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Diocesan Day - "Hope Does Not Disappoint" Saturday 6th June

Diocesan Day – “Hope Does Not Disappoint” Saturday 6th June 

We have the opportunity to join Bishop Bosco and our diocesan family at this year’s Diocesan Day “Hope Does Not Disappoint”. The title of the day comes from Spes Non Confundit, the Papal Bull of Indiction for the Ordinary Jubilee in 2025. Pope Francis has decreed that the theme will be Pilgrims of Hope, and so on Saturday 6 July at St Bernadette’s Secondary School in Whitchurch, Bristol, our diocese will gather to be formed for this joyful occasion.

Canon Chris Thomas, the General Secretary for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales, will be our main speaker, focusing on Hope. Phil McCarthy, a member of our own diocesan family, will also be speaking on pilgrimage. Phil runs the website https://www. pilgrimways.org.uk/ and seeks to revitalise the ancient tradition of walking pilgrimages in Britain. He has developed walking pilgrimages in most of the dioceses of England and Wales, including our own from Clifton Cathedral to Glastonbury.

The day will include an opportunity to plan for the Jubilee in our Pastoral Area groups. We warmly invite you to join us on the day. The day will start at 9.30am with refreshments and will include Mass as a central part of our day. Please bring a packed lunch. We will finish by 4pm. Everyone is welcome but places are limited, so please book early. To register for the day please click the Eventbrite link: https://cliftondiocesanday.eventbrite.co.uk 

 

 

Thank you from CCS Adoption

“Dear Rev Mgr Canon Rigden

Thank you so much for your donation of £422.35 from your Annual Appeal collection. We are so grateful to your parish for supporting us in this way. We continue to be incredibly grateful to all the churches that choose to support our endeavours to find safe and loving adoptive homes for vulnerable children in care. We rely on fundraising to enable us to provide the robust and in-depth training and guidance our adopters need to be resilient and able to understand and respond to the trauma that their children will undoubtedly have experienced in their young lives. Please do pass on our sincere thanks to your generous parishioners.

On behalf of all of the families, staff and Trustees at CCS Adoption thank you once again for your kindness.

 

The new lectionary - Missals!

THE NEW LECTIONARY As part of the process of revising our liturgical texts, the Bishops are publishing a new lectionary to be produced in time for Advent. This will alter the readings at Mass as it uses a new translation, similar to what we have been using but with noticeable changes to some of the language. Consequently, any missals that you own will no longer be useful.

Therefore:
*As a parish, we need to order a new “Ambo” (the large book on the altar). This comes with 15% discount if we order by 30th June.
*Take advantage of the associated discount and order a new Sunday missal through the parish for £17 rather than £20. Either:
A. Email our parish administrator Charlotte to let her know how many missals you want to buy, pay using the DONA machines in the church (use the “Missals” button) & email Charlotte when this is done. OR
B. Send an envelope to Charlotte containing your name, contact details, the number of missals you want to buy, and cash/cheque for the full amount (St Mary’s Catholic Church Bath).

Final date for orders & money: 21st June bath.stmary@cliftondiocese.com 

Sat 15th June Concert in aid of Mary’s Meals by the Jerrome Recorders

Sat 15th June Concert in aid of Mary’s Meals by the very popular “Jerrome Recorders”.

3.00pm St Mary’s Church, followed by tea/coffee and cake in the Parish Centre. Everyone welcome. Free entrance with a retiring collection.

https://www.marysmeals.org/ 

 

 

Lost property

We have lots of lost property. If you think one or more of these items are yours, you can collect from the Parish Office (check the bulletin for opening hours).

Banns: Bellacomo - Monaca
Assisted Dying - help needed today!

ASSISTED DYING 24th Jan 2024

Next Wednesday (24th Jan) Kit Malthouse MP will table a ten-minute rule bill. The details of this are not yet known, but it is likely to say in effect that the House of Commons wishes that there should be legislation to allow assisted suicide and/or euthanasia. If you are against such a change in the law, and the Catholic Church is adamantly opposed to it, you should send an email immediately to your MP asking that they vote against Kit Malthouse’s bill. Use this link to find your MP: https://members.parliament.uk/members/commons 

Unsure what to say? You could consult written evidence submitted by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales to the inquiry of the Health & Social Care Select Committee:https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/116941/pdf/
Alternatively, parishioner Dr. Julian Hughes would be happy to provide you with a key facts sheet from which you could draw to make the case to your MP (please feel free to contact Julian: julian.hughes@icloud.com). Julian recently wrote an article about assisted suicide which can be accessed here: https://www.thetablet.co.uk/features/2/23897/assisted-dying-no-laughing-matter .

