24th June Meditation in the Christian Tradition with Roger Layet and Jeanne Blowers During the day we will describe a practice of meditation based on the use of a repeated prayer word (or mantra) which Read the full article...
Education Mass June 27th Clifton Cathedral at 7pm. Main Celebrant Bishop Declan An invitation to all Governors, staff, parents and pupils On Tuesday 27th June at 7pm everyone is invited to Clifton Cathedral to celebrate Read the full article...
The Department of Adult Education has released details of the Diocesan Family Day inviting us to keep the date free! Bishop Declan is inviting our diocesan community to come together on Saturday 1 July for Read the full article...
Sunday 9th July Sea Sunday – a day to remember and pray for seafarers and the work of Apostleship of the Sea. Please support your parish’s Sea Sunday celebration and second collection. http://www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk/about-sea-sunday Sea Sunday Read the full article...
The Vianney Group is a discernment group for men who want to explore more deeply a call to the priesthood, alongside other like-minded men. Location: The group meets at St Bernadette’s Church, 731 Wells Road, Whitchurch, Read the full article...
This Thursday saw another 1,000 Year 6 children from all over the Diocese came to Clifton Cathedral to celebrate their time in primary school and to look forward to their moves to secondary school in September.
This year our primary leavers mass was held over two days again as so many students wanted to attend the Cathedral. Nearly 1ooo Year 6 children from all over the Diocese came to Clifton Cathedral on Wednesday to celebrate their time in primary school and to look forward to their moves to secondary school in September. There will be a second Mass on Thursday with another 1,000 Year 6 children.
Children at St Pius X were very excited to be joined by Bishop Declan for morning Assembly a couple of weeks ago. Each class prepared their own interpretation of core values within their school and explained how they live them on a daily basis. Some used a Bible story to demonstrate and all the children sang with great confidence and enthusiasm!
Last week St Joseph’s primary school in Devizes received their latest Ofsted report which found that every area of work undertaken by the school is judged to be ‘Good’, which means they can now be seen by the whole school community as a ‘Good School’. This is a massive improvement from two years ago when it was rated as inadequate.
Vice Principle at St Roses School in Stroud, Jean Bankhead, has been awarded an Inspirational Award for her tireless work at the school by the Worshipful Company of Educators. St Roses is a school for the physically handicapped.
Following the Year of Mercy the children at St Francis’ School Nailsea, are continuing to show mercy to others during Lent by helping those who are sick and disabled. They had a Sponsored Bed/Wheelchair Push to raise money to buy a surgical robot for the Cancer unit at Southmead Hospital and a specialised wheelchair for a child in a developing country.
Pupils at Holy Family Primary Primary School in Bristol, have put on their dancing shoes once again. This year children from Key Stage Two have reaped the benefits of months of vigorous rehearsals, in preparation for the South Gloucestershire Dance Festival, held at Abbeywood Community School.
Award-winning CBBC presenter Mark Rhodes and Children’s TV presenter Gemma Naylor from the Bath Theatre Royal’s pantomime Aladdin visited St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Weston, Bath, where they met pupils and took part in a special question and answer session.
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.”
On Tuesday 4 October 2016, the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, Prior Park College in Bath welcomed over 120 children from six local Catholic schools as part of the South Clifton Catholic Federation (SCCF) reflection on Pope Francis’ document ‘Laudato Si’. All schools in the federation are committed to continuing the work begun during this Year of Mercy by considering how we can not only show a deeper love and compassion towards our neighbour but also towards the whole of creation. In this way, we can adopt Pope Francis’ suggestion, made on 1 September 2016, of two new works of mercy:
About 50 years ago, a diocesan priest – Canon Gerry Whelan – negotiated the acquisition by the Diocese of a Victorian mansion and grounds to operate as a day and residential special school for boys aged 9-18 with emotional, social and mental difficulties. The school is registered for 77 pupils and there are currently 43 on roll. During his lifetime, Canon Gerry (former parish priest of Christ the King, Amesbury, and St Osmunds, Salisbury and former curate at St Patricks, Redfield) had a very hands-on approach as Chair managing the school. The school is now administered on behalf of the Diocese.
Holy Family Catholic Primary School in Swindon has received a national award of quality for its work in improving the well-being of its pupils.
The school has been given the Quality Mark Award in recognition of the work being done by the school to improve progress in reading, writing and maths for all pupils, particularly those with special educational needs or disabilities.
Sunday 11 September was Education Sunday which this year had a particular focus on school governance. The day was celebrated at Masses in Churches throughout the Diocese with many having an appeal for people to volunteer to become Foundation Governors at our Schools. The Catholic Education Service provided promotional post cards and book marks and the Diocese produced new promotional posters and information leaflets.