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Time to Start School? If you have a child born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018, then now is the time to apply for a place at a Catholic primary school in the Diocese. You must complete an application form (either online or on paper) that is available from the school admissions team of the South Gloucester Council, for admission during the 2022-23 school year. If your child has been baptised, you must also provide a copy of the baptism certificate to your preferred school. Please ensure you apply by the closing date of 15 January 2022.
There are 62 maintained schools in Clifton Diocese, educating 21,673 pupils. They are supported by a ‘volunteer army’ of school governors, including 350 Foundation Governors appointed by Bishop Declan. The Bishop wishes to recruit new candidates to join the governing bodies, to help grow and sustain Catholic education in the Diocese for current and future generations, and so has produced a new promotional video where the Bishop and current governors and Headteachers, talk about the importance and value of school governors. If you would like to support catholic education and so would like to apply to be a governor, please complete the online application form https://schools.cliftondiocese.com/form-2 or contact Bill McEntee, Governance Officer via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07710094976 for more information – he would love to hear from you!
The LOV Verbum Dei Ministry (https://linktr.ee/lov_verbumdei) is very excited to explore the Gospel of John and Matthew with a 4-Part Series on the Word of God starting on Tuesday 31st August. 1 episode will be released on their YouTube channel on Tuesdays and Fridays over two weeks for all of us to immerse in a unique way into particular passages of the gospel. Please use the below link to watch the episodes and to slowly and attentively sink into the Word of God that lies behind the 'words' of the Scriptures. You can also listen each episode on the followings audio platforms (Spotify, Anchor, Google Podcast-simply search for "LOV Verbum Dei" where you can access all their audio resources). Please share it with whoever you think might benefit from it.
Link to the episodes - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnBD0Ooz7iN-DuHmh_nDSx7Dl2wc5geZK
Join CAFOD for an online day of talk and prayer to learn more about this year’s climate talks, Pope Francis’s call to action and how people in the Amazon region are leading the fight to care for our common home. The countdown is on. In a few months, the UK will host the largest gathering of world leaders ever to take place on British soil: the ‘COP26’ climate talks. Our government has a vital role to play in leading global efforts to tackle the climate crisis. But as citizens of the host nation and as people of faith, we have an important role to play too.This is the time to come together, build a community and act.
Do not miss our Faith in Action Day 2021 on Saturday 11 September, 11am-4pm.
Find out more about the UK government’s vision for COP26.
Connect with other Catholics in interactive sessions and find out how we can organise ourselves to build momentum for the climate talks in Glasgow this year.
Hear from environmental defenders in the Amazon about their struggle to protect our common home.
Explore Pope Francis’s Synod on the Amazon and his call for justice.
Get inspired by young Catholic campaigners and their fight for the climate crisis.
Stand in solidarity and pray together for our brothers and sisters who are suffering the most as a result of the climate crisis.
This event is part of the Great Big Green Week, a series of events happening in September to bring together communities across the country for climate and nature.
Agenda for the day can be found here: https://cafod.org.uk/content/download/56814/779052/version/1/file/-CAFOD%20FIA%20agenda.pdf
Our virtual pilgrimage to Lourdes starts from Friday 20th August, when there will be daily Mass livestreamed from around the Catholic Association on the diocesan website cliftondiocese.com, along with other events such as daily night prayers including our own Fr Michael Thomas on Wednesday evening.
On Sunday morning 22nd August, please join Bishop Declan at 9:30 am when he will be celebrating Mass from the Cathedral, this Mass will also be livestreamed on the diocesan website.
We shall also be joining the Lourdes Chaplains in the Grotto, as they pray the Rosary in English on Tuesday 24th August 2021 at 2.00 pm. There will be a special candle lit for the Clifton Diocese and the pilgrims at this time. If anyone would like their intentions to be prayed for during this Rosary, please send your petitions and I will pass them to the Grotto for inclusion on the altar. Please send any prayer requests to email@example.comFor full details, schedule and a welcome message from Fr. Nick King SJ please go to www.cliftondiocese.com/lourdes-2021/
The Grotto of the apparitions is the heart of the Sanctuary and is a place of prayer, hope, peace, respect, unity and silence. The spring and the statue of Our Lady of Lourdes within it are the centre of prayer for all pilgrims.
Amongst other events, we shall be joining the Lourdes Chaplains in the Grotto, as they pray the Rosary in English on Tuesday 24th August 2021 at 3:00 pm. There will be a special candle lit for the Clifton Diocese and the pilgrims at this time. If anyone would like their intentions to be prayed for during this Rosary, please send your petitions and I will pass them to the Grotto for inclusion on the altar. Please send any prayer requests to firstname.lastname@example.org .
