Monthly Archives: February 2016

 

Report by Deacon Vincent Woods:

Over 30 participants joined this year’s Conference in Malton, near York staying at the well appointed Old Lodge Hotel which catered for our needs so well three years ago. Local parish priest, Fr. Tim Bywater opened his church, just a stone’s throw from the hotel, for us each morning to celebrate Morning Prayer and Mass…..the timing at 7.30am kept us all on our toes.

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Andrew Hoult, a young person from the Forest of Dean, is running the Coventry Half Marathon on Saturday for the Jumbulance Trust. Here’s what Andrew says about his fundraising.

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Throughout Lent Clifton Diocese Youth Ministry are holding reflection evenings to give young people the opportunity to meet together as we prepare for Easter. Young people aged 10-18 are all welcome.

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Today we launch Session Two of our Lenten resource ‘Merciful Like The Father’.

Session two reflects on Jesus – The Face of Mercy.

Each session comes with resources that enable you to follow or ‘voice’ the sessions – the opening prayer, reading, and final prayer.

Find all the resources here

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Bishop Declan joins the Archbishop of Liverpool in supporting Progressio’s ZimFare and ZimFast Lent campaigns; inviting participants to stand in solidarity with people in poor communities in Zimbabwe and around the world. The Bishop said: “During this International Year of Mercy, I, along with congregations, schools and youth groups in the Clifton Diocese will be supporting Progressio through the Lenten initiatives ZimFare and ZimFast. These fundraising campaigns will raise awareness and vital funds for Progressio’s work in Zimbabwe. Throughout the diocese, people will either fast for six days on a simple Zimbabwean diet for ZimFast, or teams of people will host fundraising meals using simple Zimbabwean recipes for ZimFare.”

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Young people from the Clifton Diocese travelled down to The Belmont Chapel in Exeter on Saturday to take part in a formation day in preparation for their pilgrimage to World Youth Day later this year.

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Youth Groups from St Michael’s, Shepton Mallet and St Bernadette’s, Whitchurch, Bristol came together last Friday at St Michael’s to battle it out in their first inter-parish quiz challenge.  Six rounds of high pressure questions, a bowlful of chilli and rather a lot of pizza later, saw a winning team emerge! With the winning team comprising of both parishes meant the highly sought-after cup (albeit not solid silver!) had to find its home in both parishes!  A thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all.

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Bishop Declan celebrated the Civic Mass in the Cathedral on Sunday 31st January 2016

The special Mass is an annual event that sees the Cathedral and diocesan community welcome civic leaders from Bristol.  The Lord Mayor of Bristol, the Mace Escort, Swordbearer, Assistant Chief Constable, Deputy Lord Mayor, Leaders of the Council, Magistrates and Officers of the Council are in attendance.

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