Ammerdown newsletter January: Events 2024

On behalf of everyone here at Ammerdown, please permit me to say “Happy New Year!” and to share five events which may be of particular interest to your families, friends, congregations and communities. For more details (including dates and prices) please see Ammerdown email 16.1.24

Online Lenten Bible Study with Rupert Kaye – Act on Poverty

MORNING SESSIONS, 10-11am: https://www.ammerdown.org/WhatsOn/1132-/Lenten-Bible-Study-Morning-Zoom

EVENING SESSIONS, 7-8pm: https://www.ammerdown.org/WhatsOn/1404-/Lenten-Bible-Study-Evening-Zoom

Lenten Retreat @ Ammerdown with Dave Tomlinson – OMG! A Bad Christian’s Guide to Prayer

https://www.ammerdown.org/WhatsOn/1117-/Our-Lenten-Retreat-OMG-A-Bad-Christians-Guide-to-Prayer

Holy Week Quiet Day @ Ammerdown with Rev Narinder Tegally

https://www.ammerdown.org/WhatsOn/1042-/Holy-Week-Quiet-Day

Easter Retreat @ Ammerdown with Rupert Kaye – Turn Your Life Around!

https://www.ammerdown.org/WhatsOn/1134-/Easter-Retreat-2024-Turn-Your-Life-Around

Christmas House Party @ Ammerdown with Rupert Kaye

https://www.ammerdown.org/WhatsOn/1351-/Christmas-House-Party

 

LGBT+ news and events
Next celebration of the Eucharist for the LGBT+ community, family, friends and allies is at 3.00pm on Sunday 21 January. Please make the effort to join us as we witness to the reality of an inclusive Church.
 
Open Table ecumenical service:  Sunday 4 February at Cotham Parish Church, Cotham Road, Bristol BS6 6DRTea and cake at 4.30pm before the service starts at 5pm.
 
Blessings for those in irregular situations and same-sex couples
At the end of last year the Vatican Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a Declaration – On the Pastoral Meaning of Blessings (Fiducia supplicans). The English text can be read at https://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_ddf_doc_20231218_fiducia-supplicans_en.html
 
Response has been polarised to such an extent that clarification had to be issued. The topic has been covered in detail by the New Ways Ministry blog – https://www.newwaysministry.org/blog/ including the posts listed below:
 

Pope Francis’ Blessing Document Revolutionizes All Pastoral Care  https://www.newwaysministry.org/2024/01/02/pope-francis-blessing-document-revolutionizes-all-pastoral-care/

Top Cardinal Responds to Global Bishops’ Swift Criticism of Blessings Declaration https://www.newwaysministry.org/2023/12/27/top-cardinal-responds-to-global-bishops-swift-criticism-of-blessings-declaration/

What’s Wrong With Pope Francis’ Same-Gender Blessings Support? https://www.newwaysministry.org/2023/11/07/whats-wrong-about-pope-francis-same-gender-blessings-support/    

We would be interested to hear your views on this topic. Please get in touch! inclusionforall@cliftondiocese.com
"Assisted Dying - No laughing matter" article - Julian Hughes

Tablet Article Assisted Dying 13 Jan 2024

Julian Hughes, one of our parishioners, has written a powerful article on the topic of assisted dying for The Tablet. It is called “Assisted Dying – No laughing matter”. Please read this. Julian is very happy to talk to anyone about the issues raised, and you can contact him through the parish office.

Prayers for Bath Monday 22nd January

World Leprosy Day 28th January

WORLD LEPROSY DAY 2024

On Sunday 28th January 2024, we mark World Leprosy Day and the John Bradburne Memorial Society is asking for your kind donations. The John Bradburne Memorial Society (JBMS) endeavours to continue and uphold the legacy of John Bradburne, ‘Servant of God’ who was a Franciscan layman, who cared for the leprosy patients living at the Mutemwa Leprosy Care Centre in Zimbabwe for the last 10 years of his life until he was murdered. JBMS helps to provide essential items to the community at Mutemwa.

