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14 Ellenborough Park South, Weston-super-Mare. BS23 1XW
Tel. 01934 621929. email Fr. Kevin: kevin.hennessey@priest.cliftondiocese.com
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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:
Father Kevin Hennessey– 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: Louise Kobeilson
Joseph Burke, Finance and Estate Manager
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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18th February 2018 LENT WEEK 1 YEAR B

This Weekend 6.30 pm (Sat) First Mass of Sunday First Sunday of Lent Kathleen Queenan R.I.P.
10.30am (Sun) Mass People of the Parish
Monday 10.00 am Mass Weekday of Lent Vocations to the Priesthood and Consecrated life
Tuesday 7.00 pm Mass Weekday of Lent Pat Nunn (Sick)
Wednesday 10.00 am Mass St Peter Damian, Bishop, Doctor of the Church Christian Dowling & Family
Thursday 10.00 am Mass Feast of the Chair of St Peter the Apostle Elena Thompson R.I.P. (Anniv.)
Friday 10 am Mass St Polycarp, Bishop, Martyr Larry Gerlach R.I.P.
10.30-12 nn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Saturday 10.00am Mass Weekday of Lent Ann McParland
6.30 pm Mass Eric White R.I.P. (Anniv.)
Sunday 10.30am Mass Second Sunday of Lent People of the Parish
Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturday 10.30-11.00am & 5.30-6.00pm – or anytime on request
Mass in Syro Malabar Rite: 4.00pm on 1st & 3rd Sunday each month
Morning Prayer of the Church – each weekday at 9.40am

A WARM WELCOME
to all who are visiting our parish. Please join us for tea or coffee in the Church Hall after the 10.30 am Sunday Mass.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK
of our Parish and our loved ones elsewhere, especially George Hancock, Helen Denny, Cliff Todd, Pat Wilson, Bob Keyes, Olive Barnard, Bridie Simms, Pauline Duffin, Joseph Coates, Therese Feeley, Trevor Creasey and Patrick Morrissey, as well as anyone else who is unwell. Please also pray for those who care for them.

PAPAL REQUEST:
Pope Francis has announced a special Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace to be held next Friday February 23rd.
‘In the face of the tragic protraction of situations of conflict in different parts of the world, I invite all the faithful to a special Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace. We will offer it in particular for the populations of the Democratic Republic of Congo and of South Sudan. As on other occasions, I also invite non-Catholic and non-Christian brothers and sisters to associate themselves to this initiative in the way they consider most opportune, but all together. Our heavenly Father always listens to His children who cry to Him in sorrow and anguish, I make a heartfelt appeal so that we also listen to this cry and, each one of us in our own conscience before God, ask ourselves: “What can I do for peace?” We certainly can pray, but not only: each one can say concretely “no” to violence in as much as it depends on him or her. Because the victories obtained with violence are false victories while working for peace does everyone good!’

Next Friday is also the CAFOD Fast Day and CAFOD are active both in the DRC and in Sudan. Our parish community is invited to take up this initiative of using the day to pray for peace, united with the Church throughout the world and all those who seek and strive after peace.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS:
Will take place every Friday at 7pm every Friday during Lent. Syro-Malabar Stations of the Cross will take place at 5pm during Lent.

BAPTISM:
This weekend we welcome Lucas Cooper into the Church and pray that he and his family will find joy and peace as members of our Christian family.

WELCOME:
On Wednesday, we welcome Year 10 students from St. Bede’s Catholic College for Eucharistic Ministry Training.

CAFOD STALL:
This will be open in the Parish Hall after each of the Masses for each weekend in Lent starting on Saturday 17th Feb. We will have Real Easter Eggs with the real Easter Story and bars of Fairtrade chocolate. See the form at the back of the church if you want to order yours.

CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY:
is on Friday 23rd and we will be holding a retiring collection after Masses next weekend. The idea is that we eat less and give what we save to those less fortunate. Envelopes will be stapled to your newsletters on the weekend of 17-18 Feb. Please be generous!

