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New catechists’ formation course

New catechists’ formation course

The next round of catechists’ formation starts this coming February and is designed for the formation of the catechists of our diocese. The course is aimed at forming new catechists as well as supporting and refreshing existing and “well-seasoned”...

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Celebration of Marriage

Celebration of Marriage

The Celebration of Marriage will take place in our Cathedral on Saturday 3 February. Bishop Declan is inviting the people of our diocese to join him at the Celebration of the Eucharist beginning at 12noon. This now annual celebration is for the whole...

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Papal Message – World Day of Peace

Papal Message – World Day of Peace

The message given by Pope Francis for the celebration of the 51st World Day of Peace, 1 January 2018. Migrants and refugees: men and women in search of peace 1. Heartfelt good wishes for peace Peace to all people and to all nations on earth! Peace, which the angels...

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Catechists’ Formation Course report

Catechists’ Formation Course report

I was as taken a back as those in front of me on Tuesday evening as we came to the appreciation that twelve months has come and gone. The ten session of the Diocesan Catechists' Formation Course was finally upon us and this wonderful group of people coming each...

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Ordination of Richard Elson

Ordination of Richard Elson

A diocesan community gathered together for a most joy-filled celebration of the priestly ordination of Richard Elson. Family and friends descended upon our cathedral in Clifton on Saturday 9 December to participate in the Church's prayer as the Bishop with his priests...

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Clifton Vocations Discernment Retreat

Clifton Vocations Discernment Retreat

Last weekend saw a group of 38 young people gather together at Downside Abbey for a joint Downside and Clifton Vocations Discernment Retreat. The weekend offered the opportunity for those attending to consider what a vocation is. Sr Elizabeth Mary Mann gave a talk on...

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Nailsea’s Knitting Nativity

Nailsea’s Knitting Nativity

"Mary's Knitting", a musical account of the nativity story, was performed in St Francis School, Naisea this week by the children in Reception Class and Years 1 and 2. Mary's baby is due to be born but she hasn't got anything to keep the baby warm so she decides to...

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Schools Chaplaincy Commissioning

Schools Chaplaincy Commissioning

This is the commissioning that nearly didn’t happen! Unfortunately, on the date that Bishop Declan could commission pupils it turned out the Cathedral wasn’t available. It is not easy to find a venue large enough to accommodate our pupils, have sufficient parking...

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Year of Mission Launched

Year of Mission Launched

It was a wonderful sight to see on a cold, dark, frosty November evening. Five hundred or so people from every corner of the diocese to join Bishop Declan in a simple celebration of Evening Prayer in our Cathedral. As part of the celebration, the Bishop was to present...

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Safeguard the future of Catholic Education

Safeguard the future of Catholic Education

The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents some schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. By her own admission, the Secretary of State has said the rule has been ineffective and adversely affects...

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Sacred Heart, Minehead – Organ Re-dedication Service

Sacred Heart, Minehead – Organ Re-dedication Service

The Service of Re-dedication of the restored organ at the Sacred Heart Church took place on Sunday 22nd November 2017 in the church. There was a good attendance of about 65 parishioners, friends and people who had contributed to the restoration fund. The Mayor of...

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Lovely day for the Jubilarian’s Mass at Clifton Cathedral

Lovely day for the Jubilarian’s Mass at Clifton Cathedral

Wednesday 25 October saw many of the Priests from Clifton Diocese gather together at Clifton Cathedral for the annual Jubilarian's Mass. Celebrating this year were: Diamond: Rev Roger Baralet OFM, Dom Raphael Appleby OSB Golden: Rev Canon Gabriel Leyden, Rev Canon...

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St Bonaventure’s opens new Business Centre

St Bonaventure’s opens new Business Centre

An exciting new partnership has been formed between Bristol Spaceworks and St Bonaventure’s Church in Bristol, to run a new Business Centre in the heart of Bishopston. The site of the Business Centre was formerly a social club built in 1963 and was a well frequented...

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Clifton Diocese shortlisted for major broadcasting award

Clifton Diocese shortlisted for major broadcasting award

On Wednesday Clifton Diocese Communication's Officer, Phil Gibbons, Anne-Marie John and Angela Parry travelled to the BAFTA theatre in Piccadilly, London for the annual media and broadcasting Jerusalem awards. Just after Easter, Phil accompanied group 176 to Lourdes...

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Our Lady, Woman of Hope, pray for us

St Peter, Rock of Hope, pray for us

St Paul, Apostle of Hope, pray for us