Monthly Archives: November 2015

More people than ever, around the world, are being forced to flee their homes from war and oppression. Thousands of people have risked their lives to seek a new life in Europe, setting off with little more than the clothes they are wearing, with no idea what the future holds. Many are now living in poor conditions, with European governments struggling to provide adequate support.

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From a burning desire for people to experience the mercy of God, Pope Francis initiated the Jubilee Year which will run from 8th December 2015 till 27th November 2016. Jubilee Years usually occur on important anniversaries; the last one was in 2000.  Establishing one now indicates that it is the Holy Father’s conviction that the world needs to rediscover mercy. He connects it with the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

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National Youth Sunday takes place on 22nd November, Feast of Christ the King, and is an opportunity for our parishes o recognise and celebrate young people. There are national resources that have been sent to parishes along with a resource sheet and statement for parishes developed by our Youth Ministry team. The second collection goes directly to supporting Youth Ministry in the Clifton Diocese.

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The Clifton Branch of the Catholic Women’s League(CWL) recently held the last meeting at St.John Fisher, Frenchay. The Branch, which has just over 100 members and has had a presence in the diocese for 106 years, voted at their AGM in May to close at the end of the year.  This is not sad news though as  our 5 Sections in Swindon, Bristol, Frome Wells and Cheltenham will stay within The League but as Direct Sections .

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His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols has written a pastoral letter reflecting on the synod and the importance of the family to be read out in parishes this Sunday, the Solemnity of All Saints.

In the letter Cardinal Vincent spoke of the work of the synod which centred around ‘fashioning fresh ways of thinking about the family in the plan of God’.
Of the many images of the family that emerged, the Cardinal noted that it was a ‘reflection of the mystery of love which is the life of God’ and ‘the flesh of the Church’.

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