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Trinity Sunday

31 May 2015 – Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

THIS SUNDAY: When the Church celebrates the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, it is an attempt to sum¬marise the whole mystery of our God into one day. This is not just a “theological feast” ` but a feast which should speak to us of this simple fact of faith: the Father loves us, has revealed that love in his Son, and has called into a relationship sustained by the Spirit. It is our joy that, as baptised members of the Church, we can somehow share in that divine life and love which is the Trinity~ becoming children of God. God has chosen us, and we are his own people, just as he chose the people of Israel long ago. The mystery of the Trinity is not meant to make this more difficult on the contrary it is to clarify and summarise all that our faith is about: that we are children with the Son, in the power of the Spirit of the one Father.

VESPERS: This Sunday we celebrate Evening Prayer of the Feast of the Trinity at 4.00pm in the Church. Vespers and benediction also next Sunday for the Feast of Corpus Christi – 4pm.

CHURCH CLEANING: This coming Wednesday from 9.30am. If you can lend a hand, please come along.
FIRST COMMUNION PHOTOGRAPHS: 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. Please just give a call during the week to arrange to come in or hand in a memory stick through the letter box.

AN OPEN CHURCH: We’re going to take a risk and start opening the church up during the day starting this weekend. 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 has already set off and 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’ .

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 lift.

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. If you thinking of going up to the cathedral for Fr Kevin’s funeral, just be aware that with the cathedral roof repairs underway, there is now reduced parking at the cathedral and limited on the road parking due to residence parking now in force. We also keep in our prayers Fr George Batten and Fr Michael McAuley who died recently.

CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION: On Sunday 7 June there will be a Corpus Christi Procession at Downside Abbey (Stratton on the Fosse, BA3 4RH). The procession will start promptly at 3pm at St Benedict’s Church at the bottom of Abbey Road, and will process from there, through the Abbey Grounds, and into the Abbey Church for Benediction. Refreshments will follow in the Parish Centre at St Benedict’s Church. All are most welcome.

GLASTONBURY PILGRIMAGE: The annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Glastonbury takes place this year on Sunday 12 July. Its always a great gathering of our diocesan family and wonderful to be in this historic place. The detyails of the day can be found in the narthex. The procession ends with Mass in the Abbey at 3.30pm. For full details, visit www.glastonburyshrine.co.uk.

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