A Retreat Day led by the Little Sisters of Charles de Foucauld

LITTLE SISTERS OF JESUS LEAD PRAYER DAY INSPIRED BY BL CHARLES DE FOUCAULD

Another initiative as part of our Year of Prayer and our 170 Anniversary Year at St Nicholas of Tolentino Church, Bristol (BS5 0RE): on Saturday 25th May the Little Sisters of Jesus will lead us in a day of reflection upon the life, charism and witness of Bl little brother Charles de Foucauld. He lived his life among the most abandoned of peoples in the heart of the Sahara Desert, gave his life in love for Christ and the Muslim Toureg people among whom he lived and prayed. He spent hours each day in Adoration of Jesus in the Eucharist and never closed his door to the needs of the poor around him. His story has long inspired me personally in my life, prayer and ministry. The Day will begin at 10.00am and conclude at 4.00pm and will include a presentation of his life, teaching about his charism, time of Adoration of Jesus in the Eucharist and Mass – bring food to share for lunch.

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Mary: Disciple and Prophet

Mary: Disciple and Prophet

As part of the Diocesan Year of Prayer, we will hold a special Day of Prayer and Reflection on Mary, Disciple and Prophet on Saturday 11th May, at St Nicholas of Tolentino Church.
It will be led by Fr Richard McKay and will begin with Morning Prayer at 10.00am, and include teaching on the Mary we find in the Scriptures, the Rosary, Adoration and Midday Mass with Anointing for Healing. The Day will conclude at 4.00pm. Please bring food to share for lunch together. We look forward to welcome you for this Day with Mary.

Saturday 11th May 2019
10am-4pm

All are welcome

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SIXTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR – PENITENTIAL RITE – YC

PRIEST: Jesus is the Prophet of the Poor – the Voice of the Voiceless. We hear this morning Luke’s version of the Beatitudes – the Blessings of the Kingdom. But if the Poor are blessed, if the world is to change to raise up the poor, then  the world of the rich must radically change! Jesus’ Kingdom turns the world’s order of things upside down!  Are we going to be ‘turning the world upside down’? Are we going to stand with Jesus where he is … among the poor, powerless and voiceless? What a challenge to the Church – what a challenge to you and me!

READER: When we trust in our own power and possessions

rather than trust in the foolish wisdom of Jesus

SUNG RESPONSE

For resisting the challenge to be truly identified with Jesus

who identifies with the struggles of the Poor

SUNG RESPONSE

When the words of our Church speak of Option for the Poor

but our own life-style and the way we use our energy as a parish

belie the fine words 

SUNG RESPONSE

PRIEST: May the God who saved the poor of Israel bring us mercy;

May Jesus born into the poverty of Bethlehem and Galilee

          share with us liberating compassion and strong justice;

May the Holy Spirit who renews the face of the earth 

        by turning the world upside down, renew us forgiveness

and bring all the world to everlasting life…

AMEN!

6th SUNDAY YC – BIDDINGS PRAYERS

The crowds came to hear the word and to be healed: we pray that everywhere the Church will be a healing community of Word and Welcome, and with courage be Prophets of God’s New World of the Beatitudes 

               [reader]              LORD WE PRAY…

               [response]     SET YOUR PEOPLE FREE…

Jesus voices the cries of the poor and challenges the rich: may the day soon dawn when the plight and hopes of the poor will become the agenda of the powerful and rich, and so create together a more just and peaceful world

                              LORD WE PRAY…

Jeremiah tells us to trust God and be like a tree close beside the waters: may all our diocesan family embrace every opportunity in this Year of Prayer to deepen our loving awareness of God and so drink deeply of the renewing Holy Spirit

                              LORD WE PRAY…

Paul teaches us to live in the hope of the Resurrection: may the vision of life transformed in the Kingdom empower our mission upon the earth to eradicate poverty and improve the quality of life, equality and justice for all peoples

                              LORD WE PRAY…

Jesus blesses and values the little and vulnerable ones: we pray for our diocesan Clifton Children’s Society, as they seek to help our most vulnerable children to new beginnings and loving homes and families

                              LORD WE PRAY…

Jesus heals the crowds who bring their brokenness to him – teach us how to create healing communities of generous compassion and wholeness: 

that the dead be called into life:  especially all who have perished on teh refugee journey to freedom and sanctuary;

and those whose anniversaries occur at this time:  

                              LORD WE PRAY…

Mary,  Mother of the Poor and Prophet of Justice, pray with us for a more equal world… 

HAIL MARY… 

In silence let us bring the suffering people of the Yemen and our own other needs before the God of the Poor …

What can you do to combat Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery?

