Corpus Christi Church
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14 Ellenborough Park South, Weston-super-Mare. BS23 1XW
Tel. 01934 621929. email Fr. Richard corpuschristipp@yahoo.co.uk:
Admin & general corpuschristiweston@virgin.net
Website: www.corpuschristiweston.org

Corpus Christi Parish is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Clifton
Registerred Charity No. 233977. Website: www.cliftondiocese.com

Parish Priest:
Rev.Canon Richard Dwyer– 621929
Deacons:
Rev. Stephen Munday – 622989
Rev. Pedro Gregory – 079 177 13583
Rev. Michael Roberts - 627820
Sisters of La Retraite - 420125
Schools & Colleges:
Corpus Christi Primary School – 01934 621919
Acting
Headteacher: Mrs Wendy McDermot
St. Bede’s Catholic College – 0117 377 2200
St. Brendan’s College – 0117 977 7766

Pastoral Administrator: Jo Gair
Parish Administrator: Joseph Burke
Child Protection: Fred White
Hall : Bookings: Presbytery 01934 621929
Caretaker:

Parish Groups: Parish Pastoral Council, Baptism Preparation, First Holy Communion Preparation, Confirmation Preparation, Marriage Preparation, Rosary, R.C.I.A, Mothers Prayer Group, Youth Club, CAFOD, Soup Kitchen, Ecumenical, Social, Choir & Music Group, A.P.F, Toddlers, Church Upkeep, Welcomers, Welfare, Finance & Fabric, Friendship Club, Prayer/Bible, Liturgy, Flowers, S.P.U.C, Coffee after Mass, Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Mass: Saturday 6.30 pm (First Mass of Sunday)
Sunday 10.30am – Weekday 10.00 am
Rosary: Friday’s after weekday Mass
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Friday 10.30am to 12 Noon
Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturday 10.30 -11.00am and
4.30 - 5.00pm - or anytime on request.
Mass in Syro Malabar Rite: 4.00pm on 1st & 3rd Sunday each month


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26th March 2017 THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT Cycle A

This Weekend 6:30 pm (Sat) First Mass of Sunday People of the Parish
10.30am (Sun) Mass Peggy Kelly & Elsie Lipinski RIP
Monday 10am Liturgy of the Word & Holy Communion
Tuesday 10am Liturgy of the Word & Holy Communion
Wednesday 10am Mass James O’Neill RIP
Thursday 10am Mass Mary Brennan RIP
Friday 10am Mass Marylin Lock (Sick)
10.30am - 12nn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Saturday 11am Mass Mike & Kitty Roberts
6:30pm Mass Christopher Webb RIP
Sunday 10.30am Mass People of the Parish

A WARM WELCOME
to all who are visiting our parish. Please join us for Tea or coffee after the 10.30 Mass.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK
of our Parish and our loved ones elsewhere, especially, Tony Denny, Baby Honey, George Hancock, John Wood, Valerie Madden, Cliff Todd, Gwen Hopkinson, Rosemary Mapson, Trevor Creasey, Pat Wilson, Rosa Ferrari and Loretta Walters. Please also pray for those who care for them.

MOTHERS PRAYER GROUP STATIONS OF THE CROSS:
During Lent, The Mothers Prayers group meets at 9am each Monday Morning in Corpus Christi Church to journey together through the Stations of the Cross. We use "The Woman's Way of the Cross" prayer format which contains some beautiful prayers to enable us to focus and reflect on Jesus final journey and his ultimate act of love. Please join us if you can; ALL ARE WELCOME!!

Journey in Faith (RCIA):
W we continue with the last of our evenings of prayerful preparation for the Easter Vigil which is the single most important celebration of the Church’s year. Following the path of those seeking entry into the Church at Easter we will again review our lives in the light of the Gospel in which we will hear of the raising of Lazarus from the tomb. In the Scriptures we will come face to face with Christ who is the ‘Source of New Life’. This will be a preparation for the 3rd Scrutiny which will take place during the 10.30 Mass next Sunday. You are all welcome to join us as we make ourselves ready to meet the risen Christ at Easter. We meet at 7.30 on Thursday evening in the Parish Room under the Presbytery.

