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Third Sunday of Easter

Third Sunday of Easter

8 May 2011 ~ Third Sunday of Easter

THIS SUNDAY:  During the Season of Easter we walk with the Risen Lord, enjoying his appearing to his disciples. Today’s gospel is one of the loveliest accounts of his appearing – and one especially important for the reader. Jesus appears and teaches the two disciples, by reference to the Scriptures, the meaning of his death. This is very close to the way in which the neophytes (newly baptised) would continue to be taught, through hearing the scriptures, during Easter. We need to take to heart the words of the Gospel Acclamation: “Lord Jesus, explain the scriptures to us. Make our hearts burn within us as you talk to us.” St Luke offers us an insight into the celebration of the Eucharist – the Christ who reveals himself to us through his word and through the breaking of bread. Christ also reveals himself through the company of one another in faith and in prayer, as well as revealing himself and making himself present to us through our priests. We are being invited to open our eyes to appreciate where Christ is accompanying us on life’s journey and allow that encounter to motivate us to bring Good News to others.

FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION: A very warm welcome to the Children preparing for First Communion this summer. They join us for Mass once again this Sunday as they come to receive the gift of the cross. The cross reminds us of Christ’s love for us – a love we celebrate in the Eucharist, and a love we are called to bring to others by our shaping our own lives according to his love. The children continue their preparation this Wednesday 11 May at 3.45pm in the bungalow of the school.

DIOCESAN FAMILY DAY: Bishop Declan is inviting us to join him at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College on Saturday 21 May (from 10.00am – 4.00pm) with our diocesan community, drawing us together to celebrate our faith. There is a poster in the narthex, and please put the date in your diary. It is a great opportunity for the parish communities across the four counties of our diocese to come together – from climbing walls to workshops – there is something for everyone of all ages. Please go along and represent our own parish community. There are full details in the narthex, itemising all the workshops available on the day. All you need do is pick one up (or download it from the diocesan website – and complete the details of which sessions you want to take part in. There should be plenty of info shets in the nathex. Just pick one up and come along.

NEW TRANSLATION OF THE ROMAN MISSAL: We continue our reflection and preparation for the new translation of the missal ~ 19 May, 2 June, and 16 June. These sessions (an hour each) beginning at 7.00pm will give us an opportunity to reflect upon the Eucharist and the words we pray when we come together for Mass. Please do come along and take part in this catechesis.

ROOTED IN CHRIST starts up again for this final stint before the summer. Fr David Mills will be looking at how we live a moral life rooted in the gospels. Holy Family, Patchway, Tuesday 10 May beginning at 7.30pm.

BIBLEFRESH: An ecumenical celebration of the Word of God is taking place at Bristol Cathedral and on College Green on Sunday 22 May. This is a wonderful opportunity to reflect upon the Word of God in our lives of Faith. In partnership with the Diocese of Bristol we are supporting this initiative of reflection and study, prayer and opportunity for study on this one day. Fr Nicholas King will be leading one of the seminar sessions in the afternoon. During the afternoon a variety of activities and seminars will be taking place including dance, meditation, drama, iconography, film, public bible reading, music, biblical song writing, activities for children, fair trade stalls, art exhibitions and much more. Full details can be found on the diocese of Bristol’s website:

Do go along if you can. It should be a fantastic day.

MASS FOR NEWLY BAPTISED AND NEWLEY RECEIVED: This Mass of celebration and welcome takes place at St Nicholas of Tolentino on Saturday 28 May at 11.00am. Do go along if you can. St Nick’s is a beautiful church and it is good to be able to draw together those welcomed into our communities this Easter from our diocese.

WE PRAY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED: We remember Eric Flood who died recently. Eric’s body will be brought into Church this Sunday afternoon at 4.00pm and his requiem Mass celebrated at 1.00pm on Monday followed by burial at Holy Souls cemetery. We pray for Eric and remember his sons and family in our prayers. May they rest in peace.

YEAR FIVE are joining us for Mass this coming Friday at 9.30am and are accompanying the Reception Class.

CONGRATULATIONS to Libby Jones who was baptised on Easter Sunday afternoon and to Billy Rae & Charlotte Laffan, and Shane Joseph Christopher Monks who were baptised here this Saturday. We pray for them, their families and their godparents that the Risen Christ will walk with them along a path that leads to life in him.

MAY ~ THE MONTH OF MARY: Use this month to make use of the Rosary in your lives of prayer. We turn to Mary as a Mother and we ask her to pray for us and to pray with us. We turn to her as an example and our guide in all we do to be like Christ. She will lead us to Christ her Son, for she draws us into deeper company with him. Let’s use this month to rekindle that loving relationship with her. Maybe take one decade a day either at home, on the bus, in the car, on your way to work, out jogging or walking the dog. Let the familiarity of the words you pray draw you into deeper conversation with the Mother of God…and if you don’t have a rosary, why not pick one up from the repository.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Whilst it may seem some time away, Corpus Christi is celebrated on 26 June. That will launch us into a week of adoration each day before the Blessed Sacrament as we journey towards the Feast of the Sacred Heart on Friday 1 July. FrC will be looking for folk to take up the challenge of giving a little time during those five days to watch before the Blessed Sacrament so that we can ensure the Church is left open for those days of prayer. Watch this space for further details.

NEXT SUNDAY: The annual retiring collection for the clergy training fund is taken across the diocese. The supports the students we have in training, the formation of our deacons, and the ongoing formation of our priests. Please be generous.

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