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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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22nd April 2018 EASTER WEEK 4 (Good Shepherd Sunday) (YEAR B)

This Weekend 6.30 pm (Sat) First Mass of Sunday Fourth Sunday of Easter Brennan Blake R.I.P. (Anniv.)
10.30am(Sun) Mass People of the Parish
Monday 10.00 am Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion Solemnity of St George, Martyr, Patron of England
Tuesday 7.00 pm MassWeekday of Easter Peace in Syria
Wednesday 10.00 am Mass Feast of St Mark, Evangelist Valerie Madden (Thanksgiving)
Thursday 10.00 am Mass Weekday of Easter Leslie Hallett R.I.P.
Friday 10 am Mass Weekday of Easter Christina (Tina) Hine R.I.P.
10.30- 12 nn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament  
Saturday 10.00 am Mass Weekday of Easter Doug Haller R.I.P.
12.30 pm Wedding Lee Gallichan and Patricia Jamieson
6.30 pm Mass People of the Parish
Sunday 9.00 am Funeral Mass of Wioletta Trybull Fifth Sunday of Easter
10.45 am Mass Iwona & Krystyna (Ints.)
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
Mass in Syro Malabar Rite: 4.00pm on 1st & 3rd Sunday each month

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.

WELCOME:
To Fr Bernard Shackleton who will celebrate Mass with us on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd.

PLEASE NOTE:
Mass on Sunday 29th April will start at 10.45am instead of 10.30 am due to the funeral Mass of Wioletta Trybull.

RIP:
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Wioletta Trybull. Please remember her family and friends at this difficult time. Her funeral Mass will take place on Sunday 29th April at Corpus Christi Church, Weston Super Mare at 9.00 am. Please be considerate of this when coming into Mass at 10.45 am. ’May She Rest In Peace”

A DAY WITH MARY:
Takes place at The Cathedral Church of SS Peter & Paul, Bristol on Saturday 28th April, starting at 10 am. This is a day of instruction, devotion and intercession based on the message given at Fatima in 1917. For further information please visit www.adaywithmary.org.

100 CLUB APRIL DRAW:
Due to holidays, this month's draw will be on Sunday 21st April after 10.30am - don't forget to get your tickets from Lynne Parsonage.

JOURNEY IN FAITH (RCIA):
The Journey in Faith programme continues on Saturday morning at 11.00 a.m. We have welcomed our new Catholics Gilda, Jo, Richard and Mike and for the next few weeks we will be supporting them as they become part of our Parish community and hopefully give them encouragement and welcome. We look this week more deeply at what the Eucharist means in our life. Meetings take place in the Parish Room under the presbytery.

SPUC:
The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children would like to say a big thank you to all those who supported their recent coffee morning and homemade cake sale in Corpus Christi parish hall. A magnificent £296.63 was raised. There will be a ‘Silent Witness’ pro-life chain on Saturday 28 April from 11.00am – 1.00pm on Frances Fox Road (at the pelican crossing by Tesco car park). Please join this simple act of support for unborn babies. The next SPUC meeting is on Monday 15 May at 7.15pm at Our Lady of Lourdes parish room – everyone is welcome to attend and get involved in the pro-life cause. The quiz buffet supper with wine evening, is on Saturday 2 June at 7.30pm in Our Lady of Lourdes Parish hall where John Smeaton, Chief Executive of SPUC, will be the guest of honour. Admission is £7.00 (pay at the door) – it’s a very enjoyable way to support a great cause.

CAFOD THANKS:
Again a massive thanks from all at CAFOD and from the people your generosity has helped. In addition to the exceptional collection for Family Fast Day, the money boxes which were handed in over Easter contained a further £667.89, of which £90 was Gift Aided. £25 of this was donated by 4th Worle Brownies. Joseph has added £141.40 from the parish tithe fund and £123.09 from other donations. In addition there is a sum from the youth club Hunger Lunch which should bring the total to over £1000. Just a reminder too that this will be in time to qualify for the Government matching which will double the amount!

MARCH FOR LIFE:
We have organised transport to attend the March for Life event in Parliament Square, Westminster, London on Saturday 5th May. Departures will be from St Francis of Assisi, Nailsea at 7.30am, Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Milton at 8.00am and Marks and Spencer Car Park, Cribbs Causeway 8.30am to arrive in London at 12 midday. Departure will be at 5pm for arrival in Bristol at 8pm. The cost will be £25 per person.

