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Second Sunday of Easter

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Second Sunday of Easter

11th April 2010 – Second Sunday of Easter (C) ~ Divine Mercy Sunday

THIS SUNDAY: This week the Gospel is chosen because it relates “what happened today” – eight days after Easter, Jesus comes again to his disciples. The story of Thomas’s doubt and faith leads us to think about our doubts and faith – but always in the context of being part of the family of the Church. Remember last week, and the baptisms you may have witnessed, or the renewal of your own baptismal promises: “this is the faith of the Church, the faith in which we are baptised.” As we step away from the Easter octave and move into the remainder of this Easter Season up to Pentecost, we have chance to reflect upon the Easter, baptismal faith that we enjoy. We allow the Risen Christ to be encountered and seen, not just through our words, but maybe more especially in the way we live our lives of faith – joyfully and in service of those around us.

EASTER OCTAVE VESPERS: Evening Prayer is celebrated this 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 this Divine Mercy Sunday.

CONGRATULATIONS AND WELCOME to Deepa Rajesh who was baptised here last Sunday.

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.  So far, nearly £300 has come in from your Lenten Offerings.

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.

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! Don’t forget to have a look in the gallery for photogrpahs of the Parish’s celebration of Holy Week and easter this year.

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.   

FEAST OF ST RITA: The annual gathering in honour of St Rita at the Centre in Honiton takes place on Saturday 22nd May. Mass is celebrated at midday and Benediction at 3.00pm. Derrick Street is arranging transport down to Honiton for the day and if you would like to make use of this day out, then get in touch with him on (01275) 833 353. You will need to bring a packed lunch with you. Coach costs £10 return.

YEAR FOR PRIESTS: Our monthly days of prayer continue on Friday 7th May when the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed after the 10.00am Mass for the duration of the day ending with vespers at 6.00pm. Please sign up to one of the half hour slots (see notice board) and use this chance to pray for the priests of our diocese. One of the classes from our primary school will be joining us for Mass at 10.00am. ALSO, Bishop Declan invites you to join him at the close of this Year for Priests at the Cathedral on Friday 11 June (Feast of the Sacred Heart). he will be joined by many of the priests of our diocese to bring this spiritual year to a prayerful close. There’s plenty of room in the Cathedral so please do go along and join our Bishop and our priests.

WILLING HANDS AND VOLUNTEERS: Some willing hands and keen gardeners are needed to tend to the boarder on the left hand side of the drive. It needs some keen weeding out and cutting back. If you would be willing to take on the responsibility for this boarder, please have a word with FrC after Mass. It would be good to have the grounds looking good now the spring is here.

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