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Twenty Seventh Sunday of the Year

Twenty Seventh Sunday of the Year

3 October 2010 – Twenty Seventh Sunday of the Year


THIS SUNDAY: Faithfulness, faith and trust. These most invisible and difficult things are what God asks of us – just as we, in our own way, ask them of those who love us. “Trust me”, we say, “all will be well.” And if someone does trust us, the reward is simply that trust was well-placed. We have done our duty. Sometimes when we talk about “faith” we put the emphasis on “believe and accept”. Today’s readings (especially the passage from Habakkuk) invite us to think in terms of “trust”. The request of the Apostles is interesting: “Increase our faith” could also mean “Make it easier for us,” or “Prove that you are who you say you are.” Jesus replies that he can’t do that – you can’t make someone trust you. It has to be a gift, freely given.

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.

There’s still chance to come along to this fantastic series entitled The Diary of God which is taking place in our own parish hall each Wednesday after the 7.00pm Mass. John Huntriss will ably take us through the scriptures opening our minds to a deeper understanding of the Word of God in our lives of faith and our prayer. Come along… and this week there will be a cup of tea… and some heat, too!

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 will they be 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! The Holy Father talked about our country and our people having a real thirst for faith and for the gospel… well, here’s a chance to have that thirst quenched a little. Cardinal Newman looked for a laity that had a sound grasp of their faith and were articulate to proclaim it. Here’s your chance! Come and see!

There is a wonderful opportunity to explore ways of praying this October. On the four Saturdays (beginning 9th), a member of a different religious community will explore with us their 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. have a look at the poster in the narthex. The first session explores the Benedictine way of praying.

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.

collection will be taken this Saturday and Sunday 3. The CAFOD envelopes that were given out as you left last weekend are for your offering… most especially for your Gift Aid declaration. You always give so readily and generously to CAFOD. As we celebrate harvest time around now we reflect on those who do not enjoy some of the earth’s abundance and riches. This collection enables CAFOD and us to reach out to those who have no harvest and no fruitful abundance. We share from what we have.  As a diocese we contributed over £106,000 to the CAFOD Pakistan flood appeal. That’s tremendous generosity!

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.

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.

Our Bazaar takes place in two week’s time – Saturday 9 October – beginning at 12noon until 3.00pm. This is the last chance we have to get ready for our parish bazaar this coming Saturday. This is the most significant fundraising event for our parish funds and we need everyone’s help to make it as successful as it has been in previous years. Those donations can come in this week, but they will need to be dropped off at the presbytery. The Bottle Stall will need any kind of bottle you can spare; if you have new things and unwanted gifts you can let go of, then let the Gift Stall have them; freshly baked cakes and breads etc. can be handed in on Friday or, better still, Saturday morning; the produce stall needs anything unwanted from your kitchen cupboards. If you can pop an extra tin or packet into this week’s shopping, please hand it in; there will be a plant stall and if you have any cuttings or plants you can help us out with, then hand them in. In fact, anything you think will be useful for the Bazaar will be gratefully received. Do think about what you can give and bring in your contributions in. PLEASE PASS THE WORD AROUND ABOUT THE BAZAAR AND ENCOURAGE FOLK TO COME ALONG. There are about twenty envelopes of tickets remaining in the narthex – great if they could go this weekend. The draw tickets need to start coming back, please, returned NO LATER than Wednesday. 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… and there’s always that £200 first prize. One of the most important things you can do is come along to the Bazaar. We need the support on the day. There will be something for everyone… and there will be plenty of refreshments, too – teas and coffees as well as a fantastic hot-dog and bacon roll stand outside. Come and support the bazaar – and pass the word around, too. The hall will be open for stallholders and helpers on Friday after Mass so as to enable you to set up for the Saturday bazaar. If you can help in any way – GREAT!

CANTORS WANTED: It’s great to have the psalm sung each Sunday. If you can hold a note and a tune and would be willing to give it a go (with some practise, of course) have a word with Mervyn at the organ and he’ll fix you up.

VACANCY AT SCHOOL: St Bernadette Primary School are looking for an SMSA (school meals assistant) for 5 lunchtimes per week with occasional TA support.  Please contact the school office on 0117 3772373 for further details.

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