CHRISM MASS:
at Clifton Cathedral is one of the high points of the year in our Diocese, when priests, deacons, religious and lay people from all over the Diocese gather for the blessing of the Holy Oils. A coach will leave Corpus Christi at 9am on Wednesday 12th March and will leave the Cathedral for the return trip at 1.30pm. The cost will be £8.00. Names on the list in the Church porch, please.

LENTEN STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Each Saturday at 7.30pm and Our Syro-Malabar brothers and sisters will hold a Stations each Friday during Lent from 5-6pm.

GOOD FRIDAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS:
Children of all ages are needed to re-enact the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday 14th April. Practices will be straight after Sunday mass. We would also welcome any adults willing to help organise this year's service. If you would like more details, please contact Nicki 07425178379 / ndrew@tesco.net.

HELP ME WHEN I HAVE TO FACE MY CROSS:
During Lent you are invited to reflect on what the cross means to you. For example; sickness, death, bereavement, loss of job or way of life, loss of relationship, a secret or burden that eats away, alcoholism, drug addiction, pain, disability, caring for someone, dementia. Write your reflection on a card and pin to the cross at the back of the church
.
CAFOD EAST AFRICA CRISIS APPEAL:
In light of the fact that we have just had a CAFOD appeal with our Lenten Fast collection, we are providing the opportunity for those who wish to donate specifically to the East Africa Crisis Appeal, after our Masses this weekend.

BORN FOR THIS:
Born for This is a unique and powerful musical, performed by young people from our Catholic Secondary Schools, that brings the Stations of the Cross to life. Thursday 30th March, St Mary’s Church, Julian Road, Bath BA1 2SF & Friday 31st March St Peter’s Church, Carronbridge Road, Swindon SN5 7ES. Both performances at 7.30pm. Admission free, all are welcome. For more information visit www.cliftondiocese.com/youthministry

LENT 2017:
A Six Week Programme On How To Pray. Every Tuesday in the Club room at 6.30pm, - sessions close at 7.30pm. for further information contact Paul Evans on 01934 628960 p.evans96@btinternet.com)
Week 4: Tuesday 28th March ‘Reviewing your day in the presence of the Lord -Examen Prayer’ A practical and easy way to meet with the Lord at the end of the day. (Leader Paul Evans)

VOCATION MATTERS:
“I am the man” (John 9:9)
“There comes a time when silence is betrayal”, said Martin Luther King Jr in opposition to the Vietnam War. His words could be translated into many arenas, not least that of faith. In the Gospel, the man born blind is unafraid to stand up and be counted. He is an example of someone who is prepared to single out Jesus for who he is. Seeking our vocation and being faithful to it, is also to stand up and be counted. Not asking the question is a form of silence. Let’s not be silent then, but keep asking the question.

CORPUS CHRISTI 100 CLUB
We have sold 56 tickets so far for the first 100 club draw to held after 10.30am Mass on the 26th March. Prize Fund is sitting at £110 and £110 will go towards the fundraising to pay for essential building works including the replacement of the church cross & confessional improvements.
It’s simple. Pick a number between 1 -100 for £5, if all 100 numbers are sold, the prize fund will be £250 and £250 will go towards the Building Fund. T&C’s apply and will supplied with the Tickets.
Tickets on sale after both masses this weekend so don't miss out.
Details are on the notice board or from Lynne Parsonage - 07720 625713

PARISH 100 CLUB
Last chance to join in for the MARCH draw. Thank you to everyone who has joined the 100 club. The first draw will be after 1030am Mass this Sunday, 26th March. 56 tickets sold so far. It’s not too late if you would like to take part. Please call Lynne Parsonage on 07720625713. £5 a number and one lucky parishioner will win half the prize fund and the other half will go towards essential building work needed.

Winter Warmth:
Corpus Christi Soup Kitchen has now closed until Monday 30th October 2017. Thank you for your donations and help which is greatly appreciated and has enabled us to feed the Homeless who visit us on Monday evenings. THANK YOU.

EASTER SUNDAY 9.00am MASS:
If you are a reader and are able to read at the early Mass on Easter Sunday, could you please let Jean Davies know? Also any organist or pianist willing to play would be really appreciated.

