Monthly Archives: July 2015

Each year Father Bill OSM as Catholic University Chaplain at the University of Bath & Bath Spa University goes to Soul Survivor held at Bath and West Showground, Somerset where thousands of young people come to spend time together ‘under canvas’ with Christian organisations mainly ‘Evangelical’ putting on a range of events to help young people, youth leaders, and those in their 20s and 30s, develop and deepen their relationship with Jesus, our Lord.

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Ladies from the Clifton Branch of the Catholic Women’s League (CWL) followed their Branch banner along the Rosary Procession walk. The banner, which has Our Lady of Glastonbury on one side was carried by Claire from Swindon Section and escorted by Judy Kimber from Charlton Kings Section and Mary Murphy from Swindon Section.

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Young people from the Clifton Diocese have completed their CAFOD Young leadership training programme. Sixth form students from St Bede’s Bristol, St Peter’s Gloucester, St Joseph’s Swindon and St Brendan’s Bristol have been attending training sessions with Clifton Diocese Youth Ministry and CAFOD Clifton that have enabled them to take on projects within their communities.

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‘Day for Life’ is the day in the Church’s year dedicated to celebrating and upholding the dignity of human life. The Church teaches that life should be protected and nurtured from conception to natural death. This year’s ‘Day for Life’ is celebrated on three days: 31 May in Scotland, 26 July in England and Wales, and 4 October in Ireland. On this site, you will find this year’s theme and topics covered in previous years. You can also read documents, released by the Catholic Church and her bishops on pro-life issues.

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Canon Alan Finley was in Glastonbury on Sunday joining in with the many hundreds of people who took part in the Glastonbury Pilgrimage. When Phil Gibbons found out that it was 40 years to the day that he was ordained a Priest in the church of Our Lady of St Mary in the town, he decided that he should get Fr Alan’s thoughts on the last 40 years!

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Proclaim 15 was a gathering of enthusiastic people from across the dioceses of England and Wales that came together in Birmingham last Saturday to explore what it meant to embrace a spirit of evangelisation and how in our parish communities we might form a people fired up for mission and for proclaiming and living the Gospel. So many diocesan groups were accompanied by their bishop which gave a real sense of a diocesan family being ‘in it together’!

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Last Friday saw 13 young people camp out in St Michael’s parish garden.  The weather held good for the BBQ and Rounders match. Then with almost all the marshmallows toasted, thunder and lightening threatened, sending everyone heading for a solid roof, but all eventually braved the elements.  

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