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Fifth Sunday of Easter (C)

Fifth Sunday of Easter (C)

2 May 2010 – Fifth Sunday of Easter (C)

THIS SUNDAY: We are now closer to Ascension and Pentecost than Easter, but we are still in the Easter Season. The readings this Sunday begin to move us along too, as once more we hear the Lord at the Last Supper preparing his disciples for his departure: he does this by giving them a rule to live by, a new commandment. This commandment, “love one another”, is to be the guiding light of the community of believers after Pentecost (check the first reading for the Second Sunday of Easter) – it is the risen Lord’s parting gift to his Church.

PARISH DAY OF PRAYER AND REFLECTION – ‘Lord, teach us to pray’:  Next Saturday we are fortunate to be able to welcome Fr John Edwards SJ to our Parish to lead our Day of Prayer and Reflection. Our lives are so full and filled with busy-ness now that this day gives us chance to stop and recharge and refocus to enable us to enter back into the busy-ness of our lives with renewed vision. 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 still time to add your name to the list in the narthex.  Make a note, encourage others to do the same… and even invite people to come along with you.

CLERGY TRAINING FUND: Thank you for your generosity through last weekend’s retiring collection for the Clergy Training Fund. Your thoughtfulness raised £248.90 which will be sent off to support our students in their formation for priesthood.

FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION: The children preparing for First Communion this summer come together once again 5 May (this Wednesday) at 4.00pm in the hall. NEXT 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. The parents of this year’s group meet together on Thursday 20th May at 7.00pm in the Church.

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 (29.ix/6.x/13.x/20.x/3.ix/10.xi/17.xi/24.xi). 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.

: 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 THIS COMING 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 and ready for First Communion.

: 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.

CONGRATULATIONS AND WELCOME to Grace Efa Barber & to Tyler Philip Bright who were both baptised here at St Bernadette’s last weekend. We congratulate their families, also.

Our parish is growingly multi lingual – rich and diverse in culture and tradition. To celebrate this richness in diversity, on the Feast of Pentecost (23rd May) our Liturgy of the Word will reflect some of the different languages spoken in our Parish family. The readings and the bidding prayers will be read in a particular ‘mother’ tongue and also in English. On the feast which unites through the gift of faith, we thank God for the faith that draws us together from across our continent and from across our world.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: At the invitation of the Bishops of our country in the light of last weekend’s pastoral letter from our bishops, 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.

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