Highlights of the Week

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 THE TWENTY-EIGHTH WEEK         
Invited to Love’s Banquet

‘The Kingdom is like a wedding feast!’ A King’s Son’s Wedding Feast! The King of Kings and Lord of Lords’ Wedding Feast! A Wedding Feast like no other, where we are both the honoured guests - and we are the Bride being betrothed, being wedded to God, to the Lamb of Sacrifice.
And the rich food, fine wines of the Wedding Feast? The Body and Blood of the Lord, His self-giving and transforming Love. Indeed this is Love’s Feast - and our lives are interwoven with the strands of the Divine Spirit, with the Love of Jesus; Love calls us there, Love nourishes us there, Love weds us there, Love fulfils us there - and Love sends us from the gathering into the world to be Love healing and gathering and challenging and creating a new world of justice, equality and freedom. Let us allow Love’s banquet to change our lives and our world! For God is this Love!

ROMERO - HEARTBEAT OF EL SALVADOR   ‘Rise Theatre’ is a professional Christian Theatre company who are coming to present this play about the great martyred Archbishop of San Salvador who is destined to be proclaimed the Patron Saint of Justice and Peace work. He is a prophet and pastor for our times. The play will be performed at St Nicks on Thursday 19th October at 7.30pm. It is suitable for children aged 11+. Tickets are £10.00 (family ticket £25.00). I hope very many from the parish will come. All who cannot afford the ticket price will be able to come and will be given ‘concessionary’ tickets. Just contact Margaret Ulloa (07533880523). It would be wrong to keep those with less money away from a play about Oscar Romero! LET US FILL THE CHURCH FOR THIS VERY SPECIAL EVENT.

JOURNEY OF FAITH    The 2017/18 Journey of Faith has begun and our next meeting is on Friday 20th October 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. We continue to explore the theme: ‘What Christians believe about Jesus - God or Man or both?’

UNDERSTANDING ISLAM - AN OCCASIONAL SERIES LED BY DR CHRIS HEWER
The challenge of believing differently in the one and only God - An exploration from predominantly Christian and Muslim perspectives - Thursday 26th Oct at 7.00pm at St Nicholas Of Tolentino Church Hall
The dominant view amongst both Christian and Muslim communities is that both believe in and worship the same, one and only God: there is none other!  How can this be when there are such divergent understandings of that one God?  What can we ‘understand’ about the ‘totally other and transcendent God’ anyway?  What do the minority views within both communities say and what of other religions?

CAFOD:
Do you wonder where CAFOD receives its funding from? How much is raised by CAFOD Lent and Harvest Fast Days? Where is the money spent? – which countries/what projects? If you’ve ever asked yourself any of these questions come along to the CAFOD Clifton Roadshow Saturday November 18th - Holy Family Church Patchway BS34 5DY; 14:00. In addition listen to guest speaker Nikki Evans and the update from Harvest Fast day 2016 Altiplano Bolivia. Enjoy Food and Drink and take part in a unique CAFOD social following the presentations. To book, contact Liz Baldwin at the CAFOD Clifton volunteer centre at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0117 942 8328.

BAPTISM PREPARATION SESSIONS   Would all parents seeking the baptism of their children please notify Richard or Eustace & Shella of Christopher & Epiphania as soon as possible. The next Baptismal Sunday will be November 26th (the Feast of Christ the King) at 10.00am Mass. Two Preparation Sessions (both necessary) Friday 10th and 24th November 6.30-8.00pm (Assisi Centre). The Rite of Welcome (or Catechumen) is on Sunday 12th November at 10.00am Mass. (Please note that 14th January 2018 will be the next Baptismal Sunday after this one.)  

ACTA (‘A CALL TO ACTION’) NATIONAL CONFERENCE      Seeking to develop the reform of the Church on the basis of the inspiration of the Second Vatican Council, this national and diocesan gathering of lay people, religious and clergy are holding our National Conference on the theme: ‘Locally Ordained Community Leaders - an ancient solution to a contemporary problem’ This certainly speaks to the challenges we in our parish are trying to meet (eg with our ‘Called to Ministry’ Project). I hope at least some from our community will attend (I am unable unfortunately). Saturday 21st October 10.30 am start at Priory Rooms, Quaker Meeting House, 40 Bull Street, Birmingham City Centre B4 6AF. 6 minutes walk from New Street Station Cost £20 (includes light lunch). Booking essential at www.acalltoaction.org.uk

CHURCHES WINTER NIGHT SHELTER PROJECT     Last January/February we participated in a ‘pilot scheme’ whereby seven churches in Bristol opened their doors to shelter the homeless. Today you will find a feed-back report with your parish bulletin. It has been decided to extend this project to three months from January 8th. We hope to participate again this year, having learnt much from last year’s experience. We will need volunteers to help in a variety of ways - and we will have volunteers from other churches helping us. I would like to form a co-ordinating team of three people who would commit themselves to organising and taking responsibility for the smooth running of this scheme in St Nicks (one night each week for three months - January to March. Organising skills and IT will be essential as well as being able to attend meetings with other co-ordinators (from the other churches).

 

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