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 19th December 2021
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT (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 19TH DECEMBER 2021

 FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT (Year C)

Sunday 19th December

Fourth 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

Monday 20th December

9.00am

Eucharistic Service

Tuesday 21st December

7.30pm

Christine Hale (Birthday Memory)

 Dave, Roger & Family

Wednesday 22nd December

9.00am

 People of the Parish

Thursday 23rd December

9.00am

1) Margaret June Roland (Anni)

2) Jeffin Jose (Thanksgiving)

Lynda

Jose Family

Friday 24th December
Christmas Eve

6.00pm

7.30pm

9.30pm

10.000m

George Adims

Brazilian Mass

Carols

1) Cordelia Okeke (4th Anni)

2) Victoria Obi (2nd Anni)

Rose & Family

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Rose & Family

Rose & Family

Saturday 25th December

Christmas Day

10.00am

Victims of Covid

Sunday 26th December – Feast of the Holy Family

8.30am

10.00am

David Fudge (P/Int)

Deceased Parishioners

Curnow Family

Rose Adims

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Today is the fourth Sunday of Advent and we light the final purple candle – it relates to the Annunciation of Christ’s birth so the candle is often known as the Angel’s candle and symbolises Peace. The Angel Gabriel told Our Lady: “Blessed are you among women”.

Christmas Mass times are detailed in this bulletin and we look forward to welcoming parishioners and visitors at this special time of the year.  The restrictions of the pandemic have kept many away from Church but the Christmas message is: “Do not be afraid, I bring you news of great joy – today in the city of David, the Saviour is born”.

On Christmas Eve, we are asked to remember St Francis of Assisi who created the first Nativity crib in 1223 in Greccio, central Italy. We thank our Salvatorian Sisters for the beautiful crib scene in St Patrick’s Church.

PRAYER AND WORSHIP

CANON GREGORY’s CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

In the shrine of our Lady of Lourdes, as you walk to the grotto of the apparition you pass a church called Our Lady of Sorrows. This church reminds us that as we proceed towards the glory of The Resurrection at the grotto, we will be asked to endure sadness and sorrow on the way. In the past two years, many people have endured unexpected difficulties in their lives as a result of Covid. Sickness and death are experienced in a context of uncertainty and confusion. As Christians, we are encouraged to keep journeying through difficult times towards the permanent JOY and everlasting HOPE of The Resurrection.

The baby in the manger, Jesus our Saviour and our brother, is God himself. He is born to redeem us from sin, sorrow, suffering and death. He is born to make us his brothers and sisters. All of us are children of his father who we now dare to call OUR FATHER. The promises given to us by the fragile new born baby Jesus are beyond our imagination. May his wondrous gifts to us always inspire us to persevere through all adversity as we journey – with our sorrows – to the glory of heaven and eternal life.

God Bless you all,

Canon Gregory

Parish Priest

CLARIFICATION ON THE SUNDAY OBLIGATION

We have this week received the following from our Bishop’s Conference:

“Questions have been raised regarding the status of the Sunday Obligation. The Code of Canon Law states that “Sunday… is the primordial holy day of obligation” (Can. 1246§1) and “the faithful are obliged to participate in the Mass.” (Can. 1247).
At the beginning of the pandemic, from Friday 20th March 2020, the Bishops of England and Wales
recognised that the participation of the faithful in the Sunday Eucharistic Celebration was prevented
due to grave cause because of the inception of the covid-19 pandemic and stated that the Sunday
obligation could not be fulfilled due to the inherent danger of the faithful gathering in churches for
the Eucharistic celebration. On Monday 23rd March 2020, HM Government mandated the closure of
places of worship along with other locations.
The Bishops, now having reflected on the current situation in England and Wales, recognise that the
causes and effects of the pandemic are still present to such a degree that the absolute duty for all to
freely attend the Sunday Eucharistic Celebration cannot yet be fulfilled. As such, they have asked that all Catholics now reflect on the centrality of the Eucharist to their own life of faith and take into consideration their personal circumstances and the reasons as to whether they can now attend the Sunday Eucharistic Celebration or otherwise. Should a person feel that grave cause honestly persists in their personal circumstances, there is no sin associated with their non-attendance at Mass, and they are encouraged to devote themselves to prayer at home. This may be achieved either through personal prayer or participating with a live-streamed celebration of Mass from a Church.”

