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Third Sunday of Easter

Third Sunday of Easter

4 May 2014 – Third Sunday of Easter (A)

THIS SUNDAY: During the Season of Easter we walk with the Risen Lord, enjoying his appearing to his disciples. Today’s gospel is one of the loveliest accounts of his appearing – and one especially important for the reader. Jesus appears and teaches the two disciples, by reference to the Scriptures, his death.  This is very close to the way in which the neophytes (newly baptised) would continue to be taught, through hearing the scriptures, during Easter. The reader should take to herself or himself the words of the Gospel Acclamation: “Lord Jesus, explain the scriptures to us. Make our hearts burn within us as you talk to us.”


MASS FOR THE NEWLY BAPTISED AND NEWLY RECEIVED: Bishop Declan is inviting all those who were baptised or received into the Church this Easter to join him at the Cathedral this coming Saturday (10 May) for Mass at 11.00am. It’s a chance for those who began their journey of Lent together at the Rite of Election to come together during this Easter season to celebrate the gift of the Eucharist with him. There is a wider invitation, too, to our parish communities to join him in that welcome. Do go along if you can.

PARISH BAZAAR – 17 MAY: We are just two weeks away from the most significant fundraising event in our parish social calendar. We need to seriously change gear in readiness for the Bazaar. Now is the time to start spreading the news of the date, the venue and the time. Keep those items for the bazaar coming in – gifts and new goods, bottles (spirits, wines… and bottled cordials, even) and fancy goods, too; toys and children’s books. You can start getting those plants from the greenhouse ready and even start thinking about the cakes and baked goods you might be able to offer. The baked goods need to be handed in the night before the bazaar or, even better, fresh on the day itself. If you have produce – packet and tinned goods – then these can be handed in please. Of course, do keep the date free – Saturday 17 May: 12noon – 3.00pm.


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. The Draw will take place at 2.30pm on 17 May in the Hall. The counterfoil need to be in soon after next weekend so that they can be prepped for the Draw.


BAZAAR PROGRAMMES: Entrance to the Bazaar is by programme which you will be able to buy from next weekend. They cost 50p and it’s even a chance to support the bazaar even if you can’t be there on the day. There will be a table in the narthex next weekend for you to pick up one of the numbered programmes for the bazaar.


200 CLUB NEWS: The April 200 Club Draw £25 winner was Maureen White with number #076.


CHRISTIAN-JEWISH DIALOGUE FIFTY YEARS ON: There’s a wonderful opportunity to explore the momentous journey stemming from the Second Vatican Council in the area of Jewish-Christian relations on Tuesday May 6. Sr Margaret Shepherd will be visiting our diocese to help us deepen our understanding of this important aspect of mission, dialogue, and outreach at Alexander House, Pennywell Road, BS5 0TX. Refreshments from 7pm and the session begins at 7.30pm. Be good if you could get there and be part of that evening.


ROTAS FOR MAY AND JUNE are available from the table in the narthex. You can also look online at the parish website.


PROJECT FUNDRAISING: A list of the fundraising events and donations are listed on the notice board. Do have a look at the generous way people have responded to our fundraising efforts.


TEA AND COFFEE IN THE HALL after Mass this Sunday. Do pop in if you can.


FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION starts up again on Wednesday 7 May. FrC will be in school to continue preparing the children. We welcome the children to Mass next Sunday, 11 May, at 10.30am Mass as they come for their final preparation Mass.


VOCATIONS SUNDAY: Next weekend, the Gospel reading offers us the image of the Good Shepherd. We use this particular Sunday to focus our prayer around the intention of Vocations to the priesthood and to the religious life. We pray that God will send us shepherds fashioned according to the heart of his Son. We pray that the God who calls men and women to serve him in his church may give them the courage and the willingness to respond to that call and to where God is calling them in life. Our retiring collection is our contribution to the Diocesan Clergy Training Fund. We have four ordinations this summer, two diaconate ordinations in the autumn and one or two students starting their formation. We keep them in our prayers, of course… but pray for more!


PENTECOST SUNDAY: This great feast celebrates a certain unity that comes about amidst diversity. The outpouring of the Spirit draws together a community united in the preaching and in the hearing of the Gospel. As we have celebrated in previous years, we will reflect the diversity of language and culture this Pentecost, but a diversity that only enriches our parish family. Watch this space in readiness for 8 June.


VESPERS FOR GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY: Keeping that intention of Vocations in the front of our minds, there will be Vespers and Benediction next Sunday at 4.00pm. Do come along if you can.


PARISH FORUM GROUP meets on Wednesday 21 May at 7.45pm in the Presbytery.

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