Leprosy is a curable disease, but unfortunately the stigma and lack of education associated with the disease, means people do not get treated early enough to prevent the development of disabilities. Together with your kind support and prayers we continue our promise to uphold John Bradburne’s legacy in supporting those living at Mutemwa with leprosy.

To donate:

POST: JBMS, PO Box 32, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0YB

ONLINE: www.johnbradburne.com 

TEL: (+44) 07979 187498

Bishop Declan's Pastoral letter for the Feast of the Holy Family 2023

Pastoral Letter for The Feast of The Holy Family 2023

Hear and watch Bishop Declan read his Pastoral letter for the Feast of the Holy Family 2023 here https://cliftondiocese.com/bishop/ 

 

First Holy Communion 2024

St Mary’s First Holy Communion 2024
The preparation course starts on 10th Jan with a session for parents at the Parish Centre. The course is aimed at children in Y3-6 using “I Belong” materials. We also recommend reading “YOUCAT for Kids: Catholic Catechism for Children and Parents” as a family www.youcat.org/y4k There are two courses, running in parallel: one at St Mary’s school for pupils, and one on Sundays after 10.30am Mass for children at other schools. Details and application forms are available at the back of the church, on the website and through St Mary’s School.

2024 parish communion application letter

231214 Home Study Programme for 2024

*Introduction session for parents: Wed 10th Jan, 7.00pm, Parish Centre. You will be able to buy an “I Belong” book at the session for £8.00 (please bring cash).

LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY

LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY: Across 2024 there is an opportunity to grow in our understanding of prayer
and flourish in our ways of praying. Beginning in January and stretching out across the entire year, each month will
draw us into nearness to the Lord through opening us up to the prayer of some of the great ‘pray-ers’ of our faith.
They will share with us their wisdom and their experience of their prayerful friendship with Christ and offer us ways
of praying and insights into a deepened relationship with the Father. St Therese of Lisieux says: For me, prayer is a
surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy. Each talk may well take place in St John’s church, South Parade, Bath and will begin at 7.00pm.

Tuesday 23 January: Lord teach us to pray – how we pray (Fr Tom Dubois)

Tuesday 20 February: The prayer of Jesus (Fr Dermot Power)

Tuesday 30 April: The prayer of the Desert Fathers and Mothers (Fr John Udris)

Tuesday 28 May: The prayer of St Benedict (Fr Mark Hargreaves OSB)

Tuesday 25 June: The prayer of St Dominic (Sr Hyacinthe and the Dominican Sisters of St Joseph)

Tuesday 23 July: Windows on the Divine – praying with icons (Tamara Penwell)

Tuesday 24 September: The prayer of St Francis and St Clare (Friar Maximilian Martin, OFM Conv)

Tuesday 29 October: The prayer of Carmel (Fr Michael McAndrew)

Tuesday 26 November: The prayer of St Ignatius (Fr James Hanvey SJ). A great way to journey towards the Holy Year
of 2025.

 

Synod: Synthesis Report Rome 2023

Sarah Adams, Director for the Department of Adult Education and Evangelisation for Clifton Diocese

“As you will no doubt be aware, the Synod in Rome concluded at the end of October. Here is a copy of the synthesis that was agreed in the final session when it was read to all those participating in Rome. Synthesis Report Rome 2023 It took 3.5 hours and each paragraph had to be voted on. The vast majority received a 90-95% affirmation. The section which received the most no votes was the section on the role of women as deacons. 20% of the votes did not agree here. The whole synthesis makes for interesting reading and has 81 proposals and around 20 calls for theological, canonical, and pastoral commissions to clarify and propose solutions.

Once more we will be encouraged to continue the Conversations in the Spirit that we started having when we first engaged with the Synodal process. This is how the Synod in Rome worked. We have to discern best to do that, but we will be encouraging you to have such conversations in your parishes and with the groups you are associated with. Until we have discerned how we might do this, can I encourage you take some time to read the synthesis report and begin to reflect on a personal level with what you read.

Please do be alert to communications from our department regarding how we will progress with the report and respond to any requests we receive from the Bishops.

