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Diocesan Year of Prayer. Today’s Gospel helps us to understand what it means to be a Eucharistic community and how we become the Body of Christ each week. As we gather we are welcomed just as Jesus welcomes the crowd. We listen to the Word of God in the readings and hear what Jesus has to say and he feeds us with his own Body and his own Blood. Through our receiving of Christ, we pray that we may be healed, ‘Lord, I am not worthy ...’. Now, as the Body of Christ on earth, we are commissioned to love and serve the Lord in the poor and in the vulnerable of our communities. Serving our communities is about sharing what we have and, importantly, who we are with others. It is about taking the Bread of Life (Jesus) and being him for others in the week to come. There is an African phrase ‘ubuntu’ which means no man is an island – that people only exist in relation with others and that everybody shares what, by the grace of God, they have. How we live and act with one another is a sign to others of Christ’s presence in the world. When we fail in our relationships with one another we fail to be the Body of Christ in the world and that is a pity because more than ever the world needs to know Christ.
Join the Climate Change Lobby to Parliament! in London this Wednesday (26th June). Join CAFOD and many other charities at an unforgettable event. Get involved in action for the campaign against the climate and environmental crisis, with CAFOD, and tell our leaders that Britain should no longer contribute to the destruction of our common home. You can make a difference by joining in – a coach is going from our Clifton Diocese to the Lobby in London. Please register if you would like to attend - see the CAFOD website for more details or contact Liz Baldwin at the CAFOD office in Bristol on 01172 428 328 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
An Outstanding Student has been told he could face imminent deportation a week before he’s due to take his A-levels. Stiven Bregu, 18, was trafficked to the UK from his native Albania against his will in 2015 at the age of just 13 to escape a violent and abusive family situation. He was left on the edge of Keynsham in the middle of the night, alone, with no possessions and barely able to speak English. The teenager started at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School in Bristol a month later, where he went on to excel and was expected to have a bright future ahead of him before the Home Office denied his application to remain, stating “it is not in the public interest”. Thousands of people – including teachers and Bristol mayor Marvin Rees – have rallied in support of Stiven and are calling on the Government to reverse its decision to deport him. There is a petition which you can join at the change.org website.
Bishop Declan invites you to join him in celebrating our diocesan family on Saturday 6th July. Keynote speakers, workshops and sessions for all ages. We gather at St Brendan's Sixth Form College with our Bishop and with people from across all parishes in the diocese. It is always a good day and the hope is that there is something for everyone. The day begins at 9.45am with an opening liturgy and concludes at 4.15pm with Mass. Refreshments served from 9.15am. Details can be found on the poster and booklets on the diocesan website. Lunch is provided, please email just to let us know you are coming at email@example.com
The Clifton Diocese Summer Camps are now taking bookings for 2019. A residential week of outdoor activities, catechesis, faith development, friendship and much more, all for only £200 per child! For more information, please visit the Clifton Diocese website, or go to the Living Your Faith website. Week 1 (ages 7-11): 12th-16th August, Week 2 (ages 12-16): 19th-23rd August.