PRAYER AND WORSHIP

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.

FEAST OF ST STEPHEN

The Feast of St Stephen falls on Sunday 26th, which is also the Feast of the Holy Family. It is a special day for Altar servers so, during the 10.00am Mass, some of our altar servers will be presented with medals in appreciation of their long service. Please pray for all our altar servers.

CHRISTMAS MOSAIC

This Christmas image of Jesus Mary and Joseph was installed in St Patricks chapel of The Resurrection in the summer of this year. The mosaic artwork was made in a studio in Krakow, Poland. The artwork depicts Jesus, Mary and Joseph in the manger in Bethlehem. To the left is an image of John the Baptist – the link between the Old and the New Testament. John the Baptist holds in his arms a small lamb. When John the Baptist baptised Jesus in the river Jordan, he exclaimed, “Look, there is The Lamb of God who takes away the Sins of the World.”  The Mosaic is the gift of The Come and See Group.

PRAYER AND WORSHIP

THE YEAR OF ST JOSEPH

We have prayed to St. Joseph each day at Mass in 2021 during this year dedicated to his honour. On Christmas day we will pray our daily prayer for the last time. The statue of St. Joseph will be transferred to the front door area of the church where you can continue to pray to this patron of the church for his intercessions and favours.

REST IN PEACE 

1) Please pray for Father Louis Beasley V.F. who died last Friday. Father Louis was a parishioner of St Patrick’s and, after the death of his wife, Mary, he entered Seminary in Rome and was ordained a priest in our church of St Patrick. Father Louis was parish priest of Wincanton and Dean of Somerset. Many of Father Louis’ family worship at St Patrick’s Church and his some Daniel is a teacher in St Patrick’s School. We offer our prayers and sympathy to all his children: Louis, Daniel, Edmond, Katrina, Stephanie and Rebecca and his grandchildren. We will remember Father Louis at all Masses over Christmas.

2) Please pray for Alvia Joby (Aged 11) who died unexpectedly in her sleep last week. The Joby family lived in St. Patricks parish and Alvia was a pupil at St. Patricks school. The family emigrated to New Zealand where this tragic death occurred. The family have close relations living in our parish (The Thomas family). We pray for Alvia and all her family, especially her parents Joby and Biji.

3) Please pray for Diane Coles who passed away recently, Diane is the mother of Allyson Davies and Tracy O’Sullivan. We offer our prayers and sympathy to all her family. May she rest in peace.

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, Guy Herbert, Nick Trim, Casey Davies, Terry Coggins, Peter Auret, Sister Maria, Anna Maria Peuentes Rodriguez, Hannah Curnow, Johnny Enright. Please inform the parish office when your relative is well again.

PREPARING FOR CHRISTMAS

This year, Christmas Day will be on a Saturday.

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.

PREPARING FOR CHRISTMAS

COMMUNITY AND FELLOWSHIP 

CANON GREGORY’S CHRISTMAS LETTER

Each year Canon Gregory writes to his family, friends and parishioners.  His illustrated letter is available to read on the notice board in the narthex or on the parish website.

FATHER HENRY

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

300 CLUB CHRISTMAS GIFT

Why not give the Christmas Gift of membership of the 300 Club for 6 months (£26) or 12 months (£52) to someone special.  You can enrol your relative or friend by contacting the parish office where you can receive a personalised Gift Certificate to give as a lovely surprise.

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.

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COMMUNITY AND FELLOWSHIP 

300 CLUB BIG DRAW

The 300 Club December Big Draw takes place immediately after the 10am Mass today. 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.  