INTERESTED IN RECEIVING FREE SAFEGUARDING TRAINING?
Any member of the Diocese can register to access free online EDUCARE Safeguarding training by emailing your name, parish/religious congregation and role e.g. Parish Priest, Catechist, Governor etc. to Rebecca.Monks@cliftondiocese.com Once registered you will have instant access to all seven modules of the E-Learning programme and will be able to print out your own Certificates of completion. Please support Safeguarding in Clifton Diocese.

Passover Supper:
Monday 10th April 7.00pm for 7.30pm.
Please join us as we prepare for Easter with an evening of Hymns, reading and a meal, including lamb, to be held in the Parish Hall. The price is £3.00 for adults and £2.00 for children. To secure a place please ensure you pass on your name(s) and monies to Jo Gair by no later than Sunday 9th April.

FINANCE:
Last weekend’s offertory collection was £692.53 (10% to the Parish Tithe Fund) of which £235.60 was Gift Aided.
Thank you.

19th March 2017 THE THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT Cycle A

This Weekend 6:30 pm (Sat) First Mass of Sunday Peggy Willcox R.I.P
10.30am(Sun) Mass People of the Parish
Monday 10am Liturgy of the Word
Tuesday 10am Liturgy of the Word
Wednesday 10am Mass Margaret Potts R.I.P
Thursday 10am Mass In Thanksgiving
Friday 10am Liturgy of the Word
10.30am - 12noon Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Saturday 10am Mass Anne Beavis & James Hanratty R.I.P
6:30pm Mass People of the Parish.
Sunday 10.30am Mass Peggy Kelly & Elsie Lipinsky R.I. P

A WARM WELCOME
to all who are visiting our parish. Please join us for Tea or coffee after the 10.30 Mass.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK
of our Parish and our loved ones elsewhere, especially, Tony Denny, Baby Honey, George Hancock, John Wood, Valerie Madden, Cliff Todd, Gwen Hopkinson, Rosemary Mapson, Trevor Creasey, Pat Wilson and Rosa Ferrari. Please also pray for those who care for them.

MOTHERS PRAYER GROUP STATIONS OF THE CROSS:
During Lent, The Mothers Prayers group will be meeting at 9am each Monday Morning in Corpus Christi Church to journey together through the Stations of the Cross. We use "The Woman's Way of the Cross" prayer format which contains some beautiful prayers to enable us to focus and reflect on Jesus final journey and his ultimate act of love. Please join us if you can; ALL ARE WELLCOME!!

Journey in Faith (RCIA):
We have begun our short series of evenings in which we prepare prayerfully for the Easter Vigil which is the climax of the Church’s year. We will consider how Christ is the ‘Light of the World’, the one who gives sight to the blind. In this way we will be following the journey of all who are preparing for entry into the Catholic Church at Easter. Just as they are called so we are all called, to scrutinise or review our lives in the light of the Gospel during Lent. This will be a preparation for the 2nd Scrutiny which will take place at 6:30 Mass next Saturday. You are warmly invited to join us in the Parish Room under the presbytery at 7:30 on Thursday evening.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS BOOKLETS:
A variety of booklets are now available by the Chapel of Mercy for personal use in walking the Stations of Cross. Please simply return the booklets upon completion.

LENTEN STATIONS OF THE CROSS:
Each Saturday at 7.30pm and Our Syro-Malabar brothers and sisters will hold a Stations each Friday during Lent from 5-6pm.

GOOD FRIDAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS:
Children of all ages are needed to re-enact the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday 14th April. Practices will be straight after Sunday mass starting next Sunday 19th March. We would also welcome any adults willing to help organise this year's service. If you would like more details, please contact Nicki 07425178379 / ndrew@tesco.net.

HELP ME WHEN I HAVE TO FACE MY CROSS:
During lent you are invited to reflect on what the cross means to you. For example; sickness, death, bereavement, loss of job or way of life, loss of relationship, a secret or burden that eats away, alcoholism, drug addiction, pain, disability, caring for someone, dementia. Write your reflection on a card and pin to the cross at the back of the church.

READER’S ROTA
for 10.30 Mass: Please pick up the new rota from the pigeon hole at the back of church. If you would like to receive it electronically please let Jean Davies know.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT CLOCKS GO FORWARD ONE HOUR AFTER MIDNIGHT NEXT SUNDAY MORNING.

