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Twentieth Sunday of the Year

Twentieth Sunday of the Year

18 August 2013 – Twentieth Sunday of the Year (C)


THIS SUNDAY: When we consider the Christian life, we often think in positive terms: peace, light, joy, goodness, life. And yet, as the Scriptures remind us today, that Christian life must be lived in the midst of a world which is filled with more negative terms: division, distress, cruelty and death. The words of the Gospel may appear shocking to us: Jesus says that he comes to bring “division, not peace”, and this seems totally contrary to the message of the Gospel! And yet, Jesus is not announcing his desire – of course he wants peace, not division – but showing his understanding of the world in which we live. He is inviting us to weigh up the cost of the Kingdom, a cost he was willing to embrace: as the second reading tells us: “… Jesus, for the sake of the joy which was still in the future, endured the cross…” Whatever weighs us down, let us endure and persevere, so that the fire of God’s love may blaze over the whole earth!


ST JAMES’ PRIORY – TWENTY YEARS: This coming September marks the twentieth anniversary since the little community of the Little Brothers arrived in Bristol and began working with some of Bristol’s homeless and most needy. Twenty years has come and gone, and this flourishing little oasis in the heart of city is drawing us together to thank God for the ministry of healing and service that has taken place across twenty years. Mass will be celebrated on Sunday 8 September at 6pm and (for those who would like to) there is an anniversary dinner in the Café Réfectoire afterwards.  Tickets for the three course dinner cost £12 and can be reserved by ringing 0117 379 0009 or 07791581279. See the poster in the narthex.


VIANNEY GROUP: The monthly meeting for men considering more deeply a possible call to the priesthood, will restart at the University Chaplaincy at 103 Queens Road, Clifton on Wednesday 4th September. Meet at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Mass, catechetical input, sharing and fellowship. For more information please contact Fr Matt Anscombe, Vocations Director via email: We keep the intention of vocations to the priesthood in our 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 you’ll find the sheet to sign up to reserve yourself a ticket on the board, too. £15 for grown ups and £5 for the youngsters.


200 CLUB GRAND DRAW: This year, the two grand draws for the 200 Club will take place in September and in December. There is chance on each occasion to pick up one of the cheques for around £200 as well as other prizes … if you are a member! The September draw will take place at the Fundraising Social on the 8th.


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.


THIS IS OUR FAITH – THE APOSTLES CREED: The penultimate evening in our series taking us through the Apostles Creed as part of our journey through the Year of faith, continues on Tuesday, 10 September in our parish hall. As we draw towards the end of the creed we reflect on our belief in the resurrection of the body. Bring your catechism with you (if you have one). Refreshments from 7pm and we kick off at 7.30pm. All are most welcome.


EXPLORING ST MATTHEW: Beginning this October, there will be four session spread across the liturgical year to enable us to deepen our understanding of the Gospel of St Matthew. Taking place at Sacred Heart, Westbury-on-Trym, and led by John Huntriss, this fantastic opportunity is free and open to all! You can find the full details of the dates and times of the series on the poster in the Narthex. Do go along if you can.


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.


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.

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