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Young people – We need you!

Young People needed for Diocesan Day
Are you a young person aged 14+ who would like to gain experience of leadership & public speaking? For our Diocesan Day, we are inviting young people to come forward to be part of our leadership team. We need stewards,workshop assistants, people to introduce our speakers & young people be the welcoming face of the event! You’ll be in teams so you can share in your tasks. As a thank you, young people will be able to take part in our Climbing Wall & Archery activities, receive a certificate of participation, a free T-shirt & an Ice cream! This can count towards your Faith in Action project!
Email youth@cliftondiocese.com to register, & come along to our training day on Sat 15th June 10am – 3pm at St Brendan’s College, Broomhill Rd, Bristol. BS4 5RQ.

Diocesan Day – Saturday 6 July

Glastonbury pilgrimage: coach available Sun 14th July

Sun 14 July Glastonbury Pilgrimage Coach:
Pick up from North Parade, Bath 11.45am
St Alphege’s Church, Bath at 12.00

Rosary Procession starts 2.15pm followed by Mass 3.30pm in the Abbey grounds with Bishop Declan.

Leaving 5.30pm to allow time for us to share a picnic together.

£10 per adult/£5 per child. To book: 01225 332202 or bath.stalphege@cliftondiocese

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.


Amazonia: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology

letter re amazons synod

Amazonia: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology October 6th-27th 2019

On the afternoon of 24th February from 3.30 pm-6pm a small group of us reflected upon the Pope’s encyclical, Laudato Si in preparation for the Synod on the Amazons to be held in Rome this October. As part of that process we looked at the lives of Chico Mendes, Sister Dorothy Stang, and Adelinho Ramos as just 3 people, who gave their lives to protect the forests, and help those who live there care for our common home. As well as videos, we were privileged to speak live on Skype with some important people in Brazil- Archbishop Roque of Porto Velho, and Acre, President of the Indigenous Missionary Council, member of REPAM, and our own Fr Leo Dolan late of St. Alphege’s, Bath. Our contact in St. Johns Bath with the poor in Brazil goes back some 50 years…. read more in the document

Adoremus Feedback

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



Thy Kingdom Come Thurs 30th May - Sun 9th June EXTENDED to 15th June!

***UPDATE*** Bath 24-7 prayer Due to demand and a sense that this is what God wants, the 24-7 room will be open for another week after Pentecost (until Saturday 15 June ). People who have attended have asked to come back and bring friends. Please sign up bit.ly/Bath247 to pray for an hour or 2! Old School House (Genesis) South Parade BA2 4AF (by St John’s RC Church). We are looking for people to lead worship so please contact markbrooks@fathershousebath.org
Programme (you can still pray on your own if you prefer):
7-8am worship/prayer
7-9pm worship /prayer
Sat 8 June Speak Blessings Conference (Heather Read from Ffald y Brenin )
9.45am -1pm in St Johns Church RC
Free event/no need to book

Thy Kingdom Come May 30-June 9
A global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury & York to the Church of England has grown into an international & ecumenical call to prayer. During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will
*Deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ
*Pray for God’s spirit to work in the lives of those they know
*Come to realise that every aspect of their life is the stuff of prayer

Diocese: Daily reflections with people from different Christian traditions speaking about prayer & how it impacts on their own life & relationship with God www.cliftondiocese.com
Bath events:
*Today: Watch the 24-7 Prayer video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXaP9vAcohk&t=13s
*Sign up to an hour or two of 24-7 Prayer between Sunday 2-9 June (Old School House (Genesis) South parade BA2 4AF (next to St John’s RC Church) (bit.ly/Bath247)
*Thurs 30th May 24-7 Prayer and Thy Kingdom Come launch, Bath Abbey 7.30pm
*Sat 1st June 4.00pm Pray over Bath area from 3 hills (Solsbury, Roundhill and Kelston)
*Sat 8th June 9.45am -1.00pm in St John’s Church RC “Speak Blessings” (Heather Read from Ffald y Brenin)
Bath info: www.bathchurches.org.uk

LGBT+ Community Mass 16th June

Sun 16th June Bishop Declan wishes to express pastoral care & concern for our Catholic LGBT+ community so asked St Nicholas of Tolentino Church (Lawford’s Gate, Bristol BS5 0RE) to celebrate a series of Masses for this community & all who wish to take part. The intention is not to isolate, but rather to ensure a warm welcome & to integrate this community into Church. Mass 3.00pm – all are welcome

One Good Friday meeting Wed 19th June

Your support needed for Passion Play
Maybe you are the right person to help One Good Friday put on an outdoor passion play in Bath next Easter. We need help to support the project including co-ordinating prayer, publicity, social media, websites, design, photography, fundraising, finances, health & safety, safeguarding, insurance, licences. Help make this happen by coming along on Wednesday, 19th June, 7.30pm to St Philip & St James Church, Odd Down (BA2 2QF) or contact bath@onegoodfriday.com. www.onegoodfridaybath.org

Music for a Summer Evening" 22nd June

Concert: “Music for a Summer Evening” with Jerrome Recorders, at 19.30 on Saturday 22nd June. Tickets £6, children free. Refreshments available. Proceeds to church funds.

Corpus Christi Celebrations in Bath 23rd June

St Mary’s Church: As in previous years we will again be having Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from the end of the 10.30am Mass till the start of the 5.00pm Mass on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. There will be a sheet at the back of the church to allow people to sign up to half hour slots throughout the day.

