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Fifth Sunday of the Year

Fifth Sunday of the Year

9 February 2014 – Fifth Sunday of the Year


THIS SUNDAY: While the world may seem to be very indifferent to Christianity most of the time, it can be very critical of Christians who do not seem to be following the most basic tenet of their faith – to be  a people of “good deeds”, as Jesus teaches in today’s portion of the Sermon on the Mount. While we may sometimes feel indignant about the world’s criticism of our faults, we have to remember that we are in a vital relationship with “the word” – we are to be its light. This means that we should welcome the world’s gaze and scrutiny of our actions and beliefs and we should, in a sense, be accountable to the world for the way we live. We should never be salt that loses its taste. This openness to the gaze of all is not for our own glory, however: it is so that others may find what we have found – their way to the Father.

FIRST COMMUNION: The First Communion children take a couple of weeks break in their preparation at school. They come together again in a couple of weeks to pick up where they left off.

BISHOP’S VISITATION: Thank you for making the bishop feel so welcome and so at home last weekend. He went away so content having listened to your vision and your understanding of our parish’s mission. He was encouraged and enthused by our plans for what we do with our buildings, encouraging us to pursue the conversation and exploration process to see how best to proceed. Thank you to those who looked after the presentation, the refreshments, and thank you to those who spent time in conversation with him.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO ASSISI: Bishop Declan is leading a week’s pilgrimage to Assisi, walking in the footsteps of St Francis and St Clare. The pilgrimage is set to take place from 22 – 29 September 2014 and full details of the itinerary are on the notice board. FrC has further copies and booking forms. Details are also on the diocesan website. Half the places are now taken (after a month), so if you want to accompany the pilgrimage, get booking now!

NEXT SUNDAY: Education Sunday – retiring collection for catholic Education Service

PARISH BAZAAR – 17 MAY: We begin, now, to focus on this year’s bazaar – the biggest fundraising event in our calendar. There’s much that can be done even at this early stage. The bottle stall needs any kind of bottle, most especially those spirits and wine, to fill up there stall. You can hand these into the sacristy or presbytery. The Gift Stall needs those unused and surplus Christmas gifts that you want to let go of. Any fancy goods and things that can be used as gifts can be handed in from now. Toys and games in good condition are needed. We need cakes and home-baked goods either the day before or on the day. Now’s the time to start thinking! You can start bringing on those plants and cuttings ready for the Plant Stall. And, maybe, you could think about popping an extra little something into your shopping baskets for the Produce Stall. More to follow, but please do what you can at this stage. You can use the box in the narthex for your donations for this year’s bazaar.

GRAND DRAW TICKETS: The major source of income for the bazaar is always the Grand Draw. There are 10,000 tickets printed – 2000 books at £1 each. If you can see yourselves taking away at least five books (£5’s worth) to either buy, or pass on and sell, would be appreciated. All you need do is return the counterfoils and the money to the presbytery or through the offertory basket. Please make sure that you seal money and counterfoils in a marked envelope.

LOFT CLEARANCE: As we will need to make some room to store what comes in for the Bazaar, FrC would like to shift some of the ‘unnecessary’ clutter up in the gallery. If you can lend a hand moving stuff downstairs helping sort out what we want to keep, then please just come along on Thursday 13 February from 10.15am. We should be done in an hour… with many hands, of course.

SHROVE TUESDAY: This year, as a way of ‘reclaiming’ something of Shrive Tuesday, there will be a morning of catechesis and reflection to get us ready for Lent. You can see the poster in the narthex (and some flyers to take away) giving details of the Mass at 9.30am followed by a catechesis on how we live a good Lent. There will be time before the Blessed Sacrament during which there will be chance for the Sacrament of Reconciliation… and then, of course, pancakes in the Hall afterwards. All are welcome.

FUNDRAISING CONCERT: The Bristol Fashion Chorus will be coming to St Bernadette’s on Saturday 22nd March. This award winning ladies chorus are here to help us raise a little money for our building project. Do give this fantastic evening your support. Their concert begins at 7.30pm in the Church. Tickets £10, concessions £8. Details of how you can get hold of tickets will appear soon. Watch this space.

SIX NATIONS RUGBY GATHERING ~ Saturday 22 February ~ England vs Ireland. Come and watch the match in the Parish Hall. Match starts at 4pm on big screen. Bar and hot snacks available. £2 adult and £1 child. How do you get tickets? Have a look at the poster in the narthex.

JOYCE SHEARING RIP: Joyce sadly died this last week. Her funeral is to take place at St Gerard’s on Wednesday 19 February at 10.00am. May she rest in peace.

SECONDARY SCHOOL MISSION:  Our Secondary School is holding a mission week run by the Holy Spirit Fathers.  The mission is taking place between 10th-14th March; Our parish is very much invited to join in the celebration of Mass on Wednesday 12th March at 7pm.  You might be able to help by providing overnight bed and breakfast accommodation to the mission team from Sunday 9th March to Friday 14th March.  We are in need of 13 beds!  If you have a spare bed or two, please contact FrC.

LENT BEGINS on Wednesday 5 March, and is a real chance for us to renew our relationship with the Lord and our lives of prayer, too. There will plenty of details next week on how we might, as a parish, jounrye together through this beautiful season. Watch this space!

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