YEAR OF MISSION:
Our second reading for this Good Shepherd Sunday speaking of the lavish outpouring of God’s love upon us. He calls us his children and he reveals himself to us as a loving parent. But St John also articulates all that we are called to be as God’s children and as a people of mission. We are called to be like God, we are called to echoes of who he is, reflections of his parental care. Our world at times cries out to know God’s loving, shepherd presence. We can allow the world to know God is near as we allow others to contemplate the love and compassion of the Father in the face of those who call themselves disciples. If we want to know the tender face of God, then we need to gaze upon Jesus. If we want to see the tender face of God’s image, then surely, we should look upon the face of those who are his friends. Let the tender smile of God radiate upon those around you this week… through you!

ROSARY ON THE COAST:
A coast-to-coast walk is generally a challenging and arduous journey, which takes preparation and courage. The coast-to-coast Rosary is no less this type of pilgrimage in praying for the spiritual wellbeing of our nations, at this time in the history of the British Isles. Corpus Christi will take part in this event on Sunday 29th April at 3pm, meeting at the Church at 2.30 pm. We are expecting a full house so we will need lots of volunteers. If you can help please contact Fr Kevin or Parish Admin. Further details to follow, or visit https://www.rosaryonthecoast.co.uk/ for more information.

LA RETRAITE:
The La Retraite Sisters would like you all to know that their house in Walliscote Road has been sold to the National Care Group who provides housing for vulnerable people. Thank you for all the support you gave us while we were moving out.

POPE FRANCIS- HIS VISION AND OUR FUTURE:
Pope Francis marked the fifth anniversary of his election last week and as five years has come and gone, it provides our diocesan community with an opportunity to reflect upon this five years, explore what has taken place, what Pope Francis has offered the Church in his pontificate and maybe consider what might lie ahead of us. The lectures will take place at St John’s Church, South Parade, Bath, and begin at 7pm. Tuesday 24 April – Fr James Hanvey: Pope Francis and his vision for the Church of the 21st… even the 22nd Century. Tuesday 26 June – Austen Ivereigh will help us reflect upon Pope Francis and the Church of Mission and his call to evangelise. Wednesday 19 September – Fr James Hanvey SJ: Pope Francis and the future!

CAFOD SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!:
Could you spare some time to volunteer with CAFOD and help children and young people learn about global poverty, and motivate them to take action? We are looking for volunteers in the Glastonbury and Salisbury areas to visit Catholic schools and parish groups. For further information please contact Liz Baldwin at CAFOD Clifton on 01179 428 328 or email clifton@cafod.org.uk

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:
Next Sunday (29th April) there will be a second collection for the Clergy Training Fund. Please give generously.


15th April 2018 EASTER WEEK 3 (YEAR B)

This Weekend 6.30 pm (Sat) First Mass of Sunday Third Sunday of Easter People of the Parish
10.30 am (Sun) Mass Bridget Roberts R.I.P.
Monday 10.00 am Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion Weekday of Easter
Tuesday 7.00 pm Mass Weekday of Easter Larry Gerlach R.I.P.
Wednesday 10.00 am Mass Weekday of Easter Serephena Hill (Baby- sick)
Thursday 10.00 am Mass Memorial of St Alphege, Bishop, Martyr Peace in Syria
Friday 10 am Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion Weekday of Easter
10.30-12 nn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Saturday 10.00 am Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion Weekday of Easter
6.30 pm Mass Brenna Blake R.I.P. (Anniv.)
Sunday 10.30 am Mass Fourth Sunday of Easter 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.

A BIG THANK YOU:
To everyone involved in the preparations throughout the Lent and Easter season – without the volunteers we are blessed with in this parish, much would be left undone. Fr Kevin would like to say a special Thank You for the lovely Easter greetings and very generous offerings he received this year.

PLEASE NOTE:
There will be no Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) on Saturday 21st April. Apologies in advance for any inconvenience caused. We also welcome Fr Bernard Shackleton who will celebrate Mass with us on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd.

A DAY WITH MARY:
Takes place at The Cathedral Church of SS Peter & Paul, Bristol on Saturday 28th April, starting at 10 am. This is a day of instruction, devotion and intercession based on the message given at Fatima in 1917. For further information please visit www.adaywithmary.org.

