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Twenty Fourth Sunday of the Year

Twenty Fourth Sunday of the Year

THIS SUNDAY: The message of God’s forgiveness is one that we are familiar with, but which the Lord still wishes to emphasise. Our human approach to forgiveness is so often flawed – we hold grudges, erect barriers, make demands and establish conditions. Jesus wants to remind his listeners – and us – that God’s forgiveness is overflowing and bountiful. Saint Paul was well aware of this: he had persecuted the Church, calling himself “the greatest of sinners”; and yet, thanks to the “inexhaustible patience” of God, he can count himself a believer. We must be open to the gift of forgiveness for ourselves, and also (as the Parable of the Elder Brother shows) open to that forgiveness offered to other whom we would condemn.

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.  

CONFIRMATION PREPARATION: The second session of preparation takes place on Wednesday 6 October in the Hall at 6.00pm – then November 10, December 8, and January 12. The Bishop will be with us on Thursday 27 January.

PAPAL VISIT – SEPTEMBER 2010: This week sees a most historic event takes place in our country as we welcome Pope Benedict to England and to Scotland. If you are going to Hyde Park or to Cofton Park to take part in one of these great papal events, maes sure you know what time you are leaving. Alex and Zoe will be in touch with you about Hyde Park, and the coach for Cofton park leaves here at 5.00am on the Sunday morning. There is only pick up point, so please make sure you are on time. You will also need to take some photographic ID with you on your trip. If you are staying at home to watch the events of TV – either on the BBC or on Sky 589 (EWTN), then make sure you’ve picked up a copy of Magnificat so you can follow the events from the comfort of your armchair. If you want to go up to the Cathedral next Sunday, then the Mass of beatification of John Henry Card. Newman is being beamed into the Apostle Room and BBC Bristol’s Trevor Fry will be joining those watching. Do go along and join the crowd.

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 (that’s this Wednesday) 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.

DIOCESAN PAPAL NEWSLETTER: You can pick up one of the newsletters from the narthex. They give details of how, as a diocese, we are participating in the Papal Visit. Our diocese is being represented at each of the Papal events (FrC will be representing our diocese, concelebrating at the Papal Mass in Westminster Cathedral next Saturday at 10.00am); 19 of you at Cofton Park, 15 of you at Hyde Park, and 3 of you at the Big Assembly. You will also find some wonderful information ahead of the Pope’s arrival. Do pick up yours; they are well worth a read! There are also some beautiful prayer cards for you to take and use. Don’t forget to tap into

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.  There’s still time to book in.

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!

DIOCESAN PASTORAL COUNCIL takes place at St Bede’s College, Lawrence Weston, on Saturday 2 October beginning at 10.00am.

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.

PARISH MAGAZINE: if you have promised Bernard, our editor, an article, please make sure you get it to him in the next week or so. The next edition will be produced at the beginning of October so make sure you get in touch with Bernard asap.

200 CLUB WINNER: Congratulations to Mr O’Connor who picks up the monthly £25 winner’s cheque with membership number 198.

Our school community will join us for mass on Sunday 26 September at 10.30am as they settle into a new school year. The children and their families are being invited simply to seek God’s blessing upon their work and ask him to walk with them in their learning and their growing. Do come along and join our school at this important occasion in their year.

PARISH BRUNCH: Sunday 26 September – a fantastic cooked breakfast with lashings of fresh tea and coffee. You’ll need to pop your name on the list in the narthex… and it will save you cooking. £5 for grown ups and £2.50 for the little ones. Come along. A great social occasion in our hall … and then you can go home, read the papers and have a Sunday snooze.

Bishop’s Charitable Fund is taken this weekend. Please be generous to allow him to be generous. This diocesan fund allows the bishop to respond to charitable requests and causes on our behalf.

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