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Twenty Seventh Sunday of the Year

Twenty Seventh Sunday of the Year

5 OCTOBER 2014 – Twenty Seventh Sunday of the Year


THIS SUNDAY: Today we focus on the vineyard: frequently we see the vineyard as an image or parable of the Kingdom of God. A vineyard takes a great deal of work, throughout the year; it must be tended, watered, pruned, cared for if there is to be any fruit – there are no quick results with vines. So the financial and labour investments made would create high expectations for a good crop. How heartbreaking when the fruit is as sour as vinegar! So it was with God and his people: he invested immense care and love on them, tending then and giving them what they needed – but the fruit was rotten and sour. What can God do? Hand the vineyard over to some tenants who will bring in a harvest. That is us, the new people of Israel: but what sort of harvest will we produce?


HARVEST: Each year we come to take time to thank God for the fruits of creation that we are fortunate to enjoy. This Sunday, 5 October, we take the CAFOD retiring collection (envelopes were attached last weekend) remembering in prayer and in action those who go without something of the fruits of the earth and starve each day. Please place the envelopes in the collection at the door, please. Also, the Bristol Night Shelter need these items, too: tins of tuna and vegetables (carrots, peas, sweetcorn), UHT Milk, Sugar, Tinned Meat (stew/mince/chilli), tinned ham and corned beef, pickles and ketchup. There is a box in the Lady Chapel. If you can pop something in, it will be gratefully received.


WE WELCOME from the St Barnabas Society, Cyprian Blamires, who comes to tell us something about the work of the Society. Cyprian will speak to us at both Masses this weekend. Do make him welcome.


OUR PRAYERS for the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, scheduled to take place in Rome beginning this Sunday to explore the topic: The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelisation.  This gathering of Bishops, families, married couples and pastoral leaders with Pope Francis seeks to help the Church understand the Family and married life as it is experienced by so many in our contemporary world. We pray that the Holy Spirit will guide and lead them in their thinking and in their conversations.


CONFIRMATION 2015: The first of the preparation sessions takes place on Wednesday 12 November beginning at 5.45pm. It is important that those who have signed up make sure there are together for this initial session. More information from FrC.


FIRST COMMUNION: If you missed the parents’ meeting(!) then you need to make sure you get in touch with FrC as soon as possible as the preparation begins this autumn. Ask him for a registration form. Children should be in Year 3 upwards. The details of the session dates will appear on our parish website. You’ll find the details under ‘your parish’.


DIOCESAN PASTORAL COUNCIL: Each autumn, the DPC opens an invitation to members of Parish Councils and Forum groups as well as an open invitation to parish communities to join Bishop Declan in a day’s formation and reflection. Fr James Hanvey SJ will be opening the day at St Brendan’s by reflecting on deepening our prayer for mission. It would be terrific if some of our own parish could go along to make sure we are represented at this diocesan gathering. St Brendan’s College, Brislington. Saturday 18 October: 10am-3.30pm. It gives chance to ask the question: what can we do as a parish to deepen the prayer of the people of St Bernadette’s. Details are on the notice board in the narthex.


OCTOBER DEVOTIONS: This Sunday, 5 October at 5.00pm. We’ll start this month of the Holy Rosary off in prayer and reflection. Do come if you can. There will be October Devotions next Sunday, too.


OUR READERS will come together on Tuesday 7 October at 7.00pm – weekday and Sunday readers, please.


ROTAS FOR OCTOBER & NOVEMBER can be found in the narthex. Please make sure you pick up a copy so that you know when you are ‘ministering’. You’ll also find the rotas on our parish website.


SUNDAY REFRESHMENTS: If you are not dashing off after Mass on Sunday, do pop in the hall for a cup of tea or coffee; there’s always a welcome!


DIOCESAN CATECHISTS’ FORMATION COURSE continues this coming Thursday at St Bernadette’s Primary School. Caroline Dollard joins us for this penultimate session exploring the process of the RCIA as a pattern and model of all catechesis. We begin, as usual, at 7.30pm in Gladstone Road.


FUNDRAISING: A big thank you to those who worked hard to ensure the Mendip Male Voice Choir concert happened in such style and that there was hospitality for our visitors. You managed to raised £551.66 towards our development fund. Thank you one and all.


CAFOD Clifton warmly invites you to attend a Mass of thanksgiving and celebration of 25 years of CAFOD in the Diocese. Bishop Crispian Hollis will be celebrating the Mass at St Bonaventure Church, Bishopston, BS7 8HP, on Tuesday 14th October at 10.30am. Do go along if you can.


200 CLUB NEWS: Congratulations to Gerry Panter who picks up September’s £25 cheque.

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