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COME HOLY SPIRIT! Confirmation 2019 starts 17th Sept

COME HOLY SPIRIT!
If you are a baptised Catholic, will be in Years 9-13 in Sept 2019; and would like to be considered as a candidate for the Sacrament of Confirmation, please fill out a form at the back of the church. The course begins Tues 17th September, 7.00-8.15pm, St Mary’s Parish Centre. Many thanks to Clare Murray & Matt Hemson for running the course again. Mgr Liam Slattery will be the main celebrant at the Confirmation Mass, Fri 15 Nov, St Mary’s Church.
**Volunteers will be need to host the celebration buffet – contact Parish Office.

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Thank you from Sr Gertrud Dederichs, Medical Mission Sisters

Dear members of St. Mary’s parish in Bath

Last week I received the proceeds of your very generous response to my mission appeal on behalf of the Missionary Sisters of England and Wales, amounting to £ 850.You have been very generous indeed! I thank you for your warm welcome, your interest and your generosity in supporting the work of Missionary Sisters in different parts of the world.

Thank you for allowing me to briefly share in your liturgy and parish life an, get a sense of the faith alive among you and your solidarity with Christians in other countries! I also appreciated the encounters with some of you after mass.

So, thank you for your support and for being companions and partners in our common call of following Christ and announcing the Good News in our life!I shall forward your donations to the Sisters‘ Mission Committee where the money – together with the proceeds of other appeals – will be shared among all the congregations.

With sincere gratitude and prayers of blessings for each of you and your families,

Sr Gertrud Dederichs

Medical Mission Sisters

Senior Youth Worker required

The Churches in Peasedown are looking for A Senior Youth Worker
The postholder will be responsible for developing existing connections with the community, reaching young people in the community & helping develop regular drop-in sessions. This will be the first of two part-time posts & will be for 18 hours a week. Salary £21,500 pro-rata (7% pension contribution)

The appointment will be made by Bath Youth for Christ on behalf of the Methodist Church, St John’s Church & St Joseph’s Catholic Church. The successful candidate will be a committed Christian with a passion for mission & outreach with young people. The ability to work both as part of a team & on your own is essential.

To find out how you could make a Christian difference among the young people in Peasedown please email admin@bathyfc.co.uk or call 01225 336055 for an application pack.

Skydiving for charity

FUNDRAISING: St Gregory’s student Kiran Shine will be skydiving for charity to support Swindon and Wiltshire Children’s deaf society www.ndcs.org.uk and students in India through the British Malayali Charity Foundation http://bmcharity.org/. Please sponsor and support him using the Virgin money giving link https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Kiranshine/2

Kiran and his family will also be holding a charity bake sale after each Mass on 15th Sept, where you will be able to talk to Kiran about skydiving and the charities.

Dementia Friendly St Mary’s day POSTPONED

****POSTPONED UNTIL 9th OCTOBER ****

Dementia Friendly St Mary’s
As part of our safeguarding measures, and to become part of an initiative called Dementia Friendly Lansdown, we would like parishioners to be part of a dementia audit of the parish: people, attitudes and buildings.

We will be running two identical meetings on Tues 13th Aug (1.30-3.30pm; 7.15-9.00pm).
At each meeting, Dementia Friend Champion Fiona Bell will lead a dementia friends session, followed by a break and then split into 4 groups to assess either: the church building, pastoral care, church services, or our community.

If you are interested in coming to one of these sessions, please RSVP to the Parish Office so we have an idea of how much wine/cake to buy.

For info on what is already available in Bath: email bathdaa@gmail.com or go to www.dementiafriendlybath.org or
https://www.dementiaaction.org.uk/local_alliances/17986_bath_north_east_somerset There is also a file in the Parish Office with leaflets about support in the Bath area.

 

Faith in Action Award

Faith in Action is a national Catholic award for young people. The Clifton Diocese is piloting the scheme with young people in different parishes across the diocese. Aim: to explore how the awards could run in every parish, acknowledging & encouraging the service and presence of young people. The awards enable young people to reflect on their role in the Church, deepen their understanding of scripture & Catholic Social Teaching, and grow in their faith. Info: youth@cliftondiocese.com or visit www.cliftondiocese.com and search for Faith in Action.

https://faithinactionaward.co.uk/

Adoremus Feedback

Two of our parishioners attended the Adoremus conference: Adoremus-National-Eucharistic-Pilgrimage

 

Events

Fri 6th Sept LANSDOWN FRIENDSHIP CLUB

Fri 6th Sept LANSDOWN FRIENDSHIP CLUB

First Friday of the Month 2—3.30pm St Stephen’s Church Centre, Lansdown.

Fun & friendship in café style setting. Specially suited to anyone experiencing memory difficulties. All welcome with accompanying family, carer or friend.

