Community Houses of Prayer (CHOP)

Community Houses of Prayer (CHOP)
Invitation for everyone to join a local CHOP on Tuesday 13th March at 7.45pm to pray with other Christians for their local area.
There are 25 CHOPs all meeting in the Bath area at the same time in different community venues praying for God’s blessing and for social needs. Tell others. Join and find the nearest one to you.
phone 01225 461509 or email

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Parish Retreat Saturday 24th February

Parish Retreat Saturday 24th February
LET THE LIGHT IN FOR LENT 9.30AM All are welcome!
Continuing our exploration of our Faith and Bishop Declan’s vision for A Future Full of Hope. Mass at 9.30am in Parish Centre. Finishing with a shared lunch at 1pm. (Please bring some food to share.)
Opportunities to talk and share with others. Time to reflect and pray.
Why should we Pray, Fast, Give Alms in Lent? Jesus sent the apostles to “make disciples”. What does that mean for us? For St Mary’s?          Fr Jeremy and Matt Hemson explain.
We hope you can come. You don’t need to have come to the previous retreat. To help us plan (but not essential) let Charlotte in the Parish Office know you’re coming. Please tell Fr Jeremy or Charlotte if you can help serve drinks on the day EITHER Tel 01225 314114 OR Email:

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UPDATED Deanery event: “We are All Called…How are we to Respond” 3rd March

Sat 3rd March, 10am-3.30pm, Apex City of Bath Hotel New Conference Centre.

1200+ Catholics regularly attend Mass around Bath. St John’s, working with our parishes, has arranged a special day for us to get together. In response to Pope Francis’ call to renewal and Bishop Declan’s vision A Future Full of Hope. Led by Michelle Moran, a leading lay missionary, personally appointed by Pope Francis to work on new structures for renewal and mission in the Church. Along with our Parish Retreat, this is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on our Faith in Lent and to meet fellow Catholics. The day is ticketed. Tickets are subsidised and include coffee, a light lunch and tea and cake. (Cost: £10, students £5). Available after Masses or phone Deirdre 01225 872110. All are welcome; if the cost hard for you, please speak to Fr Jeremy or Parish Office. Tickets also available online (fees apply)
Strengthening our Bath Catholic Community during Bishop Declan’s Year of Mission.

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“Some he called” Monastic Retreat, Downside

SOME HE CALLED Description

“SOME HE CALLED…” A Monastic Retreat 2 – 4 March 2018
The retreat is aimed at Catholic men, aged 18 – 35, who are considering the possibility of a vocation to priesthood or religious life. You may not be certain, but you are wondering whether this might be for you.

Fundamentally a retreat is an opportunity to take a step back from everyday life to allow space (physical and temporal) to think more deeply about life, God and his role in our life. This retreat will be structured around the monastic day, which is centred on the praise of God in the Divine Office and Mass. Retreatants will have the opportunity to pray the Office and Mass with the monastic community, and will take meals in the monks’ refectory (these are in silence with reading).
There will be a few talks and the opportunity to speak individually with Dom Anselm (Vocations’ Director, who will lead the retreat) and other members of the monastic community. The talks will consider such topics as:
 What is religious life?
 What is the role of religious life in today’s Church?
 How do I discern a vocation?
 Why do men become priests? Can you be a priest and a religious?
 What is prayer? What is its role in Christian life?

The programme will be finalised when the needs of participants are more clear! If any participant feels that they would like a particular topic to be addressed, then please contact Dom Anselm in advance. There will be opportunities for informal questions as well as for prayer.
The retreat will begin with arrivals from 4:30pm on Friday, 2 March and will end after lunch on Sunday, 4 March.
Send an e-mail to Dom Anselm ( by 26th February 2018. He will then contact you with more details about how to get here.
We usually ask for a donation for these retreats, depending on what you can afford. Contact Dom Anselm for more guidance if you wish.

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