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St Bernadette Church Parish News

 

URGENT - YOUR HELP IS NEEDED! We need to find out
the opinions of local people about our building. We are going to
distribute the briefest of questionnaires which we want you to take
to friends and neighbours to ask them what might interest them
about our building. They can fill them out on the spot. These need
to be returned next weekend (15 April 2018) please or posted through the
presbytery door. Fr Matt will explain more at the end of Mass.
THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR OUR HERITAGE
LOTTERY FUND BID!! PLEASE HELP.

THINKING AHEAD TO EASTER: From Fr Matt:
“The Feast of Easter is the most important of all the Feasts of the Church. It is
celebrated with the beautiful Easter Triduum. This is one liturgy, spread over three days.
It begins on Holy Thursday evening at 8pm with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, where
we consider the Last Supper, the call to humble service and the Institution of the
Eucharist. It continues with the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3pm on Good Friday,
where we reflect on Christ’s suffering on behalf of us all. It culminates with the Sacred
Easter Vigil at 8pm on Holy Saturday, as we rejoice in the Resurrection of Jesus – the
crowning glory!
I would really love for more people to come and experience the fullness of the Easter
ceremonies by attending the Easter Triduum. They are very beautiful and very moving.
The Easter Vigil is sometimes described by people as “that long Mass”. Well, actually it’s
not that long. It lasts about 2 hours and has a distinct movement about it. It starts with
the lighting of the Easter fire, as we gather in darkness, and the procession into the
church with the Easter candle. This year, we will listen to three readings from the Old
Testament and then two from the New Testament. We will be celebrating a new
member coming into our midst with the baptism of Mark Sadd, before we all renew our
baptismal promises. It is the most joyful of occasions and we will celebrate afterwards
with some champagne and chocolate truffles.
Some people say, if I come to the Easter Vigil, do I still need to go to Mass on Easter
Sunday? The answer is “no”. Attending the Easter Vigil fulfils your Sunday obligation, the
same as the 5.45pm weekly vigil Mass. There’s no harm in coming on Easter Sunday too though!
SPRING FAYRE AND GRAND DRAW:
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7th March in the Parish Centre, 11am – 2pm
What do we need:
Bottles, especially wine and spirits; Gifts; Toys and Games;
Chocolates; Cakes and home-made goods; Plants and cuttings;
Jams, pickles and chutneys
THE MAJOR SOURCE OF INCOME FOR THE FAYRE IS THEGRAND DRAW.
Please take away as many tickets as you can to buy or to
pass on to sell. All you need to do is return the counterfoils and money in the envelope (sealed) to
the presbytery or the offertory basket by 10th March.

EASTER LITTURGIES:
Holy Thursday    Office of Readings and Morning Prayer                                                      10:00am
                                     The Sacred Pascal Triduum - Mass of the Lord's Supper                      8:00pm
                                     with watching at the Altar of Repose, followed by Night prayer   11:45pm
Good Friday        Office of Readings and Morning Prayer                                                      10:00am
                                    The Celebration of the Passion of the Lord                                                3:00pm
Holy Saturday    Office of Readings and Morning Prayer                                                      10:00am
                                    Young Childrens' Stations of the Cross                                                         11:00am
                                     Swieconka - Polish blessing of the Easter Baskets                                 12:00
                                    The Easter Vigil                                                                                                            8:00pm
Easter Sunday   Mass (not sung)                                                                                                            8:30am
                                   Mass (sung)                                                                                                                    10:30am
 
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PROGRAMME: preparation for first Holy Communion 2017 will begin on Sunday 18 December 2016.  Please see the link below for details.
PARISH CHILDREN'S MASS: A parish Children's Mass is now being held the first Sunday of each month.  The first date is Sunday November 6th at 10:30am.
BUILDING PROJECT: As part of the diocese’s ‘Taking Stock’ project, St Bernadette church has just been awarded Listed Building Status by the Secretary of State for Culture,
Media and Sport and is now a Grade II Listed Building. The building is considered to be architecturally innovative and a classic example of post Vatican II church design with a striking presence on Wells Road.
CHRISTMAS FAYRE ON 26TH NOVEMBER: The Christmas Fayre is a major fundraiser for us and so we look forward to seeing you there. If you are able to donate any of the items listed below, all donations gratefully received! There is a box in the narthex for the Christmas Fayre donations which can be: bottles, good quality toys, fancy goods, gifts, DVDs, CDs, books, jams and preserves, sugar and chocolates would be very welcome. Many thanks for all your support!
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: There are Shoeboxes still available – this is a wonderful way to show support for needy children overseas at Christmas. There’s a small charge of 35p per box and they need to be ready and returned to us by Sunday, 3rd November. See Linda after the 10.30am Mass if you would like one.