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GROUPS & EVENTS

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

Million Minutes invites us to join them for a webinar on how we support our young people post-lockdown on Wednesday 20th October at 7pm to discuss how we, as youth ministers, volunteers and parish communities, can support young people post-lockdown. This session will have input on current research, sharing of resources available, and opportunities for discussion and network-building.

The session aims to:

  • Gain an understanding of how young people have been affected by the national lockdowns through examining research
  • Discuss the support that we can offer as Catholic communities to young people over the coming months
  • Be aware of the resources available to further enable our work
  • Building our network through opportunities for discussion

This will be a live session and will not be recorded. You will receive a digital resource pack, including any presentation slides, following the session. Register now at: https://millionminutes.org/events/2021/youngpeoplepostlockdown

If you have any questions regarding the event, feel free to email Beth (Senior Parish Engagement Officer) at beth@millionminutes.org

THE MASS – A SIX WEEK COURSE EXPLORING THE MASS  ‘Walk through the Liturgy with Bishop Barron and be transformed through insights on this most privileged and intimate encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ’

19th October – A Privileged Encounter, 26th October  – Called Out of the World, 2nd November – God Speaks Our Story, 9th November – Responding to God, 16th November, Preparing for Sacrifice, 23rd November – The Real Presence Creates Communion.  All six sessions are at St Dunstan’s Parish Hall, 7.00pm – 8.30pm

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.

What can we do about Climate Change?   Join us on Saturday, 23 October, 11am at Clifton Cathedral for the Clifton Climate Liturgy. Bishop Declan is inviting us all as the community of Clifton Diocese to join him in celebrating God’s creation. Each one of us has talents to bring to the care of our common home, whether beginning our journey or if we have been working for climate justice for some time. Come and meet others to find out what you can do and to share ideas and experiences, share in the challenge to do something about Climate Change, and bring families and friends – all are welcome!

Divine UK is livestreaming on Youtube from 1st – 31st October every day from 5pm-8pm. Hear testimonies of healing through the theme, “Fall in Love with Jesus”. Participate in Adoration, Deliverance and Mass at these daily events. Visit https://www.youtube.com/user/UKDivine for more information.

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.

JOB VACANCIES

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

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.

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

“Wednesday 27th October is the 54th anniversary of the Abortion Act being passed in England and Wales. Since 1967 over nine million babies have lost their lives to abortion. Millions of women and men have also had to deal with the suffering which so often follows an abortion. Please join us in praying and fasting for the end of abortion in this country on Wednesday 27th October. For Post Abortion help and to support Pro-Life counselling see; www.GoodCounselNetwork.com

Please invite your friends and Family to join us via this Facebook event; https://www.facebook.com/events/215429513822252/

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.

CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY  CAFOD Annual Harvest Fast Day is this  Friday 1st October.  (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development).  On that day we are encouraged to eat less and donate whatever we save to CAFOD.   This year’s Appeal is  focussed  on Climate Crisis. Attached to this week’s bulletin is a donation envelope. If you are a British Tax Payer could you please sign the Gift Aid portion which will give CAFOD an extra 25p in every £ you donate.

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.