Highlights of the Week

Below are a few interesting news items from the weekly Bulletins for next four weeks.  To download the full version of our latest Bulletin,  please go to our Bulletin pageThank you.

THOUGHT for Thirty Second Sunday      

WHY REMEMBER THE HORROR?

There is enough sorrow in the world without constantly harking back to the horrors of the past – surely? Why keep on ‘Remembering’?

To ‘re-member’ is to reconnect, join the present with the past, so that the past can positively influence the present. We have to face up to the horrors we human beings have perpetrated in the hope of healing the human spirit, that the brutality will not be repeated. When the serpents bit the Hebrews in the desert because of their rebellious and sinful actions, then Moses fashioned a serpent and raised it high for all to look, to gaze on the sign of their sin – like gazing upon Jesus on the Cross, the cost of our sin! And the Cross of Jesus carries all the horrors of war, holocaust and genocide. But gazing on the wounds we can be healed!

So we must never forget! Have the courage to remember without a shade of glorifying the horror so that humanity may one day be healed of war-lust! And Eucharist is re-membering the Cross!

NOVEMBER – A MONTH TO REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THE DEAD  We remember not only the dead of the wars that have been the scourge of past 100 and more years, but in this month all the Faithful Departed, all ‘who have gone before marked with the sign faith’ and indeed all of deceased humanity for all are precious in God’s eyes. Please take a Memorial Sheet today and fill in the names of all whom you want to be prayed for and remembered at every Mass celebrated in the parish this November. They are with the Bulletin this week. Our prayer for them becomes part of God’s loving them into the fulness of their lives!

JOURNEY OF FAITH    We continue the Journey of Faith meetings each Friday at 6.30pm Who will you encourage to come and see what being a Catholic Christian means? Or come for a renewal of faith? Or seek Baptism and/or Confirmation?

PARISH FORUM
  About four times a year we hold a general meeting of all parishioners so that everyone’s voices can be heard – and acted upon as appropriate. This PARISH FORUM is a vitally important part of the visioning and shaping of our parish life mission and guiding the agenda of your Parish Pastoral Council. PLEASE MAKE IT A PRIORITY TO COME! Next Sunday 11th November from 12.45pm to 2.45pm. There will be bread and soup available to all staying for the meeting.

ST NICKS 170th ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE PRESENTS: AN INSPIRATIONAL INTERCULTURAL VARIETY CONCERT Come and be prepared for a brilliant evening on Friday 23rd November 2018 at St Nicholas of Tolentino Church Stapleton Rd BS5 0RE Doors Open 6.30pm  – Supper and Socialise Show starts 7.30pm – 9.00pm Incredible voices / Dynamic  Drummers from Cameroon / Tabla vibrations from  Pakistan / Poetry, Musicians, One World Choir,  Asian Dancers and much more.
Pre Tickets – £5.00  Tickets on Door £7.00 Children under 12 free Tickets available from Parish Office or on line via www.tolentino.org.uk. See you there – and bring your friends!!

DIOCESAN YEAR OF PRAYER BEGINS ADVENT 2018       Evening Prayer at Clifton Cathedral with Bishop Declan to Launch the Year of Prayer on Tuesday 28th November at 7.00pm. Please keep that evening free and try to come and share in this special Prayer Service.

DIOCESAN YOUTH GATHERING:    Young people aged 12-25 are invited to come to our Diocesan Youth Gathering on Saturday 24th November at St Brendan’s College, Broomhill Road, Bristol. BS45RQ. The day begins at 11am and finishes at 4pm. There will be a celebration of St Oscar Romero & the Synod, great speakers, music and activities, including the launch of our new Diocesan Youth Forum. The day will finish with Mass & commissioning of young people. I really hope that some of our young people will be there – please see Richard, Mary or Henry. Under 18’s must have a parental consent form, available to download from www.cliftondiocese.com Refreshments are provided, please bring a packed lunch. To book a parish group or individual place, email: youth@cliftondiocese.com

BRISTOL CHURCHES WINTER NIGHT SHELTER AT ST NICKS
We need volunteers to support this important part of our Mission as a parish community. We are hosting our homeless sisters and brothers each Wednesday from 20th Feb to 27th March. There are three shifts each night: Evening 5.30-10pm / Overnight 9.30pm – 7.00am / Morning 6.30-9.30am. There are also other ways you can support. For those volunteering for a shift, it is very important that you attend training – you cannot volunteer without this training – for your own good as well as that of our guests! PLEASE CONTACT ASHLEY TARDIVO (07584375049) or ashleytardivo@gmail.com The training sessions as follows:

