Welcome to the website and live stream of the parish of St Gerard Majella, Catholic Church, Knowle, Bristol, within the Diocese of Clifton in the United Kingdom.
Please note: No public Mass until further notice. Please feel very welcome to join the parish live stream for Mass.
TRACK AND TRACE
At the entrance of the church you will be asked to provide contact details. These details will be stored securely for 21 days before being shredded.
Prayer for the Preparation of Mass
God our Father, you call us to gather for this Sunday Mass. Help us to draw strength from the Holy Scriptures and from the Holy Eucharist, so that we deepen our love for you. May we be enlivened by the Holy Spirit to mirror the words and actions of your Son Jesus Christ and become more clearly your instruments of mercy to others. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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 is now available, that is both secure and straightforward to use. Donations can also be Gift Aided. If you are in the parish envelope weekly donation scheme please add your Gif Aid envelope number to your donation. 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
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 ContritionO 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.
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.
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.
Parish Priest Fr. George Henwood
St Gerard Majella Catholic Church
69 Talbot Road, Knowle,
Bristol, BS4 2NP
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
Novena Prayer to St. Gerard Majella
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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