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Twenty Fifth Sunday of the Year

Twenty Fifth Sunday of the Year

Twenty Fifth Sunday of the Year – 22 September 2013

THIS SUNDAY: How easy to take the words of Jesus out of context: “Use money to win you friends,” is one of those lines that sounds strange to us outside the context of the parable and the teaching in today’s Gospel. Even the parable itself can seem a little strange – is Jesus really recommending that we act like dishonest stewards? No, of course not! The point that reveals this is hidden half way down: “The children of this world are more astute in dealing with their own kind…” Jesus in a way praises the effort of the dishonest steward, but wishes that it was directed less to worldly things, but to the things of heaven. And this is the message that we are to take: where do we direct our energies – to making money, fame, fortune and success, or to finding “friends in heaven”?


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.


A CELEBRATION OF HARVEST: As we come to that time of year where we celebrate the abundance of the fruits of the earth, we take time also to ponder those who do not benefit from so great a share in God’s gifts. As we have done in previous years, there is a box in the Lady Chapel which will allow you to pop something tinned or a packet of something that can be taken down to the Julian Trust night shelter for some of Bristol’s hungry and homeless. If you can pop something extra into your shopping trolley this week or next, then place it into the box, please.


CAFOD HARVEST FAST: The Harvest Fast Envelopes will be attached to the newsletter next week time in for the Harvest Fast collection for CAFOD on the first weekend of October. As we thank God for the earth’s fruits, so we reach out to those who do not share in so great an abundance. Our gift to CAFOD is our reaching out to those who hunger in our world. Do give as generously as you can… as you always do.


HARVEST SOUP LUNCH: Taking place on Friday 4 October, this simple soup lunch will enable us to eat simply so that others may simply eat. The money raised will go to support CAFOD at harvest time. Do come along and support the Friday lunch if you can… and bring someone with you.


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.


MEDITATION – THE PRAYER OF THE HEART: Beginning on Thursday 3 October at 10.30am and taking place in our hall, Margaret and Brian Wilson will be leading a short series exploring Meditation, teaching us how to meditate and drawing us deeper in prayer through stillness, through silence and through simplicity. These Thursday sessions are open to everyone and anyone. Come along and enjoy the peace and the stillness amidst the busy-ness of daily life. It lasts an hour, Refreshments follow. Poster and flyers in the narthex.


DIACONAL FORMATION STUDENTS: The diaconal students join us for their next formation day this coming Saturday. They join us for Morning Prayer and Mass, of course, then use our hall facilities for the afternoon.


NEXT SUNDAY – WELCOME: Fr Christopher joins the catechists from around the world who are meeting with Pope Francis in Rome this coming week. Fr Henry, the Polish priest staying at St Patrick’s, Redfield, will be with us next weekend to celebrate Mass for us.


MISSIONARY APPEAL: Each year, the bishop gives permission for one of the Missionary Congregations to make an appeal in all the parishes of the diocese. This year Fr Joseph Cummins from the Missionaries of Africa (the White Fathers) will be with us at all Masses 12/13 October. His congregation has been immersed in the building up of parish communities, education, seminary training, social welfare, agriculture and justice and peace, working hand in hand with the local Church in parts of Africa. He comes to ask for our support and our help in this apostolate of mission.


BRIAN HINGE RIP: Brian died last weekend, peacefully, at home with his family around him. We keep Cathy and Joan and Lynn in our prayers at this time. Brian’s funeral will be celebrated here at St Bernadette’s on Tuesday 1 October at 12noon followed by cremation at 1.30pm. May he rest in peace. Amen


CATECHISTS FORMATION COURSE: If you are already immersed in the work of catechesis through Children’s Liturgy, through reading, through working with First Communion or Confirmation youngsters… or would like to be…then this formation series is for you. A gentle journey and introduction/refresher on the role of catechesis and evangelisation & mission so as to support us in the ministry we are involved in… and its taking place on our own doorstep (October) – at the primary school. There are monthly inputs and well worth dipping into. Flyers in the narthex and have a word with FrC. The parish will sponsor and subsidise those wanting to take part.


MASS TO WELCOME NEW SCHOOL INTAKE: As they come to the end of their first term in school, we welcome to Mass on Sunday 20 October (10.30am) those who have just begun their schooling at St Bernadette’s as well as welcoming those who are new to our school community. Its always a great chance to reach out in welcome and with that sense of belonging.


WEEKDAY MASS: We de-camp to the hall for Mass during the week as the temperature drops and the hall is easier to heat. Mass on Saturday (and Sunday, of course) in the church as usual.

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