Corpus Christi Church
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14 Ellenborough Park South, Weston-super-Mare. BS23 1XW
Tel. 01934 621929. email Fr. Kevin: kevin.hennessey@priest.cliftondiocese.com
Admin & general wsm.corpuschristi@parish.cliftondiocese.com
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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CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES:

Sunday 24th December
(Christmas Eve)

10.30 am Mass  
6 pm Vigil Mass of Christmas Children’s Christmas Mass
9 pm Polish Christmas Mass  
12 Midnight Christmas Mass Preceded by Carols
Monday 25th December (Christmas Day) 10 am Morning Mass of Christmas Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord
Tuesday 26th December (St Stephen’s Day) 10 am Mass Feast of St Stephen
Wednesday 27th December 10 am Mass including Baptism Feast of St John the Evangelist
Thursday 28th December 10 am Mass Feast of Holy Innocents
Friday 29th December 10 am Mass Feast of St Thomas Becket
Saturday 30th December 10 am Mass Sixth Day in Octave of Christmas
6.30 pm Mass  
Sunday 31st December 10.30 am Mass Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Josep
Monday 1st January 10 am Mass Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

10th December 2017      SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT     YEAR B

This Weekend 6:30 pm (Sat) First Mass of Sunday People of the Parish
10.30am (Sun) Mass Jean Langston R.I.P. (Anniv.)
Monday 10.00am Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion St Damasus
Tuesday 7.00 pm Mass Our Lady of Guadalupe Noreen Catherine Galvin R.I.P. (Anniv.)
Wednesday 10.00am MassMemorial of St Lucy, Virgin and Martyr Owen Connelly R.I.P. (Anniv.)
Thursday 10.00am Mass Memorial of St John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church Edwin Whipp R.I.P. (Anniv.)
Friday 10 am Mass Weekday of Advent Sanctity of Life
10.30-12 nn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Saturday 10.00am Mass Weekday of Advent Leonard Trebilco R.I.P. (Anniv.)
6.30 pm Mass Paddy Galvin R.I.P.
Sunday 10.30am Mass Third Sunday of Advent 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, Patrick Morrissey and Geoff Surtees. Please also pray for those who care for them.

RIP:
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Elsie Tierney. Please remember her family and friends at this difficult time. Her funeral Mass will take place on Tuesday 19th December at Corpus Christi Church, Weston Super Mare at 10.00 am. ’May She Rest In Peace”


WELCOME:
We welcome Fr David Yates. Fr David was a former classmate of Fr Kevin’s in the Seminary and is a current Royal Navy Chaplain.

PLEASE NOTE:
There will be no Mass at 7.00 pm on Tuesday 19th December but Mass will be said at Elsie Tierney’s funeral on that day. Please see above for further information. Please note as well that due to Fr Kevin’s commitments to St. Bede’s on Wednesday 20th December Mass will take place at 7pm that day.

PENITENTIAL SERVICE:
Will take place Friday 15th December at 7pm in our Church. A short service will be followed by the opportunity to go to individual Confession. A number of priests will be available on the evening. Please do consider using this chance to prepare spiritually for the birthday of the Lord.

CAFOD Stall:
This will be open in the Parish Hall after each Mass this weekend for the last time this year! We have sold out of Christmas cards and Advent calendars but we still have some Fairtrade chocolate and other gifts suitable for Christmas. Please come to get a bargain and help a good cause!

JOURNEY IN FAITH (RCIA):
There will be no meeting this Thursday. We will meet again after Christmas at 11 a.m. on Saturday 6th January. Please note that we will continue to meet on Saturday mornings for the foreseeable future. As always if you know of anyone wanting to know more about the Catholic faith please encourage them to come along – they will have a very warm welcome. For more information please talk to Fr. Kevin, one of the Deacons or Jean Davies

NEW ADDRESS:
For the Sisters of La Retraite is: For The Attention of Sister___, Brookmead, The Chocolate Quarter, Trajectus Way, Keynesham, BS31 8GJ.