Volunteers knee-ded Tues 10th September

Volunteers knee-ded: With it being four years since the fire, the once-new kneelers in the church are now in need a scrub. Joy Kelly will be leading a kneeler revival in the church on Tues 10th Sept. If you would like to help her, please contact her on 07977545712. Many hands make for community spirit and we will all have cleaner knees on leaving church.

NEW HORIZONS WALK Thurs 12th Sept

NEW HORIZONS WALK
On Thurs 12th Sept we are meeting at 10.30am in St Mary’s Car park, behind the church, for a walk around Victoria Park. This will be followed by tea/coffee and the statutory cake! No matter when your bereavement everyone will be made most welcome.

**If using the car park whilst on your walk, please give your registration number to Charlotte, St Mary’s Parish Administrator, on arrival.

Sun 15th Sept St Alphege’s Flower festival.

Sun 15th Sept St Alphege’s Flower festival. 1.00-5.00pm.

Discover Gilbert Scott’s ‘Little Gem of a Church. See the restored ‘Sunbursts’. Cream Teas & Pimm’s Bar. Guided History Tours at 2pm & 4pm. Watercolour Flower Painting Workshop. Children’s Craft Activities.

Oldfield Lane, Bath, BA2 3NR 01225 332202 bath.stalphege@cliftondiocese.com
www.saintalphege.org.uk

Praying the Gospel with Lectio Divina 16th September

Meeting fortnightly to pray through the readings for next Sunday using Lectio Divina. We next meet at St John’s Presbytery on Monday, 16th September at 2.45 for tea/coffee and start at 3 pm, finishing at 4 pm. Just ring the bell. It would delight us if you could make it. For info. call Patrick:07966 366731 or Graham:07889 495419

COME HOLY SPIRIT! Confirmation 2019 starts 17th Sept

COME HOLY SPIRIT!
If you are a baptised Catholic, will be in Years 9-13 in Sept 2019; and would like to be considered as a candidate for the Sacrament of Confirmation, please fill out a form at the back of the church. The course begins Tues 17th September, 7.00-8.15pm, St Mary’s Parish Centre. Many thanks to Clare Murray & Matt Hemson for running the course again. Mgr Liam Slattery will be the main celebrant at the Confirmation Mass, Fri 15 Nov, St Mary’s Church.
**Volunteers will be need to host the celebration buffet – contact Parish Office.

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MEETING JESUS IN THE LITURGY - PARISH RETREAT Thurs 19th Sept

MEETING JESUS IN THE LITURGY – PARISH RETREAT
Evening Thurs 19th Sept. All Welcome.
You can join us at any of these times
6.30pm Mass in Parish Centre
7.00pm Hot food
7.30pm Meeting Jesus in the Liturgy
Come & enjoy a simple hot meal with parish friends. You MUST book if you would like a meal AND It is helpful if you could let us know you are coming, even if not for food.
EITHER: Fill in a form at the back of church OR: Register on Eventbrite at
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/meeting-jesus-in-the-liturgy-tickets-71429366157
If you are able to help with catering or clearing up afterwards you can also let us know via the same form or Eventbrite. Alternatively call Deirdre 01225 872110.

Bishop Declan’s Vision for Our Year of Prayer
We are called to be disciples
who not only know about Jesus
but also come to know him in prayer.
Our liturgies should be celebrated
in such a way that Christ’s word is heard,
his presence known,
and which are so connected to our lives
that we joyfully take up the command
‘Go in peace glorifying the Lord by your life’

Walk through the Bible- New Testament day - 28th Sept

St. Luke’s Church, Bath is hosting a “Walk through the Bible- New Testament” day on Saturday 28 September. (Prompt 10am start). 

This is an open event and everyone is most welcome. Cost £14. Email admin@stlukesbath.com  to sign up or for more details.
Lectio Divina at Napier Road 30th September

Also known at Scripture Reflection. Please note the change of day from Tuesday to Monday.

We read a passage of scripture brought by one of the group and use Lectio Divina to share some verses, reflections and challenges.

We listen to a short reading from a book brought by one of the group followed by a short piece of music brought by another of the group.

We finish around 9pm

Amazonia: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology October 6th-27th

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Amazonia: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology October 6th-27th 2019

Are you interested in linking with our fellow Christians in the Amazon forests? Deforestation? Climate Change and its implications for England and Europe? Would you like to engage in further preparation for the Synod on the Amazons to be held in Rome this 6th to 27th October 2019? If so please contact Dr Derek Indoe  dindoe3@aol.com

On the afternoon of 24th February from 3.30 pm-6pm a small group of us reflected upon the Pope’s encyclical, Laudato Si in preparation for the Synod on the Amazons to be held in Rome this October. As part of that process we looked at the lives of Chico Mendes, Sister Dorothy Stang, and Adelinho Ramos as just 3 people, who gave their lives to protect the forests, and help those who live there care for our common home. As well as videos, we were privileged to speak live on Skype with some important people in Brazil- Archbishop Roque of Porto Velho, and Acre, President of the Indigenous Missionary Council, member of REPAM, and our own Fr Leo Dolan late of St. Alphege’s, Bath. Our contact in St. Johns Bath with the poor in Brazil goes back some 50 years…. read more in the document

Vocations Discernment Retreat 18-20 October

Have you ever wondered what God is calling you to do with your life? If so, please read on!

