Monthly Archives: January 2016

Nearly 100 adults and children attended Carmody Grey’s talks on Laudato Si at Holy Cross Primary School, Swindon on Saturday 23rd January organised by Clifton Catholic Charismatic Renewal Team.  Over two talks, Carmody explained how Pope Francis was reminding us of the theology of Creation which has been somewhat forgotten in recent times.  He challenges the accepted belief that things can only get better. This is especially true with technology which does not always bring about change for the better.

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MIDDLE EAST ANALYSIS

It’s a bit too late for Happy New Year greetings but today does see us enter our modest radio studio for the first Middle East Analysis podcast of 2016.

The focus for today’s programme is the Holy Land Coordination – a week long pilgrimage made by bishops from across Europe, North America and South Africa to visit and support the local Christian communities of the Holy Land.

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‘A CONVERSATION WITH POPE FRANCIS – HIS ENCYCLICAL ON THE ENVIRONMENT

Liam Hayes, a theological adviser to CAFOD will lead us in  an interactive ‘Conversation with Pope Francis’ on his ground-breaking Encyclical Letter ‘Laudato Si’- on Christian Responsibility for the care of creation and justice for the poor.

St Nick’s parish welcomes all who wish to share this day with us.

Venue: St Nicholas of Tolentino Church, Lawford’s Gate, Bristol BS5 0RE on

Saturday 30th January from 10am, finishing with Mass at 3.00pm.

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Once a year we remember those who suffered, and continue to suffer, as a result of the Jewish holocaust.

The day, 27 January, marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the Nazi concentration camps and on this day we remember the millions of people killed in the Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

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St Bede’s Catholic College in Bristol, is hosting a group of Kenyan boys on a rugby tour with a difference.

The party of 12 and 13 year olds is staying with parents of pupils at St. Bede’s Catholic College for eight days of their visit, which has been organised by the Shamas Rugby Foundation.

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Celebration of Marriage takes place in our Cathedral on Saturday 6 February 2016. Bishop Declan is inviting the people of our diocese to join him at the Celebration of the Eucharist beginning at 12noon as part of National Marriage Week. This now annual celebration is for the whole diocesan community and especially our married couples. Following October’s Ordinary Synod on marriage and the family and, as part of our pilgrimage through the Jubilee, it should be a most joy filled celebration.

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During this Jubilee of Mercy we invite our Diocese to come together to witness the powerful telling of the Easter story performed by young people from our Catholic Secondary Schools. Born for This brings young people together along with Clifton Diocese Youth Ministry and the production team to learn the whole musical in one day.

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Staff and students at Prior Park College in Bath have begun the Jubilee Year of Mercy with great enthusiasm.

During their beginning of term inset, teachers prayed the words of the Clifton Diocesan prayer and this was followed by a staff retreat on the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord to the Marist Convent in Nympsfield. Support and academic staff came together to reflect on the theme: ‘Discovering our True Identity’ and the day concluded with an anointing of hands for service in the year ahead.

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Zimfare 2

 

 

Zimbabwe faces an uncertain future. After years of economic­­ instability, and the devastating impacts of HIV and AIDS, millions of Zimbabweans are confronted with severe food shortages. A staggering 70% of Zimbabweans live in extreme poverty. Does that sound fair to you?

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Fr Mario da Silva is a Brazilian priest working in a small Catholic parish. Not unusual you might think. That is until you learn that Fr Mario’s ministry is to offer spiritual support to the Christians of Gaza – that beleaguered, small strip of Palestinian land on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean bordering Egypt and Israel.

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I invite all Christians, every­where, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them… No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since ‘no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord’.”

Evangelii Gaudium, 3

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During the Advent season Clifton Diocese Youth Ministry was out and around the Diocese to provide Advent Reflections for over 50 Young people in our parishes. It has been a great experience taking time to fully prepare for the birth of Jesus. The reflection consisted of prayer and understanding of the time of Advent and was followed by making an Advent advert for the parish to help spread the joy of the season.

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