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            
COME, EAT AND DRINK THE LORD’S LOVE!

What an amazing gift! Invited to the Table of the Lord, to eat and drink with Him, to eat and drink of Him! He gives Himself as our food and drink, He pours the love of His own heart into ours! He shares all that He is with us, all His life!
This Feast celebrates His Presence, that He really is our food and drink. In the Eucharist we come into the Presence of the whole Christ, we absorb Him into our very life-blood, our growing and becoming now is His growing and becoming in our world - in our flesh!
Despite every challenge to believe less, the Church has always prized the Real Presence, the dynamic Presence, the utter reality of Jesus Christ in this transformed Bread and Wine. There can be no greater food, no more exquisite banquet - and it is free! Yet to live its Love can cost everything - but this is such a small exchange for this amazing gift!

JUNE - MONTH OF THE SACRED HEART          June is dedicated to pondering the immensity of divine humanity - God with a human heart Who loves us beyond the breaking of His Heart. God is at least as vulnerable and tender, open to experiencing our pain (such is the depth of His love) as He is all-powerful. He is both creator and pain-bearer. The Sacred Heart of Jesus calls us to enter into His opened, pierced Heart and find there our home, the source of our poor loving, and the woundedness that will heal every wound of our hearts and lives. Not only does His love pour out like water of life on the dry ground of our desert love-less Earth, but He invites us to come and enter in to His own pain-bearing, ever forgiving and peace-making Heart and become a flame of His love cast upon the Earth, a co-worker with Him in the endless task of re-shaping the world and our sisters and brothers in the gentle power of the Divine Love in us and through us! ALLELUIA!!

JOURNEY OF FAITH 
  We have concluded this year’s Journey of Faith meetings but will have our ‘Come and See’ meeting for the new 2017-2018 Journey of Faith on Friday 1st September 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

PRIORITY DIOCESAN DATES FOR THE DIARY

[1] DIOCESAN FAMILY DAY - Saturday 1st July
Theme: ‘Living the Gift of Baptism - a Chosen Race, a Royal Priesthood, a Holy Nation’. This is a day for all the family, for all the parish together with our Diocesan Family. There are workshop on many topics, special events for the children and for our Young People. There are also special workshops for Lay Ministers of the Eucharist as part of the day. At St Brendan’s College, Saturday 1st July from 10.15am and concluding with Mass at 4.00pm. I hope many from St Nick’s will participate - we have a lot to gain and a lot to give.

[2]   DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO GLASTONBURY - Sunday 9th July
Theme: ‘Mary, Mother of Divine Hope’ Bishop Declan is presiding. There will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in St Mary’s Church from 12 noon to 3.00pm, Sacrament of Reconciliation and Healing Prayer in Glastonbury Abbey also from 12 noon to 3.00pm, the Rosary procession at 2.15pm and the Pilgrimage Mass at 3.30pm in the Abbey grounds. A coach will leave St Nicks after 10am Mass (12 noon) - please bring a packed lunch, weather proof clothes and perhaps a folding chair/stool. The deanery is no longer providing a free coach - but the parish will and donations requested to cover the cost.

 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.

CONFIRMATION 2018 - A CALL TO OUR YOUNG PEOPLEWe will gather a group of young people (over 13 years) wishing to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation (provisionally to be celebrated around April/May 2018). All names to Mary Hopper or Fr Richard as soon as possible, please. A first meeting (prior to the course) in September. 

 

   A month of celebrating the gifts, skills, talents, food, friendship, and song and dance of our asylum and refugee community here in Bristol. It is launched by our own Borderlands Charity on Monday June 19th 6.00pm with a Book Launch at the Arnolfini (waterside, Bristol) - a book of the poetry, writing and art of many of our asylum and refugee members! This is the first ever such book published in UK. Please come and support.  

SUMMER FETE   The Summer Fete is not far away now - on Saturday 24th June in the school Hall and playing field. It starts at 11.30am - there will be stalls, food, ice cream, cakes, games for the children and fun and friendship for all the family, for everyone. Our Fundraising Committee is working with the school to make this the best Summer Fete for many years - so please make this a priority in your diary. Come and have lunch, share with friends and enjoy the day - while raising much needed funds for the Parish Mission! Volunteers are needed for some of the stalls and games - what can you do to help? Please contact Terry or Anthea and bring some fresh ideas!

GRAND SUMMER DRAW       And with the Fete comes the Grand Summer Draw. IF EVERYONE TAKES THREE BOOKS OF TICKETS AND SELLS THEM WE COULD RAISE OVER £1000 ON THE DRAW ALONE  - and it is so simple to do! Please see Terry, Andrew or Anthea for tickets and let us make this Fete and Draw the best and most successful ever. 


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