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Palm Sunday and Holy Week

Palm Sunday and Holy Week

28th March 2010 – Palm Sunday & Holy Week

THIS SUNDAY: Our Pilgrimage of Holy Week begins for another year. Because we might be used to it, it could so easily just become ‘old hat’. What we need to keep at the forefront of our reflection is the incredible abundance of God’s love shown through the supreme offering of Jesus, his Son. The journey that begins with the shouts of praise from the crowds finds its turning point in the shouts crying for Jesus’ death. The bleak Friday drama seems to end in the darkness of the sealed-up tomb. Our Light, our Life and our Hope sleeps in the darkness of the tomb only to rise to newness of life, calling us to follow him to glory and to life in all its fullness. This is a most beautiful and prayer-filled week and you are warmly invited to journey through the mystery of God’s love for us this year. There’s plenty to enable you to make this week a truly holy one. Allow this Holy Week to make sense of the Lenten weeks that have just gone before us; allow that call to conversion and renewal to find its meaning and purpose in the death and resurrection of Christ.

FLOWER COLLECTION: This 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: Congratulations to Mrs Barbara Lee on her appointment as Head teacher of our Primary School. We offer her our support and our encouragement in all she does to lead our school forward into this next decade…and beyond.

FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION: The children continue their preparation this coming Wednesday (31 March) beginning in the Church at 4.00pm. They break for the Easter holidays after that.

CAFOD ‘Give it up’ BOXES: The boxes you have been using over this Lenten Season can be handed in during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday (8pm). 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 conclusion this coming Wednesday (31 March) as we continue to journey towards Easter. After the evening Mass on Wednesday, the Catechesis will take place from 7.30pm in the hall. All are most welcome.

LENTEN CONFESSIONS: There will be an opportunity for Confession this coming Tuesday (30th) from 7.00pm until 8.00pm, and on Wednesday from 6.30pm until 7.00pm. Please do make use of this chance during Holy Week. There are no confessions next Saturday.

PALM SUNDAY SOUP LUNCH: Here, in our Hall, THIS 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.

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.

ECUMENICAL WALK OF WITNESS with the other local churches on Good Friday.  Starting at St Bernadette’s – in front of the church – at 9am and walking along the Wells Road to Counterslip Church and finishing at Christ Church, Petherton Road.  The walk usually takes about 30 mins.

FLO CLUTSOM RIP: Flo died during this last week after a stroke last weekend. Her funeral is due to take place on Friday 9th April at 4.00pm at South Bristol Crematorium. We keep her and her family in our prayers.

VESPERS: Evening Paryer celebrated this and next Sunday at 4.00pm. Please do come along if you can.

SWIECONKA: The Traditional Polish Blessing of Easter Foods takes place on Holy Saturday at 10.30am in the Church. Swieconka is one of the most enduring and beloved Polish traditions. On Saturday people take to churches decorated baskets containing a sampling of traditional food to be blessed: hard-boiled shelled eggs, ham, sausage, salt, horseradish, fruits, bread and cake. Prominently displayed among these is the Easter lamb, usually molded from butter and colorful pisanki. Common foods brought for blessing include: eggs, bread, butter lamb, salt, horseradish, ham, and sausage.The food blessed in the church remains untouched until Sunday morning. If you want to create your own basket, please just come along on saturday morning and join our Polish families in this Esater blessing of hope and thanksgiving.

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