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Fifth Sunday of Easter

Fifth Sunday of Easter

22 May 2011 ~ Fifth Sunday of Easter (A)

THIS SUNDAY: We continue to explore the meaning of baptism, of membership of the Church, of living a life which has been immersed in the life and death of Jesus Christ: in other words, we continue our ‘Mystagogy’ – our training in the mystery of Baptism and the other Sacraments. We hear more about ‘who Jesus is’, with another ‘I am’ statement: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life”. We are baptised into his way, his truth and his life. We hear about the earliest community struggling with the life they are called to by baptism, and Peter again reminds us that baptism builds us into a ‘spiritual house’ with Jesus as our cornerstone. The mystery of the Church is clearly before us today: the Church is the community of those baptised in Christ, the pilgrim people walking with Christ (who has shown us the Father) to the place he has prepared for us. Today’s reading can perhaps make us think a little about how we form part of this ‘spiritual house’, the Church, as we journey to the Father.

The children continue their preparation this Wednesday 25 May at 3.45pm in the bungalow of the school. They continue their preparation this week for their First Confession. Parents please make sure you note the parents’ meeting on Thursday 26 May at 7.00pm in the Church. This is the final meeting with parents before First Communion and it is important that every child on this year’s preparation programme is represented.

NEW TRANSLATION OF THE ROMAN MISSAL: We will continue our reflection and preparation for the new translation of the missal ~ Thursday 2 June and then 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. The final session on the 16 June will give us opportunity to celebrate Mass using the new translation so that we can see how the language of the new translation shapes the whole of the Liturgy. There will be no morning Mass that Thursday.

This fantastic series begins to draw to a close as we move to the final three sessions. Bishop Declan will lead us in reflection and study on the Church as one, holy, catholic and apostolic on Tuesday 14 June. This should be a most interesting session in the light of where we are on our diocesan journey and also in the light of the new translation of the Roman Missal. If you would like to go and might need a life, just ask FrC. Holy Family, Patchway, Tuesday 17 May beginning at 7.30pm.

An ecumenical celebration of the Word of God is taking place at Bristol Cathedral and on College Green this Sunday afternoon – 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 this coming Saturday, 28 May at 11.00am. Bishop Declan will be celebrating that Mass and is inviting the diocesan community to gather with those welcomed into our diocesan family. Do go along if you can. St Nick’s is a beautiful church and it is good to be able to draw together with those welcomed into our communities this Easter.

CONGRATULATIONS to Evie and Isabelle Dolan & Zachary Leonard Muscat who were all baptised here last weekend. We congratulate their families, too.

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. We’ll pray a decade of the Rosary each weekday after Mass, seeking our Lady’s prayers and intercession for our parish and our families.

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.

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! Money raised goes in support of our outreach projects so by coming along and taking part we are also reaching out to those so less fortunate than ourselves. Gordon and Linda have details if you need more info.

GLASTONBURY PILGRIMAGE: Please put a note in your diaries: Sunday 10 July. Full programme and details on the notice board in the narthex. It’s always a great diocesan gathering at the beautiful shrine. Do go along if you can.

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