LET IT BE-
This is a 5 week, DVD based series of reflections on Mary as a model for all of us. We will hold it in the Parish Hall after Stations of the Cross each Friday in Lent starting on Friday 23rd February. Join us for an entertaining and informative experience. We will start with a cup of tea/coffee straight after Stations end. This is a great opportunity through Lent to prepare for Easter!
We are also running preview sessions the previous Wednesday afternoons in the Parish Room under the presbytery (starting Weds 21st Feb). This will pray for the success of the evenings and show the DVD to prepare those who attend to initiate any discussion. It may also suit those who prefer not to come out evenings. We will start at 2pm and finish by 3 pm so that participants can pick up children from school or play school.

GOOD FRIDAY CHILDREN’S STATIONS OF THE CROSS:
This will take place on Good Friday 30th March. We need a number of children to help out with this. Practices will start after every Sunday Mass from 4th March onwards. Please contact Parish Admin or Nikki Drew on 07425 178379 if you can help out or for further information.

JULES SAMUELS – MISSION:
Jules would like to thank all those who have kindly donated towards his intended mission in August to the Dominican Republic. He is about half way towards his target and is continuing to raise funds to participate in the St Francis Xavier Mission. The mission raises funds to pay for building materials, educational resources etc. You can find out more about their work and the kind of activities Jules will be engaged in at www.sfxmission.com. Jules' funding raising page can be found at www.gofundme.com/st-francis-xavier-mission Please help us to support Jules to help others by donating. It would be a blessing to have your support.

SPUC
The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children would like to say a big thank-you for the £400 that was donated in response to last Sunday’s White Flower appeal. Please continue to support the work of SPUC with your prayers and you would be very welcome to join us at our next meeting on Monday 5 Mach at Our Lady of Lourdes Church at 7.15pm.

YEAR OF MISSION:
We’ve begun our Lenten pilgrimage and this first Sunday of Lent sends us back into the wilderness. Mark’s account is short and to the point. He tells us that Jesus ‘was with the wild beasts’. As we face the truth of our lives, as we seek to embrace the challenge and invitation of Jesus’ own call, ‘Repent’, we have to face those demons, those wild beasts within. These are the things that need our focus and our attention during this season of renewal and growth – taming these wild things within us; letting go of the ‘wild’ things so that we grow to become more the person God calls us to be. But Jesus’ first words in Mark’s gospel also reveal to us the message we proclaim as missionary disciples: God’s kingdom is near, God is near. May this first week of Lent allow God’s nearness to come to those around us through the God we reveal in our words and our actions.

WOMEN'S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER:
This year the service is being held at Christchurch, Montpellier, at 2.30pm on Friday 2nd March. The chosen country is Suriname, a small country at the top of South America. The title is "All God's Creation is Very Good" The emphasis in on conservation which is to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth'. Please you are most welcome and your support by coming along would be nice so that Corpus Christi is well represented. It is always a lovely service and men you are invited as well. Tea is served afterwards with homemade macaroons which is a speciality of Suriname.

CAFOD SAFEGUARDING:
In light of recent news reports you may wish to know CAFOD has a statement about safeguarding vulnerable communities on cafod.org.uk and a copy is available on our parish noticeboard.

FIRST AID:
There have been a few incidents lately during the Mass, where First Aid has been required. It has highlighted that although the basic first aid kits are available, the experience to administer it is not known until individuals come forward. We propose to set up a register, to be held with the welcomers that individuals with medical training could sign on arrival, to alert us of their presence in the case of an emergency, if they are willing to be called on. If you are trained to administer First Aid, and would be willing to be called on if required, please give your name to a member of the welcoming team on arrival. Thank you.

