25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
22nd September 2019
Sunday Cycle Year C Weekday Cycle Year 1 Office: Psalter Week 1


Sunday 22nd September Twenty Fifth Sunday

9.00am Mass
5.00pm Mass

Monday 23rd September

No Mass Today

Tuesday 24th September

10.00am Mass

Wednesday 25th September

10.00am Mass

Thursday26th September

No Mass Today

Friday 27th September

10.00am Mass

Saturday 28th September

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

Sunday 29th September Twenty Sixth Sunday

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, those recently sickRina Kerby, Stephen Hooper, Tom Lewis, Lena Buck, Harry Jenkins, Kathleen Farrell, John Shoemake, Simon Jenkins, William Hewitt, Malachi Moran, Wayne Parrock, Mary Sheehan, Miriam King, Jean Feltham, Gertie McCann, y, Carmel Jenkins, James Barr, Aileen Milkins, Eileen & Gerry Moran, Sophie Dewland, Lorna Sandland, Kate Smith. Please also remember in your prayers all whose anniversaries occur at this time  –  Simon Hooper, Penelope Foster, James Gordan, Mary Polland, William Scanlon, Margaret Golding, Agnes Bennett, Margaret Lane.

Our Lady of Walsingham
On Tuesday 24th September, St Mary on the Quay will be celebrating the Memorial of Our Lady of Walsingham with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 11.30am, Adoration, prayers to Our Lady, Marian Litany, Supplications and Benediction. Mass is at 12.15pm followed by the Rosary and the Tuesday Lunch Club.    Everyone is invited to attend. For more information contact Robert on 0117 926 4702 or smqbristol@outlook.com

22nd September 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 It would be easy for us to get caught up with the justices or injustices of today’s Gospel. At the heart of it is, however, a simple question which the Lord is asking us: What have we done with the many things and people that God has entrusted to us? In an ever-growing need for us to be accountable in our work, with our finances, in our families and parishes, we might forget that ultimately we are accountable to God for the many good things which we have been given – our gifts and talents and our material goods. How do we use these? Do we hide them, or do we use them for the greater good of our families, our communities – the whole world? If we are intent on building the Kingdom of God, then we will want to share what we have. Stewardship at its very best is when we care enough about others that we want them to share what we have, with whoever has a need for what we have.

UCM: Meet in the Majella Room after Mass on Wed. 25 Sep.  We will celebrate Terry & Sheila’s  “Special Birthdays” plus an optional General Knowledge Quiz. .First request for bottles for Christmas mini bazaar. All ladies welcome.

Family Fast Day – Friday 4 October
Please support Cafod’s Family Fast Day. By eating simply-perhaps a bowl of soup instead of a meal -and giving the money you save, you are answering God’s call to help our global family.

Celebrate Bristol
Are you interested in exploring your Faith in a family friendly setting? Then Celebrate Bristol could be for you! We are holding a weekend conference at St Bede’s Catholic College in Bristol on the 26th and 27th October that is sure to be great fun and faith filled. We have great speakers, worship and fellowship, dedicated streams for the children and young people specifically designed for each age group. Why not come along and see for yourselves! For more information and to book see our website www.celebrateconference.org/bristol

Clergy Moves
This autumn the following priests will be moving to new parishes: Fr Christopher Whitehead (St John the Evangelist, Bath);Fr Gary Brassington (Immaculate Conception, Stroud); Fr Isidore Obi(Holy Family, Swindon); Fr Anthony Paris (St Osmund; St Gregory and the English Martyrs; Most Holy Redeemer, Salisbury); Fr Saji Mathew(Christ the King, Amesbury); Canon Tom Gunning (Corpus Christi; St Joseph; Our Lady of Lourdes, Weston-Super-Mare); Fr Philip Thomas(St Peter, Cirencester; St Michael, Tetbury); Fr Bede Rowe and Fr Alex Redman (St Michael, Shepton Mallet; Our Lady St Mary of Glastonbury, Glastonbury; Our Lady Queen of Apostles, Cheddar; St Joseph and St. Teresa, Wells); Fr Michael Fountaine (St Patrick, Corsham); and Fr Matt Anscombe (St Dunstan, Keynsham ;St Bernadette ,Whitchurch).We wish them every happiness, and pray for them and all in their new parishes

