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Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

13 April 2014 – Palm Sunday

PALM SUNDAY SOUP LUNCH: The second of the Lenten Soup lunches takes place on Palm Sunday, 13 April following the morning Mass (around 12.30pm). Do make a note and come along to support this simple part of Lent.


VESPERS: As we celebrate Palm Sunday, there will be Vespers at 4.00pm. Do come along if you can. There will also be Evening Prayer next Sunday afternoon, too.


HOLY WEEK AND THE TRIDUUM: There’s a real invitation here to make space in our diaries for these wonderful celebrations of our faith that bring Holy Week and, of course, Lent, to a conclusion. If you have never entered into the richness of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, then why not come along this year. We are fortunate to have Fr Patrick Daly, the General Secretary to the Bishops’ Conference of the European Union and Episcopal Vicar for the English speaking community in Brussels, coming to preside for us at the Triduum.


GOOD FRIDAY is a day of fasting and abstinence. On this most holy of days, we refrain from eating meat and we are encouraged to fast in some way – one main meal and something just to sustain us.


BIG CLEAN FOR EASTER: This Tuesday from 9.45am. There’s always a good turnout of help. Just bring a duster and some polish, a brush and a dustpan… the more the merrier.


CONFESSIONS: There’s opportunity for the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation most especially during Holy Week. This Tuesday (6-7pm) and Wednesday (7pm) are a superb opportunity to get ready for the celebration of the mysteries of Christ’s redemptive love for us. Have a look on the notice board or pick up one of the Holy Weeks schedules.


CHRISM MASS: This beautiful diocesan celebration where the bishop blesses the oils that will be used in our parishes throughout this coming year takes place on Wednesday 16 April at 11.00am. All are most welcome to take part in this wonderful gathering of the diocesan family.


LENTEN ALMS: The collection on Holy Thursday evening is our traditional offering for the poor. You CAFOD boxes or Mary’s Meals boxes can be returned during that Mass, or your Lenten gift can be contributed into that collection.


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. There are some remaining books of tickets (£1 per book) in the narthex. If you can help clear those, then pick up one or two.


CANONISATION OF JOHN XXIII AND JOHN PAUL II: Cineworld and Cinema de Luxe are relaying the live coverage of the Canonisation Mass onto one of their screens on Sunday 27 April. There is free entry but it does mean a 9am start. Why not go along and take part in this wonderful opportunity. It is being screen in 3D and so their may be a charge for the 3D glassed.  More details at


FUND RAISING: The two recent fundraising events have been wonderfully fruitful. The Bristol Fashion concert raised £615, and last weekend’s Race Night brought in another £615.20. The folk who worked hard to make both events happen need our sincere appreciation. Please do support the social events when they occur – they do benefit the parish tremendously. See website for more details on the race night.


EASTER VIGIL BAPTISM: Donna Hatto will celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation this coming Saturday. Keep her and her family in your prayers over this Holy Week.


SYRO-MALABAR COMMUNITY IN BRISTOL have asked if they can use our Church for Mass. They will celebrate Mass here on Easter Sunday in Malayalam at 12.30pm. It is good to be able to welcome them here.


CONGRATULATIONS to Peter and Doreen Osborne who celebrate their seventieth wedding anniversary this coming Tuesday. We keep them both in our prayers.

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