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Fourth Sunday of the Year

Fourth Sunday of the Year

1 February 2015 – Fourth Sunday of the Year



THIS SUNDAY: Where does authority come from? Why is one man regarded as a prophet, and another as a lunatic, and a third as a hypocrite? Jesus startles the crowds with a ‘new teaching’ today, but what amazes them so much is not the message but the authority behind it: they are convinced because what he does somehow adds credibility to what he says. It’s the old situation that we are all familiar with – we look through words to see the actions, which show us the real message. The scribes did not heal or work miracles, but simply talked about God. Jesus talks about the Kingdom of God, but also shows the people what it is – a Kingdom where all that damages human happiness is abolished. The other side to this is that we must listen to a prophet or teacher when they are backed by such authority; we may not “harden our hearts” and ignore the message when we have recognised that the messenger is sent by God. This is the hard part, because it demands that we too show, by our actions, that we have heard.


CANDLEMAS: Monday 2 February marks the fortieth day after Christmas. We celebrate Mass THIS Monday at 7pm with the blessing and procession of candles. The crib comes down this week.


CONFIRMATION 2015: Congratulations to Jessica O’Toole, Isabel Nicholls, Iracy Hemming, Venecia Leoncio, Lemia Leoncio, Charley O’Toole, Jeanne Pangilinan, Alyssa Virata, Gonzalo Borrallo Barragan, Ruben Borrallo Barragan, Ana Alonso, Bradley Cox, Oskar Kleszcz, Michal Komada, Ellena Trickey, Luiza Bureta, and Rico Russo who were confirmed last Tuesday. Thank you to those who worked hard to make their celebration such a joy-filled occasion. We keep them in our prayers and also Benedict McGovern, Niamh Baber, Bebhinn Baber who are being confirmed at the end of April.


FIRST COMMUNION: Preparation continues this coming Saturday (7th) at 8.45am in the hall. The children join us next Sunday (8th) as they are presented with an Icon of Christ at the 10.30am Mass.


CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD is hoping to raise a little money to help them get hold some decent resources for their weekly liturgies with the children. They need resources that will only enhance what they do for our children in drawing them into a deeper prayer and faith. In order to raise funds the group would like to host a cake sale on Sunday, 8 February… so if you can kindly donate/make some delicious cakes, they would be grateful. Hand them into the presbytery beforehand or bring them on that Sunday. See Patty for details.


CELEBRATION OF MARRIAGE: Once again, Bishop Declan is gathering our diocesan family together to celebrate the gift and blessing of marriage. Everyone is invited, most especially those who live a married life and, of course, those celebrating significant anniversaries in 2015. If you are, please let FrC know so that he can ensure you receive a personal invitation from Bishop Declan. Equally, if you are in your first year of marriage or preparing for marriage in 2015, get in touch with FrC. Mass in Cathedral on Saturday 14 February at 12noon.


DIOCESAN CATECHISTS’ FORMATION COURSE: The superb formation course for existing and interested ‘those who would like to consider being’ catechists is taking place across 2015 in Bath. Details are on the notice board. The course begins at the start of February and is a wonderful way to explore the ministry of handing on faith to others. If you would be interested, have a word with FrC. You can find out more information by looking here.


SHROVE TUESDAY RECOLLECTION: As last year’s seemed so fruitful, so this Shrove Tuesday, 17 February, there will be an opportunity to get ready for the Season of Lent. Bishop Crispian Hollis will be with us for Mass at 9.30am (which will be followed by refreshments). Bishop Crispian will lead us in reflection before we go into Church for a time of prayer and adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. There will also be an opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We finish at 12noon. Do make a note in your diaries, pass the word around, and make that effort to make use of this chance to prepare for Lent!


BRINGING IN YOUR PALMS: If you have palms from previous years, bring them in to be burned for Ash Wednesday… but drop them into the sacristy by 15 February.


PARISH FORUM GROUP meets Tuesday 3 February at 7.30pm in the presbytery and the Liturgy Group meets on Wednesday 4 February at 7pm in the presbytery.


EDUCATION SUNDAY: This Sunday there is a retiring collection for the Catholic Education Service. There is also an Education Sunday edition of the Secondary School newsletter for you take away with you. Fr Nicholas King SJ reflects upon Catholic education here.


WORLD YOUTH DAY: Details of WYD 2016 in Krakow can be found on the notice board. Interested in taking part? Have a word with FrC. Have a look here!


ASH WEDNESDAY: Wednesday 18 February and the start of our Lenten Pilgrimage. Mass at 9.30am and 7pm.


CHURCH CLEANING: This Wednesday after the morning Mass. If you can spare half an hour, please do join us.


VACANCY: Health and Safety Consultant for the diocese; see diocesan website. Headteacher at St Joseph’s, Portishead; see; Deputy Head at St Bede’s, Lawrence Weston; see notice board.


200 CLUB: January Draw takes place in the hall after Mass this Sunday.


FOR YOUR PRAYERS: Margaret Hussey’s funeral takes place on Tuesday 10 February at 10am; Ellen Noonan’s funeral takes place on Tuesday 10 February at 11.30am; Margaret Keaveney’s funeral takes place on Wednesday 11 February at 10am. May they rest in peace.

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