LIVING YOUR FAITH SUMMER CAMPS:
The annual Clifton Diocese Summer Camps have launched for 2018 and bookings are now being taken. This year, the camps have moved to a new location at the Viney Hill Adventure Centre in the Forest of Dean and are being held between 13-17 August (ages 7-11) and 20-24 August (ages 12-16). The camps promise to be a week full of fun, faith and friendship. If you are interested in finding out more, or to book a place for your child, please visit http://livingyourfaith.co.uk or email livingyourfaith@hotmail.co.uk.

11th February 2018 SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B

This Weekend 6.30 pm (Sat) First Mass of Sunday Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time John Roberts R.I.P.
10.30 am (Sun) Mass People of the Parish
Monday 10.00am Mass Weekday in Ordinary Time Vocation to the Priesthood or Consecrated Life
Tuesday 7.00 pm MassWeekday in Ordinary Time Patricia Levy R.I.P.
Wednesday 10.00 am Ash Wednesday Day of Fasting and Abstinence Joseph Coates R.I.P. (Anniv.Mass )
7.00 pm Mass People of the Parish
Thursday 10.00 am Mass Thursday after Ash Wednesday Thanksgiving (Bridie Simms)
Friday 10 am Mass Friday after Ash Wednesday Christine Bean R.I.P
10.30-12 nn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Saturday 10.00 am Mass Saturday after Ash Wednesday Commemoration of the Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order Tanis Searson R.I.P.
6.30 pm Mass Kathleen Queenan R.I.P
Sunday 10.30 am Mass First Sunday of Lent People of the Parish
Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturday 10.30-11.00am & 5.30-6.00pm – or anytime on request
Mass in Syro Malabar Rite: 4.00pm on 1st & 3rd Sunday each month
Morning Prayer of the Church – each weekday at 9.40am

A WARM WELCOME
to all who are visiting our parish. Please join us for tea or coffee in the Church Hall after the 10.30 am Sunday Mass.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK
of our Parish and our loved ones elsewhere, especially George Hancock, Helen Denny, Cliff Todd, Pat Wilson, Bob Keyes, Olive Barnard, Bridie Simms, Pauline Duffin, Joseph Coates, Therese Feeley, Trevor Creasey and Patrick Morrissey, as well as anyone else who is unwell. Please also pray for those who care for them.

BAPTISM:
This weekend we welcome Emily Kedzierska into the Church and pray that she and her family will find joy and peace as members of our Christian family.
On Friday 16th February we welcome Antoni Borkiewicz into the Church and pray that he and his family will find joy and peace as members of our Christian family.

JOURNEY IN FAITH (RCIA):
Next Saturday, 17th February, we send our Catechumen who is preparing for Baptism, and our Candidate for Reception into the Church to Clifton Cathedral. There, along with others from across the Clifton Diocese, they will be invited to publicly declare their spiritual commitment and call to continuing conversion. Bishop Declan, as shepherd of our diocesan family, will call the Catechumens (the unbaptised) – in the name of Christ, to the Easter Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist, and so invite them into the Catholic Church, and those already baptised, into full participation in the sacramental life of the Church. There, the priests, catechists, family and friends affirm their desire and testify their readiness and sincerity. It is a wonderful gathering at which all are welcome. Please keep Gilda and Mike in your prayers as they go to 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.

CAFOD STALL:
This will be open in the Parish Hall after each of the Masses for each weekend in Lent starting on Saturday 17th Feb. We will have Real Easter Eggs with the real Easter Story and bars of Fairtrade chocolate. See the form at the back of the church if you want to order yours.

CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY:
This will be on Friday 23rd Feb. The idea is that we eat less and give what we save to those less fortunate. Envelopes will be stapled to your newsletters on the weekend of 17-18 Feb. Please be generous!

LET IT BE-
This is a 5 week, DVD based series of reflections on Mary as a model for all of us. We will hold it in the Parish Hall after Stations of the Cross each Friday in Lent starting on Friday 23rd February. Join us for an entertaining and informative experience. We will start with a cup of tea/coffee straight after Stations end. This is a great opportunity through Lent to prepare for Easter!

