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Twenty Eighth Sunday of the Year

Twenty Eighth Sunday of the Year

12 october 2014 – Twenty Eighth Sunday of the Year

THIS SUNDAY: The Church’s year is drawing to a close: in a few weeks we will be thinking very clearly about the end of time – but here we have a preview. The parable of the banquet is a link between the Gospels of recent weeks (which have as their theme: ‘Just who is going to be saved?’) and the looking forward to the end times which will follow. The big danger is complacency: we are baptised, we go to Church, we’ve got our invites to the wedding. But when the big day comes, will we be ready for it? Or will our thoughts be on the other things of life? Jesus speaks of himself as the Bridegroom, and today points out to the chosen people that they are in danger of missing the celebration. Our faith is that the Bridegroom will come again; let us be careful that the same parable is not addressed to us.


HARVEST: Thank you for your Harvest Gifts handed in for the Night Shelter in town. It was very kind of you to respond to this simple request in the way you did. Your CAFOD gift for this year’s harvest fast raised     and the First Friday Soup lunch raised just under £80. Thank you, especially, to those who made the soups and those of you who came along to support the lunch.


OUR CONTINUED PRAYERS for the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, taking place in Rome 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: The details of the session dates appear on our parish website. You’ll find the details under ‘your parish’. Any last minute registrations?


DIOCESAN PASTORAL COUNCIL: 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. Lunch is provided.


DAY OF RECOLLECTION: Saturday 15 November at the Bernadine Monastery, Brownshill (near Stroud). Only forty spaces so you will have to book. Details on the notice board.


OCTOBER DEVOTIONS: This Sunday, 12 October at 5.00pm. We’ll start this month of the Holy Rosary off in prayer and reflection ending with Benediction. Do come if you can. There will be October Devotions next Sunday, too.


NOVEMBER MASSES: The list of Masses for the month of November will appear on the notice board. If you would like Mass celebrated for someone across November, please add that name to an ‘empty’ space. If there is something already typed into the space then, sadly, that date is taken.


ALL SAINTS AND ALL SOULS: We celebrate All Saints on Sunday 2 November (transferred) and All Souls on the Monday – 3 November. There will be two Masses on that Monday – 9.00am and 7.00pm. It’s not a Holyday of Obligation but, nevertheless, an important commemoration and an opportunity for prayer. That commemoration, of course, gives November it’s particular character and prayerful focus.


BLESSING OF GRAVES: As we begin the month of the Holy Souls, Fr Christopher will be celebrating the Blessing of Graves on Sunday 2 November at 4pm. A short time of prayer together in Whitchurch Cemetery and then chance to bless the graves of those buried there. If you have family or friends who rest there, please do come and take part in this time together.


MASS FOR THE DECEASED MEMBERS OF OUR FAMILIES: Wednesday 5 November at 7pm. This Mass will be offered particularly for those from among our own families and our friends who have died. Do make a note of the date in your diaries.




C.L.O.W RESOURCES DAY AND FORMATION: Saturday 8 November from 10.00am. A short couple of hours for those who work with our children’s liturgy. Do go along to St Nick’s in town if you can.


DIACONAL ORDINATIONS: As our parish supports those in formation for the Permanent Diaconate so there is an invitation extended to the people of St Bernadette’s to join Mario Kossmann and Tony Inganni in the celebration of ordination. Bishop Declan will ordain these two men on Saturday 15 November at 11am in the Cathedral. Do feel that you can go along to support them in prayer.


S.V.P: Derek Street, from St Gerard’s St Vincent de Paul Group, will speak briefly at the end of each Mass next weekend

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