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28th Sunday of the Year (B)

28th Sunday of the Year (B)

11th October 2009

MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY: As we journey through the month of October, so we journey through the month of the Holy Rosary.  Each weekday after the morning Mass we will recite on decade for a particular intention. Now is the time, maybe, to re-establish the rosary in our lives of prayer and journey through the mysteries of the Lord’s life knowing that we walk that journey accompanied by his mother. The Rosary offers us the confidence of her presence and her prayers; a confidence in knowing that she is praying with us and for us, making our intentions her own.

THIS SUNDAY: There will be October Devotions as well as Exposition and Benediction THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON at 4.00pm in Church. Do come along if you can.

CAFOD HARVEST: Thank you for your kind generosity towards CAFOD by collection some £532 in last weekend’s retiring collection. Your gift enable CAFOD to support some of the world’s hungry will be sent off this week.

APF: Br Eddie Slawinski from the Association of the Propagation of the Faith will be our guest at all Masses this Weekend – 10th & 11th October – to appeal on behalf of the APF. He’s not after money – just your commitment to the work of the APF – the Church’s missionary Organization that seeks to support the Church in some of the poorest areas of our world. Do listen to his invitation and take it up, if you can!

PARISH DINNER & DANCE: Saturday 17th October, three-course dinner & dance taking place at Fry’s Social Club, Keynsham, and dancing to the sound of “Caswell’s Allstars”. There will also be a cabaret of some of the home-grown parish talent. If you would like to be involved in singing, dancing, or comedy, do have a word with Alyson Lampard (01275) 832711 or – Tickets cost £25. Black Tie or lounge suits. Put the date in your diaries now. It’s still not too late to get a ticket or two… they will be available in the narthex after masses this weekend.

YEAR FOR PRIESTS: The next Day of Prayer takes place on Friday 6th November. The Blessed sacrament will be exposed after the 9.30am Mass until Evening Prayer at 6.00pm. Please do, once again, sing up for one of the half hour slots to ensure that there is someone in the Church throughout the day. This is a chance to pray for the priests of our Diocese. Do please be generous with the time and prayer you offer. The Diocesan Prayer cards are available in the narthex for you to take.

FIRST COMMUNION PHOTOS: FrC has taken the albums into school and has left them there for the remainder of the week. Please hand your order and cheques into FrC or send them on directly to the photographer. The albums will be returned to Church after this coming week for anyone to have a look at them and place an order.

ST BERNADETTE CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL: St Bernadette Catholic Secondary School is holding its annual Open Day on Wednesday 30 September for parents of children in Year 5 and Year 6 who will be transferring to secondary school in September 2010.  Tours of the school will be available during the morning between 9.30a.m. and 12.15p.m. and in the evening between 4.30p.m. and 8.30 p.m.   The Head teacher’s presentation will be at 6.15p.m. With the best exam results in the history of the school and new building work well under way we feel there is much to share with parents and children. We look forward to welcoming you at the school.

ST BERNADETTE PRIMARY SCHOOL – Applying for a Reception place – September 2010: if you have a child who was born between 1 September 2005 and 31 August 2006 they will be due to enter the Reception year group in September 2010. Application forms, together with information about primary admissions, are now available on line at – The form needs to be completed and received online by 5:00pm on Friday 23 October 2009.  You must also complete an additional information form, available from and returned to, St Bernadette Primary School, if you wish your child to be considered for a place at the school.  Please contact the school on 0117 377 2373 for further information.

CENTENARY CELEBRATION-ST GERARD MAJELLA KNOWLE: St Gerard’s parish will be concluding their Centenary Year with a Celebration Mass, with Confirmation, on Friday 16th October (the Feast of St Gerard) at 7.30pm. There will be refreshments in the hall afterwards. A warm invitation has been extended to us all.

READERS GATHERING: A session for all our readers takes place on Saturday 21st November from 11.00am.  There’s plenty of warning, so please do make sure that date is in your diaries.

COMMUNITY CHOIR: If you enjoy singing come along to the local Community Choir and prepare some carols and songs for Christmas. The first get-together for a practice is on Thursday 15 October from 1.45-3pm at Beechcroft Lounge (entrance at Kyloss Ave ).  Details are on the notice board in the Narthex.

HARVEST GIFTS: If you could spare a box of tea bags, a jar of coffee, or some sugar for the Julian Trust Night Shelter, please do pop them into the basket on the table in the Narthex. This is chance for us to reach out to some of the homeless on our city streets. Whatever you can give, it will be gratefully received.

NEXT SUNDAY is Legal Sunday when the judiciary and legal practitioners in our city gather with our High Sheriff for Prayer at the start of their new term at Bristol Cathedral at 11.00am. Do go along and join our High Sherrif if you can.

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