LENT:
There are some inexpensive publications to help with your Lenten preparations for Easter. ‘Walk With Me’ £1- these are available in the back of the Church.

CORPUS CHRISTI FRIENDSHIP CLUB:
The club will not be meeting on Monday 19 February - but we are meeting on Monday 26 February - new members always welcome, no age limit.

GOOD FRIDAY CHILDREN’S STATIONS OF THE CROSS:
This will take place on Good Friday 30th March. We need a number of children to help out with this. Practices will start after every Sunday Mass from 4th March onwards. Please contact Parish Admin or Nikki Drew on 07425 178379 if you can help out or for further information.

WOMEN'S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER:
This year the service is being held at Christchurch, Montpellier, at 2.30pm on Friday 2nd March. The chosen country is Suriname, a small country at the top of South America. The title is "All God's Creation is Very Good" The emphasis in on conservation which is to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth'. Please you are most welcome and your support by coming along would be nice so that Corpus Christi is well represented. It is always a lovely service and men you are invited as well. Tea is served afterwards with homemade macaroons which is a speciality of Suriname.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS:
Will take place every Friday at 7pm every Friday during Lent. Syro-Malabar Stations of the Cross will take place at 5pm during Lent.

DAY OF RECOLLECTION:
As part of our exploration of A Future Full of Hope, Mandy Baker, who is Chaplain to St. Peter’s High School in Gloucester and a Chaplain at the Royal United Hospital in Bath, will lead a discussion on Reflection of Mission. We will discuss our call to share our faith and how we can do that. The date is Saturday 17 February and the day will begin with Mass at 10am and finish at 3.00pm. Please bring a packed lunch. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Fr. Kevin or speak to the Parish Admin.

JULES SAMUELS – MISSION:
In this Year of Mission, Jules, one of our regular altar servers, is hoping to go on a mission to the Dominican Republic in August. He is raising funds to participate in the St. Francis Xavier Mission which helps support and give aid to people who require it most, spiritual and physical. The mission will be helping to rebuild buildings and infrastructure as well as helping in local orphanages with educational assistance, teaching English etc. The mission raises funds to pay for building materials, educational resources etc. Jules will be participating in many of these works as well as distributing sacramentals to the population. Jules needs to raise a further £2000 for the cost of the mission and has set up a fund raising page at https://www.gofundme.com/st-francis-xavier-mission where further details can be found. Please help us to support Jules to help others by donating. It would be a blessing to have your support.

YEAR OF MISSION:
This Sunday’s gospel, like last week’s, is a touching encounter – the physical touch of a leper… an untouchable. This is a life changing encounter for the leper and a transformation from a nobody into a someone; from being outside to a re-joining of community and society; from a life that is a kind of half-life to the gift of renewed life. ‘Of course I want to!’ says Jesus. And Jesus risks everything by touching the leper, by reaching out to him. It is amazing how a simple outreach towards others who feel forgotten and ignored can bring them back to life. Pope Francis reminds us that no one is excluded from what the Lord brings but, like Jesus reaching out to the leper, it means taking a risk! Let this coming week be a ‘risky’ week where you find yourself drawing others into love of God through the outreach you offer.

100 CLUB WINNER:
Number 8 was this month’s winning number - we sold 57 tickets, congratulations to the lucky parishioner who won £142.50 and £142.50 was donated to the parish building fund. Please call Lynne Parsonage on 07720 625713 for more information on how to join the 100 Club and enter into Feb draw.

LIVING YOUR FAITH SUMMER CAMPS:
The annual Clifton Diocese Summer Camps have launched for 2018 and bookings are now being taken. This year, the camps have moved to a new location at the Viney Hill Adventure Centre in the Forest of Dean and are being held between 13-17 August (ages 7-11) and 20-24 August (ages 12-16). The camps promise to be a week full of fun, faith and friendship. If you are interested in finding out more, or to book a place for your child, please visit http://livingyourfaith.co.uk or email livingyourfaith@hotmail.co.uk.