TEA AND COFFEE

This week, The Polish Community will serve tea and coffee after both Masses. On Sunday 26th December and Sunday 2nd January, there will be NO tea and coffee served as the groups are having a Christmas break. From 9th January,  tea, coffee and cake will be served in The Shore Gallery after 8.30am and 10am Masses on Sundays.

SCHOOL FUN DAYS DURING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS

Signature Sport will be running three fun days over the Christmas period on the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd December, and they cost £17.50  per day. Fun days can be booked by visiting the following webpage: https://www.signaturesportscoaching.co.uk/category/st-patricks-primary-school

COME AND SEE GROUP

The seven senior members of this group – all undergraduates aged 20-22 years – are helping to start a new Young Adults group in the Parish in 2022. The new group will be for young men and women aged 18 -35 and will focus on:

1. Faith Formation        2. Friendship

3. Evangelisation          4. Charity

There are already two dozen young adults in the parish engaged in these activities Church for ALL! Mission Group: Fundraising Glastonbury Prayer group:  Church Ministries. As the seven young men exit The Come and See Group for a new beginning, Canon Gregory would like to thank them for their loyalty, support and personal friendship over the 5 years since the group started in 2016. He is treating the seven of them to dinner at San Carlos on Tuesday 28th December.

Please pray for them all as many move into the final six months of their degree studies.

The “Lads” enjoyed their week with Canon Greg and parishioners on the parish cruise earlier this year.

Going forward, these are the members of the Come and See Group aged 14-17: Joel Geo, Alan Jiji, Alvin Joby, Jeffin Jose, Christopher Sebastian, Chris Thomson, Jeff Thomson, Jobin Varghese.

When the group was started in 2016, Simon Crandon and Denise Gaiger became the Adult helpers for the young people; a role they still undertake and we thank them for their time and support.

CHRISTMAS TREAT FOR ALTAR SERVERS AND COME AND SEE GROUP

Canon Gregory will be taking the Altar servers and all the members of the Come and See Group to the cinema to see Spiderman on Wednesday 29 December in the early afternoon. Please sign the list in the Narthex if you would like to go.

THE SENIOR COME AND SEE GROUP

EDUCATION AND FORMATION

DIOCESAN DIRECTORY 

The Diocesan Directory is now available to purchase in the narthex. The directory is £5. The directory gives news and details of all 105 parishes in the diocese, with lots of interesting statistics and information.

SCHOOL NEWS 

(1) St Patrick’s School closed on Friday 17th December and will return on Wednesday 5th January (Tuesday 4th January is an inset day).  We wish all our staff and pupils a very happy, holy and safe Christmas and look forward to seeing them in the New Year.

(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 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. 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 2022

Next year, 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. There will be a break for Christmas and it will resume in January.

BAPTISMS

1) The next Baptismal talk is today, Sunday 9th January 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) Welcome into the church Maria Jose Puentes Rodriguez who will be baptised today. We welcome her into the family of God and congratulate her parents and godparents.

WELCOME INTO THE CHURCH

During the Christmas Day Mass at 10 am, we welcome into the church Fatmata Turay who will be received into Full Communion with the Catholic Church. Fatmata will be Baptised, receive her First Holy Communion and be Confirmed by Canon Gregory.  Her two sons Brian and Martin will be Baptised.  Next year, the boys will receive their First Holy Communion following their preparation at the First Holy Communion classes.  We congratulate Fatmata and the boys who faithfully attended all the preparation classes conducted by Deacon Denis Deasey.

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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.

