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Liturgies of Reconciliation Celebrated by Bishop Declan. Thursdays through Lent - 22nd February at St Luke & St Teresa, Wincanton, 1st March at St John’s, Bath, 8th March at Immaculate Conception, Stroud, 15th March at Holy Rood, Swindon and 22nd March at St Teresa’s, Filton.
HOPE: We are all called . . . how are we to respond?” - the parishes of the Bath Catholic Deanery are collaborating to promote and sponsor a special day to consider this question. The day is based on exploring themes of Pope Francis’ teaching for the Church today and will be led by Michelle Moran, a leading lay Missionary who has been personally appointed by Pope Francis to work on establishing new structures for the service of renewal and mission in the Church. This opportunity is open to all parishes in the diocese. The day takes place on Saturday 3rd March at 10am for 10.30am to 3.30pm, at the Apex Hotel in Bath. Refreshments and a light lunch are provided, details can be found on Clifton Diocese website.
Year of Mission - We’ve begun our Lenten pilgrimage and this first Sunday of Lent sends us back into the wilderness.
Mark’s account is short and to the point. He tells us that Jesus ‘was with the wild beasts’. As we face the truth of our
lives, as we seek to embrace the challenge and invitation of Jesus’ own call, ‘Repent’, we have to face those demons, those
wild beasts within. These are the things that need our focus and our attention during this season of renewal and growth –
taming these wild things within us; letting go of the ‘wild’ things so that we grow to become more the person God calls us
to be. But Jesus’ first words in Mark’s gospel also reveal to us the message we proclaim as missionary disciples: God’s
kingdom is near, God is near. May this first week of Lent allow God’s nearness to come to those around us through the God
we reveal in our words and our actions.
(Fr Christopher Whitehead)