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Parish Projects - 2018

At a recent meeting it was decided that as a Parish we would support 3 projects in the coming year. During Lent we will be raising funds for Christians Against Poverty which helps people to manage debt problems in our area. We also hope to help a Syrian refugee family who have arrived in Nailsea by providing them with a Gym membership enabling them access to health and social benefits. Finally, later in the year we would like to support Mums & kids in Zambia introduced to us by Elizabeth Rhodes who has already been fund raising by providing coffee after Mass. One of the aims is to provide sewing machines and the skill to use them so that Mums can obtain school uniforms to enable their kids to go to school. More details of each of these projects will follow. Notes from the meeting can be seen on the notice board


Ann Loader BEM

Congratulations to
Nailsea parishioner,
Ann Loader, who was
been awarded the
BEM in the 2018
New Year’s Honours List.


Extended Morning Prayer with Liturgy of the Word - As part of the ongoing prayer for our Parish Vision there is an extended morning prayer of the Church including the Liturgy of the Word for the day. This will take place each Tuesday morning at 9am.


That Man is YOU!

Every Wednesday at 6am, a group for men to get together and share.


Cafe Francis

First and third Tuesdays of the month, come and enjoy a cuppa with your friends in the hall.


Journey in Faith

This is an opportunity for people who are not Catholics and want more to discover more about what we believe to join a friendly group for a short series of sessions. Contact Gill Huggins for more information on 882211 or st.elmos@blueyonder.co.uk or ask Fr Tom for more information.


13th July 2018

Confirmation - Bishop Declan will be celebrating the sacrament of confirmation for our parishes on 13 July.


INFORMATION/NOTICES


Parish Vision - email any thoughts or comments to vision@josephfrancis.org.uk or by writing (through Fr Tom’s letterbox). Any contributions welcome.


Meet our Parishioners - A new page with some beautifully written thoughts from our parishioners.


Transport to Mass - Please consider driving someone just once a month (once you are on a rota it is still easy to swap when you need to).  Please speak to Father Tom or Paula Swift 853526 if you can help.


Julian Trust - Some of you may be unaware that traditionally we collect items for the night shelter on a monthly basis. The Night Shelter is open five nights every week throughout the year where a warm welcome and a hot meal awaits homeless people and rough sleepers. On most nights it is used by between 80 to 100 guests who are served dinner. The shelter relies on donations to continue their amazing work. A basket for donations is in the church porch with a list above of items currently needed. Your donations will be very gratefully received. Thank you.


Why I’m Catholic - We’d like to feature the faith stories of parishioners to send out with electronic versions of the newsletter and put on our website. Would you be willing to share your story with other parishioners? You can find some great examples at whyimcatholic.com Please send your story to Fr Tom.


Safeguarding e-learning training pack - The e-learning package is part of the Church’s commitment to safeguarding and is available to all members of the Catholic community free of charge.  If you would like to take part in the training please see http://www.cliftondiocese.com/safeguarding-e-learning/ or phone Beci Monks on 01179025597.


Return - How to draw your child back to church You’re concerned about your child. He’s stopped going to Mass. Maybe he’s found another religion. Perhaps he no longer believes in God. Whatever the case, you want your child to return to the Church. But the problem is he doesn’t seem interested. He tunes you out, he ignores your pleas, and he doesn’t want to discuss religion. You would do anything to bring him back, but you have no idea where to begin. You’ve tried talking. You’ve tried nagging. You’ve tried praying. Nothing seems to work. Ask Fr Tom for a copy of Brandon Vogt’s book.


The Art of Dying Well - A new website offers help and support to those grappling with issues around the meaning of dying and death. Based on Catholic tradition it features real-life stories about dealing with the journey through death to eternal life. www.artofdyingwell.org


Children's Liturgy - Almost every Sunday Mass in term time, children have a chance to experience the liturgy at their level. A number of parishioners have been helping with this for years and now they are moving on. We need new folk to help and there are a number of ways to help, including arranging the rota, helping set up the room, accompanying the children in and out and leading the children in prayer. If you wish to find out more before committing please contact Francesca Magner on 01275 857129 or email m6agner@ btopenworld.com. Or speak to Fr Tom. Please consider coming forward to keep this valuable service going.


First Aid - Are there any parishioners who have current qualifications in First Aid who would be willing to be identified in case of any medical emergencies in the parish? Please let Fr Tom know.


Are you looking for a way to live out your faith? - Would you like to support children in our schools? Can you spare 10-12 hours a month? If the answer to these questions is yes then you could make a great Foundation Governor in a Catholic school. If you’re interested please ask Fr Tom for more details or to put you in touch with an existing governor who can tell you more about what is involved or contact: Bill McEntee of the Clifton Diocese at bill.mcentee@cliftondiocese.com or on 0117 9025599 or visit the Clifton diocesan schools website http://schools.cliftondiocese.com/


RACHEL’S VINEYARD - Have you been affected by an abortion? Rachel’s Vineyard runs weekends throughout the UK for healing after abortion for women and men. It provides a supportive and non-judgemental environment where participants are helped to accept forgiveness, experience healing and to come to peace and reconciliation. For more information and bookings visit our website at www.rachelsvineyard.org.uk or call our confidential number 0800 059 9879



Fr Clem - RIP
Listen to his song here

resolutions

Some ideas for your New Year Resolutions

Read about this here,
see the newsletter here,
and our pledges here.

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