SECOND COLLECTION FOR SPUC:
There will be the annual White Flower Appeal for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children at the end of Masses this weekend. Please kindly give generously with your prayers and donations for the work of the Society.

4th February 2018 FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B

This Weekend 6.30 pm (Sat) First Mass of Sunday Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Peter O’Connor R.I.P.
10.30 am (Sun) Mass Sebastian Stefen R.I.P.
Monday 10.00 am Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion Memorial of St Agatha, Virgin, Martyr
Tuesday 7.00 pm Mass Memorial of St Paul Miki and Companions Patricia Sadler R.I.P.
Wednesday 10.00 am Mass Weekday in Ordinary Time People of the Parish
Thursday 10.00 am Mass Weekday in Ordinary Time Sonia Briffitt (Ints.)
Friday 10 am Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion Weekday in Ordinary Time
10.30- 12 nn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Saturday 10.00 am Mass Memorial of St Scholastica, Virgin Tony Spencer R.I.P.
6.30 pm Mass John Roberts R.I.P.
Sunday 10.30 am Mass Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time People of the Parish
Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturday 10.30-11.00am & 5.30-6.00pm – or anytime on request
Mass in Syro Malabar Rite: 4.00pm on 1st & 3rd Sunday each month
Morning Prayer of the Church – each weekday at 9.40am

A WARM WELCOME
to all who are visiting our parish. Please join us for tea or coffee in the Church Hall after the 10.30 am Sunday Mass.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK
of our Parish and our loved ones elsewhere, especially George Hancock, Helen Denny, Cliff Todd, Pat Wilson, Bob Keyes, Olive Barnard, Bridie Simms, Pauline Duffin, Joseph Coates, John Roberts, Therese Feeley and Patrick Morrissey, as well as anyone else who is unwell. Please also pray for those who care for them.

JOURNEY IN FAITH (RCIA):
Our ‘Journey in Faith’ takes place in the Parish Room under the presbytery on Saturday mornings at 11.00 a.m. Jesus was a healer with compassion for the sick and the vulnerable. We will explore the healing ministry of Jesus and how we are called to bring Christ’s healing to others by our prayer and by our caring. We will also consider the Sacrament of the Eucharist. If you are interested in the Catholic Faith you are warmly invited to join us.

WATOTO CHILDREN'S CHOIR
is a group of African children choirs based in Kampala, Uganda, at Watoto Church (formerly Kampala Pentecostal Church or KPC) means "Children" in Swahili language. The choir is made up of children who have lost one or both parents to the AIDS epidemic or to war. The choir is performing in Weston on Thursday 8th March and need help from local churches- including hosting choir members, providing food/gifts/transportation, selling tickets etc. Please contact Parish Admin if you are able to help in any way or if you would like further information. For further information on Watoto please visit their website https://www.watoto.com/.

CAFOD STALL:
This will be open in the Parish Hall after each of the Masses for each weekend in Lent starting on Saturday 17th Feb. We will have Real Easter Eggs with the real Easter Story and bars of Fairtrade chocolate. See the form at the back of the church if you want to order yours.

CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY: This will be on Friday 23rd Feb. The idea is that we eat less and give what we save to those less fortunate. Envelopes will be stapled to your newsletters on the weekend of 17-18 Feb. Please be generous!

NEW CATECHISTS’ FORMATION COURSE:
The next round of catechists’ formation starts this coming February and is designed for the formation of the catechists of our diocese. This next series is to be hosted at St Patrick’s parish hall, Brockworth. The course will run on a Wednesday evening, once a month through to March 2019. Starting Wednesday 28 February, the course includes the diocesan gathering on Saturday 30 June 2018. Those wishing to take part in the series will need to send their registration details to Alexander House, 160 Pennywell Road, Bristol, BS5 0TX by the end of February.

