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Twenty Fourth Sunday of the Year

Twenty Fourth Sunday of the Year

13th September 2015 – Twenty Fourth Sunday


Firstly, thank you very much for making me feel so welcome here at St.Bernadette’s. There’s plenty to take in and lots of people to get to know. It will take a bit of time to get deepened sense of what is happening in the parish, although you are helping me in this, of course

It’s been a delight this week to have celebrated a start of school year Mass in the primary school. I have also visited the secondary school and hope to build up our links there.

It would be useful to build up a list of those who are sick or housebound in the parish, so that we can be sure that their pastoral needs are looked after. Please let me know if you visit anyone yourself, or if anyone would like a visit.

Finally, please feel free to just drop by the presbytery if you would like a chat or just to introduce yourself. I’ll put the kettle on!


CALAIS MIGRANT SOLIDARITY: Thank you very much for the quick and generous reply to the call for material goods for migrants in Calais. As you will see in the narthex, plenty has come in. In actual fact, the people of Bristol have been so generous that the main collection ‘drop off’ points have been inundated. If anyone is willing to lend a hand for an hour after the morning Mass on Wednesday to break open bags and sort goods into boxes, that would be greatly appreciated. We will then arrange to transport the boxes to a location in Hengrove.

MISSIO/MILL HILL MASSES: Please check the noticeboard for details of Missio ‘Mission Masses’ (think red box!) around the diocese. Brother Eddie Slawinski will be coming to the parish on the 9th – 10th October for an appeal.

CAFOD SUPPORTERS DAY: A quick ‘thank you’ for all those who came to the CAFOD Supporters Day, which was held in the hall.

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.

CELEBRATE BRISTOL: Celebrate Bristol is a family renewal conference, which is held every year at St.Bede’s School in Lawrence Weston. It is one of 11 weekend conferences that take place around the country. Approximately 400 people normally attend. Taking place from Saturday 24th to Sunday 25th October, the weekend gives the opportunity for old and young to tap more deeply into their faith and allow the Holy Spirit to enliven them. Children’s streams for all ages are available. Great speakers; great music; workshops; bookstall. Lots on offer. This is one of the best opportunities in the diocese for us to allow the Holy Spirit to fan into a flame the gifts of our baptism and confirmation. Check out the website and get booking.

UNFOLDING MERCY: 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 of Mercy, 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  8th December at 7pm in our Cathedral. More details closer to the time.

  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.

HOME MISSION SUNDAY: Next Sundaywe will have a pastoral Letter from Bishop Declan for Home Mission Sunday


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