20th June 2021
Sunday Mass 9am and 10:30am at St Pius Xth
† For our Diocesan Family Prayer Link: This week please pray
for Fr Reg Gray, Fr Anthony Collins, Fr Antoine Baya, Fr Richard Elson. Deacons Prof John Woodcock, Dr Mario Kossmann, Paul Reddington, Ivan Reynolds, Didier Delaplace and Immaculate Conception, Clevedon with Yatton. St Francis of Assisi, Nailsea. St Joseph, Portishead.
† For our sick:
Olive Barnes, Maria Barrett, Carol Blackmore, John Boyes, Andrew Brisbane, Jamie Collins, Bethany Coombes Carmel Biggins-Cragg, Mary Daly,
Marie DiMambro, Joan Hogarth, Terry Lisa, June Hurley, Julian Kinsey, Malcolm Jones, Luna Lisle, Kay Lyons, Pat Marsh, Tracey Matthews, Paul Millar, Joan Murphy, Chris Nelmes, Louisa Nyakunu & baby, John Palmer, Doug Reed, Breda Ross, John Ralls, Linda Ryalls, Meg Ryan, Harriet Wallace.
May they know God's healing power.
†For those who have died recently:
LPhillip McElhatton, Lesley Bailey-James, John Ashford.
†For those whose Anniversaries occur at this time:
Michael White, Kathleen Walsh, Mavis Barnes, Francis McCann, Kevin Philip, George Overs, Joan O’Brien.
May they Rest in Peace and rise again in Glory with Our Lord.
†For those seeking to become Catholic: If anyone wants to join us via zoom, get in touch with Debbie.
†Closure of St Pius Xth School: As we enter the last term of our school, we ask all parishioners to pray for the children, their parents, staff, governors and volunteers as they move onto pastures new.
† DAY OF PRAYER FOR LIFE is the day in the Church’s year dedicated to raising awareness about the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition. The Church teaches that life is to be nurtured from conception to natural death. This year’s theme centres on caring for the sick and dying and promoting the respect owed to life in all its vulnerability. The proceeds from today’s 2nd collection assists the work of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre and other life-related activities supported by the Church. See www.dayforlife.org
The beautiful celebration Of the Nativity of John the Baptist breaks into Ordinary Time this week to help us understand something of what we are called to be as disciples on mission! John helps us to think about our discipleship: pointing away from ourselves and pointing others in the direction of Jesus; leaping in the womb, able to recognise where Christ is to be found and where Christ is near; decreasing in order that Christ may increase; a prophetic call of return so that we can find mercy and compassion in the Lord; recognising the call of God in our own lives and allowing God to call others through us – God’s word in our mouths; and, like Elizabeth and Zechariah, always being open to being surprised by God and his faithfulness. But the psalm holds something we might take into this week as part of our prayer: I thank you for the wonder of my being. Do we spend time thanking God for who we are, for the fact that he calls us, that he fashioned us, that he walks with us? As we do that let’s be little ‘John the Baptists’ in all we do to lead others to encounter Christ… even in us! Especially as we prepare to come together with St Bernadettes and St Dunstans through Called To More.
CALLED TO MORE
Dear Friends of St Pius & Sacred Heart
As you know, your parishes are going to join together with St Bernadettes, Whitchurch and St Dunstans, Keynsham to form a ‘mission area’ under the banner of ‘Called to More’. This is a movement of the Holy Spirit and a way for us, as parishes of the Bristol South Deanery, to pool our resources and our resolve to make strong, vibrant communities, which seek to look out to the world and offer hope in Jesus Christ. This is an opportunity to grow in discipleship and be ever more the Church that God is calling us to be.
We have the full support of the diocese in this venture and, recently, a new role was approved which will help to facilitate what we are being called to do. The part-time position of ‘Multi-Parish Coordinator’ will help us to look objectively at our structures; our way of working; and help us to make some radical changes. This role will also help to centralise areas such as health and safety and property management. It will take pressure away from me and allow me to serve more effectively as a priest – namely to preach, teach and sanctify.
I am delighted to announce that Michael Hennessey has been appointed to this post and will start later this month. Mike has been involved with the parishes of St Bernadette and St Dunstan for the past couple of years and has become known to many. He has a wealth of operational experience and is a man of the Spirit, which is so important in a role which is serving our parishes. You will all get to know Mike over the coming months. He will work closely with me and the clergy and lay pastoral staff of the mission area. Importantly, he will want to work with you too as we move forward. One of the important things about the mission area is that we start to move away from a model of simply surviving and coping. We will need more people to come forward and use their gifts to help our parishes to flourish.
I am including the mission prayer below. Let’s get back to praying this regularly as we ask the Holy Spirit to continue to guide us forward. Please pray for Mike.
God bless Fr Matt
Mike writes: Thank you Fr Matt for the lovely warm welcome. I feel very privileged and blessed to be offered this exciting opportunity and I am look forward to working you, the clergy, lay staff and the parishioners in our South Bristol Mission Area community over the coming months and years.
Pope Francis Launches Program to put Laudato Si' into action throughout Church
The Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development debuted the Laudato Si' Action Platform at a press conference May 25. The website, pictured here, will serve as a hub for Catholic groups large and small to participate in a seven-year process toward sustainability in the spirit of Pope Francis' 2015 encyclical "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home."
