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Sixteenth Sunday of the Year

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Sixteenth Sunday of the Year

18th July 2010 – Sixteenth Sunday of the Year (C)

THIS SUNDAY: Sacred Hospitality is our theme: as the letter to the Hebrews says: “remember always to welcome strangers, for by doing this some people have entertained angels without knowing it.” True hospitality lies in two things: first the welcome, encouraging the stranger to enter the house and be at home there: secondly, the gift – not just of food or drink, but of time: listening to the stranger, and giving of ourselves to them. This is what makes hospitality costly, but holy, and a true service of Jesus Christ.

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 the Narthex – 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.

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. The Bishop will be here with us at St Bernadette’s on Thursday, 27th January 2011, to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation with our young people.

PAPAL VISIT – SEPTEMBER 2010: St bernadette’s, with the other parishes in our diocese, has been invited to send representatives to two of the Papal celebrations whilst the Pope is in the country. Fifteen people have asked to go to the beatification Mass of Cardinal Newman at Cofton Park, Birmingham on Sunday 19th September (so there is one place spare if anyone would like it), and we are fortunate to have been allocated 30 passes for the Prayer Vigil in Hyde Park on Saturday 18th September. This Prayer Vigil will also involve the great gathering of young people from across our country and the Holy Father will speak to those gathered with him, preaching on the Beatitudes, as well as celebrating time before the Blessed Sacrament with all those around him. The Hyde Park event is a whole day event and set to be a superb day…whispers are that there will also be some very attractive entertainment as part of the day! If you feel you would like one of the remaining passes you will need to put your name on the list in the narthex this weekend. There will be coach laid on for us to take us to the Birmingham mass and the contribution per person will be £30 for return coach and will include the Pilgrim Packs being distributed for the day. If there is a good group wanting to go to London for the Saturday (and for security reasons we have to travel in our parish groups), the £10 contribution towards the event will mean you get a London Underground Pass as well as your Pilgrim Pack. Fr Christopher will sort out transport if there is a group wanting to go. 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: www.thepapalvisit.org.uk as well as cliftondiocese.com

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, (7.30pm – 9.00pm) 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.

CONGRATULATIONS AND WELCOME to Sam Denny and Lucy Kent who were baptised here last weekend. Sam was also confirmed and received his First Communion. We keep them in our prayers.

ITALIAN NIGHT: Thanks to all who supported last week’s fundraising social. We raised £645 for our outreach projects.

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION meet with FrC on September 2 at 7.00pm. This gathering is for our exisiting Ministers of Holy Communion and those invited to come along to the evening.

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