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Twenty Second Sunday of the Year

Twenty Second Sunday of the Year

1 September 2013 – Twenty Second Sunday of the Year

THIS SUNDAY: Humble behaviour is the mark of the Christian, as it always was the mark of someone “in favour with the Lord.” In the Gospel, we see Jesus watching the Pharisees: it’s almost amusing to picture them shuffling for the best places, the polite “After you!” to put themselves in a better position. How would they have reacted to his teaching? They may well have remembered the passage we read from the Old Testament, and realised that Jesus was teaching the teachers something they should be well aware of.


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 (next Sunday) 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.


FUNDRAISING SOCIAL: Next Sunday will see our hall host an Indian lunch cooked for us by the Kerela families in our parish. Sunday 8 September (next Sunday) 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.


LILY PLANT SALE: A huge thank you to William and Maria who raised £100 from last weekend’s sale of lily plants. That will go into our development fund. Their hard work in the garden will hopefully blossom in yours! Thank you to those of you who supported their sale.


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 sessions 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. The new term of formation for our students begins on Saturday 14th. St Bernadette’s plays host to their formation course and we welcome 10 students across the years of study. They form part of our parish community on their formation Saturdays. The full year’s dates are to be found on the notice board.


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.


CONGRATULATIONS to Mike and Margaret Peck who celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last weekend, and to Airen, Crystal, and April Thomas who were baptised here this Saturday. We congratulate Raychel and Jody, also, and all the family on this occasion.


FIRST FRIDAY EXPOSITION: This coming Friday (6 Sept) there will be exposition following the morning Mass at 9.30am. The church will remain open and the Blessed Sacrament exposed for a period of prayer until 12.30pm. Do make use of this beautiful opportunity and an open Church. Even if you just pop in for a little while, you would be more than welcome.


NEXT SUNDAY: The annual retiring collection for the Bishop’s charitable fund will be taken.  This money allows the bishop to respond to the many charitable requests made to the diocese with discretion and immediacy.

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