CHRISTMAS PARTY:
For our senior citizens takes place today Sunday 10 December at 3 pm in the Parish Hall. All our retired parishioners are very welcome. Just turn up but if you need transport, call Alison on 626271.

YEAR OF MISSION:
Between today and Advent 2018 we will listen to the whole of the Gospel of St Mark. Mark gives his Gospel a title: ‘The beginning of the Gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.’ That title is often misunderstood and taken as the first sentence. But for Mark the whole of what he is to write about Jesus - his life, his birth, death and Resurrection - is just the beginning of the Good News, the Gospel. That is very important because when we come to the Resurrection we have just begun to tell the story of Christ. Our mission is to continue the Gospel of Jesus Christ and we do that when we bear witness to our faith in word and in deed.

50% CAP NATIONAL CAMPAIGN:
We are becoming increasingly concerned that the Secretary of State for Education will be making a u-turn on the Government’s Manifesto commitment to remove the 50% cap. At the Bishops’ Plenary this week it was agreed that a national campaign in England was needed to mobilise Catholics to write to the Secretary of State for Education. To support this we have produced an online tool which we are encouraging all Catholics to complete. By providing your name and address the tool automatically generates an email to the Secretary of State and sends a copy to your local MP. This tool can be found on the homepage of our website www.catholiceducation.org.uk or on the Bishops’ Conference website http://www.catholic-ew.org.uk/ . Please take a moment to fill out this form to help ensure the future of Catholic Education.

ADVENT:
There are some inexpensive publications to help with your Advent preparations for Christmas. ‘Walk With Me’ £1.

SYRO-MALABAR CATHOLIC COMMUNITY (SMCC):
Recently had their AGM and Fr Paul Vettikkat will continue as Vicar and Leena Gromico, Pious Pappachen and Anil Thomas will continue as trustees. The SMCC can be contacted on smccweston@gmail.com.

CHURCH DECORATION:
We will be decorating the Church for Christmas on Saturday 16th December after 10.00 am Mass. We need volunteers to help with this important work, so please give your names to Father Kevin or the Parish Admin office.

READERS AND HELPERS NEEDED FOR THE CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS MASS:
Approximately 18 children will be needed to read at the Children’s Mass at 6.00 p.m. on Christmas Eve. There will be a short rehearsal at 11.30 a.m. on Saturday 23rd December. Please let Fr. Kevin or the Parish Admin know if your child would like to take part.

SPECIAL COLLECTION:
For Christmas Flowers will take place next Sunday 17th December after Mass.

THANK YOU:
From Weston Foodbank for our donation of £325.00, it is greatly appreciated.

PERFECT CHRISTMAS PRESENT:
The Youth Club are producing a CD of Christmas Carols for sale. The youth have worked extremely hard on this so please support them by buying some CD's. All sales proceeds are being split 50/50 between the Youth Club (to raise much needed funds) and HCPT(78)- The Pilgrimage Trust.
The CD is a bargain at just £5 and is available now. There is a sheet available at the back of the church to place orders at your leisure.
This is the perfect Christmas present for everyone, loved ones, family, neighbours, friends and even work colleagues. Thank you in advance for your support.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS ROTA:
Would those Eucharistic Ministers who have no emails collect their 2018 rotas from the Church Porch pigeon holes. The majority would have received them via email. Thank you very much.

FOOTBALL:
Fr. Kevin and other Parishioners would like to start a kick around on the field across from the Church starting Saturday 6 January, 2018 from 11.30 am. If this goes well it will be a regular occurrence. We welcome all players from age 18 to 99+. Please see George Williams for more information or get in touch via the Parish Admin office.

READER’S ROTA:
Readers at 10.30 Mass are asked to pick up the new rota from the church porch.

FINANCE:
Offertory collection last week was £700.95 (10% to the Parish Tithe Fund) of which £282.86 was Gift aided. The Second Collection for Poor Missions was £210.62 and for Youth Sunday £22.00. Thank you for your generosity.

