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Third Sunday of the Year (C)

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Third Sunday of the Year (C)

24th January 2010 – Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) THIS SUNDAY:

After our brief excursion last week into Saint John’s Gospel, we are back on track this week with Saint Luke – whom we will follow for the rest of the year. Today is about beginnings: the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. It begins with the Word of God, in the synagogue. Jesus reads from the Old Testament, as we do every Sunday, and tells the people that it is fulfilled in him. Everything that God has said to his people, through his prophets, comes together in Jesus, the Incarnate Word of God. Today is an ideal Sunday to think about the ministry of reader – about how as readers we make present the same fulfillment, Jesus, when we read the word of God in our Churches.

FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION: The programme begins with the Mass of Enrolment which will take place during the 10.30am Mass. During this Mass the children will be presented to the parish and they will be presented with their workbooks for this coming year. It is a chance for us to pray for them and for their families as they journey into a deeper relationship with the Lord who reaches out to them in love. Do make them welcome and encourage them in this journey of preparation. This year’s preparation will involve the children from St Gerard’s as well as those from our own parish. The group will come together each Wednesday (beginning 27th January) and First Communion celebrated in both parishes at Corpus Christi. Do keep the 32 children in your prayers:

Samuel Cadell, Malachy Walsh – Langford, Kian Blake, James Farrell, Kate Shortman, Matthew Reynolds, Ellena Trickey, Amy Carmichael, Ellis Gould, Taylor Kabuye, Bonitta Nakitto, Kelvin Kalungi, Alfie Condon, Ciaran Jones, Niall McGirr, Yasmin McDonald, Jade Osborne, Charley O’Toole, Oskar Kleszcz, Jacob Hynes. Michal Komada, Finlay O’Regan, Leah Holland, Ricco Russo, Luca Mercato, Carlo Mercato, Jessica James, Jack Phillips, Lauren Sanders, Isobel Heard, Oliver Murphy, and Ben McGovern

WEDNESDAY CLUB CHRISTMAS LUNCH takes place this coming Saturday.

YEAR FOR PRIESTS – MONTHLY DAY OF PRAYER: Our next day of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament in this year for priests takes place on Friday 5th February. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed after the 9.30am mass and will remain on the altar until Evening Prayer at 6.00pm. The list for those half hour slots is up on the notice board. Please do be generous in giving that time to pray for the priests of our diocese.

HCPT APPEAL: On the last Sunday of the month (next Sunday) we welcome some of the members of one of the Bristol groups of HCPT who work hard throughout the year to enable children with particular difficulties and needs to make the Easter pilgrimage to Lourdes. Angela Parry will be with us on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st January to ask for our support. We contribute each year to HCPT through what you give for tea and coffee each Sunday morning. The invitation for this month is in the hope we might be able to boost our support and our contribution to them.

EDUCATION SUNDAY: Next Sunday is the Sunday each year that we pray for all who work in Catholic Education – our schools, our colleges, and all involved in adult catholic formation. There is usually a retiring collection for the Catholic Education Service but as HCPT are appealing that weekend, the retiring collection for CES will take place the following weekend – 7th February. Apologies for two collections one after another!

PARISH FORUM GROUP meets again on Thursday 28th January at 7.00pm in the presbytery. We will meet for an hour only and so should be finished by 8.00pm.

CAFOD COLLECTION: A huge thank you for the generosity you showed through last weekend’s retiring collection for the people of Haiti. A cheque for £791.95 is being sent off to CAFOD this week and a further £650 has come in after the weekend. Your kindness shows great concern for those suffering at this time. You can see more about CAFOD’s pledge as well as the work they are already involved in by looking at www.cafod.org.uk or by looking at the updates on the notice board.

OUR PRAYERS AND SYMPATHY are extended to the family of John Mack who died recently. John’s funeral takes place here at St Bernadette’s on Thursday 28th January at 10.00am. May they rest in peace.

THE SEASON OF LENT is just under a month away. There will be details of what is happening here during Lent to make our Lenten journey fruitful. Watch this space.

ASH WEDNESDAY: Lent begins on Wednesday 17th February. Mass will be celebrated with the distribution of ashes at 10.00am and 7.00pm. It is an important beginning to our Lenten journey so do make a note of the times.

WEEKLY CATECHESIS: Our weekly catechesis will begin on Ash Wednesday (17th February) as we begin the start of the Season of Lent. After the evening Mass, there will be a short catechesis on the readings for the following Sunday. Do try and make this a real part of your Lenten resolutions. Each Wednesday of Lent the Catechesis will take place from 7.30pm in the hall. All are most welcome.

AD LIMINA VISIT: Do keep Bishop Declan in your prayers over the next two weeks as he and the other Bishops of England and Wales embark upon their pilgrimage to the tombs of the apostles and their visit to the Holy Father. This journey, made by each bishop every five years, is an important one in the life of our diocese and our bishop. As he takes us with him in prayer so we accompany him with ours.

COMMUNITY CHOIR: If you enjoy singing then come and join others at the Community Choir.  Rehearsals start on Thursday 4th February at 7.30pm at Bridge Farm Primary School with a view to performing a small concert on 17th April in aid of the people of Haiti.  Details on notice board.

CRIB OFFERINGS: The basket next to the crib will go in support of the Kasisi Orphanage in Lusaka. Your offerings will support those without a family or abandoned by their own families because of their sickness (some suffering from HIV and AIDS) in very practical ways. The orphanage is run by a community of Polish Sisters who work so hard to ensure that the quality of life of these youngsters (some just days old) is as great as possible.  If you want to see more about the orphanage, have a look at their website –   www.kasisichildren.org – where you will find images of the orphanage as well as details of their expenses.

NOTICE BOARDS: Do cast an eye over the notices on the board… there’s more room there than in the newsletter.

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