BORN FOR THIS:
Born for This is a unique and powerful musical, performed by young people from our Catholic Secondary Schools, that brings the Stations of the Cross to life. Thursday 30th March, St Mary’s Church, Julian Road, Bath BA1 2SF & Friday 31st March St Peter’s Church, Carronbridge Road, Swindon SN5 7ES. Both performances at 7.30pm. Admission free, all are welcome. For more information visit www.cliftondiocese.com/youthministry

CONGRATULATIONS TO BARBARA AND RAYMOND FLOOD:
who celebrate their sixtieth (Diamond) wedding anniversary on Thursday 23rd March.

LENT 2017:
A Six Week Programme On How To Pray. Every Tuesday in the Club room at 6.30pm, - sessions close at 7.30pm. for further information contact Paul Evans on 01934 628960 p.evans96@btinternet.com)
Week 3: Tuesday 21st March ‘Scripture and prayer’ ‘Lectio Divina’. Using Holy Scripture to develop a close and active relationship with God our Father.

VOCATION MATTERS:
“Anyone who drinks the water that I shall give will never be thirsty again” (John 4:14)
“Give us the water”, cried the earthquake victims in a remote part of China, as rescuers found them days after the event. Water is essential to life. How many people are dying of spiritual thirst though? A vocation to the priesthood, consecrated life or marriage can be a conduit through which living water may flow to others. If we choose our path under God’s guidance, and to by selfish motive, we can be channels of life-giving grace to the world. Do we want that to happen, or are we too headstrong to listen to our hearts and the cries of others?

CORPUS CHRISTI 100 CLUB
We have sold 44 tickets so far for the first 100 club draw to held after 10.30am Mass on the 26th March. Prize Fund is sitting at £110 and £110 will go towards the fundraising to pay for essential building works including the replacement of the church cross & confessional improvements.
It’s simple. Pick a number between 1 -100 for £5, if all 100 numbers are sold, the prize fund will be £250 and £250 will toward the Building Fund. T&C’s apply and will supplied with the Tickets.
Tickets on sale after both masses this weekend so don't miss out.
Details are on the notice board or from Lynne Parsonage - 07720 625713

CAFOD:
Many thanks for your generosity last week. The Fast Day collection amounted to £389.46 of which £ 200 was Gift Aided. If you forgot last weekend there are some envelopes in the porch and it is not too late to simply add your donation to this week's collection. The CAFOD stall is in the Parish Hall selling Real Easter Eggs.

CAFOD EAST AFRICA CRISIS APPEAL:
People have been asking whether we will be supporting this. In light of the fact that we have just had a CAFOD appeal with our Lenten Fast collection, we will provide the opportunity to those who wish to donate specifically to the East Africa Crisis Appeal, next weekend with a voluntary collection after Mass.

CHILDREN’S SUMMER CAMPS:
The Diocese holds two Living Your Faith Residential Weeks in August. Week 1: 7th-11th August (Age 7-11) and Week 2 14th-18th August (Age 12-16). These weeks, held in the beautiful Marist Convent in Nympsfield, are intended to encourage children and young people to engage in their faith through fun, games and spiritual input. More details: contact Stephen Spurrell on 07860849460 or email livingyourfaith@hotmail.co.uk

PLANNING MEETING FOR MGR GABRIEL’S ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION:
Please come and join us for this planning on Wednesday 22nd March at 7.30pm in the meeting room beneath the presbytery.

INTERESTED IN RECEIVING FREE SAFEGUARDING TRAINING?
Any member of the Diocese can register to access free online EDUCARE Safeguarding training by emailing your name, parish/religious congregation and role e.g. Parish Priest, Catechist, Governor etc. to Rebecca.Monks@cliftondiocese.com Once registered you will have instant access to all seven modules of the E-Learning programme and will be able to print out your own Certificates of completion. Please support Safeguarding in Clifton Diocese.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES, 18th-25th AUGUST 2016:
For details, please contact Deacon David Wakefield either by phone: 07711 834800 or by email: lourdes@cliftondiocese.com

CHRISM MASS COACH DEPARTS FROM THE CATHEDRAL AT 1.30PM.

FINANCE:
Last weekend’s offertory collection was £650.05 (10% to the Parish Tithe Fund) of which £291.00 was Gift Aided.
The second collection in Aid of CAFOD Lent Fast Day raised £389.46
Thank you.