What can you do to combat Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery?
Ideas provided by the Santa Marta Group

 

 

In  your  parish  and  community

 

  • Pray  for  victims  of  modern  slavery,  organise  a  prayer  service,  remember  them at  mass
  • Raise  awareness  with  your  friends  and  family  about  modern  slavery
  • Celebrate  the  feast  of  St  Josephine  Bakhita  on  February  8th,  an  annual  day  of prayer  for  survivors  and  victims  of  modern  slavery
  • Host  an  event  in  your  parish  to  raise  awareness  of  modern  slavery
  • Put  posters  and  cards  about  modern  slavery  in  your  parish  and  newsletter
  • Celebrate  Freedom  Sunday  on  the  closest  Sunday  to  UK  Anti-Slavery  Day  on 18th  October
  • Teach  your  church’s  young  people  about  modern  slavery  –  both  about  how they  can  help  stop  it  and  how  they  might  be  vulnerable

As  an  individual

  • Become  informed  about  modern  slavery,  learn  how  to  spot  the  signs  and  how to  report  any  concerns
  • Volunteer  in  a  safe  house  or  local  charity  working  with  victims  of  trafficking
  • Support  a  safe  house  with  practical  donations  e.g.  toiletries
  • Raise  money  for  a  safe  house  or  local  charity
  • Volunteer  raising  awareness  with  the  local  police
  • Offer  language  skills  to  the  police  and  charities
  • Offer  professional  skills  pro  bono  to  charities
  • Download  the  Safe  Car  Wash  App  and then when you are using a hand car wash, open the app and complete a short survey about the working conditions of the car wash.
  • Write  to  your  MP  to  find  out  what  they  and  their  party  are  doing  locally, nationally  and  internationally  to  combat  modern  slavery  and  support  victims of  trafficking
  • Check  the  Modern  Slavery  Statements  of  your  favourite  brands  and  shops and  send  them  an  email  if  you  don’t  think  they’re  clear  enough
  • Become  an  ethical  consumer  and  buy  Fairtrade  products

Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Training Day at St Nick’s

Bishop Alastair Redfern (Former Anglican Bishop of Derby and Chair for the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner’s Advisory Panel) addresses the group

St Nicholas of Tolentino Parish, Bristol hosted two events on Wednesday 6th February around the theme of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, with representatives from the Santa Marta Group, the Clewer Initiative, Unseen, Bishop Alastair Redfern (Former Anglican Bishop of Derby and Chair for the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner’s Advisory Panel) and Avon and Somerset Police.

Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, here in the UK and abroad, where they are mistreated, abused, and overworked for the benefit of their oppressors.

Almost every country in the world is affected by trafficking, and slavery whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims. The United Nations estimates that there are today 40 million enslaved people. globally; and there could be as many 140,000 in the UK.

The daytime event was for clergy and safeguarding representatives, both from the Diocese of Clifton and ecumenically, and the evening event was open to all, which was well attended and received.

Both events brought to attention the unique and privileged role of the parish in tackling the oppression and dehumanization of Adults and Children that takes place in the form of Domestic Servitude, Sexual Exploitation, Drug Dealing (County Lines), Nail Bars, Agriculture and Fruit Picking, and Car Washes.
It is not just a problem that affects our large cities but is prevalent in smaller towns and villages.

