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Thirtieth Sunday of the Year

Thirtieth Sunday of the Year

27 October 2013

THIS SUNDAY: A few weeks ago (22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time) we had a Gospel about humility in social life – today we hear the Lord reiterating the message, but this time in reference to our prayer lives. The two Gospels are linked by the last words today, which also appear in the other story: “Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” This phrase is obviously a key part of our Lord’s teaching! The sin of “self-exaltation” consists in putting others in a lower place – as the Pharisee does to the tax collector. Perhaps the most telling phrase in today’s Gospel is where Jesus refers to the Pharisee saying “this prayer to himself,” rather than offering it to God! And since the Pharisee wasn’t talking to God, how could he expect to be heard?


THIS SUNDAY: World Mission Sunday sees us take the annual collection for the APF – your gift to the Church’s mission overseas. Many of you support the APF through your red boxes. Please give what you can.


MEDITATION – THE PRAYER OF THE HEART: Continuing this coming Thursday, 24 October, at 10.30am and taking place in our hall. Come along and enjoy the peace and the stillness amidst the busy-ness of daily life. It lasts an hour. Refreshments follow. Poster in the narthex.

CATECHISTS FORMATION COURSE: The formation course got off to a great start this last Thursday/ This course could well be for you. If you are on the Parish Forum, or help out at Children’s Liturgy, or help with preparation for First Communion or Confirmation, teach in our schools, have children who are preparing for the Sacraments, would love to get involved in catechesis… or just want to find out more about your own faith, then just come along. Everything you need to know is to be found in the narthex or on the diocesan website. Have a word with FrC. You need to register to take part, so make sure you fill in the form. There’s more info here:


ALL SAINTS: 1 November (Friday) is a Holyday of Obligation. Two masses that day: 10.00am and 7.00pm. We celebrate the promise and hope of pilgrimage’s end in the glory of Saints, and we celebrate God’s goodness to us in these men and women who offer us encouragement and inspiration. Do make a note of the date. ALL SOULS (Saturday 2 Nov) The commemoration that gives November its character falls on a Saturday. The 10.00am Mass draws us into a month where we pray for those gone before us, those dear to us,  who have died. The list for your Mass intentions for the month is on the board. One intention per day. Please pop the name on an envelope and push it through the presbytery door. If you want to include your mass offering, please do so.


HOLY SOULS CEMETERY MASS: Saturday 2 November in the cemetery chapel at 11.00am. Do go if you can.


EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS HOLY HOUR: Wednesday 20 November at 7pm in preparation for commissioning and re-commissioning on the Feast of Christ the King (24th).


PARISH BAZAAR 2014: If you fancy lending a hand with this coming year’s bazaar or running one of the stalls, then come along to the hall on Thursday 14 November at 7.30pm. The more, the merrier, and it will be good to put all our efforts into this great fundraising and social event.


ROTAS FOR NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER are available from the narthex. Please make sure you collect yours if this affects you. Rotas are also available on the parish website.


JOY O’CONNOR: We remember Joy in our prayers. She died last weekend and her funeral will be celebrated here on Tuesday 5 November at 10.00am. We keep her and Tony, her husband, and their sons in our prayers. May she rest in peace.


MASS TO CLOSE THE YEAR OF FAITH: The Bishop is celebrating Mass at 3.30pm on Sunday 24 November, closing the Year of Faith. Each parish is asked to be represented and it would be good if St B’s was well represented at that diocesan gathering. Please make a note in your diaries.


FUNDRAISING CONCERT: The Italian Consular Agency in Bristol is proud to  present Maria Danishvar, and Mieko Zuckerman, in a concert of Arias from Verdi & Puccini and some of the most beautiful Neapolitan songs on Saturday 2 November at 7.30 at St Bernadette Secondary School, Fossedale Avenue. After the concert refreshments are available including Lopresti’s Italian Gelato and a glass of Italian wine. All are most welcome. Tickets: Adults £10 Concessions £8, Children under 12 FREE. Book your tickets from Maria Ursi Amesbury. All proceeds go towards our parish building project.


FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION: Details of the formation and preparation have been sent into school. If you were at the parents’ meeting this last Tuesday, please not the dates have been re-jigged. The full listing will appear on the parish website for you to download. Parents need to register their children no later than 8 November. You can find all the information here:


DIACONAL ORDINATIONS: Two of the students whose preparation has been taking place here in the parish over the last two years are in the final throws of preparation for ordination in the Cathedral on Saturday 16 November at 11.00am. Steve and Bogdan warmly invite you to join them in this beautiful celebration where they commit themselves to the service of the Church and of God’s people, as deacons. If you would like to go along, then please do. It would be good to have the parish represented as you have supported them along their formation journey thus far!


HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE: Do keep FrC and the 90 pilgrims journeying with him to the Holy Land this Wednesday. They promise to remember you in their prayers, too.


ROSARY REFLECTIONS: Don’t forget to listen to the final part of the series of reflections taking us through this Month of the Rosary. We journey this week in prayer through the Glorious Mysteries. They are well worth a listen:


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