Second Sunday of Lent 
17th March 2019
Sunday Cycle Year C Weekday Cycle Year 1 Office: Psalter Week 2


Sunday 17th March Second Sunday of Lent

9.00am Mass
5.00pm Mass

Monday 18th March

No Mass Today

Tuesday 19th March

10.00am Mass

Wednesday 20th March

10.00.am Mass
7.00pm Stations of the Cross

Thursday 21st March

No Mass Today

Friday 22nd March

10.00am Mass

Saturday 23rd March

9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.15am Benediction
10.30am Mass
Confessions from 11.00am

Sunday 24th March Third Sunday of Lent

9.00am Mass
5.00pm Mass


I have loved you with an everlasting love so I am constant in my mercy for you.’
Jeremiah 31:3

Diocesan Prayer
God our Father, open the horizons of our minds and hearts so that we can see what hope your call holds for us. Pour out the overflowing gifts of your Spirit so that we, your Church, may become a people of hope for our world. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Our Lady, Woman of Hope, pray for us.
St Peter, Rock of Hope, pray for us. St Paul, Apostle of Hope, pray for us.

Sick & HouseboundPlease remember in your prayers all the sick and housebound, in particular, thoserecently sickRina Kerby, Stephen Hooper, Tom Lewis, Lena Buck, Marie Shields, Harry Jenkins, Kathleen Farrell, John Shoemake, Simon Jenkins, William Hewitt, Malachi Moran, Wayne Parrock, Mary Sheehan, Miriam King, Jean Feltham, Gertie McCann, Maurice Kerby, Derek West, Carmel Jenkins, James Barr, Aileen Milkins, Eileen & Gerry Moran, Sophie Dewland, Lorna Sandland, Tom Erraught. Please also remember in your prayers all whose anniversaries occur at this time–  Elizabeth Windows, Mary Docherty, Thomas Moran, Norah Cardinelli, Mary Sims, Margaret Durcan, Martin McLean, Albert Winslade.

SecondSunday of Lent C
Anyone who has climbed any sort of mountain knows the joy which can come when encountering the view at the top. The same is true for the disciples when they see Jesus transfigured. This experience gives them an insight into the very nature of Christ’s divinity. They want to hold onto it, but Jesus knows the path he is about to take. Conscious of this, Jesus allows the disciples an experience which will remind them of the goodness of God when faced with utter desolation. This moment of grace is what St. Ignatius calls, ‘consolation’.  The disciples will need to remember this experience when they see Jesus not transfigured on the mountain but decimated on the Cross. As we pray this week, let us reflect upon and remember the moments of grace we have experienced in life and give thanks for their capacity to see us through the difficult times.

Union of Catholic Mothers
Meeting on Wed.20 Mar. in the Majella Room after 10.0 Mass for a Q & A session with Fr. George. All Ladies welcome.  Note:  March 20-22 are Study Days.

Lent Lunches at St. Gerard 2019
The next Lent Lunch will take place on  Saturday 30th March.  In aid of CAFOD, the lunches are a great opportunity for the whole parish to come together to share a meal and raise money during Lent. Delicious soup / bread will be served including vegetarian and vegan options. Diners are welcome to bring cakes to supplement the shared table.  If you’d like to help out, please see Anna, Karoline or Sarah.

APF/Missio Red Boxes
Red Box holders are asked to bring in their boxes during Marchfor the half-yearly emptying. Emptied boxes will be returned a week after receipt. A table has been allocated for this purpose at the back of the church. If you are unable to bring your box to the church please  Email adriananglin@ukgateway.netand your box will be collected.

Clifton Children’s Society
Your attention is drawn to the “Thank You” letter from the Society exhibited on the notice board.

Apartments to Rent (Age 55+)
The Grant Bradley Trust currently has three flats available to rent in Dillon Court. Dillon Court is a lovely development of 22 apartments for those aged 55+. The 2 bedroom flats are adjacent to St. Patrick’s Church (Redfield) and rent at £600 per month. Please pick up a leaflet from the porch. Viewings can be arranged through Mike Torjesen on 0117 9555537.

“Shine” Group
Next Shine meetings are being held on 28th March, 11th April and 25th April.  All Meetings in the Majella Room-6.30-8.30pm.

When you enter this Church it may be possible that you hear “the call of God”, however it is unlikely that He will call you on your mobile phone. Thank you for switching it to off. If you want to talk with God come in, choose a quiet place talk with Him. If you want to see God send him a text while driving.

Reminders of items detailed in previous newsletters:

1  .Sat.23 March Preparation for Holy Week & Easter at Emmaus House..

2.. Arise BristolRetreat & Healing at Sacred Heart, Westbury-on-Trym on 22 March 6.0-8.30 pm.

  1. Clifton Children’s Society (CCS) : Family Fun Day 30 March, St.Mary Redcliffe Church 1.0-4.0pm.
  2. March 17 at 3.0pm., St. Nicholas (Lawford’s Gate), LGBT+Catholics Mass. All welcome.


CONFESSIONS ~ Saturdays from 11.00am and at call.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Benediction ~ Saturdays from 9.30am

Rosary ~ Friday 9.30am

First Sunday of the Month ~ Tea, coffee & refreshments in the hall, All Welcome.

Parish Finance
The collection forparish funds on 10 March. £485.48 (G. Aid £175.50   Loose £309.98. Thank you!


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