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Twenty Fifth Sunday of the Year

Twenty Fifth Sunday of the Year

THIS SUNDAY: How easy to take the words of Jesus out of context: “Use money to win you friends,” is one of those lines that sounds strange to us outside the context of the parable and the teaching in today’s Gospel. Even the parable itself can seem a little strange – is Jesus really recommending that we act like dishonest stewards? No, of course not! The point that reveals this is hidden half way down: “The children of this world are more astute in dealing with their own kind…” Jesus in a way praises the effort of the dishonest steward, but wishes that it was directed less to worldly things, but to the things of heaven. And this is the message that we are to take: where do we direct our energies – to making money, fame, fortune and success, or to finding “friends in heaven”?

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. PLEASE PASS THE WORD AROUND ABOUT THE BAZAAR AND ENCOURAGE FOLK TO COME ALONG. 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. The draw tickets need to start coming back, please. 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 – Mass of Beatification: the coach leaves for Cofton Park in Birmingham for the final mass of the Papal Visit 2010 at 5.00am from our car park. Do keep the 49 pilgrims in your prayers as they go to celebrate Mass with the Holy Father at the end of this most historic visit. They go to ‘represent us’ in a real way and we ask them to remember us in their prayers at Mass this Sunday morning. You can follow the Holy Father’s visit on the papal visit website. You can always pick up one of the souvenir booklets from the narthex as well as the diocesan papal visit newsletter which is still available. In the weeks after the Pope’s visit there will be chance for us to explore the teaching and life of Blessed John Henry Newman, and reflect upon how he leads us into that deeper relationship with the Lord. His feast day now occurs on October 9. If you want to go along to the Cathedral to watch the beatification on the big screen (with Trevor Fry from BBC Bristol) then be there in time for 10.00am. Mass in the cathedral at 8.00am & 9.00am this Sunday.

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. Call Ronnie on 0117 902 5595 if you would like more details. A fantastic opportunity for our readers, especially.

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!

SCHOOLS OF PRAYER: There is a wonderful opportunity to explore ways of praying this October. On the four Saturdays, a member of a different religious community will explore with us their particular Order’s particular spirituality – Benedictine, Cistercian, Franciscan and Dominican. Hosted by the Poor Clares at Woodchester Convent, the sessions start at 10.00am and finish at 12.00noon. Do go along if you can – it should be a reflective, prayerful couple of days.

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

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.

MASS AT THE START OF THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR: 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. It gives us a chance to celebrate and acknowledge the great work that is done within our Catholic schools and to reflect upon the Church’s role in education in our country. 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.

SECOND COLLECTION: Bishop’s Charitable Fund raised a generous £220 which will be sent off to our Bishop. Thank you.

CAFOD HARVEST FAST DAY colletion will be taken on Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 October. The CAFOD envelopes will be attached to next weekend’s newsletter in time for the collection. You always give so readily and generously to CAFOD. This collection enables them to reach out to those who have no harvest and no fruitful abundance. We share what we have.

EXTRA ORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION: The soon-to-be-commissioned ministers along with our existing ministers came together early in September for a session of reflection and thought. Those to be commissioned are invited to join FrC on Tuesday 5 October at 7.00pm in the Church for a practical session before commissioning. Our existing ministers are invited along should they wish to do so.

PARISH FORUM GROUP meets on Thursday 7 October at 7.00pm in the presbytery. Keep an eye on the notice board for details of what the Forum Group is up to.

PARISH OUTREACH GROUP meets in David’s Road on Friday 15 October at 10.30am.

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