Sacred Chant group 7.30pm, Thursdays

Every Thursday

Sacred Chant group 7.30pm, in the Sacristy of St Mary’s Church. You are invited to join us, where we will sing Taizé songs & other chants for peace & harmony from around the world. Chants are meditative songs that quieten the mind & lead to inner stillness: everyone can learn them without reading music. Info: Tony Wilde on 01225 311087.

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Parish administrator for St John’s Church, South Parade, required

St John’s Church requires a Parish Administrator from June 2018 to work with our present Administrator in a job share. This is a key post of the Parish, supporting the Parish Priest in running the life of the Parish. The appointed person will have strong administrative & office skills. It involves Pastoral matters such as: administration surrounding baptisms, marriages & funerals, printing weekly Bulletins, dealing with phone calls, post & e mails etc. In addition, there are property matters such as the administration of our Church Hall, commercial lettings, & security matters etc.
12 hours per week, spread over at 4 days from Mon-Fri from 2-5pm. Pay £9.65ph plus 4 weeks holiday & a contribution to a pension scheme. Anyone interested should write to, phone or e mail the Parish Office, South Parade, BATH BA2 4AF. 01225 464471., or It would be helpful for those interested to have a discussion with morning administrator Janet Flinn. Closing date: 4 May 2018.

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National Eucharistic Congress: Free tickets

Year of Mission:
We are invited to participate in the National Eucharistic Congress, a great gathering due to take place in Liverpool Fri7th – Sun 9th September. Centred upon the theme of Adoremus this national gathering invites us to reflect upon the centrality of the Eucharist in our lives of faith & to reflect upon all that the Eucharist calls us to be as a people nourished, fed, formed & moulded by the Eucharist itself.

Each parish is asked to consider sending delegates to the Congress so that the diversity of our diocese can be truly represented. The diocese has pledged to sponsor the Congress fee of £40 for the Saturday gathering to enable as many as can to take up this opportunity from our allotted allocation. We have a number of tickets available for the Saturday gathering. Bishop Robert Barron (Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles) is speaking at the Echo Arena & amidst the opportunities to listen to presentations & speakers, there’s also chance for stillness & reflection before the Blessed Sacrament.

Would you like to take part? A ticket can be yours (free of charge) & all you would have to do is get up to Liverpool… & your parish may well support your travel costs, too (see Fr Jeremy). If you would like a ticket, contact Fr Christopher or Doreen at the Adult Education office ( & we’ll make sure your place is reserved. However we need to be in a position to send in names of diocesan participants as soon after Easter as we can, so get your name in, quickly!

Our diocesan delegates will be invited to come together beforehand so that there is a clear sense of being sent up as ambassadors for the diocese & also a mind to what we need to ‘do’ by way of ensuring a certain legacy from Congress. Contact Fr Christopher if you want to take part in the gathering of 10,000 on the Saturday. We’d love to have you represent Clifton & it would be good for Congress to have your presence.

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Opportunities to try different types of prayer


CHRISTIAN MEDITATION is an ancient form of prayer. Aim: to bring the distracted mind to silence & stillness, & rest in the presence of God. Even in our modern busy lives, this is possible. Come & try this simple and peaceful form of prayer. Six week introductory course. Tuesdays 7.30pm for about an hour. Starts 3rd April until 8th May, St Mary’s Sacristy. A non-denominational course, supported by an ecumenical group that meets here. If you can’t come every week, just come when you can.                                                                                          To register please click                                  For more info email or call Deirdre on 01225 872110.

SACRED CHRISTIAN CHANT GROUP Starting Thurs 12th April 7.30pm, every week. You are invited to join the Sacred Chant group at St Mary’s, where we will sing Taizé songs & other chants for peace & harmony from around the world. Chants are meditative songs that quieten the mind & lead to inner stillness: everyone can learn them without reading music. Info: Tony Wilde on 01225 311087.

CENTERING PRAYER introduces people to an authentic way of prayer that leads to silence & awareness of the Presence of God in our heart. An introductory day led by Elizabeth Smith, Director of Contemplative Outreach UK. Saturday 14th April 10am-4pm. Christ Church, Julian Road. Limited places – £20. Contact Philip Hawthorn 01225 466114

LECTIO DIVINA (sacred reading) is a wonderful way to allow scripture to speak into our lives from our hearts. With regular
practice, scripture becomes an agent of change that can transform us & our lives. For your Diary: Short course at St Mary’s, Monday evenings in June. More info to follow

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Our special day of faith formation will now take place on Saturday 21st April, 10am-3.30pm, the Apex Hotel in Bath. Refreshments and light lunch provided. Explore themes of Pope Francis’ teaching for the Church today & our Bishop’s vision for our parishes, A Future Full of Hope, & our Year of Mission. It will be led by Michelle Moran a leading lay Missionary. Please support the development of our shared Bath Catholic Community by coming to this day of exploration of our faith & our transforming task within our world today. If you hold a ticket for the postponed 3rd March event present it to your Parish Promoters who will exchange it for a new ticket for the 21st April or arrange a refund.
Tickets £10 ( £5 students) available through Eventbrite. and available new or through exchange from your own Event Parish Promoters.

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