Prayer for Creation
The idea of celebrating 1 September as a day of prayer for creation was first introduced by Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios in 1989, and was endorsed by Pope Francis in 2015, following his encyclical Laudato Si’ which calls on ‘every living person on this planet’ to care for our shared earth. The period from 1 September to the Feast of St Francis on 4 October, known as the Season of Creation, unites Christians in prayer and action for the protection of our common home. The theme for 2019 is “the web of life”, highlighting the urgent need to protect biodiversity, a theme that has important connections to this autumn’s Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian region. To help us ponder our responsibilities in caring for creation Mary Colwell has written a series of reflections for the Day of Prayer and for each week during the Season of Creation which can be accessed on    Pressandmedia@cliftondiocese.com

50+ Club
1 October -Outing to the Brecon Beacons with coffee stop at Abergavenny & lunch at Brecon town. Leave Buller Road 9.30 and return at 6.0 pm. (approx.). Fare £15. Tel. 01179770372 for booking or information.

Feast of the Harvest – will take place on Sunday October 6.  As is normal we would like to provide food for distribution via SVP and to support Borderlands. Please provide tins and packets of non-perishable items which can be left in the box in the entrance porch.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word is underway for the new academic year. We are always looking for parents who are interested in furthering their own faith by sharing their knowledge (no experience required). We also require additional adult helpers to help with the children. If you would like to find out more please see Graham, Sarah or Karoline.  Anyone interested will require an Enhanced DBS check from Clifton Diocese.

A three-day Vocations Discernment Retreat, organised by Clifton Diocese and Downside Abbey for Catholics aged 18 to 35 years old, will be held at Downside from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th October 2019. The talks during the retreat will consider all vocations, including consecrated life, priesthood, and lay life. The residential cost with all meals included is £50 in shared accommodation in a Retreat House or £70 in an en-suite twin room in the Monastery Guest Wing. The non-residential cost with all meals included is £40. No one should feel unwelcome if they cannot meet these costs, so please discuss this with the organiser.  For more information and to book please contact the organiser, Rina Bird, at rinabird@outlook.com

Vocations Weekend for young women
Theme: Discernment and Vocation Dates: 29 Nov – 1 Dec 2019 Location: Liverpool The weekend is organised by the sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ). There is nothing quite like religious life – it’s an extraordinary adventure into a deep relationship with God. If you are wondering if God is calling you to religious life and would like to find out more why not come along?  You are welcome to stay for the weekend or just come along on Saturday for the day. There will be opportunity for prayer, reflection and input, chance to ask questions and to meet others who are also wondering where God is calling them. For more information contact Sr Lynne fcJ at lynnefcj@hotmail.com or visit our website www.fcjsisters.org

Time to Talk about Mental Health
Prinknash Abbey Cafe is hosting its 2nd series of ‘Time to Talk’. Starting on the 2nd October 10-11.30am with a welcome and short talk by Jola Malin, author of a book about the grief of losing someone through suicide. The idea is to have a space where we can talk about any aspect of mental health; our own, someone else’s, or the way it is treated. Please come along on any Wednesday morning, 10-11am, where a table will be set aside for us. Everybody is welcome. Of all faiths, and none

A Life Lived in Communion
Saturday 19 October at St. Brendan’s College 9.15-2.30 pm. This day is set to prepare us for the coming “Year of Communion” and introduce us to the resources that will be available from November.

Christmas Request 2019
The Parish Christmas Breakfast / Bazaar will be held on Sunday 1st December. There will be a number of stalls this year including the favourite bottle stall.  A box will be put in the church porch WEF Sunday 29th September for your bottle donations. Many Thanks for your past support and in anticipation for your support this year.

Repository Table
Our Christmas stock has arrived – plenty of cards, calendars etc . Although none is on display yet you may purchase early if you so wish . Please see Marsha

Items covered in previous  newsletters:-Please consult Archive File

  1. Day of Prayer & Meditation- Beauty, Spirit, Matter-26 October at Clifton Cathedral. Coffee from 10.30.
  2. Shine resume meeting on 3 October.
  3. Catholic Education in the Modern World-Downside Wed.25 September at 18.15.
  4. Concert at Clifton Cathedral by St. Elizabeth’s of Minsk, Belarus on 28 Sep. 7.30 pm.
  1. Finding the Voice to give God Praise, 9 November, St. John’s, Bath. 10.0 am.-3.0pm.


CONFESSIONS ~ Saturdays from 11.00am and at call.

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

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

Parish Finance
Collection for Parish Funds on 15 Sep. totalled £626.71  (Gift Aid £ 172.00 Loose £454.71. Thank you. The Retiring Collection for Home Missions raised £71.10


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