Sun 23rd June BATH DEANERY CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION 2.00pm. From St. John’s & back to Our Lady’s garden at 3.00pm for Adoration & Chaplet of Divine Mercy. We invite children to dress in white & throw petals during the procession. Please confirm your children’s participation via Janet at St. Johns office, or contact Marta on 07506 216487.

Climate Change Lobby to Parliament: London 26th June

Climate Change Lobby to Parliament: London
Join CAFOD and many other charities at an unforgettable event in London on 26th June. Get involved in action for the campaign against the climate and environmental crisis, with CAFOD, and tell our leaders that Britain should no longer contribute to the destruction of our common home. You can make a difference by joining a coach going from our Clifton Diocese to the Lobby in London. Please register if you would like to attend – see https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Climate/Climate-lobby for more details or contact Liz Baldwin at the CAFOD office in Bristol: ebaldwin@cafod.org.uk / 01172 428 328.

St Mary's Primary School Summer Fete 30th June

St Mary’s School Summer Fete
Sunday 30th June noon-3.00pm
All welcome! Support our primary school whilst having fun. Donations of plants and cake on the day will be very welcome.
*Raffle *BBQ *Chocolate Tombola *Bouncy castle *Bar *Coconut shy *Plant stall *Beat the Goalie *cake stall *teas *Adopt a cuddly toy *lucky dip
All proceeds to the school to fund the refurbishment of a classroom.

Praying the Mass Readings using Lectio July 1st

Meeting fortnightly to pray through the readings for next Sunday using Lectio Divina. We next meet at St John’s Presbytery on Monday, July 1st at 2.45 for tea/coffee and start at 3 pm, finishing at 4 pm. Just ring the bell. It would delight us if you could make it. For info. call Patrick:07966 366731 or Graham:07889 495419

Diocesan Day 6th July

Diocesan Day
We gather at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College on Sat 6 July with our Bishop & people from across all parishes in the diocese. For those who exercise the ministries of Holy Communion or Reading there will be specific workshops on the role prayer plays in our preparation & engage­ment in these ministries.

Begins 9.45am with an opening liturgy. Bishop Declan will be present with us & will bring our day to a close with the celebration of the Sunday Eucharist at 4.15pm. Refreshments served from 9.15am. Lunch is provided, please email just to let us know you are coming: adult.education@cliftondiocese.com

We are blessed to have Fr. Denis McBride to lead us in reflecting upon our re­sponse to the invitation to engage in a relationship with God & the Church. For those who exercise the ministries of Holy Communion or Reading there will be specific workshops on the role prayer plays in our preparation & engage­ment in these ministries. 

Young people – We need you at our Diocesan Day!
We are looking for young people Year 10+ to be an important part of the team: to be the face of the diocese by introducing speakers & workshops, signposting people & making people welcome. You will also have the opportunity to take on the Climbing Wall & Archery range as part of your day! We invite you to a training day on Saturday 15th June 10am–3pm at St Brendan’s. If you & your friends would like to take part email youth@cliftondiocese.com

Year of Prayer Retreat Days at Prinknash Abbey: Next 27th July

2019 Year of Prayer Retreat Days: Come back to me with all your heart

Retreat Days with Prayer and healing basis led by Abbot Martin McLaughlin and Dr Sarah Richards

Prinknash Monastery Chapel
Gloucester GL4 8EX

Prayer enriches our lives and brings us closer to God and to other people. It is a vital part of our relationship with God, and all relationships benefit from being nurtured, encouraged and supported. We tend to think of the heart as the seat of the emotions, especially love. In Hebrew the word for heart, “lev,” encompasses the mind and the thoughts, so in the prayer of the heart we bring our entire selves to God in prayer, and we also bring all those we hold in our hearts and minds into our prayer. 

We would like to invite you to join us for the retreat days Jan – Dec 2019 and enjoy the peaceful, congenial surroundings with opportunities for personal prayer and for prayer with companions. You will be very welcome.


9.30am                                                Mass in Chapel

10.15-10.45am                                   Coffee in meeting room

10.45am                                              At Meeting Room – gathering prayer, talk and exploring session on the retreat day theme.

12.30pm                                              lunch (bring your own or use the café)

1.30pm                                                Continue retreat day theme and pray together.

3-3.30pm                                            Adoration, and Benediction in Chapel to finish.


Saturday 27th July:                             Praying with focus on the beauty in nature,

Saturday 7th  September:                  Praying for healing of memories and relationships

Saturday 12th  October:                     Praying for protection

Saturday 9th November:                    Praying with the Scriptures

Lectio Divina at Napier Road on July 30th

Also known as Scripture Reflection.

Will take place at 27 Napier Road, Bath, BA1 4LN at 7.30 until 9 pm. Contact: Graham on 01225 427418 or 07889 495419

We will read and re-read a passage of Scripture and share our thoughts on it and what we will take away from it.

One of us will read a ‘small’ extract chosen from a spiritual book and then another of us will share some music. 

Christmas Bazaar

St Mary’s Christmas Bazaar, date tbc 9.30am onwards in the Parish Centre. We hope to run another Christmas Bazaar this year, and Peter Ghillyer has volunteered to organise it. He is looking for volunteers to help him make it a great success. Contact Peter 07879 939057 or pghillyer@gmail.com if you can help. There is a rumour that Father Christmas might be there!