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Third Sunday of Lent

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Third Sunday of Lent

7th March 2010 – Third Sunday of Lent (year C)

THIS SUNDAY: “The man who thinks he is safe must be careful he does not fall.” This is the theme of this Sunday: it underlines the need for repentance, which is the focus of our Lenten journey in Year C. Jesus, in the Gospel, uses two recent events in order to illustrate his point about sin and repentance – there is a price to be paid for sin, but there is a way of avoiding it: if we repent, we will have salva¬tion and a new and real freedom. This idea is emphasised in the parable, where we see a tree not being condemned immediately, but given a chance to change and produce fruit. So are we. This links in with the two other readings, which also talk about escape – the escape of Israel from Egypt. This is to be a warning for us, as Saint Paul says: if we are Christians, we must live as Christians, and be aware of the need to watch our lives and the direction they are taking.                         (courtesy of www.salfordliturgy.org)

FAST DAY COLLECTION: A very generous response to CAFOD Lenten appeal. Added to the Soup Lunch offering of £336 was the amount of £511.36 which means that a cheque is being sent off to CAFOD for a total of £847.36 (plus whatever Gift Aid extras they claim back). Your kindness is outstanding and shows that solidarity with the poor and needy in our world. Thank you for your generosity.

FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION: The children from this year’s First Communion group celebrated their First Confession during this last week. We welcome the children to Mass this Sunday as they reflect upon the Word of God given as gift to guide us and lead us in the ways of the Lord. Each of the children will come to receive the gift of the scriptures today in the hope that it will allow them – through their reading and reflection – to come to a deeper knowledge of the God who speaks to them through his Word and calls them, by name, to follow him. we keep the children in our prayers during their preparation.

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 (10th 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: There is something happening around the weeks of Lent: Monday 15 March at12.30pm – URC. Here, in our Hall, on Sunday 28 March (Palm Sunday) at 12 noon the second of the Lenten Soup Lunches will take place. There will be a hearty homemade soup lunch provided with fruit and fresh bread as well as cheese to launch us into the final week of Lenten fasting. If you would like to come along (there’s no cost, just a simple donation to our outreach causes) then pop your name on the list in the porch so that we can cater for everyone.

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.

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!

FORUM GROUP meets on Tuesday 9th March at 7.00pm in Pensford (please note the change of venue).

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES: New supplies for the coming year (beginning April) will be available in the narthex on Sat/Sun 21st March. Did you know that by signing a Gift Aid form, your offering to the Church is increased by some 20%?   If you would like to join the scheme, or have further information, please see Dave Lavelle or enter your name and contact number on the list, and Dave will get in touch with you. A huge thank you to those who support the parish in this way. The envelopes also allow you to plan your giving – whether Gift Aided or not.

PARISH BAZAAR: Hopefully, there will be chance for us to have this year’s bazaar after the summer break (late September). Keep your eyes on the newsletter for the initial gathering of those willing to lend a hand.

PARISH DAY OF RECOLLECTION:
Fr John Edwards SJ is coming to our Parish on Saturday May 8th to lead a day of reflection for us. He will explore ways of praying and invite us to deepen our lives of prayer, too. Do come along. It will be a wonderful opportunity to have someone ‘guide us’ in our prayer as well as teaching us to pray, anew. We don’t often get chance to go off on retreat, so we let the retreat giver come to us, even if just for the day. Please do try and make time to come along – all are most welcome… even bring someone with you.

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