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Third Sunday of Easter

Third Sunday of Easter

18th April 2010 – Third Sunday of Easter (Year C)


THIS SUNDAY: The rest of the world has settled “back to normal” after Easter holidays now, but we continue to dwell on the resurrection of Jesus and the growth of the Church. Today’s Gospel, which many people consider the most beautiful of the resurrection stories, has many themes: the failed fishing trip, the inability of Peter to recognise the risen Jesus, the miracle of the 153 fish and the simple, powerful reassuring words of Jesus to his confused disciples: “Come and have breakfast.” We can all find ourselves a place in this Gospel story, as we continue to wonder at the resurrection.

CONGRATULATIONS AND WELCOME to Maddison Louise Duckett and to Eva Rose Conley who were both baptised here at St Bernadette’s last Sunday. We offer our congratulations to their families, also.

FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION: The children preparing for First Communion this summer come together again on Wednesday 21st April (this Wednesday) 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.

There are still some sets of envelopes waiting to be collected from the Narthex. These new envelopes have now come into use. 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 demand 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 is a list in the narthex to sign up so just add your name to that.  Make a note, encourage others to do the same… and even invite people to come along with you.

PARISH WEBSITE: There are some wonderful photographs that capture our parish celebration of Holy Week on the website, as well as 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!

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.

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 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) at 11.00am. 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 gates (facing the old manor house). 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.

APF MILL HILL (Missio): We have received the auditor’s report for 2009. Our parish has raised £2126.00; this includes money from red boxes, donations, and annual membership. This is a terrific amount raised this last year and shows your real care and concern for the poor areas of our Church in the world. Many thanks for your kindness, your generosity and your support.

PARISH FORUM GROUP meets at the presbytery this coming Tuesday at 7.00pm.

: The Fourth Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday) is always a Day of Prayer for Vocations. There will be evening prayer (Vespers) and Benediction at 4.00pm next Sunday as our way of continuing to mark this important day of prayer – most especially in this Year for Priests. There will be a retiring collection next weekend for the Clergy Training Fund. This fund does support the students we have in our diocese as well as the ongoing formation of your priests.

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