Adult Education

The Department of Adult Education are registering people now for this year’s Diocesan Family Day, with well over two hundred people already registered for the day! With just one week to go, Bishop Declan is inviting our diocesan community to come together on Saturday 1 July for a day’s gathering and formation centred around living the gift of our baptism at St Brendan’s College, Brislington. 

Lunch will be catered for you and there will be refreshments throughout the day. To give an idea of numbers, if you would like to be part of the day please register by email: adult.education@cliftondiocese.com or telephone 0117 902 5595.

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Bishop Declan is to celebrate Liturgies of Reconciliation during the Season of Lent at five venues across the diocese.

Thursday 9 March (Corpus Christi, Weston Super Mare), Friday 17 March (St Thomas More, Cheltenham), Thursday 23 March (St Patrick, Redfield), Thursday 30 March (Holy Rood, Swindon), Thursday 6 April (St John, Trowbridge).

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The Diocesan Liturgy Office, working as part of the Department of Adult Education, is hosting a day for all those involved and engaged in the liturgical life of our parishes. Celebrating Lent and Easter is a day to help all those who exercise a liturgical ministry or hold a liturgical interest in their preparations for these two beautiful seasons.

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There are a goodly number of people who are familiar with Divine Renovation: moving your parish from maintenance to mission. The author, Fr James Mallon, is taking part in this year’s Alpha Leadership Conference which takes place on Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 May and the Alpha Global Gathering on Wednesday 3 May. Fr James will be leading a seminar in the afternoon of the Wednesday seminar sessions. 

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A new series starts this year, designed for the formation of the catechists of our diocese. The formation course is aimed at forming new catechists as well as supporting existing and “well-seasoned” catechists, too. This series is to be hosted at St John’s, Trowbridge.

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The Celebration of Marriage will take place in our Cathedral 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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Diocesan Department of Liturgy working together with the Department of Adult Education is hosting a day on Saturday 24 September for all those involved and engaged in the liturgical life of our parishes. Celebrating Advent and Christmas is a day to help all those who exercise a liturgical ministry or hold a liturgical interest in their preparations for these two beautiful seasons.

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From 1 September (Care of Creation Day) until 4 October (Feast of St Francis of Assisi) Carmody Grey offers us some reflections around Pope Francis’ challenge to be carers of our environment and carers of creation. This Carmody’s second reflection. You can find her first one here.

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As part of our continuing journey through the Jubilee of Mercy and echoing, once again, something of Pope Francis’ own celebrations, please see details of the Marian Jubilee that is taking place at St Mary’s Church, Glastonbury on Sunday 9 October.

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CARE OF CREATION – 1 September

To help us celebrate Pope Francis’ Care of Creation day and to accompany us on our journey to the feast of St Francis, Carmody Grey offers us some thought and reflect across the next four weeks to stimulate us in our reading and re-reading of Laudato Si’ and help move us and our communities – whether that be family, neighbourhood, or parish – into action.

Join us each week as we embrace the challenge to be a people who cherish the gift of creation and seek to wonder in the blessing of God around us.

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