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HELP Needed for Christmas Bazaar see Chris's post below


St.Peters Church,Biggleswade.
Last Sunday’s gospel Mark 13:24-32, Jesus said to his disciples: "In those days, after the time of distress, the sun will be darkened, the moon will lose its brightness, the stars will come falling from heaven and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory;” At this time early Church Fathers believed that rather than meaning ‘their generation’ that this gospel referred to the age of Christianity and compared it to the ‘old testament’ and ‘new testament’ being different generations. Although the meaning may have changed down the ages two questions remain unanswered When will he come? And how will he come? Sceptics now refer to the worlds television cameras showing that the world is indeed passing away when we see/hear of nations brandishing nuclear weapons; others starve as society’s economies fall in times of another brandished saying ‘austerity cuts’. When there is so much that we can have little control over maybe time would be best spent concentrating on our inner strength - faith, in turn our developed relationship with God will build courage to deal with life’s’ burdens. From then we can feel reassured that when earth passes away God’s love will not. We must not be preoccupied with predictions of the day or hour that the Lord will come, these matters far less than how He will find us living on his arrival.

First Holy Communion, forms in church porch, please complete and hand into Parish Office by 16th December. Classes commence Sunday 13th January 2013.

Sacrament of Confirmation, if yu wish to be considered please complete forms in the church porch and return to Parish Office.

Carmel in Beds- Carmelite Prayer group next meeting Wednesday 28th November commences at 6.30 pm. Parish Room. Everyone welcome, the aim is to further the cause of the Church by prayer and good works.

Christmas Bazaar Saturday 1st December 11-2pm, help required for setting up etc, baking, donating gifts, sell Grand Draw raffle tickets.

-Grand Draw ticket stubs need returning on 25th November

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Christmas Bazaar

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See Brenda's post below as well . . .

The Christmas Bazaar is almost upon us and the Social Committee have worked hard but they could do with a hand. To begin with they need stuff to sell and raise money:

• Good quality "preloved" items.
• Cakes, bottles and other luxury consumables.
• Items that you would like someone to give you.

The Committee also needs help with setting up, manning the stalls and taking it all down. Please contact Claire on 222572 to volunteer for part (or all) of this endeavour.

And don't forget to come and enjoy the Bazaar on the day. There will be delicious snacks, including jacket potatoes with lovely fillings that you won't want to miss!

God bless

Chris
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St Peter’s Catholic Church Biggleswade.

In one week we experienced a huge contrast, we joyfully watched firework displays then within 7 days solemnly remembered those who fought in all wars from the First World War to those in Afghanistantoday. Another contrast was seen in the gospel last Sunday Mark 12:41-44, where rich people donated large amounts of excess money they had to the Country’s Treasury and the widow women who gave only two small coins; all the money she had. In biblical times, sadly Widows were usually very poor. This was because it was the Husband’s position to work and provide money for his wife and family, so if he died there was no benefit system to help for rent or food. Jesus knew that the Widow had given all the money that she needed to live on and told His disciples that she had contributed more than all the other people put together, because she had given everything she had. The Widow had put her trust in that God would provide what she needed to live on. So, in the Lord’s eyes she was much more generous than the rich people because she had nothing left over. She gave all she had. God wants us to be able to give a lot too. He wants us to allow sharing to be more important than keeping.

November 17th Saturday 10.30-11.30 Coffee Morning to meet new Parish priest Fr. Richard Moroney and chat with friends.
 
November 22nd Thursday 7.30 pm Parish council meeting, All parishioners welcome.
 
Altar Servers – required for Saturday Evening 6.30pm CONTACT Andrew & Caroline Kluth.
 
Christmas Bazaar 1st December, donations required for Grand Draw, box in church porch. Please contact Parish Office for further details 01767-312023. http://www.st-peters.eu/.

