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Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

13 June 2010 – Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)

THIS SUNDAY: The “theme” of the First Reading, Psalm and Gospel today is “forgiveness of sins”. We hear the touching Gospel story, of the “woman with a bad name in the town” coming to anoint Jesus’s feet. Living inspired by the love of Jesus is the key to our discipleship – his crucifixion is the sign of his love, which is in itself the forgiveness of sins. After the Season of Eastertime and then the cycle of feast days that have touched our Sunday celebrations, we return now to Ordinary Time – a very green season giving us hope and life. Far from being ‘ordinary’ we simply rejoin the pilgrimage through the encounter with Jesus in the thick of his ministry of teaching, preaching and healing. We pick up Luke’s gospel and once again walk with a most compassionate and understanding Lord who invites us to his table to enjoy from his goodness and his love.

FIRST COMMUNION: Last Saturday’s First Communion was a most joyous event in our parish’s year and we need to keep the twenty six children in our prayers as they are welcomed 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. let’s hope that we can encourage them and their parents to feel that they have a place here and this is also a place where there is room for them.

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!

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.

meets this coming Tuesday at 7.00pm in the presbytery.

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. Fr Christopher needs to inform the Cathedral of who is going to represent the parish. If you can go, please let FrC know asap. You can always email him at

DIOCESAN SYMPOSIUM: Tina Beattie – professor of Theology of Roehampton University – is coming to lead a day for catechists and all those interested in handing on faith, entitled Art in catechesis ~ Catechesis in art. The day  – Saturday 3 July – is being held at St Bede’s Catholic College in Lawrence Weston and open to everyone. There are full details on the notice board in the narthex as well as little application forms for the day. Take one and fill it in.

CLASS AT MASS: Year Four will be coming to mass this coming Friday at 9.30am. We welcome them to the Church. Do come along to help make them welcome and feel that our church is also theirs.

to Harry Sadd who was baptised here at St Bernadette’s last weekend. We congratulate Harry’s family, too.

FEAST OF ST PETER & ST PAUL falls on Tuesday 29th June. The Feast is a Holyday of Obligation and so there will be two Masses that day – 10.00am (where we will be joined by our Primary School children) and then 7.30pm.

PETER’S PENCE: The Sunday nearest to the Feast of Ss Peter & Paul each year ( 27 June) offers us chance to make our offering to the Holy Father’s charitable fund. Peter’s Pence enables him on our behalf to reach out in concern to those parishes and dioceses in our would who do suffer real hardship. It also allows him to reach out for us towards those who suffer from natural disaster and those suffering amidst difficulty. More next week.

PARISH SOCIAL: Before we venture into the great holiday season, there is an Italian evening in our Hall on Saturday 10 July from 7.30pm onwards. There will be full details next weekend about how you can get hold of a ticket for this sumptuous feast, so watch this space. Just keep the date free.

200 CLUB GRAND DRAW WINNERS: Congratulations to Cathy Craig (£200 winner); to Peter Osborne (£100 winner; and to  Claire Tayler   (£50 winner).

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