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Twenty Third Sunday of the Year

Twenty Third Sunday of the Year

6th September 2015 – Twenty Third Sunday

A BRIEF(ISH) WORD FROM YOUR NEW PARISH PRIEST: It is with great pleasure that I take up my new post here as Parish Priest of St.Bernadette’s. I have been a priest for just over five years. I am what is commonly known as a ‘late vocation’. As well as my previous work and business experience of having served as assistant priest in St.Peter’s, Gloucester for two years, and as Catholic Chaplain to the University of Bristol for three years. I also have a diocesan role insofar as I am Vocations Director for Clifton Diocese. I have been in this role for three years and have helped to see four men in to seminary in that time, as well as helping to build up the culture of vocations in the diocese. Over the past three years, I have also led the diocesan New Awakenings Mission Team and, as such, have preached several week-long missions across the diocese. Mission; proclamation; vocation; empowerment; outreach – these are all words and actions which inspire my ministry, and which I hope can be brought even more into the life of St.Bernadette’s. I look forward to serving you in this parish. I am most certain that the Lord wants to lead us ever deeper into his merciful love, so that we might become more and more the fullness of the people  that we are called to be, and then share this Good News with the world. I am relishing the opportunity to get to know you all and discerning the way forward with you. Please do come and introduce yourself. I believe the future for this parish is really exciting. As the prophet says in the first reading, “Courage! Do not be afraid”. Let’s move forward in hope, joy and mutual love.

God Bless


CALAIS MIGRANT SOLIDARITY: It is very moving to see the terrible plight of migrants in Calais. It would be good if, as a parish, we could respond to this by providing essential goods for refugees. A list is on the noticeboard of items that would be of use, along with a sheet to take away. 

Goods can be left in the church entrance during the day and they will be transported to a local collection point. later in the month a convoy will be leaving London to deliver goods. Action is required now.


ASSISTED SUICIDE BILL: On Friday 11 September the House of Commons will vote on a Bill to legalise assisted suicide. The Bishops have also just sent through some postcards cards and some details for you to collect from the Narthex as the way of getting in touch with your MP – Karin Smyth for South Bristol – – or by post: Karin Smyth MP, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA


MISSIO/MILL HILL MASSES: Please check the noticeboard for details of Missio ‘Mission Masses’ (think red box!) around the diocese. The nearest will be on Tuesday 8th September at St.Patrick’s, Redfield at 7pm. Followed by a presentation and light refreshments.


CAFOD SUPPORTERS DAY: Our parish is hosting this years Supporters Day for CAFOD on Saturday 12th September in the parish hall. The day starts at 10.30 am and will finish at 4,00 pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. A programme is on the notice board in the narthex. All are welcome for either the day, morning or afternoon sessions. Please bring your own light lunch if you are planning to stay the day. The day will give an insight into the work of CAFOD and you will not be expected to sign up for anything.


DAY OF RENEWAL: Clifton Catholic Charismatic Renewal is holding a Day of Renewal on Saturday 12th September from 10.00am to 4pm at St.Gregory’s Church Hall in Salisbury. Fr Matt will be leading the talks entitled “What is Pope Francis saying to the Church?” Mass, talks, worship, prayer ministry, children’s streams. Three spaces available in Fr Matts car too!


DOOR OF GRACE: A Youth Convention for 16 – 28 year olds will be taking place in the church and the hall on Saturday 17th October. Run by Sehion UK Ministries, there will be prayer and praise sessions, Holy Mass and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. We are expecting young people to come from as far afield as Birmingham and are expecting to fill the church with praise with over 200 attendees. Please pass on details to those who might be interested. Details are on the noticeboard and more flyers available.


UNFOLDING MERCY: As you know, the Holy Father has given the Church a Jubilee of Mercy which begins on 8 December and closes on 20 November 2016. To help us prepare for the Jubilee and to begin to immerse ourselves in an honest understanding of mercy, David McLoughlin will be leading a day at St Brendan’s, Brislington, on Saturday 3 October from 10.00am – lunch will be provided. Fr.Matt  will be going to this meeting and would invite others to come and find out more. Poster on the noticeboard. See Fr.Matt for more details or to sign up. We will also be arranging to take a group to the opening of the Jubilee on Tuesday 8th December at 7pm in our Cathedral. More details closer to the time.


PARISH EMAIL ADDRESS: Diocesan email addresses have recently been updated as a way of making communication across the diocese a little more streamlined. St Bernadette’s has a parish email address as well as an individual email for its priests.

Parish: and

Fr.Matt: should mean you can direct mail one way or another.


200 CLUB WINNERS: July – No.24  Brigitte Panter    August – N0.172 Mrs Evans


 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.


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