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Sixth Sunday of Easter

Sixth Sunday of Easter

25 May 2014 – Sixth Sunday of Easter (A)


THIS SUNDAY: By now we are some distance away from Easter, but the season is still permeated with the Easter message: Christ is risen, we are baptised in him. But today a new dimension of the story comes out: Easter is not complete until the risen Lord has returned to the Father and sent the Holy Spirit. So in the Gospel today we begin two weeks of looking forward to the coming of that ‘Spirit of truth’ which sets us apart from the world. This is a Spirit of power, which flows through the life of the Church, enabling its members to ‘proclaim the Christ’ and, dwelling in our hearts, to live in the midst of the world’s slander and accusations. Next Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension. The forty days of the Risen Christ unfolding the wonder of his Resurrection with his followers returns to the Father in readiness to send the gift of the Spirit upon his waiting Church.


MAY ~ THE MONTH OF MARY: Pope Francis urges and encourages us to ‘dust off’ our rosaries during this month and to recapture something of this month as one that finds us turning to Mary, Mother of the Church. There will be May devotions with the Rosary and Benediction, as well as the crowning of Our Lady on Sunday 25 May at 4.00pm… that’s this Sunday afternoon.


VESPERS FOR THE ASCENSION: Next Sunday afternoon at 4.00pm. Do come along if you can.

COMMUNICATIONS SUNDAY: Next Sunday (Ascension) is also World Communications Day. It’s a day when the Church in England and Wales prays for all those working in the media and especially those who work with the media to promote the Gospel and faith. There is a second collection next weekend for the work of the Catholic Communications Office – such an important, yet forgotten, part of the Church in this country.


GRAND DRAW WINNERS: First prize (£200): Nathai Chakkaalpadaul Second Prize (£100):  Ella Williams            Third Prize (£50):  Fred Durrow Fourth Prize (Trio of Spirits): Bernard Coombs   Fifth Prize (Trio of Wines):  Fran Porter    Sixth Prize (Champagne): Caroline Lovell  Seventh Prize (Hamper of Jams and Conserves): Eve    Guess the Weight of the Cake (4lbs 5oz):  Beryl and Bernard Coombs     Number of Sweets in the Jar  (576): Theresa D’Arcy.  All the prizes have been claimed with the exception of the seventh prize. The name on the counterfoil is not so clear and the telephone number seems to not know anything about the ticket. The counterfoil is on the notice board; if you recognise the handwriting, the number or the name, please see FrC. The final total raised: £3185.84


FIRST FRIDAY EXPOSITION: Friday 6 June finds us (at the beginning of the month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus) coming together after Mss for our monthly adoration until 12.15pm. It is good to have the Church open all morning with the opportunity of coming before the Lord in prayer. Please do make use of this wonderful opportunity.


FIRST FRIDAY SOUP LUNCH: Following on from exposition on Friday 6th, there will be a hearty soup lunch in the hall raising money for some of our outreach projects. Do come and support it if you can.


FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION It’s important that we keep them in our prayers: April, Sophia, Freya, Adrian, Toby, Jack, Sofia, Joseph, Leandro, Ellie, Daniel, Shaianna, Grace, Jake, Lenny, Bobbie, Erin, and Lucy. They have about one month of preparation left and it’s important that they have our prayers, too.


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.



CHRISTIAN-MUSLIM RELATIONS AND DIALOGUE: Dr Christopher Hewer is coming to our diocese and leading two sessions helping us deepen our understanding of Islam as well as exploring with us the nature of Christian-Islamic relations. On Monday 2 June, Dr Hewer will be speaking at St John’s, Bath, from 7.30pm speaking around deepening our understanding, and on Tuesday 3 June at St Nick’s, Lawford’s Gate, he will explore Islam: prayer and care for the poor. Either of these should be well worth going along to.


RCIA FORMATION DAY: Catherine Christmas from the diocese of Arundel and Brighton is in our diocese on Saturday 14 June to facilitate our making the most of two important parts of the RCIA – the pre-catechumenate and the period of mystagogy. She is here, at St Bernadette’s, on Saturday 14 June from 10.00am (refreshments). Mass will be celebrated at 9.30am that day and the day kicks off at 10.30am. Do come along if you can.


LECTIO DIVINA: This beautiful, simple, and reflective way of praying the scriptures has been handed down to us across so many centuries. If you would like to come and ‘ponder’ and pray the scriptures, then there is a small group meeting each Tuesday morning in the hall from around 10.15am beginning on Tuesday, June 3. Just come along; no previous experience necessary! Just come with open ears and an open heart. You can find out more details from Jane Critten.


PARISH LITURGY GROUP: FrC wants to draw those who hold a particular responsibility within the liturgical life of the parish to come together for conversation and planning on Wednesday June 18 at 7pm in the presbytery – those who coordinate our readers, EM’s, servers, music, flowers, welcomers, cleaners, rotas, are part of that group. Please let FrC know if you can’t make that evening.


SYLVANO BONOTTI RIP: We keep the Bonotti family in our prayers at this time. Sylvano’s funeral takes place at South Bristol at 2pm on Monday 2 June. May he rest in peace.

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