Synod Experience Day 11th November
 You can read or download all the details here. austen flier v4 (single)

LAST REMAINING PLACES
SYNOD EXPERIENCE DAY Sat 11th Nov 10.00am-4.00pm

Join us for this life-affirming day! To see what this is about, watch Timothy Radcliffe OP’s brilliant, inspirational, wise talk given to the global synod delegates in Rome: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/church/news/2023-10/synod-retreat-meditation-conversation-on-the-way-to-emmaus.html  
The day will enable you to:
· Find out what the word ‘synod’ means and why it is so important for our church’s future
· Hear from a key participant at the global synod, what has been revealed by it
· Experience the synodal approach for yourself and feel the difference it makes
· Speak your own truth on church topics that matter, and feel you’ve really been heard
· Get to know other church members in surprising depth, remarkably swiftly

The day will be led by AUSTEN IVEREIGH, biographer and friend of Pope Francis, freshly returned from the Rome Synod.
Check out his website: www.austeni.org/home 

Email stephen-paradox@outlook.com to reserve. NOW!

 
Don't forget the Holy Spirit!

HOLY SPIRIT

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, recommendations and a link to buy the book can be found on his website www.dftholyspirit.com It is also available on Amazon. Cost £10 (+P&P). Fr Matt Anscombe’s book is also on sale after Mass (£10) or from the Parish Office.

*Fri 24th Nov “Don’t Forget the Holy Spirit” evening at St Mary’s with Fr Matt Anscombe, 7.00-9.00pm: Mass, testimony, teaching, discussion and prayer based on Fr Matt’s experiences with the Holy Spirit, detailed in his book.

*St Mary’s “Don’t Forget the Holy Spirit” Zoom Book Club Thursdays 7.30-9.00pm  3 chapters per meeting ending just before Fr. Matt’s visit on Fri 24th Nov. We spend the time sharing on the Reflections & Discussions from the 3 chapters. Next meeting 19th Oct Ch.10-12  To join, click here
Meeting ID: 864 5062 1958 Passcode: 222222

*Arising out of the Book Club is a “Come Holy Spirit” section on the parish website under “Prayer and Spirituality” in Parish Life . We discussed how Catholics are not always confident in talking about their own religious experiences, unlike some other Christian denominations. Thus, we have created a online way to start. Parishioners can add testimony of experiences of the Holy Spirit moving in their life, in whatever form (for example prayers answered, guidance given, miracle healing, a sense of belonging). The purpose is to give witness to the power of the Holy Spirit in everyday life, and that it is not confined to the Bible. Talk to Fr Jeremy and consider what you might add.

SVP Cheese and wine evening with art exhibition Sunday 8th October

Our Synod Journey - St Mary's Parish

OUR SYNOD JOURNEY

Led by Pope Francis, the global synod in Rome is fast-approaching: 400 or so ordained and lay, men and women, are gathering to experience how deep listening to one another enables profound discernment, and wise consequent action. Here’s a quote:

…we have experienced the joy expressed in the sincere and respectful encounter between brothers and sisters in the faith: to meet each other is to encounter the Lord who is in our midst!

This is true for every part of the Catholic Church – including Clifton diocese, including St Mary’s! Our local synod-based explorations continue apace. Here’s what’s happening:

ST MARY’S SYNOD GROUP Wednesday 6th September 7.15 for 7.30 – 9.00 (then fortnightly)

Join us for this first gathering where we will refresh what it means to hold “Conversations in the Spirit”. Please email stephen-paradox@outlook.com if you hope to be with us.

 

HARVEST SUPPER Saturday 30th September 7pm

Gathering us together to celebrate Creation and the feast day of St Francis

BRING AND SHARE SIMPLE SUPPER

Email mary-paradox@outlook.com

SYNOD EXPERIENCE DAY Saturday 11th November 10-4  (precise timing tbc)

  • Bath welcomes AUSTEN IVEREIGH, freshly returned from the Rome Synod
  • Check out his website: https://www.austeni.org/home
  • A day experiencing synodal “Conversation in the Spirit”
  • COME AND BE PART OF THIS GLOBAL SHIFT IN THE CHURCH
  • Explore key elements of our parish life
  • PLACES ARE LIMITED – RESERVE NOW
  • Email stephen-paradox@outlook.com
We are the People of God - Journeying Together from Vision into Action
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 September & October. For the series we are delighted to welcome:
Bishop John Arnold – 21 September; Beginning our series, we are delighted to welcome Rt Rev Bishop John (Salford Diocese) who will set our series within the context of the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church – Lumen Gentium. Register here
 
Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ – 4 October; ‘For a Synodal Church – an integral experience’ – Continuing our series, we are delighted to welcome Sr Gemma – a senior research fellow at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology in Cambridge, an international speaker and lecturer, Sr Gemma brings wisdom, insight and a wealth of experience within the Church. Register here
 
Dr Greg Ryan – 10 October; ‘A Communion that Radiates’ – we are delighted to welcome Dr Greg – an Assistant Professor of Ecclesiology and Receptive Ecumenism (CCS) for the Centre of Catholic Theology at the University of Durham. He will be exploring with us the themes of service and mission within a Synodal Church. Register here.
 
Jenny Sinclair – 19 October; ‘Co-responsibility in Mission – How can we better share gifts and tasks in the service of the Gospel?’ – we welcome Jenny, the founder of Together for the Common Good (T4CG), a writer and a lecturer, she will help us to explore how we can walk together towards a shared awareness of the meaning and content of mission. Register here.
 
Canon Christopher Thomas – 24 October (to be confirmed); ‘Participation, governance and authority in a synodal Church’ – concluding our series we welcome Canon Christopher the secretary to the Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales. Working closely with the Bishops of England & Wales, Canon Christopher has chaired the national Synthesis Process and is well equipped to explore with us how our Church governs in a truly synodal way. Register here.
 
Each webinar will be focusing on a different element of the work of the Synod. You are welcome to sign up for any of the sessions on offer.
To secure your place, please use the link above to register for your chosen speaker before the date of the talk – this will then give you the link for the webinar session to use on the day (the link may automatically go into your email calendar). To improve the experience, download the Microsoft Teams app to your device beforehand and close all other apps that are open. For the presentation, your camera & speaker will be off, but you’ll be able to ask questions through the Q&A facility.
 
Season of Creation: 1st September Care of Creation Rosary

The Season of Creation begins on Friday 1st September, and Pope Francis has called for it to be a World Day of Prayer for Creation. Therefore, after 10.00am Mass at St Mary’s (10.30am) Fr Jeremy asks that we pray the Rosary in the church, using the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary for the care of creation. Parishioners will read special reflections from CAFOD on creation in between each decade of the Rosary. Everyone is welcome to join us.
If you are unable to leave the house, you can take part via our livestream. You can follow the reflections using the link to the CAFOD website or if you are work during the day, you can use CAFOD’s Rosary podcast to pray in the evening:
https://cafod.org.uk/pray/pray-the-rosary/care-of-creation-rosary Joyful_Mysteries_for_Care_of_Creation_

St Mary’s Synod experience day 11th November

SYNOD EXPERIENCE DAY, St Mary’s Church, Bath
Saturday 11th November 10am-4.00pm (timings tbc)
*Bath welcomes AUSTEN IVEREIGH, freshly returned from the Rome Synod.
*Check out his website: https://www.austeni.org/home 
*A day experiencing synodal “Conversation in the Spirit”
*COME AND BE PART OF THIS GLOBAL SHIFT IN THE CHURCH
*Explore key elements of our parish life

*PLACES ARE LIMITED – RESERVE NOW
Email stephen-paradox@outlook.com 

Gift Aid – Changes

Gift Aid – Changes

A big thank you to all who gift aid their donations here at St Marys. This is a very important income stream for the Parish and at no additional cost to the Donor.

The gift aid process is transferring from the Diocese to the Parish. The Parish will administer the gift aid process.

Here is what we need to do;

EXISTING gift aid donors will receive a letter from the Diocese with the instructions on how to transfer their donation from the Diocese to St Marys Parish.

NEW gift aid donations. There are forms at the back of the Church to complete and hand it to one of the Ushers. It only takes a few minutes, but if you do have the time please take a form with you and send it into the Parish Office.

One Off Donations with gift aid. There are envelopes for your donation at the back of the Church. Complete the information on the front of the envelope and hand it to Fr Jeremy or one of the Ushers.

Contactless Giving Terminal. No change as the system will process all the data required. If you have any queries please contact the Parish Office, GA.bath.stmary@cliftondiocese.com or Treasurer.bath.stmary@cliftondiocese.com

ST MARY'S ECO GROUP - Next Meeting 14th June
ST MARY’S ECO GROUP
Many thanks to those who attended the first meeting. We gathered lots of ideas to discuss! We would love to see you at our next meeting: Wednesday 14th June 7.30pm in the Parish Centre.
Contact julia.herridge@gmail.com for more information.
Could you be a steward at a Sunday Mass?

