Highlights of the Week

Below are a few interesting news items from this week’s Bulletin.  To download the full version of our latest Bulletin,  please go to our Bulletin pageThank you.

THOUGHT FOR 28th SUNDAY YEAR C   Freedom to Praise and Give Thanks!

All were healed, all brought from their exclusion through leprosy back into the main stream of their society, restored to their families! What joy! But why did only one come back?
He was the Samaritan – even more excluded by the hatred and prejudice of Israel! But because he was not bound up by Law, he had the freedom of heart to shout his praise and return to Jesus! All healing sets us free, and praising God in all spontaneity and joyousness is the sound of freedom, the sound of healing! That is why we are an Easter People and Alleluia! Is our song – why we sing a new song to the Lord – and the real song is our lives set free for Love!
And who is it being healed and integrated back into the community – the most feared, those seen as ‘unclean’ and cursed by God. But God says – I love those you do not! I reach out to those you shun!

JOURNEY OF FAITH    The Journey of Faith meets each Friday at 6.30pm in the Assisi Centre.  This is for all who want to discover more about the Catholic Faith we share, or who may be thinking of becoming Catholic Christians. Suitable for those who want to renew their faith or have been away from Mass for years, and for adults who have never been Confirmed. Who will you encourage to come and discover more about Christ Jesus?

OUR PARISH COVENANT WITH THE POOR – OUR FOOD BANK AND ‘CARITAS FUND’ We are a parish to be ‘in covenant with the poor’. This is expressed now very especially the Borderlands Charity and our Caritas Fund and Food Bank helping those being punished by government decreed destitution, and benefit cuts. Our Monthly Covenant with the Poor (First Sunday of the month) helps us be ‘Good News to the Poor’. Thank you. Please continue to support with money (Caritas Fund) and gifts of non-perishable food and appropriate toiletries (Food Bank). At the moment we are in need of almost everything! 1 kilo bags of rice and pasta, cereals, tins of meat and fish (esp tuna), tins and packets of soup, tinned vegetables (eg peas, carrots, potatoes etc) and chopped tomatoes, 1 kilo bags of sugar, small/medium jars of coffee and hot chocolate, tea bags, tins of fruit and packets of biscuits and 1 litre bottles of cooking oil etc etc. MANY THANKS!   

DIOCESAN DAY PREPARING FOR THE ‘YEAR OF COMMUNION’  On Saturday 19 October we gather at St Brendan’s College, Brislington, (9.15am -2.30pm) with Fr. James Hanvey SJ, who will help us reflect upon A life lived in Communion. The day at St Brendan’s is set to prepare us for the coming Year of Communion (beginning the first Sunday of Advent) and introduce us to the resources that will be available to us from the end of November. All are welcome. If you wish to attend (and I encourage you to do so if possible) then please sign up on the list in the porch – we need to notify the diocese of numbers. Please be aware that lunch WILL be provided for this day.

LAUNCHING THE ‘YEAR OF COMMUNION’  On Friday 22 November at 7pm in our Cathedral, Bishop Declan invites our diocesan community to join him at a celebration of Evening Prayer during which he will present to each parish, community and school the resources for the Year of Communion starting Sun 1st December. As with the Year of Mission & Year of Prayer, each community will be called forward to receive the year’s resources.

NOVEMBER MASS FOR THE DEAD AT S. BRISTOL CREMATORIUM CHAPEL November is the month we remember to pray for the Dead – our families, friends, parishioners, those who have no-one to prayer for them. The Annual Mass for all buried or cremated at South Bristol Cemetery will be on Saturday 9th November at 11.00am in the Cemetery Chapel. Come and pray for our deceased family and friends, especially if their funerals were celebrated at S Bristol. 

EXTRA-ORDINARY MONTH OF MISSION Pope Francis has asked the whole Church to mark this November as a very special Month of Prayer, Action and Giving, contributing to and supporting the world-wide Mission of the Church. Each of us is called by our baptism and empowered by our Confirmation to be ‘Missionary Disciples’. To be a missionary is not an optional extra for some, but a divine command on us all. But to be a Missionary is a call to joy – the joy of sharing the Good News of Jesus in word and action with our world; the joy of speaking the name of Him whom we love most – Jesus; the joy of standing up for justice, equality, humanity. As St Irenaeus said in the Second Century – ‘the Glory of God is Humanity fully alive’. Jesus said ‘I have come that you may life in all its fulness’. From Mongolia to the Amazon, from Alaska to Papua New Guinea, from Bristol to Nairobi – every place is a place of Mission, and every Christian is a missionary. Please take the Mission Today booklet for this special Month of Missionary Prayer and Action and ‘enter into the Joy of your Lord!’ 

