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Fourteenth Sunday of the Year

Fourteenth Sunday of the Year

4 July 2010 – Fourteenth Sunday of the Year

THIS SUNDAY: The link between the First Reading and Gospel is not immediately apparent today, until you look at the “headings” which are always chosen “to make the connection between readings of the same Mass clear.” (Introduction to the Lectionary n.123.) The “headings” present us with a simple picture today: a river of peace flowing out from the Lord, which we see in the Gospel as the flowing of the disciples as they are sent out on their first mission. From the Lord of Peace, others, like ripples in a pool, flow out carrying his simple message: “Peace to this house!” We are reminded every time we celebrate the Eucharist that what flows to us in what we receive – the love, the joy, the peace of the risen Christ – is going so that we might allow it to flow from us into the lives of others. We are simple vehicles allowing ourselves to be used so that Christ can touch the lives of others through us. This will happen unless we put a dam across the flow holding what we have received back. Let’s pray that this week will find us generous in the love and peace we bring to others… as generous as Christ in his giving to us.

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 NEXT SUNDAY 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 NEXT 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. A great family day out. You also get free access to the abbey grounds where you can lunch away and then stay for the procession and mass.

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.

PARISHES IN COMMUNION FOR MISSION: There are one or two copies left in the narthex if you didn’t manage to pick one up last weekend.  This is the Bishop’s (and our diocese’s) vision for our parishes over the next couple of years. 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.

PARISH SOCIAL: Before we venture into the great holiday season, there is a social evening with delicious food to eat and drinks to quench your thirst in our Hall on this coming Saturday  – 10 July  – from 7.30pm onwards. You can sign up to reserve a seat next weekend. The evening will cost you £10 for a tasty three course dinner and drinks will be available. Do come along if you can – the evening hopes to raise a little money for our outreach projects.

PAPAL VISIT – SEPTEMBER 2010: Don’t forget to keep the intention of the Papal visit in your prayers. There are still some of the 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. We should hear a little more news this week about how we can take part in this historic visit of the Holy Father… so watch this space. Some of our young people have been invited 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: as well as

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 (beginning 29 September) 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.

The Diocesan Department for Adult Education and Evangelisation is hosting a course which begins 12th October enabling us to deepen our understanding of faith. The course runs through until July of 2011 and flows gently through our creed and what it is we hold dear as a Christian people. The course is aimed at those who simply want to know more and to grow in confidence in the faith they possess whilst having the opportunity to ask questions. The sessions are not deeply academic nor overwhelmingly theological but they allow those who take part to familiarise themselves with what we believe and so root ourselves more firmly in Christ who calls us to follow him. The talks take place at Holy Family, Patchway, (7.30 – 9.00)and the full details of the course as well as application form are available from the narthex. You don’t have to attend each session – you can dip in and out as suits you. It’s well worth going along to so pick up a form and sign up!

CATECHISTS CERTIFICATE COURSE: The New Year may seem so far away at the moment but forward planning is not such a bad thing. The second catechists’ course begins in January 2011 (taking place at Alexander House, Pennywell Road) and seeks to form and equip those who hand on faith to others with the skills and resources they need in their ministry. Our parishes rely on catechists in so many ways. If you think this course may be something that might appeal to you, have a word with FrC. There are forms on the notice board next to the poster. You will need a supporting signature on your application. Do consider taking this ministry on. It is a most important ministry in parish life seeking to hand on and build up faith in others.

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