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Second Sunday of Lent

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Second Sunday of Lent

28th February 2010 – Second Sunday of Lent THIS SUNDAY:

Every year, on the Second Sunday of Lent, we hear about the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain top. Why? Jesus revealed his glory to the three apostles in order to strengthen them for the journey ahead – the journey to Jerusalem, Gethsemane and Golgotha. The same vision is today offered to us, to strengthen us in our Lenten Journey of Faith. Last week we heard about temptation: this week we are driven onwards by a vision of glory that will be ours – the goal of our lives of faith and all that we do as Christians. The transfiguration represents the final destination of our lives, if we are faithful in resisting temptation and living each day as faithful members of Jesus Christ. In our journey of renewal and new commitment through Lent, we are spurred on and encouraged by today’s vision to see why the effort is worth it.

FAST DAY COLLECTION: The retiring collection after both Masses this weekend is our Lenten contribution to CAFOD from the fruits of our Lenten fast day this Friday, just gone. From what we have gone without, others can, basically, go with because of our thoughtfulness and our generosity. The envelopes that were handed out last weekend can be returned in the retiring collection this weekend.

FIRST COMMUNION/CONFESSION PREPARATION: The children celebrate First Confession on Thursday 4th March here in the Church (2.00pm) and then the parents gather with Bishop Declan that same evening (7.00pm). Do continue to the children in your prayers during this time of prep. The children also come together NEXT Sunday, March 7th, for the Presentation of the Scriptures as part of their preparation. They will be here for the 10.30am Mass that Sunday.

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.  CAFOD have reminded us that £4, for example, can provide fresh water for a family. Lent invites us to show kindness and generosity to others from making those small sacrifices ourselves. Please hold onto your box until Holy Week.

WEEKLY CATECHESIS: Our weekly catechesis continues this coming Wednesday (3rd March) as we continue through this Season of Lent. After the evening Mass each Wednesday of Lent, there will be a 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.

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 LUNCHES: A huge thank you to those who provided the splendid Lenten Soup lunch to mark CAFOD fast day. Your kindness and generous support brought in £336. The other local churches have picked up what we are doing once again and have taken up the challenge to do likewise so that there is something happening around the weeks of Lent: Wednesday 3 March at 12 – 1 pm – Christchurch; Friday 6 March at 12 noon – Counterslip; Monday 15 March at12.30pm – URC; Sunday 28 March (Palm Sunday) at 12 noon here at St Bernadette. STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Each Sunday afternoon of Lent at 4.00pm 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. Please do come along if you can.

HOLY WEEK & EASTER TRIDUUM: It is worth putting dates in your diary even at this stage of the season of Lent. Palm Sunday: Vespers at 4.00pm; Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper: Mass at 8.00pm; Good Friday – Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion: 3.00pm; Holy Saturday – The Great Easter Vigil: 8.00pm; Easter Sunday: Mass at 8.00am & 10.30am, Vespers at 4.00pm. DAY OF REFLECTION ON THE TRIDUUM – The Promise of New Life: Saturday, March 13th at St Nicholas’ Church, Lawford’s Gate. This is a real opportunity to reflect upon those three great days of Holy Week. Fr Christopher is leading the day of prayer and reflection as Director of our diocesan department of Adult Education & Evangelisation and it is open to anyone. Pick up a leaflet from the Narthex for fuller details.

YEAR OF PRIESTS: As we have become accustomed to doing on the First Friday of the month, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed during the day to allow people to come into Church and spend a little time in prayer for our priests. This coming Friday – March 5th – one of the classes from our school will join us for Mass at 10.00am (please note the change of time) to enable them to take part in this opportunity for prayer. The list is in the Narthex for you to sign up for one of those half hour slots. The day of prayer ends with Vespers at 6.00pm.

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: This year the Day of Prayer takes place on Friday 5th March and is being hosted at Counterslip Baptist Church with the Service of Prayer beginning at 11.00am. All are welcome to this ecumenical gathering. Please go along and represent St Bernadette’s if you can.

SUNDAY TEAS AND COFFEE: Don’t forget that there is always a welcome in the hall after Mass and a chance to be social over a cup of tea or coffee. Just pop in! OUR PRAYERS AND SYMPATHY are extended to Angela Sims and her family on the news of her mother’s death, and to the family of Gordon Wookey. Both funerals take place this coming week. May they rest in peace. FORUM GROUP meets on Tuesday 9th March at 7.00pm in the Presbytery.

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