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Clifton Diocese

Clifton Diocese is the Catholic diocese covering the West of England and includes the City and County of Bristol, the counties of Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset.

Clifton Cathedral

 

Clifton Cathedral (The Cathedral Church of Saints Peter and Paul) in Bristol is the Mother Church of the Diocese of Clifton and the Seat of Bishop Declan Lang, the ninth Bishop of Clifton.

Bishop Declan Lang

is the ninth Bishop of Clifton. Within the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, he is Chair of the Department of International Affairs

A Future full of Hope

The Year of Communion we will focus on a Spirituality of Communion and how we are called and saved, not as individuals but as God’s people. 

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COVID19: Prayer and Worship at Home

Due to the need to stop the spread of COVID-19 and the need for social distancing, we have had to take the difficult decision to close Catholic churches to the public until further notice. Rest assured we will continue to provide news, resources and information to help you keep Christ at the centre of your lives at home.

More information on our Coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

Easter

Many people are asking how we will observe Easter this year in these difficult times. Here’s some guidance from Rome in the form of a decree.

Confession

As we approach our most important week of the year – Holy Week – the way we follow Christ – from his triumphant entrance into Jerusalem, to the foot of the Cross, to an empty tomb – will be completely different this year.

In preparation, many would have availed themselves of the Sacrament of Reconciliation – Confession – to prepare for a fresh start at Easter. But what does it mean for our spiritual well-being and salvation if we can’t fulfil our “Easter Duties”?

Here’s a message from Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Bishops’ Conference.

If you would like to donate to Clifton Diocese in this testing time and while our churches are closed, please do so below:




Live Daily Mass

You can watch a daily Mass live from Clifton Cathedral below at 9.30am

Lord Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Holy Sacrament of the altar.
I love you above all things, and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul,
so that I may unite myself wholly to you, now and forever. Amen

We all have our favourite hymns, psalms and poems. Often they are a way into prayer for us. They can lift our spirits just as a stunning view, a wonderful sunrise, a peaceful setting. Each week we offer you one image and one poem, song or psalm for your personal prayer and reflection.

Each piece offers one question which may help you as you reflect.

Be Still for the Presence of the Lord

Be still for the presence of the Lord
The Holy One is here
Come bow before Him now
With reverence and fear
In Him no sin is found
We stand on holy ground
Be still for the presence of the Lord
The Holy One is here.

Be still for the glory of the Lord
Is shining all around
He burns with holy fire
With splendour He is crowned
How awesome is the sight
Our radiant King of light
Be still for the glory of the Lord
Is shining all around.

Be still for the power of the Lord
Is moving in this place
He comes to cleanse and heal
To minister His grace
No work too hard for Him
In faith receive from Him
Be still for the power of the Lord
Is moving in this place

Reflect: Where or how are you encountering the presence of God this week?

Sacred space

Discover a wealth of prayer resources to support and enhance your daily prayer                                     .

Liturgy

Tasked by our bishop with implementing the vision of the Liturgy Constitution of the Second Vatican Council

What We Believe

Catholicism is the most ancient Christian Church. Jesus established his Apostles to go and proclaim his love to the world.

 

Resources and information for ‘The year of the Word’ – the God who Speaks. See how you can get involved

Pope Francis

The Pope’s Monthly Intentions videos are to assist in the dissemination of monthly intentions of the Holy Father

Today’s Readings

What is the Liturgy of the Hours? Find the daily readings courtesy of Universalis.com here everyday

Youth Ministry

Clifton Diocese Youth Ministry provides opportunities for young people to further their involvement in the Catholic Church

Pilgrimage

Find all the information about our Diocesan pilgrimages: Lourdes, Glastonbury and the Holy Land

Safeguarding

“Being loved and being kept safe go to the very core of the Church’s Ministry to children and vulnerable adults

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WhatsApp Group for Young Catholic Adults

If you are, or if you know, a young Catholic adult between the ages of 18 to 35ish, you, or they, may be interested in joining the recently formed Young Catholic Adult Network UK (YouCAN) WhatsApp Group. There are already nearly 70  in the group from...

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