LET IT BE:
This is a 5 week, DVD based, series of reflections on Mary as a model for all of us. We will hold it in the Parish Hall after Stations of the Cross each Friday in Lent starting on Friday 23rd February. Join us for an entertaining and informative experience. We will start with a cup of tea/coffee straight after Stations end. This is a great opportunity through Lent to prepare for Easter!

WOMEN'S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER:
This year the service is being held at Christchurch, Montpellier, at 2.30pm on Friday 2nd March. The chosen country is Suriname, a small country at the top of South America. The title is "All God's Creation is Very Good" The emphasis in on conservation which is to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth'. Please you are most welcome and your support by coming along would be nice so that Corpus Christi is well represented. It is always a lovely service and men you are invited as well. Tea is served afterwards with homemade macaroons which is a speciality of Suriname.

DAY OF RECOLLECTION:
As part of our exploration of A Future Full of Hope, Mandy Baker, who is Chaplain to St. Peter’s High School in Gloucester and a Chaplain at the Royal United Hospital in Bath, will lead a discussion on Reflection of Mission. We will discuss our call to share our faith and how we can do that. The date is Saturday 17 February and the day will begin with Mass at 10am and finish at 3.00pm. Please bring a packed lunch. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Fr. Kevin or speak to the Parish Admin.

LENT:
There are some inexpensive publications to help with your Lenten preparations for Easter. ‘Walk With Me’ £1- these are available in the back of the Church. Free Lent calendars for children are also available.

JULES SAMUELS – MISSION:
In this Year of Mission, Jules, one of our regular altar servers, is hoping to go on a mission to the Dominican Republic in August. He is raising funds to participate in the St. Francis Xavier Mission which helps support and give aid to people who require it most, spiritual and physical. The mission will be helping to rebuild buildings and infrastructure as well as helping in local orphanages with educational assistance, teaching English etc. The mission raises funds to pay for building materials, educational resources etc. Jules will be participating in many of these works as well as distributing sacramentals to the population. Jules needs to raise a further £2000 for the cost of the mission and has set up a fund raising page at https://www.gofundme.com/st-francis-xavier-mission where further details can be found. Please help us to support Jules to help others by donating. It would be a blessing to have your support.

CHURCH HALL:
The Hall will be out of use from Monday 12th- Friday 16th February as a new floor is being laid.

YEAR OF MISSION:
The ‘first full day’ of Jesus’ ministry is a full one! You really get a sense that preaching and proclaiming the kingdom needs so much energy and enthusiasm. This Sunday’s gospel takes us to a home – the home of Simon and Andrew. It’s here that Jesus reaches out to the mother-in-law. He reaches out and he touches her just as he reaches out and touches so many in his ministry. Jesus isn’t frightened or constrained by those barriers which might have prevented him from touching. There is no one who is excluded now from the touch of God in their lives. Having been healed, Simon’s mother-in-law gets up and waits on them – that encounter with Jesus leads to discipleship. There will be opportunities during this week for each of us to have a touching impact on those around us; someone may come to encounter Christ in us which may well lead them to discipleship. In this Year of Mission, let’s not be afraid to be the very touch of God in the lives of others.

QUIZ NIGHT:
The Youth Club are hosting a quiz night for all parishioners and all ages on Monday 5th February. The event is being organised and run by members of the Youth Club and will run from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm in the Parish Hall. Tea & Coffee and refreshments will be provided and there will be a raffle on the night as well as prizes for the quiz winners! Please come and support us.

100 CLUB WINNER:
Number 8 was this month’s winning number - we sold 57 tickets, congratulations to the lucky parishioner who won £142.50 and £142.50 was donated to the parish building fund. Please call Lynne Parsonage on 07720 625713 for more information on how to join the 100 Club and enter into Feb draw.

SECOND COLLECTION FOR SPUC:
There will be the annual White Flower Appeal for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children at the end of Masses on 10/11 February. Please kindly give generously with your prayers and donations for the work of the Society.

