Monthly Archives: June 2016

Report by the school:

In May 2016, St Bernadette Catholic Secondary School had its Section 48 inspection. We are delighted that the school was judged to be outstanding in all the areas covered by the inspection. This is wonderful news and a testament to our pupils, dedicated staff and governors and supportive parents.

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Deacon Harry Potts died yesterday, Thursday 9th June, after a short illness.

His funeral Mass will be at English Martyrs, Chard at 12 noon on Friday 1st July.

May he rest in peace.

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The UK celebrates Her Majesty The Queen’s “official” 90th birthday on Saturday 11 June. At their April plenary meeting, the Bishops of England and Wales passed a resolution to establish that, at all Sunday Masses on 11 – 12 June 2016, each parish prays for our longest-serving monarch by including such an intention in the Bidding Prayers and by reciting at the end of Mass (after the Prayer after Communion and before the Final Blessing) the Prayer for the Queen.

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As part of our diocesan celebration of the Jubilee of Mercy we are fortunate to be able to welcome Fr Richard Leonard SJ to Clifton for a week in the middle of the month of June. Fr Richard is a member of the Society of Jesus of the Australian Province and a film critic for all the major Australian Catholic newspapers, he is a superb speaker, prolific author, and someone well able to stir up an enthusiasm in others to proclaim faith as well as share something of his tremendous joy of being a disciple.

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There are some 43,000 deacons around the world.

As part of the Church’s journey through this Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis gathered with deacons from so many parts of the world joining with him to celebrate the Jubilee with deacons. In his homily, the Holy Father reflected that it is in the service of others that evangelisation is lived out. It was an opportunity for the Church’s deacons to come together reflecting upon their ministry as icons of mercy and reminders to the Church of its call to serve and not to be served. You can read Pope Francis’ homily as part of that celebration with deacons, here.

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