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Fifth Sunday of Lent

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Fifth Sunday of Lent

21st March 2010 – Fifth Sunday of Lent THIS SUNDAY:

There is a logical development in the readings this Sunday: in the Old Testament, God asks us to look forward to the “new deed he will do”, when he will put “water in the wilderness”; we then see the new deed, which Paul talks about, to be the “supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus”, and sharing the “power of his resurrection”; so who is this Jesus, and how is he “water in the wilderness”? It is because he brings hope for the future and forgiveness of our sins, as the Gospel story relates. This Sunday’s readings are there for our encouragement, to help us look forward to Easter, and the meaning of Jesus’ Passion, Death and Resurrection: that meaning is Reconciliation and a new creation (as we heard last week). We are driven on through Lent by a vision of the marvels that God has worked, and that God will work for us.

FLOWER COLLECTION: Next weekend, (Palm Sunday), our Flower Ladies will be asking for your support and generosity in the run up to Easter. They continue to ensure that our Church looks stunning Sunday by Sunday – most especially at Christmas and Easter. They can only do that with your help and your gift to them. Please do give as generously as you can.

OUR PRIMARY SCHOOL: Do keep our Governors and school in your prayers this week as they strive to appoint a head this coming Wednesday.

HOLY WEEK & EASTER TRIDUUM: With us celebrating Palm Sunday next Sunday, we begin our annual pilgrimage through Holy Week. We will begin each Mass next weekend with the blessing of Palms either in the Narthex (Saturday) or on the grass in front of the presbytery (Sunday). There will also be Vespers at 4.00pm. If you have never entered into the liturgies of Holy Week, then maybe this year is chance to take up that invitation and walk with the Lord to the cross and the tomb. There will be a rich celebration of Holy Week once again this year with the celebration of the Prayer of the Church on these great days. Do try and make the most of Holy Week and enter into whatever you can. Full details next week in the newsletter and on the parish website. Make a note of the times:     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, and Vespers at 4.00pm.

FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION: The children continue their preparation this coming Wednesday (24th) beginning in the Church at 4.00pm. Please do keep them in your prayers.

CAFOD ‘Give it up’ BOXES: There are only two weeks of Lent remaining so its time to think about handing those CAFOD boxes in. They can be handed in during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday. Do bring them along to that Mass. If you can’t get along to the Holy Thursday Mass then drop them in the next time you are around.

WEEKLY CATECHESIS: Our weekly catechesis for Lent comes to its penultimate gathering this coming Wednesday (24th March) as we continue to journey towards . 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. During Holy Week there will be an hour of confessions on Tuesday 30th from 7pm until 8pm.

LENT SOUP LUNCHES: Here, in our Hall, next 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: This Sunday afternoon of Lent at 4.00pm. Please do come along if you can. Next Sunday there will be Vespers for Palm Sunday at 4.00pm

CHRISM MASS: The annual gathering of our diocese – priests and people – takes place on Wednesday 31st March at 11.00am. The Bishop blesses the oils that will be used in our parishes throughout the next twelve months and he invites us to join him in this Mass. If you can go along and ‘represent’ St Bernadette’s, then please do. As we prepare for the Triduum of Holy Week, it gives us chance to come together as a diocesan family to renew our sense of belonging to Christ and his Church. Parking is limited but there are good buses that drop you near the cathedral.

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES: New supplies for the coming year (beginning April) will be available in the narthex from this weekend. 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 ‘DARTS’ NIGHT: Saturday 27th March.  Alyson, Gordon or Linda, and some of our Parish Social group will be twisting your arm to encourage you to come along to this simple yet fun evening in the hope that we can, not only come together socially as a parish family, but raise a little money for some of our Outreach Projects. Keep that Saturday evening free and come along. Hot supper will be provided, too. Tickets cost £5 (to include your supper) and the bar will be open to quench your ‘Eric Bristow thirst’ and a raffle to tempt you with smashing prizes! Do come along – everyone can have a go! Just pop your name on the list in the porch.

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