General News

“Mary’s Knitting”, a musical account of the nativity story, was performed in St Francis School, Naisea this week by the children in Reception Class and Years 1 and 2.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Please fill in the form below to take action here: www.catholiceducation.org.uk

 

 

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We have today received the sad news of two deaths which have occurred over the weekend.

Father Anthony (Tony) Guilfoyle passed away on Saturday 11 November evening in Spain. His Requiem Mass will take place this morning in Malaga at 10am UK time, 11am in Spain.

Father Maurice Ryan OFM from Clevedon Friary passed away peacefully in sleep yesterday morning 12 November at Jasmine Court Nursing Home in Weston-Super-Mare.

The Funeral Mass for Father Maurice Ryan will be at 12noon on Tuesday 21st November at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Clevedon.

Bishop Declan

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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