Volunteers: We need more stewards at the Sunday Masses. The more we have, the fewer times people will be called on. Our current volunteers are doing a great job, but need back up. If you are aged 18-70, please email bath.stmary@cliftondiocese.com for information about stewarding.

Migration statement from the Bishops of England and Wales
Summary of the Synod Listening Conversations
 
 
In preparation for the international Synod of Bishops in 2023, Pope Francis asked your input on the topic of “For a Synodal Church, Communion, Participation, and Mission. We held nine listening conversations (in person and online), plus using a listening wall to record as many reflections as possible. Here is a summary of those conversations: Summary of Synod Notes – listening conversation 2022 – St. Mary’s Church, Bath copy
Film: "A Prayer for Bath"
FILM: Fr Jeremy has been involved in a making a short film about prayer, with other churches in Bath.
28 churches in Bath have come together online and made a short film called “A Prayer for Bath”. The different members of the clergy pray the prayer of St Francis “Make me an instrument of your peace”.
You can find the film on YouTube, the parish Facebook page and the parish website. Mindful of the demonstrations happening across the world following the death of George Floyd, the call to prayer is very timely. PLEASE SHARE IT!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsGNo2CvJ7I 
PARISH PANDEMIC PHOTO PROJECT

PARISH PANDEMIC PHOTO PROJECT
We would like to take some photographs as a record of the Pandemic at St Mary’s. Tony McAteer (who has taken many photographs for our parish events, Facebook page, website) will take photographs of parishioners who wish to participate in this after 10.30am Masses for a period, starting 22nd August.
The photographs will be of individuals, or friends, or families wearing their masks in St Mary’s Church. We are keen for as many people as possible to participate as it would be a record and celebration of the continuation of Parish life & community during the Pandemic. Each photograph will only take around 5 minutes.
To meet national safeguarding requirements, you will need to fill in a Consent Form to give permission for you/your family’s photo to be taken, and also for how it may be used. PHOTO-1-Consent-to-the-Safe-Use-of-Images-Form-24.10.18 (1) Please print a form for each person taking part, complete it and bring it with you to church. For those who do not have internet access (or a printer), copies will be available at the back of the church from Sunday 15th August onwards.

St Mary's Synod listening conversations: when and where?

​In preparation for the international Synod of Bishops in 2023, Pope Francis wants your input on the topic of “For a Synodal Church, Communion, Participation, and Mission.” Please join Fr. Jeremy for a parish listening session. We want to hear from you on how our parish community can better support you. Invite family, friends, neighbours – we want everyone to participate in these listening sessions.

Our parish’s Synod listening sessions are:
Topic 1: Wed 19th January 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church, plus a separate Zoom online group at 7.30pm. Also Friday 21st January 11.00am in St Mary’s Church.
Topic 2: Wed 26th January 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church; plus a separate Zoom online group at 7.30pm. Also Friday 28th January 11.00am in St Mary’s Church.
Topic 3: Wed 2nd February 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church; plus a separate Zoom online group at 7.30pm. Also Friday 4th February 11.00am in St Mary’s Church.
If you would like to join the online group, please email the parish office for the link: bath.stmary@cliftondiocese.com
Statement on Safeguarding
Please read this statement that was issued today (Friday 20th November) by the Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales in response to the IICSA report that was published earlier this week.

2020.11.20 – Statement on Safeguarding – FINAL [16475]

Synod 2021-2023: What is a listening conversation?

SYNOD 2021-2023: Pope Francis invites us all to participate in a world-wide Synod where all are listened to & their thoughts sent to Rome. We invite everyone to speak & to listen in a respectful atmosphere. Participant ground rules are laid out be the Diocese:
“The Synod is a participative and inclusive process of listening and discerning that offers everyone the opportunity to contribute to how the People of God can better “journey together”. Our synodal conversation depends on courage both in speaking and listening. It is not about debate, but about discerning what the Spirit of God may be saying. We believe that God is always present and active in the details of our lives and and that he will reveal his plans and purposes to us if we make the effort to be attentive. It begins with listening.”
Our listening session facilitators will guide our conversations:
*While each person is speaking, the others listen.
*No one may interrupt the speaker or jump in to speak until invited by the facilitator.

