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24 May 2015 – Pentecost Sunday

THIS SUNDAY: We arrive at the fiftieth day ‑ the completion of the Easter Season, and the completion of the Paschal Mystery: the Lord has died, is risen, has ascended to heaven and now gives birth to his Church, by sending the Spirit upon the apostles. This feast of the gift of the Spirit is so significant for us, because it marks the handing on of Jesus’ ministry to the Church ‑ in the Church we are guaranteed the presence of the Lord, in his sacra­ments, in his ministers, in the Blessed Sacrament and in his Celebrated Word. It also marks the fulfilment of our thoughts about baptism throughout this season: the gift of the Spirit which we receive in Confirmation is the `seal’ of our baptism, guaranteeing and confirm­ing all that baptism achieves. The Paschal Candle has ‘spent’ itself giving us light and hope over the last seven weeks. It is removed to its place next to the font as the light of Christ is given to the newly baptised.


MASS SHEETS: Make sure you have a copy of the readings for Mass this Sunday so that you can hear them in your own language: English, French, Polish, German, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.


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


FIRST COMMUNION: A huge sense of congratulation to the twenty five children who celebrated First Communion last 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. We need to thank Jane Critten for working with the children and helping them through their preparation and also to Patty Morley and the parents who stayed each Saturday to be with the children. The photographs of Saturday are ready but, as they are so numerous and of such high gig value, you will need to let FrC have a memory stick for him to transfer photos for you.


PENTECOST: This year, again, we will celebrate Sunday 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 this weekend 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!!!


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.


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.


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.


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


THREE CHOIRS CONCERT: Thank You to everyone who made the concert possible and to all of you who supported it. It was wonderful to welcome so many people to our church – every seat was taken. We don’t know who enjoyed it more – the singers or the audience! We are delighted that around £1200 profit was made on the night and we look forward to more events like this in the future.


WELCOMING NEW LIFE: Fr Christopher is hoping to be able to send a couple of our folk who might consider being part of a team to help prepare and journey with those families who bring their children for baptism. Criteria? Welcoming and understanding!!! There is a superb set of resources produced by Liverpool archdiocese and their catechetical team is coming to visit our diocese, coming to St Patrick’s, Brockworth on Wednesday 3 June, 7.30pm to 9.15pm (with refreshment available from 7pm) and on Thursday 4 June (11.00am to 1pm). Have a word with FrC; he’s driving up there so would happily give you a life.


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.


CORPUS CHRISTI: This great feast is only two Sundays away. We will celebrate and mark this feast with Exposition following the 10.30am morning Mass ending with benediction after Evening Prayer at 4pm. Do come along if you can – the Church will remain open so pop in during the afternoon.


FR KEVIN MORTIMER died suddenly on 14 May. His funeral takes place at the Cathedral on Thursday 11 June at 11.00am. May he rest in peace.

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