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Biggleswade Chronicle Notices

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Feast of the Ascension-Last Sunday’s Gospel to celebrate Christ’s Ascension into heaven is from Mark 16:14a, 15-20. In this, Mark’s last Gospel we hear the Risen Lord issuing to us a solemn challenge "Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to all creation." This is not so much a call for preaching as it is a reminder that we should want to share the wonderful gift of faith with which we have been endowed. If we realize how important this wisdom of Jesus is for ourselves, we will never tire of offering it to others. Jesus founded only one Church to whom he gave the gospel, one truth, under the one authority of the Apostles and their successors. At the beginning of this scripture we are reminded that these words were once spoken by Jesus himself to some disciples who were facing a difficult time. They felt very disorganized and lost; here now was Jesus standing before them and showing them the way to go forward.

Please pray for the children taking their First Holy Communion on Saturday 9th June, who are working hard at their catechism.

CAFOD,(Catholic Agency for Overseas Development-40 Countries Worldwide) Lent Appeal 2012 St.Peter's raised the colossal amount of £1,343.61, which will be matched £ to £ by the UK Government, equating to £2,687.22 a huge Thank you to the fundraisers and those who donated.

Diamond Jubilee Fun Day on Tuesday 5th June 2-6pm, organised by Churches Together Biggleswade & Biggleswade Town Council to be held at Eagle Farm Road Field. Many free activities including Fairground rides-Games & Competitions - Arena Events - Live Music. St.Peter’s is organizing and cooking the BBQ, your help is needed to set up, cook, serve and clean up.

Homemade Cakes needed for Market Stall on Saturday 9th June. For information on all events please see Church Porch for further details.
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Biggleswade Chronicle Notices

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St.Peter’s Catholic Church.

The gospel this week John 15:9-17 refers to one of the most powerful sayings  ‘A man can have no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends.’

A wise person will not demand more of their friendships than the individual can bear, if the individual is prepared to give everything he has including his life then this can be deemed as perfect love; unconditional love, a voluntary surrender of one’s life for a friend. Human nature is simply incapable of a greater act of love than that of sacrificing one's life for a loved one; perfect love. This is the meaning of the cross. This is the meaning of the death of Christ as the Way to union with God. Jesus  tells us that there is no other way, no door other than perfect love.. and this is what Jesus did for us.

Volunteers needed for – Churches Together Biggleswade Diamond Jubilee Fun day 5th June 2-6pm, St.Peters is organizing the BBQ, your help is needed to set up, cook, serve and clean up please see John or Sue Lang. Annual Market Stall June 9th home made cakes & plants needed. First Holy Communion will take place on 9th June please pray for the children.

Carmalite Spiritual Group 23rd May Meeting starts at 6.30 with evening prayer  also June meeting on Saturday 16th ‘Carmel in Bedfordshire’ Trip to the Ware Monastery  of Discalced Carmelite Nuns ( car share) Mass 11am followed by lunch please see Peter Arrowsmith. Contact email stpetersbiggleswade@gmail.com  www.st-peters.eu.
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Biggleswade Chronicle Notices

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St.Peter’s Catholic Church. Station Road.Biggleswade.

Last Sunday was 5th Sunday of Easter  the gospel from John 15:1-8 “I am the real vine, and my Father is the gardener. He breaks off every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and he prunes every branch that does bear fruit, so that it will be clean and bear more fruit. You have been made clean already by the teaching I have given you. Remain united to me, and I will remain united to you. A branch cannot bear fruit by itself; it can do so only if it remains in the vine…” The image of ‘the vine’ is particularly effective because the branches cannot live without their attachment to the vine, neither can they be fruitful without the goodness provided by the vine. We were grafted onto the vine, Jesus, on the day of our baptism. We draw the sap from Jesus to give us the energy to live Christian lives, when we pray, when we gather every Sunday to celebrate the Mass, every time we receive the sacraments. This reading gives us an opportunity to see if there are some things in our lives that no longer contribute to our growth.  Growth is prevented through sin, selfishness or just plain carelessness. A neglected friendship falters quickly. However, for us there is always hope, unlike the vine branches our rift from Jesus could be healed.

Volunteers needed for – Churches Together Biggleswade Diamond Jubilee Fun day 5th June 2-6pm, St.Peters is organizing the BBQ, your help is needed to set up, cook, serve and clean up please see John or Sue Lang. Also help needed for Churches Together ‘Christian Aid Week’ collections outside Supermarkets (contact Alban) 19th May & ‘House to House’ week 13-19th May (Contact Fiona Day Neil Spencer). Market Stall June 9th home made cakes & plants needed. Contact for all email
stpetersbiggleswade@gmail.com Our thanks go out to Chris Barker who is currently updating our website www.st-peters.eu .... Well worth a look, and contribute to our Blog.




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Christian Aid Week: 13–19 May 2012

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Let’s give the tools to help people in poverty out of poverty  during Christian Aid Week (CAW): 13–19 May 2012 

Thousands of churches will stand together this Christian Aid Week to speak out for change.
It is estimated that over 100,000 committed volunteers will go out and put their faith into action, raising funds to help some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.