A three day Vocations Discernment Retreat organised by Clifton Diocese and Downside Abbey for Catholics aged 18 to 35 years old, will be held at Downside from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th October, 2019. The talks during the Retreat will consider all vocations; the consecrated life; priesthood; and lay life. Speakers include Sr. Elizabeth Mary Mann, Fr. Nicholas Crowe OP and Prof. Gavin D’Costa. Fr. Colin Mason, the newly appointed Director of Vocations for Clifton Diocese, will also be giving one of the talks.

The residential cost with all meals included is £50 in shared accommodation in a Retreat House or £70 in an en-suite twin room in the Monastery Guest Wing. The non-residential cost with all meals included is £40. No one should feel unwelcome if they cannot meet these costs, so please discuss this with the organiser.  For more information and to book please contact the organiser rinabird@outlook.com

The last Discernment Retreat attracted nearly 40 young Catholics who found the weekend hugely beneficial, so do please join us!

DOWNSIDE ABBEY and CLIFTON DIOCESE Vocations Discernment Retreat Friday 18 October – Sunday 20 October 2019

All services are in the Abbey Church, unless indicated otherwise. Meals are in the Main Refectory, and talks are in the Weld Refectory. Refreshments are also available in the Weld.

Please approach any of the Priests at any time during the Retreat if you wish to make your Reconciliation.

FRIDAY 18 October 2019

From 7 pm Arrival at the Weld Refectory, refreshments and registration

8 pm Compline

9 pm Introductions, and outline of the Retreat in the Weld

From 10 pm Adoration in the Crypt Chapel

SATURDAY 19 October, 2019

6am Vigils (Optional!)

7.10 am Lauds, followed by breakfast

8.35am Mass. After Mass, Regular Adorers will keep the Crypt Chapel open for Adoration until 6 pm

9.30 am, or after Mass, refreshments in the Weld

10 am Talk by Sister Elizabeth Mary Mann, Monastery of Our Lady and St Bernard, Brownshill “The universal call to Holiness and to Love”

11am Break

11.15 am Talk by Fr. Nicholas Crowe, Vocations Director, Order of Preachers “Responding to the call for Vocation”

12.15 Break

12.30 pm Midday Office

1 pm Lunch

2.00 pm Talk by Fr. Colin Mason, Vocations Director, Clifton Diocese, “The Priesthood”

3.00 pm Break

3.15 pm Talk by Fr. Anselm Brumwell, Vocations Director, Downside Abbey

“The Consecrated Life”

4.45 pm Talk by Gavin D’Costa, Professor of Catholic Theology at the University of Bristol. He is also an advisor to the Vatican Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the Roman Catholic Bishops in England and Wales on matters related to other religions. “The call to holiness. A challenge for the laity”

5.45 pm Break

6 pm Vespers

6.30 pm Supper

8pm Vigils

9 pm Social time, including film, in the Weld

From 11 pm Adoration in the Crypt Chapel

SUNDAY 20 October 2019

7.30am Lauds, followed by breakfast

10 am Mass. After Mass, Regular Adorers will keep the Crypt Chapel open for Adoration until after Vespers

After Mass, refreshments in the Weld Refectory

11.15 am “Mini Roadshow!”

Invited representatives from a number of Religious Orders will talk for 5 minutes describing the charism of their Order. 5 minutes will then be allowed for questions. All of the speakers will be at the Retreat over the weekend, and in particular at lunch after the “Roadshow” for you to chat with further

12.15 Break

12.30pm Midday Office followed by Lunch

2.30 pm Informal Question and Answer Session, with Refreshments. The representatives from the Religious Orders will be at this Session.

3.30 pm End of Retreat.

Diocesan Day: Year of Communion Sat 19th Oct

Diocesan Day: “A Life lived in Communion” – preparation for the upcoming Year of Communion

DIOCESE: “A Life lived in communion” Sat 19th Oct, 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” to prepare us for the Year of Communion (beginning first Sunday of Advent) & introduce resources available from the end of November. It will be very similar to Diocesan days that run each summer.
All welcome. Let Fr Jeremy or the Parish Office know if you can go. Please let the Adult Education office know by Monday 14 October at adult.education@cliftondiocese.com if you can come. Participants will need to bring a packed lunch for this day.

Christmas Bazaar

St Mary’s Christmas Bazaar, date tbc 9.30am onwards in the Parish Centre. We hope to run another Christmas Bazaar this year, and Peter Ghillyer has volunteered to organise it. He is looking for volunteers to help him make it a great success. Contact Peter 07879 939057 or pghillyer@gmail.com if you can help. There is a rumour that Father Christmas might be there!