 
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St.Peter’s Catholic Church Biggleswade.
Last Sunday’s gospel Mark 12:28-34 tells us about a scribe who puts this question to Jesus “What is the first of all the commandments?” Jesus replied in two parts the first part that one must love the Lord our God with all your heart and strength, the second part to love thy neighbour as yourself. This is a well known commandment that we all believe in and practise every day to the best of our ability. When writing this each week I look at what scriptures have written over the past 2000 years together with homilies written by modern day people to try to arrive at a meaning for that week’s gospel. Sometimes the actual meaning is so profound it goes straight over my head! And is only fully appreciated by the very educated catechists amongst us. Today we have a connection between the gospel and the Year of Faith (Oct 2012 to Nov 2013). This gospel reminds us that faith has to be put into action. It is difficult, but by dedicating time to learn more about our faith, loving God through the prayer and the sacraments we can then put this into practise by loving our neighbour as ourselves; this is a part of what the Year of Faith is about.

November 11th Sunday-Remembrance Day, please note Mass will start at 9.45 am and not 10am. This is to enable Fr.Richard to reach the Cenotaph in the Market Square for 11am.

November 14th Wednedsday 7.30 pm Social Club meeting, All welcome.

November Sacred Heart Flitwick 15th 7.30pmThe Common Good, exploring the way social teaching works in the real world.

November 17th Saturday 10.30-11.30 Coffee Morning to meet new Parish priest Fr. Richard Moroney and chat with friends

November 22nd Thursday 7.30 pm Parish council meeting, All parishioners welcome.
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St.Peter’s Catholic Church Biggleswade, Last Sundays gospel was from Mark 10:46-52. This gospel informs us of the miracle that Jesus performed when He restored the sight of the blind beggar. All through this scripture unlike previous gospels Jesus did not correct the disciples; there was a reason for this. The gospel says, Jesus is heading for Jerusalem, he had just left Jericho that was about 15 miles north east of Jerusalem a major crossroads where travellers and beggars to meet from all other directions to lead into Jerusalem, and although not mentioned, Jesus was heading towards His Passion (the crucifixion and resurrection). Jesus knew this but the Disciples were not aware of how close they were to this event or fully comprehended what it meant. There are several reflections within this text. One being the referral to a beggar, an image of great faith, a faith that overcome huge obstacles; in this instance the Disciples who prevented him from reaching Jesus. The beggar was Bartimaeus, being the son of Timaeus; Mark used this name and linage as a metaphor for all of those outside of the faith, those who did not have the full insight into Jesus, the model of all those who are marginalized, forced to beg for mercy while the great ones of the world pass by. This was endorsed when Mark mentioned that the beggar was found sitting ‘by the way’, in this time people who believed in God and Jesus called themselves ‘members of the way’. Therefore, as Bartimaeus was found beside ‘the way’ this meant that he (or they) were not yet members.  Through this metaphor it can be perceived that there was also a contrast between Jesus ‘The Son of David’ from royal lineage and Bartimaeus being the son of Timaeus being of no importance or statue. Therefore through Jesus’ mercy by reinstating Bartimaeus sight  He transformed Bartimaeus life rather than just solving a problem.

November 11th Sunday-Remembrance Day, please note Mass will start at 9.45 am and not 10am. This is to enable Fr.Richard to reach the Cenotaph in the Market Square for 11am.

Shared Supper & Social Evening-Friday 2nd November 7.30pm, please bring a plate of food (1 plate only please & indentify to ensure its returned). An opportunity to meet with our new priest Fr. Richard Moroney and with old friends, entertained by local choir T.A.G.S.

Sponsored bike & hike Many congratulations to Andrew Kluth who raised £343 for the Beds & Herts. Historic Churches, ½ will go to St Peter’s. Thank you to all those who sponsored.
 
Coffee Morning Saturday 17th 10.30-11.30 am Invitation to meet Fr. Richard and chat with friends.
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Yesterday's Reflection in Bible Alive was significant for me; it talked about sticking to the straight path, but gave hope for those normal people who find it difficult. In particular the quote from St John Chrysostom was instructive:

"Thus we will always be inclined to stray from the path of love; day by day we will make wrong choices. Yet even to speak of ‘straying from the path’ is to show that we seek the path and discern the direction it leads. To be a disciple of Christ is not a guarantee of always remaining on the path; rather it is a commitment – a promise – to stay as near to the path as the will allows, and to struggle back onto the path after straying. This is as much as we can undertake in our own strength; through the grace of God we hope that over the years our journey will become straighter."
I found that thought heartening . . .
Chris
p.s. Today's Reflection is good as well, giving an interpretation of the Beatitudes. C
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