YOUR PRAYERS: We pray for Mary Watson who died recently and whose funeral takes place at South Bristol Crematorium on Monday 22nd July at 11am. We keep her husband, Paul, and her family in our prayers. May she rest in peace.


DIACONAL FORMATION STUDENTS: The formation programme that uses our facilities throughout the academic year, breaks now for the summer. The dates for the new year beginning in September, are to be found on the board in the narthex.  Their presence on these Saturdays simply affects those who read as well as Eucharistic Ministers on a Saturday morning.  Two of the students who will be ordained deacon this coming November will join us for the evening Mass on Saturday 14 September where they will make their Profession of Faith and their Oath of Freedom. These form part of the formal application for ordination. Do keep all our students in your prayers.


ST JAMES PRIORY: There will be Mass for the Feast of St James (this coming Thursday – 25 July) at 10.30am. If you have yet to pay a visit to the Priory (tucked behind the bus station) then do go along for their patronal feast day. All are welcome.


FUNDRAISING SOCIAL: After the wonderful response to the Italian lunch earlier this month, this September will see our hall host an Indian lunch cooked for us by the Kerela families in our parish. Sunday 8 September at 1.30pm – put the date in your diary and there will be more details of menu and how to get hold of a ticket, next week.

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