Monthly Archives: September 2015

On the 25th September Pope Francis will be in America and meeting migrants before celebrating mass. Clifton schools have been asked to keep this day as a day of prayer for refugees. During this day we will  be reflecting on our understanding on our understanding that we are all created in the image and likeness of God and have responsibilities to each other as member of one family.

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It is with sadness that we announce that Rev Michael D’Arcy Walsh died in hospital yesterday, Wednesday 16 September.

Father Michael’s body will be received into St Edmund’s Church, Calne on Sunday 27th September at 6.30pm followed by Mass.

Father Michael’s Requiem Mass will be celebrated on Monday 28th September at 11.30am in St Edmund’s, followed by burial in Downside Abbey.  A reception will take place after the Requiem Mass at Goatacre Village Hall, Goatacre Lane, Goatacre, SN11 9AJ (4 miles from Calne on the A3012 towards Swindon).

Father Michael celebrated the Ruby Jubilee of his Ordination to the Priesthood on 14th July 2015.

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Clifton Catholic Charismatic Renewal Team (CCCRT) which is responsible to Bishop Declan for Renewal in the Diocese organised a Day of Renewal on Saturday 12th September at St Gregory’s, Salisbury.   The team was welcomed to Salisbury by the parish priest, Canon Michael Fitzpatrick and two deacons, John Proctor and John Detain.

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Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Eamon Martin, Presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences of England and Wales, and Ireland, have called for solidarity with, and prayer for the Christian communities who live in the Holy Land. 

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With the start of Rugby World Cup 2015 just days away and supporters from across the globe beginning to prepare themselves for patriotic cheering and high-octane performances, students at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College in Bristol ensured they kicked the games off to a great start, as they officially welcomed the Georgian Rugby Team to their city this week.

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The Catholic Church and Jews and Muslims: Celebrating the Second Vatican Council

The Second Vatican Council was a turning point for Catholics and other religions. In this special celebration of Nostra Aetate (fiftieth anniversary), the Church’s Declaration on non-Christian Religions, we wish to celebrate and reflect on the achievement of the Council and the post-Conciliar church and ask: what tasks lie ahead?

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Pope Francis released two documents on 8 September reforming the way that the Church deals with the handling of annulments of marriages. The documents were released in the form of a Motu Proprio, which is a Papal document issued on his own initiative and signed by the Holy Father.

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‘Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me (Mt 25:40)’

At last Sunday’s Angelus, 6 September, Pope Francis invited every parish, religious house and monastery in Europe to respond to the growing refugee crisis by offering a place of sanctuary to families fleeing from war and persecution in their home countries. The Pope calls on our generosity and solidarity to recognise and act upon our common humanity.

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World Youth Day Preparation day.

Young people from across the Clifton Diocese are invited to attend a World Youth Day 2016 preparation day on Saturday 3rd October at Alexander House, 160 Pennywell Road, Bristol. BS5 0TX. The day begins at 11am and finishes at 4pm after we have celebrated Mass together.

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Here is the latest Middle East Analysis podcast courtesy of the Bishop’s Conference: http://catholicnews.org.uk/mena-2015-pod-8

As usual, we welcome  regular guest Dr Harry Hagopian back into the studio to speak with James Abbott

If the tragic loss of over 70 migrants found dead in the back of a lorry in Austria wasn’t enough to jolt the world into action over the refugee crisis, the horrific photographs of a three-year old Syrian toddler from the border town of Kobane lying lifeless on a Turkish beach surely was.

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Sunday by Sunday we hear the Word of God proclaimed to us and Sunday by Sunday that Word is broken open for us as we are nourish through our celebration of the Eucharist. Each Liturgical Year is accompanied by one of the Evangelists and, as we contemplate the approach of a new Liturgical Year later this autumn, we prepare ourselves to hear the Good News of the Gospel as told to us by St Luke.

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Meg Hunter-Kilmer is visiting the Clifton Diocese for a couple of weeks talking to various groups and Parishes about her life with Christ and how she has devoted her life in the USA to being a ‘Hobo for Christ’

She has already visited Nailsea, Clevedon, Lawrence Weston, Southmead and Gloucester. Next week she will be talking at Salisbury, Bath and Trowbridge. 

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