Welcome to the website of the parish of Saint Gerard Majella Catholic Church, Knowle, Bristol, in the Diocese of Clifton.

Offertory & Donations to St Gerard Majella 
This has been a matter that I have been reluctant to broach, particularly at this difficult time, with so many pressures upon us all. However, a growing number of people have asked about making donations to the parish. To this end a PayPal donation button has been added, that is both secure and straightforward to use. Donations can also be Gift Aided.  Donations can still be made via the envelope scheme, by cheque, and cash, all via the presbytery. May I take this opportunity to thank you for your generosity. Fr George Henwood

Important News About Reopening for Mass at St Gerard’s
Given the current situation, and recognizing that our parish has within it a number of very vulnerable people, who are in the shielding group including Fr George, it has been decided, after consultation with Bishop Declan, and the parish pastoral team, that St Gerard’s will not be reopening for the celebration of Mass with a congregation until early August. This matter will be kept under regular review and if matters improve significantly then it might be possible to open a little sooner. The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended, so no one should feel under any pressure to attend Mass elsewhere, however, they are free to do so, being mindful of the needs of others within their respective parishes, and not wishing to overburden any parish at this difficult time. The live streaming of Mass will continue indefinitely,  and whilst it in no sense supplants our gathering as a community of the faithful in our church it does offer us the chance to come together and to be united in praying the same prayers at the same time in our various different places, which in itself is comforting and consoling, knowing that we are not alone but journey together united in faith and in the love God. We have come this far as the body of Christ, it is just a little further down the path before we will be able to hopefully come together again. 

Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England regarding the resumption of collective worship in England

Bishops Conference Guidelines on Reopening of Churches
Catechesis from Fr Christopher Whitehead St John’s Bath

Cafod 100 Club As you will be aware, the April draw was postponed due to the Virus and consequently subscriptions for the current year were not collected as planned. We are now collecting subscriptions (still £12 per entry) for the current year. Please send your subscriptions in an envelope clearly marked “Cafod 100 club” to the presbytery. Cheques should be made payable to “St. Gerard Majella). Thank you for  continuing  your support for Cafod. Regards, Adrian

From the Apostolic Penitentiary 20th March 2020
Where the individual faithful find themselves in the painful impossibility of receiving sacramental absolution, it should be remembered that perfect contrition, coming from the love of God, beloved above all things, expressed by a sincere request for forgiveness (that which the penitent is at present able to express) and accompanied by votum confessionis, that is, by the firm resolution to have recourse, as soon as possible, to sacramental confession, obtains forgiveness of sins, even mortal ones (cf. CCC, no. 1452).

Act of Contrition
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee: and I detest my sins most sincerely because they displease Thee, my God, Who art so deserving of all my love for Thy infinite goodness and most amiable perfections: and I firmly purpose by Thy holy grace never more to offend Thee to avoid all occasions of sin and amend my life. Amen. I further resolve and promise to go to sacramental confession as soon as practiably possible.

To all at St Gerard’s and beyond, especially in Sydney Australia, Coogee and Illawong. I would like to thank you for all your support and enthusiasm surrounding the live streaming of Mass. The comments received by email, text have been overwhelmingly supportive. Take comfort from knowing we are united in the love of God and our bonds as a community can only grow stronger. This time will pass, take heart, be strong, gentle, patient and kind. May God bless you all and our Holy Mother protect you. Fr George

During this period when we are unable to gather in the parish church I am encouraging parishioners to gather in their homes, respecting social distancing advice, especially for the celebration of Sunday Mass. Whilst, we cannot come together as a physical community, we remain the community of the Church, untied always with the Church in glory, we are united with the community of saints, praying with us and for us. It is vital that we continue to form community in this way, so that we may continue to live the rhythm of our faith in the midst of our daily life, united in faith and love. Please be assured of my prayers for you all at this time, and I humbly ask that you remember all priests and religious in yours. May God bless and keep you and our Holy Mother protect you.
Fr George Henwood

Spiritual Communion
There are times when people are unable to receive the Body and Blood of Christ, through illness or due to their personal disposition. Even though some may not receive ‘sacramental’ Communion, all are united in some way by the Holy Spirit. The traditional idea of ‘spiritual’ Communion is an important one to remember and reaffirm. A deep spiritual communion is possible even when we do not share together the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ.

My Jesus,
I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar.
I love you above all things
and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
come spiritually into my soul
so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever.
Amen. 

Parish Priest Fr. George Henwood
St Gerard Majella Catholic Church
69 Talbot Road, Knowle,
Bristol, BS4 2NP
England

Telephone: 0117 9833924

E-mail: In an attempt to reduce the amount of spam we receive please copy and paste the two parts of the email address together. bristol.stgerardmajella
@cliftondiocese.com

Novena Prayer to St. Gerard

Almighty & Eternal God, we thank you for the gift of St Gerard and the example of his life. Because St. Gerard always had complete faith and trust in you, you blessed him with great powers of help & healing. Through him, you showed your loving concern for all those who suffered or were in need. You never failed to hear his prayer on their behalf. Today, through St. Gerard’s powerful intercession, you continue to show your love for all those who place their trust in you. And so, Father, full of faith & confidence, and in thanksgiving for all the wonderful things you have done for us, we place ourselves before you today. Through the intercession of St. Gerard, hear our prayers and petitions, and if it is your holy will, grant them. Amen.

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