3rd December 2017 FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (Year B) YEAR B

This Weekend 6:30 pm (Sat) First Mass of Sunday People of the Parish
10.30 am (Sun) Mass, Weekday of Advent Ibijoke Omoighi (sick)
Monday 10.00 am Mass Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life
Tuesday 11.30 am Requiem Mass Joan Carter R.I.P.
7.00 pm Mass, Weekday of Advent Frank Madden R.I.P.
Wednesday 10.00 am Mass St Nicholas Larry Gerlach R.I.P.
Thursday 10.00 am Mass St Ambrose, Bishop & Doctor of the Church Joe & Vera McGrath R.I.P.
Friday 10 am Mass Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Sanctity of Life
10.30- 12 nn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Saturday 10.00 am Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion St John Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin
6.30 pm Mass People of the Parish
Sunday 10.30 am Mass Second Sunday of Advent Jean Langston R.I.P. (Anniv.)
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, Patrick Morrissey and Geoff Surtees. Please also pray for those who care for them.

BAPTISM:
This week we welcome Caileb and Euan Prigo into the Church and pray that they and their family will find joy and peace as members of our Christian family.

RIP:
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Joan Carter. Please remember her family and friends at this difficult time. Her funeral Mass will take place on Tuesday 5th December at Corpus Christi Church, Weston Super Mare at 11.30am followed by burial at Heathfield Cemetery, Old Road, North Petherton. ’May She Rest In Peace”

Please also pray for the repose of the soul of Pat Sadler. Her funeral will take place on Thursday 7th December at Weston Crematorium at 4.00pm. ’May She Rest In Peace”

PLEASE NOTE:
There will be no Confession available on Saturday 9 December. Apologies for any inconvenience.

CORPUS CHRISTI YOUTH CLUB:
Please note that tomorrow the Junior Youth Club will be having first aid training. This session will last until 8.30pm .The senior group will be having a movie night. Both groups to meet as usual at 6.30pm in the Parish Hall

PENITENTIAL SERVICE:
Will take place Friday 15th December at 7pm in our Church.

CHURCH CLEANING ROTA:
Would those members of the Church Cleaning Team who have no emails collect their 2018 rotas from the Church Porch pigeon holes. The majority would have received them via email. Thank you very much.

CAFOD STALL:
This will be open again this weekend in the Parish Hall after each of the Masses. We have sold out of Christmas cards and only have one Advent calendar left with Fair Trade chocolates and the real Christmas story! In consequence we have sent £194.45 to the Traidcraft company who make a donation to CAFOD and to SCIAF (CAFOD's Scottish equivalent). We also sent £47.88 to Eden for the calendars. Eden market Christian literature worldwide and in particular send bibles to under developed countries. We still have some fair trade chocolate and other Christmas gifts so please give us a visit and help a good cause.

JOURNEY IN FAITH (RCIA):
If you know someone who might be curious about the Church why not bring them along to the Parish Room under the presbytery on Thurs. evenings at 7.30 p.m. For further information please see Fr. Kevin, one of the Deacons or Jean Davies on 629572.

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST:
Father Kevin would like to meet with all Eucharistic Ministers at 5.30pm in the church on Wednesday 6th December.

NEW ADDRESS:
For the Sisters of La Retraite is: For The Attention of Sister___, Brookmead, The Chocolate Quarter, Trajectus Way, Keynesham, BS31 8GJ.

CHRISTMAS PARTY:
For our senior citizens is on Sunday 10 December at 3 pm in the Parish Hall. All our retired parishioners are very welcome. Just turn up but if you need transport, call Alison on 626271.

POP-UP CHRISTMAS MARKET:
The ‘after sale’ of the Pop-Up Christmas Mini Market produced a further £76.10. This sum is to be shared equally between the Corpus Christi Youth Club and Winter Warmth (Soup Kitchen). Thanks so much for your support.

