Led by: Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ Please arrive by 6pm on Friday. Retreat ends with lunch on Sunday. The ritual of baptism announces that we now share in Christ’s threefold ministry as Prophet, Priest, and Read the full article...
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...
This is the commissioning that nearly didn’t happen!
Unfortunately, on the date that Bishop Declan could commission pupils it turned out the Cathedral wasn’t available. It is not easy to find a venue large enough to accommodate our pupils, have sufficient parking space and toilets and have room for pupils to eat their lunch afterwards. Fortunately, Downside Abbey came to our rescue.
It was a wonderful sight to see on a cold, dark, frosty November evening. Five hundred or so people from every corner of the diocese to join Bishop Declan in a simple celebration of Evening Prayer in our Cathedral. As part of the celebration, the Bishop was to present to each parish, religious, and school community as well as each of our diocesan departments, resources for the approaching Year of Mission as part of our diocesan vision, A Future Full of Hope
Tied in with the fifty years of the situation in the Holy Land, the International affairs department (chaired by Bishop Declan) has facilitated an exhibition reflecting fifty faces marking fifty years. Coming from so many parts of the Holy Land, the exhibition radiates the people that make up the community of the Holy Land. This exhibition will be hosted by Clifton Cathedral from Wednesday 29th November for one week.
National Interfaith Week is now in its 9th year with events of all sorts around the country, the number increasing each year. It is always in the week from Remembrance Sunday. It began as a government proposal taken up by the National Interfaith Network.
The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents some schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. By her own admission, the Secretary of State has said the rule has been ineffective and adversely affects Catholic families.
By forcing Catholic schools to turn away Catholic school children on the basis of their faith, the very principle of a Catholic parent’s right to choose a Catholic education is under threat.
The Vice Lord-Lieutenant attended the annual Royal Engineers Association, Bristol Branch, Service Of Remembrance held on Armistice Day at the Artillery Grounds, Whiteladies Road. Rev Cavan McElligott conducted the service.
Fr Matt Anscombe, Clifton Diocese Vocations Director and parish priest of St Bernadette’s, Bristol, and Fr Tom Dubois, parish priest of St Francis of Assisi, Nailsea and St Joseph, Portishead have both recently featured on Shalom World TV. They both were filmed in their parishes talking about their vocation journey on a series called ‘Vocare’. Check it out here – www.shalomworldtv.org/vocare
Having set us on the journey of A Future Full of Hope, Bishop Declan calls us together as we prepare to step across the threshold of a new liturgical year, the year of St Mark, and our diocesan Year of Mission.
Corpus Christi parishioners have been fundraising to help poor farmers in San Salvador grow enough food to eat. On Friday, 6th October 2017, churchgoers from Corpus Christi parish, Weston super Mare raised £885.45 for CAFOD’s annual Harvest appeal. The parish added more from its tithe fund so the Parish in the end sent a cheque for £1219.14 to CAFOD.
Bishop Declan launched the new diocesan vision‘A Future Full of Hope‘ on Saturday 28 October, at St Brendan’s College, Brislington, Bristol. Over three hundred people came together from all over the diocese to explore the new diocesan strategy. This document, inspired by Pope Francis, emphasises a ‘more outward focus’ and sets out a roadmap for the next three years.
The parishes of Salisbury have recently been discussing and reflecting on their identity as the Catholic community in this part of the Diocese. Having listened to and recognised the call of Pope Francis to become an outward-looking church it was decided that the call to mission needed to be addressed and embraced.
October is a month dedicated to the rosary. This devotion is an important feature in the Catholic prayer life of our school. This year, pupils of St.Paul’s Primary School, Yate took on an extra special challenge to be part of a project of “one million children praying the rosary”.