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GROUPS & EVENTS

If you have a child born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018, then now* is the time to apply for a place at a Catholic primary school in the Diocese. You must complete an application form (either online or on paper) that is available from the school admissions team of your local council, for admission during the 2022-23 school year.
If your child has been baptised, you must also provide a copy of the baptism certificate to your preferred school.
Late applicants have less chance of obtaining a place at their preferred school, so you should ensure you apply by the closing date of 15 January 2022 to try to get a place at your preferred Catholic school.
Visit the school admissions page on the website of your local council (or telephone) for full details of how to apply.

There is an opportunity for catechists to be renewed and refreshed by taking part in a series of on-line conversations with a variety of speakers from around the country. Each speaker will offer their own insights into different aspects of catechesis and evangelisation, followed by time to discuss, comment and share ideas.

Our speakers & dates are:

23 September 2021: What is the Church asking of us? – Fr Jan Nowotnik

21 October: Sycamore – Susan Longhurst

25 November: Celebrating the Rites – why bother? – Mgr Kevin McGinnell

20 January 2022: Called by Name – the significance of the Rite of Election – Sarah Adams

24 February: The Lenten Journey through Art – Lynne Hanley

24 March: Entering the Mystery, Praying the Triduum – Fr James Hanvey SJ

21 April: Mystagogia – it’s not a swear word – David Wells

19 May: Supporting people in our parishes who present with intellectual difficulties – Cristina Gangemi

16 June: Being a Catechist – David Wells

July: Retreat

All are welcome to join, including anyone who is interested in this area of ministry but not yet involved. To our next session on Thursday 21 October, we welcome Susan Longhurst. The conversations will take place on Microsoft Teams, 7.30pm – 8.45pm. For parishioners to register their interest please contact: adult.education@cliftondiocese.comMicrosoft Teams invite will be sent out a few days before each talk.

THE LITTLE WAY ASSOCIATION  The Little Way is a group of secular Catholics who come together each month for prayer, reflection and socialising. The Group is part of a worldwide Order of Carmelites. They meet on the second Saturday of most months at St. Patrick’s Bristol. If you would like further information about the order or Community please call their President, Patrick Dillon on 01275 794 094 with a contact detail or visit the website: www.secularcarmel.org.uk

JOB VACANCIES

Health Care Assistant and Qualified Nursing Positions

New Bishop’s Video for School Governors There are 62 maintained schools in Clifton Diocese, educating 21,673 pupils. They are supported by a ‘volunteer army’ of school governors, including 350 Foundation Governors appointed by Bishop Declan. The Bishop wishes to recruit new candidates to join the governing bodies, to help grow and sustain Catholic education in the Diocese for current and future generations, and so has produced a new promotional video https://vimeo.com/592918008 where the Bishop and current governors and Headteachers, talk about the importance and value of school governors. Please watch the video to discover some of what being a school governor is about. If you would like to support catholic education and so would like to apply to be a governor, please complete the online application form https://schools.cliftondiocese.com/form-2  or contact Bill McEntee, Governance Officer via bill.mcentee@cliftondiocese.com  or call 07710094976 for more information – he would love to hear from you!

MISSION APPEALS

A two-year ‘synodal’ process is taking place in the Catholic Church from September 2021 that culminates in the final Synod Gathering of Bishops in Rome in October 2023. The overall theme is “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission”.

SCHOOLS

If you have a child born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018, then now* is the time to apply for a place at a Catholic primary school in the Diocese. You must complete an application form (either online or on paper) that is available from the school admissions team of your local council, for admission during the 2022-23 school year.
If your child has been baptised, you must also provide a copy of the baptism certificate to your preferred school.
Late applicants have less chance of obtaining a place at their preferred school, so you should ensure you apply by the closing date of 15 January 2022 to try to get a place at your preferred Catholic school.
Visit the school admissions page on the website of your local council (or telephone) for full details of how to apply.