Christmas Mass Times 2022



3.30pm Carols & 4pm Vigil Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes  

6pm at St Augustine’s (Downend)

6pm Vigils at St Paul’s (Yate) 

9pm Carols & 9.30pm Night Mass at St Augustine’s

Midnight Mass at St Paul’s



9am at St Augustine’s

9am at St Lawrence (Chipping Sodbury)

10.30am at Our Lady of Lourdes

11am at St Paul’s

Fr Jim, Fr Barnabas, Deacon Mike and Deacon Vincent wish you all 

a very Happy Christmas and a Blessed New Year.


Advent Reconciliation 2022

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Prepare for Christmas by celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation at one of the following services:

Advent Reconciliation & Prayers for Healing
Sunday 18th December at 3pm
at St Augustine of Canterbury, Downend

Advent Penitential Services
on Wednesday 21st December at 7,30pm
at St Paul's, Yate


on Thursday 22nd December at 7.30pm
at Our Lady of Lourdes, Kingswood

East Bristol Foodbank Reverse Advent Calendar


Items for donation to the Foodbank can be left in the Foodbank Box in the Church Porch on Sunday/Tuesday/Thursday morning 9.30-10.00am or taken directly to the Foodbank by emailing for the best time and place to donate.

Time to Start School - Primary School Applications

If you have a child born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019, 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 Gloucestershire Council (Contact No: 01454 868008), for admission during the 2023-24 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 2023.

Mass Times for All Saints Day 2022

Monday, 31st October 2022
7pm at Our Lady of Lourdes & St Bernadette, Kingswood

Tuesday, 1st November 2022
9.30am & 7.30pm at St Augustine of Canterbury, Downend
9.30am at St Lawrence, Chipping Sodbury
2pm & 7.30pm at St Paul's Church, Yate

A Fresh Start: People Affected by Imprisonment

Clifton Diocese, in partnership with Caritas Plymouth, is hosting A Fresh Start: People Affected by Imprisonment on Zoom Tuesday 29 November 2022 from 19:00-20:00. This is an opportunity for parishioners to explore prison ministry, praying together and learning about the context of prison ministry.  Registration details are on the poster.  Anyone who is interested in learning more about Prison Ministry is encouraged to send an email to

CAFOD Harvest Fast Day 2022

Harvest Fast Day 2022 Parish Talk | CAFOD from CAFOD TV on Vimeo.

A special collection for CAFOD Harvest will be held this Sunday, 9th October.  Gift Aid Envelopes are available on the table in the porch.

Renewing Our Liturgical Ministries - 12th November 2022

The Diocesan Liturgy Office has arranged for Fr Paul Turner of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City, Missouri and Director of the Office of Divine Worship for the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St Joseph, to give some input to our Liturgical Ministers on ‘renewing our liturgical ministries’.  Fr Paul is an internationally renowned liturgist who was recently appointed by Pope Francis as a Consultor to the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. 

Fr Paul will be talking to our liturgical ministers, particularly ministers of hospitality, reading and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, in the Apostle Room of our cathedral on Saturday 12 November beginning at 10.30am and ending at 3.30pm.  Refreshments will be available from 10am, and participants will need to bring a packed lunch. To book, please email with ‘Fr Paul Turner’ in the subject line.

St Bernadette Relic Tour

On Saturday 10th September several members of our parish attended Clifton Cathedral where the Relics of St Bernadette were on display. There was a full programme planned the start of which was the Welcome Entrance and Procession of the Relics at 2-00pm.  Unfortunately, the vehicle bring the Relics was held up for several hours due to accident on the motorway.  The schedule therefore had to be changed.  While waiting for the Relics, the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary were said followed by individual Blessing with Holy Water from Lourdes and then individual anointing of the sick.  When the Relics finally arrived, they were displayed in the Sanctuary, and everyone joined in a wonderful celebration of Holy Mass.  It was an extremely memorable day.  - T.Hughes

Catholic Listeners Telephone Help Line

Catholiclisteners, is a new confidential helpline launched this year during Holy Week. The service which is part of the Diocese of Westminster, has been set up for those who are returning to the faith as well as to support those who need someone to talk to. The helpline is all about listening to others, listening to those who might have become isolated due to the pandemic. This service is based on the Landings ethos of compassionate listening. Although not a counselling service,  there is a professional team trained in signposting callers to other services and agencies.

For further information please email 

or call them on 0800 448 0704

Catholiclisteners are here to listen.

