19/5/19

PARISH NEWS for week beginning 19/5/19

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NEWS

TIDINESS!

Thanks are due to all those who help keep the church clean and tidy. However, I have noticed a lot of crumbs all over the place of place, even in the nave! Please, please could everybody make sure that they tidy up after themselves – especially the little ones!

In principle we should not take food and drink into the Temple (the nave of the church through the back screen). That is where we go to pray, not chatter and eat. Again, this is something young children too need to be taught.

We pay a lot to keep the building free of rodents and other pests. Any food waste left on tables or on the floor is an encouragement to them. Above all, it is unfair on Lizzie, who comes in each week to do the cleaning!

CLASSES

The Children’s Group has re-started for the Summer Term.

The Adults’ Group meets most Sundays after the Divine Liturgy.

PARKING

Bristol City Council’s change of parking regulations last year has made life difficult. However, if you are prepared for a short walk, on-street parking behind the University Senate House is free on Sundays.

THE SICK

It is part of our human weakness in this world that from time to time we get ill. Sometimes the illness is serious, long-term or for life. Christ and his Apostles have told us tp pray for one another. If possible that God will bring illness to an end; at least that he will give us grace and courage to endure. With that in mind, pray for our brothers and sisters with long-term illnesses or incapacities:

Linda (Mary) Jones

Carolyn (Mary) Sherriff

Richard MacDougall Smith

Phoebe Collett

Aisling Michaela O’Neill

CALENDAR FOR MAY – JUNE 2019

Sunday, May 19th
10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy Tone 3. Fourth Sunday of Pascha. Healing of the Paralysed Man.
Wednesday, May 22nd. (Fast Day: Fish, wine and oil)
Feast of Mid-Pentecost
Saturday, May 25th

  6.30 p.m. Vespers of Sunday

Sunday, May 26th 10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy Tone 4. Fifth Sunday of Pascha. The Samaritan Woman.
Sunday, June 2nd. 10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy Tone 5. Sixth Sunday of Pascha. Healing of the Man Born Blind.
Wednesday, June 5th. (Fast Day: Fish, wine and oil)
 
 
  6.30 p.m. Vespers of the Feast
Leave-taking of Pascha After today we do not sing “Christ is Risen” Eve of the Ascension
Thursday, June 6th. 9.00 a.m. Divine Liturgy
Ascension of the Lord.
Sunday, June 9th.
 
10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy
Tone 6. Seventh Sunday of Pascha Sunday Commemorating the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council
Friday, June 14th.
Leavetaking of the Ascension.
Saturday, June 15th.
9.00 a.m. Divine Liturgy
  6.30 p.m. Vespers of the Feast
Memorial Saturday (Commemoration of the Departed)
Sunday, June 16th.
 
10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy
 
 
 
  12.00 noon Vespers of Monday (Day of the Holy Spirit), with the Kneeling Prayers
PENTECOST. Trinity Sunday. Eighth Sunday of Pascha. Пятидесятница. День Святой Троицы. Pogorârea Duhului Sfânt
FAST-FREE WEEK

Sunday, June 23rd. 10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy Tone 8. First Sunday after Pentecost. All Saints. Commemoration of the Fathers of the Second Ecumenical Council

SOME SAINTS’ DAYS this week:

Sunday: Martyr Patrick, Bishop of Prussa (2 – 3 c)

Monday: Martyr Thallelaios at Aigai in Cilicia (c284)

Tuesday: Emperor Constantine and his mother Helena (337 and c330)

Wednesday: Martyr Basiskos (Vasiliskos) of Comana (Pontus c308)

Thursday: St Michael the Confessor, Bishop of Synnada (826). Mary, the wife of Cleopas, myrrhbearer (1st. c)

Friday: St Symeon ‘Stylites’ the Younger (592)

Saturday: Third Finding of the Head of St John the Baptist (850). Martyr Urban, Pope of Rome (230)

“The Church in The British Isles will only begin to grow when she begins to venerate her own saints again”     (Saint Arsenios of Paros †1877)

So, this week we celebrate:

Sunday:

St Ealhwine (Alcuin) of York, Abbot of Tours (804). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcuin

St Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, restorer of monastic life (988) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunstan

Monday: St Æðelberht II (Ethelbert), King of the East Angles and martyr (c793)

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

Thursday:

Friday:

Saturday: St Aldhem, Bishop of Sherborne (Dorset) (709) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldhelm

HAS THE FOODBANK SLIPPED YOUR MIND?

The need for contributions to the Foodbank is as great as ever. Please continue giving.

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