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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

20th June 2010 – Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

THIS SUNDAY: Out of a seemingly innocent question comes the dark shadow of the cross: Jesus must teach his disciples that to be the “Anointed One”, “the Christ”, means to follow the path of sacrifice to the very end. He is not a King who comes with armies, but a King who comes with truth and humility, prepared to die for that truth about God’s Kingdom. But the mourning is always to be seen in the light of Easter – “being raised on the third day”, when “a fountain will be opened”, the fountain of Baptism and eternal life in the death and resurrection of the Lord.

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 from Chew Magna at a cost of £7 return. If you want to make use of the coach, contact Debbie direct on 0117 964 6922.

CONFIRMATION PREPARATION
: 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.

PARISHES IN COMMUNION FOR MISSION: Bishop Declan is inviting us to join him with representatives from the other parishes 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 in 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 as we will be touched by its recommendations. 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… rather than be left behind and decisions made for 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.

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 is 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.

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 this year) 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. Do give as generously as you can… it is him being charitable on behalf of the whole church.

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.

AMPLIUS COMMUNITY CHOIR is meeting again on Tuesday 22 June at 7 pm at Bridge Farm School to sing and to discuss a future programme.  If you enjoy singing, come and join others who do.  The choir has raised over £500 for charity to date.

PAPAL VISIT – SEPTEMBER 2010: As you know, Pope Benedict comes to us on Apostolic Visitation this September – a State Visit and a short visit – but an important one, nevertheless. There are some little pamphlets in the narthex issued and produced by the Bishops’ Conference… they may be aimed at those who know very little about Catholicism, but they are of interest. They are free so please do take one. There are also some CTS brochures should you wish to start your preparation for the visit. At this stage, we are not sure how parishes are being invited to take part in the visit – probably at Coventry for the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman – but our parish has been asked to send some of our young people to the gathering in central London. Rhiannon Lampard, Sarah Craig and Paige Wise are representing us at the great gathering of young people with the Holy Father. Our two schools have also been invited to send some students to take part in a schools’ event with the Holy Father. There will be more information coming soon, so watch this space. We may not physically be able to go where the Pope is whilst he is in England, but there are ways we can take part in the visit and its preparations. If you want to find our more and look into the details of where the Pope is going whilst he is here and who he will be engaged with, then do look at the website set up for the papal visit: www.thepapalvisit.org.uk

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