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Please pray for sick in our hospitals & nursing homes around the parish.
ANNIVERSARY OF DEATH: Molly Eileen Keay, Jim Baker, Peggy Middleton, Martha Mair
The parish regrets to announce the death of Canon Mattie Hayes of Bristol.
April 100 Club winners: 1st Chris Shackleton; 2nd Moira Higgins;
3rd Jim Hawkins.
Second collection for CCS Adoption. Envelopes available in the porch.
CTinW: Spring Fayre in the Park
First Holy Communion preparation class: Saturday 11th May, 11am – 12 noon, in the Parish Room.
Deanery day of recollection for Eucharistic ministers and Readers: 11th May, 10.15 for 10.30 – 2.30/3pm, at the parish centre, St George’s. To be led by Sarah Adams, director of department of adult education and evangelisation. Tea and coffee provided. Please bring packed lunch.
March for Life UK: Saturday 11th May starting outside Westminster Church House, London, SW1P 3BN at 2pm. All information on poster in porch.
Parish Project. Parishioners are invited to submit suggestions of charities for the next project, which will be funded by second collections. Please hand written details of the charity you propose to Fr Ikeokwu, Julia Tucker or Adrian Kellett by Sunday 12th May. These will be considered by the P.P.C. and notification will be given at the AGM on Saturday 18th May.
Leaders or co-ordinators of Parish miniseries are reminded to either bring a report to the AGM on Saturday 18th May, or hand a written report in before the AGM to Julia Tucker or Fr Ikeokwu
Next Sunday: Second collection for Clergy Training Fund which enables the Bishop to support those who offer themselves for training for the priesthood.
P.P.C. meeting: Tuesday 14th May at 7pm in the parish room.
Vocations Roadshow: 17 – 24 May. Please see letter in porch with full details and list of venues.
LGBT Mass: Sunday 16th June at 3pm at St Nicholas of Tolentino church, Bristol. Details on poster in porch.
Vocations weekend for young women: 24 – 26May; theme “discernment and vocation”, in Lilverpool. Further information at email@example.com or www.fcjsisters.org
Summer Camps: residential week of outdoor activities, catechesis, faith development, friendship and much more; £200 per child. Week 1 (ages 7 – 11) 12 – 16 August; Week 2 (ages 12 -16) 19 – 23 August. Further information from http://livingyourfaith.co.uk
Year of Prayer –Third Sunday after Easter
Our Gospel this Sunday invites us to reflect on two important matters of faith. The first is our capacity to recognise the presence of Christ in our lives, even when we don’t see him. The disciples only realise that Jesus is with them when he tells them to put their nets out to starboard. Suddenly after a night of failing to catch anything, their nets are full to bursting. Then it dawns on them who is speaking to them. We do not have that luxury but if we have faith then we will experience him as alive, risen and present. He is there during our joys and sorrows, when we encourage one another, when we share a meal of friendship and specifically when we share in the Eucharist. Secondly, we are invited to respond to the question asked of Peter: “Do you love me?” What answer wouldwe give to this? Can we answer confidently that, despite all our failing, “Yes Lord, I do love you”?
Gospel commentary for 3rd Sunday of Easter
Peter expected to spend his lifetime in Galilee as a fisherman and then found his vocation to travel widely as an apostle of Jesus, a preacher of the Gospel and the leader of the Church. Never could he forget Jesus words: “when you were young you put on your own belt and walked where you liked; but when you grow old you will stretch out your hands and somebody else will put a belt round you and take you where you would rather not go”. Peter had no inkling of what Jesus meant.
Three times Jesus asked Peter whether he loved him and three times Peter answered that he did: with the love of friendship. Jesus had meant with self-sacrificing love. Peter could not bring himself to respond in the same terms, and he even denied him three times as Jesus had warned that he would.
It is the weakness of Peter that appeals to us. Yet Peter would experience spiritual growth, and so, please God, do we.
It is the humanity of Jesus that gives us hope. Far from being angry with Peter, Jesus simply asked for his love, and was willing to accept the little Peter honestly felt he could offer. Jesus knew that Peter would learn from his denials. We may feel that we have let Jesus down in some way. Through God’s grace good can come from it. Through forgiveness, damaged relationships can be renewed and be even better than they were before, as happened with Peter. Peter was appointed to look after Christ’s sheep and feed them. He would make a sympathetic pastor. Having learned the hard way that it is impossible to live the Christian life in his own strength, his trust and faith in God was deepened.
Holy Father’s May prayer intention
May the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its members, be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for the continent.
Bible Study Group: Meets 2.30-4 on certain Thursdays (See above)
A Bible –is available on the table in St. John Fisher church, for your use.
our immigrant parishioners:
Next Holydays of Obligation:
are now celebrated on Sundays, at Sunday times above.)
are now celebrated on Sundays, at Sunday times above.)
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