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Twenty Fifth Sunday of the Year

Twenty Fifth Sunday of the Year

20th September 2015 – Twenty Fifrth Sunday


This Sunday is Home Mission Sunday and we have a pastoral letter from the Bishops of England and Wales. The theme of this letter is the call for us to build ‘missionary parishes’. We need to recognise how we are called, as a parish, and as a diocese, to be ‘evangelizers’ in word and action.

How important this is in a world where the Christian message is so often pushed aside and treated with indifference; even contempt! This theme of becoming a missionary parish is one I would like the whole parish to start to explore more deeply, especially seeing as mission is the very raison d’etre of the church. With the forthcoming Jubilee of Mercy, we have a great opportunity to move forward in hope with a solid missionary mandate.
A word of thanks for those who have contributed goods for Calais migrants. We are waiting to move all the boxes at the back of the church to a local distribution centre. It may look unsightly but it is a sign of this parish’s generosity!
Finally, it would be great to have a Youth Group in the parish, starting with anyone from 11 – 18. See the note on the right!
God bless,


SOUP LUNCH: A simple soup lunch with cheese and fruit in aid of CAFOD Harvest Fast Day (see Second Collection details below) will be held on Friday 2nd October starting at 12 noon in the church hall. Everyone welcome.

HARVEST GIFTS FOR THE HOMELESS: The Julian Trust welcomes gifts of tinned meat, tinned vegetables and tinned fruit. These can be placed in the box in the Lady Chapel. See notice board for more details.

ST BERNADETTE’S SECONDARY SCHOOL: We are delighted that the Headteacher of St Bernadette’s, Mrs Basia McLoughlin, will be speaking briefly after weekend masses of 3rd/4th October. Both parish and school want to forge closer links, which is a real blessing.


Sunday 27th September:   Annual Cathedral Collection – still much funding required for the building work for the Mother Church of the diocese. Envelopes distributed this week. Letter on the noticeboard.

Sunday 4th October:    CAFOD Harvest Fast Day – envelopes are already available around the collection box in the Lady Chapel but will also be distributed next week.

Sunday 11th October:   World Mission Sunday – APF. – Brother Eddie Slawinski will be coming to the parish on the weekend of the 9th – 10th October for an appeal.

UNFOLDING MERCY: 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.


Geraldine Farrell                 Funeral at St Gerard’s at 12.30pm this Wednesday

Merlyn Theresa King          Mother of Hector King. Her funeral will take place on Monday in Kent

Fr Michael d’Arcy Walsh    Parish Priest of St Edmund’s, Calne, who had celebrated 40 years of priesthood earlier this year.

May they rest in peace

YOUTH GROUP: Fr Matt is keen to start a Youth Group for those between 11 and 18. Are you interested in taking part or coming to help? We have other youth groups in the diocese who would love to come and visit us and tell us what they get up to and encourage us in this venture. Speak to Fr Matt for more details or to sign up.

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.

PARISH PRAYER: It would be lovely to have a parish prayer,which we would say at the end of each Mass – an arrow of love shot to heaven asking God to bless us, enliven us and focus us for the work of mission in St Bernadette’s parish. Fr Matt is working on this and would welcome your thoughts. Watch this space.

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.  Check out the website and get booking. Details on the noticeboard.




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