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Sixth Sunday of Easter

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

9th May 2010 – Sixth Sunday of Easter

 

THIS SUNDAY: As Eastertide unfolds, we feel the power and influence of the Spirit growing. This is the Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead, and the Spirit who brings the Church to birth at Pentecost. As we journey towards Pentecost – the climax of the Easter Season – we should be considering the presence of the Spirit in the Church today: the reconciler of disputes, the solver of problems, true inspiration for the family of God on our journey to the New Jerusalem! From this side, Pentecost is about promise: the Lord at the Last Supper promises that He and the Father will be “at home” with all who keep his words – and it is the Advocate, the Holy Spirit who will remind us of these and all his words. We believe that all Scripture is “inspired” – the word of the Spirit – so as we listen or proclaim this Sunday let us look for the fulfillment of the promise made by the Lord.

FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION: We welcome the children preparing for First Communion this summer to Mass this Sunday as they come to receive the gift of the crucifix. 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 children preparing for First Communion this summer come together once again 12 May (this Wednesday) at 4.00pm in the hall. 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.

YEAR FOR PRIESTS: 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. If there is enough interest, FrC can easily arrange a coach.

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.

MASS FOR PENTECOST: 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 (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 – a time of penance and reparation, too.

PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY: A service of prayer for Christian Unity is being held in celebration of Pentecost on Friday 21 May at the United Reformed Church in Whitchurch Village at 7.30 pm. The speaker at the service will be Anne Doyle, Chair of the Clifton Diocesan Ecumenical Commission. Please do go along and represent St Bernadette’s if you can.

PENTECOST SUNDAY – Special collection: Though the visit of Pope Benedict XVI is a State visit, the Dioceses of England, Wales and Scotland have to make a financial contribution. To help with this there will be a collection on Pentecost Sunday in all parishes throughout England, Wales and Scotland. The target for this collection is £1 million. Each diocese has been allocated a target – our diocesan ‘target’ is £34,000. Every parish will be receiving from the Bishops’ Conference Gift aid envelopes and these should be available for next weekend in preparation. FrC is aware of the many demands on your finances but would ask you to support this appeal as generously as you can.

CONGRATULATIONS AND WELCOME to Emily Brine who was baptised here last Sunday. We congratulate Emily’s family, also.

NEXT SUNDAY is the feast of the Ascension (transferred from the Thursday). There will be Vespers and Benediction next Sunday at 4.00pm. The following Sunday is Pentecost

200 CLUB SOCIAL: Cream Tea will be served on Sunday 30th May from 3.30pm until 5.30pm. Sandwiches, scones with cream and jam as well as cakes will be served along with lashings of hot, fresh tea. Tea will cost £3 and you can sign up in the narthex and simply come along any time during that couple of hours. The three May ‘big’ prizes (first prize £200) will be drawn during the afternoon… and it could be your number! Do come along if you can.

ZAMBIAN VISITOR: Fr Oswald Mallya is studying in Kent on a sabbatical. Fr Oswald was the priest of the St Lawrence Community Project that we, as a parish, have been supporting in simple ways over the last two years. He is coming to visit us on Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th and he will be with us at both Masses that weekend and so able to tell us how what we have sent has been used for the community on the outskirts of Lusaka.

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