Christmas Mass Times 2023



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

6pm at Vigil Mass St Augustine’s (Downend)

6pm Vigil Mass at St Paul’s (Yate) 

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

12.00 Midnight Mass at St Paul’s



10.30am at Our Lady of Lourdes

9am at St Augustine’s

9am at St Lawrence (Chipping Sodbury)

11am at St Paul’s

Advent Reconciliation Services 2023

Image result for free advent penitential service clipartPrepare for Christmas by celebrating the Sacrament of        Reconciliation at one of the following services, 

                                            all at 7.30pm on:

Tuesday 19th December at St Paul's, Yate ,
 Wednesday 20th December at St Augustines, Downend
& Thursday 21st December at Our Lady of Lourdes, Kingswood

Christmas Fayre 2023

Saturday, 25th November 2023
from 12.00pm - 4.00pm
in Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School

Please help us to make this year's Fayre a roaring success! 

Come along with family and friends on the day and visit Father Christmas in his grotto, get some Christmas bargains, and have some refreshments and don't forget to get your Raffle tickets and be in with a chance to win the £100  first prize!
All welcome!

CAFOD Israeli-Palestinian Crisis Appeal

Donate to CAFOD’s Israeli-Palestinian Crisis Appeal at or call 0303 303 3030 to support those affected and get funds to local trusted experts in Gaza and southern Israel who have been working alongside communities helping those most in need.  Your donation will help support aid workers providing urgent humanitarian aid including food, water and emergency shelter to those in need. Thank you for your prayers.”

First Holy Communion 2024 - CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS 30th November 2023

Applications are now open for
First Holy Communion 2024
for children who have been baptised
in the Catholic Church
and who are in Year 3 or above.  
If you wish your child to receive
First Holy Communion 2023
please download and complete 
the  Application form and
return it to the Parish Office by 
Thursday 30th November 2023.

Application forms are also available from the Parish Office, OLOL School Office 
and in Church on Sunday.

For more information please contact the Parish Office
  Tel: 0117 9498743   

CAFOD HARVEST APPEAL 2023 - Special Collection on 8th October

Dr Nasha’s mobile clinic gets her and her team where they’re needed – fast.  When flooding hit Pakistan last year, the team travelled hundreds of miles to treat people who needed medical help after the disaster.  That’s how they met Meera.  Meera gave birth in hospital while her home was destroyed by the floods.

Watch Meera's story

Or donate during the special collection on Sunday, 8th October.  Gift Aid envelopes are available in the porch.


Confirmation will be celebrated at by Bishop Declan at
Our Lady of Lourdes on 20th June 2024 at 7.00pm.  Candidates must be of secondary school age (11-18 years).  Download the Registration Form / Programme Dates 
or pick a paper copy from the Parish Office or church (on the table in the porch).  

Completed forms should be returned to the Parish Office - please remember to include an email address which will be used for all communications.


Webinar Series - Bishop John Arnold - Lumen Gentium

Series of Webinars Linking with the first Session of the Synod on Synodality in Rome (October 2023), Clifton Diocese will be exploring the same themes through a series of webinars (7.30-9pm) through Sept & Oct; 

First Webinar:  Bishop John Arnold - 21 September – Lumen Gentium.  

Link to register -

Sea Sunday - 9th July

On Sunday 9th July we will have a special collection for Sea Sunday in support of all sea in need.  Donations can also be made online at or text SEA to 70460 to donate £5.  Please pray for the protection of all seafarers and fishers, who work hard on the perilous sea to bring us many of the goods we rely on in our daily lives.  



Fr Matt Anscombe of our diocese has written a book called 'Don't Forget the Holy Spirit'.  He shares personal testimony and considers the difference the Holy Spirit makes in our lives of faith. Further details and recommendations and a link to buy the book can be found on his website - it is also available on Amazon. Cost is £10 (+P&P).

