Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
24th September 2017
Sunday Cycle Year A Weekday Cycle Year 1 Office: Psalter Week 1


Sunday 24th September 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

9.00am Mass
5.00pm Mass

Monday 25th September

No Mass
5.00pm Reception of Connie Morgan

Tuesday 26th September

11.00am Requiem Mass Connie Morgan

Wednesday 27th September

10.00am Mass

Thursday 28th September

No Mass Today

Friday 29th September

10.00am Mass

Saturday 30th September

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

Sunday 1st October 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

Prayer for the Preparation of Mass 
God our Father you call us to gather together for this Sunday Mass. Help us to draw strength from the Holy Scriptures and from the Holy Eucharist, so that we deepen our love for you. May we be nlivened by the Holy Spirit to mirror the words and actions of your Son Jesus Christ and become more clearly your instruments of mercy to others. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sick & HouseboundPlease remember in your prayers all the sick and housebound, in particular, those recently sickRina Kerby, Kath Perry, Stephen Hooper, Tom Lewis, Allen Jenkins, Eileen Hunt, Lena Buck,  Marie Shields, Harry Jenkins, Kathleen Farrell, John Shoemake, Simon Jenkins, Annie Conway, William Hewitt, Malachi Moran, Wayne Parrock, Mary Sheehan, Eugenia Jaworska, Miriam King, Jean Feltham, Gertie McCann, Maurice Kerby, Derek West, Carmel Jenkins. Please also remember in your prayers all whose anniversaries occur at this time –  James Gordan, Mary Polland, William Scanlon, Margaret Golding, Agnes Bennett, Margaret Lane, John Dwyer, Doris Staddon, Mornington Jones, Monica Howard, John Brophy.

Connie Morgan RIP
Connie will be received into St Gerard’s at 5pm on Monday 25 September. Her Requiem Mass will be at 11am on Tuesday 26 September with burial at Holy Souls Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Next Sunday (1 Oct.) – Refreshments in the Hall after 9.0 Mass.

 Meet on Wednesday 27 September after Mass. There is an option this week – either(1) meet at the back of the church to arrange lifts to Chew Valley Lake or (2) meet in the Majella Room. All Ladies welcome.

Your local school needs you
Are you recently retired or do you have some spare time and would like to contribute to your local community?  Have you thought about becoming a school Governor? St Bernadette Catholic Primary School has a vacancy for a school governor; a volunteer role which allows you to have a positive impact upon young people’s lives and contribute to issues that you may feel passionate about.  We are a ‘good school’ and an ‘outstanding’ Catholic school, a small single form entry school and pride ourselves on our caring, family feel. Use your skills and expertise to contribute to making our schools more effective. As a bonus, a governance role is seen as a positive by many employers and time off is given for meeting, if applicable. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact the school on 0117 377 2373 for more information.                 

Starting School:
Parents of children born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 must apply now for a school place for September 2018 onwards. Application forms are available from Bristol Education Authority or you can apply online. You must apply by 15 January 2018. for St. Bernadette Primary School. or Christ the King Primary School. For Catholic children, you must also provide a copy of the baptism certificate. Please ensure you do not miss the closing date.

Red Box Holders
Thanks to all Red Box holders who have brought in their boxes for the half-year accounting. If you have not yet brought in your box, please bring it to the church and place on the card table at the back of the church. Your emptied box will be available for collection the following week. In case of any difficulty please telephone 01179775683

Safety of Valuables
Please be reminded that you are advised not to leave your valuables in the benches unattended (e.g. while receiving Holy Communion).

Cafod Harvest Fast Day – Fri.6 October 2017
This Harvest Fast Day, we are standing with Edelmira, a farmer in El Salvador, as she works to sustain her family with good crops and harvests. With your help, CAFOD is giving her fruit trees, training & strong seeds. Please pick up a Fast Day envelope, fast on Friday 6 October  and give what you save to the collection on Sunday 8 October. Envelopes for Gift Aid donations are available at the back of the church. Please ensure full requested details are completed.

Counters for the Month of October
Adrian Anglin(Leader), Alison Bennett (22 Oct. Jenny Taylor), Jeanne Dennis (8 Oct. Mike Ray).

Deanery Day for Readers and Eucharistic Ministers Saturday October 21st
Come and join with other readers and Eucharistic ministers from the Deanery at Emmaus House, Sleep Lane Whitchurch on Saturday 21st October. 10am coffee for 10.30-12.30 session

Romero – Heartbeat of El Salvador is a new play by RISE Theatre in association with The Archbishop Romero Trust, looking at the life and legacy of a man who chose to challenge those in power and stand up for social justice.  The date to see this in Bristol is October 19th 7.30pm at St Nicholas of Tolentino, Lawfords Gate. Tickets available via www.risetheatre.co.uk

Christmas Cards-  The Repository now has a large & varied  selection of Christmas cards on sale. 

Reminder of items detailed in previous editions of the newsletter (please see posters or archive file for details)

  1. YCA National Weekend at Douai Abbey, Berks on 20-22nd Oct 2017
  1. October21st (Saturday)  Half day for Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist and readers at Emmaus House
  2. Catechists Course-Starts 4 October 2017
  3. Retreat at St. Patrick, Redfield. 8 October.
  4. Sisters of La Retraite, Weston-s-mare. Celebration Mass on Tues. 10 October, 7.0pm. at Corpus Christi, WSM

Please note:-Items for the Newsletter should be placed in the designated file in the Sacristy before noon on Wednesdays and must be signed by the author and include a contact telephone number or Email address.


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 for Parish funds on 17 September totalled £438.88 Gift Aid £ 135.99. Loose £302.89. The Retiring Collection for Home Missions raised £65.83.  Thank you! Thanks also for the donation of coin collection totalling £29.70 for CAFOD  


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