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Clifton Diocesan priest Father Giorgio Keith Miles celebrated Remembrance Sunday in Italy with members of the local English community and Italian friends in the 400 year old church of St Ann in Ceglie Messapica.
After the Saturday and Sunday Masses on the week-end of Remembrance Sunday, the Catholic Women’s League with the Scouts and Guides; both based at St. Augustine’s RC Church in Downend, Bristol, held cake sales in the parish hall.
How has the Jubilee gone for you? Has it been something that has attracted you (as it seems to have attracted so many in and outside of the Church)? Has it enthused you or motivated you to do something across its twelve months? Has it changed or converted you in some way? Has it prompted your parish community to get its hands dirty in outreach, in care, or in concern? Maybe the Jubilee has allowed you simply to appreciate the gentle rhythm of what is already happening – the way you show generosity and kindness, the way you extend a care, a concern and a welcome to those so easily forgotten or ignored.
Bishop Declan Lang, chair of the international affairs department for the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, has called for an end to the targeting of civilians in the conflict in Syria, particularly in East Aleppo.
Bishop Declan’s consultant on the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region Dr Harry Hagopian, has published an enlightening and engaging book book entitled ‘The Armenian Church in the Holy Land’ which explores the history and trials and tribulations that have challenged the Armenian Orthodox Church over many Centries in the Holy Land.
In preparation for this Year, schools worked with their pupils to explain some of the themes and concepts of the Jubilee Year. For younger pupils they explored the idea of a Holy Door. Focusing on the Pope’s words that “ The Holy Door will become a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instils hope.”
Downside Abbey are running a Pilgrimage next year for young people. They will be visiting the most important Holy Christian places in Israel and the West Bank, together with some impressive archaeological sites and will also spend a night out in the Negev Desert among the Bedouin, and experience the joy of camel riding! There will be lots of opportunities for exploring places on foot, swimming in the Jordan River, Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee, together with kayaking in the beautiful Banias Nature Reserve.
Monsignor Bernard Massey celebrated Mass in Glastonbury on Sunday morning and closed the Holy Door in the Shrine of Our Lady. Abbot Francis Baird celebrated the Community Mass at Prinknash Abbey and closed the Holy Door of the Abbey. Bishop Declan celebrated Mass at 6pm on Sunday evening and closed the Holy Door of the Cathedral.
Three men were ordained to the diaconate on Saturday, 12 November, by Bishop Declan. Paul Dekkers (Forest of Dean), David Hebbes (Gloucester), and Elias Fernandes (St Mary’s, Swindon) were in the cathedral with the families, their friends, and members of their parish communities. They were supported by a good number of the deacons in our diocese who were there to pray for them and to welcome them into the Order of Deacons.
As we journey towards National Youth Sunday which takes place this coming Sunday on the Feast of Christ the King, we will be bringing young people to mind through the words of Pope Francis and the work that takes place within the Clifton Diocese. More information and resources for National Youth Sunday can be found here: www.cliftondiocese.com/departments/youth/national-youth-sunday/
For our final event in the calendar, as part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, we welcome three distinguished speakers to our diocese who, together, will unfold in conversation the tender, compassionate mercy of God held at the centre of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Pope Francis has that hope that this Jubilee – taking us beyond the confines of the Church – will open up avenues of dialogue in order that we might understand one another better, removing any closed-mindedness and disrespect.
Bishop Declan will be celebrating Mass at 6pm on Sunday 13 November and will close the Holy Door of the Cathedral during that celebration. Each of our parish communities is invited to be represented. As we close the Door of Mercy it is opportunity for us to pray that, as a diocesan family, we have grown in our appreciation of the tender and merciful love of God so as to be greater signs of that mercy and love to others and to our world.
As part of that celebration we will draw together a visual narrative of how parish and deanery communities have journeyed through this Jubilee Year. Around the Cathedral for the time of the closing of the Jubilee we will display something of the ways that parishes and deaneries have echoed and reflected mercy across these last twelve months.
Do come and join Bishop Declan for this celebration. Come and represent your parish community.
We have today received the news of the death of Canon Gerry Rodgers. He died in Southmead hospital on 8 November 2016.
Gerry was a very much loved and respected member of the diocesan presbyterate. There are many people who will be very grateful for the pastoral care and guidance that Gerry gave them through his ministry. He seemed to know everyone.