The goals include:
The platform includes goals for families, parishes and dioceses, schools and universities, businesses and farms, religious congregations, and hospitals and other health care facilities. Read More
Creation-Centred Reflection Mornings
Where: Emmaus House, Whitchurch
10th, 17th, 24th, 31st August
Time: 10.00 am - 12.30 pm
Our Creation-Centred Mornings this year will be looking at 4 ways:
the “via positiva” where we can befriend creation
and the gifts we have been given
the “via negativa” befriending the darkness
and letting go of what we can leave behind
so that in the “via creativa” we can befriend creativity, where the new, as yet
un-lived, can be discovered
and through the “via transformativa” we can befriend and celebrate the new creation of compassion and justice for all
Each morning there will be input, time to reflect and celebrate.
You will then have what you need to help reflection during the week ahead, thus allowing us to stay in an atmosphere of stillness.
Advance notice is helpful but not necessary.
Any donations are welcome
We are aware at this critical time, of our call to care for our common home …. “Earth”.
To celebrate World Refugee Day, we’re partnering up with non-profit organisation Forced to Flee for a panel discussion covering topics like climate change, inclusion and how you can stand with refugees. Join us live from your sofa, and hear from leading voices, including Member of the House of Lords and former refugee Lord Alf Dubs, Refugee Author Gulwali Passarlay, founder of The Worldwide Tribe Jaz O’Hara and more.
UNHCR is teaming up with Refugee Support Devon, a small charity based in Exeter for a jam packed day of talks, music, food and dance, celebrating how generations of refugees and migrants have transformed the city into the multicultural community it is today. Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend and there is no need to book. So if you’re local or in the area pop by to enjoy the festivities.
Orphans In The Wild
Sally’s Garden Party
on her small holding with the animal residents of Willow Cottage in Dundry,
subject to Covid Restrictions lifting.
10am – 2pm
Wednesday 4th August.
Donations of items to sell gratefully received. Tickets: £1 per adult and 50p for children. A great family day out for the school holiday!
In the meantime, if you would like to continue to support this project through our produce sales, especially jams, chutneys and eggs, to contact Sally, please message 07810 256687 or email email@example.com
Fanny Coker Walk of Witness
When: 14th August 2021
Where: Route TBC
What: Walk around Bristol to raise money for Bristol City of Sanctuary’s Transport Fund
On the 14th of August 2021, St Pius Xth & Sacred Heart, along with others, will do a sponsored walk to raise money for our Sanctuary Transport Fund. The fund has been set up to provide free bus tickets to people seeking sanctuary, focusing on people who are destitute and those considered most vulnerable in the city.
The walk will be around those places in Bristol that are particularly associated with slavery and the slave trade, upon which so much of Bristol’s wealth has been built. Further details to follow, but please note that this plan is contingent on lockdown easing.
You may be totally new to the faith, be coming from another church or been baptised a Catholic but not confirmed or drifted away at some point due to a variety of reasons.... whatever your circumstances, we look forward to accompanying you on your journey as you enquire and learn about our faith. Contact Deacon Mark or Debbie.
World Watch List 2021
Dave Bray, who leads our OPUS project, invites us all to participate in a weekly prayer focus featuring one of the countries on the list.
Hindu extremists believe that all Indians should be Hindus, and that the country should be rid of Christianity and Islam. They use extensive violence to achieve this goal, particularly targeting Christians from a Hindu background. Christians are accused of following a ‘foreign faith’ and even blamed for bad luck in their communities. These believers are often physically attacked and sometimes killed, as well as being under constant pressure from their family and community to return to Hinduism. If they do not ‘reconvert’, they may be boycotted by their community, with a devastating effect on their ability to earn income. Many believers are isolated and don’t know any other Christians. Christians are persecuted in all areas of public and private life, and anti-conversion laws (currently in nine states, with more considering adoption) are abused to harass and intimidate Christians.
Lord, thank You that faith is growing in India despite so much opposition faced by Christians in public and private life. Please keep bringing new believers to faith, and give strength and resilience to Christians from a Hindu background. Frustrate the plans of Hindu extremists who want to rid the country of other faiths, and change the hearts of those in power. Amen.
46 people given food for 966 meals 549kg food distributed!
With shopping and donations of items we received 215Kg.
Donations can be left with Reception at the Withywood Centre, anytime between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. Please let them know if there is anything that needs refrigeration.
Or we can shop for you if you would prefer to BACS The Carpenters Food Store a/c no: 45427160 Sort code: 30-94-83.
Your support has been truly incredible. THANK YOU.
We have a new email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracey and The Team
Caring is Sharing
In 2020 we fed a total of 4238 people for one week.
(2019: 2715, 2018: 1875)
And look at this year so far!
TWO JOB OPPORTUNITIES
KS2 TEACHER SOUGHT: St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Bath is seeking a KS2 teacher for September 2021. Full information can be downloaded from the ‘Our Community’ section of our website http://www.st-marys.bathnes.sch.uk Closing date is Sunday, 13th June with interviews on 23rd June.'
CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES WORKER: The Catholic Parishes of St Francis, Nailsea and St Joseph’s Portishead are currently seeking an enthusiastic and committed individual to develop the ministry to children, young people and families in our parishes. This is an exciting role working with our two parishes and their primary schools to create opportunities for children and young people to engage in the mission and life of the Church.