An Evening of Prayer & Worship

An evening of prayer & worship organised by St Patrick's church Pan-African Community 

on Friday 19th May 

at St Patrick's Catholic Church, Netham Rd, Redfield, Bristol BS5 9PF at 6.00pm

Prayers, Music, Benediction, Communion, Dance

Featuring Fr Jerome Ajakaye, Fr Joseph Mensah SVD and the Pan-African Community Choir


Pastoral Ministry Formation Courses - Information Evenings

The Loyola University Certificate in Pastoral Ministry and the Clifton Ministry Skills Programme, two in-depth courses in support of the need of the desire by laity to be more involved and the need for solid formation to give people the confidence to respond.  The Diocese are now actively seeking to recruit for the next course which begins in September 2023. Ideal for ANY parishioner who seeks to develop their capacity to serve the parish in anyway which they believe the Lord is calling them. If you are a catechist – this course is for you. If you are a minister in any form – this course if for you. If you are not involved in any way but would like to be – this course if for you! Interested? – then go to one of our information evenings taking place around the Diocese in June to hear in more detail about the courses, content of both, time commitment involved and costs including the role of parishes to support those who take on either of the courses.    Both take place part-time over 2 years and include on-going support/guidance from a committed team. Find dates/locations of information session on the poster or at



Come, Follow Me

This Eastertide we continue in Clifton Diocese to pray for vocations to the priesthood for our own diocese.  Please watch Fr Stephen Corrigan of St Peter's, Gloucester talk about vocation and his own call to priesthood, about being a seminarian and now being a priest in a parish, as well as the joy and fulfilment in his life and ministry as one of our newer priests: go to

Priesthood - Fr Stephen Corrigan.mp4 from Clifton Diocese on Vimeo.

Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, Thursday 18th May

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Mass for the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord
(Holyday of Obligation)
Thursday, 18th May 2023 at 9.30am (School Mass)
All are welcome to attend

First Holy Communion 2023

Congratulations to the sixteen children who received their First Holy Communion on Sunday 7th May here at Our Lady of Lourdes & St Bernadette.  Thank you to all who played a part in this joyous occasion, the catechist who led the children through their preparation and to all those who helped in any way to make it a special celebration for all the children and their families.

A Reflection on our Easter Triduum

We would like to say a big thank you to all who supported our Easter Triduum. 

 It began with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.  At the Last Supper, when he knew the hour had come for him to depart from this world, he wasn’t focused on himself but on others.  He assumed the role of a bondservant, who was considered the lowest of the low in the hierarchy of servants, and who was given the most menial of tasks, such as washing the dirty feet of their superiors.  Thank you to all who volunteered for feet washing.

 Good Friday began with Children’s Stations of the Cross at 11.00am and how great it was to see so many children there, and eagerly joining in, so thank you to all the parents for your support.  Then followed ‘The Passion of the Lord’ at 3.00pm, which again was well attended, so thank you for your support.  A special mention here to all the ‘Readers’ of the Passion who read so beautifully.  From death came life, from defeat came victory, and from the darkness of Calvary burst forth the victory of the empty tomb.

 The Easter Vigil Mass.  On Palm Sunday when Father Jim was informing the congregation of the events of “Holy Week” he said, “Our Vigil Mass would be the best ever”.  How right he was.  It was simply fantastic.

 It began outside in the car park with the blessing of the Easter fire and Paschal Candle.  The Paschal Candle was then lit from the new fire while saying, “May the light of Christ rising in glory dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds”.  Everyone then entered the darkened church receiving their own candle which was lit from the Paschal Candle.  We then had our readings, followed by baptisms, confirmations, and parishioners being received into the church.  It was amazing, one could go on and on.  However, this could not happen without a lot of people putting in a lot of hard work.   So here is our expression of thanks.

 The priests, the deacons, the altar servers, readers, musicians, and choir, all the practice they put in certainly paid off.  We also thank the Liturgy Group for all the work they put in which made the whole evening such a success.  Finally, we would like to say a special thank you to two of our younger parishioners.  Serena for her beautiful reading and singing, and Sophie, who week after week, prepares the readings and designs the projections for Mass and operates the projector.

