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Second Sunday of Lent

Second Sunday of Lent

1 March 2015

THIS SUNDAY: We spool forward a few centuries in the story of the Old Testament, to arrive at Abraham, “our Father in faith”. Today we hear of another Covenant (like last week) – even though the word is not used. God promises Abraham descendants like “the stars of heaven”, and the showering of blessings. This shows how much God loves Abraham, and all his children.  This love is proved for us in Jesus: God loves us so much he sacrificed his only Son (just as Abraham was willing to do); but this is not all: Jesus also rose from the dead, to stand at God’s right hand and plead for us. All this is revealed in the story of the Transfiguration, where Jesus is seen in the glory that is rightfully his as the only Son of God. Not until after the Resurrection will the disciples see this fully again.


LECTIO DIVINA: How about deepening your prayer this Lent? Lectio Divina is a simple, prayerful way of reading the scriptures and allowing ourselves to be attentive to his Word in the lives we lead. Two opportunities each week of Lent: a Tuesday morning or a Thursday evening. These simple opportunities to hear the Word of God invite us into the presence of God through stillness and silence. See notice on the board for dates.


MEDITATION GROUP: A superb opportunity for stillness, silence and simplicity during the season of Lent to draw us into deeper prayer and awareness of the presence of God. The meditation group meets in the Parish Hall each Thursday after Mass from about 10.15am – 11.15am. Do come and joy them.


HUMAN DIGNITY: A superb day has been put together as a way of helping us understanding what is means to be human and how, as a Christian Community, we uphold the dignity of those around us. Bishop Declan is inviting our diocese together to join him at St Brendan’s on Saturday 14 March from 10am for a day’s reflection and input. Some terrific speakers on a huge range of subjects. Poster in the narthex and details on – under the adult education department pages.


PROCLAIM’15 is an initiative of the Bishops’ Conference to enable parish communities explore what it means to be a missionary parish caught up in evangelisation. Our parish is invited to take part in the three small group sessions, one of which takes place on Monday 23 March at 7pm in the hall. The following two sessions take place during Easter-time. Look at for more details.


CAFOD LENTEN FAST DAY: Envelopes that were attached to last weekend’s newsletter to allow you to support the Lenten Fast Day go into the retiring collection this weekend, please.


GATHERING OF READERS: Those readers who will be asked to read during Holy Week are invited to come together in preparation and prayer on Wednesday 25 March at 7pm in the hall. Just make a note of the date. Readers will also find the series of Readers’ notes for Lent in the Narthex.


WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER takes place, this year, on Friday 6 March at 11.00am and is being hosted by the United Reform Church in Whitchurch Village. All are most welcome and it would be good to see our parish community represented.


JOURNEYING TO BAPTISM: We keep Elleesha Dring in our prayers. Elleesha took part in the Rite of Election last Saturday in our Cathedral as she prepares for Baptism at the Easter Vigil. Lent is an important time for those journeying towards the Sacraments at Easter. Let’s pray that this Lenten season will be a grace filled time for her.


FIRST COMMUNION: Next Sunday the children journeying towards First Communion come for their final presentation Mass in preparation for their receiving Holy Communion. They come, in the midst of Lent, to receive the gift of the cross, to remind them of Christ’s love for them and their call to follow him. Do keep them in your prayers.


NEW HYMN BOOKS: Our parish has got hold of a new set of hymn books, beautifully put together to hold some good ‘classics’ as well as a terrific treasury of contemporary music, too. The hymn book also gives the musical notation for settings of the Mass as well as melody lines for some newer hymns, too. It gives us the ideal opportunity to really broaden our repertoire here at St Bernadette’s. If you would like to sponsor a hymn book, they cost £5 each. Next weekend you will find envelopes for your donation as well as a slip for you to give a particular book in memory of someone or as a gift from your family. All you need do is pop the ‘inscription’ to be placed in the hymnbook in the envelope with your £5… so don’t feel you have to limit yourself to ‘gifting’ one! We have 150! Ten volumes of the full music editions have been gifted to the parish so we just have to look after the pew copies. If you want to look online, search for the Laudate hymnbook. You can see a copy which has been left on the organ this weekend. Leave your envelope with him or pop it into the presbytery letterbox.


MENDIP MALE VOICE CHOIR are making a return visit to St B’s and are being joined by ‘Vox in Frox’ on Friday 15 May. Now is the time to pop the date in your diary. More details will follow but this should be a superb fundraising event that everyone can take part in. Watch this space!


ECUMENICAL LENT LUNCHES at our sister Christian churches to raise awareness and to support the hungry peoples of the world.  Lunches will be held on Wed 4 March at Christchurch; on Tues 10 March at United Reformed Church; on Sat 21 March at St Nicholas Church; and on Mon 23 March at Counterslip Baptist Church, Wells Road.  All the lunches commence at 12 noon and all are welcome.  See notice board for details.

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