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Twenty Ninth Sunday of the Year

Twenty Ninth Sunday of the Year

17 October 2010 – Twenty Ninth Sunday of the Year (C)


THIS SUNDAY: Perhaps the hardest Olympic event is the marathon: not only does it demand strength and fitness, but it calls for immense perseverance and endurance. Life in general and the Christian life in particular, is a marathon. We will face hills and mountains as well as valleys and gentle slopes in life: we will face obstacles and pressures which will make us want to say, as the prophet Elijah did, “Lord, it is enough!” Especially in our lifetime of prayer, there will be times when we say “Lord, I can go no further.” Jesus himself understands the need for perseverance in prayer, and the temptation to lose heart, which is why he offers us this parable and teaching today. And remember the thought from the first reading: sometimes we may need to hold each other in our praying!

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

THE DIARY OF GOD: The Diary of God taking place in our own parish hall each Wednesday after the 7.00pm Mass continues this coming Wednesday. John Huntriss will continue to 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 to this fourth of eight sessions.

ROOTED IN CHRIST: This fantastic series continues this coming Tuesday at Holy Family, Patchway, (7.30pm – 9.00pm) and the full details of the course are still available from the narthex. Come along if you can… you’d be welcome.

SCHOOLS OF PRAYER: There is a wonderful opportunity to explore ways of praying this October. Members of different religious communities will explore with us their Order’s particular spirituality – and this next Saturday, the Poor Clare Sisters will take us on a journey through a Franciscan way of praying. Hosted by the nuns 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 fourth (and final) session explores the Dominican way of praying.

EXTRA ORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION: All our ministers of Holy Communion will be commissioned over the weekend of 13th & 14th November. This will see some of our parish family commissioned for the first time to serve us in this special way. This gives us an opportunity to appreciate the generous service that is shown to us through their ministry.

: Our Saturday evening Mass is the only one where communion is not offered from the chalice. From the First Sunday of Advent (27 November) and following the commissioning of ministers of Holy Communion, there will be the opportunity to receive communion from the chalice. To enable this to happen is as respectful and orderly a way possible, we will need to approach the altar from the central part of the church and not from the sides. This will enable the two ministers holding the chalices to stand at the end of the rails and those who want to receive communion from the chalice to present themselves from those side aisles. It should enable a steady flow to and from communion and facilitate an easy reception of communion from the chalice. Please just be aware of these slight adjustments over the next couple of weeks.

CURRY AND QUIZ NIGHT: A fantastic and fun evening with an authentic curry and mind-teasing questions from our resident quizmaster to draw us together as the autumn looms in. Keep the evening free – Saturday 6th November. There will be a bar as well as a delicious supper and good company, too. Tickets cost £5 (great value) so come along, get a team together, and join in! See notice board for more details.

SOUNDS OF THE 70’s – PARISH SOCIAL 27 NOVEMBER: Come and dance the night away to the music of “Erebus”, in a fun night with a fish and chip supper. Search your wardrobes, dig out and dust off those clothes and spend the evening reminiscing to the authentic sounds of the 70’s! Watch this space for more details. Tickets will cost £10 and this will include entertainment through the night by a fantastic live band as well as your fish and chip supper.

The preparation programme for First Communion 2011 will begin late January. If you have a child in year 3 and feel that they are ready to take this next step in their pilgrimage of faith, then you might think about coming along to a parents’ meeting on Thursday 18 November in the Church at 7.00pm. This is an important get together for parents (for you will have a crucial role, this year, in your children’s preparation) and this meeting will be chance for you not only to register your child on the course, but also find out something of your child’s preparation across the six months. If you have questions at this stage, please get in touch with FrC. You might also like to pass the word around just in case someone misses out on the info.

The new rotas are out in paper version from the table in the narthex or electronically by looking at    Don’t forget to pick up your copy.

The Mass list for the month of November can be found on the notice board in the narthex. If you would like a Mass celebrated for your deceased loved ones during the month of the Holy Souls, please use the list to allocate yourself a particular day. One mass intention per day is all that is allowed, so ensure that you chose a ‘free’ slot. It is always helpful if you also write down the name and the date you have requested and give it to FrC.

The Autumn edition of our parish magazine is available from the narthex for you to take away. Thanks to all our contributors. There are some wonderful reflections of how members of our parish community took part in the Papal Visit. Maybe when we have read your copy, pass it on! They are free to take away; it you want to pop something by way of contribution into the paper bowl, then please feel free to do so.

A huge thank you to all those who worked so hard to make last weekend’s bazaar so successful and enjoyable. We raised £2955 towards our parish funds and, considering the economic times we live in, this is a tremendous result. It comes only because of the support we had through those whose hard work paid off and those who came and spent their money. Generosity is never lacking here in St B’s and once again you have shown great care through hard work and effort. Our thanks needs to go to those who helped out in any kind of way… no effort was too small or insignificant.

AMPLIUS COMMUNITY CHOIR will give a concert of music and poems next Saturday – 23rd October – at 7.30pm in Christchurch Hall, Petherton Road. Refreshments will be served and there will be a retiring collection on behalf of Macmillan Nurses.  Please try and support this ecumenical event. All are welcome.

MISSION MASS: Each autumn Mass is celebrated around our diocese to draw together all those who work to support the APF. We are fortunate as a parish to be in a position to host one of the Masses this year. On Thursday 28 October, the annual Mission Mass will be celebrated here at 7.00pm. Those of you who support the APF through your red boxes, those of your who work to promote and collect contributions are warmly invited to come along. Those of you who know little about the APF and would like to find out more are equally encouraged to come along. Our diocesan Missions Director will be celebrating the Mass and it is a great chance to reflect upon all that is done to reach out to charity and mission. See notice.

NEXT SUNDAY is World Mission Sunday and our retiring collection goes to support the work of the APF and the missions.

VESPERS FOR ALL SAINTS: Sunday 31st October at 4.00pm. we celebrate Evening Prayer on the Feast of All Saints.

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