As you all know the Covid-19 restrictions have in the main been lifted. However, The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have advised caution in areas where the cases of Covid-19 are above the national average. This applies to us in Bristol and South Gloucestershire, so we are keeping some restrictions in place. The wearing of masks is strongly advised. The one-way system after receiving Holy Communion will still operate. The restriction on the number sitting on a bench is lifted, but unless you are sitting within an already formed bubble, we politely ask you to leave some space between you and the person next to you. If you have any concerns regarding sitting close to someone, please let one of the stewards know and you can be moved to somewhere where you feel more comfortable. There will be entry and exit music but no singing for the time being.
Following the Government announcement on Monday we look forward to the hope that the easing of further restrictions will bring to so many people and businesses, but recognise that we still need to proceed with caution.
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The Diocese has a panel of directors who can offer this very important ministry to people. A dedicated webpage for them can be found under ‘Faith and Formation’ on the diocesan website www.cliftondiocese.com.
Click on this link for more information https://cliftondiocese.com/spiritual-direction/
Join Churches Together in England on 25 May 2021 for Candle of Justice: a moment of action – commemorating the first anniversary of George Floyd’s murder. The Candle of Justice will be a moment to light a candle, pray for racial justice and commit to taking personal and institutional action to tackle racial injustice in our society and our churches.
Join in1. At noon, pause for one minute to remember George Floyd and all those who experience racism
2. Light your candle* (or alternatively shine a light from your phone)
3. Pray using the Candle of Justice prayer
4. Pause, reflect and make a personal commitment to tackling racial injustice
5. Share on social media – upload your candle photo or share the Candle of Justice prayer graphic. Remember to use the hashtag #CandleOfJustice and tag in @ChurchesEngland
Bishop Declan invites us all to participate in praying a Novena to the Holy Spirit beginning this week on Thursday 13 May (Feast of the Ascension). Each of the nine days will focus on a different fruit of the Spirit. You can access the prayer resource for the Novena on the diocesan website: https://cliftondiocese.com/novena We hope as many people will join us in praying the Novena as we continue to ‘Dare to Dream’ and invite the Holy Spirit to bless our diocese as we move forward.
As coronavirus brings devastation across India, CAFOD is working with experienced local Church agency, Caritas India, to provide vital support to poor and marginalised communities. Donations to CAFOD’s Coronavirus Appeal will help Caritas India distribute PPE kits to frontline health workers, promote COVID & vaccine awareness campaigns, and set up safely run isolation & quarantine centres. You can donate online here: cafod.org.uk/give. Please keep praying for the people of India and all those affected by the pandemic.
CAFOD is holding a special online mass on Friday 7th May at 6.30pm to pray for the people of India. You can register here http://bigmarker.com/cafod/India-Emergency
Beginning on 16th May a week of free online events is taking place world-wide leading up to Pentecost.
Sunday 25th April 2021 is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.
In the midst of all the noise of this world, which calls us and attracts us, we pray for the ability to hear the call of Jesus and for the courage to follow him. We pray for ongoing commitment to the vocation in life we have received, and for all the graces we need to face the challenges this brings. We pray for young people as they face the future: that they may recognise the contribution they can make to the well-being of our world. We pray that we may be such a community of faith that many of our young people may hear the invitation of Jesus to share in his mission as priests and religious.
Friday 16th April is the Feast Day of St Bernadette Soubirous, so as part of our own ongoing virtual pilgrimage Monseigneur Liam Slattery will be celebrating a livestream Mass at 7:00 pm, please join us through the Clifton diocese website at www.cliftondiocese.com .
Join the celebration of Mass on Sunday at Our Lady of Lourdes church at 8.45am by clicking on the link belowhttps://zoom.us/j/92848637633?pwd=aDRjRGNvWTVSaG1hMmcwUjdXMGNjZz09
Meeting ID: 928 4863 7633
Join the celebration of mass for Maundy Thursday by clicking on the link below:
Meeting ID: 994 4776 6293
Time: Apr 2, 2021 02:45 PM
Join the service of the Passion of the Lord by clicking on the link below:
Meeting ID: 936 8695 9640
Time: Apr 3, 2021 05:45 PM
Join the Easter Vigil Service by clicking on the link below:
Meeting ID: 922 4222 3278
Time: Apr 4, 2021 08:45 AM
Join the celebration for mass on Easter Sunday by clicking on the link below:
Meeting ID: 980 5904 0860
We will have a basket as you enter/exit in the Church porch on Good Friday for the annual collection for "Holy Places", supporting the work of the Franciscans of the Custody of the Holy Land who have the unique responsibility of maintaining the Holy Places and preserving the Christian presence in the Holy Land. Click the link below for more information.
