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The Ascension

The Ascension

17 May 2015 – the Solemnity of the Ascension


THIS SUNDAY: Ascension in not just a feast that happens to fall in Eastertide: it is an integral part of the Easter mystery. Remember the Lord’s words at the Last Supper: “I am going to prepare a place for, and after I have gone and prepared you a place, I shall return to take you with me.” The resurrection presumes the Lord’s return to the Father. This is therefore a feast of hope: our hope in the Lord’s return, as he went. Our hope that he will take us with him, when our bodies are raised as his was. Our hope that we will take our place in heaven, where he sits on the Father’s right.


VESPERS: This Sunday we celebrate Evening Prayer of the Ascension at 4.00pm in the Church.


FIRST COMMUNION: With preparation sessions over, we congratulate the children who made their First Communon this weekend: Santiago Alonso, Kevin Binoy, Eros Canu, Isaac Chilcott, Erica Costa, Nathan Cox, Peter & John Critten, Fletcher Downs, Ashton Ducket, Oliver Jackson, Saoirse Jones, Ethan Kettle, William Morley, Hugh Murphy, Martha Peacey, Kieran Quirke, Rahul Rajesh, Steve & Ann Siby Stephen, Airen Thomas, Libby Sims, Karishma Tom, Larissa & Brianne Wright. They return this Sunday at 10.30am to celebrate with us, their parish family and receive their certificates. We keep them in our prayers, encourage them, support them and nurture their faith.


PENTECOST: The great feast which draws our Easter celebration to a close is not that far away – next week- Sunday 24 May. We have always used Pentecost to reflect upon the wonderful diversity of language and culture that contributes to the make up of our parish. This year, again, we will celebrate Mass with some of the many languages of our community. Let your prayer this week be one that prays: Come, Holy Spirit.


There will be refreshments after the 5.45pm Mass on Saturday 24 May (Pentecost Eve) in the narthex, so that as you chat away after Mass, there will be a little cuppa to encourage you to strengthen those bonds of community. Please do stay and mingle!!!


MAY – THE MONTH OF THE MOTHER OF GOD: Allow this month dedicated to the great Mother of God to fuel and focus your prayer. St Bernard only encourages us: “In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary. With her for guide, you shall never go astray; while invoking her, you shall never lose heart; so long as she is in your mind, you are safe from deception; while she holds your hand, you cannot fall; under her protection you have nothing to fear; if she walks before you, you shall not grow weary.” And Mother Theresa: “If you ever feel distressed during your day — call upon our Lady — just say this simple prayer: ‘Mary, Mother of Jesus, please be a mother to me now.’ I must admit — this prayer has never failed me.”


AN OPEN CHURCH: We’re going to take a risk and start opening the church up during the day from the start of June. The church narthex will stay open from 8.00am until about 6.00pm, offering those who pass by the chance to come in and find a moment’s peace and stillness. Please do make use of the open church if you are passing.


FOR OUR PRAYERS: We keep Stephen Jeffrey in our prayers. We keep Kitty and his two daughters, Chloe and Megan, in our prayers, also. Stephen’s funeral takes place here in St B’s on Thursday 21 May at 10.00am. May he rest in peace.


THIS SUNDAY as we celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension the retiring collection – always taken on this Sunday – is for the work of the Bishops’ Conference Communication Office, working to promote the work of the Church in this country through the media and supporting dioceses in their work of communicating the good news of the gospel. Please do support them.


READERS AND WELCOMERS: FrC is looking for new readers for both Sunday Masses to enhance the existing rotas as well as extra welcomers for both the weekend Masses. If you feel you might like to offer your services to the parish as a reader or welcomer, would you kindly have a word with FrC to take the next step.


PROCLAIM ’15 PRAYER: Loving Father, you so loved the world that you sent us your only Son, that we might believe in him and have eternal life. May we encounter Jesus Christ anew this day and live the Good News with joy. Through the power of your Holy Spirit, help us to “go out to the whole world and proclaim” our faith with confidence. Give us the courage to witness to the Joy of the Gospel by our words and actions. Help our parish to become more welcoming and missionary, so that you may be known and loved by all people. We make this prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever, Amen.


PEDALLING PILGRIMAGE: Gordon Hodgson is attempting to cycle along the Pyrenees from Perpignan to Lourdes from 31 May to 6 June. He hopes to raise funds for the HCPT and would be grateful for your support. Please remember all pilgrims in your prayers and talk to Gordon or to Maureen Case if you would like to sign up to sponsorship.


CONGRATULATIONS to Tiago and Mathias Alonso who were baptised here last Sunday.


FOR YOUR PRAYERS: Fr Kevin Mortimer, Fr Michael McAuley and Fr George batten have all died in the last week. Do keep them in your prayers. We thank God for their priestly service and ask him to bring them home.


PIANO AND ORGAN RECITAL at St. Patrick’s RC Church, Redfield (BS5 9PF) on Saturday, 20 June 2015, 7.30pm, in aid of the UK-registered charity ‘Iraqi Christians In Need’

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