 At the end of the Mass there was a buffet laid on, which hopefully was enjoyed by those who stayed, so our sincere thanks go to the Social Committee.  There was however, one minor problem - Someone purchased bottles of red wine which had corks rather than a screw top and as we didn’t have a corkscrew,  some improvisation was required but it all worked out in the end.

 Easter Sunday saw the church packed and what a delight it was seeing so many attending.  Following Mass, all our younger children were invited the go to the altar and collect an Easter egg.  The purchase of them was sponsored by the local dentist. (Father Jim’s joke, not ours)

 Hopefully you have all enjoyed celebrating this most wonderful Easter Feast and thank you all for your support.

Lord Jesus, for the benefit of everyone you tasted death and went into the tomb,

but your body didn’t see corruption and you rose again on the third day. 

You conquered death, and therefore we celebrate your victory with great joy.


 The Vigil Mass was an example of “Our Churches in Communion for Mission”. 


The Mission Prayer

Father, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us to reawaken in us a thirst and passion for mission. 

Grant that your gifts of faith, hope and love will lead us in true discipleship,

so that the Good News of Jesus Christ will find a home in our hearts 

and open us to the needs of all. 

Then, trusting in your Almighty power, give us the desire and courage

to proclaim our faith in him to a broken world.


Good Friday Cross Carry Visit

On Good Friday we welcomed a team of parishioners from St Joseph's in Fishponds on their Sponsored Cross Carry! Raising funds for our Centenary statue of St Joseph. They stopped for a little rest/refreshments and then continued on their journey.

Photos from St Joseph's

How to Talk about our Catholic Faith with our Adults, Young People & Children


Clifton Diocese in partnership with ‘Light of Truth’ are offering a five-week course on how we talk about our Catholic Faith with other adults, young people and children – do join us if you can.

 To sign up, parishioners need to click on:

Marriage Enrichment and Marriage Encounter

Marriage Enrichment

Marriage Enrichment Retreat for married couples this coming May. Details at the following link and in the attached flier:   Please do consider promoting this, perhaps especially to couples who have married in recent years or are approaching a first significant anniversary. The retreat aims to give couples a clear sense of the beauty and dignity of the marital vocation as an icon of Christ and His Church, whilst implicitly providing a response to the secular reduction of human love and the family, in order to try and build up couples in their vocation.  We also still have places left on the upcoming weekend marriage preparation course:


Marriage Encounter

We would like to inform you of the up-and-coming dates for Marriage Encounter Experiences and the Engaged Encounter Experiences (Marriage Preparation):
  • Marriage Encounter Experiences:   13/14 May 2023 – online;   10/11 June 2023 - non-residential - Macclesfield.
  • Marriage Preparation ( Engaged Encounter):  22-29 April 2023 - online (over two Saturdays);   3/4  June 2023 – non-residential - Sudbury Hill, Middlesex.
For more information & to book please go to:  and

SJOG Homes for Ukraine - Webinar, Wednesday 29th March, 7pm

Saint John of God (SJOG) Homes for Ukraine is aofficial provider of this government scheme. It is a matching, training and support pathway for guests from Ukraine and hosts in the UK willing to provide much-needed support.  Their programme is run collaboratively by Saint John of God Hospitaller Services (SJOG) and Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) and some of our team have come to the UK as part of the Scheme and bring first-hand experience of the process. 

At SJOG Homes for Ukraine, they provide online training for hosts and guests, transfer from the Polish-Ukrainian border, a welcome box for Ukrainian guests upon arrival, a multilingual team to support the needs of both parties, and thoroughly developed resources for both hosts and guests to help navigate the process.   Additionally, they ensure support from local communities to make the experience as seamless and fulfilling as possible. 

