ST. PATRICK’S CHURCH BULLETIN

 CLERGY HOUSE, DILLON COURT, NETHAM ROAD, REDFIELD, BRISTOL BS5 9PF

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ST PATRICK’S WEEKLY BULLETIN

WEEK COMMENCING: Sunday 12th December 2021
THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT – GAUDETE SUNDAY (Year C)

PARISH MISSION STATEMENT

We believe ST PATRICK’S PARISH exists to promote THE KINGDOM OF GOD revealed in THE TRINITARIAN RELATIONSHIP OF THE DIVINITY in which we participate by adoption through BAPTISM and are sustained through GRACE and THE SACRAMENTS.

We live our Mission by promoting our Trinitarian life in the following ways:

PRAYER AND WORSHIP
COMMUNITY AND FELLOWSHIP
MISSION AND SERVICE
EDUCATION AND FORMATION

PARISH PASTORAL TEAM

Rev. Canon Gregory Grant
Parish Priest

Rev. Denis Deasey
Deacon

Rev. Rob Easton
Deacon

Mrs Amelia Dunford
Pastoral Assistant

Mrs Tracy McNama
Parish Secretary

Mrs Fiona Bradley
Parish Treasurer

PRAYER AND WORSHIP

MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS WEEK COMMENCING SUNDAY 12TH DECEMBER 2021

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT – GAUDETE SUNDAY (Year C)

Sunday 12th December

3rd Sunday of Advent – Gaudete Sunday

8.30am

10.00am

6.00pm Penitential

1) Private Intention

1) Chris & Lawrencia Boateng

1) Betty Lee (RIP)

2) Patrick Coleman (Anniv.)

Mari, Jason & Family

Chris Boateng & Family

Music Group

Angela & Timmy

Monday
13th December

9.00am

Eucharistic Service

Tuesday 14th December

9.00am

6.00pm

People of the Parish

Service: Intercessions for Priests

Wednesday 15th December

9.00am

1) Marie Grant (Birthday Memory)

2) Jim Brooks (80th Birthday)

Grant Family

Brooks Family

Thursday 16th December

9.00am

Peter Bradley

Friday 17th December

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7.30pm

No 12 noon Mass today

Brazilian Mass

Saturday 18th December

9.00am

1) Frances Levanthal (1st Anniversary)

2) Skyler (Birthday)

3) Maria Fernandez (Private Intention)

Leventhal family

Maria Fernandez

Maria Fernandez

Sunday 19th December – 4th Sunday of Advent

8.30am

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10.00am

1) Savari Cruz (Anniversary)

2) Molly Foley

3) Amy & Bill Concannon

1) Usha Jose (Anniversary)

2) Nelly Febry (Anniversary)

Cruz family

Foley Family

Concannon Family              Alexander Family

Lewis Family

PRAYER AND WORSHIP

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

The Third Sunday of Advent – Gaudete or Joyful Sunday is the day the pink candle is lit on our Advent wreath and the priest wears crimson robes to signify the nearness of the Lord’s coming. Pope Francis says that today is the day we must not worry about all the things we have not done to prepare for Christmas and instead should think of all the good things life has given us.

The Advent Penitential Mass is at 6pm today. This Sacrament of Reconciliation, or Confession, is a precious gift of the Holy Spirit.

Today is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadaloupe, the day in 1531 when Mary appeared to a Mexican peasant called Juan Diego. She asked him to tell the local Bishop to build a church in her honour. The Bishop, who had been struggling to convert the Aztecs from paganism, asked for a sign. The symbolism of the image of the Virgin of Guadaloupe which appeared on Juan Diego’s cloak was apparent to all and converted more than eight million native Mexicans. The Virgin is the patron saint of The Americas.

ADVENT PENITENTIAL MASS  

This evening, we will have a Penitential Mass at 6.00pm with individual absolution.  We welcome Fr Eugene Campbell.  The sacrament of Reconciliation, or Confession, is a precious gift of the Holy Spirit to each of us.  The Church encourages all of us to prepare for the celebration of Christmas by making use of this wonderful Sacrament.  If you haven’t been to Confession for some time, the Penitential Mass is a non-threatening, gentle way back into this gift of grace.

FACE COVERINGS

Following the government’s announcement on tighter restrictions due to the new Omicron variant, from Friday 10th December, it is once more mandatory to wear a face covering in a place of worship. Hand sanitiser is expected to be used and is readily available in the narthex.