This includes Britain’s largest house-to-house collection – an extraordinary act of witness, demonstrating to our communities that we care about poverty and justice. Last year we raised over £3000, and this year The UK government are allowing UKAid to match £1 for £1 the amounts raised up-to a maximum of an additional £5 million...

 If you'd like to be involved in this in Sandy or Biggleswade please drop Alban email by clicking on his name or copying an pasting "finance@st-peters.eu".   If not then consider keeping us and those in poverty in your prayers during CAW.  A service to kick start the week is taking place at St Swithun's Sandy on Sunday 13th 6:00pm;  5:30pm for hymn practice. All are welcome.

This year, Christian Aid Week tells the story of remarkable change taking place in a community in rural Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone is one of the hungriest countries in the world. But helped by Christian Aid partner the Methodist Church of Sierra Leone (MCSL), some people there have found the tools to move beyond hunger and speak out for the changes they want to see.   See more and possibly be inspired to act by watching this short 4 minute video.



Christian Aid currently works with 507 partner organisations in 47 of the poorest countries around the world. From Sierra Leone to Tajikistan, from Kenya to Bolivia, we are helping communities to make their voices heard and look towards a brighter future. Poverty is a scandal and that can be ended. Look out for local events and discover how you can get involved by contacting your Christian Aid Week representative, or by visiting www.caweek.org ‘

Christian Aid organise a one-off event each year, which involves the whole community; seeing everyone of all faiths and no faiths working together for one cause is very uplifting and raises a large amount of money at the end.’ Christian Aid Week volunteer.
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Rio +20 Lobbying – 20-22 June

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We are all urged to support the multi-agency campaign to lobby for the principles of the Rio Conference to be sustained and built.
Progressio are asking everyone to think about the future they want. They've mailed a Rio+20 action pack to every Catholic parish in England and Wales. And they have produced a number of resources available exclusively online to go with it: (Click the Progressio link above for more details).

Be inspired - watch this video:
 
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2012 Olympic Games - 100 days of peace

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The 2012 Games are nearly here. It is great that London Citizens have chosen to mark the start of the 100 Days of Peace on 9th June 2012 with events highlighting their CitySafe Havens achievements around London, all being filmed from a helicopter! They will celebrate the initiatives of young people across the capital who have been working in their local communities to ensure that there are always safe places to go for anyone who feels threatened by violence.

An open Prayer Vigil from 11.00pm on Friday 8th June at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, will see the 100 Days of Peace begin with hourly prayers from different traditions,culminating in songs of praise and a service at 11.00am, Saturday 9th June, attended by the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, and the Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, and other London Church Leaders. There are so many ways we can celebrate this Olympic peace season;  perhaps we could think of ways too?
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Children's Good Shepherd Witness

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I took this on Good Shepherd Sunday of the children's efforts during Mass to depict the Good Shepherd. I do admire the work they and their leader put into these productions.

Chris

Good Shepherd notices
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Christian Aid Week
19th May

Voulenteers are needed to collect money outside Asda supermarket
on Saturday 19th May. If you can spare some time please contact
 Alban or the church office.
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Meditation of the Week
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Helping Others

Jesus, strengthen me in supporting those in our society who are vulnerable; help me live patiently with my own weaknesses. As I walk in your way, I extend my hands to others so that together we can form a safety net. Amen.

If you know of meditation that others may enjoy
 please let us know at
Brenda brenda.green@st-peters.eu
              Chris webmaster@st-peters.eu               
 
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Chronicle Church Notices 4th May 2012

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St.Peter’s Catholic Church. Station Road.Biggleswade.
Last Sunday was 4th Sunday of Easter also known as ‘Good Shepherd Sunday’. The gospel - John 10: 11-18 tells us that how Jesus is a good shepherd who would lay down his life for his sheep & the ‘hired’ shepherd who ran away when a wolf attacks the sheep he was watching. To understand this context in the ancient Eastern world - everyone would understand the trials & tribulations of a shepherd as most people had at least a few sheep. So they would understand that the shepherd would lead the sheep to good pastures and water often for days at a time. Wild predators roamed free and it was a hazardous task to round up wandering sheep and keep them together safely through the night. The concept of the good shepherd developed in the Old Testament where Israel's corrupt and self-serving leaders are described as bad shepherds, and the Lord promises to come and care for his sheep himself: 'I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep...! will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the crippled, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will watch over'.

Volunteers needed for -
1)Biggleswade Diamond Jubilee Fun day 5th June 2-6pm, St.Peters is organizing the BBQ, your help is needed to set up, cook, serve and clean up please see John or Sue Lang.

2)Churches Together ‘Christian Aid Week’
    a)collections outside Supermarkets (contact Alban) 19th May
    b)collections House to House’ week 13-19th May (Contact Fiona Day or Neil Spencer).

Busy Buddies (Mother & Toddler Group) meets every Friday 9.30-11.30 am (Term Time) Support and chat over coffee with other Mum’s of children under pre-school age. All welcome contact Lindsey 01767-223074 for details.

Contact above email at stpetersbiggleswade@gmail.com.


Website www.st-peters.eu



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