12th March 2017 THE SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT Cycle A

This Weekend 6:30 pm (Sat) First Mass of Sunday Bridie Simms (Ints)
10.30am (Sun) Mass People of the Parish
Monday 10am Liturgy of the Word & Holy Communion
Tuesday 10am Liturgy of the Word & Holy Communion
Wednesday 10am Liturgy of the Word & Holy Communion
Thursday 10am Mass John Kilby R.I.P.
Friday 10am Mass Edna Dunne R.I.P
10.30am - 12nn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Saturday 10am Mass Mary Quan R.I.P.
  6:30pm Mass Peggy Willcox R.I.,P.
Sunday 10.30am Mass People of the Parish

A WARM WELCOME t
o all who are visiting our parish. Please join us for Tea or coffee after the 10.30 Mass.

CONFIRMATION 2017:
will take place on Wednesday 18th October at Corpus Christi Church. Application forms are available from the Sacristy and should be completed and returned by no later than today, Sunday 12th March. The preparation course is due to start on Thursday 16th March at St. Joseph’s Church hall from 7.30-9pm. Candidates should be at least in year 8 of school to commence the course. For any further information please contact Alan Malone on 01934 520975 or Father Richard on the Presbytery number 01934 621929 or via his email at the head of the newsletter.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK
of our Parish and our loved ones elsewhere, especially, Tony Denny, Baby Darcie-Claire & her mother Sophie, Baby Honey, George Hancock, John Wood, Valerie Madden, Cliff Todd, Gwen Hopkinson, Rosemary Mapson, Trevor Creasey, Pat Wilson and Rosa Ferrari. Please also pray for those who care for them.

VOCATION MATTERS:
“…Jesus led them up a high mountain where they could be alone.” (Matthew 17:1)
“Alone with none but thee, my God. I journey on my way. What need I fear when thou art near, O King of night and day?” Those words are attributed to St Columba from the 6th Century. In Lent, hopefully we have the opportunity to spend time alone with God. Being comfortable with solitude is beneficial when we want to follow Jesus more closely. If we are to be transfigured slowly into the people God is calling us to be, then being with God in silence and quiet is a great place to start. Give it a go!

Rite of Election (RCIA):
Last weekend our Catechumen and Candidates went to Clifton Cathedral. There, along with others from across the Clifton Diocese, they were invited to publicly declare their spiritual commitment and call to continuing conversion. Bishop Declan, as shepherd of our diocesan family, called the Catechumens (the unbaptised) – in the name of Christ, to the Easter Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist, and so invited them into the Catholic Church, and those already baptised, into full participation in the sacramental life of the Church. The priests, catechists, family and friends affirmed their desire and testified to their readiness and sincerity. It is a wonderful gathering. Please keep Aida, Paul and Sam in your prayers as they return from the Rite of Election with their Sponsors and other members of the parish, and ask that their faith be further deepened in these final weeks leading up to the Easter Vigil.

Journey in Faith (RCIA):
our ‘Journey in Faith’ (RCIA) group meets on Thursday next at 7.30 p.m. in the Parish Room under the presbytery. We reflect on the Gospel of next Sunday. We look at the Christian’s call to forgiveness, to have respect for others, to seek peace – there should be no place for revenge in the life of a follower of Christ. If you or someone you know would like to explore what the importance of Jesus’ teaching found in the Scriptures means to our Catholic faith, or if you are interested in becoming a Catholic, why not come along. Please continue to pray for our Candidates and Catechumens.


STATIONS OF THE CROSS BOOKLETS:
A variety of booklets are now available by the Chapel of Mercy for personal use in walking the Stations of Cross. Please simply return the booklets upon completion.

LENTEN STATIONS OF THE CROSS:
Each Saturday at 7.30pm and Our Syro-Malabar brothers and sisters will hold a Stations each Friday during Lent from 5-6pm.

QUIET MORNING:
There will be a quiet morning at La Retraite, 11 Walliscote Road on Thursday 16th March from 10.00am – 12 noon. Everyone welcome.

HELP ME WHEN I HAVE TO FACE MY CROSS:
During lent you are invited to reflect on what the cross means to you. For example; sickness, death, bereavement, loss of job or way of life, loss of relationship, a secret or burden that eats away, alcoholism, drug addiction, pain, disability, caring for someone, dementia. Write your reflection on a card and pin to the cross at the back of the church.