JOURNEY IN FAITH (RCIA):
The Journey in Faith programme continues on Saturday morning at 11.00 a.m. We have welcomed our new Catholics Gilda, Jo, Richard and Mike and for the next few weeks we will be supporting them as they become part of our Parish community and hopefully give them encouragement and welcome. We look this week more deeply at what the Eucharist means in our life. Meetings take place in the Parish Room under the presbytery.

100 CLUB APRIL DRAW:
Due to holiday's, this month's draw will be help on Sunday 21st April after 10.30am - don't forget to get your tickets from Lynne Parsonage.

SPUC:
There will be a coffee morning and home-made cake sale in aid of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children in Corpus Christi Parish Hall on Wednesday 18 April at 10.30am and there will be a ‘Silent witness’ pro-life chain on Saturday 28 April from 11.00am – 1.00pm on Frances Fox Road (at the pelican crossing by Tesco car park). Please show your support to the pro-life cause by supporting these events.

MARCH FOR LIFE:
We have organised transport to attend the March for Life event in Parliament Square, Westminster, London on Saturday 5th May. Departures will be from St Francis of Assisi, Nailsea at 7.30am, Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Milton at 8.00am and Marks and Spencer Car Park, Cribbs Causeway 8.30am to arrive in London at 12 midday. Departure will be at 5pm for arrival in Bristol at 8pm. The cost will be £25 per person.

YEAR OF MISSION:
Peace is ushered in again in this week’s gospel as Luke picks up the narrative after that encounter on the Emmaus road. Jesus feeds the frightened disciples with the word of the scriptures and he breaks it open so that they might see more clearly and so understand. This is not a ghost speaking to them; this is the Risen Christ empowering them and commissioning them with his word and sending them out. Through preaching, through forgiveness, through their witness, through their attentiveness to the scriptures they bring Christ to the world. The Risen Christ feeds us each and every time we come to the Eucharist. He feeds us with his word and with the gift of his Body and Blood. He feeds us in order to bring us the peace of knowing he is with us. Maybe this week is about us being living witnesses of his loving presence to those who need to know Christ’s peace. May our way of speaking and the way we live put others at peace because in us they know the Lord is near.

ROSARY ON THE COAST:
A coast-to-coast walk is generally a challenging and arduous journey, which takes preparation and courage. The coast-to-coast Rosary is no less this type of pilgrimage in praying for the spiritual wellbeing of our nations, at this time in the history of the British Isles. Corpus Christi will take part in this event on Sunday 29th April at 3pm. We are expecting a full house so we will need lots of volunteers. If you can help please contact Fr Kevin or Parish Admin. Further details to follow, or visit https://www.rosaryonthecoast.co.uk/ for more information.

THANKS:
Once again, many thanks to Tina for a further donation to the Church Fund following the sales of homemade cards. More cards are available in the Repository.

POPE FRANCIS-
HIS VISION AND OUR FUTURE:
Pope Francis marked the fifth anniversary of his election last week and as five years has come and gone, it provides our diocesan community with an opportunity to reflect upon this five years, explore what has taken place, what Pope Francis has offered the Church in his pontificate and maybe consider what might lie ahead of us. The diocesan department of Adult Education and Evangelisation has arranged a series of three lectures across the spring and summer to allow us to look back, to assess, and to think ahead. Fr James Hanvey SJ and Austen Ivereigh will be with us as part of this series of three lectures. Of course, we will have opportunity to consider Pope Francis’ key contributions through his publication of Evangelii Gaudium, Laudato si’ and Amoris Laetitia as well as keeping his agenda of reform somewhere in the ‘mix’. The lectures will take place at St John’s Church, South Parade, Bath, and begin at 7pm. Tuesday 24 April – Fr James Hanvey: Pope Francis and his vision for the Church of the 21st… even the 22nd Century. Tuesday 26 June – Austen Ivereigh will help us reflect upon Pope Francis and the Church of Mission and his call to evangelise. Wednesday 19 September – Fr James Hanvey SJ: Pope Francis and the future!

CLIFTON DIOCESE FINANCE BULLETIN:
Is available to view at the back of the church or if you prefer, a copy can be emailed to you. Please contact Parish Admin.

