Welcome to St Nick’s, Bristol

STOP PRESS 27/03/2020

[1]  POPE FRANCIS LED THE GLOBAL CHURCH THIS EVENING IN  PRAYER AND BLESSING FOR THE WORLD AFFLICTED BY THE CORONAVIRUS – LET US EMBRACE THE WORLD WITH PRAYER AND LOVE – you can read his words, his preaching, under the heading ‘REFLECTIONS’

[2]    FOODBANK – URGENT REQUEST    Firstly THANK YOU! to all who have and are supporting our Foodbank and Destitution Fund. You are helping us respond to the significant increase in demand for our Parish Foodbank since the Emergency. We do need supplies of EVERYTHINGprimarily non-perishable foods and drinks in tins and packets. Please ring the door bell at the Parish Office Door (old Presbytery door) at the Assisi Centre to drop off any contributions.

What kind of things? Long-life milk and juices, small jars of coffee, tins of meat, fish, vegetables, tinned tomatoes baked beans, soups, custard and fruit; packets of rice, pasta, cereals; jars of pasta sauce, ketchup, mayonaise, packet soups; toilet rolls, bars of soap, toothpaste, and other toiletries.

You are helping us to meet a vital need, making practical in these difficult times ‘love of our neighbour’ and ‘God’s Option for the Poor’. Please be as generous as you can. Thank you in the name of all whom we are serving.

[3]    Due to technical difficulties broadcasting Mass from St Nick’s Church is unreliable, so for the time being I am now broadcasting Mass from the Prayer Room in the Presbytery. Please join us at 6.00pm Monday to Friday, 12noon on Saturdays and 10am on Sundays. I will also be offering on Facebook prayerful reflections and talks Monday to Friday at 10.30am and Saturdays at 6.00pm, with Stations of the Cross on Sundays in Lent at 6.00pm 

Welcome to St Nick’s, Bristol
“Dear sisters and brothers of St Nick’s parish family,
This is indeed a very hard time for all of us – and totally unexpected! Please be assured that you and yours are being held in constant prayer, not only by myself as your pastor but by so many of your community at St Nicks.
As you will no doubt be aware by now, no public worship is allowed during this health crisis. We all (and the Church especially, called to be a healing community) must care for the health and well-being of the whole wider community and so this extraordinary measure is a call to a deeper love and more profound faith. The Bible famously says ‘There is time for everything’ – now is the time for us to sacrifice that which we most love – receiving the Christ we meet and share in the Eucharist. God is of course greater than the Sacraments and His love and grace are not restricted to our Sacraments. Jesus, the Emmanuel (the ‘God-with-us), is constantly at our side and deep in our heart – He will never leave us.  For all in isolation, know He is with you and in His heart he brings us who care for you also. In Christ we are never alone!
I will celebrate Mass privately everyday of the crisis for you all and invite you to be spiritually united and in communion  with this daily offering of the Eucharist. We are ‘live streaming’ these Masses on the Parish Facebook page. I will also be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) by appointment. We are complying with the Government’s request that all churches are to remain closed during the Emergency.
 
The Parish Office will be open from 10am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday so that our ministry of care and support, especially for the poorest who need our Food Bank and Caritas Fund, can continue. Please phone the parish office (0117-9090419) during these times or myself at the presbytery (0117-9098810 – at any reasonable time) with your questions, concerns or need for any kind of support. 
 
The Parish Office and members of the Parish Pastoral Council will co-ordinate care and support for those who are in isolation or are vulnerable in any way. Volunteers to help from those able to do so  are very welcome. We must care for one another as well as pray for each other.
 
Apologies, but a word about Parish Finance! We are anticipating a marked increase of calls on our Caritas Fund and Foodbank as the health crisis increases and many more people will find themselves with little or no income. We are committed to meet this need as far as we possibly can – as Pope Francis says ‘we are the Church of the Poor, the Church for the Poor’. But we need your continued help and generosity! We are dependent upon our weekly collections but if no Public Mass there is problem! We ask you to continue your weekly offering: either by making a standing order to the parish account or filling in the Diocesan Standing Order and Gift Aid Form (email for details); or by giving you money offering  and donations to the Food Bank to the Parish Office during Office hours. 
 
Finally, this is a Lent like no other – a call to walk with Jesus in the wilderness and in the emptiness and loss of the desert of this crisis to grow in love and deeper faith. This is a call to prayer and care to a new sacrificial level. May the Holy Spirit lead us and empower our prayer and care for one another.
 
With every blessing in the Lord Jesus Christ,
 
Richard
 
Rev Richard McKay

 

PRAY MOST ESPECIALLY  FOR THE SICK AND FOR ALL HEALTH CARE WORKERS.

MEANWHILE PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR NATION AND SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER, ESPECIALLY OUR ELDERLY AND MOST VULNERABLE. LET US ALSO EXPLORE HOW WE CAN EFFECTIVELY SUPPORT OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND NEIGHBOURHOODS – LET THE LIGHT OF CHRIST’S COMPASSION AND LOVE SHINE THROUGH US AND GIVE THE GLORY TO GOD!

Rev Richard McKay Parish Priest of St Nicholas of Tolentino

Whether this is your first time to our Church family, or you have been coming here for many years – all are very welcome to be part of this wonderfully multi-cultural and diverse community of faith and friendship.
This parish has been witnessing to Christ and serving the people of this part of Bristol since 1848.  

We are a ‘Communion of Communities in Mission’ with more than 60 nationalities who gather each Sunday at 10am to celebrate God’s great Love for the world in our Mass.

Our commitment is to be a people at the service of the poor, both locally and globally; to be a community of warmth and welcome; to be a community of healing and hope. We are committed to work for the unity of the Church with our brothers and sisters of other Christian traditions, sharing mission and worship together; and to seek to build a fellowship of all believers among the many world faiths in our area.

In other words, we have long been seeking to grow as the kind of community that Pope Francis envisages in his Letter ‘Joy in the Gospel’

All are welcome
Sunday Mass – 10:00am
First Sunday of the Month at 3pm – Mass for people with special needs with the Clifton Catholic Fellowship
Second Sunday of the Month at 3pm – Signed Mass with the Deaf Community
Third Sunday of the Month at 3pm – LGBT+ Mass

THE ABOVE ACTS OF PUBLIC WORSHIP ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE BECAUSE OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS BY ORDER OF THE BISHOPS OF ENGLAND AND WALES

Summer Mass Times are subject to change. Please check Mass Times

Contact Us

Parish Office: 0117 909 0419
Parish Email: bristol.stnicholasoftolentino@cliftondiocese.com
Office Open: Monday-Friday 10am-12noon; Tuesday 2-4pm; Friday 5-7pm

Parish Priest
: Rev Richard McKay
Address: St Nicholas of Tolentino Church, Lawford’s Gate, Bristol BS5 0RE
Telephone: 0117 909 8810      (Emergency use: 07779 677370)
Email: richard.mckay@cliftondiocese.com

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