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Eighth Sunday of the Year

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Eighth Sunday of the Year

2 March 2014 – Eighth Sunday of the Year

THIS SUNDAY:  In these weeks, as we follow the Sermon on the Mount in Saint Matthew’s Gospel, it can feel as though we are dealing with some very “obvious” and familiar teachings. Last week we had “Love your neighbour”, and this week the extremely simple message that God loves and cares for us. This is because the Sermon on the Mount is a great summary of the most basic teachings of our faith, and we should take this opportunity to renew within ourselves our awareness of these teachings. After a simple, yet beautiful image in the first reading, Jesus elaborates on the idea of the constant care of God for us with some more beautiful images: he invites us to look at the birds and the flowers, which do not have money, mortgages, computers, cars or so many of the things we have and worry about, and yet manage to be beautiful and happy in what God provides. The message is simple, and is expressed right at the beginning of the Gospel: trust God; be the servant of God, relying on God for everything, not on money or the other things of this world.

PARISH BAZAAR – 17 MAY: Keep those items for the bazaar coming in – gifts and new goods, bottles and fancy goods, too; toys and children’s books. They can be handed into sacristy or presbytery, or left in the narthex.

GRAND DRAW TICKETS: Once sold, the completed counterfoils and monies can be put in an envelope and pushed through the presbytery front door, please. Keep picking them up from the narthex and selling them on.

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 (after refreshments) on how we live a good Lent from 10.30am. There will be time before the Blessed Sacrament (11am – 12pm) during which there will be chance for the Sacrament of Reconciliation… and then, of course, pancakes in the Hall afterwards. All are welcome. Handouts in the narthex.

LENT BEGINS THIS WEDNESDAY on Wednesday 5 March, and is a real chance for us to renew our relationship with the Lord and our lives of prayer, too. Mass on Ash Wednesday will be celebrated at 9.30am and 7.00pm with the distribution of ashes. There will be two Lenten Soup lunches, one on CAFOD Lenten Fast Day, 14 March, and the second on Palm Sunday, 13 April. There will be Stations of the Cross on the Sundays of Lent, and sung Evening Prayer on Palm Sunday. There will, of course, be opportunities for us to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. There will also be ways that you can reach out through your Lenten Alms to those in need, thereby inviting us to make those small sacrifices which make a great difference to those we give to. This year, our Lenten giving will focus on the World Gifts projects, reaching out in so many practical ways to those in real need, working to pull themselves out of poverty. The details of what you can contribute to can be found in the narthex.

BRISTOL FASHION CHORUS will be coming to St Bernadette’s on Saturday 22nd March  to help us raise a little money for our building project. This award winning chorus is one of the top ten in U.K. and has previously sung in the Colston Hall and Bristol’s City Hall. The chorus has over 40 singers and a wide repertoire from musicals, movies, and sacred pieces. Three other vocal ensembles and some sing along will complete what promises to be a fantastic and entertaining evening. The concert begins at 7.30pm in the Church. Tickets £10, concessions £8. You can get hold of tickets after Mass this weekend.

ANNE LEIGHTON SCOTT RIP: Anne’s funeral takes place here at St Bernadette’s on Monday 3 March at 10.00am. Her body will be received into Church this Sunday afternoon at 4.30pm. We keep her family in our prayers, too. 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. You might be able to help by providing overnight bed and breakfast accommodation to the mission team from Sunday 9th Friday -14th March.

OUR PARISH DEVELOPMENT PROJECT: We were going to meet this coming Tuesday but the Diocesan Property Strategy begins in this part of the diocese and so it seems prudent that we just ease off slightly to allow them to do their work and consultation, and allow us to feed into that so that there is a harmony and joined up thinking in the wider vision for this part of the diocese. Watch this space!

ROTAS FOR MARCH AND APRIL are available from the narthex as well as online.

MARY’S MEALS:  A speaker from Mary’s Meals will talk briefly at Masses this weekend, about the work of this small but highly effective charity giving hope to children in 16 countries around the world. marysmeals.org.uk

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES: The new boxed sets of envelopes are available in the narthex. Please make sure you collect yours if you usually have a set. If you are a tax payer and not yet signed up for the Gift Aid scheme, why not have a word with Dave after Mass? It costs you nothing but reaps a harvest for our parish. You might like to consider Standing Orders instead to make life easier and simpler. Dave is around at both Masses this weekend.

FAMILY RACE NIGHT: A fantastic opportunity to come together as the schools finish for Easter – Saturday 5 April from 7.30pm. Entrance is by ticket (60 available), and you can buy your tickets for the evening (£2.50 to include Ploughman’s – under 12’s, 50p) after each of the Masses. A good evening for all the family. Do think about coming along and reserving a table for your group of friends.

WOMENS WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: This year’s gathering takes place here at St B’s on Friday 7 March at 11am.

NEXT SUNDAY we welcome the children preparing for First Communion this summer. They come to receive the gift of the cross at the 10.30am Mass.

JOURNEY IN FAITH: April Hatto makes her profession of faith with us (Sunday) as part of her journey to First Comm and Donna, April’s mother, will be taking part in the Rite of Election as she prepares for baptism at Easter.

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