Welcome to our Parish Community of
Bereaved Of The Parish– Mass on Saturday 26 November 2016 at 10.00am. All are welcome. Tea, coffee and cakes will be served in the hall after Mass courtesy of the Bereavement Support Group.
Taize Advent Service– On Sunday 27 November 2016, at 5.00pm The Parish Taize group will hold a Taize music session in the church. All are welcome, Please bring a friend.
Advent Vigil– On Friday 2 December 2016 from 8.00pm until midnight, the Prayer Group will hold an Advent Vigil in the Church. There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with prayer and later a talk and refreshments in the hall..
Morning Mass with Music– The prayer group invites you all to join in mass celebration on Saturday 10 December 2016 at 10.00am, Please come.
Christmas Bells– Thames Voyces Chamber Choir invite you to an evening of Christmas carols and readings with them. Interval drinks and mince pies available and we hope that you will join in with the audience carols! The concert is on Saturday 10 December 2016 at 7.30pm (after 6.00pm Mass). Tickets £12 or £10 (concessions) U16’s free, available on the door or our website wwwthamesvoyces.org.uk.
St Joseph & St Margaret Clitherow Joint Carol Service– Our two primary schools will be gathering on Wednesday 14th December 2016 at 6.00pm for a Carol Concert outside the Church, town centre. Please come and support our children as they embrace the final part of their Advent journey.
Bracknell Choral Society Concert– On Saturday 17 December 2016, performing Handel’s Messiah in St Joseph's Church, starts at 7.30pm. No 6.00pm Vigil Mass on 17 December 2016. The 100 singer’s choir, professional soloists and Baroque orchestra Musica Poetica. Tickets are £15, accompanied under 18s are free, includes free glass of wine and mince pie. Contact Fiona Hardman 07922 662740 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your ticket. Tickets will be available on the door on the night. For more information please visit our website www.bracknellchoral.org.uk.
The Parish Needs You– Volunteers to join the team of “offering verifiers” who meet at the parish office every Monday morning from 9.30am to approximately 11.00am to verify the offering count. This will be on a rota basis. If you can spare 90 minutes on a Monday morning to join this very important team we will be delighted to welcome you, training will be provided.
Can you help? -We need people of all ages to join the Welcoming
team at the 10.30am Sunday Mass. Welcomer’s greet and assist those arriving for Mass, give out books and newsletters, check off Readers
and Eucharistic Ministers and assist with Offerings. If you would like to volunteer for this ministry, please contact the parish office or speak to one of the Welcoming team at 10.30am Mass.
RCIA, An Invitation : We welcomed this week 7 new Candidates/Catechumens into our weekly RCIA sessions every Thursday 7.30pm to 9.00pm in the Hall. Please keep them in your prayers. Urgent. Please could you offer to become a Godparent/Sponsor for one of our new RCIA group? Please give your details to the Parish Office.
Taize Prayer Group : We will be inaugurating this style of beautiful prayerfulness for the whole community. I would like to invite all singers and musicians who are drawn to this new venture to let me know of their availability so that we can wisely choose the right time to come together. This new Ministry of Prayer needs a leader and, if you feel ‘called and gifted’ to this task, please contact the Parish Office.
Car Park Registrations : Updating of the car park entry system will take place between 1st & 3rd April 2016. Only those vehicles registered for April 2016 to March 2017 will then be able to gain entry. Registration forms are available from the Parish Office.
Salvation Geography, the Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land led by Bishop Philip,on the theme of the Sacraments, was a wonderful unforgettable experience. Here is the link to an account together with the pictures from there.
PEW PACKs FOR CHILDREN:
Fantastic news! Children will have their own material to read during mass thanks to Sarah and Theresa. Please remember to return them after mass.
Mercy and commitment
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning!
The Jubilee of Mercy is a true opportunity to enter deeply into the mystery of the goodness and love of God. In this Season of Lent, the Church invites us to learn to know the Lord Jesus ever better, and to live the faith in a consistent way with a lifestyle that expresses the mercy of the Father. It is a commitment that we are called to take on in order to offer to those we meet the concrete sign of God’s closeness. My life, my attitude, the way of going through life, must really be a concrete sign of the fact that God is close to us. Small gestures of love, of tenderness, of care, that make people feel that the Lord is with us, is close to us. This is how the door of mercy opens.
Today I would like to pause briefly to reflect with you on the theme of this expression I used: the theme of commitment. What is a commitment? What does it mean to be committed? When I commit myself, it means that I assume a responsibility, a task, for someone; it also means the way, the attitude of faithfulness and dedication, the particular care with which I carry out this task. Each day we are asked to put our heart and soul into what we do: prayer, work, study, but also in sport and recreation.... Committing ourselves, in other words, means making every effort to do our best in order to improve life....
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COMMUNITY GALLERY - A DETAILED GUIDE TO ALL THE INSPIRERS along the railings is now on-line at www.bracknellcommunitygallery.org/guide Also, Bracknell News for 8 April has a lovely photo report and editorial Comment.
Fr Danny's Blog: Did you know this existed? There is a new article. Find it here.
SICK AND HOUSEBOUND – If you would like prayers for anyone who is sick, housebound or in hospital and those who care for them, please contact the Parish Office on 01344 425729 or speak to Fr. Danny.
Here is the amazing video that Chris White has produced following the recent Diocesan trip to Bamenda where Chris kindly represented our parish. Please continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in our twinned diocese in Bamenda, Cameroon; and for the many parishes, schools, health establishments and social projects.
Almighty, ever-living Father,
You are the Eternal Shepherd who never leaves his flock untended.
We thank you immensely for the bond of love and friendship that exists between the Archdiocese of Bamenda and the Diocese of Portsmouth.
We are deeply grateful to you for the spiritual benefits this union has yielded, through which many have come to experience inner conversion and the unfathomable warmth of your love.
Through the guidcance of your Holy Spirit, may we continue to receive the grace to grow continuously in partnership and understanding.