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Fifteenth Sunday of the Year

Fifteenth Sunday of the Year

11th July 2010 – Fifteenth Sunday of the Year

Both first reading and Gospel today invite us to be “down to earth” about the Law of God. It’s very easy to become an “expert in religion” – knowing all the right answers, remembering all the right quotes, and so on. But for Moses and for Jesus, if God’s Law is to be kept anywhere, it must be in our hearts and in our everyday lives. We are not to be concerned with keeping our eyes fixed on heaven, if it means that we cannot see the poor man at our feet.

WE WELCOME a young man, Sam Denny,  to our Mass this Sunday who will be baptised and confirmed. Sam’s sister was baptised Saturday and we welcome Lucy and Sam into our Parish family.

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. Gordon needs empty jars and sugar for his jams and preserves; Dave & Dolly need anything in a bottle for their bottle stall; Kim and the Children’s Liturgy Group ask all our bakers and cake makers to think about the cake stall; Carmel, Delphine and FrC’s mum are looking for those unwanted gifts or new items you can give to the Gift Stall, Caroline and Sue are looking for your bric-a-brac; and Emma and Judy are looking for toys galore. We also need plants and cuttings as well as anything else you might think is useful for the bazaar. Do think about what you can give and start bring your contributions in. The box will be in the narthex next weekend. Draw Tickets will are available from this SUNDAY – the more you can take and sell, the better. £2000 worth of tickets are to be sold. £1 per book – £5’s worth in an envelope.

GLASTONBURY PILGRIMAGE: The annual diocesan pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady at Glastonbury is taking place this 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. It is 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. Full programme on the notice board.

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.

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.

PAPAL VISIT – SEPTEMBER 2010: Parishes have been notified this week about the allocation of pilgrim passes for two of the events of the Papal Visit to the UK. St Bernadette’s has been allocated 16 passes for the beatification Mass of Cardinal Newman at Cofton Park, Birmingham on Sunday 19th September, and we are fortunate to have been allocated 30 passes for the Prayer Vigil in Hyde Park on Saturday 18th September. If you feel you would like one of the passes you will need to put your name on the list in the narthex. If demand exceeds the number of passes we have, then we will have to put names in a hat and pull out the first 16 or the first 30 depending on event. There will be coach laid on for us and the contribution per person will be £30 for return coach to the Birmingham Mass and will include the Pilgrim Packs being distributed for the day. Those of you who might like to go to Hyde Park will need to be aware that you will need to get to London, but the £10 contribution towards the event will mean you get a London Underground Pass as well as your Pilgrim Pack. Security surrounding the Papal Visit demands that we travel in groups… hence the detailed arrangements for each event. This is a fantastic opportunity – and in some ways, a once in a lifetime opportunity to be at a Papal event in this country, with this Pope. 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 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.

ROOTED IN CHRIST: 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.

Do keep Deacons Matt Anscombe and Tony Guilfoyle in your prayers. They will be ordained priest next weekend at the Cathedral.

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