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Pentecost Sunday (C)

Pentecost Sunday (C)

23 May 2010 – Pentecost Sunday

THIS SUNDAY: We arrive at the fiftieth day   the completion of the Easter Season, and the completion of the Paschal Mystery: the Lord has died, is risen, has ascended to heaven and now gives birth to his Church, by sending the Spirit upon the apostles. This feast of the gift of the Spirit is so significant for us, because it marks the handing on of Jesus’ ministry to the Church   in the Church we are guaranteed the presence of the Lord, in his sacra¬ments, in his ministers, in the Blessed Sacrament and in his Celebrated Word. It also marks the fulfilment of our thoughts about baptism throughout this season: the gift of the Spirit which we receive in Confirmation is the `seal’ of our baptism, guaranteeing and confirm¬ing all that baptism achieves.

VESPERS & BENEDICTION for the feast of the Pentecost and the close of the Easter Season will be celebrated at 4.00pm. Do come along if you can.

MASS FOR PENTECOST: Our parish is growingly multi lingual – rich and diverse in culture and tradition. To celebrate this richness in diversity, during this Sunday’s Mass 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. We are a family made of  people from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales as well as Hungarians, Italians, Spaniards, the French, Portuguese, German, Malaysian, Kerelan, Polish, Filipino, people from Mauritius, as well as from some of the African nations. We may be diverse in culture and language, but one in faith and in belief because of the one Spirit binding us together.

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 is a collection this Sunday in all parishes throughout England, Wales and Scotland. The target for this part of the fundraising is £1 million (the overall total to raised is about £7million). Each diocese has been allocated a target – our diocesan ‘target’ is £34,000 – that equates to £1 per Mass going head in our diocese. There are some Gift Aid envelopes available from the Narthex for those of you who are tax payers. Please do take the time as you leave today to Gift Aid your offering so as to enhance it from reclaimed tax you have already paid.  Please be as generous as you can towards the Holy Father’s visit… not just with your finances but also with your prayers. Pray that God’s Spirit will open the hearts of our people to the message the Holy Father brings.  May he rekindle the flame of faith in us so that we might learn to love to the Lord by walking in his ways. There are prayer cards in the Narthex, too. You can find out more or even donate online by going to

FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION: First Communion will be celebrated in two of week’s time – Saturday 5th June at 12noon. The children will also be joining the parish for Mass on Sunday 6th June to celebrate Mass and receive their certificates. Do keep them in your prayers. They will meet for the last time this Wednesday, 26th May. and not 2nd June as listed. Rehearsal for FHC is on Friday 4th June at 5.00pm in the Church.

CORPUS CHRISTI: 6 June this year is the celebration of Corpus Christi. There will be, as we have done in previous years, sung Vespers at 4.00pm followed by a procession of the Blessed Sacrament with benediction ‘over’ Whitchurch, praying for the people of our city and our area. Please do come along if you can. This is a beautiful feast and chance for us to renew our faith in Christ’s living presence among us.

PRIESTS’ RETIREMENT FUND: By the end of this year there will be 39 priests living in retirement. The annual collection seeks our support in offering them a little security after many years of active service to the people of Clifton, many of whom continue (like Fr Michael) to support us in so many ways. The report for 2009 will be given out next weekend along with Gift Aid envelopes for those of you who pay tax. The collection should be taken next weekend but with the papal visit appeal this weekend it seems to be more prudent to leave it a week. Saturday 5/Sunday 6 June. Please be as generous as you can towards our retired priests.

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. Tune into in this last week’s of the Year for Priests and hear the reflections from 13 priests across our dicoese on how their deanery has taken part in this Special Year and what it has allowed them to reflect upon.

PARISH BAZAAR: Our Bazaar takes place, this year, on Saturday 9th October. Details of how you can help in the weeks and months leading up to it will be given out next weekend… so watch this space. You might like to think about what you might be able to let one of the stalls have. Bottles, cakes, jams and chutneys, fancy goods and gifts, bric-a-brac and toys… now’s the time to start thinking. Details of stalls and stall holders will also be on the notice board next week so you can contact the appropriate person.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: At the invitation of the Bishops of our country this last of the Fridays of May (28th) the Church will be open from 8.30am 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 praying for those abused within the family of the Church and praying for healing and forgiveness, too.

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 at 4.30pm… and it could be your number! Do come along if you can.

: 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 next weekend – Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th  – and he will be with us at both Masses that weekend and so tell us how what we have sent out has been used for the community on the outskirts of Lusaka.

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