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GROUPS & EVENTS

  1. 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

2. Celebration of Marriage  Bishop Declan is celebrating Mass in Clifton Cathedral on Saturday 2nd October at 12 noon and is inviting all married couples to join him.  He sends a personal invitation to those couples who are celebrating significant anniversaries during 2021 or those who have married or will marry during the year.  If you are celebrating 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 65th or 70th anniversaries during 2021 please contact the parish office as soon as you can in order for you to get your personal invitation, or send an e-mail to:  adult.education@cliftondiocese.com

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.

JOB VACANCIES

  1. *VOLUNTEER LIVESTREAM OPERATORS URGENTLY REQUIRED*

St Patrick’s Church urgently requires volunteers to operate our livestreaming system on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. No experience required; full training given. This is an essential part of our church outreach and your help is much needed. Please contact the parish office on 0117 955 7662 if you can offer a day or more.

2. Administrative Support Assistant for Clifton Cathedral Clifton Cathedral is seeking an experienced Administrative Support Assistant to join the team. Experience in online book-keeping, with a professional approach and interpersonal skills as part of an active team.  Part-time post of 20 hours per week, Monday to Friday 8,.45 am to 12.45 pm. For more details please e-mail: paul.brandon01@cliftondiocese.com

3. Part Time Safeguarding Officer The diocese is seeking to appoint a part-time Safeguarding Officer 21 hours per week. Applicants will need to have a comprehensive knowledge of Safeguarding and come from a background of either Social Work, Health, Probation or Policing.  Contact Becky Causeway at Clifton Diocese on 0117 954 0993 for more information.

4. 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

  1. *VOLUNTEER LIVESTREAM OPERATORS URGENTLY REQUIRED*

St Patrick’s Church urgently requires volunteers to operate our livestreaming system on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. No experience required; full training given. This is an essential part of our church outreach and your help is much needed. Please contact the parish office on 0117 955 7662 if you can offer a day or more.

2. Missionary Sisters of England and Wales On Sunday 12th September we welcome Sister Ann Ugoh who will be appealing at both Sunday Masses on behalf of The Missionary Sisters of England and Wales.

 “The Daughters of Divine Love is an international Congregation founded in Nigeria in 1969 and a member of the Missionary Sisters of England and Wales. They came to England in 1989. They educate, care and add value to the lives of the less privileged in the society. Their charity home in Nigeria provides care for orphans, motherless, abandoned children, street children/teenagers and children with special needs.  Their aim is always to serve the less privileged and the marginalized in the society. In everything that they do, the love of Christ impels them to respond to the cry of the poor and the vulnerable with concrete actions”. Please be as generous as you can to this appeal.

The 107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2021 is celebrated on 26 September – the last Sunday of the month. The Holy Father has chosen the theme ‘Towards an ever wider “we”‘.

The Church has been celebrating the World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR) since 1914. It’s always an occasion to express concern for different vulnerable people on the move; to pray for them as they face many challenges; and to increase awareness about the opportunities that migration offers.

The Season of Creation is a global ecumenical celebration of prayer and action to protect our common home, starting each year on 1 September and finishing on the feast of St Francis of Assisi, 4 October.

World Mission Sunday – the one day in the year when the entire global Church comes together in support of mission – will happen on 24 October 2021

World Mission Sunday is celebrated in every Catholic community in the world. It’s a moment of grace to express solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Christ who are living in situations of poverty, violence and oppression. Every parish, school and community is invited to join this special event, and every penny, pound and prayer you give to Missio helps missionaries everywhere continue their work.

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”.

Cafod invites you to a Clifton Climate Liturgy, Clifton Cathedral at 11.00am on 23rd October. This will be a celebration of the work done so far to inspire a love of Our Common Home and an encouragement for all of us to pray and advocate for its protection in the lead up to COP26. There will be several faith organisations involved in the Climate Crisis Campaign present at the Liturgy for you to engage with.

The appeal is focusing on the poorest communities most affected by the climate crisis.  Please help communities who are protecting Our Common Home by contributing to the CAFOD Family Fast Day appeal on Friday 1st October,  you can give online or in the collection at Masses on 2/3rd October. https://cafod.org.uk/Fundraise/Family-Fast-Day.

We have received the following letter from the Bishop of England and Wales.

In the next weeks, we face an unprecedented attack on the sanctity of life with Baroness Meacher’s ‘Assisted Dying Bill 2021’ is due its 2nd Reading in the House of Lords with full debate on Friday, 22 October.

The term ‘Assisted Dying’ is euphemistic, the truth is that this bill seeks to introduce Assisted Suicide. If legalised, this Bill would allow a terminally ill adult with less than 6 months to live to be assisted in committing suicide. Catholic teaching opposes assisting suicide, since life is a gift to be cared for and preserved until its natural death. The Church is clear that we cannot directly choose to take the life of another, even if they request it. The solidarity of praying and caring for the most vulnerable at this fragile time of their lives is a profoundly Christian act which imitates Our Lady’s prayer at the cross and Christ’s service to the weakest. Those in favour of the bill are making good use of language to confuse the issue and call it a compassionate and caring approach to redefine the question and obscure the actual reality and consequences of such legislation.

As Pope Francis has said, “Physician-assisted suicide is part of a ‘throwaway culture’ that offers a ‘false compassion’ and treats a human person as a problem… True compassion does not marginalise anyone, nor does it humiliate and exclude – much less considers the disappearance of a person as a good thing.” He criticised “those who hide behind an alleged compassion to justify and approve the death of a patient.”

There are three important actions in the next weeks: prayingwriting and sharing.

First, I ask you to pray that the Bill will be defeated. Second, I ask you to write to the Peers from your personal experience and share stories which will argue the reasons for opposing the Bill as well as narrate the importance of precious time during the final stages of life. The testimony of healthcare and legal professionals will also be important. This needs to be done before the Second Reading on 22 October. Third, I ask you to engage and share stories and reasons against the Bill on social media.

Briefing papers will be available on the bishops’ conference website to assist you as this work develops.

Be assured of my prayers,  John

Bishop John Sherrington
Lead Bishop for Life Issues
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

National Church news is available to view on www.cbcew.org.uk

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.

St Bernadette Catholic Secondary School is holding its annual Open Days for parents of children in Year 5 and Year 6, who will transfer to secondary school in 2022. You are very welcome to attend the following sessions:

Open Evenings: Wednesday 22nd September 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Head’s Talk 5:45pm
Head’s Talk 6:45pm

Open Mornings: Thursday 4th October 9:15am – 10:30am
Wednesday 10th October 9:15am – 10:30am

We look forward to welcoming you and your child to the school.