50% CAP NATIONAL CAMPAIGN:
We are becoming increasingly concerned that the Secretary of State for Education will be making a u-turn on the Government’s Manifesto commitment to remove the 50% cap. At the Bishops’ Plenary this week it was agreed that a national campaign in England was needed to mobilise Catholics to write to the Secretary of State for Education. To support this we have produced an online tool which we are encouraging all Catholics to complete. By providing your name and address the tool automatically generates an email to the Secretary of State and sends a copy to your local MP. This tool can be found on the homepage of our website www.catholiceducation.org.uk or on the Bishops’ Conference website http://www.catholic-ew.org.uk/ . Please take a moment to fill out this form to help ensure the future of Catholic Education.

ADVENT:
There are some inexpensive publications to help with your Advent preparations for Christmas. ‘Walk With Me’ £1.

THANK YOU:
From Missio and World Mission Sunday for the kind donation of £151.30 from the Second Collection of Sunday 22nd October 2017. These funds will help Missio to share the peace and love of Christ in South Sudan and other war-torn countries.

CHURCH DECORATION:
We will be decorating the Church for Christmas on Saturday 16th December after 10.00 am Mass. We need volunteers to help with this important work, so please give your names to Father Kevin or the Parish Admin office.

PERFECT CHRISTMAS PRESENT:
The Youth Club are producing a CD of Christmas Carols for sale. The youth have worked extremely hard on this so please support them by buying some CD's. All sales proceeds are being split 50/50 between the Youth Club (to raise much needed funds) and HCPT(78)- The Pilgrimage Trust.
The CD is a bargain at just £5 and will be available in the next couple of weeks. There is a sheet available at the back of the church to place pre-orders at your leisure.
This is the perfect Christmas present for everyone, loved ones, family, neighbours, friends and even work colleagues. Thank you in advance for your support.

CORPUS CHRISTI SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FETE:
Takes place on Friday 8 December at 3.10-4.30 pm. There will be lots of fun stalls and Father Christmas will be paying a visit. All are welcome! Also available are raffle tickets with many lovely prizes, the draw will take place during the Fete. These tickets are available to buy from the school office or from Louise Kolbeinsen, Parish Admin.

CONFESSION BOX/RECONCILIATION ROOM:
If you would like Fr Kevin to hear your confession face to face, please take a seat and ask for the glass door to be opened. Thank you.

FOOTBALL:
Fr. Kevin and other Parishioners would like to start a kick around on the field across from the Church starting Saturday 6 January, 2018 from 11.30 am. If this goes well it will be a regular occurrence. We welcome all players from age 18 to 99+. Please see George Williams for more information or get in touch via the Parish Admin office.

PENNY BROHN UK:
Christmas concert with Cheddar Male Choir. Friday 8 December at Clifton College Chapel. Doors open at 6.30pm. For more information call 01275 370 076 or visit www.pennybrohn.org.uk/christmas 2017.

READER’S ROTA:
Readers at 10.30 Mass are asked to pick up the new rota from the church porch.

SECOND COLLECTION:
There is a Second Collection today for Poor Missions of the Diocese. This fund enables the Bishop to offer small grants to some of the less fortunate (financially) Parishes in our Diocese. This is one collection that reminds us of the support and encouragement we give to each other as a Diocesan family, and our responsibility to care for our wider family in the diocese. Please Gift Aid if you can.

FINANCE:
Offertory collection last week was £644.00 (10% to the Parish Tithe Fund) of which £236.00 was Gift aided. The Second Collection for Catholic Youth Services was £246.21. Thank you for your generosity

26th November 2017 SOLEMNITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE (Last Sunday in Ordinary Time) Cycle A

This Weekend 6:30 pm (Sat) First Mass of Sunday People of the Parish
10.30 am (Sun) Mass Lamberto Lenteria Jr R.I.P.
Monday 10.00 am Mass Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life
Tuesday 7.00 pm Mass Neil & Patricia Guare (Ints)
Wednesday 10.00 am Mass Chengyin Shi R.I.P.
Thursday 10.00 am Mass St Andrew, Apostle Chuncia Chen R.I.P.
Friday 10 am Mass St Alexander Briant, Priest and Martyr Sanctity of Life
  10.30- 12 nn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Saturday 10 am Mass St Osmund Bishop Martin O’Gorman R.I.P.
  6.30 pm Mass People of the Parish
Sunday 10.30 am Mass Ibijoke Omoighi (sick)
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, Patrick Morrissey and Geoff Surtees. Please also pray for those who care for them.

