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Twenty Ninth Sunday of the Year

Twenty Ninth Sunday of the Year

19 October 2014

THIS SUNDAY: Everyone on this earth belongs to God. All are made in his image. Therefore it is right that all men and women, ‘from the rising to the setting of the sun’, should know the God to whom they belong. The only desire of our God is that all should know and love him, and find in him the fulfilment that they seek. Even a pagan king like Cyrus is used to further this knowledge of God – just as Jesus uses Caesar’s head to make the point again: all belong to God, and the mission of all who acknowledge that belonging is to help others to find it. This is exactly what we see Paul, Silvanus and Timothy doing, as they write to the people of Thessalonica, to whom they carried the Good News of Jesus Christ.


WORLD MISSION SUNDAY (today) is our chance to show love and solidarity to our brothers and sisters overseas who share our faith. In offering our prayers, we join with missionaries everywhere in communion and compassion to support them in spreading the Good News, and by our giving we respond to Christ’s call to feed the hungry and clothe the naked. Your gift this Sunday is a contribution to those who work to be Church in so many parts of the world, supporting parishes and dioceses in need. Your gift through the APF in today’s retiring collection is a real outreach to support the Church in mission through the healthcare, schooling and education, relief from hunger and poverty provided for so many. Your gift is a real blessing to those whom we call brother and sister in faith. Many of you already support the APF Mission. Please be as generous as you can.

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 they 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?


OCTOBER DEVOTIONS: This Sunday, 19 October at 5.00pm. We’ll continue to journey through this month of the Holy Rosary in prayer and reflection ending with Benediction. Do come if you can.


NOVEMBER MASSES: The list of Masses for the month of November is 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, and especially those who have died in the last year. Do make a note of the date in your diaries and offer the invitation to others.




REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: In this centenary year remembering the start of WW1, this coming Remembrance Sunday gives us the opportunity to call to mind and prayer those from our own families who lost their lives fighting for their country. Remembrance crosses will be available the week leading up Remembrance Sunday from All Saints (2 Nov). On Remembrance Sunday will be plant our own crosses in our own little flower bed beyond the narthex after Mass on that Sunday. You will also find poppies supplied by the Royal British Legion available from the narthex.


ANNUAL MASS AT HOLY SOULS CEMETERY: Saturday, 8 November at 11.00am in the cemetery chapel.


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, Lawford’s Gate 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.


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 £441.66   and the First Friday Soup lunch raised £86.


LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR: The Christmas Fayre at St. Joseph’s Home, Cotham , takes place on Saturday, 8 November from noon. Please do go along and support them if you can.

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