Welcome to the website of Saint Gerard Majella Catholic Church Knowle, Bristol, in the Diocese of Clifton. Please feel free to have a look at the site.
Click to view the parish live stream and for Mass.
Mass will be streamed at 10.00am on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Stations of the Cross 6.00pm 1st April 2020
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mary Herbert who died recently. May she rest in peace. Please keep Mary’s family and friends in your prayers. Mary’s funeral will be at Holy Souls Cemetery at 11.00am on the 14th April. It is hoped to live stream Mary’s committal and Requiem Mass.
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
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.
Below is a letter from the Bishops’ of England and Wales.
CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF ENGLAND AND WALES
A letter from the President and Vice-President on behalf of all the Bishops of the Conference
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, so many aspects of our lives must change. This includes the ways in which we publicly express our faith. It is very clear that, following official advice and in order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS, at this time we must not gather for public acts of worship in our churches. This will begin from Friday evening, 20th March 2020, until further notice.
Our churches will remain open. They are not closing. They will be a focal point of prayer, where you will find solace and strength. In visiting our churches at this time, we will observe with great care the practices of hygiene and the guidance on social distancing.
However, the celebration of Mass, Sunday by Sunday and day by day, will take place without a public congregation.
Knowing that the Mass is being celebrated; joining in spiritually in that celebration; watching the live-streaming of the Mass; following its prayers at home; making an act of spiritual communion: this is how we share in the Sacrifice of Christ in these days. These are the ways in which we will sanctify Sunday, and indeed every day.
We want everyone to understand that in these emergency circumstances, and for as long as they last, the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed. This is, without doubt, the teaching of the Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2181). This pandemic is the ‘serious reason’ why this obligation does not apply at this time.
You will find more details about the pathway of prayer and sacramental life we are now to take in the accompanying document and on the Bishops’ Conference website (www.cbcew.org.uk). Your own bishop and parish priest will provide further support, encouragement and information about our way of prayer together in the coming weeks.
The second vital aspect of these challenging times is our care for each other. There are so many ways in which we are to do this: being attentive to the needs of our neighbour, especially the elderly and vulnerable; contributing to our local food banks; volunteering for charitable initiatives and organisations; simply keeping in touch by all the means open to us.
During these disturbing and threatening times, the rhythm of the prayer of the Church will continue. Please play your part in it. The effort of daily kindness and mutual support for all will continue and increase. Please play your part in this too. For your commitment to this, we thank you.
‘The Lord is my shepherd,
There is nothing I shall want.’
May God bless us all.
Vincent Cardinal Nichols Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP
President Vice-President 18th March 2020
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
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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