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Eighteenth Sunday of the Year

Eighteenth Sunday of the Year

4 August 2013 – Eighteenth Sunday of the Year (C)

THIS SUNDAY: Vigilance: we wait for glory or ruin, salvation or disaster. This is the choice that faces the Christian each and every day, as we wait for the Lord to return, as he promised he would. We often live our lives leaving such things to a distant, shadowy future – like the person who is going to fix that faulty lock or window-frame, but in the end doesn’t get round to it before the burglar comes. The lamps of our lives should be lit and shining, filled to the brim with the oil of prayer and charity, singing the hymns of the fathers as we wait for the Master to return.


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: There are copies of the Project Newsletter for you to pick up from the narthex which gives a most comprehensive overview and summary of the feedback from the questionnaires you returned over the last month. You’ll also find a copy on the notice board. Do take your copy away with you. The project working party don’t meet now until September, but news will trickle through via the board.


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.


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.


HAPPY HOLIDAYS: If you are travelling around this time for your summer break, do go safely, have a good rest, and return refreshed.


THE FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION: This holyday of obligation is celebrated on Thursday 15 August. There will be two Masses that day in Church: 9.30am and 7.00pm. This feast celebrates the fruits of the resurrection of Jesus reflected at the end of his mother’s life. God would allow no stain of Adam’s sin to touch the second Eve. She is taken up into heaven, body and soul, to reign as queen, to reign with her Son. Do make a note of the date in your diary.


200 CLUB NEWS: Congratulations to our June £25 winner     and our July £25 winner    . The Grand Draws will take place, this year, in September and December, giving someone that little windfall in readiness for the autumn and for Christmas.


GATHERING FOR OUR READERS: We’ll draw our readers together for their yearly reflection. This gives new readers and familiar readers chance to come together just to touch base upon the role and ministry they fulfil in the midst of our community. All our readers – weekday and Sunday – are asked to come along on Tuesday 17 September at 7.00pm in the Church.


GATHERING FOR OUR EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION: As with our readers, we’ll gather the ministers of HC together before they are re-commissioned this autumn. The bishop requires all Eucharistic Ministers to come together for a time of prayer and reflection ahead of annual re-commissioning. Make a note in your diaries: Wednesday 2 October at 7.30pm.


PARISH FORUM GROUP meets after the summer break on Wednesday 11 September at 7.45pm.


CANON BRIAN MCEVOY: Do remember Fr Brian in your prayers. He died very suddenly in Frenchay last Friday and his funeral is taking place in St Mary’s, Bath, on Monday 12 August at 11am. May he rest in peace.

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