SJOG will be holding a webinar for UK residents interested in hosting a Ukrainian guest or family under the Homes for Ukraine scheme on Wednesday, March 29, at 7 pm.  You can find more details about the event here:

Together with the Plymouth Diocese, they will also be holding another webinar on Wednesday, March 22, at 6 pm to present their programme and encourage people to support Ukrainians in need. Information about the event can be found here:
A Facebook post about the event can be found here:

CAFOD Family Fast Day Lent Appeal 2023


Family Fast Day Appeal will help families fighting the climate crisis and ensure that our Church network can quickly respond to emergencies, like the recent earthquake in Syria and Turkey. Give today using the envelope or at and please join us in praying for CAFOD’s development and emergency response work all over the world.  

Lourdes Pilgrimage 2023, 18th - 25th August

Please note there is no coach or Jumbulance going this year so everyone will need to fly.

Hotel Irelande: (3 Star): Single Room: £660.00 or sharing Room (two people sharing) £505.00 per person
Hotel Astrid: (4 star): Single Room: £790.00 or sharing Room: (two people sharing) £575.00

Costs include:  Coach transfers from the airport to Lourdes and return. Accommodation in a 3 or 4 star hotel, full board close to the Domain.

For further information
Call 0117 902 5590
Bookings close end of May 2023

CAFOD Syria-Turkey Earthquake Appeal

CAFOD is responding with support of provision of food, water, shelter, medical assistance and winter kits for survivors. Your donations in recent months have made that quick response possible. Let us join CAFOD in praying for our sisters and brothers affected by the earthquakes and the winter weather. Your support for CAFOD throughout the year allows our Catholic agency to act quickly when disasters strike. For more details visit CAFOD’s Syria Turkey Emergency Appeal online at

Our Lady of Lourdes Feast Day COFFEE MORNING - 12th February 2023

On Sunday 12th February
, we will be celebrating our Patronal Feast.  
Mass on that Sunday, will be followed by a coffee morning to be held in the porch.  We urge you to stay, talk with fellow parishioners strengthening our community ties. 

(Don't worry about the shortage of space in the porch, feel free to use the seating in church)

We would like this to be a truly celebratory day,  so please play your part and support  OUR FEAST DAY.  

The Social Committee.


    In Lourdes, France, in 1844 a baby girl named Bernadette Soubirous was born.  Bernadette’s family was very poor, and Bernadette was responsible for looking after and caring for her brothers and sisters. The only education Bernadette received was the Catholic teachings which she studied faithfully in the evenings.
    At the age of thirteen, Bernadette was preparing for her First Holy Communion.  One of Bernadette’s chores was to collect wood for the fire. One day in February 1858, Bernadette and two
companions headed for the River Gave to collect pieces of wood.   Bernadette looked up
towards the grotto and the caves on the riverbank.  Near the opening of the grotto, Bernadette glanced and noticed the cave was suddenly filled with golden light. 
    Lifting her eyes, she saw a lady of great beauty, dressed in a pure white robe with a blue sash, a veil over her head, a rosary clasped in her hands and yellow roses at her feet.  Bernadette rubbed her eyes.   What a beautiful lady!  But where did she come from?  And what was she doing here?  The beautiful lady smiled at Bernadette and asked her to say her rosary.  Bernadette said her prayers and when she was finished, she looked up, the lady had vanished. 

    The third time Bernadette went to the grotto, the lady spoke to her.  The beautiful lady asked
Bernadette to come there every day for fifteen days.  She said that she wanted Bernadette to tell the priests to build a chapel there.  She told her to drink water from the stream.  The lady also told Bernadette to pray for the conversion of sinners.  Bernadette followed the requests.
    On March 25, the Lady finally told Bernadette that she was Mary, the mother of Jesus, and that her purpose in appearing to Bernadette was to warn her to pray and make sacrifices for sinners.  The miracles of body and soul performed at Lourdes are the proof that this message was a true warning from the Queen of Heaven to her children and that she was deeply interested in their welfare.  Eventually everyone did believe Bernadette and the grotto at Lourdes became a place of worship and the Lourdes holy water was sacred for performing miracles.