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Fifth Sunday of Lent

Fifth Sunday of Lent

22 March 2015 – Fifth Sunday of Lent (B)


THIS SUNDAY: In the weeks of Lent so far we have followed God’s work of salvation: we have seen the Covenants he established with Noah, Abraham, Moses and the people of Israel after the return from Babylon. Now we come to one of the most significant parts of the Old Testament: the promise of a brand new Covenant, which will be different from all those that went before. This Covenant will see God and Man living more closely together. For the ratification of a Covenant, something was always sacrificed as a sign of the new relationship – normally man would offer some animal offering to God. But the New Covenant will be ratified not with the death of sheep or bull, but by the death of Jesus Christ, God and Man. In this perfect sacrifice is the source of our eternal salvation.


FIRST COMMUNION: We need to keep these youngsters in our prayers. They celebrate the gift of the Eucharist in the heart of the Easter Season on Saturday May 16 (12 noon). Parents are coming along to the Church on Thursday 26 March at 7pm.


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. We will explore what it means to be an evangelising parish, to be a community of prayer and faith as Pope Francis is putting before us. Keep that intention with you during this Lent. Let’s take up that challenge as a parish community.


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: Keep those donations coming. It’s good to see that enthusiasm building. There are still some hymn books to be ‘taken’ and sponsored.


MENDIP MALE VOICE CHOIR are making a return visit to St B’s and are being joined by ‘Vox in Frox’ and Wadebridge Male Voice Choir on Friday 15 May. Now is the time to pop the date in your diary. Tickets (£10) are available from this weekend. You will find folk in the narthex happily selling tickets for this event. Please do support it.


PALM SUNDAY SOUP LUNCH: Don’t forget our Palm Sunday Soup Lunch (next Sunday) in our hall from 12noon. All proceeds from Palm Sunday lunch go to our Outreach Projects. There will be a good homemade soup, some fresh bread and fruit & cheese. All are most welcome.


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


HOLY WEEK TIMETABLE: Simple cards detailing the events of Holy Week are available for you to take this weekend. Please don’t just take one for yourselves; take a couple to hand on to others. This is a great ministry of attracting and encouraging others to enter into the prayerfulness of Holy Week. You’ll also be able to find the schedule for Holy Week online. If you have never celebrated the liturgies of Holy Week before, then maybe this year is a chance to enter into that beautiful telling of the story of hope, love, and salvation.


SCHOOL STATIONS OF THE CROSS: This beautiful meditation and reflection looked after by Year 5 takes place on Tuesday 24 March at 10.30am here in the Church. This is such a beautiful reflection; do come and let the children lead us in prayer as we journey towards Holy Week.


PALM SUNDAY will be marked at both Masses next weekend. The procession at the 10.30am Mass on Sunday will begin in front of the grotto, with us gathering on the lawn.


CHURCH SPRING CLEAN: To get our church ready for Holy Week, there will be a massive spring clean on Monday 30 March at 9.45am (following Mass). If you can spare a little time to help out with brush, duster and mop, then your help would be greatly appreciated.


CANDLE CARDS: You’ll find simple cards next to the candle stands which you may find appropriate to send to folk who have asked your specific prayers. If you light a candle for someone, do feel that you can take a card away with you.


HOLY WEEK: Fr Patrick Daly joins us for another year and will celebrate the Paschal Triduum with and for us. He comes from his work as Secretary to the Bishops’ Conference of the European Union. He will be with us from Spy Wednesday.


CHRISM MASS: This great gathering of our diocese, celebrating the blessing of oils to be used in our parishes during this next year, takes place on Wednesday 1 April at 11.00am. It is a wonderful occasion and an opportunity to see the Clifton family coming together around our bishop. Do go and represent our parish.


CONFESSIONS: Don’t forget the opportunities for confession at the weekend and during Holy Week.

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