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Some Parish news and events


First Holy Communion 2020

First Holy Communion 2020

The course is for children in Y3-6. Each child will need to buy an “I Belong” book, available from the repository (£8.50).Application forms are available at the back of the church, via St Mary’s School and on the parish website.

2020 parish communion application letter


APF/Missio Red Box Collection time

APF/Missio Red Box Collection time
Please bring your RED BOX to be emptied between now and early Dec. Boxes can either be given to Annemarie Costello at 9am Mass or handed into the Sacristy for safekeeping. Your box will be emptied & you can collect it from the Sacristy a couple of weeks later. Please ensure your box is labelled with your name & contact details. If your box is normally collected from you, you will be contacted shortly. Anyone not holding a red box wishing to make a donation, please do so via cash or a cheque (payable to Missio/Diocese of Clifton APF) which can be handed in to the Sacristy. Thanks very much for your continued support.

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.

Christmas Bazaar - cancelled

UPDATE: St Mary’s Christmas Bazaar Sun 15th Dec Unfortunately, due to a medical condition Peter Ghillyer is unable to organise this year’s bazaar. Could you take over from him? If you are interested, please contact the Parish Office as soon as possible. Please pray for Peter’s speedy recovery.

Team Boyall 5K run

FUNDRAISING: On 13th Oct Team Boyall (our Parish Administrator & 3 altar servers) ran a 5km run at Odd Down Sports Ground, Bath, raising vital funds for Dorothy House Hospice Care. This was to celebrate Charlotte’s miracle cure from CFS/ME (chronic fatigue syndrome). Many thanks to everyone who supported them through prayer & sponsorship. They raised £1366! https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teamboyall

Thank you from Sr Gertrud Dederichs, Medical Mission Sisters

Dear members of St. Mary’s parish in Bath

Last week I received the proceeds of your very generous response to my mission appeal on behalf of the Missionary Sisters of England and Wales, amounting to £ 850.You have been very generous indeed! I thank you for your warm welcome, your interest and your generosity in supporting the work of Missionary Sisters in different parts of the world.

Thank you for allowing me to briefly share in your liturgy and parish life an, get a sense of the faith alive among you and your solidarity with Christians in other countries! I also appreciated the encounters with some of you after mass.

So, thank you for your support and for being companions and partners in our common call of following Christ and announcing the Good News in our life!I shall forward your donations to the Sisters‘ Mission Committee where the money – together with the proceeds of other appeals – will be shared among all the congregations.

With sincere gratitude and prayers of blessings for each of you and your families,

Sr Gertrud Dederichs

Medical Mission Sisters

Faith in Action Award

Faith in Action is a national Catholic award for young people. The Clifton Diocese is piloting the scheme with young people in different parishes across the diocese. Aim: to explore how the awards could run in every parish, acknowledging & encouraging the service and presence of young people. The awards enable young people to reflect on their role in the Church, deepen their understanding of scripture & Catholic Social Teaching, and grow in their faith. Info: youth@cliftondiocese.com or visit www.cliftondiocese.com and search for Faith in Action.


Adoremus Feedback

Two of our parishioners attended the Adoremus conference: Adoremus-National-Eucharistic-Pilgrimage



Monthly Mass for LGBT+ Catholics: Sun 17th Nov

Sun 17th Nov A monthly Mass for LGBT+ Catholics, families & friends.

All welcome. A Clifton Diocese Initiative 3.00pm followed by refreshments & social. St Nicholas of Tolentino Church, Lawford’s Gate, Easton, Bristol, BS5 ORE http://www.tolentino.org.uk

One Good Friday: workshop and casting Sun 17th Nov

ACTORS REQUIRED take part in One Good Friday: an outdoor passion play in the centre of Bath, 10th April 2020. A workshop and casting is on Sunday 17th November at St Philip and St James Church, Odd Down from 2-5pm. All ages welcome (under 16s accompanied by an adult). Sign up and find out more at www.onegoodfridaybath.org where you can also follow OGF on social media or email bath@onegoodfriday.com.

BathCAN Hustings for the Bath Constituency Mon 18th Nov

BathCAN have arranged a Hustings for the Bath Constituency on Mon 18th Nov, 7.30pm (Doors open 7.00pm). Life Church Bath (formerly Bath City Church) have kindly allowed use the Auditorium of the Forum. For those who are new to Bath, since the previous General Election, the Hustings has become a tradition as arranged by the Churches but open to all residents. We normally have a full house of all the candidates. This is the best opportunity for people of faith to ask questions that are relevant & that will help them to decide who should be our MP. THE FORUM James’s Parade Bath BA1 1UG.

