Third Sunday of Advent 
16th December 2018
Sunday Cycle Year C Weekday Cycle Year 1 Office: Psalter Week 3


Sunday 16th December Third Sunday of Advent

9.00am Mass
5.00pm Mass

Monday 17th December

No Mass Today

Tuesday 18th December

No Mass Today

Wednesday 19th December

10.00am Mass

Thursday 20th December

No Mass Today

Friday 21st December

No Mass today

Saturday 22nd December

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

Sunday 23rd December Fourth Sunday of Advent

9.00.00am 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, Allen Jenkins, 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. Please also remember in your prayers all whose anniversaries occur at this time– Thomas Squire, Patrick Sullivan, Mary Fell, Margaret Jackson, Margaret Stack, Bridgit Lynskey, Pamela Newport, Michael Livingstone, John Tierney, Mary Timney, George Summers (Jnr), Alice Exon, Agnes Neal,  Christine Browne, Ivy Dowding, Reginald Edwards, Robert Richings, Calcutta family.

First Holy Communion 2019 will be celebrated on Sunday the 23rd June 2019 at the 9.00am Mass. Parents of children in year 3 can apply in writing to Fr George Henwood.  The application need not be overly complicated but would typically include the following-full contact details for parents/guardian, name of child, a copy of their baptism certificate, which Mass you attend and how frequently, a brief statement about why you would like your child to make their first Holy Communion. Applications to be submitted, in person, to Fr. George before 22 December 2018. If you attend another parish for Mass then please state where and your reason for requesting your child make their first communion at St. Gerard Majella

Third Sunday of Advent
‘If you want God, and long for union with him, yet sometimes wonder what that means or whether it can mean anything at all, you are already walking with the God who comes.  If you are at times so weary and involved with the struggle of living that you have no strength even to want him, yet you are still dissatisfied that you don’t, you are already keeping Advent in your life.  If you have ever had an obscure intuition that the truth of things is somehow better, greater, more wonderful than you deserve or desire, that the touch of God in your life stills you by its gentleness, that there is a mercy beyond anything you could ever suspect you are already drawn into the central mystery of salvation.’  (Maria Boulding)

Fr Georgeis off sick at the moment and hopes to back for the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Thank you for your ongoing prayers and support. Love and God bless, Fr George

First Holy Communion at St Gerard’s
There will be a meeting for all parentswhose children will be celebrating their First Communion in June. The meeting will be directly after the 9 am Mass on Sunday 13th January in the church.

 Union of Catholic Mothers
  Currently on Christmas Break. Meetings will resume on the 9 January.

 S.V.P. – Parcels
If you are aware of people who are struggling financially and could benefit from some help especially at Christmas time, please let one of the members of the SVP know and we will organise a parcel for them.  This will be done in complete confidence.  It is often difficult for the people who need it the most to come forward.


“Shine” Women’s Group
Next meeting 10 January 6.30-8.30 pm.at St Gerard’s Majella Room. Further info. Andrea 07460598823

Application for Reception Class September 2019 – St Bernadette Catholic Primary School
St Bernadette Primary School was established by the Diocese of Clifton to serve the families and parishes of St Bernadette, Whitchurch, St Gerard Majella, Knowle and Sacred Heart, Chew Magna.  Prospective parents are warmly invited to visit our ‘Good’ (OFSTED September 2017) and ‘Outstanding’ (Diocesan Inspection March 2017) school.  “This school has something special.”  It values every member of the school community and cares deeply about the wellbeing of every child.” Come along and see our small, diverse and nurturing primary school, please contact the school office on 0117 3772373. If your child was born between September 1 2014 and August 31 2015, you will need to make an application for a Reception class place (for September 2019) via Bristol City Council on the common application form before midnight Tuesday January 15 2019  https://www.bristol.gov.uk/schools-learning-early-years/primary-admissions  In addition to the common application, a Baptismal certificate needs to be provided to the school by Tuesday January 15 2019.

Christmas Masses
Christmas Eve  24 Dec.           6.0 pm..    Christmas Day 25 Dec.          Midnight             10.0. am,                                             N.B. These times may be subject to alteration depending on Fr. George’s health. We are hoping he will be back for Holy Hour  & Mass on Sat. 22 December.

Reconciliation Services in Deanery with individual confession 

Wednesday December 19th St Dunstan’s 7pm

Thursday December 20th St Bernadette’s 7pm

Friday December 21st St Pius 7pm

Deanery dates for the diary
Saturday February 16th 10.30-12.30 Deanery morning for Readers at Emmaus Sleep Lane Saturday March 2nd Marriage Care Day for those preparing for marriage at St Pius 10-4 Saturday April 6th 10.30-3pm Deanery day to prepare for Holy Week and Easter.

Repository: Come and view the new stock available at the back of the church which includes children’s books at the very low price of £1.50. Many other bargain  items available at low cost.


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 9 Dec. totalled £496.83. Gift Aid £163.00. Loose £333.83. Many thanks for a further donation to the bazaar fund of £50 bringing the Bazaar total to £903.19.


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