BORN FOR THIS:
Born for This is a unique and powerful musical, performed by young people from our Catholic Secondary Schools, that brings the Stations of the Cross to life. Thursday 30th March, St Mary’s Church, Julian Road, Bath BA1 2SF & Friday 31st March St Peter’s Church, Carronbridge Road, Swindon SN5 7ES. Both performances at 7.30pm. Admission free, all are welcome. For more information visit www.cliftondiocese.com/youthministry

LENT 2017:
A Six Week Programme On How To Pray. Every Tuesday in the Club room at 6.30pm, - sessions close at 7.30pm. for further information contact Paul Evans on 01934 628960 p.evans96@btinternet.com)
Week2: Tuesday 14th March ‘How to pray?’ A discussion on some basic ways to support and enrich our practice of prayer. (Leader Jean Vowles)

READER’S ROTA
for 10.30 Mass: Please pick up the new rota from the pigeon hole at the back of church. If you would like to receive it electronically please let Jean Davies know.

CORPUS CHRISTI 100 CLUB:
Tickets are now on sale for the 100 club, the first draw will be held on the 26th March after 10.30am Mass and the last Sunday of the month thereafter. We are fundraising to pay for essential building works including the replacement of the church cross & confessional improvements. It’s simple, Pick a number between 1 -100 for £5, if all 100 numbers are sold, the prize fund will be £250 and £250 will toward the Building Fund. T&C’s apply and will supplied with the Tickets. Details are on the notice board or from Lynne Parsonage - 07720 625713.

CAFOD Thanks:
Many thanks for your response to Tobenna last weekend; he enjoyed meeting you all. Please remember to bring back your envelopes to put in the second collection this weekend. If you managed to attend the Free Frugal lunch on the Fast Day (Friday 10th), why not add what you saved to what you put in your envelope? Please don’t forget to Gift Aid it if you are a tax payer. If you have forgotten your envelope we have some more at the back of church. For those who prefer to save through Lent we have some more money boxes. Your donations may form our offering at the Maundy Thursday Mass. Don’t forget that the CAFOD Stall will be in the hall each weekend through Lent selling, amongst other things, Real Easter Eggs. Please buy yours from the CAFOD Stall or order from the poster at the back of Church.

CHILDREN’S SUMMER CAMPS:
The Diocese holds two Living Your Faith Residential Weeks in August. Week 1: 7th-11th August (Age 7-11) and Week 2 14th-18th August (Age 12-16). These weeks, held in the beautiful Marist Convent in Nympsfield, are intended to encourage children and young people to engage in their faith through fun, games and spiritual input. More details: contact Stephen Spurrell on 07860849460 or email livingyourfaith@hotmail.co.uk

NATIONAL NOVENA TO ST. JOSEPH:
from 10th -18th March at St. Joseph’s Church, Maidenhead and at Herbert House, Freshfield, Liverpool. Annually, the Mill Hill Missionaries prepare for the patronal Feast of St. Joseph with a special novena of Masses and prayers to ask for God’s blessing on their Society and the missionary outreach of the Church, as well as for the intentions of all those who support their work. You are invited to send in your petitions and/or request a Novena booklet to enable you to join in from home by praying the daily Novena prayer. Please write to Fr. Liam Cummins MHM, St. Joseph’s Missionary Society, 58 Cookham Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7HT, or email novena@millhillmissionaries.com

LIFT TO MASS:
Frank and Annie Turner, a delightful couple, need a lift to Mass. They live in Sandford and are prepared to contribute to the cost. Please either contact them on 01934 782215, or see Fr. Richard or Deacon Stephen after 10.30am Mass. Thank you.

PLANNING MEETING FOR MGR GABRIEL’S ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION:
Please come and join us for this planning on Wednesday 22nd March at 7.30pm in the meeting room beneath the presbytery.

FINANCE:
Last weekend’s offertory collection was £746.55 (10% to the Parish Tithe Fund) of which £235.44 was Gift Aided. Last month’s Standing Orders were £1,947.25 and reclaimed Gift Aid from January was £440.56. Thank you
.

