First Sunday of Advent
1st December 2019
Sunday Cycle Year C Weekday Cycle Year 1 Office: Psalter Week 1


Sunday 1st December First Sunday of Advent

9.00am Mass
5.00pm Mass

Monday 2nd December

No Mass Today

Tuesday 3rd December

10.00am Mass

Wednesday 4th December

10.00am Mass

Thursday 5th December

No Mass Today

Friday 6th December

10.00am Mass

Saturday 7th December

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

Sunday 8th December Second Sunday of Advent 

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, 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,  Carmel Jenkins, James Barr, Aileen Milkins, Eileen & 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—.Margaret Husbands, Eileen Protheroe, Gaudenty Jaworska, Baby George, Josephine Price, Peter Henry, John Farrell, Ann Verrecchia, Teresa Stiles, Hazel White.

First Holy Communion 2020 will be celebrated on Sunday the 14th June 2020 at the 9.00am Mass. Parents of children in year 3 can apply in person 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 the 6th January 2020. 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

Retiring Collection for the Poor Missions of the Diocese

1st December First Sunday of Advent
‘Stay Awake’ –For those who suffer from any form of sleeping disorder these words are cold comfort. Being awake all night or indeed the fear of not being able to sleep can torment and cause great anxiety. Of course, Jesus is not expecting us to literally refrain from sleeping. What he is referring to is the lack of alertness we can have to what might be happening around us, the way we drift from one thing to another, and worse the way we can drift into negative behaviour, or simply into apathy and disregard for the things which matter. It is easy to drift, it can happen almost unconsciously without us being aware of what is happening. Jesus does not want this for us. Instead he wants us to live life to the full, to experience everything in all its glory, for we never know when the opportunity to do so will come to an end .When it does we need to be ready fully conscious that we have lived our lives in readiness for meeting our God, the God of life, of hope and of love

UCM: meet on Wednesday 4 December in the Majella Room after Mass for General Discussion & result of   Xmas breakfast /bazaar. “Bring & Buy” Sale for Philippines Project.  All ladies welcome

Readers Rendezvous: Saturday 7th December 10.30 – 12.30 at Emmaus. A good training opportunity for Readers from the Deanery to develop their Ministry.

CONSULTATION: the governing body of St Bernadette Catholic Primary School is consulting on their proposed admission arrangements for the 2021-22 school year. You are invited to provide any comments you may wish for consideration on the proposed arrangements by 9th December 2019. Final arrangements will be determined by 28th February 2020. The Admissions Policy is available for viewing during the consultation period on the school website at https://www.st-bernadette-pri.bristol.sch.uk/  Comments to st.bernadette.p@bristol-schools.uk

Cafod World Gifts for Christmas
This year, change lives around the world and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas giving with World Gifts. How does it work? Order your gifts online, by phone or by post using the form in the catalogue and your gift will go to the appropriate fund while you will receive a beautifully illustrated card ready to personalise and give to your friend

Alpha Course
St Bernadette Secondary School and the Parish of St Bernadette will be running the Alpha Course on Thursday evenings from 7pm to 8.30pm, starting January 9th 2020 for 11 weeks. You can register online at https://stbernadettewhitchurch.org/alpha if you would like to attend. Also please look out for Alpha invitation cards that you can give out to people who you feel might like to come

Free Magazine
The winter edition of Jesuits and Friends is now available free at the back of the church. Please take a copy.

Diocesan Directories/ Liturgical Diaries
These publications are available at the paper desk. Directories £5.00, Diaries £6.50

Counters for December:  Leader   Angela Morgan (15 Dec. Jeanne Dennis), Mike O’Leary  (8 Dec. Pat Hynes), Marian Johnstone.

CCS Adoption
The Society received a fourth consecutive “outstanding” rating from Ofsted in 2019. Further good news is the  continuing success in finding families for the most vulnerable and hard to place children. Please read the full letter posted on the notice board.

Paul Kavanagh Paul will be received into St Gerard’s on Thursday the 12th December at 5.30pm and his Requiem Mass will be celebrated on Friday the 13th of December at 11.00am. Please remember Tess and all the family in your prayers. May he rest in peace

Today.(1 Dec) Christmas Breakfast/Mini Bazaar  Progs £1 & Draw entries (also £1) on sale today-last chance. Please support this fund- raising effort for the Parish Funds particularly by attending the event which will take place after 9.0 Mass

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

1..Youth Ministry:- Training Course, Alexander House starts 13 Jan

  1. Catechist Formation 5 Dec. St. Mary, Bath.
  2. Shine- Thur.12 Dec 6.30 pm Bocabar Tel: 07460598823
  3. 50+ Club – Meet in the church hall on 3 December 2.0-4.0 pm. Entertainment by Oldland Ukers


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 24 Nov. totalled £502.63 (Gift Aid £123.50 Loose £379.13)


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