FINANCE:
Offertory collection last week was £629.09 (10% to the Parish Tithe Fund) of which £268.50 was Gift aided. Thank you for your generosity
.

28th January 2018 FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B

This Weekend 6.30 pm (Sat) First Mass of Sunday Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time People of the Parish
10.30 am (Sun) Mass Larry Gerlach R.I.P
Monday 10.00 am Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion Weekday in Ordinary Time
Tuesday 7.00 pm Mass Weekday in Ordinary Time Canice Kennedy R.I.P. (Anniv.)
Wednesday 10.00 am Mass. Memorial of St.John Bosco, Priest Ron & Margaret Westwood R.I.P
Thursday 10.00 am Mass Weekday in Ordinary Time Jane Johnston (Sick)
Friday 10 am Mass Feast of the Presentation of the Lord Donors Ints.
10.30-12 nn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Saturday 10.00 am Mass Weekday in Ordinary Time Elda Ventorino R.I.P.
6.30 pm Mass Peter O’Connor R.I.P.
Sunday 10.30 am Mass Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time People of the Parish
Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturday 10.30-11.00am & 5.30-6.00pm – or anytime on request
Mass in Syro Malabar Rite: 4.00pm on 1st & 3rd Sunday each month
Morning Prayer of the Church – each weekday at 9.40am


A WARM WELCOME
to all who are visiting our parish. Please join us for tea or coffee in the Church Hall after the 10.30 am Sunday Mass.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK
of our Parish and our loved ones elsewhere, especially George Hancock, Helen Denny, Cliff Todd, Pat Wilson, Bob Keyes, Olive Barnard, Bridie Simms, Pauline Duffin, Joseph Coates, John Roberts, Michael and Therese Feeley and Patrick Morrissey, as well as anyone else who is unwell. Please also pray for those who care for them.

RESTING IN THE PEACE OF CHRIST.:
Please pray for the repose of the soul of our parishioner Patricia Levy. Please remember her friends at this difficult time. Her funeral will take place on Friday 9th February at Canford Crematorium in Bristol at 9.30 am. ’May She Rest In Peace”

JOURNEY IN FAITH (RCIA):
Our ‘Journey in Faith’ takes place in the Parish Room under the presbytery on Saturday mornings at 11.00 a.m. As we reflect on the Gospel for this weekend we will explore the healing ministry of Jesus. We will also consider how we are called to bring Christ’s healing to others by our prayer and by our caring. We will also look at the healing sacraments of the Church, the Sacrament of the Sick and Reconciliation. If you know anyone who might like to know more about our Catholic faith, please invite them to join us. Please come along and join us or if you wish for more information please contact Jean Davies (629572).

PRESENTATION:
At Sunday mass this weekend The Catenians will be presenting Jules Samuels with a cheque for £250 for his planned mission in August. Jules is very grateful to them for their support.

MARRIAGE WEEK:
Bishop Declan is celebrating Mass in the Cathedral at the beginning of February and inviting all married couples to join him on Saturday 3 February (12 noon). If you are celebrating a significant anniversary, are newly married or looking forward to being married this year, then please contact Richard Williams at adult.education@cliftondiocese.com or ring 0117 902 5595.

WATOTO CHILDREN'S CHOIR
is a group of African children choirs based in Kampala, Uganda, at Watoto Church (formerly Kampala Pentecostal Church or KPC) means "Children" in Swahili language. The choir is made up of children who have lost one or both parents to the AIDS epidemic or to war. The choir is performing in Weston on Thursday 8th March and need help from local churches- including hosting choir members, providing food/gifts/transportation, selling tickets etc. Please contact Parish Admin if you are able to help in any way or if you would like further information. For further information on Watoto please visit their website https://www.watoto.com/.

