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Fourth Sunday of Easter – Good Shepherd Sunday

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Fourth Sunday of Easter – Good Shepherd Sunday

15 May 2011 – Fourth Sunday of Easter ~ Good Shepherd Sunday

THIS SUNDAY: This Sunday is traditionally called ‘Good Shepherd Sunday’, because of the Gospel references to Jesus as the Good Shepherd. It is also the day of prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood. On this Sunday we hear one of the great ‘I am’ statements of Jesus from Saint John’s Gospel today ‘I am the gate of the sheepfold’. Through Jesus we enter into life and safety, and we ‘go through Jesus, the gate’ by baptism. This image is implied in all today’s readings: the people listening to Peter find this gateway and enter through it: Peter writes to remind us that we have come back to the Good Shepherd, who heals us by his wounds.

FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION: The children continue their preparation this Wednesday 18 May at 3.45pm in the bungalow of the school. They begin their preparation this week for their First Confession. Parents please make sure you not the parents’ meeting on Thursday 26 May at 7.00pm in the Church.

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) this Saturday – with our diocesan community, drawing us together to celebrate our faith. There is a poster in the narthex. It is a great opportunity for the parish communities across the four counties of our diocese to come together – from climbing walls, archery and bouncy castles to workshops on prayer, handing on the faith as a grandparent, or the music of Taize – 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 – cliftondiocese.com) and complete the details of which sessions you want to take part in.

NEW TRANSLATION OF THE ROMAN MISSAL: We continue our reflection and preparation for the new translation of the missal ~ this coming Thursday -19 May, and then 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 continues 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 17 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: http://www.bristol.anglican.org/news/microblog/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Doc2.pdf
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.

YEAR FOUR AND YEAR ONE
are joining us for Mass this coming Friday at 9.30am.

CONGRATULATIONS
to Billie-Rae & Charlotte Laffan and Shane Joseph Monks who were all baptised here last weekend, and to Tom Russell and Rebecca Cunningham who were married here this Saturday.

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.

THIS 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.

QUIZ NIGHT: An opportunity to get together to work those little grey cells as well as enjoy a Ploughman’s supper ~ Saturday June 4th at 7.30pm in the hall. Tickets cost £5.00 per person. You can bring your own drink. Please write names and numbers on the notice in the narthex so as to help with catering. Make up a team and come along. Look forward to seeing you there!

VESPERS: The Evening Prayer of the Church is celebrated this Sunday at 4.00pm. Do come along if you can.

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