5th March 2017           THE FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT                   Cycle A

This Weekend 6:30 pm (Saturday) First Mass of Sunday Eric White R.I.P.
10.30am (Sunday) Mass People of the Parish
Monday 10am Liturgy of the Word & Holy Communion  
Tuesday 10am Liturgy of the Word & Holy Communion  
Wednesday 10am Liturgy of the Word & Holy Communion  
Thursday 10am Mass Siobhan’s Intentions
Friday 10am Requiem Mass James O’Neill R.I.P.
10.30am - 12noon Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament  
Saturday 10am Mass Elena Thompson R.I.P.
6:30pm Mass Bridie Simms’ Intentions
Sunday 10.30am Mass People of the Parish

A WARM WELCOME
to all who are visiting our parish. Our new kitchen is now operational so please join us for Tea or coffee after the 10.30 Mass.

CONFIRMATION 2017:
will take place on Wednesday 18th October at Corpus Christi Church. Application forms are available from the Sacristy and should be completed and returned by no later than Sunday 12th March. The preparation course is due to start on Thursday 16th March at St. Joseph’s Church hall from 7.30-9pm. Candidates should be at least in year 8 of school to commence the course. For any further information please contact Alan Malone on 01934 520975 or Father Richard on the Presbytery number 01934 621929 or via his email at the head of the newsletter.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK
of our Parish and our loved ones elsewhere, especially, Tony Denny, Baby Darcie-Claire & her mother Sophie, Baby Honey, George Hancock, John Wood, Valerie Madden, Cliff Todd, Gwen Hopkinson, Rosemary Mapson, Trevor Creasey, Pat Wilson and Rosa Ferrari. Please also pray for those who care for them.

VOCATION MATTERS:
”…so by one man’s obedience many will be made righteous” (Romans 5:19)
A Sufi mystic is quoted as saying, “The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear”. As Christians, we should not disagree with that. We need to quieten our hearts in order to hear God’s voice calling us forward. In fact, obedience is all about listening to God’s will. If we listen well, we can discover the path God wants to take us on and be obedient to it. Just as Christ listened to the Father’s voice, let us quieten our hearts and hear the Father calling us onto that path which will bring us, and others, life.

JOURNEY IN FAITH (RCIA):
This weekend our Catechumen and Candidates went to Clifton Cathedral. There, along with others from across the Clifton Diocese, they were invited to publicly declare their spiritual commitment and call to continuing conversion. Bishop Declan, as shepherd of our diocesan family, called the Catechumens (the unbaptised) – in the name of Christ, to the Easter Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist, and so invited them into the Catholic Church, and those already baptised, into full participation in the sacramental life of the Church. The priests, catechists, family and friends affirmed their desire and testified to their readiness and sincerity. It is a wonderful gathering. Please keep Aida, Paul and Sam in your prayers as they return from the Rite of Election with their Sponsors and other members of the parish, and ask that their faith be further deepened in these final weeks leading up to the Easter Vigil.

DIOCESAN PENITENTIAL SERVICE AT CORPUS CHRISTI WITH BISHOP DECLAN AND CLERGY:
On Thursday 9th March at 7pm. This is the Somerset area celebration of the Lord’s merciful forgiveness. This will take the place of our deanery celebration.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS BOOKLETS:
A variety of booklets are now available by the Chapel of Mercy for personal use in walking the Stations of Cross. Please simply return the booklets upon completion.

LENTEN STATIONS OF THE CROSS:
Each Saturday at 7.30pm and Our Syro-Malabar brothers and sisters will hold a Stations each Friday during Lent from 5-6pm.
APF: Please would Parish Promoters collect the Spring editions of Mission Today magazines for the Church porch for distribution to their red-box holders.

ASH WEDNESDAY MASS:
Corpus Christi school and parish started the season of Lent by coming together for the Ash Wednesday service. Pupils from across the school read clearly and confidently in front of a very large congregation. All the children sang their hearts out, accompanied by Mr. Sussums on the organ. Many of the parishioners commented on the lovely choice of hymns and quality of music. The behaviour of the pupils was exemplary and their responses to Canon Richard’s questions were thoughtful. Thank you to everyone involved in the service, especially the children. Emma Cunningham

HELP ME WHEN I HAVE TO FACE MY CROSS:
During lent you are invited to reflect on what the cross means to you. For example; sickness, death, bereavement, loss of job or way of life, loss of relationship, a secret or burden that eats away, alcoholism, drug addiction, pain, disability, caring for someone, dementia. Write your reflection on a card and pin to the cross at the back of the church.