CALLING ALL EU (European Union) CITIZENS – ALL WHO HAVE EU PASSPORTS   All EU citizens (those holding EU passports, including their children born in UK and those married to UK citizens ) after ‘Brexit’ must apply for residency in UK. Otherwise there is a danger that if travelling abroad you might not be allowed re-entry to UK after October 31st 2019 in the event of a ‘no-deal Brexit’. Because there is now a real danger of ‘Brexit’ without an agreement, it is very advisable to make your application before Oct 31st. It is vitally important that those concerned (including people from Latin America holding Spanish passports and from Angola, East Timor etc holding Portuguese passports) understand the steps they need to take if they wish to remain in UK after 31st December 2020. For those who have lived in UK less than five years there is a ‘pre-EU Settlement’ application. For those here for more than five and less than ten years there is a particular EU Settlement  application; for those over ten years there is a slightly different application.  It is relatively simple in most cases, but you must apply to the ‘EU Settlement Scheme’ before end of June 2021 otherwise you could become an ‘illegal immigrant’. For more information visit:  www.gov.uk/eu-settled-status

EMMAUS GROUP – A NEW INITIATIVE IN ST NICKS Our new support group every Tuesday at 7pm in the New Room of the Assisi Centre. The group is at the same time every Tuesday of the year and offers a safe place for people to come and talk about the issues which are affecting them and listen to others. The group supports those with low mood, lack of self-esteem and anxiety as well as those struggling with, for example, bereavement, isolation, guilt, serious illness and relationship issues. Confidentiality is assured. For more information contact Robert on 07767 706 163 or robertvh@hotmail.co.uk. Or, just come along.

SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST IMMIGRATION DETENTION   I shared at the Catholic Migrant Forum meeting recently our & Borderlands’ concerns and experience in supporting parishioners who have been detained. Bishop Paul McAleenan, Bishop with Responsibility for Migrants has been taking action on this, including writing to a number of MPs asking them to support the introduction of a time limit on immigration detention, and following up on this he has created an e-action which helps people write to their MPs on this issue, which you can access at http://www.catholicnews.org.uk/immigration-detention – you can also see the accompanying press release at http://www.catholicnews.org.uk/Home/News/Immigration-Detention . This follows a number of visits to centres made by Bishop Paul as well as public interventions on this issue, and conversations with the different chaplains to centres & other organisations who support people in detention. Please everyone, write to your MPs – at this time 85 MPs have backed an amendment to the Immigration and Social Security Bill (you can see the list of MPs who have supported it here). It would also be really useful to hear about the experiences you are seeing so they can inform the interventions Bishop Paul makes.

The teenager Greta Thunberg said: “It is still not too late to act. It will take a far-reaching vision, it will take courage, it will take fierce, fierce determination to act now, to lay the foundations where we may not know all the details about how to shape the ceiling. In other words, it will take cathedral thinking. I ask you to please wake up and make change possible.”
David Attenborough said “ We need to fall in love again with the earth”
Pope Francis said “ God of Love, show us our place in this world as channels of your love for all the creatures of this earth” and “teach us to care for our common home.”
Our children and young people took to the streets of Bristol to demonstrate and challenge our generation to not just speak, BUT ALSO TO ACT – DECISIVELY – NOW!

ARE YOU STRUGGLING AFTER AN ABORTION EXPERIENCE?  Do you know where to turn – who could help you? I hope as a parish community we are open and caring and healing in a way that you could entrust your pain to us. But also (and very importantly) there is an organisation that could help you – British Victims of Abortion. Call them on their helpline 0845-603-8501 between 7pm and 10pm seven evenings a week.

DO YOU LOOK AFTER SOMEONE? Help from ‘Carers Support Centre’ More and more people are looking after someone – because of ageing, dementia, disability of one kind or another. They can feel very isolated and unsupported. If this affects you in any way, please see the posters and leaflets in the church porch from ‘carerstrust’ – helpline: 01179652200; email carersline@carerssupportcentre.org.uk  or visit their website www.carerssupportcentre.org.uk – and also let us know how we as a parish community can help.

SCRIPTURE SHARING GROUP I would like to encourage regular participation in this group so that we can deepen our love for and understanding of the Sacred Scriptures. It would be ideal for all Lay Readers and Lay Ministers of the Eucharist, as well as Children’s Liturgy leaders. In this Year 170 this would be an excellent way of sharing together and deepening our faith, rooted in the Bible. In the Diocesan Year of Prayer – come and discover the Bible as our first and greatest ‘prayer book’! Every Tuesday after 6.00pm Mass.