Welcome to St Nick’s, Bristol

Welcome to St Nick’s, Bristol
JESUS IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED! ALLELUIA!
A very blessed, joyous Easter to you and to our world – may the Easter Shalom! Peace of the Risen Lord come to you and to all caught in conflicts and the barbarity of war! 
PRAY, PRAY FOR THE WAR-STRICKEN PEOPLE OF UKRAINE
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’

Sisters and brothers, thank you for all you are doing to support one another and many others in your neighbourhood. Thank you for your generosity in finance, time, energy and concern to make sure the parish can continue (grow even!) as a Light in the Inner City. I am profoundly grateful to the Lord for bringing me to St Nicks as your brother and your pastor. Know that you are prayed for every day!
In the love of Christ Jesus! Shalom! Peace!
Richard
WHO IS ST NICHOLAS OF TOLENTINO?


LOVER OF GOD, LOVER OF THE POOR

St Nicholas, lover of children, born like Samuel, Samson and John the Baptist of barren parents, the gift of God and his parents gift to God.
St Nicholas, who learnt to break bread with the poor long before he learnt to break the Bread of the Eucharist – risking his future in obedience to the God of the Poor and disobeying the voices of those who knew not the poor man of Nazareth.
St Nicholas, man of prayer who entered Love’s silence in order the proclaim Love’s Saving Word.
St Nicholas, vessel of God’s healing love, from whom healing and life flowed in all abundance, raising the dead, healing the wounds, setting free.
St Nicholas, God’s compassion to the prisoner, God’s protector and rescuer of the prostitute, listening with an gentle heart and open mind.
St Nicholas, reaching in praying love beyond the bridge of death, holding the Departed in the purifying love of God.
St Nicholas, inspirer of our mission, healer of our wounds pray for us!

PLEASE NOTE:    WHEN EMAILING RICHARD PLEASE USE FROM NOW ON USE THE  FOLLOWING EMAIL:   richard.mckay@cliftondiocese.com   AND NO LONGER THE ‘BLUEYONDER’ EMAIL ADDRESS WHICH NO LONGER FUNCTIONS.

[1] IT IS MOST IMPORTANT THAT WE HOLD THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE IN OUR PRAYER, AND CLAMOUR FOR PEACE. THE BRUTALITY OF THIS AGGRESSION MUST STOP. PRAY TOO FOR THOSE COURAGEOUS RUSSIANS WHO RISK EVERYTHING TO DEMONSTRATE AGAINST THIS WAR WITHOUT JUSTIFICATION.

[2] PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY   FOR THE SICK, FOR ALL HEALTH CARE WORKERS IN HOSPITALS, CARE HOMES AND THE COMMUNITY, AS WELL AS ALL ESSENTIAL WORKERS ENABLING OUR SOCIETY TO FUNCTION AT THIS TIME. COVID INFECTIONS ARE ONCE MORE RISING ALARMINGLY – WE MUST CONTINUE TO PROTECT ONE ANOTHER AND TAKE PRECAUTIONS. PLEASE ALSO PRAY FOR OUR NATION AND ALL NATIONS AROUND THE GLOBE STILL CHALLENGED BY THIS PANDEMIC. SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER WITH KINDNESS AND CARE, ESPECIALLY OUR ELDERLY AND MOST VULNERABLE. LET US 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!

[3] THE PARISH SYNOD REPORT IS A REMARKABLE DOCUMENT, EXPRESSING THE VOICES OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD IN OUR PARISH, AND HELPING US TO HEAR WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT IS SAYING TO THE CHURCH IN OUR PARISH, OUR DIOCESE AND IN OUR WORLD.  YOU WILL FIND THE DOCUMENT AS A PDF DOWNLOAD BELOW  UNDER ‘REPORTS FROM THE PARISH’ 

[4] The Bishops  emphasise the Christian responsibility for all to be fully vaccinated in order to limit transmission and therefore impossible pressure on the Health Service and to protect the vulnerable among us.  While we can now socialise, we need still be caring and careful in regard to other members of our community among us, in particular those with low immunity because of other conditions, as well sheath-care workers. We want to ensure everyone feels safe to come and worship together at Mass. Please continue to wear masks at Mass and in the Hall afterwards (except when drinking tea/coffee, of course!)

[5]  The Parish Office remains open Monday to Friday 10.00am to 1.00pm and the Admin team will pass on to me all messages that need my attention if you cannot reach me otherwise. They can also offer help and support with a variety of issues. Please phone the parish office (0117-9090419) during these times or myself at the presbytery (0117-909-8810 – at any reasonable time) with your questions, concerns or need for any kind of support.

Shalom!

Richard 

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

This Mass has recommenced and all are welcome!

Second Sunday of the Month at 3pm – Signed Mass with the Deaf Community
I am delighted to announce that this Signed Mass for our Deaf Community has started again – all are welcome!

PLEASE NOTE: THE MASS ON 8TH MAY HAS HAD TO BE CANCELLED – HOPE TO SEE EVERYONE ON 12TH JUNE!

Thanks to Sherrie Eugene, we are also continuing  Signing the Parish Mass at 10.00am for the Hearing impaired Mass on the First Sunday of the Month a permanent basis  and will of course will be live-streamed on our Parish Website – please see the Parish Bulletin to confirm details.   

Third Sunday of the Month at 3pm – LGBT+ Mass

 All are welcome to come and share this mass, especially if shift work prohibits you coming to the 10am Mass. 

Sunday Mass at 10.00am, with the church open from 9.00am. Please arrive by 9.50am latest so that we can start the live-streamed Mass on time! Arriving late, without good reason  is disrepectful to God and the community. All Sunday Masses are now live-streamed. Thank you to all who donated to help us establish this new form of mission and ministry.   Shalom!    Richard