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 WEEK              Holy Spirit - always coming, always here!

Why do we cry ‘Come, Holy Spirit’ when the Spirit is always present among us and within us?
For the same reason that Jesus, conceived in the Holy Spirit needed another outpouring of the Spirit (at His baptism in the Jordan River) to impel Him into and empower Him for Ministry; for the same reason that He was overshadowed afresh by the cloud of the Spirit’s presence and power (at His Transfiguration) in preparation for His Passion and Death; why He was anointed with the Spirit by Mary of Bethany’s precious anointment at the beginning of Holy Week.
We need the Holy Spirit’s fresh outpouring to guide and equip us for the New Evangelisation of the West that the Spirit urges upon us. We need the Holy Spirit to heal the Church of 2000 years of division and disunity that obscures the beauty of the Gospel we proclaim. We need the Holy Spirit so that we become a New Pentecost transforming the earth itself! Come Holy Spirit!

PENTECOST PRAYER - TO THE HOLY SPIRIT     ‘Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful people, enkindle in us the fire of our love; send forth your Spirit and we shall be recreated and You shall renew the face of the earth!’

THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL CELEBRATION OF CONFIRMATION    I want to thank everyone involved in preparing for such a wonderful celebration of Confirmation last Sunday. It was truly inspiring and joyous. Thank you to all who prepared the school Hall and the food that was brought. But I especially want to thank our catechists who accompanied our young people on their Journey of Faith towards this most important sacrament - Mary Hopper, Paula Murphy, Minette Semper, Samantha Masenyama, Rutendo Chipato and Verina Mateve.

SUMMER GOSPEL CONCERT   With Geraldine Latty and Gospel Generation Choir and Bath Community Gospel Choir on Saturday 9th June 7.00 for 7.30pm at the Victoria Rooms, Queen’s Road, Bristol BS8 1SA. Tickets £10; Concessions £7.00 (OAP/unwaged/student and children 12-16) - children under 12 free. Book tickets on
www.ticketsource.co.uk/gospelgenerationcommunitychoir

DIOCESAN DAY FOR YEAR OF MISSION    On Saturday 30th June, beginning at 10am and concluding by 4.00pm, we are all invited to share together a Diocesan Day on the them of Mission. It is for all the family with activities for children. There will be a keynote speaker and a number of great workshops on various aspects of mission and the parish to choose from. Margaret Ulloa will be leading one of them. My hope is that many of our community will attend - as we have much to learn and also much to share about being a parish in communion for mission in a very diverse setting. Lists will begin to appear in the porch to sing up to attend as more information comes through, Please reserve the date and come! 

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO GLASTONBURY
  Bishop Declan will be leading our annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Glastonbury on Sunday 8th July. We will leave by coach after our 10am Mass (ie 12 noon). We will invite donations to cover the cost of the coach.

GLOBAL HEALING - a national faith response to Pope Francis Letter ‘Laudato Si’  Being launched on ‘Creation Day’ (1st September), resources will be released by our Bishops to encourage us to reflect upon the urgency of changing direction and life-style in order to heal our planet of the damage we have done through the careless exploitation of our environment. How do we live in communion with creation? Watch this space for opportunities to discuss together what we can do as individuals and as a parish to contribute to ‘Global Healing’.

A PILGRIMAGE TO MARY’S SHRINE IN KNOCK, IRELAND   Fully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 01st July 2018.  £649 per person sharing.  Price includes flights with 10kg hand luggage, all taxes, luxury transfers, 5 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4 Course Dinner each evening.  All entertainment, excursions and guided tours included.  Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel.  Limited single rooms at supplement of £100.  Groups and Individual bookings welcome.   Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613.

NEW PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL IN FORMATION    We have had our first meeting of those elected together with (ex-officio) myself (parish priest) and Mary Hopper (Co-ordinator of Catechesis and Safeguarding Rep) - a reminder of the 8 parishioners elected by our community: (in alphabetical order) Andrew Bent, Samantha Masenyama, Paula Murphy, Brice Ndorere, John Patrick Njau, Caroline Price, Eustace Tameh and Margaret Ulloa. About 7 others are being approached to be co-opted onto the PPC to ensure the diversity of culture and skills are represented on your parish’s decision-making body. Their names will be published as soon as possible. We discussed in particular the setting up of the Parish Office in the Assisi Centre and the planning of the celebrations associated with the 170th birthday of the founding of St Nick’s parish in 1848.

'A CALL TO ACTION'     A open group for everyone concerned to be faithful to the vision of a renewed Church inspired by the Second Vatican Council and revived by Pope Francis. We meet every couple of months for open and free discussion of issues facing the contemporary Church. On Saturday 26th May at St Nicholas of Tolentino Parish Hall we will meet to discuss how to form 'Eucharistic Communities of Mission', led by Fr Richard McKay, Mary Hopper and Margaret Ulloa. 11.00am to 1.00pm - ALL ARE WELCOME! - please see flier on 'Bulletin' page. 

YOU ARE INVITED TO THE NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS      We are invited to participate in this great gathering that is due to take place in Liverpool from Friday 7 – Sunday 9 September. Centred upon the theme of Adoremus (‘Let us Adore!’) this national gathering invites us to reflect upon the centrality of the Eucharist in our lives of faith and to reflect upon all that the Eucharist calls us to be as a people nourished, fed, formed and moulded by the Eucharist itself. Each parish is asked to consider sending delegates to the Congress so that the diversity of our diocese could be truly represented. We’ve pledged to sponsor the Congress fee of £40 for the Saturday gathering to enable as many as can to take up this opportunity from our allotted allocation. Some parishes have responded but we have a number of tickets available for the Saturday gathering. Would you like to take part? A ticket can be yours (free of charge) and all you would have to do is get up to Liverpool… and your parish may well support your travel costs, too. If you would like a ticket, just contact Fr Christopher or Doreen at the Adult Education office ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

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 AND ALL THE SUFFERING PEOPLE 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