This issue calls us as a parish and as a Diocese to action; for we must make it our responsibility to be informed about modern slavery, how to spot the signs and how to go about reporting concerns. We are called to work with the authorities to combat human trafficking and slavery, and also to find ways of supporting and caring for survivors of such brutality and inhumanity.  This is echoed by Pope Francis who said in 2013:

“Human trafficking is a crime against humanity. We must unite our efforts to free victims and stop this crime that’s become ever more aggressive, that threatens not just individuals, but the foundational values of society…”[1]             

We thank all who spoke and took part in the day, and we pray that much fruit will bear from this this landmark event in our diocese.

What can you do to combat Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery?

The events were well attended and received.

[1]NCR, Pope: Human trafficking is crime against humanity, must be stopped Dec 12, 2013 https://www.ncronline.org/blogs/francis-chronicles/pope-human-trafficking-crime-against-humanity-must-be-stopped

BIDDING PRAYERS – FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

BIDDING PRAYERS – FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

God said to the Prophet Jeremiah, ‘Stand up and tell them all I command you’: we pray for Pope Francis, for Bishop Declan together with the whole People of God that we will not be afraid to be His Prophets of the Gospel to the World

LORD WE PRAY…

TEACH US HOW TO LOVE…

‘When they heard the words of Jesus everyone was enraged’ – because he spoke of a God whose love was for all peoples: we pray for an end to racism and discrimination, injustice and corruption everywhere, and a change of attitude to refugees and those seeking safe asylum in our country

LORD WE PRAY…

‘When I was a child, I used to think and act like a child, but now I put those childish ways behind me!’ We pray God’s blessing and wisdom for all teachers and lecturers in our schools and colleges, for our catechists, for pupils and students that each will help the other into personal growth and the development of a more just and peaceful world; we pray especially for our children and families preparing for First Eucharist and First Reconciliation

LORD WE PRAY…

‘If I have faith in all fulness, but without love I am nothing at all’: that we will all allow Love to be the core of our lives, shaping who we are and what we do, and so be Prophets of Love to our society, to our neighbours and families: may we work to combat the trade in human misery that is trafficking and modern slavery

LORD WE PRAY…

‘Before you came to be, I consecrated you, loved you’ says God to Jeremiah: we pray healing for all who do not know their unique value, who do not believe in themselves, who cannot love because they cannot love themselves

LORD WE PRAY…

Jesus’ Love heals: we pray for all the housebound and sick of our parish

we pray too for all who have died recently and for all whose anniversaries are at this time.

LORD WE PRAY…

Mary, Mother who loves with her whole being, lead us along the pathways of love

HAIL MARY…

We pray in a moment of silence that Love will be our Centre…

A Meditative Liturgy of Light for Candlemas

A Meditative Liturgy of Light for Candlemas

A light to enlighten the gentiles

and the Glory of Your People Israel

 

READER 1 In the beginning was the Word:
the Word was with God and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning.
Through Him all things came into being,
not one thing had its being but through Him.
What has come into being in Him was life,
life that was the Light for all people;
the Light that shines in the darkness
and darkness cannot overcome it.

LIGHT FIRST CANDLE AND PAUSE FOR REFLECTION

ALL SING CHANT TWICE:
The Lord is my Light, my Light and salvation
In God I trust, in God I trust!

READER 2 In the beginning God created heaven and earth.
Now the earth was a formless void,
there was darkness over the deep
with the Spirit sweeping over the waters.
God said:  ‘Let there be Light’ and there was Light!
God saw that the Light was good.

LIGHT SECOND CANDLE AND PAUSE FOR REFLECTION

ALL SING CHANT TWICE:
With You O Lord is life in all its fullness
and in Your Light we shall see true Light

READER 3 Arise, shine out Jerusalem, your Light has come,
the glory of the Lord is rising on you,
though night still covers the earth and darkness the peoples
Above you the Lord now rises and above His glory appears.
The nations come to your Light, your dawning brightness.
No more will the sun give you daylight,
nor the moon shine upon you;
but the Lord will be your everlasting Light,
Your God will be your splendour.

