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 5th December 2021
SECOND 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 5TH DECEMBER 2021

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT (Year C)

Sunday 5th December

2nd Sunday of Advent

8.30am

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10.00am

Tafara Tamara Chinamora (Birthday Thanksgiving)

Thanksgiving Mass

Agnes Hughes

Chinamora Family

Kalathara Family                                                        Philomena Olver

Monday
6ht December

9.00am

Eucharistic Service

Tuesday 7th December

7.30pm

Marie & Dennis Grant

Wednesday 8th December – Feast of the Immaculate Conception

12 noon

Salvatorian Sisters Renewal of Vows

Thursday 9th December

9.00am

Jamie Brooks (5th Anniv)

Jim, Julie & Family

Friday 10th December

12 noon    7.30pm

Agnes Hughes

Brazilian Mass

Dunford Family

Saturday 11th December

9.00am

No Mass

Sunday 12th December  – Gaudete Sunday

8.30am

10.00am

6.00pm

Penitential Mass

Private Intention

Chris & Lawrencia Boateng (Bday)

Betty Lee

Patrick Coleman (Anniv)

Marie Jason & family

Chris Boateng & Family

Music Group

Angela & Timmy

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Today is the Second Sunday of Advent and the second candle on the wreath will be lit today. We use the Advent wreath as a focus, lighting one new candle each week as we prepare to celebrate Christ who came as the light in the darkness.

Tomorrow, Monday 6th December, is the feast of St Nicholas – our own Santa Claus! In many European countries, children will be putting out their shoes and stockings tonight to be filled with chocolate money and oranges. St Nicholas was the fourth century bishop of Myra in Asia Minor. He heard of a man with three daughters who was sad because he had no dowry for any of them to help them get married. To help the family, legend has it that St Nick threw three bags of gold coins down the chimney which landed in shoes and stockings.

PRAYER AND WORSHIP

THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

On Wednesday, we celebrate The Immaculate Conception of The Blessed Virgin Mary. This doctrine, which states The Virgin Mary was preserved from Original Sin, is the first Infallible Statement ever declared by a Pope. It was proclaimed in 1850 and shortly afterwards, The Virgin Mary appeared to St Bernadette in Lourdes who asker her, “Who are you?”. The beautiful lady replied, “I am The Immaculate Concepton”. The statue of Our Lady in St Patrick’s Church is an image of Our Lady Lourdes – The Immaculate Conception.

SALVATORIAN SISTERS

Wednesday 8th December is also the Patronal Feast Day of the Salvatorian Order – our parish sisters.  Please remember to keep the Salvatorian Fathers and Sisters in your prayers.  We wish them a very happy feast day.

ADVENT PENITENTIAL MASS  

Next Sunday 12th December 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.

CHRISTMAS CARDS

Parishioners are requested NOT to leave Christmas Cards for friends in the narthex.  The recipients will not get the cards  as people do not go round looking for them!

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.

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, John Olver, Hellena Irenna Boucher, Diane Coles, Guy Herbert, Nick Trim, Casey Davies, Terry Coggins, Peter Auret, Sister Maria, Anna Maria Peuentes Rodriguez. Please inform the parish office when your relative is well again.

PRAYER AND WORSHIP

PREPARING FOR CHRISTMAS

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

Penitential Mass

There will be a Penitential Mass on Sunday 12th December 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

10.00pm – Vigil Mass – Choir

Saturday 25th – Christmas Day

10.00am – Parish Mass – Organ

Sunday 26th – Boxing Day

8.30am – Mass – Organ

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 

CANON KEVIN KENNY

We welcome Canon Kevin to our parish this week and hope he enjoys his visit.

PAN AFRICAN COMMUNITY

(1) The Pan African Community would like to invite all parishioners to their end of year family get together this Saturday 11th December at 12 noon in the Brooks Hall.  Free African food  and drinks will be provided.

(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 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

WOMEN’S GROUP

(1 )  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.

