Fifth Sunday of Easter
19th May 2019
Sunday Cycle Year C Weekday Cycle Year 1 Office: Psalter Week 1


Sunday 19th May Fifth Sunday of Easter

9.00am Mass
5.00pm Mass

Monday 20th May

No Mass Today

Tuesday 21st May

10.00am Mass

Wednesday 22nd May


Thursday 23rd May

No Mass Today

Friday 24th May

10.00am Mass

Saturday 25th May

9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.15am Benediction
10.30am Mass
Confessions from 11.00am

Sunday 26th May Fifth Sunday of Easter

9.00am Mass
5.00pm Mass


I have loved you with an everlasting love so I am constant in my mercy for you.’
Jeremiah 31:3

Diocesan Prayer
God our Father, open the horizons of our minds and hearts so that we can see what hope your call holds for us. Pour out the overflowing gifts of your Spirit so that we, your Church, may become a people of hope for our world. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Our Lady, Woman of Hope, pray for us.
St Peter, Rock of Hope, pray for us. St Paul, Apostle of Hope, pray for us.

Sick & HouseboundPlease remember in your prayers all the sick and housebound, in particular, thoserecently sickRina Kerby, Stephen Hooper, Tom Lewis, Lena Buck, Marie Shields, Harry Jenkins, Kathleen Farrell, John Shoemake, Simon Jenkins, William Hewitt, Malachi Moran, Wayne Parrock, Mary Sheehan, Miriam King, Jean Feltham, Gertie McCann, Maurice Kerby, Derek West, Carmel Jenkins, James Barr, Aileen Milkins, Eileen & Gerry Moran, Sophie Dewland, Lorna Sandland, Tom Erraught, Mike Lewis. Please also remember in your prayers all whose anniversaries occur at this time  –  Charles Liddington, Arturo Tolaini, Karen Ackah, Albert Weaver, Amy Baker, Leonard Withers, John Casey, Charlie Pearce, Raymond Napier.

Retiring Collection  Today (19 May) for Priests’ Retirement Fund.
A: retiring collection will be taken after both Masses today in support of the Priests’ Retirement Fund. This is the occasion on which your generosity is much appreciated by those priests who retired before the current Diocesan Pension Scheme came into being. A Diocesan Grant is given to them and they are very grateful for this. The Diocese is, in turn, very grateful for the great help they provide as supply priests around the Diocese. There are over twenty priests in retirement in our Diocese and your contributing to this appeal is a great reassurance to them that they are not forgotten. Thank you for your continued support of our diocese’s retired priests

 19th May 5th Sunday of Easter Year C
Probably one of the most attractive aspects of the life of Jesus was his willingness to spend so much time with the misfits in society, those who hadn’t got everything quite right, the not so perfect people, those who struggle and suffer, in other words people like you and me. It is for such as these that Jesus, in his infinite love, dies on the cross. He gives his life for us. It is this love which lies at the heart of our faith. As a follower of Christ, we are called to love, to love every person, wherever they come from whatever their status in life. The mark of a true disciple is that they love one another. If we were to define what is most typical of our own Christian community, would it be the quality of the love which we share with one another and the wider world. Would people know we are Christians by the way we live and love?

Diocesan Day
We gather at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College on Saturday 6 July with our Bishop and with people from across all parishes in the diocese. It is always a good day and the hope is that there is something for everyone. The day begins at 9.45am with an opening liturgy and concludes at 4.15pm with Mass. Refreshments served from 9.15am. Details can be found on the poster and booklets at www.cliftondiocese.com. Lunch is provided, please email just to let us know you are coming: adult.education@cliftondiocese.com

Diocesan and Deanery website
Why not take a look at the Diocesan website – CliftonDiocese.com – it’s much easier to negotiate. If you click on the link to parishes it will take you to the new Deanery website .

Union of Catholic Mothers
Next Meeting -Wed. 22 May.in the Majella Room after Mass for a “General Discussion.. All Ladies welcome.

Young people – We need you!
Our Diocesan Day is taking place at St Brendan’s College Bristol on Saturday 6th July. We are looking for young people of school Year 10 and beyond to be an important part of the team. Your task is to be the face of the diocese by introducing speakers and workshops, signposting people and making people welcome. You will also have the opportunity to take on the Climbing Wall and 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 and your friends would like to take part email youth@cliftondiocese.com and we’ll send you more information.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Glastonbury: Sunday 14th July 2019
Volunteer Altar servers will be welcome. Detailed map, programme etc. are exhibited on the notice board.

First Aid
Terry Johnson has v kindly offered to train us for the above. Please put your name on the list at the back of the church for either the 24th May or 28th June from 6-9 pm 12 persons per list. Terry will give us self study packs and DVD prior to the session so we familiarise ourselves to First aid study. There is a practice session of CPR with mannequins and the use of a defibrillator. Thanks Jo Dias

Mental Health, Bereavement by Suicide
Please see the notice board for details of helpful talks arranged for June & July

1.Evening talk by Jola Malin,Mon.3 June 7-8pm. at Immaculate Conception, Parish Hall, Stroud.

2.Solace in Loss, a Day Retreat for people bereaved by suicide. Mon.8 July, Brownshill Monastery. Glos.

3.”Time to Talk” about Mental Health. Once a week coffee morning during May, June & July at Prinknash Abbey Monastery Café.

Reminder of items detailed in previous newsletters: See Archive/ Notice Board for details

  1. 1. Deanery Celebration of Confirmation, St. Gerard on Wednesday Oct. 30.

2 “Shine Group” meet on    30 May 6.30/8.30, Majella Room..07460598823

3 Day of Renewal for Pentecost at St. Bernadette. Sat. 8 June, 11.0am.-4.0pm. Guest Speaker Mandy Baker.


CONFESSIONS ~ Saturdays from 11.00am and at call.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Benediction ~ Saturdays from 9.30am

Rosary ~ Friday 9.30am

First Sunday of the Month ~ Tea, coffee & refreshments in the hall, All Welcome.

Parish Finance
Collection for Parish Funds on 12 May totalled £573.16 (Gift Aid £192.00 Loose £381.16) The retiring Collection for Clergy Training totalled £307.26.


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