Highlights of the Week

Fr. Richard, Deacon Jack, his wife Joan, Mary (Catechist), Hycienth (caretaker) & Andrew and our Parish pastoral Council and Parish Office Team wish each one of you, our community and our friends,  the Joy and the Glory of Easter.
May the Risen Jesus live in your hearts and give  you His Peace beyond all measure … He is Risen! Alleluia!

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 EASTER SUNDAY     A NEW WORLD BEGINS,  ALLELUIA!

Death is conquered – on the First Day of the week! The Day according to the Book of Genesis that God began creating the Universe. And God created a Paradise Garden where all was harmony … UNTIL we sinned, we rebelled from our dignity as Children of God and began to destroy our world.
Now there is a New Garden – a Garden of Transformation – a Garden of Calvary death that becomes a Garden of Easter Resurrection. On the First Day of the Week! A New World has begun.
The Resurrection of Jesus is God’s recreative, transformative Work, not just for His Son, the Word made Flesh, but for all the children of the earth, for all creation. Love has overcome hate, forgiveness has healed every wound, transformed humanity has overwhelmed our inhumanity, hope has replaced despair.
And we are Risen with Him – now not just after death. Already we are living the New Creation, touching our world with unconquerable love, bring true justice to the farthest islands, burning with a Light that no darkness can ever overcome!

DAY WITH MARY, MOTHER OF THE POOR, PROPHET OF JUSTICE As part of the Diocesan Year of Prayer, we will hold a special Day of Prayer with Mary on Saturday 11th May, beginning with Morning Prayer at 10.00am, teaching on the Mary we find in the Scriptures, the Rosary, Adoration and Mass with Anointing for Healing. The Day will conclude at 4.00pm. Bring food to share for lunch together.

SPECIAL MASS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS All are welcome to this Mass on Sunday 28th April 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.

BORDERLANDS FUNDRAISING ORGAN CONCERT – Saturday May 4th at 7.30pm Our Borderlands Charity is holding a spring fundraising concert in Clifton Cathedral. Accomplished Organist Joachim Schwander will be leading us on an exciting journey, with a recital titled ‘From the Bachs to the Archers’. This is a fundraising concert to raise money for our projects supporting asylum seekers and refugees. You can find out more about these here: https://www.borderlands.uk.com/   Entrance is free, however, we will be asking for a donation on the door as this is a fundraising event. The event is free for Borderlands asylum seeker and refugee members. Please use this weblink if you intend to come, to give organisers some idea of numbers – thank you!  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/borderlands-fundraising-concert-with-joachim-schwander-tickets-59373001245

MONTHLY DAY OF ADORATION    It is a very special grace for our parish community, empowering our mission, that we can hold these ‘Days of Adoration’. Thank you to all who are able to commit themselves ‘to watch one hour’ with Him in the Blessed Sacrament. We need two people for each hour of Adoration through the day. Of course all are invited to come for the quiet prayer of Adoration any time 10am to 4.00pm – to the silence of God’s loving! Next Day of Adoration is Mon 13th May (first Monday is May Bank Holiday)

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 as a parish: 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. 

JOURNEY OF FAITH    We continue the Journey of Faith meetings each Friday 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?

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 2019 Mary, Mother of God, invites you to come on pilgrimage to the shrine of Lourdes in France for a week of prayer, friendship, fun and community. August 23rd to 30th.For further information, tel: 01179025590 or email: lourdes@cliftondiocese.com Pilgrimage Director  Deacon Paul Thompson, led by Bp Declan

CALLING ALL EU (European Union) CITIZENS – ALL WHO HAVE EU PASSPORTS    At a meeting in London this past week of Catholic Migrant Officers (and European national chaplains) from around England and Wales (sponsored by the Bishops’ Conference), we examined the arrangements for all EU citizens (those holding EU passports, including their children born in UK) after ‘Brexit’. Although clearly there is now doubt about ‘Brexit’, nevertheless it is vitally important that those concerned (which includes for instance people from Latin America holding Spanish passport 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. It is relatively simple in most cases, but you must apply to the ‘EU Settlement Scheme’ from April 2019 and before end of June 2021. We are going to explore how our parish community can support our sisters and brothers in applying for Permanent Settled Status. Meanwhile, for more information visit:  www.gov.uk/eu-settled-status

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.

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.

BOOK KEEPER FOR ST JAMES PRIORY PROJECT CHARITY
The applicant should be enthusiastic, self motivated & hardworking. Qualification  and experience in finance is essential. This is an important position in the organisation and will involve a wide variety of financial tasks. Please phone 0117 9299100 for more information or send a CV to info@stjamespriory.org.uk     www.stjamespriory.org.uk