BathCAN is Bath Christian Action Network

Diocesan Youth Gathering Sat 23rd Nov

Diocesan Youth Gathering Sat 23rd Nov
To celebrate National Youth Sunday (NYS) 2019 in the Clifton Diocese, the annual Diocesan Youth Gathering will take place on Sat 23rd Nov at St Bede’s Catholic College, Long Cross, Lawrence Weston, Bristol. There will be great speakers, workshops, Diocesan Youth Forum and WYD 2022 launch! The day will begin at 11.00am and finish at 4.00pm. This event is for young people of Secondary School age and above. To book your place click on the NYS logo on www.cliftondiocese.com

Short Course on Matthew's Gospel continues 27th Nov

SCRIPTURE: A short series exploring St Matthew’s Gospel at Emmaus House, Sleep Lane, Whitchurch, Bristol. As we read St Matthew liturgically, John Huntriss will deepen our understanding of the Jesus we encounter in St Matthew’s Gospel. This short time together will invite participants to familiarise themselves with Matthew’s Gospel as they journey through the liturgical year. Details are on the notice board.
Mon 4th Nov Introducing St Matthew, the Evangelist
Wed 27th Nov Matthew’s Infancy Narrative 
Wed 25th March – Matthew’s Passion & Resurrection Narratives
Wed 6th May – The healing & teaching / Ministry in Matthew
All sessions 7.30pm-9pm

St Gregory's Performing Arts Showcase Fri 29th Nov

Fri 29th Nov: St Gregory’s PTFA and the Performing Arts team proudly present: ‘Through the Decades’ a glorious performing arts showcase by the spectacularly talented students of St Gregory’s past and present, supported by Curtain Up Theatre School, to celebrate 40 years of Saint Gregory’s Bath: 1979 – 2019.

Join us for a celebration of songs and musicals from across the decades to make a great evening of entertainment and fundraising. All tickets include a glass of wine or soft drink and a fabulous sharing platter of locally sourced fine cheese, breads and accompaniments.

Tickets are available individually on tables of 8 (coloured orange on the seating plan) at £15 for adults and £13 for concessions (plus online booking fee), or as whole table of 5 (coloured teal) for £65.

Tickets go on sale Friday 25 October at 10.00am via Ticketsouce:  https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/st-gregorys

There will be a Silent Auction of Promises before and during the event. A full programme and catalogue of donations will shortly be online at: www.st-gregorys.org.uk/parent-information/ptfa/

Monies raised will be used by the PTFA to support a range of projects across the school as part of our 40th Anniversary Celebrations.

If you would like to pledge an auction gift, we would be incredibly grateful for your support. Please contact us by email ptfa@st-gregorys.org.uk or contact our Auction Coordinator, Gemma Swift, on Tel: 07715 577400 by Friday 15 November. You can also complete this form and return to the main school office and we will be in touch. Thank you.

Parish Advent Retreat Saturday 30th November

Save the date! More information to follow.

Formation: Catechists for Confirmation 5th Dec

Clifton Diocese Youth Ministry is holding formation sessions for Confirmation Catechists across the diocese. If you are an experienced catechist, or just interested in accompanying young people towards, and beyond the Sacrament, these evenings are ideal. There will be new resources & ideas for ministry, and an opportunity to share good practice.

To book your place email: youth@cliftondiocese.com refreshments will be provided.

All evenings 6.30pm – 9.00pm.

Dates & venues:

24th October St George, Billet St, Taunton, TA1 3NN

12th November  St Anthony of Padua, West End, Melksham, SN12 6HJ

26th November St Joseph, Chance St, Tewksbury, GL20 5RF

5th December St Mary, Julian Rd, Bath, BA1 2SF

10th December Our Lady of Lourdes, Baytree Rd, Weston Super Mare, BS23 1XW

12th December Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Cheltenham Rd East, Churchdown, Gloucester. GL3 1HU

Parish "Open Mic" Night Fri 6th Dec 6.30pm

Parish “Open Mic” Night!
Calling all singers, players and music lovers – Friday 6th December, 6.30pm is Parish “Open Mic” Night! If you have a song to sing or instrument to play then please come along to our very own relaxed and fun “Open Mic” night at the parish centre! If music inspires you and you would like to play, sing or listen to live performances of songs of all genres then please come along. Simply email Matthew Hemson (matthew.hemson@gmail.com) if you would like to perform a song. All ages are welcome! A fun and welcoming evening is guaranteed for all. 



First Friday of the Month 2—3.30pm St Stephen’s Church Centre, Lansdown.

Fun & friendship in café style setting. Specially suited to anyone affected by memory difficulties. All welcome with accompanying family, carer or friend.

Wed 11th Dec St Mary’s School Advent Service, 6.30pm at St Mary’s Church

Wed 11th Dec St Mary’s School Advent Service, 6.30pm at St Mary’s Church