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.

THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK                Our God is all ‘Flesh and Blood’

In Jesus, God comes to sit at table with us - after He has knelt at our feet and washed them like the humblest servant! Ours is not a God remote and distant in some transcendent heaven light years away: but is close and intimate, sharing a meal and a glass of wine!
Jesus truly ‘gets under our skin’, not only in the loving wonder of the Incarnation - Divine Word made Flesh - but also by becoming our food and drink - flesh and blood for us and within us. This is no distant God of Law and Judgement, but the intimate God of tender love and mothering nurture.
He says - come, eat and drink. Who are we to tell anyone that they cannot sit at the Table and eat with Him, with us; drink with Him and us! 

PARENTS BAPTISM PREPARATION COURSES FOR 2018   Parents seeking the baptism of their children this year are asked to inform Eustace Tameh or Christopher and Epiphania Chipato or Fr Richard as soon as possible. Below are details of the two preparation sessions for parents and the Rite of Catechumen associated with each Baptismal Sunday.

[1]   BAPTISMAL SUNDAY 26th AUGUST at 10am Mass
[2]   BAPTISMAL SUNDAY 18th NOVEMBER at 10am Mass 
              Preparation Sessions: Friday 2nd & 9th November at 6.30pm (Assisi Centre)
              Rite of Child Catechumen Sunday 4th November at 10am Mass

    We will begin the Journey of Faith for 2018-1019 on Friday 7th September at 6.00pm.  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? It will be followed by the Healing Mass at 7.30pm.

PLANNING OUR PARISH’S 170th BIRTHDAY!    The various events being planned are grouped under four headings: Educational, Social, Spiritual & Liturgical, Fundraising. Co-ordinators for each ‘group’ has or is being recruited and soon we will invite people to volunteer to be part of one of the four organising teams (for each of the groups). A Calendar of events is being formed. Committee 170 is now the overall co-ordinating group. We look for everyone’s support for this very important year in the long history of our parish. We now have a motto for the Year - Building ‘More Justice, More Love’ (St Oscar Romero) - 170 years of Mission at St Nicks. T-shirts and commemorative mugs are being designed and produced, the four sub-committees are being formed, a Day on Oscar Romero and Liberation Theology is being planned, as also a Service of celebration with our Ecumenical partners and another with our Multi-Faith friends. There will also be a Training Day on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. Also Fun Day for all the Parish and concerts. WATCH THIS SPACE! 

NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS - WHAT SHALL WE DO?   From next Sunday until the weekend of the Congress we will have 30 minutes of Adoration each Sunday from 1.30-2.00pm on a particular theme. We have a strong sense of the Eucharist in our parish, both the Mass and Adoration. It is central to the life and mission of our community. On the Friday of the Congress (7th Sept) we will celebrate a Mass on the theme of ‘The Eucharist and Healing’ and on the Saturday of the Congress (8th Sept) we will hold a ‘Day with the Eucharist’ which include Adoration, Teaching, Mass and Fellowship together. Our Feast Day Mass on the Sunday (9th Sept) will celebrate ‘The Eucharist - Energy for Mission’ and will be followed by our shared Cultural Lunch with singing and dancing. In this way we will participate in the National Eucharistic Congress.

DAY WITH THE EUCHARIST 8th September   It will begin with Morning Prayer and Adoration at 9.30am, Mass at 12noon, followed by shared lunch together, then Adoration resumes at 1.30pm and concludes with Evening Prayer at 4.00pm. Each ‘Hour’ will begin with a short teaching (10 minutes) on some aspect of the Eucharist. We invite different communities in our parish family to lead the remainder (50 minutes) of each hour. Come and share in the National Eucharistic Congress in this way. If you and your community would be willing to lead ‘One Hour’, please see Richard as soon as possible. Thank you.

POPE FRANCIS AND THE FUTURE’    A Talk by the Jesuit theologian Fr James Hanvey SJ - part of a series for the Year of Mission at St John’s Catholic Church, The Parade, Bath (5 minutes from Bath Station) on Wednesday 19th September at 7.00pm - I highly recommend Fr James and his talk - he speaks in a way very accessible to all. Do go!

TREASURING THE LITURGY’ - An Exhibition at Clifton Cathedral    A special exhibition that reflects through ‘plate and textiles’ - sign and symbol, skill and craftsmanship employed in the service of the Liturgy. Come and explore ‘the way of beauty’. Items used in the Church’s Liturgy from around the diocese are gathered and displayed in the Upper Gallery of the Clifton Cathedral on Saturday 8th and 15th September 9.00am to 5.00pm and on Sunday 9th and 16th before and after each Mass in the Cathedral. Admission free and all are welcome.

‘SAYING GOODBYE’ SERVICE   A service for anyone who has lost a baby in pregnancy, at birth or in early years for whatever reason and no matter how recently or long ago. Organised by the Mariposa Trust and being held at Malmesbury Abbey on Saturday 8th September at 3.30pm

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!"


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