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Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday

4th April 2010 – Easter Sunday – The day of the Lord’s Resurrection

THIS SUNDAY: When the Word is proclaimed, it is real and active – the Lord is present, and what is described is, in a sense, happening now. On certain days this is made more obvious by the selection of scripture that refers to a particular time or day. Such a selection occurs this morning, when we go with Mary Magdalene to visit the tomb, only to make – with her – a momentous discovery: the tomb is empty, he is risen! The news of Easter joy is one that is not contained in one single day or celebration. The Church gives us an Octave – eight days – for us to celebrate the Easter mystery. We embark upon our journey, also, through the fifty days of Eastertime, an opportunity for us to glory in the resurrection of Jesus, our Lord and our Saviour. We listen to the readings taken from the Acts of the Apostles – the account of the Church living their faith in Jesus who died and rose again.

EASTER VESPERS: Evening Prayer is celebrated this and next Sunday at 4.00pm. Please do come along if you can. This Prayer of the Church is a wonderful way to continue to celebrate the joy of the Resurrection.

FLOWER COLLECTION: Thank you, once again, for the generosity shown through your Easter Flower Offerings. You gave a mighty £317.47 last Sunday. This enables our flower ladies to keep our church look decorative and truly festive!

FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION: The children take a break from their preparation until they return to school for the new term. We gather again on Wednesday 21st April at 4.00pm in the hall. On Sunday 9th May, the children come together for our 10.30am Mass where they will receive the gift of the cross. The cross is given to them as a reminder of their call to follow the Lord as his disciples and allow his love to be seen in the lives they lead. we keep them in our prayers.

CAFOD ‘Give it up’ BOXES: Some of the Lenten CAFOD boxes have already been returned. If you have one at home then you might like to think about getting it sent into Church so that our Lenten almsgiving can be sent off to CAFOD asap. You can leave it in the sacristy if you are here for Mass or pop it into the presbytery if you are passing during the week.

PARISH OUTREACH PROJECTS: Thank you to those who arranged both the second Lenten soup lunch and the Parish darts night. Both these events sought to raise a little money for our Parish Outreach Projects. Combined, they raised just over £400 which will be sent off in the next two weeks to the Nuncio in Lusaka for him to distribute among some of the communities we have been supporting. Thank you for your kindness and your generosity.

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES: There are still some sets of envelopes waiting to be collected from the Narthex. These new envelops come into use from next Sunday. 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.

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.

PARISH DAY OF PRAYER AND REFLECTION – ‘Lord, teach us to pray’: Fr John Edwards SJ has kindly accepted an invitation to come to St Bernadette’s and lead a day of reflection and prayer for us on Saturday May 8th. we are fortunate to be in a position to have Fr John come to us. Men like him are much in demands from groups wanting days of prayer… so we need to make use of him whilst he is on our doorstep. The day will be simple and yet challenging, inviting you to look at how you pray, maybe even teach you to pray, but invite you to step outside of the ordinariness of routine and place yourselves in the presence of God. The day will begin with Mass at 10.00am and end at about 3.00pm. Lunch will be provided for you. There will be a list in the narthex to sign up on in the next week or so. Make a note, encourage others to do the same… and even invite people to come along with you.

PARISH WEBSITE: Don’t forget to keep an eye on our parish website. it is updated regularly and offers you, not just the news and useful bits and pieces of information, but also some wonderful reflections to invite you to think during the week. The web address is at the foot of the newsletter. If you haven’t seen and you feel you are a little too old for all this technology… why not ask your grandchildren to give you a lesson and show you what’s on screen!

NEW ROTAS: New rotas are available from the narthex if you have yet to collect yours. Do pick one up asap as they come into use from next weekend.

THE DIARY OF GOD: John Huntriss, who supports the work of the Diocesan Department of Adult Education and Evangelisation, is coming to St Bernadette’s in the autumn to lead a series of eight sessions looking at the scriptures. This simple and uncomplicated course should enable us to grow in our familiarity and understanding of the Word of God in our Christian lives. John will begin his course on Wednesday 29th September and will continue through to the end of November. You need do nothing yet… just watch this space and details will be given out a little before the summer. The sessions will begin at 7.30pm in the Hall on each of the Wednesdays.

EASTER CONCERT: The Amplius Community Choir is hosting a concert in aid of the Haiti and Chile Earthquake Appeal.  Please support this local effort by coming to the concert at the Meadow Hall, Bridge Farm School on Saturday 17 April at 7.30pm.  Admission is  free – but there will be a  retiring collection for the earthquake relief fund.

AND FINALLY… THANK YOU! You’ll have to come to Mass to find out where the Thank yous are directed!


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