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Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi

6 June 2010 – The Feast of Corpus Christi (C)

THIS SUNDAY: The Eucharist is not an invention of the Church: it is a part of God’s plan of salvation from the very beginning: it is prefigured in the Old Testament, seen today in the food offerings of Melchizedek, priest king of Jerusalem associated with Abraham, choose bread and wine as the offerings. It is also revealed by the prophetic action of Jesus, in feeding the multitude, before he feeds the Church with the gift that is transmitted through the centuries. The Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Christ, is our communication with the Father, in the Spirit: it is the real presence in the Church’s here and now of the eternal God; it is Covenant, Memorial and Promise, Meal and Sacrifice, the heartbeat of the Family of Believers.

We congratulate the twenty six children from our parish who have come this weekend in celebration of their First Communion. They join us for Mass at 10.30am this Sunday by way of celebrating with us as a parish family and continuing their weekend of celebrations as they receive the gift of the Eucharist. We keep them in our prayers and welcome them to the table of God’s family: 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.

A BIG THANK YOU must go to those who have helped the children prepare for this weekend’s celebration of First Communion. We must thank Teresa Pattison, Deb Stapleton, Ann Kerrigan and Therese Plummer for working with the children over the lat six months to bring them to this day.

CORPUS CHRISTI: This weekend gives us a wonderful chance to reflect upon Christ’s presence among us and a reminder of what we are called to be. There will be, as we have done in previous years, sung Vespers at 4.00pm followed by a short 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.

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 and Fr Harding) to support our parishes in so many ways. The report for 2009 is available in the narthex if you;ve yet to pick one up and there are Gift Aid envelopes for those of you who pay tax and have forgotten the one from last weekend.  The collection will be taken after all Masses today.

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) – that’s this coming Friday – 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. It would a good thing if St Bernadette’s were represented among the parishes gathering together with our Bishop at the Cathedral.

PARISH BAZAAR: Our Bazaar takes place, this year, on Saturday 9th October… and now is the time to start thinking about what you might be able to do for the bazaar. 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. There are full details on the notice board and if you want to start bringing things in, then pop them in the narthex and they will be taken care of. There are also details of who’s who just in case you ant to get in touch with them. Draw Tickets will be available by the start of July so that you can get on selling them. Do lend a hand if you can. This is a major fundraising event for parish funds in the year!

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.

Fr Christopher paid a visit to the secondary school recently 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 (or know of someone who is due for Confirmation) have a look at the homepage of our website or get in touch with FrC asap. The group will initially get together in July before the summer break. Watch this space.

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.

PARISH FORUM GROUP meets this coming Tuesday at 7.00pm in the presbytery.

PARISHES IN COMMUNION FOR MISSION: Bishop Declan is inviting us to join him with representatives from the other parish of our diocese at a liturgy at the Cathedral during which each of us will receive a copy of the document outlining the vision of future organisation of the parishes of our diocese.  The document comes as a result of the wide consultation that took place last year, and it is important that our parish is represented. If you can go along the gathering is on Wednesday 23 June at 7.30pm. We need to be involved and committed as a parish to what is happening around us. This is an important time for us as a diocese, and St Bernadette’s has a part to play in this process of growth and change.

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