NEW CATECHISTS’ FORMATION COURSE:
The next round of catechists’ formation starts this coming February and is designed for the formation of the catechists of our diocese. The course is aimed at forming new catechists as well as supporting and refreshing existing and “well-seasoned” catechists. This next series is to be hosted at St Patrick’s parish hall, Brockworth. The course will run on a Wednesday evening, once a month through to March 2019. Starting Wednesday 28 February, the course includes the diocesan gathering on Saturday 30 June 2018. There are some engaging and stimulating facilitators for each session. The session on 28 February is designed to set the scene for the monthly sessions that follow. There’s plenty of parking at St Patrick’s, sessions start at 7.30pm with refreshments from 7pm. Those wishing to take part in the series will need to send their registration details to Alexander House, 160 Pennywell Road, Bristol, BS5 0TX by the end of February.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTRY TRAINING: For Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist will take place on Saturday 3rd February from 11.00am to 3.30pm in the church hall. This is for all current Ministers and those who have been invited to join. Please bring a packed lunch. If you are unable to attend for any reason please contact Fr. Kevin or the Parish Admin.

DAY OF RECOLLECTION:
As part of our exploration of A Future Full of Hope, Mandy Baker, who is Chaplain to St. Peter’s High School in Gloucester and a Chaplain at the Royal United Hospital in Bath, will lead a discussion on Reflection of Mission. We will discuss our call to share our faith and how we can do that. The date is Saturday 17 February and the day will begin with Mass at 10am and finish at 3.00pm. Please bring a packed lunch. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Fr. Kevin or speak to the Parish Admin.

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 all events as space is limited – email Liz on ebaldwin@cafod.org.uk or call 01179 428 328

JULES SAMUELS – MISSION:
In this Year of Mission, Jules, one of our regular altar servers, is hoping to go on a mission to the Dominican Republic in August. He is raising funds to participate in the St. Francis Xavier Mission which helps support and give aid to people who require it most, spiritual and physical. The mission will be helping to rebuild buildings and infrastructure as well as helping in local orphanages with educational assistance, teaching English etc. The mission raises funds to pay for building materials, educational resources etc. Jules will be participating in many of these works as well as distributing sacramentals to the population. Jules needs to raise a further £2000 for the cost of the mission and has set up a fund raising page at https://www.gofundme.com/st-francis-xavier-mission where further details can be found. Please help us to support Jules to help others by donating. It would be a blessing to have your support.

YEAR OF MISSION:
Jesus makes that wonderful impression upon people in this weekend’s gospel. He speaks with authority. Bishop Declan often links this word with the word authenticity. Jesus is authentic in everything he says and everything he does. That authenticity, that authority flows from his nearness to the Father. Jesus is ‘plugged in’ to the Father and his love so that it really is the Father’s love that Jesus proclaims in all he says and does. It’s an authority, and authenticity, a closeness that our world longs for and can find in us. Let’s allow those we encounter this week to see something authentic and real in us. We don’t necessarily want people to say, ‘Wow!’ but to find something of God’s nearness to them, of his outreaching in us. Let us be signs that God cares and that God loves.

QUIZ NIGHT:
The Youth Club are hosting a quiz night for all parishioners and all ages on Monday 5th February. The event is being organised and run by members of the Youth Club and will run from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm in the Parish Hall. Tea & Coffee and refreshments will be provided and there will be a raffle on the night as well as prizes for the quiz winners! Please come and support us.

100 CLUB:
Your 100 Club needs you!!! Thank you to everybody who contributed to the 100 club in 2017, Congratulations to all the winners. We raised over £1150 towards essential building works needed to the church. Let’s try and make it bigger and better in 2018........ We need your continued support and of course more people are needed to get us to the 100 members mark. It’s simple: Pick a number between 1 -100 for £5, you can keep the same number each month and pay by monthly standing order, cheque or cash - Prize money is dependent on number of tickets sold. For further details call Lynne Parsonage - 07720 625713 or see me after 10.30am mass on various Sundays throughout the month. The next draw is Jan 28th. - Good Luck!

RACIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY: Is today, Sunday, 28th January.