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Diocesan Year of Prayer. Today’s Gospel does not make for comfortable reading. For many of us Jesus is the ‘Prince of Peace’ not someone who wishes to bring conflict into people’s lives. Jesus turns, what we might think of as the norm, upside down. He speaks of the humble and the poor being blessed and the rich and powerful being turned away. This teaching of Jesus has caused many to resist and challenge Christianity. In Jesus’ own life resistance to his message led to his death on a cross. Despite this he responded with non-violence, love and forgiveness. On our journey of faith, we will meet resistance when we challenge the status quo. We will lose friends and even family. May our response be as Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
Starting School? If you have a child born between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016, then now is the time to apply for a place at a primary school for admission from September 2020 onwards. You must complete an application form that is available from the school admissions team of Somerset County Council, our Local Authority. If your child has been baptised and you are applying for a Catholic school, you must also provide a copy of the baptism certificate. Please ensure you apply by the closing date of 15th January 2020.
Teachers: Have you considered becoming a Foundation Governor at a Catholic school? Teachers can make a valuable contribution to the governing body of a different school to where they are employed. Sharing experience and good practice benefits the governing body, the school where you work and provides you with valuable experience of strategic leadership and can utilise and grow your skills and experience in a different context. Whether you teach at a Catholic School or any other type of school, we would love to hear from you. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about becoming a Foundation Governor.
Day of Reflection on Saturday 19th October. We gather at St Brendan’s College, Brislington, 9.15am -2.30pm, with Fr James Hanvey, SJ who will help us reflect upon 'A life lived in Communion'.
Launch of the Diocesan Year of Communion with Vespers on Friday 22nd November at 7.00pm in our Cathedral. Bishop Declan invites our diocesan community to join him at a celebration of Evening Prayer during which he will present to each parish, community and school the resources for the Year of Communion starting Sunday 1st December.