LIGHT THIRD CANDLE AND PAUSE FOR REFLECTION

ALL SING CHANT TWICE:
Lord Jesus Christ, Your Light shines within us.
Let not my doubts and my darkness speak to me!
Lord Jesus Christ, Your Light shines within us.
Let my heart always welcome Your Love

READER 4 Land of Zebulun! Land of Naphtali!
Way of the sea on the far side of the Jordan,
Galilee of the nations!
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great Light,
on those who dwell in the land and shadow of death
a Light has dawned!
For a son is born for us, a son is given to us
and this is his name: ‘Wonder-Counsellor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace’;
to extend his dominion in a boundless peace!
And they will hammer their swords into ploughshares
and their spears into sickles.
Nation will not lift sword against nation,
no longer will they learn war anymore!
….
A virgin shall conceive and give birth to a son,
whom she will call ‘Immanuel’ a name that means
‘God is with us!’

LIGHT FOURTH CANDLE AND PAUSE FOR REFLECTION

ALL SING CHANT TWICE:
The Kingdom of God is justice and peace
and joy in the Holy Spirit! Come, Lord,
and open in us the gates of Your Kingdom.

READER 5 The Word was was the real Light that gives Light to all;
He was coming into the world. He was in the world
that had its being through Him.
The Word was made flesh and lived among us,
and we saw HIs glory, the glory that He has from the Father
as only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.
Indeed from His fullness we have all received,
grace heaped upon grace!
No-one has ever seen God; it is the only Son,
who is closest to the Father’s heart,
who has made Him known!

LIGHT FIFTH CANDLE AND PAUSE FOR REFLECTION

ALL SING CHANT TWICE:
O the Word of my Lord, deep within my being
O the Word of my Lord, you have filled my mind!

READER 6 I am the Light of the world; anyone who follows me
will not be walking in the dark, but will have the Light of Life
… Walk always as children of the Light…
You are the Light of the world. A city built on a hill top cannot be hidden. No-one lights a lamp to put it under a tub;
they put it on the lamp-stand where it shines for everyone
in the house. In the same way, your Light must shine in people’s sight, so that seeing your good works,
they may give praise to your Father in heaven.

LIGHT SIXTH CANDLE AND PAUSE FOR REFLECTION

ALL SING CHANT TWICE:
Christe Lux mundi,
qui sequitur te habebit, Lumen Vitae, Lumen Vitae

READER 7 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. I saw the holy city,
the New Jerusalem, dressed as a bride for her husband.
And I heard a loud voice call from the throne:
Look, here God lives among humanity. He will make
His home among them; they will be His people,
He will be their God, God-with-them!
There will be no more death!
Look, I am making all creation new!
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End!
And the City of God did not need sun or moon for Light;
since the radiant glory of God, and the Lamb was the lighted torch and the nations will come to its Light!
and bride and the Lamb say: ‘Come, Lord Jesus, come Soon!’

LIGHT SEVENTH CANDLE AND PAUSE FOR REFLECTION

ALL SING CHANT TWICE:
Come Lord Jesus, … Maranatha…

BLESSING OF CANDLES AND PROCESSION OF LIGHT TO MASS IN THE LADY CHAPEL

 

Fourth Sunday of the Year C – Penitential Rite

PRIEST: We celebrate the Prophet of a Love that knows no limits! He challenges us in today’s Gospel to love the stranger, those different from us, teaching us compassion and generosity of heart: Gospel values so necessary for our own age.  Are our parishes, our homes and our communities truly places of welcome where the ‘stranger’ can become the ‘friend’, where the ‘excluded’ can ‘belong’ – communities where the Gospel will be seen in action?

READER: When our hearts and communities are filled
with more hostility than hospitality…

SUNG RESPONSE

When our welcome is superficial and cold, when we refuse
to share or build a justice that will set another free…

   SUNG RESPONSE

When we are afraid to listen with compassion,
or accept another without judgement;
When our love is offered only to our own…

       SUNG RESPONSE

PRIEST: May the God of Limitless Love pardon us that we may learn how to forgive; May Jesus the Prophet forgive and challenge every narrowness of mind and heart; May the Spirit enfold us in mercy and enflame us with Divine Love; and so bring us to everlasting life…

  AMEN!