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Twenty First Sunday of the Year

Twenty First Sunday of the Year

25 August 2013 – Twenty First Sunday of the Year

THIS SUNDAY: It’s probably a nightmare we all share to some degree or other – being locked out of the house, the sales, the big match, or missing the train, the boat or plane. Contemplating watching the crowds that have got inside, while we can do nothing, can be unnerving. Complacency can leave us in this situation: today the Lord warns all who listen to him to be careful, taking nothing for granted, but making sure that we are (spiritually at least) like the people waiting with their sleeping bags and thermos flasks by the front door of the ticket office.

WE BID FAREWELL to Fr Alvaro who returns to Rome this Bank Holiday only to set off again for a return visit to his family in Buenos Aires. We send him away with our good wishes and the assurance of our prayers as he continues his studies. We thank him for his presence in our parish over the last two months and only hope that we have contributed to his ability to master the English language! We send him away, also, with that invitation to return, of course.

LILLIES FOR SALE: William and Maria are bringing with them to Mass this weekend some beautiful arum lily plants which are available from the narthex. They are hoping that what they raise from the sale will go towards our building project. They are superb gardeners and the lily plants they have placed around the church gardens flower every year. Do give them your support. They will be in the narthex offering you the best price!

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.  Only 60 places available. The 200 Grand Draw will take place during the lunch.

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: 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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