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Second Sunday of Easter

Second Sunday of Easter

12 April 2015 – Second Sunday of Easter (B)

THIS SUNDAY: After the joys and exuberance of Easter Sunday and Easter Week, we settle down into the longest Season in the Church’s Year – Eastertide. This period of fifty days is a time of sustained gladness, which comes through reading and reflecting on the Scriptures which describe the risen life of Jesus – not just his appearances to the disciples after the Resurrection, but the teachings from his ministry which reveal the risen life he now possesses. We also spend time hearing about how the Resurrection made a difference: how the timid and frightened disciples were able to leave Jerusalem and proclaim a message of life over death to the whole world, as we read through the book of the Acts of the Apostles. We also linger over the first letter of Saint John, which ties together so many of the themes of Easter: life, faith, baptism, the Spirit – all brought together in the person of the Lord Jesus, risen from the dead. On this second Sunday, we continue to track through ‘real time’, by hearing what happened in Jerusalem on the Sunday after the Resurrection, with the Lord appearing to Thomas – strengthening his faith, and strengthening ours as we listen to the account.

VESPERS: As we celebrate this Octave Day of Easter, there will be Vespers at 4.00pm. Do come along if you can. It is a beautiful and prayerful way of bringing this Easter Octave to a close and launching ourselves firmly into the Easter Season.

DIVINE MERCY DEVOTION: Pope John Paul II gave the Church this Feastday and so this Sunday, 12th April, from 3.00pm to 4.00pm there will be a Holy Hour in St Patrick’s Church, Redfield in honour of The Divine Mercy. Exposition of The Blessed Sacrament: Scripture Readings: Hymns: The Divine Mercy Chaplet: Benediction. Afterwards there is tea in The Shore Gallery. All are most welcome.

LENTEN ALMS: A huge thank you for your kindness. We will be sending £1000 to CAFOD thanks to your goodness and thoughtfulness on Holy Thursday as well as what has come in across the Lenten Season. If you have any further little CAFOD boxes or Mary’s Meals boxes, do hand them in so that they can be sent off.

PROCLAIM’15: The second reflection on becoming missionary and evangelising parishes takes place after Easter. Session Two will take place in the presbytery on Thursday 23 April at 7.00pm, and the third session on Thursday 14 May at 7.00pm in the presbytery. This is a wonderful chance to think about equipping ourselves for growth and for prayer. Do come along if you can. The national gathering of diocesan delegates takes place in Birmingham on July 11. Do keep the intention of proclaim’15 in your prayers.

CLIFTON VOCATIONS: Fr Matt Anscombe, our diocesan Vocations’ Director, is cycling to each parish in our diocese, raising awareness of the need to pray for Vocations. He visits us here in Whitchurch at 2pm on Friday 8 May. This will be a time of prayer and you are invited to join him in Church for that forty minutes he is with us. Retiring Collection for Clergy Training Fund is taken on Sunday 26 April. More details to follow.

BISHOP DECLAN’S VISIT: Our bishop comes to celebrate Mass with us on Saturday 25 April and join our diocesan diaconal students. As you may know, one of the recently ordained deacons, Tony Inganni, died at the beginning of March. As a way of joining with Tony’s family in prayer at this time, Bishop Declan comes to celebrate Mass with the intention of praying for Tony. Do come along to that Mass (10am) if you can.

FIRST COMMUNION: Do keep the youngsters in your prayers. They journey ever closer to their celebration of the Eucharist on Saturday 16 May. They pick up their preparation sessions this coming Saturday, 18 April at 8.45am. Each of the families should have collected a letter with details of First Confessions and the final prep details for FHC day. Copies for those parents unable to join us before Easter are available from FrC in the sacristy.

MENDIP MALE VOICE CHOIR joined by ‘Vox in Frox’ and Wadebridge Male Voice Choir on Friday 15 May here in the Church. Tickets (£10) are available from the narthex.

ANNUAL S.P.U.C PRO-LIFE CHAIN takes place on Saturday 25 April from 11am – 12noon opposite Bristol Hippodrome. You can contact Chris Brennan for more information – 0117 968 7322.

MASS IN SCHOOL: To start this summer term and to continue our celebration of the Easter Season, our primary school celebrate Mass on Thursday 23 April, the feast of St George, at 10.00am.

PATRICK O’SHAUGHNESSY RIP: We keep Patrick and his family (Tony, Beth, James and Joe) very much in our prayers at this time. Patrick’s body will be received into Church on Sunday 26 April at 4pm followed by our celebration of Evening Prayer. His funeral takes place on Monday 27 April at 10.30am followed by burial at Whitchurch cemetery. May he rest in peace.

MICHAEL O’BRIEN RIP: We keep, also, Mike (who died on Holy Saturday) in our prayers and also remember Christine. May he rest in peace.

PARISH FORUM GROUP meets in the presbytery on Tuesday 28 April at 7.30pm.

NEW HYMN BOOKS: Thank you for all those generous contributions to our new set of Laudate hymn books. There has been tremendous kindness, thoughtfulness, and an overwhelming response to this simple opportunity. The new books will come into use on Sunday 3 May. There’s still time to send your gift in using one of the brown envelopes on the narthex. Fill in the slip so that the plate can be made up for the book you give.

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