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Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

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Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

7th February 2010 – Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year C)

THIS SUNDAY: We hear the call of another prophet this week – Isaiah. This introduces the Gospel, where we see Jesus calling his first disciples to follow him. Notice that the initiative is Jesus’ there is no application process or interview procedure! Notice also the way that Jesus calls his disciples in this account – not with words, but with a miracle that is also a parable. It is, in a way, a miraculous “job description”: if the disciple trusts completely in the one who calls, then the result will be truly amazing – a huge catch of men and women hungry for God. Simon’s simple words “if you say so” give us an example of Christian discipleship: we should leave our own concerns behind, and simply follow the Lord with great trust.

FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION: Preparation continues this Wednesday (10 Feb) but this week, the children meet in the Hall. Do continue to the children in your prayers over this next six months.

EDUCATION SUNDAY: The postponed retiring collection for CES will take place this weekend – 7th February. This money goes to support the work of the Catholic Education Service. The CES supports Catholic Education in our country and offers tremendous support, not only to our schools, but through conversations and liaison with Government departments to ensure that Catholic Education is as good as it should be in our country. Apologies for two collections one after another!

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.

CAFOD ‘Give it up’ BOXES: CAFOD are once again inviting us to transform the lives of some of the world’s poorest and most hungry through our Lenten ‘giving up’. Whatever we give up may enable someone else to grow this Lent. These boxes are for you to take away and keep at home during Lent. They can come back in at the end of Lent and handed in at the Mass of Holy Thursday. The smallest amount of money can transform and change lives for the better.

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 on Ash Wednesday, there will be a short catechesis on the readings for the following Sunday (1st Lent). 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.

LENTEN CONFESSIONS: Lent possesses that wonderful characteristic of penance, inviting us to turn back to the Lord. To help us celebrate that return, as well as the two sessions on a Saturday, there will be an opportunity each Wednesday of Lent for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Confessions will take place from 6.30pm each Wednesday before the 7.00pm Mass. Do make use of this wonderful opportunity to encounter the healing love of the Lord.

LENT SOUP LUNCH: The first in a season of soup lunches for Lent across the churches takes place here at St Bernadette’s on Friday 26th February. As it is CAFOD Lenten Fast Day it is a great way of tapping into both the Lenten charism of fasting and almsgiving. There’s no cost, just a donation for some of the world’s hungry and poor. The other local churches will be offering similar soup lunches during Lent, so watch out for the dates. We are here again on Palm Sunday. More news later.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Each Sunday afternoon of Lent at 4.00pm (beginning 21st February) we celebrate the Stations of the Cross using a different reflection each week as we journey with the Lord to the Cross and the tomb. We end each Sunday with Benediction. Please do come along if you can.

WALK WITH ME: The little Lenten reflection books are available from the narthex – priced £1. Pick up your copy. there are also some Lenten calendars for the youngsters. Help yourself!

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.

HCPT APPEAL: Thank you for the generosity you showed towards the HCPT appeal last weekend. We sent off a cheque for £700 as our gift to support a child on their Easter pilgrimage to Lourdes this year. Don’t forget that we continue to support HCPT through your teas and coffees after Mass each Sunday morning.

THANK YOU to the Wednesday Coffee Club for their kind donation given after their Christmas Lunch.

CRIB OFFERINGS: Thanks you, also, for the generosity you have shown through your simple crib offerings. Since Christmas, the little basket next to the crib has raised £442 and this will go to support 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. 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.

PARISH DAY OF RECOLLECTION: A date for your diaries! Fr John Edwards SJ has accepted an invitation to come and lead a parish weekend of prayer and reflection. He will be with us for Saturday May 8th and Sunday 9th May. Fr John is a great writer and speaker on prayer and it is good to be able to have him with us. More details nearer the time but please make room in your diaries for the Saturday, most especially!

REGINALD STEVENS died during this last week and his funeral is at South Bristol Crematorium Chapel on Monday (8th February) at 2.30pm. Our prayers and sympathy are extended to his family. May he rest in peace.

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