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20 April 2014 – EASTER SUNDAY


THIS SUNDAY: When the Word is proclaimed, it is real and active – the Lord is present, and what is described is, in a sense, happening now. On certain days this is made more obvious by the selection of scripture that refers to a particular time or day. Such a selection occurs this morning, when we go with Mary Magdalene to visit the tomb, only to make – with her – a momentous discovery: the tomb is empty, he is risen! The Church offers us an Octave, eight days in which to celebrate the mystery of Easter. Each of the days during this Octave is celebrated as an Easter Day. This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad! Alleluia!


PALM SUNDAY SOUP LUNCH: Thank you for your support over the Lenten season through the soup lunches. A hearty thanks to those, especially, who worked to provide lunch for us. The Palm Sunday lunch raised £101.15 for the Borderlands project at St Nick’s.


COLLECTION FOR FLOWERS: Thank you for your generous gift to our flower ladies of £217.91 last weekend.


VESPERS: As we celebrate this day of Resurrection, there will be Evening Prayer this Sunday afternoon, too. Please do come along to continue this joy-filled celebration of Easter. 4.00pm here in the Church. Next Sunday, the Octave Day of Easter, there will also be Vespers (Evening Prayer) at 4.00pm.


LENTEN ALMS: Your Lenten Alms monies, your CAFOD boxes or Mary’s meals boxes can be handed in so that our Lenten giving can be sent off to the appropriate places in the next week or so. Hand them into the sacristy, if you would.


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. If you are a cake maker or bread maker, you might consider offering the Baked Goods stall one or two things for them to sell on the day. These need to be handed in the night before the bazaar or, even better, fresh on the day itself.


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.


BAZAAR MEETING for all those helping out with this year’s bazaar. We gather on Tuesday 29 April at 7.30pm in the Hall just to touch base and ensure we have everything we need in readiness for the bazaar, itself.


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


200 CLUB NEWS: Congratulations to Harry Jenkins and Bebhin Baber who pick up the February and March £25 monthly cheques. The April 200 Club Draw will take place next Sunday after the 10.30am Mass. It could be you!


EASTER VIGIL BAPTISM: Congratulations to Donna Hatto who celebrated the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist – at the Easter Vigil.  We welcome her into our Parish Community and into the life of the Church. Keep her and her family in your prayers.


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


FIRST COMMUNION PARENTS’ MEETING: Fr Christopher gathers the parents of our First Communion children together this coming Wednesday at 7.00pm in the Church. If your child is part of this year’s preparation, please make sure he/she is represented by one parent or guardian this week. We will meet in the Hall. The children come together on Sunday 11 May at 10.30am for one of the preparation Masses.


SCHOOL MASS: As the children return to school after this Easter weekend, they celebrate the beginning of the new term and the Easter Season here in Church on Wednesday at 10.00am.


THANK YOU: Once again, Holy Week here at St B’s has been a truly prayerful experience; one that has enabled us to accompany Jesus’ journey to the cross, to the tomb, to the garden of the Resurrection. But, as we recall each year, Holy Week doesn’t just happen. So many people put themselves out in so many ways to ensure that the environment in which we pray is just as we would want it. A huge thank you to all those who have played a part in making Holy Week happen – those ‘front of house’ and those who work so hard behind the scenes to get things ready. It couldn’t happen without you! We also thank Fr Patrick Daly for graciously joining us this Triduum and leading us through these three great days in our life of faith. Let us pray that what we have celebrated – the love we have remembered and recalled – may continue to fire us with enthusiasm and joy so that as images of Christ, we may bring Christ’s light and his peace to our needy world.

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