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Christ the King

Christ the King

Feast of Christ the King ~ 21 November 2010

THIS SUNDAY: The year of Saint Luke ends with a characteristic take on the feast of Christ the King: in Luke’s gospel we are so familiar with seeing and hearing the voiceless, the rejected, those whom society puts in second place: how suitable, then, that on the feast of the King of all Creation we see him at his most vulnerable – on the cross, with only an abrupt inscription to announce that he is the King. He is King because of the work he has done, which is described by Saint Paul in the Second Reading: “all things [are] reconciled through him and for him … when he made peace by his death on the cross.” Next week, when we re-enter Advent and a new Liturgical Year, we will be thinking of the King who will come again: though he will come as his disciples saw him go at the Ascension, the marks of the cross will still be visible for all time, to remind us of the one who came to reunite all Creation, especially frail human creatures.

COMMUNION UNDER BOTH KINDS: Our Saturday evening Mass is the only one where communion is not offered from the chalice. From the First Sunday of Advent (27 November) – next Sunday – there will be the opportunity to receive communion from the chalice. To enable this to happen in 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.

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! 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. Caroline Lovell has more details. You’ll need to pick up a ticket whilst you are at Mass this weekend.

FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION: 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, and you missed the parent’s meeting last Thursday, you will need to get in touch with FrC asap to pick up the details and the important registration form.

SCHOOL YEAR GROUPS AT MASS: Friday morning Mass will see us joined from time to time by one of the class groups from our primary school. This is not just a prayerful opportunity for them but also a catechetical one, too. It gives them chance to experience the celebration of Mass and to grow in their appreciation and understanding of this treasure in our lives of faith. It would be great if there were folk ready to support them on these Fridays. All are welcome. This coming Friday, we welcome year 4 to Mass.

BISHOP DECLAN VISIT ST BERNADETTES: Bishop Declan is coming to celebrate Mass on Wednesday 24 November at 11.00am and he has invited the retired priests of our diocese to come and join him. It would be good if there were folk from the parish to come and join with our bishop making the retired priests welcome.

VESPERS FOR CHRIST THE KING: To bring the liturgical year to a close, we will celebrate sung evening prayer and benediction this Sunday, 21 November, at 4.00pm. This is a wonderful celebration of the church and it would be good if folk could come along.

YOUTH SUNDAY: This final Sunday of the Church’s year is our day of prayer for the young people of the Church. There is an appeal this Sunday being made on behalf of the diocesan youth service. Your gift goes to support the work with our young people across the diocese. It is our young people who benefit from your kindness.

APPEAR IN THE LIGHT: A special event for young people to meet and explore their faith and the season of Advent.
In each week of Advent there will be a series of short reflection evenings for young people in each county within our diocese. The evenings will be a chance to reflect on Advent as a season of preparation and our own faith journeys. The Advent reflections begin here at St Bernadette’s on Monday 29 November from 6.00pm until 9.00pm and all our young people, secondary school age and upwards, are warmly encouraged to come along.

CONFIRMATION PREPARATION: The fourth session of preparation takes place on Wednesday December 8 at 6.00pm in the Hall, and January 12. The Bishop will be with us on Thursday 27 January. Our young people have been sent away from this last session to think about choosing a sponsor and a name under which they choose to live as disciples of Christ. Let us keep them in our prayers as they journey towards the Sacrament of Confirmation.

ROOTED IN CHRIST: This fantastic opportunity to deepen our understanding of faith starts up again on Tuesday, 23 November, at Holy Family, Patchway. Gavin D’Costa will gently lead us into a reflection and deeper understanding of the Trinity. It’s free and it’s open to everyone. Do go along. Starts at 7.30pm

DIOCESAN DIRECTORIES & YEAR BOOKS: The new editions of the Liturgical year book (£5.99) and the diocesan directory (£5) are available from the narthex table. Do pick up your copy.

AMPLIUS CHRISTMAS CONCERT: The concert this year takes place on Friday 3rd December in the hall of St Bernadette Secondary School starting at 7.30 pm.  Do come along and enjoy carols, Christmas music, readings and poems, followed by drinks and mince pies.  Details on notice board.

TRAIDCRAFT STALL: Help is still needed to ‘man’ the stall at either the Saturday evening Mass or after mass on Sunday morning.  Please see Ann or Maria if you are able to help out once a month. Also, do have a look at the Traidcraft Christmas Catalogues offering ideas for gifts which are a pleasure to  give and receive, and which also help our brothers and sisters in developing countries to be self-sufficient.

SEASON OF ADVENT: The season of preparation for Christmas begins next Sunday. The Advent wreath will be in place and will be blessed at the beginning of Mass. If you want to bring your advent wreath from home in to be blessed, please place it around the church wreath and take that blessing home with you. There are Advent Calendars in the narthex for sale, also.

BLUE MASS SHEETS giving the common prayers of the Mass are available from the narthex.

ADVENT VESPERS: To mark the Sundays of Advent, there will be a celebration of sung evening prayer here in the Church, easch Sunday afternoon at 4.00pm. Do come along if you can. Next Sunday’s vespers sees our parish community joined by our friends from the local Christian Churches in theis Advent celebration. Do come along if you can.

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