TODAY:
Is the Solemnity of Christ the King. As it is National Youth Sunday, Corpus Christi Youth Club are assisting during the mass with various roles and will also be singing Majesty during the offertory procession. Please join in with them after they have sung the hymn twice. Next Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent.

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

THANK YOU:
Marlene and all the Gerlach family would like to thank the parish for all the kind thoughts and prayers. Many thanks also to those who came to celebrate Larry’s life at his requiem; it has brought great comfort to the family.

RIP:
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Francis Madden who died recently. Please remember too, his family and friends at this difficult time.
Francis’ Funeral will take place at 2pm on Tuesday November 28th 2017 at the Weston Crematorium. ‘’May He Rest In Peace”
Please also pray for the repose of the soul of Joan Carter. Please remember too her family and friends at this difficult time. Her funeral Mass will take place on Tuesday 5th December at Corpus Christi Church, Weston Super Mare at 11.30am followed by burial at Heathfield Cemetery, Old Road, North Petherton. ’May She Rest In Peace”


FUTURE FULL OF HOPE:
On 28 October, George and Emily Williams and Clare Hunter attended a meeting with Bishop Declan at St. Brendan’s 6th Form College called A Future Full of Hope. They will have a short presentation about the meeting after Mass today, Sunday 26 November. Please come along and have some refreshments and listen to this presentation about A Future Full of Hope. A crèche will be provided for younger children.


FUTURE FULL OF HOPE LITURGY IN CATHEDRAL:
Takes place on Wednesday 29 November at 7pm in Clifton Cathedral. At this gathering of the diocese Bishop Declan will launch the Year of Mission. Dependant on numbers, we may arrange transport.

CORPUS CHRISTI YOUTH CLUB:
Please note that tomorrow the Youth Club will be visiting our local fire station. Would all members please remember to meet there at 6.45pm. The following Monday (4th December) we will be back at the parish hall as usual where the juniors will be having first aid training. Please note that this session will last until 8.30pm

PENITENTIAL SERVICE:
Will take place Friday 15th December at 7pm in our Church.

NOVEMBER BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE:
Our book of Remembrance will be at the back of the church throughout the month of November. You are invited to write the names of deceased family or friends in this book. The book will be brought to the altar during the offertory procession during each Mass in November and will remain on the altar during Mass.

CHURCH CLEANING ROTA:
Would those members of the Church Cleaning Team who have no emails collect their 2018 rotas from the Church Porch pigeon holes. The majority would have received them via email. Thank you very much.

CAFOD STALL:
This will be open in the Parish Hall after each Mass this weekend with a selection of Christmas cards and Real Advent calendars. The Advent calendars come with a Christmas story book and a FairTrade chocolate for each day. If you want to reserve yours (we have limited stock) please sign up on the form at the back of the Church.

JOURNEY IN FAITH (RCIA):
If you know someone who might be curious about the Church why not bring them along to the Parish Room under the presbytery on Thurs. evenings at 7.30 p.m. For further information please see Fr. Kevin, one of the Deacons or Jean Davies on 629572.

SISTERS OF ST ELIZABETH CONVENT:
An Orthodox Sister from St Elizabeth’s Convent, Belarus will be visiting our Parish on 1st December. She will be selling items to benefit the wonderful work of the Convent. She will be in the Church from 8.45am to 11am. For more information on St Elizabeth’s Convent, please visit www.obitel-minsk.com

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST:
Father Kevin would like to meet with all Eucharistic Ministers at 5.30pm in the church on Wednesday 6th December.