INTERCESSION FOR PRIESTS

This Tuesday, Intercessions for vocations to the priesthood and religious life will take place at 6.00pm. The Intercessions consist of Exposition of The Blessed Sacrament, Rosary and hymns. Please note, there is no evening Mass this Tuesday, Mass will be at 9.00am.

CLERGY CONFESSIONS – TUESDAY 14TH DECEMBER  Every Advent and Lent, Bishop Declan organises a Penitential Service for his priests.  This will be held on Tuesday in St John’s in Bath. As Canon Gregory will be attending, Mass on Tuesday14th December will be at 9.00am.

REST IN PEACE

Please pray for Father Nick Tranter who died recently. Canon Gregory is attending his funeral next Friday.

PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE WHO ARE SICK: 

Bernadette Newton, Sister Biddy, Irene Agidee, Maureen Ryan, Gracy Mathew, Marian Mulcahy, Rosy Joseph, Fergal Treanor, Martin Maguire, Jim Brooks, Deacon Denis Deasey, Ann Deasey, Lucy Wahinya,  Patrick Smith, Deacon Rob, Mick Lewis, Louise Maddalena, Mary Dias, Graham Parker, Father Michael Derrick D’Mello, Canon Anthony Harding, Alfred Chojnackie, Elinor Agius, John Caherty, Paula Delves,  Joan Ellis, Maciej Kauczynski, Cesar Coutinho-Pontes, James Brown, Helena Irenna Boucher, Diane Coles, Guy Herbert, Nick Trim, Casey Davies, Terry Coggins, Peter Auret, Sister Maria, Anna Maria Peuentes Rodriguez, Hannah Curnow. Please inform the parish office when your relative is well again.

PRAYER AND WORSHIP

PREPARING FOR CHRISTMAS

This year, Christmas Day will be on a Saturday. The parish has prepared the following diary for Advent and Christmas:

Penitential Mass

There will be a Penitential Mass today at 6.00pm. Father Eugene will be attending.

CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES

Friday 24th – Christmas Eve

6.00pm – Family Mass – Music Group

7.30pm – Mass in Portuguese Language

9.30pm Christmas Carols

10.00pm – Vigil Mass – Choir

Saturday 25th – Christmas Day

10.00am – Parish Mass – Organ

Sunday 26th – Boxing Day

8.30am – Mass

10.00am Mass – Pan African Choir

The Christmas collection is an opportunity to express your appreciation to Canon Gregory. Christmas Offertory Envelopes are available in the narthex.

COMMUNITY AND FELLOWSHIP 

FATHER HENRY

We look forward to welcoming Father Henry on Boxing Day. He will visit us until mid-January.

PAN AFRICAN COMMUNITY

(1) The community invite all parishioners today to a social gathering with drinks and complimentary food at 12 noon in The Brooks Hall. Do come along and meet your fellow parishioners.

(2) The Pan African Choir is singing on Sunday 26th December, The Feast of the Holy Family, at the 10.00am Mass.

MUSIC CONCERT 

On Thursday 16th December at 6pm there will be a LIVE Music Concert in The Brooks Hall.  Several of the participants are pupils of St Patrick’s School and are Cello and Piano students.  Entry is FREE but attendees are welcome to make a donation to charity.  Here’s just a few of the pieces that will be performed: Danse Rustique, The Swan, The Two Grenadiers, Rigadoon, Scarborough Fair, Silent Night, Jingle Bells and more. Please note this will be subject to any new Covid restrictions.

NOVEMBER 300 CLUB WINNERS

Sunday 7th November 2021 – Carmel Virgo, O & N McDonnell, Edward Jarworski, E Jarworski, G McDonnell, Sunday 14th November Carmel Virgo, Suzanne Skinner, Anne Williams, Andy Coogan, Stuart Gaiger  Sunday 21st November Maureen Speed, Grace Strong, Cordelia Kirkham, Canon F Bermingham, Pat Cox  Sunday 28th November Ronnie Reeves, Michele Marshall, Charlie Williams, Zac Hatton, Daniel Attree.