SPUC:
The Society for the Prevention of Unborn Children are meeting on Monday 6th March at 7.30pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Church Parish Room. Please come along and support the fight against abortion.

BORN FOR THIS:
Born for This is a unique and powerful musical, performed by young people from our Catholic Secondary Schools, that brings the Stations of the Cross to life. Thursday 30th March, St Mary’s Church, Julian Road, Bath BA1 2SF & Friday 31st March St Peter’s Church, Carronbridge Road, Swindon SN5 7ES. Both performances at 7.30pm. Admission free, all are welcome. For more information visit www.cliftondiocese.com/youthministry

LENT 2017:
A Six Week Programme On How To Pray. Prayer is central to having a close, personal, and holy relationship with God our Father. As we journey through the six weeks of Lent there is an opportunity in the parish to reflect on our personal practice of prayer. Each week will have a different theme. One can attend all sessions or just dip into those that interest us. Please pray for the grace of the Holy Spirit to guide these sessions. Every Tuesday in the Club room at 6.30, sessions close at 7.30 for further information contact Paul Evans on 01934 628960 p.evans96@btinternet.com)
Week1: Tuesday 7th March ‘Prayer: Our relationship with God our Father’. An exploration of the common problems associated with prayer. Let us listen and share with one another. (Leader Paul Evans)

CORPUS CHRISTI 100 CLUB:
Tickets are now on sale for the 100 club, the first draw will be held on the 26th March after 10.30am Mass and the last Sunday of the month thereafter. We are fundraising to pay for essential building works including the replacement of the church cross & confessional improvements. It’s simple, Pick a number between 1 -100 for £5, if all 100 numbers are sold, the prize fund will be £250 and £250 will toward the Building Fund. T&C’s apply and will supplied with the Tickets. Details are on the notice board or from Lynne Parsonage - 07720 625713.

CHARITY QUIZ NIGHT:
Lynne Parsonage is running the London Marathon in April and is holding a Quiz night on Friday March 10th at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall to raise funds for the Mental Health charity ‘MIND’. Licence bar, teas, coffee, Raffle. Bring a team. £10 (maximum of 4 people) or come along and join a team on the night. Prizes for the winning team and the best team name. For more details please call Lynne on 07720 625713.

CAFOD:
There will be a CAFOD Stall in the Parish hall each weekend through Lent starting on the weekend of 4 -5 March. Real Easter Eggs: Not only FairTrade but containing the real Easter message. Buy yours from the CAFOD Stall or order from the poster at the back of Church. FAST DAY This is on Friday 10th March. We are all asked to eat less and share some of what we save with those less fortunate. Join us in the Parish Hall for a free frugal lunch (soup and a roll and cheese) just give what you save to CAFOD.

CHILDREN’S SUMMER CAMPS:
The Diocese holds two Living Your Faith Residential Weeks in August. Week 1: 7th-11th August (Age 7-11) and Week 2 14th-18th August (Age 12-16). These weeks, held in the beautiful Marist Convent in Nympsfield, are intended to encourage children and young people to engage in their faith through fun, games and spiritual input. More details: contact Stephen Spurrell on 07860849460 or email livingyourfaith@hotmail.co.uk

NATIONAL NOVENA TO ST. JOSEPH:
from 10-18 March at St. Joseph’s Church, Maidenhead and at Herbert House, Freshfield, Liverpool. Annually, the mill Hill Missionaries prepare for the patronal Feast of St. Joseph with a special novena of Masses and prayers to ask for God’s blessing on their Society and the missionary outreach of the Church, as well as for the intentions of all those who support their work. You are invited to send in your petitions and/or request a Novena booklet to enable you to join in from home by praying the daily Novena prayer. Please write to Fr. Liam Cummins MHM, St. Joseph’s Missionary Society, 58 Cookham Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7HT, or email novena@millhillmissionaries.com

FINANCE:
Last weekend’s offertory collection was £648.51 (10% to the Parish Tithe Fund) of which £229.01 was Gift Aided. Thank you.