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Solemnity of All Saints

Solemnity of All Saints

1st November 2009

THIS SUNDAY: “A huge number, impossible to count” – that is the picture this Solemnity creates. In every age there have been men and women who have followed the Lord faithfully, and who now rejoice in the Liturgy of Heaven, as they stand before the throne of the Lamb. These are the “anonymous” saints, whose names we don’t remember   but even though their names are not on our lips, their memory, inspiration, example and prayers are set before us today, so that we too can be encouraged in our own “journey of perfection”. What does it take to be a saint? Surely the Gospel that is appointed for today (the Beati¬tudes) shows us that it is in the small things that we triumph: gentleness, mercy, making peace, faithful mourning, purity of heart, poverty in spirit   these are not grand, public ways to sanctity. They are domestic, and homely, to be practised and perfected with those closest to us. We sometimes exalt the ”named” saints to the degree that we can feel they are distant from us. Today’s feast, as well as celebrating the memory of the many whose name we do not know, also prompts us to see holiness as within our grasp.

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PARISH MAGAZINE: The next edition is available from the Narthex this weekend. Do pick up your copy. There is no charge, but if you want to make a contribution towards printing costs then you can pop something in with the newspaper monies.

COMMEMORATION OF ALL SOULS: Monday this week sees us commemorate All Souls as we begin the month of prayer for the Holy Souls. There will be two Masses on Monday – the usual 9.00am and then one at 7.00pm. It is important that we keep the dead in our prayers. Our prayers for them remind them of our continued love and encouragement as they journey home to be with God. The sheets which enable you to write the names of loved ones who have died so that they can be placed near to the altar during the week can be found over by the statue of St Joseph.

YEAR FOR PRIESTS: The next Day of Prayer takes place this coming Friday, 6th November. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed after the 9.30am Mass until Evening Prayer at 6.00pm. Please do come along and take part in this prayerful initiative. It is a real chance to pray for the priests of our Diocese. Do please be generous with the time and prayer you offer. The Diocesan Prayer cards are available from the narthex.

WOMENS WORLD DAY OF PRAYER CONFERENCE: This coming Thursday beginning with coffee at 10.00am. Please bring packed lunch. Full programme for the day on the notice board in the narthex.

READERS GATHERING: A session for all our readers takes place on Saturday 21st November from 11.00am.  There’s plenty of warning, so please do make sure that date is in your diaries.  Our readers only come together once a year and so it makes it all the more important that all our readers make use of this opportunity. Doreen Wyatt from the Diocesan Liturgical Department will lead the first part of the morning.

200 CLUB GRAND DRAW:  We are approaching the end of the 200 Club’s year (Dec – Nov). Collette will be contacting all current members inviting them to renew their membership for the next twelve months. The subscription costs £12 for the year and this could reap a harvest through one of the ten £25 monthly draws or a chance of snatching that big prize in one of the two Grand Draws that take place (May & Nov). Half of your subscription goes to support the parish whilst the other half is given out throughout the year in our prizes.  The November Grand Draw will take place during the Fish & Chip Supper and Quiz Night taking place on 5th December (albeit a little delayed) beginning at 7.30pm in the Hall. Do put the dates in your diaries and keep it free. This is an evening for all the family – so the more, the merrier. Renewal notices will be sent out over the next couple of weeks. Please do consider renewing your 200 Club membership. Your contribution and membership is much appreciated and valued.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY will be marked next Sunday at the 10.30am Mass. Readers, please check your readings.

FIRST COMMUNION 2010: Those parents with children in present year 3 with children due to make their First Communion next June are invited along to a get together on Tuesday 8th December at 6.30pm in the Church. This will be an information and registration meeting, so please do come along if this involves one of your children. This year the children from both St Gerard’s and St Bernadette’s will be prepared together whilst each parish still celebrating First Communion next summer. It is important that your child is represented at that meeting as the programme begins early on in January.

ADVENT 2009: Frighteningly so, it is only four weeks until we begin the season of Advent.  Do think about how you will be marking Advent as a family this year. Advent calendars are available from the Repository.

VESPERS will be celebrated on the Feast of Christ the King (22nd Nov) and on the First Sunday of Advent (29th November) at 4.00pm. Do come along if you can.

ADVENT CATECHESIS: As we did in the season of Lent, there will an hour’s catechesis on each of the Advent Sunday’s readings beginning on Wednesday 25th November. The Catechesis will take place in the hall following the 7.00pm Mass. This is a wonderful way of growing in our familiarity with the scriptures as well as preparing to hear the Word of God on the Sunday. All are welcome – please do come along.  (25 Nov; 2 Dec; 9 Dec; 16 Dec; 23 Dec)

ADVENT CONFESSIONS: As well as the usual opportunities on a Saturday, there will be a chance on Tuesday 22nd December from 7.00pm until 8.00pm to make use of the sacrament of Reconciliation. There will be a number of priests available to hear confessions… and a chance to make room for the Lord who comes to dwell in us as we journey towards Christmas. There will also be two priests to hear confessions on Saturday 19th December at 10.45am onwards and 5.00pm onwards. Do make this great Sacrament a real part of your preparations for Christmas.

FAMILY CRIB SERVICE: One again, as part of our preparation for Christmas and our journeying through Advent, our children and families are invited to come together on Sunday 20th December. Children are encouraged to come as one of the nativity characters. The Crib Service begins at 3.30pm.

NOVEMBER DEANERY CEMETERY MASSES: Mass at South Bristol Crematorium – Saturday 7th November at 11.00am; Mass at Holy Souls Cemetery – Saturday 14th November at 12noon; Deanery Requiem Mass – Friday 20th November at 7.30pm at Christ the King, Filwood Broadway.

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