CHRISTMAS PARTY:
For our senior citizens is on Sunday 10 December at 3 pm in the Parish Hall. All our retired parishioners are very welcome. Just turn up but if you need transport, call Alison on 626271.

POP-UP CHRISTMAS MARKET:
realised a wonderful £620.33p for our parish. (Full details of individual takings can be seen on the Parish Notice Board in the Church porch). Our Home Bakers turned up trumps again - a lovely supply of cakes and pastries - a sell-out! Many, Many THANKS for your generosity. Those of you who braved the weather to support this initiative seemed really pleased to find some interesting gifts and the very best of re-cycling. Thank you for coming and spending.

SOMETHING TO SAY:
Unfortunately, this coming Saturday's gathering of young people from our diocese at St Brendan's has had to be postponed. It will, though, be rescheduled for early 2018.

VOCATION DISCERNMENT RETREAT:
Is being run by Clifton Diocese and Downside Abbey from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd December. This is a great opportunity to gather 18-35ish men and women and to help them to discern more deeply how God might be calling them to marriage, consecrated life or priesthood i.e. this is a retreat exploring ALL vocations! To book on to the retreat, contact Matt Anscombe at vocations@cliftondiocese.com

HEALING MINISTRY:
After 7 pm mass on the 28th November the Parish Healing Ministry Team will be present for anyone who wants prayer and healing. There will be refreshments after the service.

GOVERNORS:
The Diocese of Clifton is seeking eight foundation governors for the newly formed Federation of Corpus Christi (Weston Super Mare) and St Joseph’s (Burnham on Sea) Catholic Primary Schools. This is a new federation and the first for Clifton diocese; this is an exciting opportunity for governors to have an immediate impact on shaping the federation and on the education of young children.
Foundation governors represent the Bishop; they ensure the school runs according to the diocesan trust deed. They are responsible for safeguarding the Catholic ethos of our schools and for making sure that our distinctive vision is clear. As well as this, governors work to ensure the school provides the best academic education possible and fulfils all its legal requirements.
Being a foundation governor is not an easy task but like teaching it can be such a rewarding job. Long gone are the days when the function of governors was to make tea at school events. The government holds governors to account and the work demands commitment. In addition to being the Bishop’s representative, we are looking for foundation governors with skills including strategic management, legal, finance, human resources, marketing, education leadership and non-executive experience to join the governance board and have the potential to take up committee chair and board chair roles.
If this is of interest to you, then please visit the Diocesan schools’ website http://schools.cliftondiocese.com/ where you can find more information as well as an application pack under the governance tab.

ADVENT: There are some inexpensive publications to help with your Advent preparations for Christmas. ‘Walk With Me’ £1. ‘My Day by Day’ £1, and a free Advent Calendar for the children.

THANK YOU:
Father Kevin would like to thank everyone involved in making his Induction Mass such a memorable and wonderful night.

100 CLUB WINNER:
Number 41 was this month’s winning number - we sold 51 tickets, congratulations to the lucky parishioner who won £127.50 and £127.50 was donated to the parish building fund. Tickets are now on sale after various masses for the Dec Draw to be held after Mass on Christmas Eve 24th!! Let’s make it a big one and give someone a very special Christmas present.

THE YOUTH CLUB CD:
are producing a CD of Christmas Carols for sale. The youth have worked extremely hard on this so please support them by buying some CD's. All sales proceeds are being split 50/50 between the Youth Club (to raise much needed funds) and Clifton Diocese Youth Ministry for their valuable work with youth throughout the diocese.
The CD is a bargain at just £5 and will be available in the next couple of weeks. We will be taking pre-orders after mass today and there will be a sheet available at the back of the church afterwards to place orders at your leisure. This is the perfect Christmas present for everyone, an ideal stocking filler or even a secret Santa gift. Thank you in advance for your support.

