16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
14th July 2019
Sunday Cycle Year C Weekday Cycle Year 1 Office: Psalter Week 4


Sunday 21st July Sixteenth Sunday

9.00am Mass
5.00pm Mass

Monday 22nd July

No Mass Today

Tuesday 23rd July

10.00am Mass

Wednesday 24th July

10.00am Mass

Thursday 25th July

No Mass Today

Friday 26th July

10.00am Mass

Saturday 27th July

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

Sunday 28th July Seventeenth Sunday

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, 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,  Mike Lewis, Kate Smith,. Please also remember in your prayers all whose anniversaries occur at this time  – Frederick Hunt, Ronald Jefferies, James Moran, Beatrice Cook, John Sullivan, Michael Hickey, James Healey, George Gardiner, Esther Llewellyn, Thonas Statham, Harold Allen, Walter Thomas, John Churchley, Edward Caola, Eileen Wellman.

Parish Cream Tea: A great big “Thank You “ to everyone who came, helped and supported this very enjoyable event in aid of UCM’s Philippines Project . It was a great success. We raised £467 which is a fantastic amount. Well done Everyone ! This is our main annual fund raising event supporting an orphanage in the Philippines which is run by the Missionary Sisters of Columban in their Subaanen mission . We often receive news/updates from Sister Kathleen Melia who is at present running the mission there amongst the Subaanen people who are amongst the poorest So you can imagine that this money will be hugely appreciated . This past year we were able to contribute towards a new water system, educational needs and medical treatments. Our support of the Columban Sisters began in a small way about 30 years ago.  

21st July 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel, Jesus is welcomed into the home of Martha and Mary. Mary sits listening attentively to Jesus and Martha busies herself providing refreshments. Although Martha frets about Mary leaving her to do all the ‘work’ the reality is that both women are exercising hospitality in different ways. Martha is doing what many of us do – busying ourselves, focusing on doing rather than being. It is the potential trap of all disciples – to feel that we must be seen to be ‘doing’. Mary, in her desire to spend time with Jesus gives us a model of what it means to be present to someone, listening to them. At the heart of welcome is the capacity for being open and present to another. Sometimes in our desire to ‘look after’ someone we miss their underlying need. Martha is a good person but, in this situation, she becomes aggrieved because it seems her sister is not doing anything. In fact, as Jesus points out, she is doing everything. It is not that ‘doing’ is unimportant. If we all stopped nothing would ever get done. What Mary teaches us is that sometimes, the willingness to stop and listen is more important if we are not to lose sight of why we do what we do.

 Union of Catholic Mothers
Next Meeting-Wed.24 July, meet after Mass before going to Eileen’s house for coffee morning/celebration of Kay & Mike’s golden wedding anniversary. The summer break follows for the month of August.

Shine – A group of women from St. Gerard/St. BernadetteMeet every fortnight – Next Meeting Thurs. July 25 in St. Gerard’s Hall.  Drop in between 6.30-8.30.and learn more. A place to meet new people, to chat, be yourself & Shine! Discussions, plan activities, share thoughts on life/faith. Info: Andrea 07460598823

The Sacrament of Confirmation
Bishop Declan will be coming to St Gerard’s on Wednesday 30thOctober at 7.00pm to celebrate Confirmation for the parishes of the Deanery. Anyone over the age of 12 is invited to a meeting TODAY(21stJuly) at 6.00pm.

50+ Club-6 August.
Trip to Winchester-Fare £20.Leave Buller Road 9.30. Coffee stop Chieveley Services(Moto) Back at 6.0/6.30. (Approx). To book telephone 0117 9770372.

SPUC 2019 National Conference
The Conference will take place at the Hayes Conference Centre in Swanwick, Friday 13-Sunday 15 Sep.2019.The theme will be “SPUC’s historic battle to defend the right to life of unborn children.” In view of this year’s political developments the conference comes at a critical time for SPUC supporters & it is very important that as many as possible attend to keep up to date with SPUC’s campaigns. Further info.: Tom Erraught 9777778

Reflect on the Wonder of God’s Creation
Three mornings to reflect on the Wonder of God’s Creation at Emmaus House, Sleep Lane, Whitchurch. August 13, 20 & 27 at 10.0am. for coffee, start 10.30 and ends 12.30 pm. Advance booking is  helpful but not necessary.

Next Week (28 July)-Retiring Collection for the Bishop’s Charitable Fund. (Please note that this is the last scheduled second collection until September 8).

Counters for the Month of August –Frances Henry (Leader), Ann Tolaini, Jonathan Masters (4 Aug. Siobhan Boyle,18 Aug. Mike Ray).

Holy Cross Church
Fundraising Evening for Holy Cross Church: On Friday 2ndAugust, 8pm until late at Bedminster Down Ex-Service Club, Winford Grove, Bristol, BS13 7DY – an evening of fun and entertainment with music by Chris James & co. Tickets £8 and available on the door or from Cath on 07966308138. Please come along to support our first fundraising event for the restoration of our beautiful church.

Maurice & Rina Kerby
Maurice & Rina are most grateful for the scrumptious cream teas the U.C.M. delivered to us. But even more so I send heartfelt thanks that you have not forgotten me. Rina Kerby.


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 14 July totalled £513.62  (Gift Aid £189.50 Loose £324.12 ). Many thanks for the donation to the Restoration/heating fund of £72.00. The Retiring Collection for the Apostleship of the Sea raised £ 133.07. Thank you.


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