Highlights of the Week

Below are a few interesting news items from the weekly Bulletins for next four weeks.  To download the full version of our latest Bulletin,  please go to our Bulletin pageThank you.

THOUGHT for Thirtieth Sunday         DRINKING THE SAME CUP AS JESUS!

One of the wonderful reforms of the Liturgy flowing from the Second Vatican Council was to restore the Cup, the Precious Blood, to the laity. Sadly it is still not a universal practice in the Church, but thankfully it is widely practised in Britain.
To drink the Cup of Jesus, as we do at Mass, is to be identified with Him, one with Him, who is the ‘Suffering Servant of the Lord’. In sharing His Cup, we choose to share not only His suffering, but each other’s and the world’s - precisely because the world’s suffering is Jesus’ suffering. The Cross is Jesus embracing totally all the world has ever and will ever suffer, all the wars, brokenness, injustice and oppression. To drink the Cup at Mass is for us to say ‘Yes, I will live my life like you, Jesus, struggling and suffering to liberate my world from war, from poverty, from cycles of violence, from hurt and pain’. That is the Mission of the Church, the Mission of the Gospel, our Mission!

I want to thank you my parish family for the incredible and gift of being able to be part of the Canonisation of St Oscar Romero and St Paul VI. It was a most remarkable personal experience for myself and for Ted and Mary who also shared the event. It was also (and more importantly) a profound moment for the whole Church, the Canonisation of this Martyr for Justice, Martyr for Poor, this Martyr of the Vatican II Church, this model shepherd for our times.  St Paul VI was a great Prophet of Peace and struggled to carry forward the Reforms of the Second Vatican Council. As Pope he not only supported Oscar Romero (unlike his successor!) but taught that working for Justice was at the heart of the Mission of the Church. The exuberance of the Latin American pilgrims was so special, especially when we all experienced the Visit of Pope Francis to us after a Mass of Thanksgiving on the Monday. Pope Francis is an extraordinary Pastor who so clearly loves his people and ‘knows the smell of the sheep!’ Once more thank you,my sisters and brothers, for enabling me to have such a rich and rewarding experience!

JOURNEY OF FAITH    We continue the Journey of Faith meetings each Friday at 6.30pm Who will you encourage to come and see what being a Catholic Christian means? Or come for a renewal of faith? Or seek Baptism and/or Confirmation? 

DIOCESAN YEAR OF PRAYER BEGINS ADVENT 2018     [1]   Diocesan Day to introduce the Year of Prayer to all the parishes of the diocese. Luke’s Gospel emphases Jesus as a person of prayer, and we begin Luke’s Gospel in Year 3 in the Sunday Liturgical cycle. It will be at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College, Broomhill Road, BS4 5RQ. It is important that we are represented there, so i hope at least some of the Parish pastoral Council will attend.
[2]   Evening Prayer at Clifton Cathedral with Bishop Declan to Launch the Year of Prayer on Tuesday 28th November at 7.00pm. Please keep that evening free and try to come and share in this special Prayer Service.

ARE YOU STRUGGLING AFTER AN ABORTION EXPERIENCE?  Do you know where to turn - who could help you? I hope as a parish community we are open and caring and healing in a way that you could entrust your pain to us. But also (and very importantly) there is an organisation that could help you - British Victims of Abortion. Call them on their helpline 0845-603-8501 between 7pm and 10pm seven evenings a week.

GLOBAL HEALING - a national faith response to Pope Francis Letter ‘Laudato Si’   Being launched on ‘Creation Day’ (1st September), resources will be released by our Bishops to encourage us to reflect upon the urgency of changing direction and life-style in order to heal our planet of the damage we have done through the careless exploitation of our environment. How do we live in communion with creation? Watch this space for opportunities to discuss together what we can do as individuals and as a parish to contribute to ‘Global Healing’

CELEBRATE BRISTOL 27-28th Oct  "See, I am doing a new thing!" - Is 43:19(NIV)
A Conference for the whole family! A non-residential weekend including tailored 'streams' for all ages of children and young adults. Keynote speakers: Michelle Moran, David Wells and Sue Whitehead. Also workshops, seminars, praise and worship, prayer ministry, Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Confession. Hosted by Catholic Charismatic Renewal at St Bede's Catholic College, BS11 0SU. Further details: www.celebrateconference.org

PARENTS BAPTISM PREPARATION COURSES FOR 2018   Parents seeking the baptism of their children this year are asked to inform Eustace Tameh or Christopher and Epiphania Chipato or Fr Richard as soon as possible. Next Baptism course and celebration:
Preparation Sessions: Friday 2nd & 9th November at 6.30pm (Assisi Centre)
Rite of Child Catechumen Sunday 4th November at 10am Mass

POPE FRANCIS ON NUCLER WEAPONS    Pope Francis stated the following last November:‘Now is the time to affirm not only the immorality of the use of nuclear weapons, but the immorality of their possession…  genuinely concerned by the catastrophic humanitarian effects of any employment of nuclear devices and the risk of accidental detonation as a result of any kind of error, the threat of their use, as well as their very possession, is to be firmly condemned. They exist in the service of a mentality of fear.’


We very much need to continue to pray that the nations that committed themselves to work to heal the planet oppose those leaders and economies that oppose this reality and policy seeking to protect the environment, remain true to their word and bring about the changes needed to be 'merciful' to 'our common home':

 “O God of love, teach us to care for this world our common home. 

Inspire all political leaders and the peoples of all the nations to listen to and heed the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. 

Let us be united in heart and mind in responding and acting courageously.

May we seek the common good and protect the beautiful earthly garden you have created for us, for all our brothers and sisters, for all generations to come. Amen!"


Lord, the plight of our country
is deep and the suffering of the Christians
is heavy and frightening us,
therefore we ask you Lord
to assure our lives, grant us patience and courage
to continue to witness our Christian values with trust and hope.
Lord, peace is the base of any life; give us peace and stability
to live with each other without fear, anxiety,
with dignity and joy, glory to you forever.

Archbishop Louis Raphael I Sako,  Chaldean Catholic Patriarch

Lord, send us the gift of peace

Watch over the people of Iraq who have been forced to flee their homes
and face violence and fear.

Lord, send us the gift of peace

Lead them to a place of safety, comfort those who grieve
and bring healing to those in pain.

Lord, send us the gift of peace

Convert the hearts of those who commit violence and wage war.
Turn them away from persecution towards peace.

Lord, send us the gift of peace

Turn hatred to understanding, and anger to compassion.
Through your love, transform horror into hope.

Lord, send us the gift of peace

And fill us all with your Spirit so that with one voice, throughout the world,
we may cry out:

Lord, send us the gift of peace

Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us…              Catherine Gorman/CAFOD