WALLISCOTE ROAD SCHOOL:
On Wednesday 22nd November we welcomed 75 children from Walliscote Road school. The children visited the church as part of their R.E. lesson.


CONFESSION BOX/RECONCILIATION ROOM:
If you would like Fr Kevin to hear your confession face to face, please take a seat and ask for the glass door to be opened. Thank you.

FOOTBALL:
Fr. Kevin and other Parishioners would like to start a kick around on the field across from the Church starting Saturday 6 January, 2018 from 11.30 am. If this goes well it will be a regular occurrence. We welcome all players from age 18 to 99+. Please see George Williams for more information or get in touch via the Parish Admin office.

PENNY BROHN UK:
Christmas concert with Cheddar Male Choir. Friday 8 December at Clifton College Chapel. Doors open at 6.30pm. For more information call 01275 370 076 or visit www.pennybrohn.org.uk/christmas 2017.

READER’S ROTA:
Readers at 10.30 Mass are asked to pick up the new rota from the church porch.

CATHOLIC YOUTH SERVICE:
After Mass there will be a second collection for the Catholic Youth Service. Next Sunday 3 December will be a second collection for Poor Missions of the Diocese. Please Gift Aid if you can.


19th November 2017 Thirty third Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

This Weekend 6:30 pm (Sat) First Mass of Sunday People of the Parish
10.30 am (Sun) Mass Jim Woods R.I.P. (Anniv.)
Monday 10.00 am Mass Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life
Tuesday 7.00 pm Mass Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary John Kilby R.I.P. (Anniv.)
Wednesday 10.00 am Mass St Cecelia, Virgin and Martyr The Sisters of La Retraite
Thursday 10.00 am Mass Sanctity of Life
Friday 10 am Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion St Andrew Dung-Lac Priest, and Companions, Martyrs
10.30- 12 nn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament .
Saturday 10 am Mass Vincent George R.I.P.
6.30 pm Mass People of the Parish
Sunday 10.30 am Mass Lamberto Lenteria Jr R.I.P.
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 10.30am 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, Patrick Morrissey and Geoff Surtees. Please also pray for those who care for them.

BAPTISM:
This weekend we welcome Julie O’Brien into the Church and pray that she and her family will find joy and peace as members of our Christian family.

FUTURE FULL OF HOPE:
On 28 October, George and Emily Williams and Clare Hunter attended a meeting with Bishop Declan at St. Brendan’s 6th Form College called A Future Full of Hope. They will have a short presentation about the meeting after Mass on Sunday 26 November. Please come along and have some refreshments and listen to this presentation about A Future Full of Hope. A crèche will be provided for younger children.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
Please could all Children’s Liturgy of the Word leaders and helpers and those who would like to help meet with Father Kevin after 10.30 Mass on Sunday 19th November in the Newman Room. If you are not able to make this time, please can you contact Fr Kevin. Thank you.

NOVEMBER BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE:
Our book of Remembrance will be at the back of the church throughout the month of November. You are invited to write the names of deceased family or friends in this book. The book will be brought to the altar during the offertory procession during each Mass in November and will remain on the altar during Mass.

CHURCH CLEANING ROTA:
Would those members of the Church Cleaning Team who have no emails collect their 2018 rotas from the Church Porch pigeon holes. The majority would have received them via email. Thank you very much.

DIARIES:
Please can all diaries ordered be collected as there are very few left. Nativity Christmas cards are also in short supply.

CAFOD STALL:
This will be open in the Parish Hall after Sunday Mass only this weekend with a selection of Christmas cards and Real Advent calendars. The Advent calendars come with a Christmas story book and a FairTrade chocolate for each day. If you want to reserve yours (we have limited stock) please sign up on the form at the back of the Church.

