Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
14th January 2018
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Sunday 14th January 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

9.00am Mass
5.00pm Mass

Monday 15th January

No Mass Today

Tuesday 16th January

No Mass Today

Wednesday 17th January

10.00am Mass

Thursday 18th January

No Mass

Friday 19th January

No Mass Today

Saturday 20th January

No Mass or confessions today.

Sunday 21st January 3rd 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

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 sickRina Kerby, Kath Perry, Stephen Hooper, Tom Lewis, Allen Jenkins, 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, James Barr. Please also remember in your prayers all whose anniversaries occur at this time Ivy Lovell,  Frances Chappell, Bernard Finan, May Smith, Kathleen Bull, Pamela Sheppard, Albert Lawrence, Alec Taylor, Jeremiah O’Brien, Canon Patrick Barry, Anne Pilgrim. Ronald Wiltshire, Eileen Manning, Brigid Lynskey, John Fitzgerald, David O’Malley, William Doran, Elizabeth Murphy, Joseph Doran, Winifred Macfarlane, Mary Carmody, Jack Sims, Elizabeth Connolly, George Pye (Snr.),Michael MacNamara, Margaret Hambridge, Winifred Bull.

We leave the familiar scenes of Bethlehem behind so quickly. We’ve skipped through the waters of the Jordan this last week and now we enter into Ordinary Time. But we don’t leave the Jordan’s banks just yet for John the Baptist is pointing Jesus out to his own disciples. John has to let his own companions go to follow Jesus. John is not the centre of the message… but he discerns that Jesus is. That pointing starts a wonderful journey of people encountering Jesus and bringing others to him. There’s something about Jesus and those with him that truly attracts. We evangelise through attraction! The challenge is to allow ourselves to be ‘attractive’ so that people are drawn to the Lord because of what they see of him in us. May we have eyes to see where we are being led closer to the Lord, but may we also have courage to lead others to Jesus, because it is all about him.

UCM   Meet on Wed.17 January in the Majella Room after Mass for our A.G.M. All Ladies very welcome

Cafod “100 Club” -Prizewinners Jan.2018
1st. £72.00. Angela Storey (65),2. £43.20. Margaret Duncan (39), 3.£28.80. Janet Bannister (54)

CAFOD: Hear about CAFOD’s work in Zimbabwe this Lent!come along and hear from one of the speakers at one of our Lent Events – Chris Bain, Director of CAFOD, will be speaking at the Bristol event:  Wednesday January 31st Holy Family Church Southsea Road, Patchway, Bristol  BS34 5DP 7.00pm-8.30pm Booking is essential for this event as space is limited  – email Liz on ebaldwin@cafod.org.uk or call 01179 428 328

Arise Bristol!
English Retreat and Healing Service led by Fr. Soji Olikkal (St. Gerard’s, Birmingham) at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Southmead on Monday 15 January, 6.0-9.30pm. The service includes Praise & Worship, Spiritual Sharing, Talks, Holy Mass, Adoration & Healing Prayer.

Scripture and Prayer Days at Emmaus House Sleep Lane
These days offer scriptural input and a time for personal reflection. There is celebration of the Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Eucharist. The days begin at 10am and finish around 3.30pm. Make a date in your diary- All Saturdays 17th Feb, 7th April,19th May 6th Oct, 1st Dec. See notice board for full details

Advance Notice.

Deanery Healing Mass – On Saturday 21st April at 2.30pm there will a Healing Mass with anointing at St Gerard

Excavations at St. Gerard
A number of parishioners have enquired about the excavations outside the presbytery. These works were undertaken by Western Power /Kier as a result of a total power failure in the presbytery. The cable fault was eventually located under the pavement in Talbot Road and repaired. Full power has now been restored after work taking over 6 hours on Saturday 6 January.

Celebrating Marriage
Join Bishop Declan for Mass in the cathedral to celebrate the gift that is marriage on Saturday 3 February at 12 Noon. If you are celebrating a significant anniversary this year, newly married or looking forward to marriage in 2018 then please contact :  adult.education@cliftondiocese.com or tel. 0117 9025595.

St. Patrick’s Day -17 March
On Saturday 17th March 2018, there will be a ceilidh fundraiser at St Joseph Church in Fishponds. The organisers are looking for volunteers to help out before and during the event. We are also selling tickets for the event costing £21.83 (£1.83 is for the booking fee). The event includes a live band, a licenced bar and Irish stew.  If you are willing to help the organisers before or during the event please contact:- stpatrickdayceilidh2018@hotmail.com See notice board for details.

50+ Club:- A.G.M. 6 Feb for  Subs.(£8) to be collected and discussion of arrangements for trips starting in April

Reminder of item detailed in previous newsletters:-

Support Catholic Schools -Visit http://catholicnews.org.uk/


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 7 Jan. totalled £523.42 (Gift Aid £185.50 Loose £337.92)


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