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Twenty Third Sunday of the Year

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Twenty Third Sunday of the Year

THIS SUNDAY: This is a very difficult set of readings. The Gospel itself starts with a saying which many find hard to understand: must we really “hate” our family to be the Lord’s disciples? The point is that it is relative: what are we prepared to give up for the Gospel? Are we going to try and make our own cross, or accept whatever we are given? Jesus is probably trying to discourage the crowd of sensation seekers and hangers-on who are crowing round him. He wants real disciples, who are aware of the possible cost: not like the incompetent builder, or the useless king. To be a disciple, one must be prepared to follow Jesus anywhere, whatever it might cost in possessions, family or friends. We may never understand why, but then, “who can know the intentions of God?”

PARISH BAZAAR: Our Bazaar takes place, this year, on Saturday 9th October. Keep those donations coming in – they are much appreciated. If you want to lend a hand, then, 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 is already in the narthex for your gifts. Draw Tickets are still available from the basket in 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. Please pop money and counterfoils (placed in a sealed envelope) through presbytery door or in collection basket as it goes round. Please do your best – the draw money is profit for our parish funds so please help where you can.  Bazaar meeting on Thursday 9 September at 7.00pm in the narthex.

CONFIRMATION PREPARATION:
The first session of preparation takes place on Wednesday 8 September in the Hall at 6.00pm followed by October 6, November 10, December 8, and January 12. The Bishop will be with us on Thursday 27 January. Each of the sessions will begin at 6.00pm. If you did not receive the letter giving details, please get in touch with FrC asap.

PAPAL VISIT – SEPTEMBER 2010: If you are going to Hyde Park for the Prayer Vigil on 18 September, then please let FrC have your £5 (note the reduction). If you are going along to Cofton Park for the Mass of Beatification, please let FrC have your £30 towards your coach fare. Do look at the website set up for the papal visit: www.thepapalvisit.org.uk as well as cliftondiocese.com. IDENTIFICATION of some form will need to be taken with you if you have it. Something with your photograph on should be taken with you as ID. The Pilgrim Leaders will also be able to vouch for you at the entrance to the venues. You can find out more information on the website. Alex and Zoe will be in touch with each of the pilgrims going to Hyde Park to confirm coach details. The coach leaving on the Sunday morning for Cofton park will leave St Bernadette’s at 5.00am. There is a short walk from the car park to the Park for Mass.

OUR LADY OF THE TAPER: The statue of Our Lady of the Taper is being welcomed into our own cathedral on the eve of the Pope’s arrival as she makes her pilgrimage to London. The Prayer Vigil takes place on Wednesday 15 September at 7.00pm with evening prayer and it would be good if as many of you as can take part in that evening were there also. There will be a rich celebration of the luminous mysteries of the rosary as well as a period of exposition before the Blessed Sacrament. It is a real opportunity for us to take part in the papal visit, uniting ourselves in prayer with the Holy Father the night before he arrives on this island. Please make a note in your diaries. Posters and details on the notice board. 7.00pm – Evening Prayer; 8.00pm – the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary; 9.00pm – Eucharistic Adoration with Benediction at 9.45pm. Do pop in and out as you please.

POPE BENEDICT ~ THE MAN AND HIS VISION:
This coming Friday, ahead of the Holy Father’s arrival, Mark Dowd – producer of the BBCs profile of the Holy Father (BBC2s Benedict: trials of a Pope and Radio4s The Pope’s British Divisions) which will be aired around the time of his visit – is coming to our diocese to lead an evening sharing with us how he has grown in his understanding of the Holy Father and his vision for our world. There will also be a fantastic display of images of the Holy Father. The evening is to be held at St John’s Parish Hall, Bath, at 7.00pm on Friday 10 September. Details on the poster in the Narthex. This is a not-to-be-missed occasion for our diocese. It is free so do, please, pop along.

MAGNIFICAT: There are plenty of copies of the official liturgical booklet to accompany the Papal Visit which is only 11 days away. This fantastic publication is a wonderful souvenir but will also allow you to follow the Holy Father’s visit even if you sit watching on the TV. They also contain some wonderful reading by way of preparation for the Visit. You are free to take them and if you want to make a contribution/donation, you are welcome to do so. A suggestion of £2 per book has been given to us but it is left to your discretion.  

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 to 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 re-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!

MASS AT THE START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR: An invitation is being extended to our school community to join us for Mass on Sunday 26 September at 10.30am. As our children begin a new school year, here is a wonderful chance to celebrate all that our catholic schools do and to ask God’s blessing upon our children and the staff as they begin a new year of learning. Do come along and welcome them to our parish family. There will be refreshments after Mass but also a Parish brunch. You will need to book in for the brunch and the list will appear on the notice board next weekend. £5 for ‘grown-ups’ and £2.50 for the youngsters.

SUNDAY TEAS AND COFFEES
start up again after Mass this Sunday. Do go into the hall after Mass – a great opportunity to say ‘hello’ to folk you may only see on Sunday.

CONGRATULATIONS AND WELCOME
to Pearl Christina O’Brien, Esme Hill, and Isabella Cunningham who were baptised here last weekend.

NEXT SUNDAY: Bishop’s Charitable Fund retiring collection.

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