JOURNEY IN FAITH (RCIA):
We come to the end of the Church’s year next weekend when we celebrate the feast of Christ the King. We will be called through the readings to consider God’s kingdom and the last judgement when Jesus will call the virtuous to share in his kingdom. We will be encouraged to examine our life and how well we have served God.
If you know someone who might be curious about the Church why not bring them along to the Parish Room under the presbytery on Thurs. evenings at 7.30 p.m. For further information please see Fr. Kevin, one of the Deacons or Jean Davies on 629572.

CAFOD:
Thank you to parishioners for your generous support for CAFOD Harvest Fast Day this year. £1,224.19 was raised.

RED WEDNESDAY:
Wednesday 22 November is Red Wednesday. We ask you to stand in solidarity with persecuted Christians and all who suffer for their peacefully held beliefs. Please visit https://acnuk.org/campaign/redwednesday/ for more information on events being held on the day.

FUTURE FULL OF HOPE LITURGY IN CATHEDRAL:
Takes place on Wednesday 29 November at 7pm in Clifton Cathedral. At this gathering of the diocese Bishop Declan will launch the Year of Mission. Dependant on numbers, we may arrange transport.

CHRISTMAS PARTY:
For our senior citizens is on Sunday 10 December at 3 pm in the Parish Hall. All our retired parishioners are very welcome. Just turn up but if you need transport, call Alison on 626271.

SOMETHING TO SAY:
Young People aged 11+ and Young Adults are invited to St Brendan’s Catholic Sixth Form College, Bristol. BS4 5RQ on Saturday 25th November 10.30am-3pm for our diocesan gathering to celebrate National Youth Sunday. Great workshops, praise and worship, the opportunity to tell us what you think and be commissioned to be young disciples in our parishes. Book your place or your parish group. Email: youth@cliftondiocese.com

VOCATION DISCERNMENT RETREAT:
Is being run by Clifton Diocese and Downside Abbey from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd December. This is a great opportunity to gather 18-35ish men and women and to help them to discern more deeply how God might be calling them to marriage, consecrated life or priesthood i.e. this is a retreat exploring ALL vocations! To book on to the retreat, contact Matt Anscombe at vocations@cliftondiocese.com

APF:
Please would the Parish Promoters for the Association for the Propagation of the Faith collect their 2018 calendars for distribution to their red box holders.

HEALING MINISTRY:
After 7 pm mass on the 28th November the Parish Healing Ministry Team will be present for anyone who wants prayer and healing. There will be refreshments after the service.

GOVERNORS:
The Diocese of Clifton is seeking eight foundation governors for the newly formed Federation of Corpus Christi (Weston Super Mare) and St Joseph’s (Burnham on Sea) Catholic Primary Schools. This is a new federation and the first for Clifton diocese; this is an exciting opportunity for governors to have an immediate impact on shaping the federation and on the education of young children.
Foundation governors represent the Bishop; they ensure the school runs according to the diocesan trust deed. They are responsible for safeguarding the Catholic ethos of our schools and for making sure that our distinctive vision is clear. As well as this, governors work to ensure the school provides the best academic education possible and fulfils all its legal requirements.
Being a foundation governor is not an easy task but like teaching it can be such a rewarding job. Long gone are the days when the function of governors was to make tea at school events. The government holds governors to account and the work demands commitment. In addition to being the Bishop’s representative, we are looking for foundation governors with skills including strategic management, legal, finance, human resources, marketing, education leadership and non-executive experience to join the governance board and have the potential to take up committee chair and board chair roles.
If this is of interest to you, then please visit the Diocesan schools’ website http://schools.cliftondiocese.com/ where you can find more information as well as an application pack under the governance tab.

CONFESSION BOX/RECONCILIATION ROOM:
If you would like Fr Kevin to hear your confession face to face, please take a seat and ask for the glass door to be opened. Thank you.

READER’S ROTA:
Readers at 10.30 Mass are asked to pick up the new rota from the church porch.


FINANCE:
Offertory collection last week was 727.77 (10% to the Parish Tithe Fund) of which £239.50 was Gift aided. Thank you for your generosity.