Mon 12th Nov – Tyndale Baptist Church BS8 2QG 7pm – 9pm

Tues 13th Nov – Faithspace BS1 6PB 8pm – 10pm

Fri 16th Nov – Faithspace BS1 6PB 8pm – 10pm

Sat 17th Nov – Salvation Army Easton BS2 0AN 1pm – 3pm

Sun 18th Nov – Horfield Methodist Church BS7 8SN 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Tues 20th Nov – Tyndale Baptist BS8 2QG 7pm – 9pm

If you cannot volunteer to do a shift but want to be involved you can:

[1]  volunteer to cook food for both guests and volunteers – see Patience Bird (07411406411)

[2]  donate toiletries, male/female underwear and socks, hats, gloves, scarves, towels, duvet covers, pillowcases.

[3]  do the laundry of duvet covers, pillowcases and towels (once a week for 6 weeks or a rota).

[4]  become part of prayer circle to pray during the course of project.

INTER-FAITH DIALOGUE ON ‘PEACE IN OUR DIFFERENT FAITHS   ’As part of National Multi-Faith Week, leading scholars of the Christian, Jewish and Moslem faiths come together to offer us insights into how each of our Faiths understand peace and how this understanding is expressed in our relationship with God and the world around us. Chaired by Prof Gavin D’Costa there will also be some reflection on the Middle East and the Holy Land as places where this understanding confronts conflict. On Wednesday 14th Nov beginning at 7.15pm in the Apostle Room of Clifton Cathedral, all are welcome and this event is highly recommended, especially for our parish which has so many mosques and a synagogue.

PARISH WEBSITE IS RE-LAUNCHED!  Many thanks to Henry who has given our website a new look and more information with up to date pictures giving a real insight into the life and mission of our parish family here. The web address remains the same.

ARE YOU STRUGGLING AFTER AN ABORTION EXPERIENCE?  Do you know where to turn – who could help you? I hope as a parish community we are open and caring and healing in a way that you could entrust your pain to us. But also (and very importantly) there is an organisation that could help you – British Victims of Abortion. Call them on their helpline 0845-603-8501 between 7pm and 10pm seven evenings a week.
GLOBAL HEALING – a national faith response to Pope Francis Letter ‘Laudato Si’   Being launched on ‘Creation Day’ (1st September), resources will be released by our Bishops to encourage us to reflect upon the urgency of changing direction and life-style in order to heal our planet of the damage we have done through the careless exploitation of our environment. How do we live in communion with creation? Watch this space for opportunities to discuss together what we can do as individuals and as a parish to contribute to ‘Global Healing’

 

 

We very much need to continue to pray that the nations that committed themselves to work to heal the planet oppose those leaders and economies that oppose this reality and policy seeking to protect the environment, remain true to their word and bring about the changes needed to be ‘merciful’ to ‘our common home’:

“O God of love, teach us to care for this world our common home. 

Inspire all political leaders and the peoples of all the nations to listen to and heed the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. 

Let us be united in heart and mind in responding and acting courageously.

May we seek the common good and protect the beautiful earthly garden you have created for us, for all our brothers and sisters, for all generations to come. Amen!

 

PRAY FOR THE CHRISTIANS AND ALL THE SUFFERING PEOPLE OF IRAQ, SYRIA AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Lord, the plight of our country
is deep and the suffering of the Christians
is heavy and frightening us,
therefore we ask you Lord
to assure our lives, grant us patience and courage
to continue to witness our Christian values with trust and hope.
Lord, peace is the base of any life; give us peace and stability
to live with each other without fear, anxiety,
with dignity and joy, glory to you forever.

Archbishop Louis Raphael I Sako,  Chaldean Catholic Patriarch

Lord, send us the gift of peace

Watch over the people of Iraq who have been forced to flee their homes
and face violence and fear.

Lord, send us the gift of peace

Lead them to a place of safety, comfort those who grieve
and bring healing to those in pain.

Lord, send us the gift of peace

Convert the hearts of those who commit violence and wage war.
Turn them away from persecution towards peace.

Lord, send us the gift of peace

Turn hatred to understanding, and anger to compassion.
Through your love, transform horror into hope.

Lord, send us the gift of peace

And fill us all with your Spirit so that with one voice, throughout the world,
we may cry out:

Lord, send us the gift of peace

Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us…              Catherine Gorman/CAFOD