Monthly Archives: December 2016

The breaking of the Christmas wafer or opłatki, (pronounced op-wat-kee) is an ancient Polish custom which was first practiced a thousand years ago. On the 18th December, St Patrick’s Church in Redfield hosted a gathering of the Polish members of the community who brought their Christmas wafers to the church to be blessed.

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Looking for a different type of gift this Christmas? How about a ticket to the biggest Catholic Youth event in the UK?

Flame takes place in March 2017 in Wembley Arena and Clifton Diocese Youth Ministry is offering young people the opportunity to attend the day for just £45 each including ticket, travel and T-shirt!

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Advent is a time of prayer, anticipation and reflection. It’s also a time of reconciliation. There are few regions in the world that need the hands and hearts of reconciliation more than the Middle East.

As we light Advent candles in our churches and prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas, it’s second-nature to look to the Holy Land and reflect on the people of the lands where Jesus was born. But how accurately do we contemplate the realities they are facing?

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The Celebration of Marriage will take place in our Cathedral next year on Saturday 11 February 2017. 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.

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