As we prepare for this holiest time of the year we wish to offer as much opportunity as possible for people to attend Mass, if they are able to, whilst keeping all our safety measures in place. All services will be shorter, simpler versions of the traditional Masses to limit time inside the church and you can attend any mass during the 8 days of Easter to fulfil your Easter Obligation (they are all Solemnities). With social distancing measures in place in church, we still cannot accommodate large numbers for Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday. Please note that due to safety limits on numbers, there will be no public invitation to the Chrism Mass at the cathedral this year. Our mass/service times over the Easter Triduum and the Octave of Easter are as follows
- Maundy Thursday, 1st April at 7.00pm
- Good Friday, 2nd April at 3.00pm
- Easter Vigil, 3rd April at 6.00pm
- Easter Sunday, 4th April at 9.00am
- Monday in the Octave of Easter, 5th April at 10.00am
- Tuesday in the Octave of Easter, 6th April at 9.30am
- Wednesday in the Octave of Easter, 7th April at 10.00am
- Thursday in the Octave of Easter at, 8th April at 9.30am
- Friday in the Octave of Easter at, 9th April at 10.00am
- Saturday in the Octave of Easter at, 10th April at 10.00am
Meeting ID: 929 1227 2738
You can also download the Zoom video conferencing app on your smartphone, tablet, or computer and create a free account.
We look forward the the public celebration of mass which will resume from Sunday 7th March at 9.00am. Thereafter, mass will be celebrated as usual on Tuesday and Thursday at 9.30am unless otherwise noted in the weekly newsletter. Please be mindful that all the safety measures we had in place before the closing are still in place. Remember that during this time there is still no Sunday obligation so you can attend Mass at any of the time in the week. Please only attend mass if you are well and free of Covid-19 symptoms.
This initiative aims to offer a sign of communion and hope for the entire continent.
Father Denis McBride will be leading a FREE online retreat this Lent, based on his two books Reflecting with Paintings Vol 1 and Vol 2 from Wednesday 24th February 2021
Each video will be uploaded on the dates
given below. You can choose to watch each video at a day/time
that suits you. You can access the retreat from the
Redemptorist Publications website by clicking on this link Reflecting with Paintings | Retreat with Denis McBride |
Reflecting with paintings
One of the things that has always intrigued me about Jesus is how so much of his teaching he chose to do through the medium of fiction. All his parables are fiction: each could begin ‘Once upon a time.’ Jesus asked his hearers to leave their own world and come with him into an imaginary world, and then return to their world to have an inner conversation of how they see things in the light of the parable. Jesus’ parable world is a world of great variety. You meet all sorts of people: difficult judges, committed burglars, broken families, wounded beggars, awkward neighbours, selfish priests, eccentric employers, desperate hosts, surprised guests, wise and foolish virgins.
Paintings, too, have their own language, from pictorial to representative, to coded, to abstract, to you-name-it – communicating another world to the onlooker, another slant on looking at people and things, or simply to provoke unspoken communication between the artist’s emotions and the viewer’s. For this Lenten retreat I invite you to look at selected paintings, to imagine another world, and then to return to your own story in the hope that some inner conversation might be provoked through the strange encounters.
- Denis McBride, CSsR -
- First week
in Lent - Wed 24 Feb
Praying the Rosary – Old Woman Praying the Rosary by Paul Cézanne
- Second week
in Lent - Wed 3 Mar
Growing up hyphenated – Jojo by J W Miller
- Third week
in Lent - Wed 10 Mar
Food for thought – The Promenade by Fernando Botero
- Fourth week
in Lent - Wed 17 Mar
Facing the truth – Logo for Frankfurt Book Fair, 1998
- Fifth week
in Lent - Wed 24 Mar
Bearing up – Peasant Woman with Buckets and a Child by Kasimir Malevich
- Palm Sunday
- Sun 28 Mar
Hat trick – Pilate’s Wife by Sebastien Champion
- Good Friday
- Wed 31 Mar
Letting go – Pieta by Vincent Van Gogh
When words are not enough – The Reconciliation of Peter by Iain McKillop