MISSION AND SERVICE

PARISH OFFICE VOLUNTEERS SCHEDULE

Day

9-12am

12-4pm

Monday

Parish Office

Closed

Fiona Bradley

 

Tuesday

 

Nick Finan

(330 club)

Wednesday

Monica Finan

 

John Olver

Thursday

Jill Maggs

Jill Maggs

Philomena Olver

Friday

Diana Bleaken

Susanne Slane

(Alice Thomas)

PARISH OFFICE VOLUNTEERS

The above schedule shows our parish office volunteers.  As you can see we have a vacancy on Tuesday morning.  Please contact Tracy if you can help. Additional volunteers for other shifts are also welcome.  There is always lots of work to do. Thank you to our loyal volunteers who help the parish run so smoothly.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS

This week the Parish and The Grant Bradley Trust will make the following gifts:

1. £2,000 from the 300 club profits to those most in need in our own Parish.

2. £300 from Sunday Tea and Coffee to Marys Meals.

3. £300 from Christmas Sale stall to Marys Meals.

4. £400 from Door Box for Marys Meals.

5. £1,000 to the support of Father Jerome’s parish in Nigeria.

6. Christmas Crib Offerings are for the Clifton Children’s Society (Adoption and Fostering Agency).

7. £1,000 for the Needy in Burma.

8. £735 for the A.P.F. (Red Mission Boxes).

9. £1000 for Glastonbury Church Repair Appeal.

10. £2000 for In Hope (Feeding the Homeless).

Thank you for your generous support.

CHRISTMAS STALL

We have been selling items at 50p each at our Christmas Stall in the Narthex. As this is the last weekend they are available, we are having a Christmas Sale: 3 items for £1. Please put your money in the poor box next to the Stall. All donations to Mary’s Meals.

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.

CRIB DONATIONS – CCS ADOPTION 

This adoption and fostering service was founded by the Diocese of Clifton 115 years ago.  Your crib donations are for this worthwhile charity.  Despite the challenges of the last 18 months, their focus remains on finding permanent homes for some of the most vulnerable children in care,  having placed 35 children with new families in 2020/21, a significant achievement with COVID restrictions in place. Please be as generous as you can in this season of goodwill.

MINISTRIES FOR CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS                                                           READERS
CHRISTMAS EVE 6.00pm   Deacon Denis, Dona Jiji         Hanah Gilardoni, Daniel Beasley-Suffolk
CHRISTMAS EVE 10.00pm  Deacon Rob, Deacon Denis     Fiona Bradley, Rebecca Musarurwa
WELCOMERS
6.00 pm     Mary Kearney-Knowles, Volunteer.
10.00pm  Munashe & Rebecca Musarurwa
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS                                                               READERS
CHRISTMAS DAY  10.00am  Elizabeth Magorimbo, Teresa O’Brien                 Trish Godfrey, Dona Jiji
WELCOMERS
10.00am    Teresa O’Brien, Jan Lewis
BIDDING PRAYERS FOR CHRISTMAS MASSES   Deacon Denis
MINISTRIES IN THE CHURCH WEEK COMMENCING SUNDAY 26th DECEMBER 2021
FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS                                                                        READERS
8.30am             Maria Beasley-Suffolk, Sister Leena Mary         Daniel & Edmund Beasley-Suffolk
10.00am           Deacon Rob, Deacon Denis                                       Simon & Lisa Peck
Bidding Prayers       Joanna Deasey     
WELCOMERS
8.30am          Eleanor Beasley-Suffolk, Volunteer
10.00am       Jan Lewis, Trish Godfrey
Church Cleaners:  Team One & Two:  Kay, Terry, Ron, Sarah , Helen, Caroline, Victoria, Beata, Martha & Chris 
Offertory Counters: Team One: John and Laura
Refreshments in Shore Gallery: Christmas Break
Children’s Liturgy:   No Children’s Liturgy this week
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
Friday              6.00pm Christmas Eve                      Jismon Jose
                            7.30 pm – Brazilian Mass                Stewart Fraser
                            9.30 Carols                                          Terry Coggins
                            10.00pm Midnight Mass                Sister Leena Mary
Saturday         Christmas Day 10.00am                    TBC
Sunday            10.00am                                            Jismon

PARISH HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2021

PARISH HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2021