Monthly Archives: May 2016

“Jesus, seeing the crowds of people who followed him, realized that they were tired and exhausted, lost and without a guide, and he felt deep compassion for them (cf. Mt 9:36). On the basis of this compassionate love he healed the sick who were presented to him (cf. Mt 14:14), and with just a few loaves of bread and fish he satisfied the enormous crowd (cf. Mt 15:37). What moved Jesus in all of these situations was nothing other than mercy, with which he read the hearts of those he encountered and responded to their deepest need.”   Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, 8

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Students at St Brendan’s Catholic Sixth Form College in Brislington celebrated in the sunshine this week, as they enjoyed St Brendan’s Day. The large College, which is the educational home to 16-18 year olds from across Bristol and Bath, welcomed local Catholic school children to their campus to share the celebrations.

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Alpha in a Catholic Context could be a tool to enable your community become an attrac­tive oasis of mercy and a real place of welcome. If you think that Alpha could be for you and your par­ish, then come for this day’s formation; come with your questions; come bringing oth­ers!

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Young people from across the Clifton & Plymouth dioceses gathered together at St Brendan’s College for their final formation day before World Youth Day in July. Over 90 young people from both diocese are on the pilgrimage along with adult leaders and Chaplains. 

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If you are either at present working in a state school or a final year student and you are interested in working in a catholic school we will be holding an information session on Saturday May 21st at Alexander House. (Alexander House 160 Pennywell Rd Bristol BS50TX).

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Catechists from around the diocese came together at Sacred Hearts Church, Cheltenham, on Saturday 7 May for the annual catechists’ Symposium.  Fr Jonathan Stewart of the Plymouth Dioceses gave an inspiring presentation, filled with beautiful artwork, based on the four seasons and the parable of the sower. 

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