Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
19th January 2020
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Sunday 19th January Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

9.00am Mass
5.00pm Mass

Monday 20th January

No Mass Today

Tuesday 21st January

No Mass Today

Wednesday 22nd January 2020 

10.00am Mass

Thursday 23rd January

No Mass Today

Friday 24th January

No Mass Today

Saturday 25th January

No Mass Today

Sunday 26th January Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

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, those recently sick Rina Kerby,  Tom Lewis, Lena Buck, Harry Jenkins, Kathleen Farrell, John Shoemake, Simon Jenkins, William Hewitt, Malachi Moran, Wayne Parrock, Mary Sheehan, Miriam King, Gertie McCann,  Carmel Jenkins, James Barr, Aileen Milkins, Gerry Moran, Sophie Dewland, Lorna Sandland, Kate Smith, Peter Cooke, Mary Mulcahy. Please also remember in your prayers all whose anniversaries occur at this time George Pye (Snr), Michael MacNamara, Margret Hambridge, Winifred Bull, Canon Patrick Barry, Kathleen Bull, Michael Gayner, Frances Fernandes, Rose Stathem, Maureen Jenkins, Veronica Malin, Patrick Mc Donagh, George Ridge, Kathleen Anglin, Eugene Ross, Phil Torrens, George Economedes, George McInerney.      

Pope Francis, by the Motu Proprio Aperuit Illis (30/09/2019) has declared the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time to be the Sunday of the Word of God (this year 26 January). To highlight this, every year the Lectors (Readers) of the Parish will be formally commissioned at each Sunday Mass. All those who are Readers (and not just those at the Masses that Sunday) will be invited to come forward after the homily at the particular Mass at which they are present for this commissioning. Hopefully this will help us to focus more fully on the riches of the Holy Scriptures.  Tunc aperuit illis sensum, ut intellegerent Scripturas.  “He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures” (Lk 24:45).

Welcome and thanks to Canon English who will be celebrating both Masses for us today (Sunday) and to Canon Whitehead who will be celebrating Mass for us on Wednesday.

19th January 2020 – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time What does it mean to witness? When it comes to being called as a witness for a court-case we are asked to remember events which we have seen and to which we can testify. It is an important role, for the evidence we give can determine the outcome of an event. Any form of witnessing is about seeing and hearing an event or situation that has occurred and having the capacity to speak about it. As Christians we are called to witness to the world our knowledge and understanding of Jesus. Why do we follow him? What is his message for others? For over two thousand years people have testified and shared their experience of knowing Jesus through the Gospel and living his message of hope, of love and of compassion. The need to share the message continues – we are the ones being called in 2020 to witness. So, we might ask ourselves: Where does that message need to be heard today? Who are the suffering people in our community? Who needs hope? Who needs our love? Perhaps this week we can identify one area of need and respond as generously as we can.

UCM: Meet on Wednesday 22 January.in the Majella Room after Mass for a “Bring & Buy” for our Philippines Project. All ladies welcome.

CARERS SUPPORT GROUP.  This little group is open for 2 or 3 additional members if you would like to contact Sr. Liz Shaw (07426 – 310338) to discuss and arrange a preliminary meeting.  We began again on Thursday, 16th January on a fortnightly basis.  Details on notice board.  Happy New Year!

50+ Club
Next meeting 4 February in the Church hall. Annual subscription of £10 is payable on this day when our A.G.M. will also take place.

St Gerard’s Sunday Soup! This Lent, we will be gathering as a parish again for our Lent lunches. This year we will holding these on Sundays, at 12.30, with Stations of the Cross at 12 noon for those who wish. They will be on Sunday 1st, Sunday 15th and Sunday 29th March. Delicious home- made soup, fresh bread and cakes will be served. Vegan and vegetarian options will be available. If you would like to help with the events, we are looking for soup makers, washer-uppers, and young waiters and waitresses to take orders and serve. As usual, if you’d like to bring along cakes to share that would be very welcome. This year we will be splitting the proceeds between CAFOD and local charities supporting people in poverty in the local area. Although you are welcome to just turn up on the day, a list will be at the back of church in the coming weeks to indicate if you’re coming, to help us plan the catering.  Please see Anna, Wendhy, Sarah, Jeanne, Karoline or Clare to volunteer or for more information. 

Cafod Thanks for the collecting box containing £8.88.

Shine Group commences now on a Wednesday evening starting 22nd January in the Majella Room. Events will be advertised. All are welcome. Tel: Andrea Cavell – 07460598823

Jean Feltham a funeral service will be celebrated for Jean at South Bristol Crematorium on Wednesday 5th February at 12.00pm, to which all are welcome to attend. Please keep Jean’s son Mark and her family and friends in your prayers. May she rest in peace.

Young Catholic Adults Retreat 21 to 23 February 2020 at Downside Abbey “Understanding the World as God’s Portrait: Retreat musing on the magnificence of the Incarnation”All young Catholics aged 18 to 35ish are invited to attend this residential Retreat at Downside Abbey. The principal speaker is Sebastian Morello, formator and lecturer at the Centre for Catholic Formation in London, and known for his intellectually stimulating, and challenging insights, into the Catholic Christian tradition. One of the Downside Monks, Fr. Anselm Brumwell, will also be speaking about “The Biblical Revelation of God”.The Downside young adult group, developed with Clifton Diocese, now comprises over 180 young people from across the country. These Retreats are therefore a wonderful opportunity to meet new people, and stay in touch with old friends, in the beautiful setting of Downside Abbey. In addition to the talks, you will be able to join the Benedictine Monastic Community in celebrating Holy Mass, the Divine Office and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Please see notice board for details/cost.

Fr. Michael House R.I.P.
Long established members of the parish will be sorry to hear of the death of Fr. House who ministered at St. Gerard. for some years. May he rest in peace.

Reminders of Items detailed in previous newsletters (please refer to Archive File & notice board for details).

  1. Emmaus House – Scripture & Prayer Days 2020 on 22 Feb.,18 April, 23 May, 3 Oct. 28 Nov.  A Morning for ALL Liturgical Ministries,  Saturday 1st February, 10-12.30.
  2. Some Offertory Envelopes/ Eucharistic Ministers Rotas still await collection at the back of the church.


CONFESSIONS ~ Saturdays from 11.00am and at call.

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

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

Parish Finance
Collection for Parish Funds on 5 Jan. totalled £ 646.60  (Gift Aid £283.00  Loose £363.60)


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