MARRIED COUPLES CHRISTMAS NIGHT OUT

The married couple group are having a Christmas celebration together on Friday 10th December.  We hope they enjoy their evening together.

TEA AND COFFEE

Tea, coffee and cake are served in The Shore Gallery after 8.30am and 10am Masses on Sundays. This is a popular event and a wonderful opportunity to participate in church fellowship. This week, we thank The Indian Community for being our hosts.

EDUCATION AND FORMATION

SYNOD VOLUNTEERS 

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. 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. Rebecca Bradley will speak at Mass on Sunday 12th December to tell us more about the Synod.

EDUCATION AND FORMATION

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.  Further information to follow.

(2) St Patrick’s School is conducting short School Tours as part of their open evenings.  If you are interested in your child attending the school the dates are 6th December, 10th January. They are all 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 CLASS OF 2021

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. Today, the co-ordinator, Christine Latham will speak at all Masses.

BAPTISMS

1) The next Baptismal talk will be next 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 first and third Sunday of each month after the 10am Mass at 11.30am.

MISSION AND SERVICE

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

Please pray for its success.

POPPY APPEAL

Thank you to all those who bought a Poppy for Remembrance Sunday.   The amount collected amounted to £58.31

CAFOD GIFTS

Many people substitute giving a gift to a loved one at Christmas by making a donation to a good cause in the name of their friend or relation and informing them a gift has been made on their behalf. CAFOD has a wide range of “GIFTS” for you to personalise in the name of another. They range from £4 upwards. Their gift catalogue is available in the Narthex. Please take a copy.

BOOKING A MASS 

Currently we are getting a lot of late requests from parishioners for Mass Intentions. These intentions are often to remember the anniversary of a deceased loved one. We encourage everyone to book anniversary Masses well in advance. We have some anniversary Masses in the diary for well into next year. Masses can be booked by phone, email, at the office or on our website.

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.

The community request the prayers and support of all St Patrick’s Church parishioners for the success of this project.

CONTACTLESS PAYMENT SYSTEM IN CHURCH We have two “Dona” machines in the narthex for contactless payment. If you are able to get to church, contactless payment is a secure method of paying. Your contactless payment goes directly to The Grant Bradley Charitable Trust (Reg no. 1093331) who donate £3,000 each month for the running of St. Patrick’s Parish and £2000 a month donation to St Patrick’s School. You can also donate by visiting our Dona page at: stpatricksbristol.mydona.com

PARISH INCOME: THE OFFERTORY COLLECTION is taken during both 8.30am and 10.00am Sunday Masses. Please give generously.

MISSION AND SERVICE

OFFERTORY COLLECTION COUNTERS The Collection Counters were reinstated from the first week of October.  We welcome new Counters.  If you feel you can make this commitment for approximately 1 hour on (a)  Sunday after 10am Mass or (b) Sunday afternoon around 4pm or 5pm once a month please contact Fiona Bradley on fiona.bradley@cliftondiocese.com

MINISTRIES IN THE CHURCH WEEK COMMENCING SUNDAY 12th DECEMBER 2021
GAUDETE SUNDAY
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS                                                                        READERS
8.30am             Deacon Denis, Helen Jones                              Sister Grace Mary, Sister Leenamary
10.00am           Deacon Rob, Rose Adims                                   Simon & Lisa Peck
6.00pm             Clergy                                                                        Trish Goddard
Bidding Prayers            Sister Leenamary
WELCOMERS
8.30am          Caroline White, Volunteer
10.00am       Teresa O’Brien, Yetunde Ajakaiye
6.00pm         Volunteers
Church Cleaners:  Team One:  Kay, Terry, Ron, Sarah 
Offertory Counters: Team Two: Simon and Lisa Peck
Refreshments in Shore Gallery: Women’s Group
Children’s Liturgy:   Caroline, 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

THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

WEDNESDAY 8th DECEMBER