GETTING MARRIED SOON? LET’S BE PREPARED:
Engaged Encounter weekend, on 12th and 13th May in Bristol is a unique occasion to prepare more fully for your future married life together. This weekend is non-residential. For more information and to book online go to https://wwme.org.uk/marriage-preparation/ or contact Gregory and Fabienne Fauvarque 01666825075, famille.fauvarque@gmail.com

CHAVAGNES:
A new Catholic Liberal Arts BA in the heart of Europe- fully accredited B.A. in French in the heart of Europe. Now accepting applications for September 2018. For further information please see chavagnes.org/studium.

WE ARE CALLED…HOW ARE WE TO RESPOND:
Our special day of faith formation will now take place on Saturday 21st April, 10am-3.30pm, the Apex Hotel in Bath. Refreshments and light lunch provided. Explore themes of Pope Francis’ teaching for the Church today & our Bishop’s vision for our parishes, A Future Full of Hope, & our Year of Mission. It will be led by Michelle Moran a leading lay Missionary. Tickets £10 (£5 students) available through Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/we-are-all-called-how-are-we-to-respond-tickets-43989537892

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.

NEXT SUNDAY:
Is Good Shepherd Sunday and Day of Special Prayer for Vocation. Please keep this day in your prayers
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8th April 2018 SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER (DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY) (YEAR B)

Weekend 6.30 pm (Sat) First Mass of Sunday Saturday within the Octave of Easter Christopher Webb (Anniv)R.I.P
10.30am (Sun) Mass Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday) Tracie McGrory R.I.P
Monday 10.00am Mass Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord Priesthood Vocations
Tuesday 7.00 pm Mass Weekday of Easter Louis Thompson R.I.P.
Wednesday 10.00 am Mass Memorial of St Stanislaus, Bishop, Martyr Flaviana Busico R.I.P. (Anniv.)
Thursday 10.00am Mass Weekday of Easter Mark Woods (Sick)
Friday 10 am Mass Weekday of Easter Lenny Benjanus R.I.P.
10.30-12 nn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 
  Saturday  10.00 am  Mass Weekday of Easter  Bill Cahill R.I.P. (Anniv.)
 6.30 pm  Mass  People of the Parish
 Sunday  10.30 am  Mass Third Sunday in Easter  Bridget Roberts 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

1st April 2018 SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION (YEAR B)

This Weekend 8.00pm (Sat) First Mass of Sunday The Easter Vigil People of the Parish
9.00am (Sun) Mass Sunday of the Resurrection Kinsella (Special Intention)
10.30am (Sun) Mass People of the Parish
Monday 10.00am Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion Monday within the Octave of Easter
Tuesday 10.00am Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion Tuesday within the Octave of Easter
Wednesday 10.00am Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion Wednesday within the Octave of Easter
Thursday 10.00am Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion Thursday within the Octave of Easter
Friday 10 am Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion Friday within the Octave of Easter
10.30-12 nn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Saturday 10.00am Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion- No Confession
Saturday within the Octave of Easter
6.30 pm Mass (Divine Mercy Sunday) Christopher Webb (Anniv) R.I.P
Sunday 10.30am Mass Second Sunday of Easter Tracie McGrory R.I.P.
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.

PLEASE NOTE:
There will be no Sacrament of Reconciliation/ Confession on Saturday 7th April due to prior commitments for Fr Kevin.

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES:
New sets of offertory envelopes are now available to collect from the back of the church and are for use from the week after Easter (8th April). If you do not currently use envelopes for your offertory donation and would like to do so, or you would like to set up a standing order instead please contact Joseph Burke, Fr Kevin or Louise Kolbeinsen. The new envelopes coincide with the new tax year and tax thresholds will be changing. If you are Gift Aiding your donation you must ensure that you are still eligible to do so or HMRC may be entitled to reclaim the tax element from you.

YEAR OF MISSION: EASTER SUNDAY:
At Lenten journey’s end we find ourselves at the font to renew, once again, our baptism in the fresh and living waters made holy and life-giving by the Risen Christ. In renewing those promises we come to renew all that it means to be a disciple – a witness and bearer of Good News. We encounter some of the disciples of Jesus – Mary of Magdala, Peter and John – in today’s gospel who face the emptiness of the tomb. The simple Easter gospel finds expression in a painting by Eugène Burnand entitled The Disciples which hangs in the Musee D’Orsay in Paris. It shows no tomb, no women, no garderner, just the somewhat anxious, hope-filled expression, maybe, on the faces of the disciples heading to see the tomb for themselves. There is a real energy about them for they approach a real moment of understanding and faith. As we renew our baptismal calling this Easter we renew the call to be missionaries, to be bearers of the Good News of life, of hope, of joy, of love to those who feel caught up in the tomb of decay and despair. May our renewed encounter with the Risen Christ this Easter cause us to go out and draw others into the new life Christ offers our world.7

SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER:
As the Father sent me, so I send you! These words of the Risen Christ draw the disciples into a new mode of being. They are not simple followers any longer; they are touched and anointed by that outpouring of the Spirit to be the very mission of Jesus. His work is now their work. As he was sent, so now he sends and they are to be caught up in continuing to proclaim Good News in all they do. His is a work of peace-bringing and of healing and forgiveness. And then we encounter Thomas who has to touch the wounds of Christ in order to believe. In that simple gesture of Thomas we are reminded of the mission to reach out and touch the woundedness of those around us and to leave them having encountered peace. May the wounds and brokenness of those we encounter this week know the healing balm of Christ’s mercy and his compassion through us and through the peace we breathe upon them.

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS:
All new and existing Extraordinary Ministers will be commissioned on Saturday 14th April and Sunday 15th April during the Masses.

APF:
A big thank you to all those who support the Association for the Propagation of the Faith and Mill Hill Missionaries with red collection boxes, direct payments or visiting homes to empty boxes. Last year our parish donated £1422.27 - so many thanks to all concerned for supporting the valuable work of the Missionaries.

WINTER WARMTH:
The soup kitchen at Corpus Christi has now closed until Monday 29th October. Thank you for all your generous donations and help which was greatly appreciated by the homeless and vulnerable people in Weston. Thank you!

JOURNEY IN FAITH (RCIA):
We have welcomed Gilda, Jo, Richard and Mike as new Catholics this weekend at the Easter Vigil when they joined the Sacramental life of the Church. We hope they find a warm welcome from our parish family and will be greatly blessed as they continue their ‘faith journey’. We do not meet next Saturday 7th April but will meet again on Saturday 14th April.

CCS ADOPTION (CHILDREN’S SOCIETY):
There will be a second collection for the Children’s Society after Mass on Sunday 15th April. Please give generously!

 

25th March 2018 PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD (YEAR B)

This Weekend 6.30pm (Sat) First Mass of SundayPalm Sunday Edna Dunne R.I.P
10.30am (Sun) Mass People of the Parish
Monday 10.00 am Mass Monday of Holy Week Priesthood Vocations
Tuesday 7.00 pm Mass Tuesday of Holy Week Valerie Hopkins R.I.P.
Wednesday. 700 pm Mass Wednesday of Holy Week Larry Gerlach R.I.P.
Thursday 7.30 pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Holy Souls) The Sacred Paschal Triduum Holy (Maundy)Thursday
Friday 3.00 pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday)
Saturday 8.00 pm Holy Saturday. Mass of the Vigil of Easter
Sunday 9.00 am Mass Sunday of the Resurrection (Easter Sunday) Kinsella Special Intention
10.30 am Mass 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.
Rest In Peace:

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Valerie Hopkins. Please remember Val’s friends at this difficult time. Her funeral Mass will take place on Tuesday 27th March at Weston Crematorium at 3 pm. ’May She Rest In Peace”
EASTER VIGIL & EASTER SUNDAY OFFERINGS:
Are for the personal use of Fr Kevin. Thank you.
OFFERTORY ENVELOPES:
New sets of offertory envelopes are now available to collect from the back of the church and are for use from the week after Easter (8th April). If you do not currently use envelopes for your offertory donation and would like to do so, or you would like to set up a standing order instead please contact Joseph Burke, Fr Kevin or Louise Kolbeinsen. The new envelopes coincide with the new tax year and tax thresholds will be changing. If you are Gift Aiding your donation you must ensure that you are still eligible to do so or HMRC may be entitled to reclaim the tax element from you.
CAFOD STALL:
This will be open in the Parish Hall this weekend and each weekend in Lent after each of the weekend Masses. We will have Real Easter Eggs with the real Easter Story and bars of Fairtrade chocolate. See the form at the back of church if you want to order yours.
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.
PASSOVER MEAL:
On Monday 26th March in the Parish Hall starting at 7pm. You are invited to this family celebration of our biblical heritage. Please put your name on the list in the porch and give your money to Jo Gair, Deacon Mike or Alan Malone. With 50 seats on offer, please book early. The price is £4 per adult, children free.
SPUC:
The popular annual quiz/buffet & wine fundraiser will take place on Saturday 2 June at 7.30pm and John Smeaton, SPUC National Secretary, will be joing us as Guest of Honour. Please note the date in your diary.
CHRISM MASS:
This takes place at Clifton Cathedral on Wednesday 28th March at 11am. A coach will leave Corpus Christi at 9am. The cost for the coach is £7 for adults and £5 for children. Please leave your name on the list at the back of the church or speak to Parish admin.
HISTORY OF OUR LADY CHURCH, WESTON:
This is a new book, written by parishioners of Our Lady. It also features information on Corpus Christi and is a fascinating read. At over 200 pages with lots of pictures, it is excellent value at £5. For your copy please buy from the Repository.
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. We will have a practice after Mass, 25th March and also on Maundy Thursday, 29th March at 10.30-11.30 am. If you are interesting in taking part it is not too late to join in. Please contact Parish Admin or Nikki Drew on 07425 178379 if you can help out or for further information.
GOOD FRIDAY HUNGER LUNCH:
On Good Friday the Parish will hold its annual Hunger Lunch. This takes place in the Church Hall immediately after the Stations of the Cross. Soup, cheese and a roll are provided £3 per adult £2 under 18's. The lunch is hosted by the Youth Club and all profits go to Cafod.
CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY:
Thank you for your generosity. The collection came to £1002.69 of which £301.40 was Gift Aided. If you missed last Friday there is still time to do it this Lent. If you have lost your envelope there are some in the porch or on the CAFOD Stall. Just put it in the normal collection and don’t forget the Gift Aid slip. If you have a CAFOD money box, don't forget to put it in the Maundy Thursday collection.
JOURNEY IN FAITH (RCIA):
We are fast approaching the climax of the Church’s year, the most important liturgy, which is the Easter Vigil. Just as in the days of the early Church – after an initial period of teaching and preparation – adults are received into the Christian community through the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Here in our parish, along with Catholic communities all over the world, we will be welcoming three adults through Baptism and one adult through Reception into full participation in the Sacramental life of the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. Let us praise God and give thanks for Gilda, Jo, Richard and Mike. There will be no meeting on Saturday as it is the Easter Vigil. Instead we will be getting ready to join in celebrating the
Easter Vigil at 8 p.m.
YEAR OF MISSION:
As we enter into Holy Week with great procession we will listen to Mark’s account of the Passion. It appears so stark and bleak and we should notice the contrast from how Jesus stands at the beginning of the gospel. Do you notice that now Jesus is alone? All the crowds that flocked around him have vanished and even his own disciples have fled. Jesus, the Son of God, is left abandoned and alone, broken and bruised. But the centurion is the one to point out who Jesus is: he is the Son of God, the innocent one, rejected and crushed, taking upon himself our faults. The cross has been on the horizon from the start of Jesus’ ministry and it has to be a feature in the life of the disciple. Our Year of Mission allows us to see our own discipleship as that same outreach of love towards our world. It is God’s love we proclaim revealed in the outstretched arms of Jesus, the Christ, the Anointed One of God. This is how we live mission and how we live discipleship, in the giving of ourselves for the life of the world: loving to the cost of everything.
THE WALK OF WITNESS:
A number of local churches will gather on Good Friday. The group will leave Emmanuel Church, Oxford Street WSM at 12 noon. Please gather by 11.55 if you are coming. The procession will be to the Italian Gardens and a service will begin there about 12.30pm at the new staging area. If anyone is coming and can volunteer to be a steward, can you contact Gary Hoare by e-mail gary.hoare@methodist.org.uk. The Sunrise service will be at 6.30am near the pier....look out for the crowd!