Some one will take notes, and these will be anonymous. The notes from all the listening sessions will be summarised into one feedback report. This is to be sent to the Diocesan Synod Team by 28th Feb, who will summarise all the notes and then send them to Rome. Could you volunteer to be a note taker at one of the sessions? Please talk to Fr Jeremy.

If you would like to be part of this and want to know more, look at the resources available on the Diocesan webpage www.clifttondiocese.com  

Report: Dementia Friend Information afternoon and Audit
Report: Dementia Friend Information afternoon and Audit
We had a very informative session with Dementia Friends Champion Fiona Bell. We intend to run these sessions every 6 months to help parishioners understand life with dementia, and to support carers. Thank you to Roberta for providing the great cake.

Two groups took on the audit of our buildings and of our church services. This was to assess what we are doing and what we could do to make the buildings and services more welcoming to parishioners with dementia and their carers. Look out for suggestions in the bulletin of how we can help, and for facts about what dementia is and is not.
*Look out for parishioners wearing Dementia Friend forget-me-not badges at Mass.

**UPDATE** Refresh, Renew, Re-engage: Six (eleven!) meetings for our Parish

Renew Refresh Re-engage 6 sessions A5 flyer

Refresh, Renew, Re-engage: Re-building our parishes after lockdown A collaborative project with the Department for Adult Education and Evangelisation of Clifton Diocese and the Pastoral Ministry Office of Northampton Diocese.

This is a new world we are moving into, full of uncertainties. We don’t know what resources we will have, who will come back to church, or how things will unfold over the next year. It’s looking as if a return to church will be a trickle-back rather than a flood, and we need to make the most of opportunities along the way.

We have two different needs facing us:

  • to re-establish our existing communities and ministry groups;
  • to reach out to those who have not yet returned and to new people

What we are going to do at St Mary’s: We have been provided with Renew Refresh, Re-engage resource sheets for a variety of different ministries, and webinars to support these  started on 6th September.  Fr Jeremy is going to use the Renew, Refresh, Re-engage resource sheets as the structure for 6 sessions in the church, open to all parishioners for reflection and an exchange of hopes, concerns and offers of help for the future. This can then help guide the parish over the next year.

When? Thursday evenings, 7.30-8.30pm  Where? At the back of the church

**UPDATE:** Due to popular demand, we will be running five parallel meetings on Fridays at 10.45-11.45am at the back of the church, after morning Mass. These will start NEXT Friday 24th Sept for anyone who cannot get to the Thursday meetings.

You can find the resource sheets to accompany each session on the parish website https://www.stmarysbath.org.uk/parish-life  Everyone is welcome!

Dates for your diary:

Repeat sessions:

Please email the parish office Bath.stmary@cliftondiocese.com if you intend to come to any or all of the Renew Refresh, Re-engage sessions. You are still welcome if you just come along on the day.

 

 

 

Could you be a School Governor?

School Governors: 62 maintained schools in Clifton Diocese educate 21,673 pupils, 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 & sustain Catholic education in the Diocese for current & future generations. He has produced a new promotional video where he & current governors & Headteachers, talk about the importance & value of school governors. https://schools.cliftondiocese.com/governance Click on the Recruitment tab to watch the video to discover some of what being a school governor is about. If you could support Catholic education by applying to be a governor, please complete the online application form https://schools.cliftondiocese.com/form-2 or contact Bill McEntee, Governance Officer via bill.mcentee@cliftondiocese.com or call him 07710094976 for more information.

Prayers for Vocations booklet

Prayer for Vocations booklet April 2021

WHAT IS VOCATION?
Pope St John Paul II reminded us that ‘Love is the fundamental and innate vocation of every human being.’ This innate vocation grows in the life of the Christian who ‘walks in the path of a living faith which arouses hope and works through charity.’ As they walk in this path, people hear God calling them into discipleship, a living relationship with the person of Christ, a call that has three dimensions:
The universal call to holiness: God the Father calls people to listen to his Son, to be baptised in the Holy Spirit and to live as disciples of Christ.

This booklet on Vocations contains information about Vocation direction in the Diocese of Clifton and prayers for Vocations.