Please join us in congratulating the candidates who are receiving the sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Declan this evening.
The young people from our parishes in Communion of St Augustine, St John Fisher, St Paul's, St Lawrence and Our Lady of Lourdes will be showing their commitment to their faith and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit tonight.
We thank the leaders of the programme who gave their time to work with our young people to get them to this day. We also thank the clergy and the families who supported the candidates along the way.
Please pray for them.
"Lord, You send out Your Spirit to touch the hearts of all people,
so that they may believe in You and in Jesus whom You sent.
Look kindly on all candidates for Confirmation
as they listen to Your voice.
Open their hearts to Your Spirit
and bring to fulfillment the good work
that You have begun in them.
Mass for LGBTQ+ Catholics
St. Nicholas of Tolentino RC Church, Bristol invites us all to join them for their monthly Mass for members of the LGBTQ+ community, families, friends, and allies.
Sunday 19th June at 3pm or by livestream.
See details in the poster.
“Volunteers don't get paid, not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless.” ~ Sherry Anderson
... we are incredibly lucky here at St Augustine's ~ this quote sums it up beautifully!
There are SO many people who give their time and their energy for the good of this community - mostly behind the scenes, just getting on with very helpful and important jobs.
WE THANK THEM ALL FOR BEING SO WONDERFUL!
(Plus, we 'pay' as many as we can using the "God Bless You System"!) 😆
Thanks to Deacon Vincent for your Reflections for Trinity Sunday Year C
1st Reading from the book of Proverbs 8: 22-31.
This is a poem that has greatly influenced Christian thinking about how to understand and talk about the relationship of Jesus to God. It comes in two parts and each has it’s beginning with “The Lord created me”, and the second part, “When he fixed the heavens firm, I was there.”. The first is about the creation of Wisdom and the second presents Wisdom as God’s joyful agent in creation. The first section is marked using the word “Before”, and the second by the word “When”. There has been a great deal of difficulty in translating from the Hebrew to the Greek, but this is the product of the Greek Septuagint translation, which mirrors the way we view Jesus’ relationship with God. When Jesus says, “Before Abraham was, I am”, in John’s Gospel it almost aligns with the sentiments of this poem. It is beautiful imagery and worth reading over several times during the week.
Psalm 8: 4-9.
This song continues the theme of creation and gives glory to God, and then glorifies the special place he has given to his beloved creation, mankind. It sings about how blessed we are to have such a God, who loves us so much. This really is something to dwell upon.
2nd Reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Romans 5: 1-5.
This reading concentrates on God’s unbelievable generosity in Christ. Here Paul is trying to give us grounds for hope. His arguments are laid out as; we are granted peace with God, and this peace comes for free, and the various difficulties we encounter do not disrupt this peace, because we have been made righteous by our belief in Christ, and through this belief God has poured the Holy Spirit into our lives, and the Spirit brings the love of God into our hearts. Difficulties are not punishment but a means for us to cultivate patience and perseverance.
This is the end of a very long address given by Jesus just before his arrest. He is trying to assure them that they will not be left as orphans, because God will send them the Spirit, who will tell them everything they need to know and so be enabled to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. Jesus is linking himself intrinsically with the Father and the Spirit is the Word of God, through Jesus, because the Father and Jesus are One, they are in union and their Spirit is their voice speaking to our hearts. The Spirit brings us into an intimate relationship with the Father through the Son. This is a wondrous gift that we have received, and one to really “Thank God”, and “Glorify Him”, for giving us such a wonderful gift, as themselves to us.
God Bless us All and enlighten our Hearts and Minds.