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 THIRTY-THIRD WEEK         

                    WHEN HE COMES AGAIN -  WHAT WILL WE GIVE HIM?

When Jesus ascended into Heaven He entrusted the Gospel, the New Way of Being and being community, the New Way of shaping our world - he entrusted this into our poor and weak hands and hearts. He did not just send us in Mission to the world, He gave us His power, Love’s power, the Holy Spirit so that we could work with Him to change the world. We are a gifted People.
When He returns He will simply ask - what have you done with the Gifts I gave you? Have you trusted the power of Love I have placed in your hearts? Have you touched My world with healing and challenged My sisters and brothers to live humanly and lovingly? Have you used the power I gave you to build a more just society, to free the captives and unbind the slaves? I hope He will say ‘Well done good and faithful servant!’

NOVEMBER - A MONTH TO REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THE DEAD  We remember not only the dead of the wars that have been the scourge of past 100 years, but in this month all the Faithful Departed, all ‘who have gone before marked with the sign faith’ and indeed all of deceased humanity for all are precious in God’s eyes. Please take a Memorial Sheet today and fill in the names of all whom you want to be prayed for and remembered at every Mass celebrated in the parish this November. They are with the Bulletin this week. Our prayer for them becomes part of God’s loving them into the fulness of their lives!
 
JOURNEY OF FAITH    The 2017/18 Journey of Faith has begun and our next meeting is on Friday 17th November 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. We continue to explore the theme: ‘What in Heaven's names the Trinity?’

VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED:   
[1]   BOOK-KEEPER  Our Parish Finance Committee urgently need someone with Book-keeping skills (including using Excel spreadsheets and book-keeping software). Our current book-keeper needs to hand this role over to a successor in time for the 2018 Year begins (the diocesan Financial year begins in January).
[2]   ADMIN SUPPORT for Ashley, parish co-ordinator of winter night shelter  The Winter Night Shelter project will begin in January for 12 weeks - but it is likely that we will be asked to cover six consecutive weeks. Ashley Tardivo needs admin help, which could be done at home through computer and email. Volunteers to Ashley or Richard please, asap!

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR AND DRAW TICKETS    
Saturday December 2nd is coming soon! Please think what you and your cultural community can do to support this joyous and important Fundraising event which is only six weeks away! Food to buy, lots of cakes, bottles for the Bottle Stall, games, raffles, nice gifts, etc etc. Please see Terry, Peter and Anthea and give your ideas and pledges of help. Can everyone please take the Christmas Draw tickets and sell as many as you can - given at the door today or from Terry in the Hall. 

GIVE TO THE POOR THIS CHRISTMAS - CAFOD WORLD GIFTS!    Make sure the poor receives gifts from you this Christmas! Why not at least include ‘CAFOD WORLD GIFTS’  among the presents you give to your children, family or friends. That would make sure the Jesus who was born and lived all his life in poverty and lives today among the world’s poor, would receive a gift from you. Please take a brochure from the porch! Our Children’s Liturgy group begin collecting money for gifts to the Poor of the World today

CHRISTMAS SEASONAL CHOIR CONCERT - FOR BORDERLANDS      Bristol Voices Community Choir is coming back to St Nicks (after their great concert here earlier this year) to raise funds for Borderlands Charity. The concert will ‘span musical genres and the world’s cultures’. Free entry, collection for donations and refreshments on sale in the interval. Here atSt Nicks on Saturday 9th December 7.00pm to 8.30pm. A GREAT CONCERT FOR ALL THE FAMILY - COME AND BRING YOUR FRIENDS.

RISE THEATRE BACK IN BRISTOL  for the Rise and Shine Christmas Show  Rise Theatre came and performed the acclaimed play ‘Romero - Heartbeat of El Salvador’. All of us who witnessed it were profoundly moved by the whole performance and so impressed by the theatre company. They are back in Bristol to perform this ‘Family Sketch show putting Christ at the heart of Christmas. Suitable for children aged 7/8 + Wednesday 13th December at 6.30pm at St Bernadette’s Church, 729 Wells Road, BS14 9HU - Adults £5, Children £3 tickets by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (or phone 01275 833699)


  Would all parents seeking the baptism of their children please notify Richard or Eustace & Shella of Christopher & Epiphania as soon as possible. The next Baptismal Sunday will be November 26th (the Feast of Christ the King) at 10.00am Mass. Two Preparation Sessions (both necessary) Friday 10th and 24th November 6.30-8.00pm (Assisi Centre). The Rite of Welcome (or Catechumen) is on Sunday 12th November at 10.00am Mass. (Please note that 14th January 2018 will be the next Baptismal Sunday after this one.)

CALLING PARENTS WANTING 1st EUCHARIST OR 1st RECONCILIATION in 2018
The Programmes preparing our children for First Eucharist or First Reconciliation in 2018 will begin in January. Children aged 7 years or above are invited to prepare for First Eucharist celebrated in June 2018. Children already celebrated First Eucharist are now due to prepare for First Reconciliation to be celebrated in March 2018. WOULD THEIR PARENTS PLEASE NOTIFY FR RICHARD OR MARY HOPPER AND ATTEND A FIRST MEETING ON THURSDAY 30TH NOVEMBER 6.30-7.30pm (Assisi Centre).

CHURCHES WINTER NIGHT SHELTER PROJECT     Last January/February we participated in a ‘pilot scheme’ whereby seven churches in Bristol opened their doors to shelter the homeless. Today you will find a feed-back report with your parish bulletin. It has been decided to extend this project to three months from January 8th. We hope to participate again this year, having learnt much from last year’s experience. We will need volunteers to help in a variety of ways - and we will have volunteers from other churches helping us. I would like to form a co-ordinating team of three people who would commit themselves to organising and taking responsibility for the smooth running of this scheme in St Nicks (one night each week for three months - January to March. Organising skills and IT will be essential as well as being able to attend meetings with other co-ordinators (from the other churches).

 

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 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