300 CLUB BIG DRAW

The 300 Club December Big Draw takes place immediately after the 10am Mass next Sunday 19th December.  All Members must be paid up to date to be eligible for entry into the draw. First Prize £500 : Second Prize £100 : Third/Fourth/Fifth prizes £50 each : Sixth/Seventh/Eighth/Ninth £25 each : remaining five prizes £10 each.  There will be a Bonus Prize of £100.

We have spare numbers looking for a good home.  It costs just £1 per week, payable monthly/quarterly/ half yearly/ yearly in advance.  Membership can be paid in cash, by cheque, by Quarterly Standing Order.  Last year parish funds received £6,000 and the remainder of the income was paid out in winnings.  So you have to be in it to win it.

We thank Nick Finan for taking over the running of the 300 Club since Pat Uren passed away. Nick is in the office Tuesday afternoons but membership can be paid Tues to Fri from 9am to 4.30pm.  

WOMEN’S GROUP

On Friday 17th December 22 members of the Group are dining in The Lock Up for their Christmas meal in the private dining in the upstairs part of the restaurant. They will dress up in their “Christmassy” outfits and enjoy a good old sing song etc.

TEA AND COFFEE

Tea, coffee and cake are served in The Shore Gallery after 8.30am and 10am Masses on Sundays. This week, we thank The Polish Community for being our hosts.

SYNOD VOLUNTEERS 

Rebecca Bradley will speak at all Masses today 12th December, including the Penitential Mass at 6.00pm, to tell us more about the Synod.

We are very grateful the the following volunteers who are representing our parish Pauline Humphrey, Bex and Munashe Musarurwa, Jo Deasey, John Bradley, Laura Ashurst, Jeffin Jose and Maggie Fraser. It is a wonderful opportunity for the laity to be involved in decisions on the future of the church regarding Women Priests, Married Priests and Sacramental Worship.

EDUCATION AND FORMATION

A MESSAGE FROM REBECCA BRADLEY: The Synod: Let’s get thinking and chatting!

Pope Francis has asked the whole Catholic Church worldwide to engage in a process of discernment under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This process is called a synod. It involves everyone in the Church – clergy, religious, and lay Catholics, each participating according to their gifts and specific interests. Each of us is being invited to listen to each other and contribute our thoughts towards the future of The Church. We would warmly encourage you to please take part – each of us in the parish doubtless has valuable things to say.

synodal Church, in announcing the Gospel, “journeys together.” The parish consultation is based on the two core questions:

  • How is this “journeying together” happening today in St Patricks and how do we listen to each other?
  • What steps does the Spirit invite us to take in order to grow in our journeying together?

We are invited to ask ourselves what experiences in our parish and / or diocese the core questions call to mind:

  • what joys did they provoke?
  • what difficulties and obstacles have they encountered?
  • what wounds have they brought to light?
  • what insights have they elicited?
  • where, in these experiences, does the voice of the Spirit resound?
  • what is the Spirit asking of us?
  • what are the points to be confirmed, the prospects for change, the steps to be taken?
  • what paths are opening up?
  • what is your dream for the Church and your parish, so that it becomes more missionary, more outward looking?

The whole ‘Synod’ will be a two-year process and moving on to a national then international listening exercise. It is important note that this is a time for us to listen to each other’s opinions rather than an opportunity for debate. Members of our parish who have volunteered to be our Synod representatives/ delegates are: Pauline Humphrey, Jo Deasey, Laura Ashurst, John Bradley, Jeffin Jose, Bex Musarurwa and Munashe Musarurwa. For more information, please visit our diocesan page: https://cliftondiocese.com/synod/. Here you will find the Synod prayer, Preparatory documents and the ‘Synod Vademecum’ (handbook) which provides us with an in depth understanding of what the Synod entails.

DIOCESAN DIRECTORY AND LITURGICAL DIARY 

The Diocesan Directory is now available to purchase in the narthex. The directory is £5.

SCHOOL NEWS 

(1) St Patricks School plays this year are ‘Whoops a Daisy Angels’ by Reception Class on Wednesday 15th December  and ‘A King is Born’ by Years 1 & 2 on Thursday 16th December.  It is with much sadness that the school has made the decision to record and upload the plays to the school website. Much as they would love to welcome parents and grandparents into the school they don’t want to put anyone at risk from Covid. They hope to be able to showcase some of the songs from their Christmas plays outside the infant playground on Tuesday 14th December.  Reception class will be at 2.30pm. Years 1 and 2 will sing at 2.45 pm  If parents are attending they may take their children home straight afterwards.

