Monthly Archives: October 2015

After the Family Synod’s Closing Mass in Rome, two Synod Fathers from England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Bishop Peter Doyle, spoke to media professionals at a press conference held in the Vatican to discuss the Synod’s final document and what comes next.

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It is just over forty years since St Thomas More Catholic Primary School in Cheltenham was officially opened by Bishop Mervyn Alexander, accompanied by Father Tom Lane, the then Parish Priest.  Now it is the turn of the School’s new Nursery and Pre-School that was blessed on Friday 16th October by Bishop Declan.

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On Thursday 15 October, many Priests from Clifton Diocese joined with those Priests who are celebrating jubilees this year. The Homily was given by Bishop Declan, who himself is celebrating his ruby jubilee. 

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Parishioners at St Francis Church in Nailsea celebrated their parish feast day with the blessing of a new icon at Mass. It was particularly apt that this icon was blessed on the Feast of St Francis, as it is based on the icon of San Damiano, which was highly significant for St Francis.

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A new Diocesan Youth Worker for Outreach has recently joined the Clifton Diocese. Kate Edwards has come all the way from Tennessee in the States to join Dave Wheat in the Youth Ministry team and has some big ideas already about how she will do the job and what the future holds for her here.

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Saturday 3 October drew together people from across the four counties of our diocese, gathering with our bishop in preparation for the Jubilee which begins on 8 December.

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Borderlands volunteer team has been selected from a panel of judges for the Voscur “Volunteer Team of the Year Award” for going above and beyond what might normally be expected through their dedication and impact. At Borderlands we are so lucky to have such an amazing team of people to support the Borderlands work.
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The community of St Augustine of Canterbury celebrated in style in Downend on Wed 30th September with a wonderful Mass of Thanksgiving, led by Bishop Declan together with 15 other priests and many Deacons, all in front of invited local dignitaries and a packed congregation of parishioners, old and new.

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