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Trinity Sunday

30th May 2010 – Trinity Sunday (Year C)

THIS SUNDAY: This Sunday is all about the “Divine Community” – in other words, the way in which our God is in himself a communion of love: Father, Son and Spirit, distinct yet perfectly united – three persons, one God.  We hear of the perfect union between Father and Son, revealed in the mysterious poem of the First Reading, where the Son is “Wisdom” joining the Father in the act of creation. This union bears fruit in the Spirit, who pours this perfect love into our hearts, so that we may imitate the “Communion of Love” by living together and hoping for our place within the Divine Community.

A VERY WARM WELCOME
to Fr Oswald Mallya. Fr Oswald is one of our valued contacts in Zambia and 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 visiting us this weekend 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. There will be a little drink after Mass on Saturday in the Narthex giving you chance to say hello to Fr Oswald whilst he is here with us. On Sunday, you can meet him in the hall for coffee after Mass.

FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION:
The period of preparation has come to an end for another year and 26 children from our parish come to receive Holy Communion for the first time this coming Saturday at 12noon. The rehearsal for FHC is on Friday 4th June at 5.00pm in the Church. The whole group join us for mass next Sunday at 10.30am where they come also to receive their certificates. Let’s keep them in our prayers over this next week: Ellena Trickey, Ellis Gould, Taylor Kabuye, Bonitta Nakitto, Kelvin Kalungi, Alfie Condon, Ciaran Jones, Niall McGirr, Yasmin McDonald, Jade Osborne, Charley O’Toole, Oskar Kleszcz, Jacob Hynes. Michal Komada, Finlay O’Regan, Leah Holland, Rico Russo, Luca Mercato, Carlo Mercato, Jessica James, Jack Phillips, Lauren Sanders, Isobel Heard, Oliver Murphy, Ben McGovern, and Paddy Browne.

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 this weekend along with Gift Aid envelopes for those of you who pay tax. The collection should be taken this weekend but with the papal visit appeal last 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.

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 THIS COMING week so you can contact the appropriate person.

200 CLUB SOCIAL: Cream Tea will be served this Sunday afternoon – 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.

GLASTONBURY PILGRIMAGE: The annual diocesan pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady at Glastonbury is taking place on Sunday 11 July. This is a great gathering of the people of our diocese in honour of the Mother of God… and it is always a good day out, too. Fr Healy is arranging a coach from St Pius X and is prepared to call in at St Bernadette’s to pick up those who would like to join with them. The coach will leave St B’s and take you to Glastonbury. If you would like to go along, please sign up on the notice board.

CONFIRMATION PREPARATION:
Fr Christopher paid a visit to the secondary school last week inviting those in year 8 and above who would like to embark upon the preparation for Confirmation to sign up. The Bishop will be with us after Christmas and preparation will begin after the summer holidays. If you would like to take part in this year’s programme have a look at our website or get in touch with FrC asap.

CONGRATULATIONS
to Bernard and Valerie Price who successfully completed the diocesan Certificate in Catechesis which was awarded to them by Bishop Declan on 19 May.

THE DIARY OF GOD: John Huntriss is leading a course spread over eight weeks during the autumn on the scriptures taking us gently through the story of God and his love for his people and enabling us to deepen our understanding of the Word of God. Full details and application forms for the course (which is taking place here at St Bernadette’s) can be found in the narthex. The eight week’s course costs £24. It is a most valuable course and well worthwhile signing up for, Do pick up one of the forms and if you want to know more, have a word with FrC. You can hand your form into FrC or send it onto the Adult education office. Poster on the notice board.

PAPAL VISIT COLLECTION: Thank you for the great generosity you showed through last weekend’s retiring collection as part of our support for the Holy Father’s visit in September. You raised a superb £398.36 thanks to your kindness and this will be sent on with the Gift Aid forms only to enhance your gifts.  If you haven’t done so yet, please pick up one of the prayer cards from the Narthex.

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