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.

Click here to make a virtual visit to Holy Souls Catholic Cemetery, Bristol and for the The Blessing of Graves.

Please note all Catholic Churches are now closed for the celebration of public Mass. There is no public Mass at St Gerard’s until at the earliest Wednesday the 2nd December 2020. All Masses are live streamed.


Statement on Safeguarding Friday 20th November 2020

It is with sadness that I announce that the last public Mass at St Gerard’s will be celebrated at 10.00am on Wednesday 4th November. The closure of the church is of course a temporary measure due the current situation. We will open again, and we will come through this period. During this time we live with confident hope, trusting in God’s loving providence that all will be well and that it won’t be too long before we can be together again in our beautiful church. Our faith is our lasting hope and promise, we turn to Mary our Blessed Mother all the angels and saints, the Church in glory to seek their assistance, intercession and prayers. Whilst we will be unable to gather physically in the church we can come together in faith and be with one another via the parish live stream, knowing that hundreds if not many thousands of us are joined in prayer at the same time, is comforting and uplifting. If anyone knows of others in need of support please email or telephone the parish – we will do what we can to offer assistance. Please know that you are all in my prayers – may I ask that you keep me in yours. Wishing you all every blessing and may the peace of Christ be in your hearts, your homes and with you all. Fr George


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.

Attending Mass at St Gerard Majella

Annual Mass Holy Souls Cemetery 7th November 2020 10.00am at St Gerard Majella Catholic Church
This year the annual Mass will be celebrated St Gerard Majella Catholic Church, Knowle, on Saturday the 7th November at 10.00am. This Mass will  only be live streamed. It is not open to the public.

Prayer to St Gerard Majella

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 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.

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.

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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