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Fourth Sunday of Easter (C)

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Fourth Sunday of Easter (C)

25th April 2010 – Fourth Sunday of Easter

THIS SUNDAY: This is traditionally known as “Good Shepherd” Sunday, and is part of the continuing journey of Easter – remember that Jesus is the Good Shepherd who both gives his life for his sheep and takes it up again. His relationship with us, after the resurrection, is closer than we can imagine: through his dying and rising, Jesus fulfils the promise he makes in today’s Gospel: “I give them eternal life, and they will never be lost.” This Sunday is another opportunity for us to consider the consequences of the Resurrection – how we live the Easter Story.

VOCATIONS’ SUNDAY: 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 THIS 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 this 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.

FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION: The children preparing for First Communion this summer come together once again 28 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.

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!

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.

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.

OUR PROJECTS IN ZAMBIA: There are one or two acknowledgements of the gifts we have sent out to various projects in Zambia – gifts from our Parish and from individuals. Do have a look at the notice board.

PARISH MAGAZINE: The Spring/Easter edition is available from the narthex. Do pick up your copy as you leave. They are free but if you want to pop something in the newspaper box by way of contribution, please do.

PARISH BAZAAR: If you would like to help out with this year’s parish bazaar which will take place late September, early October, then you are invited to come along to a pre-bazaar get together to look at the possibilities. If you were a stall holder last year and would like to sort out your ‘little corner’ this year, then please come along. It shouldn’t be too difficult to get things going – just a little organisation to keep us on the right path… and the same path. we will meet on Tuesday 11th May at 7.00pm in the Hall for a quick get together. If you can’t come to that meeting, please just let FrC have your name if you would be willing to lend a hand.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: On each of the Fridays of May (7th, 14th, 21st & 28th) the Church will remain open after Mass until midday and the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for a time of prayer and reflection. Please make use of this time and this opportunity. It is important that we come before the Lord, present in the Eucharist, to pray for the needs of our Church and our world.

SR PHILOMENA ENGLISH: Fr Michael’s sister died on Friday morning as he was on his way to Ireland. We keep her in our prayers as well as Fr Michael’s two brothers, sister, and the rest of his family. May she rest in peace.

MASS TIMES: Do keep an eye on the Mass times this week – there are one or two adaptations and alterations.

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