Highlights of the Week

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK!
Below are a few interesting news items from the weekly Bulletin.  To download the full version of our latest Bulletin,  please go to our Bulletin pageThank you.

THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEKS            
TOUCHING THE WOUNDS

Why was the Risen Jesus scarred by the wounds of crucifixion and death? Surely they should have been healed? Obliterated?
It was not simply so that the disciples could be sure it was really Him, really alive! Resurrection does not obliterate death - it transforms it: for Jesus and for us. Healing is about growing through our woundedness to a new wholeness, not removing the wounds. For our wounds are the privileged meeting places with the divine, transforming Love. Our wounds become the place of growth, of new becoming and new beginning. We become whom we truly are through our wounds as touched by Love they become well-springs of healing and wholeness - source of our resurrection and new life.
And Thomas the doubting Apostle must touch the wounds - not only so that he will believe at last, but so that the Church formed upon the foundation stones of the witness of the Apostles, will know that it must always touch the wounds of humanity, the scars of the world, the cries and tears of the Earth, if we are to know the Risen Jesus and become part of His Rising in today’s world. With love and courage to be Jesus touching the wounds!

                                                            BREAKING THE BREAD!

He walked by their side, He listened with love and compassion, He talked with them sublime Truth - and still they did not recognise Him, even while ‘their hearts burned within them!’ But then they sat at table and He broke bread - and then they knew! It all began to fall into place and make sense at last!
‘The Breaking of Bread’ - the oldest name for Eucharist or the Mass. Breaking Bread that speaks of His broken body, given for us. Breaking Bread that speaks healing to our brokenness. Breaking Bread that speaks of sacrifice - and unity! Breaking Bread that speaks of the hungers of the world: for food of the body, for the nourishment of meaning in our lives, for a unity that would bring peace to the Earth, for a New World and a New Creation.
We break the Bread of the Poor and recognise Jesus Risen and alive among us, among the poor; we break the Bread of Freedom and recognise Him Alive in every human struggle for liberation; we break the Bread of Life and recognise Him who gives Life in all fulness! HE IS ALIVE! ALLELUIA!

BORDERLANDS TO PUBLISH A BOOK - refugee writing and paintings

Following regular creative writing, poetry and art workshops classes at Borderlands, a team is gathering them into a book to sell in bookshops across Bristol. Crowdfunding to cover the cost of printing (aim: £3000 in 4 weeks). To donate please to Chuffed.org and search ‘Borderlands’. Further info - Caroline or Margaret or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

WORLD SYNOD OF BISHOP ON YOUNG PEOPLE - A TIME TO SPEAK!  In 2018, Pope Francis will invite Bishops and others to Rome to talk about Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment. They will discuss how the Catholic Church can accompany young people in their faith and help them to hear God’s call. If you are aged between 13-29 years, the Catholic Church in England and Wales would like wants to hear from you, we want to hear what life is like, your thoughts on faith and how you connect with the Catholic Church. To help you tell us we have created a Youth Poll that you can access using this link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/parish-youth-poll or by scanning this QR code with your phone. If you’re not in this age group but would like to help, please encourage the young people you know to respond to this poll by giving them the link or QR code. WE WILL ALSO HOLD SOME CONSULTATION MEETINGS WITH ALL YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE PARISH INTERESTED TO MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD AND SHAPING THE CHURCH AND THE PARISH - WATCH THIS SPACE (AFTER EASTER).
For queries about the Youth Poll please email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 2017     All who wish to part of the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes between 18th to 25th August (Coach & Jumbulance leaving St Theresa’s, Filton on 17th August) are asked to contact Deacon David Wakefield on 07711834800 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. You can also arrange to fly by Easyjet to Toulouse.

SPECIAL MASS FOR ELDERLY AND HOUSEBOUND    
All are welcome to this Mass on Sunday 21st May at 3.00pm. It will include the Sacrament of Anointing for Healing and will be followed by a tea. We need help with transport - volunteers to collect and return home our elderly sisters and brothers, please see Caroline Price this Sunday. Thanks

LIVING WITH DEMENTIA - A JOURNEY OF ACCOMPANIMENT       We are invited to share in an evening devoted to the care of our brothers and sisters suffering dementia on Tuesday 23rd May at 6.30pm to 9.00pm at St Joseph’s Home, 66 Cotham Hill, Bristol BS6 6JY. Dr Adrian Treloar, a consultant and senior lecturer in old age psychiatry will lead the evening - he is a Catholic committed to holistic care and support for those suffering dementia and those who care for them. It is a pastoral issue that our Parish Pastoral Council is increasingly discussing - I hope some of us will attend this very useful session.


PRAY FOR THE HEALING OF THE PLANET

Now that President Trump is attempting to wreck the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, leading US to ignore the security of future generations - we very much need to continue to pray that the nations that committed themselves oppose Trump, 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 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