National Conference for Rural Catholics 2018. Where: Best Western Country Hotel, Garstang, Lancashire PR3 1YE. When: February 5-7, 2018. Cost: Full board £245 per person (including non returnable deposit of £100); 1 night D, B&B Read the full article...
In May 2016, St Bernadette Catholic Secondary School had its Section 48 inspection. We are delighted that the school was judged to be outstanding in all the areas covered by the inspection. This is wonderful news and a testament to our pupils, dedicated staff and governors and supportive parents.
This year our primary leavers mass was not one day but two! Nearly 2ooo Year 6 children from all over the Diocese came to Clifton Cathedral to celebrate their time in primary school and to look forward to their moves to secondary school in September.
Deacon John Proctor from St. Osmund’s Salisbury was pleasantly surprised but honoured to receive an OBE in the Queens 90th birthday Honours List for his work with the vulnerable and homeless which has spanned almost 30 years.
The UK celebrates Her Majesty The Queen’s “official” 90th birthday on Saturday 11 June. At their April plenary meeting, the Bishops of England and Wales passed a resolution to establish that, at all Sunday Masses on 11 – 12 June 2016, each parish prays for our longest-serving monarch by including such an intention in the Bidding Prayers and by reciting at the end of Mass (after the Prayer after Communion and before the Final Blessing) the Prayer for the Queen.
As part of our diocesan celebration of the Jubilee of Mercy we are fortunate to be able to welcome Fr Richard Leonard SJ to Clifton for a week in the middle of the month of June. Fr Richard is a member of the Society of Jesus of the Australian Province and a film critic for all the major Australian Catholic newspapers, he is a superb speaker, prolific author, and someone well able to stir up an enthusiasm in others to proclaim faith as well as share something of his tremendous joy of being a disciple.
Young people from Schools and Colleges travelled across the diocese to gather in Bristol’s famous M-Shed for the final session and awards ceremony of the Yr10 CAFOD Young Volunteers programme run by Clifton Diocese Youth Ministry, in partnership with CAFOD.
Many Pilgrims will be joining Bishop Declan on the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes in August. The Jumbulance is a specially adapted coach that is designed for those who cannot travel by air or on a regular coach. See the pictures below as they will show you the Jumbulance.
As part of the Church’s journey through this Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis gathered with deacons from so many parts of the world joining with him to celebrate the Jubilee with deacons. In his homily, the Holy Father reflected that it is in the service of others that evangelisation is lived out. It was an opportunity for the Church’s deacons to come together reflecting upon their ministry as icons of mercy and reminders to the Church of its call to serve and not to be served. You can read Pope Francis’ homily as part of that celebration with deacons, here.