Monthly Archives: August 2015

Last night a small but plucky group of pilgrims from the Clifton diocese paid a visit to the Grotto in Lourdes. The usually bustling shrine was almost empty bar for a few devotees seeking peace and quiet, that is something you are guaranteed at 1am. Having made the special trip the pilgrims lit candles for Deacon Dave Wakefield the pilgrimage director who is fighting cancer. Deacon Dave has been at the heart of the diocesan pilgrimage for years and was heart broken not to be able to make the trip this year by keeping him in prayer the pilgrims wanted him to know that he is part of the group and to feel God’s strength.

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On Sunday afternoon, the Youth Ministry team took advantage of an afternoon break from the Lourdes Pilgrimage schedule, and caught the bus to the funicular railway that goes up the mountain just outside Lourdes. After the rickety trip being pulled up in the train, a trip inside 10,000,000 year old caves were a bonus, and the views ver the Pyrenees were stunning. Fr Tom led the prayers at the summit and there was time for quiet reflection.

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The Living Your Faith camps are held annually at The Marist Centre in Nympsfield, Gloucestershire (maristretreatcentre.co.uk) and cater for the young people of Clifton Diocese. They are held over two weeks during August and are in-part funded by the Catenians, the CREW Trust, Union of Catholic Mothers, Catholic Women’s League, St Bede’s Catholic College and some of the parishes. The first week is for 7-11 year olds (Years 3 to 6) and the second week for 12-16 year olds (Years 7 to 11). The weeks are aimed at Catholic young people within the Clifton Diocese but people of no faith or any faith are welcome to attend.

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For more than 50 years Mass has been celebrated each Sunday in this part of St Nick’s parish – first in St Thomas More School (as was) and for over 30 years at the 9former0- St Maximilian Kolbe Chapel which was rebuilt in 2000 and rededicated in honour of Ss Maximilian Kolbe, Edith Stein and the Martyrs of the Holocaust. 

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In a letter to the Telegraph, the Bishop for Migrants, the Right Reverend Patrick Lynch outlines his response to the situation in Calais. He writes of the need to recognise “the desperation of those seeking asylum”, and to put in place, especially in France “more efficient procedures to assess fairly and rapidly those seeking asylum.”

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Report by Elizabeth Derodra:

On Monday 6th July we set off on our coach journey to Walsingham from the Sacred Heart Church in Westbury–on-Trym via a pick up stop at Dursley where the new Chaplin for the UCM, Fr Vincent Curtis from Wellington, also boarded the coach.  Lunch was in a quiet like place called Oundle and a most welcome break giving us the chance to stretch our legs.  We arrived at Walsingham just after 4pm where we had time to unpack and prepare for evening Benediction at the Slipper Chapel.

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