(2) St Patrick’s School is conducting a short School Tour as part of their open evenings.  If you are interested in your child attending the school, it will be held on 10th January 2022 from 3.30 – 4.15pm.

(3) St Patrick’s School has vacancies in some of their Year groups. If you know of any children that would like to join the school, there are 2 places in Reception, 1 place in Year 2 and 1 place in Year 3.  Please contact the school if you are interested.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2022

Enrolment for next year’s First Holy Communion will be in January 2022. The programme will start in March and The First Holy Communion will be in June. Further details and dates will be published after Christmas.

THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION

Next year in 2022, we will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation in St Patrick’s. The date is Tuesday 17th May. Preparation will take place from March until May. Candidates must be in Secondary School or older. Enrolment forms will be available in the New Year.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY 

The Children’s Liturgy at 10am Mass has now resumed in The Shore Gallery. Children aged 3 to 8 are welcome to go downstairs for their lesson during Mass.

BAPTISMS

1) The next Baptismal talk is today, Sunday 12th December at 11am after the 10am Mass, in the Chapel of the Resurrection.  Parents must attend two talks A & B, before arranging the Baptism of their child(ren).

2) Baptisms take place on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month after the 10am Mass at 11.30am.

MISSION AND SERVICE

CHRISTMAS SALE

There is a Christmas Sale in the Narthex. Every item 50p! Please place money in poor box or pay on the Dona Machines in the narthex. All the money raised is for Mary’s Meals. The government is doubling all donations made in December.

PARISH OFFICE CHRISTMAS BREAK  The parish office will close on Thursday December 23rd and re-open on Tuesday 4th January.  A big thank you to all the office volunteers who have assisted Tracy & Amelia this year.  We wish everyone a Happy, Healthy and Holy Christmas.

COME AND SEE GROUP

This group has 16 members aged 14-23. Seven of the older members aged 18-23 are all at university but still participate in all parish worship and events when at home. After Christmas, Canon Gregory is dividing The Come and See Group into under 18s (9 members) and starting a new group for over 18s (7 members). The new group is for all young adults in the parish aged 18-35, both male and female. If you are registered at St Patrick’s, you will be invited to join. Our new adults group is being formed for:

  1. Faith Formation

  2. Friendship

  3. Evangelisation

  4. Charity

ST THOMAS SYRO-MALABAR CATHOLIC CHURCH – Fr Paul writes:  

As some of you may already know, the St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church is in the process of building their dream project- a  Church and Community Hall at Siston Common, Bristol BS30 5LS. The community is immensely grateful to Right Rev. Canon Gregory Grant and the parish, and The Salvatorian Sisters for their generous contributions towards this cause.

To support this project, there will be a Donation Collection Box near the Church office and at the Charity shop. Any contributions that you can make will be a great support to the Church Building project. For several years, St Patrick’s Parish has had a monthly standing order for £100 as a regular gift to this project. The community request the prayers and support of all St Patrick’s Church parishioners for the success of this project.

MINISTRIES IN THE CHURCH WEEK COMMENCING SUNDAY 19th DECEMBER 2021
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS                                                                        READERS
8.30am             Deacon Denis, Maria Beasley-Suffolk            Edmond & Charlotte Beasley-Suffolk,
10.00am           Deacon Rob, Teresa O’Brien                              Dona Jiji, Fiona Bradley
Bidding Prayers            Edmond Beasley-Suffolk
WELCOMERS
8.30am          Eleanor Beasley-Suffolk, Sally Page
10.00am       Lisa & Simon Peck
Church Cleaners:  Team Two:  Caroline, Victoria, Beata, Martha & Chris 
Offertory Counters: Team Three:  Pauline & Mark Humphrey
Refreshments in Shore Gallery: Polish Community
Children’s Liturgy:   Annie, Christine
LIVESTREAMING OPERATORS ROTA 
DAY               TIME                                                                   OPERATOR(S)
Monday           9.00am                            Terry Coggins/Stewart Fraser – alt. weeks
Tuesday           7.30pm                                               Jobin
Wednesday     9.00am                                              Stewart Fraser
Thursday         9.00am                                              Sister Leena Mary
Friday              12 noon                                              Hudson
Friday              7.30 pm – Brazilian Mass               Hudson
Saturday         No Mass
Sunday            10.00am                                            Jismon