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Christ the King

Christ the King

24 November 2013 – The Feast of  Christ the King


THIS SUNDAY: The year of Saint Luke ends with a characteristic take on the feast of Christ the King: in Luke’s gospel we are so familiar with seeing and hearing the voiceless, the rejected, those whom society puts in second place: how suitable, then, that on the feast of the King of all Creation we see him at his most vulnerable – on the cross, with only an abrupt inscription to announce that he is the King. He is King because of the work he has done, which is described by Saint Paul in the Second Reading: “all things [are] reconciled through him and for him … when he made peace by his death on the cross.” Next week, when we re-enter Advent and a new Liturgical Year, we will be thinking of the King who will come again: though he will come as his disciples saw him go at the Ascension, the marks of the cross will still be visible for all time, to remind us of the one who came to reunite all Creation, especially frail human creatures.


MASS TO CLOSE THE YEAR OF FAITH: The Bishop is celebrating Mass at 3.30pm at the Cathedral THIS Sunday – 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.


CAFOD EMERGENCY TYPOON APPEAL: Thank you for your generosity. £509.93 was sent off this week to CAFOD as our contribution towards relief funds for the Philippines.

FIRST FRIDAY SOUP LUNCH: Friday 6 December from about 12.15pm


MEDITATION GROUP meets in the Hall each Thursday from 10.15am leaving a little time after morning Mass. All are welcome.


CATECHISTS FORMATION COURSE: This course isn’t just for those who bear the title ‘catechist’; its for all those who have any part in handing on faith to others. It is crafted in such a way as to encourage us in our own faith, seeking to deepen it and the friendship our faith draws us into, giving us the confidence to hand it on to others. Have a look at the details in the narthex and think about taking part. Begins in January.


PARISH BAZAAR 2014: Put the date in your diaries Saturday 17 May, 12noon until 3pm. You’ll be hearing lots about the bazaar over the next couple of months but we’ll swoop into action, most especially, once we begin the New Year. The list of stalls is up on the board with names of some of those who have said they are willing to help. Add yours to the list; the more the merrier.


EXPLORING ST MATTHEW’S GOSPEL: As the Gospel author changes from the start of Advent (next Sunday), John Huntriss will be deepening our understanding of the Jesus we encounter in St Matthew’s Gospel. Margaret Mary Room, Sacred Heart, Grange Court Road, Westbury on Trym, Wednesday 27 November, exploring the Infancy Narratives in Matthew, beginning at 7.30pm with refreshments from 7pm. All welcome.


FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION: Preparation begins this coming Wednesday at 9.30am in school The children gather for their Mass of Presentation on Sunday 1 December at 10.30am. Details of the programme are on the notice board.


CHRISTMAS CARDS AND ADVENT CALENDARS: If there is one little thing you can do to support our parish this Christmas, it is to buy your cards from the shop in the narthex. Buying your cards here gives you the opportunity to retell the Christmas story through the cards we send to others… maybe to those who have forgotten who it is that lies at the heart of Christmas. Advent Wreath candles are also available from the stall in the narthex for you to mark that journey at home, too.


ADVENT VESPERS: Beginning next Sunday, we mark the passing of Advent time with the celebration of Evening Prayer at 4.00pm. Do come along and make this part of your Advent preparations.


FAMILY CRIB SERVICE: Our family gathering takes place on Sunday 15 December at 3.30pm in the Church. We begin to focus our preparations for Christmas with that simple re-telling of the Nativity story with the children of our parish. We’ll even have a guest donkey this year. Carols and reflections for everyone. Do pass the word around and do invite your family, your neighbours and your friends. The children are invited to help make up a live crib by coming in costume, again. Refreshments afterwards, but a prayerful start to Christmas. Do come along! As part of the festivities afterwards, there will be an authentic piñata. If you provide some sweets for the piñata, please hand them into the sacristy in the next week or so, in time for 15th.


200 CLUB WINNERS: October – John Daly, and November – John Cunningham. They both collect their £25 cheques. The December Grand Draw will take place as part of the Family Crib Service on the 15 December. One of our members could walk away with £200!!!


AN OPEN CHURCH: Beginning at the start of Advent, the narthex of the Church will remain open until 12.30pm each day to allow people to pop in for a moment of quiet and a moment of prayer. Do feel free to make use of this opportunity if you are passing. That stillness and that quiet are a rare treat today! We’ll try it and see how things pan out.


AMPLIUS CHRISTMAS CONCERT on Saturday 7th December at 7.30 in Counterslip Baptist Church.  The evening will include readings by children from St Bernadette’s; Carols, The Salvation Army Band, Puppets and the Community Choir.  Refreshments and mince pies.   A retiring collection will be taken for Caring at Christmas


GIFTS AT CHRISTMAS: As we have done so for the last couple of years, there is the opportunity to reach out to those less fortunate than ourselves this Christmas through your gifts to the homeless in Bristol. A pair of gloves, or socks, or scarf, or jumper, or toiletries wrapped up can be placed in the box that will appear in the Lady Chapel.


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