EASTER EGG HUNT:
There will be an Easter Egg Hunt in our church field (Ellenborough Park South) immediately after Easter Day Mass. There are just 60 tickets available at only £2.50 each. Any proceeds raised are to support Jules for his intended mission in August. You can find out more about the work of the mission and the kind of activities Jules will be engaged in at www.sfxmission.com. Tickets are available at the back of the church before and after 10.30 Sunday Mass 18th and 25th March.
GOOD FRIDAY COLLECTION FOR THE HOLY PLACES OF THE HOLY LAND: Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, head of the Vatican’s Congregation for Eastern Churches has called on Catholic around the world to give generously to the Good Friday collection that traditionally goes to support the Church in the Holy Land. Catholics can personally contribute to combatting “war, poverty, terrorism, violence, division”. The collection for the Holy Land has been supported by the different Popes over the decades, to “keep a strong bond between all Christians across the world and the Holy Places”. There will be a second collection at the 3pm Mass on Good Friday, please give generously to support this very worthy cause.
HOMELESS FUNDRAISING:
In line with Bishop Declan’s Year of Mission, Our Lady of Lourdes are organising a Buffet and Dance evening from 7:00pm on Saturday 12th May at Weston Football Club, 24 Winterstoke Road BS24 9AA, to raise funds for the homeless. 100% of the proceeds will go to support “Somewhere to Go” and other charities working closely with North Somerset Council to benefit the homeless. Tickets for this event are priced at £10.00 per head and are available from Parish Admin. Thank you!
APPOINTMENT OF MRS HELEN TAYLOR: On the first of January 2018 St Joseph’s School in Burnham-on-Sea and Corpus Christi School in Weston became the first federated schools in the Clifton Diocese under the banner of The Holy Trinity Catholic Federation. It has a new governing body and has advertised for an Executive Head Teacher. The governors are pleased to announce the permanent appointment of Mrs Helen Taylor as its first Executive Head Teacher. She will lead both schools. Mrs Taylor is already in the interim post so carries on over the start of her permanent appointment. This is an exciting first venture into Federation by the Diocese of Clifton. Mrs Taylor’s appointment ensures the maintenance of the confident forward movement of both schools and secures strong, experienced, stable leadership to guide future developments
READERS:
Can you collect your amended rotas from your pigeon holes.
APF:
Please would APF Parish Promoters collect from the church porch the spring editions of the Mission Today magazines for distribution to their red box holders.
GREAT NEWS! OSCAR ROMERO AND POPE PAUL VI TO BE DECLARED SAINTS:
Two great 20th century Prophets of Justice, Makers of Peace, are to be ‘canonised’ (declared Saints of the Church) on October 21st 2018. Pope Paul VI was the first Pope ever to travel to all the world’s continents to proclaim the Gospel and cry out for the poor (he coined the phrase ‘The new name for Peace is Justice’; he guided the sessions of the Second Vatican Council in the service of the renewal of the Church and saw the early implementation of its vision; he was passionate for Justice and the development of peoples and worked for peace at every opportunity. He appointed Oscar Romero as Archbishop of San Salvador. Oscar allowed himself to be converted to the liberation of the poor by hearing the Gospel of Christ in the struggles of the poor and oppressed of his nation. His was the Voice of the voiceless - a voice that refused to be silenced by the wealthy and powerful - until he was shot dead on government orders while he was celebrating Mass. Of course his martyrdom meant his Voice became all the louder! Pope Francis is placing these two great (and very different) men and bishops as examples of true shepherds and courageous prophets, to shape the guide disciples of Christ in our own time. How we need today such servants of the poor, Prophets of the Gospel!
LOURDES PILGRIMAGE:
Fr Kevin is going to Lourdes. If you have any prayer intentions, please leave them at the Presbytery in an envelope marked ‘Lourdes’.
CHURCH CLEANING ROTA:
Would those members of the Church Cleaning Team who have no emails collect their newly updated 2018 rotas from the Church Porch pigeon holes. The majority would have received them via email. Thank you very much.
LOURDES:
The diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes departs from St Teresa’s, Filton on Thursday 23rd August, returning on the 31st. Or you can from Bristol to Toulouse on Friday 24th, where transport will be arranged. To book or for further information please email David Wakefield at lourdes@cliftondiocese.com
ROSARY ON THE COAST:
A coast-to-coast walk is generally a challenging and arduous journey, which takes preparation and courage. The coast-to-coast Rosary is no less this type of pilgrimage in praying for the spiritual wellbeing of our nations, at this time in the history of the British Isles. Corpus Christi will take part in this event on Sunday 29th April at 3pm. We are expecting a full house so we will need lots of volunteers. If you can help please contact Fr Kevin or Parish Admin. Further details to follow, or visit https://www.rosaryonthecoast.co.uk/ for more information.