St Bernadette Relics Tour, 10th/11th September 2022

In September and October this year, the Relics of St Bernadette will journey on a pilgrimage to England, Scotland and Wales for the first time, visiting 51 venues.  This very special pilgrimage will offer important opportunities for prayer, reflection, and spiritual renewal, providing a once in a lifetime opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience the special gifts and charisms of Lourdes in a church or cathedral near them.  Here is the full itinerary for the St Bernadette Relic Tour at Clifton Diocese.  The Diocese would need to know numbers attending, so groups/individuals will need to be registered.  Please either let the wardens know or contact the Parish Office if you are interested.  More information can be found on


Parish Meeting, Wednesday 27th July

All parishioners are invited to a meeting which will be held 

in the Mazenod Centre (Parish Hall, 2 Court Road

on Wednesday 27th July starting at 7.00pm.  

There are some extremely important subjects up for discussion which will affect our future.  These include our efforts to assemble a truly Pastoral Committee and its terms of reference, and how as a parish we respond to the Synod report.  Father Jim will chair the meeting, and everyone encouraged to make every effort to attend.  

This is OUR PARISH, and this is your chance to help shape our future. 

Therefore, please make every effort to attend. Thank you.


Celebrating Canon Franks' 41 years of Service & Retirement

The Parish Communities of St Augustine of Canterbury and St John Fisher   invite the people of Our Lady of Lourdes, St Lawrence and St Paul to join them in celebrating 

Canon Frank Bermingham’s 41 years of dedicated service on the occasion of his Retirement.  This special Mass will take place 

on Sunday 21st August 2022, starting at 3pm 

in St Augustine’s Church, Boscombe Crescent, Downend, Bristol BS16 6QR 

& we will toast Canon Frank’s health & happiness together after the Mass, with refreshments in the School Hall.

RSVP to or 0117 983 3939 with numbers attending by Sunday 10th July or 

use the link below to book a place


Parish Summer Fayre, 2nd July 2022

Your help and donations are urgently required.  To ensure the success of the fayre we need a great deal of help and support from you, the parishioners.   We need good quality items for the various stalls and help in manning stalls,  but also, crucially, your attendance on the day.  So please make every effort to come along and bring family and friends with you.  

LGBT+ Mass on Sunday 19th June


Glastonbury Pilgrimage 2022 - Sunday 10th July

This year’s Annual Pilgrimage to Glastonbury takes place on Sunday 10 July.

The Pilgrimage theme is ‘Mary, Queen of Peace’ and will have four main focal points:
*St Mary’s Church will be a Chapel of Exposition and Silent Adoration until 3pm.
*Immediately opposite the Church, just inside the Abbey Gate, you will find two tented Chapels: one for the Sacrament of
Reconciliation and one for private Healing Prayer.
*The traditional Pilgrimage Procession will start in the Abbey grounds at 2.15pm
*and the Pilgrimage Mass will be celebrated in the Abbey Grounds, as usual, at 3.30pm.
More information can be found on the information sheet.

A Vigil for Peace and Healing in the World


For more information and enquiries, please contact Appolinaire Etoundi.

Synod Liturgy - 22nd June 2022

Bishop Declan invites every parish to an evening liturgy at the Cathedral on June 22nd at 7pm when he will also present Clifton’s Synod report to each parish. It is hoped that at least two people including the Parish Priest will be present to receive the report. However, there are no restrictions on numbers so everyone is encouraged to attend. So that they can facilitate the event please book onto the event via this link (Eventbrite):

Celebrating Marriage Mass, 2nd July 2022

Bishop Declan is celebrating Mass in the Cathedral on Saturday 2 July (12 noon) and is inviting all married couples to join him. Personal invitations will be sent to those couples who are celebrating significant anniversaries during 2022 or those who will marry during this year. If you are planning to get married this year or are celebrating 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 65th, or 70th anniversaries during 2022, please email the parish office your contact details or email details directly to the to Adult Education Department so that personal invitations can be sent to you from the bishop.


Concert at St Augustine's Church on 28th May

Contact St Augustine's Parish Office for tickets 
Tel:  0117 0833939

LGBT+ Mass 22nd May

on Sunday 22nd May at 3pm, followed by refreshments/social

at St Nicholas of Tolentino RC Church, Lawford's Gate, Easton, Bristol BS5 0RE

For live feed go to parish website

LGBT Ministry email:

Pastoral Ministry Information Evenings

As far back as 2012, Pope Benedict XVI was advocating the need for greater involvement of the laity in the life of the Church. The Synodal Process has already shown that there is a desire by the laity to be more involved and a need for solid formation to give people the confidence to respond. Clifton Diocese offers two in-depth courses in support of this need: The Loyola Certificate in Pastoral Ministry and The Clifton Ministry Skills Programme. If you are interested or intrigued to find out more, then do join us for one of two online information sessions taking place on 26 April and 28 April at 7pm (Microsoft Teams). The information sessions will outline the purpose of the courses, introduce you to current students and provide the opportunity for asking questions and gaining sufficient information about how to apply. Sign up via the Eventbrite links for the session you wish to attend by going to the Clifton diocese website:

Ukraine Appeal on Sunday 20th March

We have had lots of enquiries about how best as a parish we can support the Ukrainian people during the most tragic of times.  Well first of course they need our prayers, so please give them a place in your heart.  The pictures on television portray scenes of great human suffering and their need of our help.  Officially the best way for us to help is to donate money to one of the charities suggested by the government.  

Therefore, on Sunday 20th March we are having a special collection to show our solidarity with the people of Ukraine. 


Memorial Mass on 6th March 2021

On 6th March we celebrated a memorial mass for all parishioners and loved ones lost in the last two years.  Those who had lost loved ones were invited to place treasured mementos/photographs at the foot of the altar.  

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them.  May they rest in peace, Amen

Death holds a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.

Lenten Daily Reflection Series

The Department for Adult Education and Evangelisation has organised a daily reflection series to support people in their Lenten journeys. 40 people generously offered their reflections as a gift to everyone in the diocese, and we are extremely grateful those who gave their time and their prayers. Each day in Lent, they will publish a video in which a member of our diocese shares their thoughts and prayers on their website, on The Clifton Evangelist Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. We encourage you to pray with each of them and ask that you show your support by sharing these videos with your family and friends.  The videos can be found here

Memorial Mass on Sunday 6th March

As a result of the pandemic, the last two years have been extremely difficult in so many ways.  One consequence has been the inability of parishioners who have lost loved ones, to have the type of funeral they would have hoped and prayed for because of restrictions. 

This for many, undoubtably disrupted the healing process.

   Whilst it is impossible to reverse time it is thought as a sign of our compassion, love and concern, we embrace the situation by celebrating a

Memorial Mass on Sunday 6th March 9.00amfollowed by a coffee morning 

 We invite all those who have lost loved ones to bring on the day of the Mass, a photo or treasured memento to be placed at the foot of the altar  where there will be lighted candles.  This needs to be done in good time, before the start of Mass.

All those listed in Parish Records, over the last two years, will be included.  If by any chance you know of anyone part of the Parish who is not on the list, and would like to include them, please contact the Parish Office

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them.  May they rest in peace, Amen

Death holds a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.

Retrouvaille - A Lifeline for Marriage


A Lifeline for Marriage! 

Has Covid put you under more stress as a couple? Is your marriage become stressed, unloving, cold? Do you argue more? 

Do you want to improve your communication? Have you separated, divorced, are you thinking about it? Do you want to try again? 

The Retrouvaille programme may be just what you  need! 

The next programme commences with a weekend 
3rd-6th March 2022 

For more information 
Telephone or text  
+44 788 729 6983 
(Complete confidentiality assured.) 

CAFOD's Walk Against Hunger Lent Challenge

There are 200 million children in the world whose lives are at risk from malnutrition. This Lent, challenge yourself to walk 200km, and help give hunger its marching orders.

Do 5k a day, your way, for 40 days, get sponsored and you’ll conquer your 200km target in time for Easter – and help people around the world to live free from hunger.

To take part, go to

Free Online Event - What is God Saying?

 You are invited to join Fr. James Mallon, Bishop Robert Barron, and Revd. Nicky Gumbel for a conversation on ‘What is God Saying to the Church?’ March 2022 marks two years since the pandemic hit much of the world. What is God saying to the Church throughout the last two years? What have we learned? What should be our focus moving forward?  

As we slowly emerge from the pandemic, we believe that we have an incredible opportunity to recommit our energies to finding new and old ways to evangelise. But there are important questions many are wrestling with: 

What is the most urgent call for the Church? 

What have the past two years revealed about the Church and how she is fulfilling her mission? 

What are we being called to repent of, to turn from, and to turn towards? 

 This is a FREE online event happening on Tuesday 1 March 2022 and starts at 6pm. 

How to sign up 

Find out more and register at:

The Clifton Evangelist

The Department for Adult Education and Evangelisation have streamlined their communication with a regular departmental newsletter “The Clifton Evangelist”.  Their first edition can be found at  They would like to encourage parishioners to sign up to their newly created social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Details of all future events or any items of interest will be made available here.  Any feedback is encouraged, please email your thoughts to