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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

27th June 2010 – Thurteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

THIS SUNDAY: The Church asks that we see some continuity in the Gospel readings from Sunday to Sunday. This is especially true today, when we enter into a new, decisive stage of Saint Luke’s Gospel, having reached the great turning point in the middle of Chapter 9 (which is read on the twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time.) Jesus has been acknowledged as the Messiah, and has spoken of his death and resurrection – as he does this, he announces that the path of discipleship will be to “take up your cross”. Today we hear him taking the road to Jerusalem – to his Passion, Death and Resurrection – and on the way teaching the meaning of discipleship. There is immediacy, a determination, an unswerving purpose, which is echoed by the first reading: there is nothing that can stand between the Lord and his act of redemption. All his disciples must have the same determination and dedication, guided by the Spirit and never giving in to self-indulgence.

PARISH BAZAAR: Our Bazaar takes place, this year, on Saturday 9th October. 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 want to get in touch with them. Draw Tickets will be available by the start of July and stall holders and helpers meet before the summer break on Thursday 8 July at 7.00pm in the narthex.

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 invites all those who would like to take part in this year’s confirmation preparation course to meet with him in the parish hall on Tuesday 20th July at 7.00pm. This will be a very short get together just outlining the course that will begin in September. If you have already let FrC know you’re interested, then he will be in touch with you this coming week. If you have yet to ‘sign up’, get in touch with his soon.

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: Copies of the Bishop’s document outlining the vision for our parishes over the next couple of years is available for you to take away from the narthex. From the autumn we will, as a parish, need to take serious consideration of this document and begin to think about how we work together – not just in our parish – but with the parishes around us, too. This will affect us as a parish and it would be good if we were prepared for what may lie ahead.

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 – this coming 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 (this Sunday) 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 social evening with delicious food to eat and drinks to quench your thirst in our Hall on Saturday 10 July from 7.30pm onwards. You can sign up to reserve a seat next weekend. Keep that date free.

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 close to Birmingham 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. Do look at the website set up for the papal visit: www.thepapalvisit.org.uk

OUR PRAYERS AND SYMPATHY
are extended to the family of Georgina Jones who died during this last week. Her funeral takes place at St Bernadette’s this coming Thursday at 10.00am. May she rest in peace.

CONGRATULATIONS & WELCOME
to Lenny George Wilson and Daisy Lee Jeffries who were both baptised here last weekend. Congratulations to their family, also.

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