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Third Sunday of Lent

Third Sunday of Lent

8 March 2015 – Third Sunday of Lent (B)


THIS SUNDAY: This week, in our journey through the Old Testament, we reach Covenant Number Three: and this is the big one – the Covenant with Moses at Sinai. The Ten Commandments are (or should be) familiar to us all: they form our side of the agreement with God – if we stick to these rules and commands, then we are truly God’s people, and he is truly our God. If we ignore them, or break them, then we break the Covenant or relationship.  The Temple was, for the people of Israel, the place that guaranteed the permanence of this Covenant – God dwelling with man. Jesus alerts us to the new Temple – himself – since he is the core of the New Covenant, God and Man in perfect unity. Only by the destruction of this new Temple, in his death, will he rise again as an eternal Temple, and the eternal guarantee of the New Covenant which we enjoy.


FIRST COMMUNION: This 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.


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. See notice on the board for dates.


MEDITATION GROUP: The meditation group meets in the Parish Hall each Thursday after Mass from about 10.15am – 11.15am. Do come and joy them.


SCHOOLS OF PRAYER: If you want to deepen your own prayer during this season of Lent, why not have a look at a beautiful and simple series that journeys through some of the prayer life offered to us by the religious families of our church. Click here for more info.


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. St Brendan’s, Brislington 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. Lunch is provided but you have to let Adult Ed know you are coming.


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. Please take one or two of the prayer cards that are handed out this week. Keep that intention with you during this Lent. Hand the card onto someone else, too.


CAFOD LENTEN FAST DAY: Thank you for your kindness. £677.70 was sent off this week from last Sunday’s retiring collection as well as £156.25 from the Friday Soup Lunch.


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.


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. THIS 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 for each copy you want to donate… 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 FrC or pop it into the presbytery letterbox – make sure the slip is in the envelope, too.


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. 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 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.


GENERAL ELECTION – FROM OUR BISHOPS: Please collect one of the reflection letters from our country’s bishops – they not telling ho to vote, but encouraging us to vote and to nudge our MPs into action.


SYNOD ON THE FAMILY… AND MARRIAGE: There are some copies of the consultation and reflection document ahead of this autumn’s Synod of Bishops on the Family. If you are ‘online’, look up the document on the diocesan website. If you are not online, pick up one of the sheets from the narthex. They need to be in by Pentecost.


FLOWERS FOR EASTER COLLECTION: The flower ladies will be collecting for the Easter Season and beyond on Sunday 22 March. You are always kind to them; please be generous in your help for Easter.

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